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Aug
25
comment The police officer ordered the gunman (to) drop his weapon
Sentence (1) would be ok if direct speech as: . . . ordered the gunman, "Drop your weapon."
Aug
24
comment The phrase “more sharp” vs “sharper”
"more clear"? Not "clearer"?
Aug
21
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Aug
12
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Aug
11
revised “Soul Food” as describing non-African-American Food
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Aug
11
asked “Soul Food” as describing non-African-American Food
Jul
28
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Jul
6
comment First name vs. Forename
"Forename" sounds like a Germanism. Never heard it in the US.
Jul
3
comment A word to describe responses such as “I see” and “Okay”
Backchannel? (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backchannel_%28linguistics%29)
Jun
12
comment Is there a term for “from X to Y” that includes everything?
the whole kit and caboodle?
Jun
11
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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.