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Feb
17
comment What is the correct use of “even” as an adverb, with the verb “to be”?
"Will you even be there?" sound fine to me.
Feb
13
answered Does “had have been” exist?
Feb
8
comment Is it supposed to be a HTML or an HTML
@Standback I say aitch so I write "an HTML page"
Feb
7
comment What does it mean when someone writes “Feel free to message me?”
It means that you can send them a message without feeling guilty
Jan
29
awarded  Yearling
Jan
15
comment “area” vs. “areal” to describe an estimate of space
Please use area as some people (e.g. me) often misread areal as a-real rather than area-l.
Jan
15
answered Is satay plural?
Jan
9
comment What does “day's” mean?
@Bleeding Fingers: "Mary his car" or "Mary her car"?
Jan
4
comment Where does the phrase “fair do's/dues/doos/does” come from?
It may say that in the Urban Dictionary, but it seems unlikely. Deuce in tennis comes from the French for two, so means "first to be two ahead" rather than "point".
Dec
28
comment Telling the time “3:15” in American English
@Fabien: as a British English speaker I would never say a quarter after three
Dec
28
comment Where does the idiom “root for sth” come from?
There is a verb related to plants, as in a pig rooting for truffles, though it may not be related to supporting.
Dec
10
comment Can “in case” and “if” be used together?
It appears three times in Thy Servant, A Dog, by Rudyard Kipling but since the rest of that is not entirely written in standard English, this may not be a model.
Dec
10
comment Meaning of “at the way” in “she looked away from his face at the way his shoulders sloped”
The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber - Ernest Hemingway
Dec
8
comment What is the term for making a cross in the air (like when passing a cemetery)?
See also en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sign_of_the_Cross
Dec
6
comment “Iterate” and “iteration” as nouns
I suspect the dictionaries may be wrong. The mathematicians I know pronounce the noun closer to iterative without the final syllable, so perhaps [/ˈɪtərət/] while the verb is more like iteration without its ending
Dec
6
answered The difference between fight for and fight against
Dec
6
answered “Iterate” vs. “Reiterate”
Nov
21
answered Is “Viet Nam” a mistake, a typo, an archaic spelling, a regional spelling, or an idiosyncrasy?
Nov
12
awarded  Necromancer
Nov
3
comment What does 'A small medium at large' phrase means?
@WS2: Starbucks at least has a secret cup size for its coffee-flavoured hot-milk drinks. So asking for a "small" latte/cappuccino/etc. means you will be given a "tall" cup, but asking for a "short" will give you a smaller cup at a marginally lower price than is on the board.