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Aug
24
comment Ambiguous connotation of “just” - How do natives interpret these?
'I ate just/only an apple' is clear, but it sounds a bit unusual to me.
Sep
20
comment Is two-thirds plural?
But amount is sometimes plural. 538.2 pounds of pizza were eaten.
Sep
11
comment Can I say “We don't must”, any alternative using a modal verb if I can't?
More about this on wikipedia
Sep
9
comment The meaning of Descending Priority when some possibly contradicting ordering is also are specified
In general it's normal to "order items by descending priority" meaning the important ones come first, regardless of your specific numbering scheme. It would be pretty strange to list unimportant items first.
Sep
9
comment Past participle of “spit”
Wikipedia already has a pretty complete list of English irregular verbs.
Sep
6
comment To live in ignorance of just happiness
Could you give more context? What concept are you trying to express, precisely?
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
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
10
comment What is it called phonetically, when Americans change the pronunciation of “pronunciation” to “pro-*noun*-ciation”?
I agree with your answer: this is leveling that maintains the stem. But I disagree when you say the rest of us aren't recreating the reduction every time we pronounce the word. I'm pretty sure I would do the same [aʊ] -> [ʌ] reduction for nonce words with -ation suffix, such as razlound->razlundation, spennouct->spennuctation
Apr
30
comment What's the meaning of the symbol ‡?
You may be thinking of U+2260 NOT EQUAL TO (decodeunicode.org/en/u+2260), which looks similar to U+2021 DOUBLE DAGGER (decodeunicode.org/en/u+2021)
Apr
26
comment Can/should I put a comma before a phrase's time specifier?
+1 In these examples, the comma is only acceptable/necessary if the time phrase comes first: 'While the others were out, I ate lunch.' (comma necessary)