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May
28
comment Is there a word which describes being unable to see the stars because of the brightness of the moon?
It may be difficult to show outshined is the common usage, except perhaps in a shoe-shining competition
May
24
comment That's the way it worked
@Mike: You can shorten that has to that's as in "That's worked", giving you a past (or perfect) tense.
May
16
comment “Rogative” root (as in prerogative, derogative, interrogative)
Prerogative is "one person one vote" taken to an distorted extreme: the person with the prerogative is asked first and then nobody else is asked.
May
3
comment How do you denote date and time in written English?
It is a matter of personal style. I would say "Could we meet on Wednesday 28 May at 1:45pm?" and I would expect to be understood.
Apr
23
comment This is [adj] is what this is
"This is humiliating beyond belief" would be standard English.
Apr
16
comment A word for old-fashioned, dirty bar/place (spit-and-sawdust)
The Regency Café in your picture is rather smart in an art deco style, with a wider menu and fresher food than most greasy spoons.
Apr
16
comment A word for old-fashioned, dirty bar/place (spit-and-sawdust)
In Britain many public houses (pubs) used to have two bars: a public bar and a saloon bar. The saloon bar would be more up-market, perhaps have a dress code, and possibly higher priced drinks.
Apr
2
comment How to say formally 'once he paid off all the debt'
debt to rather then from
Mar
29
answered List semi-colons?
Mar
13
comment Is “statistics” singular or plural?
I do not see the first version as correct. You could have "Statistics shows how to handle data systematically", but the academic study of statistics does not show how fertile people are over time; only the numbers show that.
Mar
12
comment Negation of auxiliary
How would you parse "He isn't right"? "He is clever but not right"?
Mar
9
comment When to use “has lived” vs. “lived” vs. “had lived”
By the way, Jim died in 2013 aged 93.
Mar
9
comment When to use “has lived” vs. “lived” vs. “had lived”
@Joraid: It seemed to fit better, but the alternative is not wrong. In fact several of the alternatives fit in the Pakistan before US example, with the continuous versions suggesting a more immediate move from one country to the next.
Mar
1
comment Heterogeneous. Is there a verb for this word?
A 19th century example
Mar
1
comment Can “beefcake” serve as a verb to mean showing off big muscles?
I think your PS is the correct parsing with stars as a transitive verb.
Feb
26
comment During the “Cold War”, did Americans/Westerners call it such?
The French guerre froide is a much older phrase perhaps better translated as cold-bloodied war to describe something planned and methodical for political gain, rather than a war driven by passion or necessity.
Feb
21
comment Definition of ontology
All four seen to define ontology as the study of the nature of being.
Feb
20
comment What is the word that describes the group mentality against changing the status quo?
I would have thought a reactionary opposed the status-quo and wanted to return to a earlier state.
Feb
19
comment Between you and (“me” or “I”)?
@David Schwartz:"Between you and I" is and was much less common than "Between you and me". Hyper-correction is not modern.
Feb
18
comment Between you and (“me” or “I”)?
@F.E. Personally, I would regard "between you and I" as a hypercorrection which does not prevent the intended meaning being conveyed.