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Jun
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comment Is “I am sat” bad English?
@Ben Voigt: Would you regard "She sits the cat on the mat" as a transcription error? This kind of phrase is common enough: for example "she sat him down in the lady's lap" appears Dickens' Sketches by Boz; "she sits him down and administers the necessary aid" in Kerouac's The town and the city
Jun
1
revised Participle phrase — what can it modify?
comment clarity
Jun
1
comment Participle phrase — what can it modify?
@Colin: Sorry - I will change the first word
Jun
1
answered Participle phrase — what can it modify?
May
31
revised Is there a synonym for 'fake' that has good connotations?
perhaps not a smile
May
31
answered Is there a synonym for 'fake' that has good connotations?
May
30
answered Scottish vs. scotch
May
30
comment Dropped the pen and threw up the sponge
"threw the sponge", or "threw in the sponge"?
May
30
answered I cannot understand what's being asked here
May
30
comment “Plausible” vs. “possible”
+1 I wouldn't attach any kind of probability to plausible: to me it is something (or someone) which is not obviously wrong. A successful con artist will usually be plausible.
May
29
comment Is it common to use the borrowed noun-adjective form for borrowed French phrases?
It does, but before 2006 the UK had the plural issue of courts martial and solved the problem by only having one.
May
29
answered Is it common to use the borrowed noun-adjective form for borrowed French phrases?
May
29
answered Origin of “hating on”
May
29
answered Which term is correct — “Afghan” or “Afghani”?
May
28
comment What's the difference between a jumper, a pullover, and a sweater?
This reminds me of the children's joke. What do get if you cross a sheep with a kangaroo? A woolly jumper.
May
27
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May
26
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May
25
comment How did the letter Z come to be associated with sleeping/snoring?
i.e. an onomatopoeia for snoring
May
25
answered Put two and two together…and got five?
May
25
answered What do you call a letter saying that you are amenable of a request?