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For questions on how and why certain words are used in varying ways within various contexts.

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"It is may happen" is not correct. "It may happen" is correct. The "is" suggests "now", as in "Bob is hungry", but even given that, "is may" makes no sense. Even "It may happen" is pretty neutral: …
answered Oct 27 '13 by ZZMike
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For proof, I submit that "morning" is a particular time of day (usually from before sunrise until about noon), so "Good morning" applies only in the morning. You really wouldn't say "Good morning" at …
answered Oct 25 '13 by ZZMike
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It's not like saying "the cat's pajamas" or "23 skiddoo". We still use it — in informal speech. You're not likely to hear it on the TV weather report, though. It's definitely an idiom: heavy rains …
answered Oct 27 '13 by ZZMike
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Hemingway also hated (or at least avoided) adjectives and adverbs. Homework: find an Elmore Leonard book, find a few pages at random, and see how many adverbs there are. (I'll do that, too.) Elmore …
answered Aug 21 '13 by ZZMike