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revised Politer word to refer to a 'cleaner'
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comment Why should the first person pronoun 'I' always be capitalized?
@xando: Well, as you can see, this happened before the printing press.
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comment Why can I vary the position of the noun phrase only in certain sentences?
@EdwinAshworth: Probably no inviolable constraints, but constraints still, as you say; "clunky" and "what sounds better" can probably be specified, even though the factors may be to some degree semantic.
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comment Declined Latin nouns in English prose
@JohnLawler: For one thing, English did have cases in the past. Laurentius is taking about past usage, not modern usage. Secondly, one may use cases from another language in one's own even if the latter has no cases, if only to show off or to satisfy an OCD urge. In Dutch, which has no real cases, it is at least done jocularly by many people today, but it is probably also done seriously by a few, which is of course why people unlike Laurentius ask such questions about modern English/Dutch. I don't know, but it is quite conceivable that there should be relatively recent examples too.
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comment Declined Latin nouns in English prose
@RegDwigнt I think you are not doing this question justice. Perhaps Laurentius knows more about 12th-century German than you do? You didn't even ask which period he was thinking of.
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answered Is there an adjective and/or noun that describes a person who is more sensitive to cold than average?
Aug
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comment Is there a word for it?
Lazy? <Filler characters. To Stack Exachange admins: I am a Trusted User, for God's sake; why do I need filler characters?>
Aug
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answered 'Scenic box'… is it correct?
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comment Fissile equivalent for fusion
Why not fusile? It is properly formed.
Aug
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comment Parenthetical plural of unique examples
@hel If that is your preferred term, why not! I would call it a comment-turned-annotated-answer...
Aug
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answered Parenthetical plural of unique examples
Aug
19
comment Is “What does the woman suggest the man **do** for his vacation?” correct?
@user3697142: Haha, it doesn't matter anyway, just general advice, which apparently you didn't need (I already have all the reputation points I need).
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comment Is “What does the woman suggest the man **do** for his vacation?” correct?
@user3697142: Welcome to the website! If you appreciate an answer, you might consider voting it up (press the up arrow next to it), or even accepting it as your preferred answer (press the tick mark).
Aug
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comment Is “What does the woman suggest the man **do** for his vacation?” correct?
@user3697142: I understand. In informal English, people often don't use the mandative subjunctive but use the indicative (does) instead. Including people like David Cameron—alas, even in an official speech.
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revised Is “What does the woman suggest the man **do** for his vacation?” correct?
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Aug
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answered Is “What does the woman suggest the man **do** for his vacation?” correct?
Aug
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comment What is the word for this military term, more specific than “envoy”?
@DrZ214: Indeed. Perhaps because it is difficult to ascertain in advance that he does not carry a concealed weapon?
Aug
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revised What is the word for this military term, more specific than “envoy”?
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answered What is the word for this military term, more specific than “envoy”?
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comment verbatim vs verbatum
The suffix -im indicates adverbality. Cf. interim. The origin of the suffix is an archaïc accusative ending.