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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.


Jan
20
comment What is the difference between “to oblige” and “to obligate”?
I agree that they mean the same thing, but it seems to me that just as we could either say oriented or orientated we can use obliged or obligated. For some reason though, while "oriented" is more widely used in the U.S., "obliged" is more commonly used in some other English speaking countries.
Jan
18
comment Is there an idiom about “dying monkey”?
Probably a reference to the idom to have a monkey on one's back - meaning to have a problem that can't be shaken off. I'm assuming he means that making the girl his will relieve his tensions (aka his monkey).
Jan
18
comment “I” or “me” after “for”
It should be "... my boyfriend and myself" because if you take your boyfriend out it still sounds correct.
Jan
10
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
9
answered Is there a word for “not greedy”?
Jan
2
comment Types of things vs. types of thing
@Kosmonaut - I don't buy it. When we talk about types/kinds/sorts of things we are referring to multiple specializations of a single generic noun. Your example introduced a verb and is not relevant.
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
awarded  Yearling
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Jun
10
awarded  Caucus
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.