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I am a software engineer with an interest in mathematics. My particular area of interest is the Goldbach Conjecture. I am also interested in the Twin Prime conjecture. I hope to learn more about modular arithmetic and set theory in the near future. I also do a bit of English grammar stuff.


Nov
3
comment Types of things vs. types of thing
@Kosmonaut - Seriously though, my point is that there is no apparent reason for changing the plurality of the key words.
Nov
3
comment Types of things vs. types of thing
@Kosmonaut - I'll rephrase that to 'the rest of the clause has remained unchanged' just so you don't think I'm trying to lay down the law to you.
Oct
15
comment Types of things vs. types of thing
Would you talk about apple types or apples types? Types of apple is just another way of saying apple types using an extra word and changing the word order. The rest of the clause should remain unchanged.
Oct
10
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Sep
24
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Jun
10
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Oct
10
awarded  Yearling
Oct
21
comment “Opposite the mall” vs. “opposite to the mall”
In this context, the word opposite is being used in much the same way as facing would be, and we would never say facing to. Just to add to the complication.
Oct
21
comment “Suffer from a headache” vs. “suffer from the headache”
I know that in some other languages, Spanish being an example, the definite article is used when referring to one's own body parts. Maybe there's a bit of the old Latin coming through.
Oct
19
answered At what usage level does a grammatical error become acceptable?
Oct
19
comment At what usage level does a grammatical error become acceptable?
@FumbleFingers I would have been happy with the answer No accompanied by the justification you have given.
Oct
19
comment At what usage level does a grammatical error become acceptable?
@Lynn It's a generic question. It clearly hasn't gone down too well, but I can't see why it is not considered a legitimate question.
Oct
19
comment At what usage level does a grammatical error become acceptable?
@FumbleFingers What's non-constructive about wanting to know a number? OK a ballpark figure will do as I can see there is not going to be a single undisputed number.
Oct
19
comment At what usage level does a grammatical error become acceptable?
@coleopterist I like that one.
Oct
19
comment At what usage level does a grammatical error become acceptable?
It seems strange to me then that in a number of answers on this forum, statistics are used as a justification for grammatical errors.
Oct
19
comment At what usage level does a grammatical error become acceptable?
It could be a miss-spelling such as the ones you have suggested or a common misuse such as the criteria is (criteria being plural). Sometimes these can be used more often that the correct versions. If they are, does it make them right?
Oct
19
asked At what usage level does a grammatical error become acceptable?
Oct
19
comment Why is “a couple of <things>” often shortened to “a couple <things>”?
@nohat Why say'st thou so. I'm in favour of evolution of languages, but not when it stems from misunderstanding.
Oct
18
comment Why is “a couple of <things>” often shortened to “a couple <things>”?
A natural progression of this will mean that in a couple hundred years we will be saying a lot things incorrectly.
Oct
18
comment `at all` posposition
To me the second seems worse than the first. Neither looks right and both are ambiguous, but at least the first one makes some sense. It could mean that he made no mention whatsoever of his enjoyment of the party.