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Aug
22
answered how do you say “write onto a piece of paper” in a more creative way?
Aug
22
awarded  Custodian
Aug
22
reviewed Edit suggested edit on You and Me both
Aug
22
revised You and Me both
fixed formatting and apostrophes
Jun
4
comment What is the term for a structure, unconnected to the main building, on an estate?
"Outbuilding" perhaps, but please lets not confuse that with an "outhouse"...
May
29
answered Singular pronoun in "The Cardinal and Ferdinand… he warns her”
May
22
answered Difference between “wedding” and “marriage”
May
19
awarded  meaning
May
17
answered Why is “look” transitive in “look you in the eye”?
May
14
answered Word describing the smallest amount possible
May
13
answered How best to use the phrase “on the whole”?
May
13
revised How best to use the phrase “on the whole”?
Corrected typo.
May
5
answered Problem interpreting a question
Apr
30
answered Verb “to be” agreement
Apr
23
comment Equivalent for “optimizable”
The OP needs to clarify, but in certain contexts, such as computer software, optimize is not wrong here. It is a common jargon word meaning, as you say, "make better according to some metric." The fact that the result is not actually optimal is no more an indicator of error than it is erroneous to call something "awful" that does not fill you with awe. Etymology is not semantics.
Apr
21
comment Double possessive
@rogermue that would be the other standard genitive in English, but it sounds a little awkward to me. A preposition sounds more appropriate, such as "at" as suggested above. I actually think it is an interesting difference here. The problem with "of" here is that it is a little too soft, a little to inspecific. But the Saxon genitive would be more than adequately specific. So "Dominos' pizza" is perfectly fine but "pizza of Dominos" sounds odd. Using a more specific preposition "pizza from Dominos" sounds perfectly OK. It is strange how the semantic range of the two genitives is so different.
Apr
20
answered Is there any difference between “student” or “pupil”?
Apr
19
answered “He didn't know where New Jersey was”
Apr
19
answered Double possessive
Apr
15
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