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Aug
10
comment Imperative of archery
Do archery! is an imperative, but a very silly one.
Aug
7
comment The case of an object of a preposition
@MilesDavis First, you look to see what people actually do. And what do they do? They tend to use him, not he. Then you look for an explanation that fits the evidence. If your explanation predicts the wrong thing ("the correct answer is 'he' because the verb 'arrives' is implied"), then you know your explanation is wrong.
Aug
4
comment How to Punctuate Two Quoted Independent Clauses Within a Declarative Sentence
The subjunctive is not a case. Besides, "He wished he was" is fine.
Aug
2
comment What do the pronouns indicate?
@SvenYargs Thank you for the link, but I'm afraid that's not what I'm after. Yes, it's true that any of us can find this information online if we search, but the question doesn't include it and is incomplete without it. My point is that the OP should add this information to their questions, not that it's impossible for us to locate it if we try.
Aug
2
comment What do the pronouns indicate?
It would be helpful if you provided (at a minimum) a source for this quote, and possibly some additional context as well.
Aug
2
comment What is a gender neutral word to describe an individual?
I meant "if you look [for 'singular they' by searching English.SE]". I didn't mean to imply that you didn't do any research before asking the question.
Aug
2
comment What is a gender neutral word to describe an individual?
Search for "singular they". You can probably find a question to close this as a duplicate of if you look.
Jul
29
comment “An other” vs “another”
There is a reason: another blocks the ungrammatical combination *an other.
Jul
23
revised What to call a person who always says he can do everything?
fix spelling; fix citation (the ODE is not the OED)
Jul
23
revised For non-modal/auxiliary verb, is the non-3rd person singular present form always the same as the base form?
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Jul
21
comment What's a less offensive substitute for “rep-whores”?
I think this is the best answer, since as you point out, rep farming is a term in actual use. I think it's more likely to be understood with the intended meaning than rep hound.
Jul
16
comment What is it called when someone uses your name to describe an act?
Although in examples like "Stop being a Bob" or "pull a Homer", the name in question is being used as a noun, not a verb.
Jul
2
reviewed Leave Open What do you call the inner leaves of a tree?
Jul
2
reviewed Close Non standard english: Slang. “That sucks man.”
Jul
2
reviewed Leave Open What do you call someone who is favored by a higher authority?
Jul
2
reviewed Leave Open What is this type of idiom called: “I know he's not the smartest person in the world, but…”
Jul
2
reviewed Leave Open Is it common to use “perverted” (as in a pervert) as an adjective?
Jun
28
revised Can someone help me to understand this difficult sentence structure?
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Jun
28
comment What to call words with permanent prefix, but no unprefixed form? (ex: nonchalant, untoward)
"I dreamt of a corrigible nocuous youth, Gainly, gruntled and kempt; A mayed and sidious fellow forsooth; Ordinate, effable, shevelled, ept, couth; A delible fellow I dreamt." (A Dream of Couth, from A Game of Words)
Jun
16
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