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Yet another geeky guy with a thing about code, graphics and trains.

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awarded  Famous Question
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comment I thought blah blah blah, and I was right. Is the comma correct?
Interestingly, in Italian you are usually taught not to use the comma at all in a case like this, precisely because you are using a conjunction that coordinates two independent sentences. The rationale is that you are just trying to reproduce the pause you make when you speak the sentence, so in other words it would be appropriate when writing direct speech, but not in a more formal setting.
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revised Bringing word into existence just by calling and using it
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comment Bringing word into existence just by calling and using it
you are absolutely right, the Wikipedia article I linked is pretty clear in that respect too. Thank you, I just learned that I've always misunderstood the concept
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answered Bringing word into existence just by calling and using it
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comment Are synonyms always bidirectional?
I don't think the example is a good one, as it exploits the fact that "lead" can have completely unrelated meanings. Sticking to the first meaning, you can indeed say "lead actor = main actor", but I don't think you can say "lead course" (in a meal), "lead entrance" (in a building) etc. whereas "main" would be perfectly ok in those cases.
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answered Phrase for observing a rule in a malicious way
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awarded  Popular Question
Apr
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comment “1 in 10 are” or “1 in 10 is”?
The mismatch between actual and perceived count is called "concordanza a senso" in Italian (it means: "matching by meaning"). I think it's a useful concept to keep in mind: it doesn't matter what the subject is grammatically, it matters whether it's perceived as singular or plural when heard/read. Btw also in Italian both uses are accepted, with some particular instances sounding more natural than others.
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accepted What's the usual meaning of “monkey business”?
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asked What's the usual meaning of “monkey business”?
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answered Is there a word or phrase for a choice that ultimately leads to tragedy?
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