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Apr
18
accepted The strange positioning of the adverb “overland”
Apr
17
comment Single word for “This task cannot proceed until these other tasks are completed first”?
Years ago as I recall, I once asked a question that got closed as off-topic on three different SE sites, each referring the question to the next, completing a cycle of forward referrals. No one meant to make trouble by this. It was an amusing situation.
Apr
17
comment Single word for “This task cannot proceed until these other tasks are completed first”?
One can alternately drop the hyphen to get prerequisite. I would. (Though I had never thought of it before: one could read that as though it were prere-quisite, if one looked at it funny.)
Apr
17
accepted The intransitive “to fail” becomes the adjective “failed”
Apr
16
comment The intransitive “to fail” becomes the adjective “failed”
In its original form, probably among other errors, my question said "past perfect" when it mean "present perfect." Thanks to the advice of an answerer below, at least this error is now corrected.
Apr
16
comment The intransitive “to fail” becomes the adjective “failed”
Your several corrections are appreciated and accepted, if I understand correctly that one inflects (rather than conjugates) "fail" to get "failed." Of course you are quite right regarding the present perfect.
Apr
16
revised The intransitive “to fail” becomes the adjective “failed”
Changed "decline" to "inflect."
Apr
16
revised The intransitive “to fail” becomes the adjective “failed”
Changed "past perfect" to "present perfect."
Apr
16
answered Should I speak passively in order to keep the main subject first?
Apr
16
comment The strange positioning of the adverb “overland”
@Anonym: Please feel free to make your comment an answer so that it can be upvoted and (apparently, since it seems to be the only answer) accepted.
Apr
16
asked The intransitive “to fail” becomes the adjective “failed”
Apr
12
comment Is “maiden speech” regarded as politically incorrect?
The Leftist political orientation of this question is objectionable. This site is about English, not about Marxist theories of deconstructing English. (I only wish that I could boast that this were my maiden comment.)
Apr
12
comment Is there another idiom to replace “rolling the dice”?
This is a nice, fairly fresh metaphor. OP: Tired metaphors are easy to come by, but fresh ones are valuable, are hard to get, and seldom come but from the pens of good writers. @k1eran has done you a good turn. Now, if the book reviewed regards armored tactics on the Eastern Front during World War II, then nautical images might not work; but otherwise, I recommend k1eran's mast.
Apr
12
revised How to name information that has to be provided to someone vs by someone?
added 16 characters in body
Apr
12
answered How to name information that has to be provided to someone vs by someone?
Apr
12
comment How to name information that has to be provided to someone vs by someone?
You say, "[T]his field is required to be filled in by someone else on a previous step." Sorry for being dense, but I do not quite understand. Can you put this in other words (or, if you prefer, if the quoted clause is inessential to the question, can you ask the question without the clause)?
Apr
12
asked The strange positioning of the adverb “overland”
Apr
10
comment The subject of “and” in a compound statement
@EdwinAshworth: Did I say 'better style is always to remove the ambiguity'? I can't find where I said that, nor does it especially sound like something I would say -- but maybe I did say it; I don't remember. Regarding dangling elements, my position was that that's just common knowledge.
Apr
10
comment The subject of “and” in a compound statement
@EdwinAshworth: Good questions. No, I haven't authorities to cite, a fact which exposes my answer as being somewhat opinion based. On the other hand, an answer to what constitutes good English writing will always be somewhat opinion based, strictly speaking: we rely on the consensus of good writers. This particular answer of mine does not cite good writers, but if you have citations, feel free to add them.
Mar
18
accepted Guide to alphabetizing upper case versus lower case?