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by Phil White
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: who we found out
Replies: 1
Views: 104

Re: who we found out

This is a particularly ugly example of a double relative clause. Sentence 1 sounds OK. In sentence 4, the "him" at the end is entirely lost. Sentences 2 and 3 really illustrate why this is a particularly ugly specimen. The "whom" is simply wrong. "Jack" is not the object of "found out". The object, ...
by Phil White
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Small hinges swing big doors
Replies: 17
Views: 8010

Re: Small hinges swing big doors

To be notified of replies, check the box "Notify me when a reply is posted" below the Submit button. This setting is then remembered for all future posts. Yes. It seems that the concept was around in the mid-19th century. I found a couple: "On such little hinges of law do the great gates hang..." ("...
by Phil White
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the young people/young people
Replies: 1
Views: 54

Re: the young people/young people

Grammatically, they are all fine. They are all generalizations (with or without the article). The generalization is stronger with the article, but is never taken to imply that all young people behave in the same way. If you were to dissect the sentences far too finely, 1 and 3 would mean that "the p...
by Phil White
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide
Replies: 13
Views: 4692

Re: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide

Phil is considering whether to close the thread... Despite having strong views on the issue and despite never having felt constrained to hide my opinions on Wordwizard, and despite the fact that I welcome discussion, light-hearted or otherwise on subjects other than language on the site, I chose not...
by Phil White
Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Husky and Hoarse
Replies: 7
Views: 711

Re: Husky and Hoarse

Raspy: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/61/Raspel_Baiter.jpg/1280px-Raspel_Baiter.jpg By Simon A. Eugster - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 Husky: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c4/E8025-Milyanfan-corn-huskers.jpg/1024px-E8025-Milyanfan-corn-huskers.jpg By Vmenk...
by Phil White
Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Husky and Hoarse
Replies: 7
Views: 711

Re: Husky and Hoarse

by Phil White
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: aside from
Replies: 3
Views: 621

Re: aside from

Hmmmmm. "Aside from", "apart from", "besides". As far as I see it, "besides" always carries the meaning "in addition to". "Apart from" and "aside from" both seem to be able to carry both meanings, namely "except for" and "in addition to", depending on context. My intuition tells me that "apart from"...
by Phil White
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Husky and Hoarse
Replies: 7
Views: 711

Re: Husky and Hoarse

Generally, we would use "hoarse" to refer to the type of voice you have when you have a very sore throat. It is often deep, but is also "breathy" and it "cracks" with some odd high tones as well. A "hoarse" voice will usually go away again when the sore throat goes away. A "husky" voice describes a ...
by Phil White
Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Where should 'only' go?
Replies: 3
Views: 506

Re: Where should 'only' go?

And immediately, I come across this from Cambridge Dictionaries: We can use only as an adverb in different positions, depending on its focus. If the subject is the focus, we put only in front position: Only Jason knows where the key is kept. Only a very small bed will fit in this room. [/i] If the f...
by Phil White
Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Where should 'only' go?
Replies: 3
Views: 506

Re: Where should 'only' go?

You are "right", but increasingly out of step with modern usage (which means that, at some point in the future, you will become "wrong"). As a rule, the placement of "only" in sentences such as the one you quote does not render the meaning ambiguous, and the tendency is to place it in the normal adv...
by Phil White
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: can't only
Replies: 2
Views: 456

Re: can't only

Your intuition is correct. b) does not work. The rest do, some better than others. c), e) and f) would all sound better with "just" in place of "only". I find it difficult to explain exactly why b) does not work, but here is an attempt. The basis of the statement in b) is the "not only ... but also ...
by Phil White
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: some of his poems
Replies: 2
Views: 461

Re: some of his poems

a) No and no. b) At first glance, it is very odd. I suppose one could create an outrageous context in which it might make some sense. c) Not necessarily, but it could do. d) Again, it is hard to construct a context in which this would make a lot of sense. Your supplementary question: Yes. That would...
by Phil White
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: aside from
Replies: 3
Views: 621

Re: aside from

I can see where you are coming from, but they all seem okay to me. There is no need for the "aside from" or "beside" phrase to relate to the subject of the main clause. You can even do things like:
"Aside from the Premier League, he also scored seven goals in the Champions League last year."
by Phil White
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Royal pain
Replies: 4
Views: 717

Re: Royal pain

My experience is that "royal" in this sense is generally, or at least often, combined with "right", thus "... a right royal pain ...".
by Phil White
Thu Jul 25, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: On the fly
Replies: 11
Views: 952

Re: On the fly

As I hinted at above, I only really know the meaning 4 that you give for "on the fly". Perhaps that is a UK thing, and the other meanings simply haven't flown across the pond. As far as "winging it" is concerned, the theatrical derivation triggered all my folk etymology sensors. It really does stink...