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comment What is the best Bible translation by which I can speak proper English if I read it enough times?
How do you know what is correct? Translation isn't one-to-one or even exact. 'While' or 'as' both work. As to your 'but', that's a big one. Descriptively, people start sentences all the time with and/but/or. Prescriptively, or rather stylistically, it is considered ugly in modern writing. They used to do things we would never do now. Long run on sentences like the list of begats in Matthew1:2-16. No newspaper would do that today.
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comment The connection between roosters and genitalia
I vaguely remember there being something in Levi-Strauss about how most languages have pejoratives for their genitalia coming from names for animals.
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comment What does isomorphism between language and reality mean?
If the dictionary meanings of the words doesn't help, then all that's left is philosophical discussion. SO this is probably a better fit for philosophy.SE. But if you take your question there, then you probably want to show some more work; state what those words mean and try to figure out what the relationship is, and explain what you've found, then ask the question there.
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Which is better equivalent for “in stock”? “At hand”, “on hand”, or “in hand”?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on What do you call those two strands coming out of the electric capacitors?
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reviewed Leave Closed How can I ask for a user's contact information?
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comment What is the opposite of mass-transit?
Walking and bikes you do by yourself. They are conveyances. You may walk or bike next to someone, but it is still a conveyance that is by yourself. A car may go on a publicly funded system (the road system) but it is not what I put in the category of mass transit. If at some point in the future, we have a publicly funded tube system with personal tube vehicles all supplied by the state, then it becomes fuzzier, and you have to say does your set mean publicly funded or does it mean conveyance occupancy more than 1 (or 2 or whatever your threshold is).
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comment What is the opposite of mass-transit?
Well, there I have a meaning disagreement with you. As far as conveyances for commuting to work goes I think the possibilities are, cars/trucks, motorcycles, mopeds/scooters, ferries/boats, buses, trains, streetcars/subway, biking, walking. Of those only buses, trains. streetcar/subway, ferries fall under mass transit (for my use of the term 'mass transit').
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comment What is the opposite of mass-transit?
Opposite' has lots of possibilities, and you've touched on some of them. What is the superset? Transportation in general? Commuting to work (just people, not goods)? By engine prpulsion? Mechanical propulsion? (I think it is #2). So your question might be more easily answerable if it were "What do you call all the alternatives together that are not called mass transit or public transportation?" (no need to exclude all the items you are referring to like walking or bicycles or taxis).
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comment Why “Be quiet!” may sound as “Be quiets!”
That's not lenition, that's aspiration. Lenition would be t -> d -> z/th. In AmE a word final t is unaspirated.
Oct
19
comment What does isomorphism between language and reality mean?
An isomorphism is a kind of correspondence.
Oct
18
comment Function of “or”
... Or 'wine, (beer or cider), spices, ...'
Oct
18
comment What is the best Bible translation by which I can speak proper English if I read it enough times?
@rajah9: OK, I see now having followed the link. You should include your paraphrase (or quote) of the contents of that link here because the answer here should stand on its own (keep the link and reference but put some explanatory text here, too). Links rot away, so you need to keep the text self contained. Watch out for plagiarism though. Make sure to quote and/or reference properly. Note that that that link talks about translation and the Bible but doesn't mention English varieties at all.
Oct
18
comment What is the best Bible translation by which I can speak proper English if I read it enough times?
The site ucg.org/bible-study/… describes in general three main translation strategies in relation to Bible translations. Reading the editor's intro to the different versions will usually give you why a particular translation method was chosen for that version.
Oct
18
revised What is the best Bible translation by which I can speak proper English if I read it enough times?
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Oct
18
comment What is the best Bible translation by which I can speak proper English if I read it enough times?
laminin: from your latest comment, on interpretation, you should totally ask on christianity.SE Here is really only for judging the language.
Oct
17
comment What would you call a person who shares every thought they have?
Also, commenters on SE.
Oct
17
comment What would you call a person who shares every thought they have?
They have no self-monitor.