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I did my degree in English/French Language/Linguistics back in the '70s, but I only got a middling grade, and I've worked in software development ever since, so I'm really only an expert on English language in the same way any articulate native speaker is.

To save the trouble of repeatedly doing it on individual posts, I'll just say here that I don't come to EL&U looking for arguments. If I come across as contentious that will nearly always be inadvertent carelessness on my part.

Anyway - if you have been, thanks for reading.


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reviewed Edit and Reopen Synonym for “be consistent with”
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revised Synonym for “be consistent with”
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comment Omitting common word in all but last item in a list?
English grammar most certainly does not "frown on the use of ambiguous sentences". I would go so far as to say that most utterances are in principle ambiguous, in that one could contrive multiple contexts where different meanings were intended. In the real world, utterances are made in specific contexts, which almost always resolve any potential ambiguity so clearly we don't even notice most alternative interpretations.
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comment What word means 'to submit a post' / 'bring to public notice online'?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is turns on OP's inexplicable wish to avoid the standard term post
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reviewed Leave Closed Word/phrase for importance being reduced
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awarded  Good Answer
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comment 'The company I work for' cannot be shortened to 'My company'?
If "the reader" is confused about whether "your" indicates ownership in this specific context, they're probably not paying much attention to context. The speaker appears to be a pupil in a school class - probably not someone you'd naturally expect to own a company. In any real context ambiguity is unlikely (but any real speaker would be aware of the situation, and might on occasion deliberately exploit that ambiguity).
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comment 'The company I work for' cannot be shortened to 'My company'?
@Edwin, I've not actually met "Bleeding Gums" Murphy, but he sho' can make that sax talk. And his own "pithicisms" ain't so bad either - "The blues isn't about making yourself feel better, it's about making other people feel worse." Whatever - this is an ELL question.
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comment Comma position with citation
@Ollie: I have never seen the point of questions asking about "citation style" on ELU, and have nothing but contempt for those who've voted to make How do you quote a passage that has used '{sic}' mistakenly? by far the most "interesting" question on the site. But I didn't know until a few days ago that writers.SE specifically welcomes such questions.
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accepted Why is it “have someone wrapped around your LITTLE finger”?
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accepted Origin of doolally [tap]
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comment 'The company I work for' cannot be shortened to 'My company'?
I'm sure my fellow Anglophones will agree that your teacher is being silly. And no - I don't "own" any Anglophones.
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reviewed Leave Open What's a single word for the context a word is used in (used to differentiate similar words)?
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reviewed Close What is the intransitive meaning of “control”?
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reviewed Close What’s the meaning of “purchase” in “the purchase for changing a rule”?
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reviewed Close What does 'set' mean in 'set one's face against'?
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reviewed Close What does “draw something within something” mean?
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reviewed Close Inline citation for source refrenced a second time
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reviewed Close Apostrophe with Singular Proper Noun made up on Plural Word
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reviewed Leave Open What does “which” refer to in “in respect to which”?