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Apr
30
answered “When Adam delved and Eve span, who was then the gentleman?”
Apr
30
comment What is the difference between “Prince William and Kate Middleton Marry” and “Prince William and Kate Middleton were married”?
As in the riddle: "Who has married many a wife, yet remained single all his life?"
Apr
29
answered Until + tense / “since” or “for”
Apr
29
comment Is there a proper term to describe 1/3 of a year (4 months)
@glowcoder: Trimester certainly does mean three months, from the Latin tres meaning three and menses meaning months.
Apr
29
comment Is there a proper term to describe 1/3 of a year (4 months)
@glowcoder: DO you really use quartile for three months, rather than for order statistics? Season or trimester are rather more common, and 3 months even more so.
Apr
28
comment What does “plutonomy” mean?
It does, but here the ending comes from oikonomia meaning household administration. If the intended meaning had been laws by and for the wealthy, then the word would be plutocracy, using kratos (power).
Apr
27
comment How do I pronounce “s's” and “s'”?
I think there is a difference (an audible s) between eggs' shells" and *eggshells
Apr
27
answered What does “plutonomy” mean?
Apr
27
comment “(it) is necessary”?
I would not use 3 either and so, without a good reason, I suspect it may not be correct
Apr
25
comment Looking for etymology or information on the alternate meaning of “I don't care to X”
For the second meaning of not minding, I personally would say "I don't care about getting dirty".
Apr
24
comment “To be is to do” — “To do is to be” — “Do-be-do-be-do”: what does this mean?
More here
Apr
23
comment Etymology of “Easter”
There is no other evidence for a god or goddess Hretha either. Bede may have invented both.
Apr
23
comment Difference between “yours” and “your”?
Similarly my and mine, her and hers, our and ours, and their and theirs.
Apr
23
answered “Does it make sense?” or “Do you understand me?”?
Apr
23
comment What part of speech is the “be + verb” here? What tense are these sentences in?
I would not regard I shall have him be killed as correct. She is to be stoned for adultery puts the emphasis on stoning as a punishment rather than an event.
Apr
23
answered Etymology of “Easter”
Apr
23
answered Does “oath” have an implied religious connotation?
Apr
22
revised Does English have “plural” verb forms?
3 p sing
Apr
22
answered Does English have “plural” verb forms?
Apr
22
comment Is there a version of brunch for a meal between dinner and lunch?
Dinner has traditionally been the largest meal of the day, whatever time it is eaten