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by Phil White
Sat Sep 18, 2021 6:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: almost all
Replies: 2
Views: 165

Re: almost all

In the way in which you stated the sentences, they are not really ambiguous in the way you suggest. And intuitively, you know why. You write: However in the case of the three first sentences things seem to be different. (a) and (b) mean I can almost finish all the fruit on that table. All of the ori...
by Phil White
Sat Sep 18, 2021 5:27 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Articulated buses
Replies: 2
Views: 135

Re: Articulated buses

Articulated buses have only rarely been used in the UK. The current Prime Minister, Boris Johnson promoted their use in London when he was Mayor of London, but they have since all been withdrawn. I believe that they were also used in a couple of other cities, but they have never been popular here. W...
by Phil White
Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: all of whose
Replies: 3
Views: 190

Re: all of whose

"A triangle whose all sides are equal". No. Quite so. Sadly, there are more than 3500 hits for precisely that phrase on Google. All sites that are plagiarizing the same source. If you look at the full text of these pages (e.g. the one at https://www.ask-math.com/types-of-triangles-on-the-basis-of-s...
by Phil White
Fri Sep 17, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: all of whose
Replies: 3
Views: 190

Re: all of whose

Only b sounds correct to me. Correct, but tiresomely pedantic. Try:
"He was the man whose belongings were all destroyed." Far more natural.

I can think of no mathematical context for the structure in c.
by Phil White
Wed Sep 15, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Steamed apple snails
Replies: 4
Views: 194

Re: Steamed apple snails

I'm a vegetarian nowadays, but when I still ate meat, I could never bring myself to eat snails, insects of any kind, including locusts, or indeed offal, blood sausage of any kind. Now, after a few years as a vegetarian, I actually find the thought of meat quite unpleasant most of the time. My own jo...
by Phil White
Mon Sep 13, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Skip rocks
Replies: 3
Views: 171

Re: Skip rocks

In the UK, we say "skip stones", not "skip rocks". When I was younger and could see far more than I can now, I loved skipping stones and was pretty good at it. When you get one just right, it's almost impossible to count the number of times a stone skips before it sinks. I guess the best I ever did ...
by Phil White
Mon Sep 13, 2021 3:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The Redeemer
Replies: 6
Views: 336

Re: The Redeemer

In all Christian traditions, it is believed that all humans are sinful and deserve to be punished in Hell when they die (the notion of "original sin"). But Christians also believe that Christ came to earth to take the punishment due to all humans by dying on the cross. If people believe in Christ, t...
by Phil White
Mon Sep 13, 2021 10:43 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Flying kites
Replies: 9
Views: 671

Re: Flying kites

I am impressed! They are very easy to fly when you get the hang of it. The only tip I have is: if you do, say, ten clockwise loops, make sure you do ten anticlockwise loops to unwind the control lines again. When they are twisted about 20 or so times, the kite gets difficult to control. Oh, and have...
by Phil White
Sun Sep 12, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Flying kites
Replies: 9
Views: 671

Re: Flying kites

When I was in my late teens, there was a craze in the UK for flying "Peter Powell" stunt kites , and I had two. They had two strings and you could join several together and fly them in formation. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed them! The footage in the link above has made me very nostalgic! Here'...
by Phil White
Sun Sep 12, 2021 1:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: High volume
Replies: 2
Views: 216

Re: High volume

Yes, your understanding is correct. It does sound a little strange to my ears to say "with high volume" to indicate a large number of patients, but that's clearly what it means.
by Phil White
Sun Sep 12, 2021 1:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: asked them to stop
Replies: 2
Views: 187

Re: asked them to stop

Again, trying to pack so much information into a single sequence is causing the problem. Depending on the context, a speaker would approach the sentence differently. In particular, I think the relative clause would be avoided completely. The simplest rendering (in speech with a strong emphasis on "i...
by Phil White
Sun Sep 12, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Good for the soul
Replies: 2
Views: 309

Re: Good for the soul

That is more than enough to get you slung out of today's Labour Party in the UK...
by Phil White
Wed Sep 08, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Coming through
Replies: 4
Views: 407

Re: Coming through

Yes, Erik's suggestion "mind your backs" is natural, although I have no trouble with "watch out". All you need to do is catch the people's attention. The situation speaks for itself. Actually, I could well hear myself simply saying "Move!".
by Phil White
Wed Sep 08, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Regret
Replies: 5
Views: 489

Re: Regret

Not taking a job in Kathmandu when I had the chance.

Oh, and not spending more time watching pointless YouTube videos...
by Phil White
Mon Sep 06, 2021 8:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: buss vs kiss
Replies: 4
Views: 397

Re: buss vs kiss

Kissing and bussing differ both in this, We busse our wantons, but our wives we kisse. [Robert Herrick, "Hesperides," 1648] "Wanton" in this context undoubtedly refers to a whore or mistress. Perhaps I am cynical, but that could, of course, be read either way ... Not entirely sure that this has any...