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comment Can “a person” be used as plural?
Since many people (still) object to this use of they, you might want to avoid it if you want to play it safe. However, considering the genre you are writing in, I don't think this should concern you; more people will probably object to uniqueness.
Aug
16
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
13
comment I don't get this joke. Sentence seems like nonsense to me
The only thing I see is a spelling error: it should be you're. But the sentence doesn't make sense with your, so I don't see why it should be funny. Apparently, this person at the bar chose to read your as a possessive: whose drinking? Your drinking.
Aug
10
comment Correcting the usage of singular “they” and “their”
It is politically correct, not grammatically correct.
Aug
8
answered Is complimentative a word?
Aug
5
comment Use of peri- prefix where sub- and super- are commonly used (Or, is periterranean valid?)
@Andrew: Haha you can do it!
Aug
5
answered Use of peri- prefix where sub- and super- are commonly used (Or, is periterranean valid?)
Aug
2
comment Term between 'mentoring' & 'rubber ducking'
@GuySchalnat: I really appreciate your polite comments!
Aug
1
comment Delayed subject with short subject length
@MattGutting: It is fairly standard, but more often informal. And you would normally do it for some pragmatic reason related to focus.
Aug
1
comment When did “species” become the word for both the singular and plural?
Yes, but you were talking about the origin of the English word species. Besides, I said casus rectus.
Aug
1
comment Delayed subject with short subject length
This also happens in other languages, such as French and Dutch.
Aug
1
comment When did “species” become the word for both the singular and plural?
"the origin of the word comes from the Latin 'specie'" — this is not correct: both specie and species come from Latin species. This word can be either singular and plural in Latin, which probably explains why English also uses species for singular and plural. There is no Latin word specie in the casus rectus (undeclined form).
Jul
29
comment Is there an adjectival form for “good etiquette”?
@WS2: Then again, there is polite society, which is not necessarily polite...
Jul
29
comment Is there an adjectival form for “good etiquette”?
I would say well mannered, but you rarely need the adjective; in this sentence, I would say Bob has good manners.
Jul
26
comment “Firstly” or “first”?
The same question, with more quotations: When enumerating motivations, is it correct to write firstly, secondly, …, or first, second, …?
Jul
26
answered Term between 'mentoring' & 'rubber ducking'
Jul
24
comment Comma placement between two clauses
@tchrist: Do you? I'll admit I often vacillate between not and its absence. But I think it is OK, even more precise? See also examples from here: books.google.com/ngrams/…
Jul
24
answered Comma placement between two clauses
Jul
23
awarded  Good Answer
Jul
23
comment Why was Zormpa changed to Zorba?
The letter beta in Ancient Greek was pronounced like the sound /b/. In New Greek, it is pronounced like the sound /v/. Whenever they want to render the sound /b/ in New Greek, they write μπ. So μπ is more or less pronounced like /b/ in New Greek.