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revised “Who wrote … ?” or “Who did write … ?”
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Apr
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answered Present simple Passive - Change in the meaning when translate from active to passive or Vice versa
Mar
17
revised “like I” or “like me”?
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Mar
15
comment “If I would go there, I would be in trouble” - correct?
@Constantin - I think the case you mention is effectively analogous to cases such as "The car won't start", "Will you marry me?" where "will" and associated modal forms are used with a meaning close to 'want to', rather than a purely "functional" use.
Feb
18
comment What is the grammatical subject in these phrases: “what is there to eat?” and “who is at the door”
Saying that "there" is an adverb is also essentially an exercise in "wanting to identify the word as one of the traditional categories but having nowhere else to stick it".
Feb
18
comment What is the grammatical subject in these phrases: “what is there to eat?” and “who is at the door”
Re "linguists have chosen to call there the subject...": I think you may be confounding concepts. In modern theories, there isn't necessarily a single entity called a "subject". A verb can have an argument from which it draws certainly inflectional features such as singular/plural, which traditionally make that argument the "subject". And syntactically, there are structural postions that coincide with what we traditionally conceive of as the "subject". But it doesn't necessarily even make sense (or isn't terribly useful) to identify one single entity as "the subject" of a sentence/verb.
Feb
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Jan
28
comment Comma usage - am I working with coordinate adjectives or cumulative adjectives?
Incidentally, you can't coordinate "streaming" and "simple" with 'and'. While they're both sort of "adjectives", they're adjectives of different types to the extent that coordination doesn't work. (It's a bit like if you try to say "He left in a hurry and a car" -- "hurry" and "car" are both nouns, but that isn't a sufficient condition for being able to coordinate them with "and".)
Jan
28
comment Comma usage - am I working with coordinate adjectives or cumulative adjectives?
It's not so much "correctness", but more that they mean different things. "Simple streaming music" means "simple music that is streaming", whereas "Simple music streaming" means something like "a simple method for streaming music". The latter is a more usual thing to talk about, at least in, say, the field of IT...!
Jan
27
comment Comma usage - am I working with coordinate adjectives or cumulative adjectives?
Do you mean "simple music streaming"?
Jan
16
comment Correct use of Though
@davecw It seems to me you're just talking about a typographical preference (and one essentially irrelevant to the spoken language, of course).
Jan
16
comment Correct use of Though
I think the OP means when you use "though" effectively to mean "that said". For example: "My favourite colour is blue. Though, I like red too."
Jan
11
answered Three inches of snow is/are expected?
Jan
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comment Use of subjunctive in Britain vs North America
@tchrist In the UK it would be a normal usage, including, say, in the formal written usage of national "quality" newspaper journalists. I should say, though, that actual corpus data suggests that it is also common in US usage. (That's not to say that in the UK you don't also find "...that he leave" -- that would also be perfectly normal, acceptable usage in a formal context-- it's just that either is perfectly possible.)
Jan
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answered Use of subjunctive in Britain vs North America
Jan
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comment “I think she is not right” - is this sentence correct?
Thanks -- didn't realise that this had been dealt with before. Incidentally, there are differences between the Romance languages in how automatic it is for the subjunctive to be triggered under particular circumstances wrt these verbs, and the two phenomena (negative raising vs subjunctive selection) may well be separate phenomena. Isn't verb raising essentially a separate phenomenon too?
Jan
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answered “I think she is not right” - is this sentence correct?
Dec
16
comment Subject–verb agreement — two schools of thought?
Honestly, if think you need a corpus study every single damn time you want to decide whether to use a singular or plural verb, then I would suggest a vocation other than as a writer because life is going become pretty impractical sooner or later...! Seriously, it is possible to take a general survey of usage and opinion and then, as a writer, Take A Stance.