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Nov
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comment Repeating the consonant in many words in a sentence or phrase
What did they have in mind?
Nov
26
answered Repeating the consonant in many words in a sentence or phrase
Nov
26
answered Is the question mark misused in affirmative sentences?
Sep
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Aug
21
comment Why are there two pronunciations for “either”?
@Steve: That was just my way of pointing out that "there" was misspelled in the original title. :)
Aug
21
comment Why do you say “friend of mine” instead of “friend of me”?
That's not genitive case...
Aug
21
revised Why do you say “friend of mine” instead of “friend of me”?
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Aug
21
comment Why do you say “friend of mine” instead of “friend of me”?
Thanks for your feedback, though.
Aug
21
comment Why do you say “friend of mine” instead of “friend of me”?
The problem here is the article. So, for instance, you can say "This daughter of mine..." and it sounds fine whether she is your only daughter or not.
Aug
21
comment Why do you say “friend of mine” instead of “friend of me”?
I don't think I originally said that there is one form for all prepositional phrases, or even the same homophonic preposition. If I did say that, I was wrong.
Aug
21
revised Why do you say “friend of mine” instead of “friend of me”?
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Aug
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comment Why do you say “friend of mine” instead of “friend of me”?
No, I think this is wrong too. "of mine" doesn't mean the person is one of a group. "My" and "mine" are the same words in different cases. "My" is the nominative form.
Aug
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answered Why do you say “friend of mine” instead of “friend of me”?
Aug
21
comment What mnemonics help solve common linguistic issues?
I think that's not what most linguists would consider a "linguistic issue", as it's just about spelling.
Aug
21
comment Did eBay take the name from a Pig Latin word?
That's interesting. I always assumed that the company was based on the SF bay area, and that it was from "e", a common shortening of electronic which was popular at the time on analogy with "email", and "bay", referring to the area it was (I assumed) first deployed in.
Aug
21
comment “Fill out a form” or “fill in a form”
Well, if you consider American English less acceptable than British English, then I guess they are not both equally acceptable. That's up to you and your audience.
Aug
20
comment Proper Usage of gerund form of the verb
I agree, you don't "solve" paradigms. Apparently you aren't saying what you want to say.
Aug
20
revised “Do it” versus “do that”
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Aug
20
comment “Do it” versus “do that”
"Do" here is what you might call a proverb, it stands in for the verb in the antecedent clause. This is definitely a type of verb phrase ellipsis. I can recommend some reading for you if you doubt that.
Aug
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answered “Fill out a form” or “fill in a form”