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answered Is this phrase an appositive? And what case for the pronoun - We or Us?
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comment Why do Americans leave the ordinal suffix out of dates?
I always assumed it was because we don't know any better.
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comment What does it mean to speak with “mock deference”?
For a (highly exaggerated) study in mock deference, I refer you to Steve Martin's performance as the Insolent Waiter in the original Muppet Movie (youtube.com/watch?v=V-kuOu_PSME), particularly at 0:54 where he responds to Kermit's telling him "You may serve us now, please," with "Oh, may I?" and at 2:03 as he bows out of Kermit's and Miss Piggy's presence.
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answered Is there a word for this situation?
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revised Once you've introduce an acronym / initialism should you always use it?
Three minor fixes—two missing words added and one comma inserted.
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answered Once you've introduce an acronym / initialism should you always use it?
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answered Is there a word or phrase for ethical value based on economic value?
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revised Something of value that is worthless in the current context?
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answered Something of value that is worthless in the current context?
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comment “Small Latin and Less Greek”
I appreciate your clarification of the issue. By the way, I also very much enjoyed reading E.Vale Blake's interpretation of The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Häagen-Dazs. Popular Science clearly deserves its reputation as a go-to source of literary criticism!
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revised Gramatical correctness of a sentence from To Kill A Mocking-Bird
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comment “Small Latin and Less Greek”
Thanks, StoneyB. The crucial question that I had hoped a person well-informed about early 17th-century usage could answer is whether, in those days, "And though" sometimes meant "And even if." If not, the fact that "hadst" could be used either subjunctively or indicatively is irrelevant to the plain sense of the sentence. I gather from your answer that no such meaning of "And though" as the learned Dr. Ingleby ascribes to it existed in Jonson's time.
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revised Gramatical correctness of a sentence from To Kill A Mocking-Bird
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comment Gramatical correctness of a sentence from To Kill A Mocking-Bird
The guideline in The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition (2003) that bears most closely on this situation is 11.47, "Unspoken Discourse." I'll add a note about that to the end of my answer.
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comment what's the meaning of “It is telling to note that”?
Th wording "It is significant that," conveys all of the actual meaning of "It is telling to note that," without retaining any of the longer phrase's ambiguity and awkwardness.
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answered Do you know the meaning of the American idiom “pot calling the kettle black”?