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comment Term for 'wounded (Callus-bearing) knuckles'
Are these bruises or calluses? They are very different things.
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answered (The) TIF is (the) IRT analog of (the) CTS theory. To use or not to use definite articles?
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comment What is the meaning of 'Austenian'?
Austenien makes me think of what was in the books not some blindness to social situations. Dickensian doesn't mean 'contemptuous of the nobility' even though one might infer that of some characters.
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comment (The) TIF is (the) IRT analog of (the) CTS theory. To use or not to use definite articles?
It all depends on the context and what each of those mean. Abbreviations can have many different expansions. Can you provide the intended expansions for all of those?
Jul
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comment I be walking down the street with a friend and would answer a question
@Dan He be shirking from grammar
Jul
3
comment I be walking down the street with a friend and would answer a question
Can you say what the meaning is then?
Jul
1
comment How to avoid ordinal numbers when referring to a place in a queue?
Why do you want to avoid the ordinal? That seems an unreasonable restriction. It makes things that much easier with it. Is -th a problem to pronounce?
Jun
30
comment How to avoid ordinal numbers when referring to a place in a queue?
You are currently number five in line.
Jun
30
answered Verb or noun for - when I am not short of words but unable to speak lucidly
Jun
29
comment Term for using phonetic orthography to make a speaker seem uneducated/vernacular
Like how Mark Twain writes people with different accents? I think this is called 'eye-dialect'.
Jun
29
comment What would you call a person who keeps on boasting about himself and is jealous of others' achievements?
'Envier' is rare. No native speaker would use that word. You'd just say 'that person is very envious of others'.
Jun
27
comment Can the present perfect continuous construct be used in passive voice?
@Edwin any examples?
Jun
25
comment A less hostile word that can replace “violation”
@EdwinAshworth Sure, there is some blind trust to be given to authorities like AHDEL (with the expectation of scholarship) but I can't give that to Wiktionary, and google NGrams seem to contradict both ('incompliance' is still very rare). So my trust in AHDEL has gone down. So would you suggest 'incompliant' equally with 'noncompliant'? Would you suggest using incompliant to a foreign language learner? If not, then the dictionaries should say something to that effect.
Jun
25
comment A less hostile word that can replace “violation”
@EdwinAshworth Do you think 'incompliant' is in free variation/appears as often as 'noncompliant'? Is it 'indecisive' or 'undecisive'?
Jun
25
comment A less hostile word that can replace “violation”
@EdwinAshworth There's no 'allow' here, there's just trustworthiness. In the past couple months I've seen more references to wiktionary, and many of the words referenced there seem to be words that any English teacher word use red pen on. Wiktionary says nothing about register or frequency. OED says it is rare. Also, check out my NGrams link, 'incompliance' is rare. Sometimes there really are mistakes.
Jun
25
comment A less hostile word that can replace “violation”
(by the way, I think 'infringement' isn't hostile and doesn't assume any intent by the committer.)
Jun
25
comment A less hostile word that can replace “violation”
@FreeRadical It could be that there is no non-hostile variant, either because there's a gap that hasn't been filled, or because the concept itself is negative and there's no alternative. Usually there are euphemistic ways of saying many negative things but they eventually become negative themselves, slipping down the euphemism treadmill.
Jun
25
comment A less hostile word that can replace “violation”
Don't use wiktionary. People will (and have) put anything in there. 'incompliance' is an error. 'Noncompliance' is the word.
Jun
25
comment A less hostile word that can replace “violation”
What did a thesaurus suggest and what did not suffice there? Infringement?
Jun
25
comment “Have you ever been to … when …” versus “Did you ever go to … when … ?”
@JanusBahsJacquet 'the' added, but that makes it more obvious that the first sentence is not correct because of the tense with the 'when...' clause. Also, Rob's tense question (possible duplicate) doesn't include the 'did you ever...' pattern.