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Dec
22
comment Chapter ranges: chapters x-y or chapter x-y?
Just like you need to write pp. x–y instead of p. x–y.
Nov
26
comment Can the word “group” function as a determiner?
See Is “group” singular or plural?.
Nov
19
comment Unclear use of present tense in specific sentence
Why don't you consider the present tense here ungrammatical?
Oct
31
comment Subject, Verb Object (and so forth) sentence analysis. In particular: What's the Verb here?
@deadrat it might be possible to develop a new theory to explain that like "the entire 'began spending' serves as a verb." – just different from what I've learned. Well forget my digression here ... I believe your explanation above is orthodox.
Oct
30
comment Subject, Verb Object (and so forth) sentence analysis. In particular: What's the Verb here?
Began is the verb.
Oct
27
comment Word that means “characters” but that also applies to animals?
I think personified animals can be called as "characters" too.
Oct
25
comment Do people “lean on their smartphones”?
@Mari-LouA yep, it's a sad story for many iPhone 6 users XD
Oct
25
comment Do people “lean on their smartphones”?
I leaned on my iPhone 6 ... And it bent. (True story)
Oct
25
comment How to properly borrow words from other languages?
If the word or its derivation is already well-known, you can follow the de facto convention. If you want to invent a new word, maybe you'd better leave a footnote to explain that, and, if it's really a great one, it will be accepted by other people and listed in the dictionary some day.
Oct
24
comment L in the middle of a word: dark l or light l?
@GregLee your answer is so thorough to my confusion that I got difficulty for how to thank you or leave a comment :) After struggling I just clicked the up-vote button and might be impolite but couldn't do anything else. The book SPE (The Sound Pattern of English, right?) you mentioned seems helpful for me, I'm looking for a copy currently. And, hope it's not too late, thank you.
Oct
23
accepted L in the middle of a word: dark l or light l?
Oct
23
comment L in the middle of a word: dark l or light l?
Thanks for all the explanations. I think I know how to pronounce them correctly now. Anyway I'm still curious about the "various factors" you mentioned, because delete would a counter-example to the Wikipedia description ... and General American English, have "dark L" in all positions.
Oct
23
comment L in the middle of a word: dark l or light l?
So the pronunciations like /ˈsɪl-li/ for silly and /ˈdel-lɪgeɪt/ for delegate are wrong in RP? I'm curious because I did hear that from some native speakers.
Oct
23
comment L in the middle of a word: dark l or light l?
@Mitch no IPA feature is shown for that; the problem is I did hear something like /ˈsɪl-li/ for silly and /ˈdel-lɪgeɪt/ for delegate. Do you mean such pronunciations are wrong?
Oct
23
comment L in the middle of a word: dark l or light l?
@chaslyfromUK so the rule should be related to stress?
Oct
23
revised L in the middle of a word: dark l or light l?
added 1 character in body
Oct
23
asked L in the middle of a word: dark l or light l?
Oct
22
comment Is this question asked in the right manner?
@EnglishGuy-David he just mentioned ell.stackexchange.com
Oct
22
comment Should a comma be used in a scientific quantity such as wavelength?
@HotLicks true, but I'm quite unfamiliar with astronomy so just not sure ;)
Oct
22
comment Should a comma be used in a scientific quantity such as wavelength?
Different academic journals accept different styles, so it's better to read the specific writing guide for authors provided by your publisher.