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"Then" is a time-dependent referent. "There" is a location-dependent referent. Since "past" is also a time-referent, "then" would be correct, for sake of consistency.


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Interesting topic. Thanks for opening it up. Might want to look into the 1915 lectures from Sigmund Freud and his Reality Principle. A "reality check" very likely originates from his principle and the famous "reality test." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality_principle


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Blow has a number of definitions and related phrasal verbs, as recounted in AHD: https://www.ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=blow Most are related to a strong or sudden movement of air, whether by a person a storm, or something else. We all know that the wind blows. In the basketball case “blowing by” a defender seems to mean avoiding the defender by ...


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'Thank you' is most often used to thank someone and this is non-ironic. It can be used ironically where the context or tone of voice used indicates the opposite meaning is to be understood. Irony is not particular to the English language. For example: Tuy bhalo khorsot Means you have done well in the Sylheti dialect of Bengali, but again by context or tone,...


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I've now found an instance of what I was looking for in this book written 182 years ago, in 1839. This is from page 14: In the establishment of the new States the navigation of rivers is declared to be at all times free to all citizens of the United States, without payment of any tolls or duties; and at the admission of Louisiana as a State in 1812 it was a ...


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The following extract from M-W suggests that the erroneous usage of unchartered instead of uncharted is sometime found in expression such as unchartered territory: The adjective uncharted describes something that is not recorded or plotted on a map, chart, or plan. Uncharted waters are those parts of the ocean that have never been mapped, or in some cases ...


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This ngram compares some apparently unrelated data. The timeline starts at 1960, and ends 2019. It seems to show an increase in many expressions relating to "on the cusp" starting roughly 1995, correspondingly with "Y2K"; and then increasing incrementally with my baseline ("on the way") , even though"Y2K" usage ...


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The term of art is that you are "Burying the lead". The final idea is your biggest claim, your main point is actually the last word. It may work to get a reader to turn the page but not as a succinct display of a claim. Just like a good lecture or other presentation you need to organize a sentence to get the message across properly. For that the ...


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I had benefited from the discussions here. Recently I came across some useful source in a reference book and I would like to share it as well. with regards to The traditional expressions are 'with regard to', 'in regard to', and 'as regards'. The bastard phrase 'with regards to', which marries 'with regard to' and 'give my regards to Broadway', is ...


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Companies spend 65% of their profits on buying back their shares because CEOs are incentivised to jack up the share price of their stocks through hefty bonuses. I would change this to Companies spend 65% of their profits on buying back their shares because hefty bonuses incentivize CEOs to jack up the share price of their stocks. But the real problem is that ...


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As another fan of @SvenYargs's masterful answers I'm hesitant to offer this alternative, but am posting in case this answer potentially offers any additional insight. I've written this as an iterative series of minor modifications accompanied by descriptions of each change. This is for demonstrative purposes and despite the facts that it leads to a few ...


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The sentence you've written is both overstuffed and underdefined. It tries to make an argument that could easily fill at least a paragraph; but it omits crucial details that would give the argument force and clarity, and it creates needless ambiguity in its placement of one particular phrase. In reading the sentence Companies spend 65% of their profits on ...


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It depends on the context the other person the formality of the situation Now, I have no idea if you left the comment only as "very golden" or if you said something like "this answer is great! It is golden, very golden indeed." If you only left a comment consisting of the two words, "very" and "golden", then it is ...


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