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answered Is the describer needed in 'not…but…" type constructions?
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comment Is the describer needed in 'not…but…" type constructions?
I would say you need the 'his' but not the 'is'. That's basically because the 'is' comes before the 'not' in that sentence, but the 'his' comes after the 'not' in its sentence. You basically need to follow the syntax of what comes after 'not'.
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reviewed Reject suggested edit on Has she heard it or not?
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comment “Her whole family IS/ARE biologists”?
I strongly disagree with this being called a duplicate. Not familiar with the Meta system. Has this already been brought up sufficiently by anyone?
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comment What is the difference between “X is needed” and “X is necessary”?
Definitely feels like context is important here, yes. In this case, they work the same way. In other cases, I can think of differences, but as @FumbleFingers says, that would likely be too broad.
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comment “desert island” versus “deserted island”
I would definitely say that the action implied in the participle 'deserted' is important here.
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comment How come “wise man” and “wise guy” have opposite connotations?
I'd suggest that 'guy' is/was just more commonly used than 'man'. Therefore 'wise guy' would be used more than 'wise man', and thus it would be more susceptible to semantic change. As 'wise guy' was more and more commonly used sarcastically to imply the opposite, speakers would have no choice but to reach back and use the less colloquial 'wise man' to differentiate. All conjecture, of course.
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answered Does “Can I have lunch with you?” imply I have something to talk about with that person?
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comment what's a close synonym for “ sorted for Es and whiz”?
Feels to me worth pointing out that the questions seems somewhat self-contradictory. Can't really see what conversation you would need to formally/politely announce that you are carrying drugs. Hardly one for the grandparents at Sunday dinner!
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comment How to write word “hashtagged” using “#” symbol? #ed, #'ed, #-ed?
Surely the # symbol only accounts for the 'hash' in hashtagged. Therefore, it would be correct to write something like "#-tagged". However, +1 @Oldcat!
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comment “Rather !” as a reply: old-fashioned? Colloquial? Unusual?
BrE is often quite understated and uses a fair bit of litotes in its converstaional language. Rather feels very British to me, where I would expect an AmE speaker to more likely say something like "totally!", which is somewhat more overstated. (Apologies for American stereotyping).
Aug
15
awarded  word-choice
Aug
14
comment How to distinguish “timesheets pending for approval” & “timesheets awaiting for your approval” in phrases?
@WS2 it seems to me that, if I am the user, bitton A is things I want someone to approve, and button B is things someone wants me to approve
Aug
14
comment If “clearly evident” is redundant, what word or phrase suggests being indisputable but not readily apparent?
I don't have another answer. As I said in the comment, I support the answer already given, but sadly the two people who suggested it are on zero and negative votes. Not much point in me making another answer saying the same thing, is there.
Aug
14
comment A more suitable word for events which occur in a book/movie/etc
Ah, I see that has been suggested already. I'm upvoting and strongly endorsing the answer
Aug
14
comment A more suitable word for events which occur in a book/movie/etc
Plot point, perhaps?
Aug
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comment If “clearly evident” is redundant, what word or phrase suggests being indisputable but not readily apparent?
The phrase "It can be shown that..." Suggests that something is true and there is evidence for said truth, but that it is not obvious or readily display, and must instead be compiled and presented clearly. A single word for this is 'verifiable', which I believe has been suggested but not welcomed.
Aug
14
comment How to distinguish “timesheets pending for approval” & “timesheets awaiting for your approval” in phrases?
If you go with the original phrases, neither one requires "for". However, I would suggest: A) approval pending B) to approve
Aug
14
answered What should be the proper reply for thanks?
Aug
14
comment What should be the proper reply for thanks?
"You're welcome" as a standard response to "thank you" is a very common context error. Here it would not really be appropriate. Just like with "happy birthday", "get well soon", "have a nice day". All of these might receive a thanks, but "you're welcome" would not be appropriate.