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I live in Lymington, Hampshire, and work in the Law Courts, which may have made my English slightly pedantic. I realize that Americans and other ex-colonials labour under a disadvantage, and regard it as an holy duty to assist them in speaking (and thinking) clearly.

"I don't have my references with me as I write, chiefly because you look so damn silly hauling a bookcase into a pub." Flann O'Brien, Irish Times column.


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answered In the word “Scent”, is the S or the C silent?
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reviewed Looks OK “Can you suggest some exercises to speak Vowels perfectly”…?
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reviewed Delete Difference between “classical” and “classic”
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comment Idiomatic currency exchange terminology
This is clearly not what is being asked, since "initial demand" is denominated in millions of dollars. I think OP will need to ask on a Russian site for the proper translation.
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answered “As per” and “in the case being”?
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reviewed Reject suggested edit on Is Modificator a word?
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comment Quoting lyrics or lines of poetry
possible duplicate of How to quote multiple lines of verse inline
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reviewed Reviewed writing a letter for someone else
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reviewed Reviewed Such is the way of American policymaking in health care
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reviewed No Action Needed University research or Academic research
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reviewed No Action Needed Term meaning careful and thorough, almost excessively so
Aug
23
comment can I say 'a 300-thousand city'
"Absolutely requires" is wrong; a ten-thousand strong army is perfectly idiomatic, not to say time-honoured. Not sure about a million-strong city, though.
Aug
23
comment Definition of 'Eucharist'
@DuaneT.Bentz: It appears that you misunderstand the word fallacy. There can be no fallacy in a word, only in those who put forward an argument. And before you start analysing elements you need to establish that eucharist in English is a compound word (which I believe to be false).
Aug
22
comment “driving across the state” or “driving across state”?
@WS2: I mildly disagree. "Driving through town" is certainly common, but doesn't have the same connotation of 'going to a spot the far side of [sc. our local] town, but still inside it (otherwise you could use the other side of town)'.
Aug
22
revised Carry we who die in battle
added 199 characters in body
Aug
22
answered Carry we who die in battle
Aug
22
reviewed Leave Closed What concepts are formed in a mind of a native English speaker when using the articles a, an, the?
Aug
22
reviewed Leave Closed what does it mean to “betray contempt for” someone?
Aug
21
comment Definition of 'Eucharist'
The meaning of a word does not depend on its derivation; en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etymological_fallacy. If you are asking about what the Greek elements mean, that's off-topic on ELU. (But essentially it means 'thanksgiving', just as in Modern Greek for 'Thank you' is Evcharisto.)
Aug
21
reviewed Close “We're pregnant!”