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comment How to phrase topic sentence
write the whole essay first and then write the topic sentence. the topic sentence will give the reader a little taste of the persuasive force that they will be treated to in the remainder of the essay.
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comment meaning of edge in this sentence
edge only has meaning as part of the idiom [be] on edge: it means to have all of one's attention distracted by some remarkable event that is about to happen. (similar is [be] on the edge of one's seat)
Apr
15
answered Do you know the meaning of the American idiom “pot calling the kettle black”?
Apr
12
comment Is there a single word that is the opposite of “want” (i.e. “do not want”)?
a quotation dating to 1447 in OED. Yf þou nylt, I shal..[thee] neuer more doughtir calle.
Apr
12
comment What is an English noun for whom you have a conversation with?
@Cerberus in OED, admittedly so.
Apr
12
comment What is an English noun for whom you have a conversation with?
@Cerberus though interestingly conversant as a noun is a "†" sense in OED. Here is a citation from 1650: Not thy familiar acquaintance, nor thy intimate conversants. Me and USA today are bringing it back to life.
Apr
12
comment What is an English noun for whom you have a conversation with?
@Cerberus I did manage to find it used in this way in COCA: Take care not to let saliva escape with your words, and do not let spittle fly into the faces of those with whom you converse. To prevent such an accident, do not approach your conversant too near; but engage in conversation at a reasonable distance. (USA Today mag. 2008)
Apr
12
comment What is an English noun for whom you have a conversation with?
interlocutor or conversant
Apr
11
comment Why does Hamlet not say, “ere he rots?”
rot is used in the subjunctive, so the simple present inflection is not present. compare, for example, Heb 8:5 and Lk 14:12 in the King James Bible for thou makest vs. thou make.
Apr
9
answered Alternative to the phrase “not to mention”?
Apr
9
comment Sending a work email. Does this sound professional. A little lost, help please!
your email should make it clear that you have thought carefully about the problem, and that you are suggesting solutions rather than simply drawing attention to an issue. give numbers of customers affected by the issue, examples of sales lost due to this problem, and a suggested fix. if you can do all of that, no one will care about your English.
Apr
6
comment Want something applied - grammar
@user69786 NP stands for noun phrase and VP stands for verb phrase. in English almost every sentence can be divided into an NP followed by a VP. in grammar school they call them "subject" and "predicate".
Apr
5
answered Want something applied - grammar
Apr
3
comment A word that means 'most important'?
first, chief, preeminent
Mar
31
comment Why did the KJV use “thou” toward God?
@JoeZ. 2nd person sinGular.
Mar
30
revised Particle or preposition?
edited body
Mar
30
answered Particle or preposition?
Mar
26
comment Usage of “even when”
You can rephrase the sentence as follows: In a case where a patentee has obviously (to the layman) extended its right in an unlawful way, it may still be difficult to prove causation and intent (which is what is needed to obtain relief in court for such violations). My answer to a related question may be helpful.
Mar
26
comment Usage of “even when”
@WS2 it's not a legal question.
Mar
26
answered Why did the KJV use “thou” toward God?