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Feb
5
answered Word choice for a comparison of different amounts
Feb
5
comment Word choice for a comparison of different amounts
Agreed, we need more context for the sentence. One might rephrase differently for a statistical or machine learning paper versus one on developmental vocabulary.
Feb
2
comment What do you call a person who makes easy things difficult?
You might want to reference a Rube Goldberg machine, such as teachengineering.org/collection/cub_/lessons/cub_images/… .
Jan
29
comment What part of speech are “plus”, “times”, and “minus”
@DanielR.Collins I'm not sure why "As a mathematician" you could consider "three and four" to be linguistically incorrect. Yes, it is still done in elementary schools, but it is hardly an abuse. You may as well heap scorn on Danny Kaye and Sesame Street for the Inchworm song: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inchworm_(song). Let's sing it together... "Two and two are four / Four and four are eight"
Jan
29
comment What part of speech are “plus”, “times”, and “minus”
Not that ngram closed any arguments, Daniel, but please take a look at this graph: books.google.com/ngrams/… . "Two plus two" didn't arrive on the scene until after 1900. However, "two and two" has endured.
Jan
26
reviewed Reject Is there a term for words that have a single meaning or are only used in a single context?
Jan
25
comment The film [that/which] I selected for viewing
Wow, thanks for that award!
Jan
24
comment The film [that/which] I selected for viewing
Sorry, SAH, I can't see it. Could I suggest that you bring this up in meta (meta.english.stackexchange.com)?
Jan
19
comment The film [that/which] I selected for viewing
Thank you, @SAH.
Jan
13
comment More Casual and Succinct Way to Say “John's Areas of Expertise”
I'll have to admit, bailiwick is something I've heard more from my dad and his generation. NGram confirms a tapering off. books.google.com/ngrams/…
Jan
13
answered More Casual and Succinct Way to Say “John's Areas of Expertise”
Jan
12
revised What does “have a catch” mean?
typos
Jan
12
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Jan
12
reviewed Reviewed What is the correct form
Jan
12
comment What is the correct form
Welcome to EL&U. Please take a look at english.stackexchange.com/tour. We'd like to hear what research you've done, and perhaps which alternative you think correct and why.
Jan
12
reviewed Reviewed Did you get my “email” or Did you get my “mail”?
Jan
12
answered The film [that/which] I selected for viewing
Jan
8
comment The usage of “conversion”
Yes, if someone is loud and rude, his manner and tone might undergo a conversion, say, when speaking to his boss. King Lear says: "How, how, Cordelia! mend your speech a little, Lest it may mar your fortunes." (Act 1, Scene 1) He is asking her for a conversion of her manner and tone to something more ornate and loving (toward him).
Jan
7
comment The usage of “conversion”
The sth is an abbreviation for something. You convert something from one form, use, or system to another something. Form: You convert lead to gold. Use: You convert the use of the heel of a shoe to the use of a hammer. System: You convert a measurement in inches to a measurement in centimeters.
Jan
6
answered “Let's bring it down in scale a bit”, What does it mean?