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Sep
5
answered What does “From Twitter came” mean?
Sep
5
answered “Tortoise” and “taught us”
Jul
4
comment Are “should” and “if” interchangeable at the beginning of a sentence?
Here's an example: "If you declare bankruptcy, your account will be closed." means roughly the same as "Should you declare bankruptcy, your account will be closed." If you should find any syntactic or semantic differences between the two, please explain by posting your answer.
Jun
27
comment How do you punctuate elliptical constructions?
+1 for citing NASA. If we can put a man on the moon, we ought to be able to consistently punctuate an elliptical construction.
Jun
22
answered “Exchanged with” vs. “exchanged for”
Jun
22
comment “Exchanged with” vs. “exchanged for”
That's an awesome graph - how did you get it?
Jun
22
comment English counterpart to Japanese signal word, “Dokkoisho”
Note that 'oof', 'whew', and 'whoa' are all widely used by all age groups. A 20-year-old might say 'oof' when lifting a heavy appliance, while a 90-year-old might say 'oof' when standing up.
Jun
22
comment Is there a polite alternative to “No thanks, I'm full”?
Be careful not to mention dessert before your host does---it could be rude to imply that your host is obliged to provide dessert. If dessert was already mentioned previously, then this would be a great reply, I think even in a formal setting.
Jun
19
comment When do we need to put a comma after “so”?
"So let it be" can be read two ways: "Therefore let it be" (using "so" as conjunction for logical continuity) or "Let it be this way" (using "so" as adverb referring to a certain manner, which may sound archaic).
Jun
19
answered When do we need to put a comma after “so”?
Jun
19
answered How to ask questions with “how many” in them?
Jun
18
answered “It is me” vs. “It is I”?
Jun
18
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Jun
18
answered “If the bowl had been stronger, my song had been longer.”
Jun
18
revised “Take long/longer/less long”
add google hit counts
Jun
18
revised “Take long/longer/less long”
negative is ok too..
Jun
18
answered “Take long/longer/less long”
Jun
14
answered “A dual nationality” vs. “dual nationalities”
Jun
12
awarded  Editor
Jun
12
revised What's the difference between grammar and syntax?
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