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revised Which one is correct? “has been taken already” or “has already been taken”
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Jun
16
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Jun
16
comment Is there a non-gendered term for “gentlemanly”
@JanusBahsJacquet true, but as you said, the question only mentions the offer. I see that as basic politeness.
Jun
16
comment Is there a non-gendered term for “gentlemanly”
@JanusahsJacquet offering to pay seems to me like basic politeness. In the cultures I am most familiar with, this usually results in the bill being shared. But yes, I was thinking more about holding doors open, helping with coats etc.
Jun
16
comment Is there a non-gendered term for “gentlemanly”
@BrianHitchcock I have to admit I find both your comment and Scott's equally disturbing. I have never found myself in a society where a woman holding a door open for a man is seen as anything other than basic, normal politeness. Gender has nothing to do with it! If I were walking up to a door and the woman who went before me didn't bother to hold it open for me I'd simply consider her rude.
Jun
14
answered Is there a non-gendered term for “gentlemanly”
Jun
14
answered Term for the property of having a formal and transparent track record
Jun
14
comment Term for the property of having a formal and transparent track record
What processes would this need to apply to? Are you searching for a specific legal word? Technical? Should it also describe computer processes? Politics?
Jun
13
comment Human race or human breed?
Depends. What do you want to say? Humans breed other humans, all of whom, whatever their race, would be some breed of human, a strange breed of mammal. We need more context to be able to help.
Jun
13
accepted Why is “our today's meeting” wrong?
Jun
13
comment Why is “our today's meeting” wrong?
@F.E. they also ask "how may I service you", I don't think we should be taking our cues from that industry.
Jun
13
comment Why is “our today's meeting” wrong?
@Araucaria we can have a Liverpool's fan if that is the fan who happens to live in Liverpool as opposed to a fan of Liverpool.
Jun
13
comment Why is “our today's meeting” wrong?
@Mari-LouA personally, I do find it clumsy. It's not something I'd say, I would probably go for do you have my paper or do you my copy of today's paper or some other weaselly squirming to avoid the issue. I think the only reason it sounds OK to you is that today's paper is a set phrase and you're used to hearing it, making it easy for you to parse it as a noun-phrase. Would you also accept have you done your today's chores?
Jun
13
comment “was-was” or “was-is”
@Hugh did you see the original version of the question? Granted, that was a radical edit, but it made the post much clearer and corrected the various spelling errors to boot. It also added a (marginally) more useful title. I'd hardly call this "mauling"
Jun
12
comment Why is “our today's meeting” wrong?
Yes, if I were forced to parse that as English, that's how I would do it. However, the entire point of my question is why is it wrong to have both our and today's modify meeting. I am not asking whether it is wrong, really, I was fairly certain it was. The thrust of this question is on the why it is wrong. Oerkelens's answer (and its comments thread) and Tanner's address this very nicely.
Jun
12
comment Why is “our today's meeting” wrong?
@DavidK I don't understand what you mean. Of course we can't say your my question since it is both wrong and nonsensical anyway :). My previous comment was pointing out that your example is not a case of what we're discussing here. If our today is taken to mean our, as opposed to your, today, that's a completely different construction. The issue is about when both our and today's modify the same object. My cousin Sally's cookies is also different since my modifies cousin and Sally's modifies cookies
Jun
12
comment Why is “our today's meeting” wrong?
Yes, that would work but is not really the issue I have here. If the our is modifying today's and not meeting the problem goes away. The question here is why we can't combine our and today's when both are modifying meeting.
Jun
12
comment Why is “our today's meeting” wrong?
@TannerSwett I was misquoting the Bible, I guess I was looking for Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me which is from the King James version. Dang, I thought it was Shakespeare. I read it as these who are my children. I take it you are suggesting that because the who are is elided, it's not the same construction, is that correct?
Jun
12
comment Why is “our today's meeting” wrong?
@janus and Tanner, how about these my children? Doesn't that have 2 determiners? Or is it a predetermined again? Great answer, by the way.
Jun
11
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