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May
18
comment Is “understand” always a stative verb?
semantics.uchicago.edu/scalarchange/vendler57.pdf
May
16
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May
16
comment What is the English version of the Vietnamese idiom “như cá nằm trên thớt” - “like a fish on cutting board”
@mikeTheLiar I remember reading the proposal in William Safire's book, On Language, p. 29.
May
15
answered What is the English version of the Vietnamese idiom “như cá nằm trên thớt” - “like a fish on cutting board”
May
14
revised What is the best word (or term) to identify pronouncing W's for L's and R's?
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May
14
answered shaVe, shaMe, shaPe, shaDe, shaKe, shaRe --> What am I doing here? Does it have a name?
May
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revised What is the best word (or term) to identify pronouncing W's for L's and R's?
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May
13
answered What is the best word (or term) to identify pronouncing W's for L's and R's?
May
9
answered “Aforementioned” vs. “In question”
May
6
revised Is there any English word starting with “gh” and “gh” is not pronounced as /ɡ/?
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May
6
answered Is there any English word starting with “gh” and “gh” is not pronounced as /ɡ/?
May
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comment Is there any English word starting with “gh” and “gh” is not pronounced as /ɡ/?
of possible interest if you want to see why this is so phon.ucl.ac.uk/home/johnh/papers/labphon.pdf
May
4
comment Proper way to say one 1.5 times more?
@Miele the temperature example is just a very poor one because the conventional scales are not absolute. A better example would be that if a cylinder circumscribes a sphere, the cylinder's volume is half more than the sphere's.
May
4
revised Proper way to say one 1.5 times more?
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May
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answered Proper way to say one 1.5 times more?
Apr
29
answered Is it necessary to describe a girl or a boy as “young”?
Apr
29
comment Older mineral names
about 60% of all English words come from Latin or French, so we should not be surprised if most words in any subset of English vocabulary come from a foreign language.
Apr
27
comment Is it acceptable to start a sentence with the preposition 'except' rather than 'except for'?
@EdwinAshworth ah, I see. Usage panels go outside my field of expertise.
Apr
26
comment Is it acceptable to start a sentence with the preposition 'except' rather than 'except for'?
@EdwinAshworth it sort of sounds the idea of the question is to adjudicate between native speakers who think 'Except [noun phrase]' is acceptable and those who think it is not (using authorities as a way of judging). the authorities themselves usually avoid indulging in those kinds of debates because it undercuts the general trend (among linguists and english teachers) away from prescriptive theories of language use. i've tried to interpret the question as about why "Except + [noun phrase]" is rare in usage today.
Apr
26
comment Is it acceptable to start a sentence with the preposition 'except' rather than 'except for'?
@user21820 sure, here's one from 2007: Except tetanus immunization overall health status of the rural women in these two villages was found vulnerable. (these are quite rare, though)