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I am an Assistant Professor of Biology at Longwood University. My main interests are how biodiversity affects ecosystem function in aquatic sediments. You can find out more about what my lab is doing here: http://longwood.edu/staff/fortinok


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comment Is it possible to write an infinite sentence that is grammatically correct?
This only seems to apply if you compose the sentence from beginning to end. I could compose "This is a very long sentence." and then add a "very" an infinite number of times. This sentence would have proper punctuation.
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answered Word meaning crying, but not crying?
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comment What does “Awesome” mean when you are complimented by an Apple-shop salesclerk on your answer to a barrage of his questions?
I think the fact that the original author feels the need to add "and I think he really meant it" to the statement indicates that typically it is exactly as you say.
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comment How should I use the phrasal verb “to d**k around”?
@Charles sure but my point is that the context makes the meaning in these cases. For example if I used "Stop booking me around." In a conversation with a travel agent who consistently sent me on multiple connections, then the "book" would have a much more literal meaning but if I used the same phrase in the context of negotiating the price of an orange at a fruit stand, the stand owner would certainly understand me even though "book" has little to no meaning relevant to buying oranges.
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answered How should I use the phrasal verb “to d**k around”?
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comment “Make it so!” - where does it come from, how does it “feel” for native speakers?
@vonjd I wouldn't think that a native speaker would ever misunderstand this phrase but it would likely seem a bit pretentious if it was used seriously. That being said, I think I may start using this with all my students :)
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comment Can I use the word “milks” when discussing KINDS of milk
Sorry, I guess I was too vague. You seem to be suggesting that the phrase "What milks?" sounds wrong and I was merely indicating that if you substitute "milks" for "types of milk" into the whole complete sentence you quote above "What milks do you have?" that it doesn't sound wrong to me.
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comment Can I use the word “milks” when discussing KINDS of milk
Yeah but if complete the sentence it doesn't wrong to me... "What milks do you have?"
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comment Can I use the word “milks” when discussing KINDS of milk
@Kaz that is not true. "Fishes" is correct when there are multiple types (or species) of fish.
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