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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.
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.