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Jul
24
comment What’s the rule for using “who” and “whom” correctly?
What makes ShreevatsaR feel "disconcerted" when "whom" is used instead of "who" is A LACK OF CONSITENCY IN REGISTER, not a vague feeling, but something that can be explained!
Jul
24
comment What’s the rule for using “who” and “whom” correctly?
@Mechanicalsnail: usually, "can't explain" means "I cannot explain" rather than "it cannot be explained"
Jul
24
comment What’s the rule for using “who” and “whom” correctly?
@Mechanicalsnail: any idea then, why "He is the person who/whom I was talking to yesterday." does not sound natural? I have one! Your "sounds natural" is in fact a question of harmony, of consistency and CAN be explained… Otherwise how could a person who did not have the good fortune to be raised in an English speaking country ever hope to speak English well?!
Jul
24
comment Reminding others of one’s favors for them
A banker? Who else professionally keeps reminding you (of) what you owe them? (Politically incorrect, perhaps… ?!)
Jul
24
answered Correct preposition with “to be jealous”
Jul
24
comment What do you call someone who thinks everyone is incompetent (doesn't know anything)?
you mean, like someone who condescends to explain to you that "minute" can mean "small"?! How is you newt doing? Mine is doing just fine…
Jul
24
comment Gigolo is to man as what is to woman?
In French, at least, 'gigolo' is not really derogatory, and neither is 'courtisane': both (like to think they) have style, are not simple prostitutes. I feel that the status of a 'gigolo' and of a 'courtesan' are closest.
Jul
24
comment Gigolo is to man as what is to woman?
the online Merriam Webster dictionary, for 'courtesan', has: "a woman who has sex with rich or important men in exchange for money : a prostitute who has sex with wealthy and powerful men"
Jul
24
answered Is there a phrase for someone being ashamed of, or self-conscious about their accent when moving to another region?
Jul
22
accepted to be certain to do something versus to be certain of doing something
Jul
22
revised Correct order of adjectives in “A new comfortable bed”
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Jul
22
comment Correct order of adjectives in “A new comfortable bed”
the notion of comfort for a bed can change over my lifetime, or over generations or centuries, less so the quality of newness, so the order first displayed in your answer sounds more natural than the second
Jul
22
comment Correct order of adjectives in “A new comfortable bed”
which goes in the direction of my answer: you were travelling the right way, but were not there yet!
Jul
22
revised Correct order of adjectives in “A new comfortable bed”
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revised Correct order of adjectives in “A new comfortable bed”
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22
answered Correct order of adjectives in “A new comfortable bed”
Jul
22
revised Is it correct to say “to suggest to someone that they should do something”?
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asked Is it correct to say “to suggest to someone that they should do something”?
Jul
18
answered Which word meaning “someone who kills bad substances” can be used in an ad campaign?
Jul
18
accepted International Phonetic Alphabet: why are the symbols used for the letter “i” in “champion” and “billion” different?