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Aug
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asked How do you make the possessive form with “He and I”-style subjects?
Jul
16
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Jul
15
comment Is “many fewer combinations” correct?
@Robusto Although certainly related, I don't think this is a duplicate as it's asking about a different issue (specifically, much vs. many and which is used with "fewer").
Jul
15
revised Is “many fewer combinations” correct?
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Jul
15
answered Is “many fewer combinations” correct?
Jul
13
comment thrice, twice, once, *zeroce?
@whoabackoff "-fold" doesn't mean "{number} times", but rather "times {number}" (which is significantly different in meaning) and can generally only be used in comparisons, not occurrences.
Jul
13
answered thrice, twice, once, *zeroce?
Jul
4
comment Which of these two sentences is correct (“processes” vs. “process”)?
I think the real question is one you have to answer yourself: are there multiple processes behind your projects, or is there one unifying process behind all of them?
Jul
4
comment “than would be”
@kiamlaluno There's quite a bit more to it than that; there are several other realis moods than simply indicative.
Jul
3
comment “than would be”
@FumbleFingers I agree wholeheartedly with your comment about committing to linguistics.se. There are actually US-based academics weighing in on the matter (or so say my -- admittedly cursory -- searches through LLBA), but really, mood and modality are essentially black magic to me. :) I do agree that this question would be better suited to linguistics.se, however.
Jul
3
comment “than would be”
@Tim: If you are interested, the referenced book is apparently: Palmer, F. R. 1986. Mood and modality. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University.
Jul
3
comment “than would be”
@Tim: The text of the entry from the dictionary I cited is available at this website; I have not read the referenced paper so I cannot give any more specific information. However, the term irrealis mood(s) is not used widely in English grammar, which may be related to the fact that very few of the irrealis moods exist in English (I believe only the conditional and subjunctive moods do). Out of curiosity, and if I may ask: what is your native language?
Jul
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Jul
3
comment “than would be”
@mplungjan: From a semantic viewpoint, it conveys the same information, but I felt as if @Tim wanted something which was deleted, rather than simply rephrasing the second half of each sentence.
Jul
3
comment “than would be”
@FumbleFingers: realis and irrealis moods are discussed in other sources than Wikipedia, including Semantics by John I. Saeed and The prominence of tense, aspect, and mood by D. N. Shankara Bhat (among others). A Dictionary of Grammatical Terms in Linguistics also contains a definition, though it notes that at least one source recommends against its use -- however, it is an actual term. I don't see why this should be closed, per se.
Jul
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Jul
3
comment “than would be”
@kiamlaluno, Irrealis mood
Jul
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answered “than would be”
Jul
2
answered Meaning of “build-up”
Jun
29
revised “To enable him to escape” vs. “to enable him escape”
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