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Jun
12
comment Is there a term for “from X to Y” that includes everything?
the whole kit and caboodle?
Jun
11
awarded  Notable Question
Jun
10
comment Basic Grammar for a beginner
"She speaks a foreign language" is true if she speaks at least one foreign language. It is not false if she speaks more than one.
Jun
5
comment when “same” refers to plural group… IS or ARE?
@ FumbleFingers: Exactly. And even the supposed guru on Legal English style in America, Bryan Garner, says that this type of legalese with "same" and the like is simply pompous and sounds silly, so saying that it is the preferred legal style makes no sense.
Jun
5
comment when “same” refers to plural group… IS or ARE?
Why not just say "they"? "Same" sounds silly. Have your read Garner's "Legal Writing in Plain English" and his "Dictionary of Modern Legal English"?
Jun
2
answered Comma or not? Question or Period?
May
22
comment Is 'might be able to' grammatically correct?
Perfectly fine. And, for example, "you might be able to" gets 123 million Google hits. That's a heck of a lot of hits!"
May
21
comment Attorney vs Lawyer
"attorney" is a kind of puff word.
May
19
comment Which verb is more correct in “Which shirts is/are she bringing?”
Poor wording? Sounds totally normal to me.
May
14
comment When to put a comma before participial phrase
Yes, "while" works best in those cases, but there is also something else going on here that maybe the Japanese textbook on English is trying to explain. Just today I have come across dozens of sentences in this format, all written by Japanese people, where "while" does not seem to work, such as: "The examiner rejected the argument, stating that rules 36 and 37 were violated."
May
14
comment When to put a comma before participial phrase
I think the comma after "sandwiches" is to have the subject of "talking" not be "sandwiches," but "She." However, if talking sandwiches is an impossibility, the comma only precludes an absurd interpretation anyway.
May
13
asked Pagination: Reference to page numbered in format of This Page Number/Total Number of Pages
Apr
28
comment The mayor as well as his brothers is/are going to prison
Singular or plural verb form where subject includes a “parenthetical” element: english.stackexchange.com/questions/56210/…
Apr
24
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Apr
21
comment Can you explain to my daughter's second grade teacher why this is a complete sentence?
Sounds like a "great" school.
Apr
17
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Mar
25
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Mar
12
accepted Publishing a website online: What verb is most natural?
Mar
12
comment ESL text: “I notice similarities between myself and . . . ”: Acceptable use of reflexive pronoun?
Erik Kowal - Thank you very much for that clear and detailed explanation! Those patterns really help.
Mar
12
accepted ESL text: “I notice similarities between myself and . . . ”: Acceptable use of reflexive pronoun?