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Sep
7
comment What are some examples of awkward sounding but grammatically correct sentences?
It means "blue text means it's a link you should click on"
Sep
7
comment Is it common for place names to lose their possessive apostrophe?
The London Underground isn't consistent in its use of apostrophes: "Earl's Court" station has an apostrophe, "Parsons Green" doesn't. "St James's Park" does, as do "St John's Wood" and "St Paul's", "Barons Court" does not...
Sep
6
comment When to use “that” and when to use “which”?
I heard a story once about someone copy-editing something by Alfred Tarski. They had switched every occurrence of "that" and "which", since they considered that Tarski had got them completely the wrong way round. Tarski sent back the manuscript with all the occurrences of "that" and "which" swapped back again.
Sep
6
comment Are there sentences in languages which use grammatical gender that lose meaning when translated into English?
That is the joke. Jeez... The second guy corrects him...
Sep
6
comment Plurals of foreign words
I guess the question then is: "what counts as frequent use?"
Sep
6
comment Why is “can I get” replacing “could I have”?
I knew someone who speculated that it's because the hard "g" and "t" of "get" are more assertive sounds than the softer "h" and "v" of "have". I like this theory.
Sep
5
comment Why do some words have two past tense forms (e.g. “dreamed” vs. “dreamt”)?
Wow. I'd never noticed that. Weird.
Sep
5
comment If the result of creating is creation
How about acquisition?
Sep
5
comment Naïve, naïf, naïvety, naïveté
I do write "Motörhead"
Sep
5
comment Plurals of foreign words
Well, "lemmae" is definitely wrong. For the same reason "octopi" is. The word "lemmata" certainly is used. I've seen it used myself. CoHA searches for "lemma*" aren't going to turn up much before 1900 because before then the majority of mathematics research was done in German and before that French or Latin.
Sep
5
comment Naïve, naïf, naïvety, naïveté
Interesting that naïf can be used as a noun...
Sep
5
revised Naïve, naïf, naïvety, naïveté
accents added; deleted 111 characters in body
Sep
4
asked Plurals of foreign words
Sep
4
asked Naïve, naïf, naïvety, naïveté
Sep
4
comment Why do some words have two past tense forms (e.g. “dreamed” vs. “dreamt”)?
Really? I'd never noticed that people ever use "proven" on TV in American TV shows...
Sep
4
comment Are there sentences in languages which use grammatical gender that lose meaning when translated into English?
No. "Look at the fly", basically. Is "mouche" even a French verb?
Sep
4
answered Are there sentences in languages which use grammatical gender that lose meaning when translated into English?
Sep
4
comment Why do some words have two past tense forms (e.g. “dreamed” vs. “dreamt”)?
My understanding was that "proven" even in British English was fairly outdated and normally reserved for when using "prove" to mean "test" rather than "demonstrate"
Sep
4
comment Examples of different roots (and different meanings) coming to be spelled the same
@Shinto Sherlock I'm trying to work out what you meant by your first comment. I don't see how it's relevant to the question I asked.
Sep
4
comment Regarding Re: ; what is the correct usage in an email subject line?
You missed a golden opportunity to call this question "Re: "Re:""