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-Charles Babbage


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Aug
28
comment What part of speech is “on” in “on fire”?
Hm... Merriam-Webster agrees. I suppose I'll accept this despite my English geek friends' protestations that this is a bastardization of the word.
Aug
28
comment What part of speech is “on” in “on fire”?
@Atomix, who the heck is Alec Trebec?
Aug
28
accepted When should “into” be used rather than “in to,” and vice versa?
Aug
28
asked “Dear Sir or Madam” versus “To whom it may concern”
Aug
24
comment How much punctuation is appropriate when ending a sentence with a full-sentence quotation?
Just to be clear, it was very much intentional that "[my] question is specific to when the outer sentence ends at the same place as the quoted sentence."
Aug
17
awarded  Teacher
Aug
16
awarded  Nice Question
Aug
15
asked What part of speech is “on” in “on fire”?
Aug
12
awarded  Beta
Aug
6
comment What manual of style should I use for technical writing for US Federal Government documents?
could you use @Lord or similar in the future? @Torg doesn't trigger the notification system. I asked the meta question per your request, it's at meta.english.stackexchange.com/questions/35/…
Aug
6
comment Is there a correct gender-neutral, singular pronoun (“his” versus “her” versus “their”)?
I agree with @njd (reverse elitism is common in the US as well) but +1 anyways because the wording of this answer takes that into account.
Aug
6
comment What manual of style should I use for technical writing for US Federal Government documents?
Interesting question, but this is really about government work, not English language usage. You could just as easily ask which brand of pen to use while doing government work, or what make of car to lease.
Aug
6
comment What’s the rule for using “who” and “whom” correctly?
These sorts of tests work because "who" is for subjects and "whom" is for objects.
Aug
6
awarded  Editor
Aug
6
revised How much punctuation is appropriate when ending a sentence with a full-sentence quotation?
capitalized "do"
Aug
6
awarded  Commentator
Aug
6
comment What is the correct spelling of “buyer* remorse”?
Wikipedia aside, the reasoning -- based on the purpose of apostrophes -- is perfect. +1 @nohat
Aug
6
comment Are actors taught to roll their “r”'s?
An interesting question, but ultimately about acting, not English usage. Voting to close.
Aug
6
asked How much punctuation is appropriate when ending a sentence with a full-sentence quotation?
Aug
6
comment Should I use a semicolon or a dash to connect two closely related sentences?
@Jared, that grief I referred to was suffered when I was a copy editor, so I know exactly what you mean.