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comment What is a Metaphor for “Being Thrown Into a Completely New Environment”
@Centaurus - Could you remove to be a fish thrown out of water please? This answer would be a lot nicer if it just offered like a fish out of water, and perhaps only the last sentence of the quote.
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comment What is a Metaphor for “Being Thrown Into a Completely New Environment”
We use that in the UK too. We both mentioned it at the same time.
Nov
17
comment What is a word that means unforgettable but with a negative connotation?
+1 for haunting. That should just be the answer.
Nov
17
comment Distress vs anguish
A ship can be in distress, but not in anguish.
Nov
17
comment Distress vs anguish
Just from personal experience, it feels like the word distress is used to imply that something is the effect of stress and strain, and distress can be serious or minor. This is different from the word anguish, which is always pretty serious, but doesn't imply anything about its cause.
Nov
17
comment Is it correct to say, “an example for this is . . .”.?
I'm English, and in the UK, it's normal to say "an example of this". I've never heard anyone say "an example for this". I can't comment on how it would translate from German.
Nov
15
comment 'The Underlying Ethos'
Knowing UK politics, Cameron will expect the listener to be familiar with Thatcher. Her ideology is well documented, well read and rested on the work of widely published intellectuals. He is using underlying in the almost literal sense: The fundamental values upon which Thatcherism rested. He'd never expect people to infer that there's any mystery about Thatcher's views. Love her or hate her, people knew what she stood for.
Nov
15
comment how do I write “about four or five hundred US Dollars”
You can always write it in full and add the figures in parenthesis. With decent typography, it should be easy enough to read the transcript or scan for the figures.
Nov
15
comment Left and right equivalent of “upward” and “downward”?
Only if you're facing the North.
Nov
15
comment What is term for a 'person who doesn't have own decision'?
It's just called indecisive.
Nov
13
comment What could we call a “market for predicting decisions”?
Unless the economy is in recession, the mean return on investment is always positive. This is never true with gambling.
Nov
6
comment Use of 'Could' in the Past Tense
Good point @WS2. +1 Sorry; you're right. I wasn't sure, and should have left it.
Nov
6
comment Use of 'Could' in the Past Tense
I don't think any of the OP's four examples are correct English. You seem to be saying the use of come over came in a past tense is OK if the person was able to go. I don't understand that at all.
Nov
6
comment “Can I Help You?” - Considerate Language, Polite Lead-Ins and Euphemisms
It's a lot like letting 'em down slowly, but I don't know of any term more specific than that.
Nov
6
comment What does “Sorry, that didn't make sense” mean?
What's the point of doing anything on here?
Nov
6
comment Use of 'Could' in the Past Tense
How does the possibility of going change the tense? I don't think this answer is correct, but would like to hear other points of view [no downvote, just hmmm].
Nov
6
comment What does “Sorry, that didn't make sense” mean?
This question is not a good fit for the site. It's a very simple English sentence.
Nov
5
comment Is a comma required here or would an “and” or “-” make more sense?
You definitely need a comma after if you like and before along with a link.
Nov
5
comment One talk/paper, two speakers/authors
The talk is a talk, no matter how many people deliver it. You could say it was co-authored or co-delivered I guess, but it's still just a talk.
Nov
1
comment The meaning of “How could”
I think in the example, you could also read it as meaning how did we manage to spoil such an enormous expanse. It's a nice choice of words because it captures both the moral and technical scale of the issue.