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Jul
31
answered If a room cannot be escaped, it is inescapable. What if a room cannot be entered?
Jul
27
answered What, exactly, is the point of beginning a sentence with “Well…”?
Jul
27
comment Why does “ow” have two different sounds
In general spellings don't make sounds, sounds are written down. It's a case of two sounds being written the same way, not one piece of writing making two sounds.
Jul
8
comment Why doesn't it go like “him and his wife”?
This answer doesn't address the author's intentions. If this was non-fiction I would agree that 'he' is a hyper-correction, but I'm not convinced that Salinger intended it to be read as such rather than simply as an error.
Jul
8
comment Why doesn't it go like “him and his wife”?
I think 'helluva' is an 'Eye Dialect' spelling of 'hell of a'. It doesn't seem to indicate a different pronunciation, but the choice of spelling affects the readers perception of the character.
Jun
18
comment What is an adjective for “almost, but not entirely correct”?
Some people would use wrong for this.
Jun
14
comment How to pronounce “aa” vowel pair?
The rules that English does have are really spelling rules, not pronunciation rules. For the most part spellings have historically been created to represent pronunciations, not the other way around. The spoken language is the main form.
Apr
24
comment What is the origin of “analogue” as a term meaning “non-digital?”
It doesn't have to be converted into an electric impulse analogue - it can be some other form that is analogous to the thing being represented. For instance the angle between a clock hand and the 12 mark is analogous to the time.
Apr
23
comment Word for 'possessing large gravity well'?
The question isn't about gravity in the sense of 'seriousness or solemnity of manner', it's about the physical force. Derivation is a very unreliable guide to current meanings.
Apr
23
comment Word for 'possessing large gravity well'?
That's not what 'grave' means.
Apr
14
answered A term for words that change pronunciation with part of speech
Jan
21
answered What is the name of the profession “creating layouts for web sites and CSS and HTML” in English?
Jan
5
answered Expression for “getting 'aha' moment after long time of failing explanations”
Dec
28
comment Why is service pronounced the way it is?
"the same pronunciation rules" I don't think we generally have pronunciation rules in English. Spellings were normally made to represent pronunciations, rather than the other way around.
Dec
22
comment Is it correct to use the superlative word “best” as a verb according to prescriptive grammar?
I think the idea that there are two sorts of grammar - prescriptive and descriptive, and you can choose which to study - is misleading. There is grammar, and there are two activities you can get involved in - describing it and prescribing it.
Dec
22
comment Is it correct to use the superlative word “best” as a verb according to prescriptive grammar?
Yes. The site prescribes how to use the site. I don't think it should generally prescribe how to use English.
Dec
19
comment Can 'artificial' be used alone?
If the compound is identical to one from a living thing, it can be called "nature identical", but not "natural".
Dec
19
answered Can 'artificial' be used alone?
Dec
18
comment Is it correct to use the superlative word “best” as a verb according to prescriptive grammar?
I think the purpose of this site is in describing English language and usage accurately, not prescribing it. Descriptions of prominent or widespread prescriptions would be on topic, but I think our own prescriptions would not be.
Dec
18
comment Plural or singular
Ok, so we should always search for duplicates before answering?