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Feb
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awarded  Necromancer
Jan
11
awarded  Yearling
Dec
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comment Is “once you stop to think about it” ambiguous?
Although, as all answers point out, it is strictly speaking not ambiguous one should keep in mind that it is very subtle and foreign speakers / writers may miss this subtlety and use it incorrectly thus creating ambiguity.
Aug
23
comment Right format for time of day when corresponding with Germans
Be extra careful with 12:00pm. Many Germans who are otherwise familiar with am / pm will not know that this is noon and assume midnight.
Jun
27
answered What constitutes a double negative?
May
23
comment How does one use the Latin word “cum” in a sentence?
Cum is not derived from the Latin word for 'with', it is a Latin word for with.
Mar
23
comment Is there an alternative to the word “coincidence” to describe when two say the same word spontaneously?
In German we have a saying that translates to "Two idiots, one thought" :-). Usually only used when you are one of the two yourself.
Mar
21
answered Meaning of “scared the hell out of someone”
Mar
2
comment Does this sentence seem weird?
I also don't know the context, but I think an additional problem may be the reader expecting a plural after the "all around him the" start instead of the singular "scar". As with Neil's comment, not incorrect but maybe slightly unexpected and thus throwing the reader off (in combination with all the other mentioned "issues"). Disclaimer: I don't say this is a shortcoming of the sentence. Maybe rather the opposite.
Mar
2
comment Has technology slowed or stopped the development of the core English language?
Exactly my point. I'd almost say it is a necessary precondition for a new development to not be part of the current standard. These are new ways of using the English language and they may become part of the standard if they survive long enough. Like many new developments before.
Mar
1
answered Has technology slowed or stopped the development of the core English language?
Jan
27
awarded  Supporter
Jan
17
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
16
answered Does apologizing entail recognizing being at fault?
Jan
13
comment Why are movies so hard to understand (and what can you do about it)?
Sound system can be essential. If the number of channels in the movie is higher than your sound-system support the channels get down-mixed to match you sound system. Dialog volume can significantly decrease during this process (relative volume to non-dialog audio) depending on how the down-mixing is done and which channels carry dialog.
Jan
13
comment Why are movies so hard to understand (and what can you do about it)?
I think you forgot about songs. Definitely an order of magnitude harder to understand than TV / films.
Jan
11
awarded  Teacher
Jan
11
answered What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
Jan
10
comment What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
English speakers tend to mispronounce the philosopher Immanuel Kant even if they do know the correct pronunciation of his second name.