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native speaker of American English (AmE)


15h
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Boolean OR in English
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comment What is the proper term for describing all 50 states in the USA, without including territories etc
@ElliottFrisch Hardly anyone forgets about it because they never knew about it in the first place.
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comment What modal verbs do natives use nowadays?
To be pedantic in the extreme "We don't gotta go." is not terrible at all, and is the correct way to say things in particular varieties of English. It is very informal and would be incorrect in Standard or published English. If you are learning English, you don't want to use that at all.
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comment Is “womb owners” an accepted word?
'womb owner' is not slang. 'womb' is definitely not slang, nor is 'owner'; together they're not either. In fact, it sounds like an attempt to avoid all slang possible and verges towards the clinical (but 'womb' is the Anglo-Saxon cognate for the unquestionably clinical 'uterus'). Just because it is Anglo-Saxon doesn't mean it is rude. Compare with 'maw' for 'stomach'.
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comment What is the full form of ain't
@DougM if you expect the question to be closed as gen ref or duplicate, an answer in a comment is perfectly appropriate.
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comment Who would you say would be Ariel Dorfman's contemporaries in his writing style?
Maybe you should try this one at writers.stackexchange.com? There are really not that many literature questions here.
1d
comment Did 'courgettes' ever have an English name?
To an AmE speaker (me), I have never heard the term 'marrow' before for any kind of squash, zucchini, pumpkin, gourd, small or large or in between.
1d
comment Why is “agnostic” pronounced “ag-gnostic” as opposed to “a-gnostic”?
gn- (word- or syllable-initial) is just plain hard for English speakers.
Apr
12
comment Why 'mention graph' of genuflect is so steep?
'genuflect' is pretty rare and so it is likely that any single use that is propagated will change frequency highly. The word was popularized by Tom Lehrer in Vatican Rag.
Apr
11
reviewed Reject suggested edit on What's a “brace” in the expression “brace yourself”?
Apr
11
comment What's a “brace” in the expression “brace yourself”?
Many words words have more than one distinct meaning. Look this one up in the dictionary.
Apr
11
comment What do you call it when the current generation thinks the previous is better/more poetic?
What about 'nostalgia'?
Apr
11
comment What does the phrase by Sloterdijk mean?
Can you give more context? Who is Sloterdijk? What kind of carnivals is he concerned with? Can you geive the context or the passage in which this phrase appears?
Apr
11
comment Are these commas correct?
The 2nd and third must go together (either both in or both out). Stylistically, I don't think you really want any of them. You don't really need to parenthesize the 'on the intuitive level'. And the first one isn't really needed.
Apr
10
awarded  Revival
Apr
10
comment is this grammar right?
Proofreading and correction are off-topic.
Apr
10
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Term for student who was thrown out of university?
Apr
10
comment Given: example quote. How to analyze it(explain, respond, or give an opinion) fro a research paper? topic of paper:sleep deprivation
What kind of class is this homework for? Is it SAT prep or just genera; English comprehension?
Apr
10
comment What does “to give up someone ” mean?
Give a sentence in context. There might be multiple meanings or it might be vague.
Apr
10
comment Is there any extant movement for the revival of elements of Early-Modern English in regular, or academic usage?
Let's bring back the word 'wot'.