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by Phil White
Wed Oct 20, 2021 12:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: love you so
Replies: 2
Views: 1160

Re: love you so

Nice point, Tony. I would immediately have said that "... love you so" would almost certainly be understood as "so much", and I think that's probably true. But in other contexts, such as the police interview you present, the meaning is clearly not "so much". As so often, the semantics of the constru...
by Phil White
Mon Oct 18, 2021 3:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: you do with...
Replies: 2
Views: 221

Re: you do with...

As Erik says, b is simply wrong. I find a) perfectly natural. It's exactly the sort of thing people would say. As far as c) is concerned, in the absence of any other context to the contrary, it is implicit that the trust only applies to matters of money. Again, it is the sort of thing you will hear,...
by Phil White
Mon Oct 18, 2021 3:03 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Religion - politics - weather
Replies: 8
Views: 511

Re: Religion - politics - weather

I stay home a lot. :shock: Delightful, Bonnie! I am still giggling. I am a political animal, like Bob, and also like Bob, I am an atheist. I have long ceased worrying about social niceties when talking to people. I will always talk about politics, no matter what the situation. I have no time for pe...
by Phil White
Mon Oct 18, 2021 2:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: was rich herself
Replies: 2
Views: 246

Re: was rich herself

"... rich in her/their own right ..." is common to express this idea.
by Phil White
Mon Oct 18, 2021 2:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a mask is required
Replies: 2
Views: 254

Re: a mask is required

Which, if any, of the suggestions is appropriate, will depend on the context. Is this a notice outside the building? Is it part of a conversation somebody is having about the office building they work in? Is it part of a set of instructions given to trainee firefighters? "Visitors must wear masks to...
by Phil White
Fri Oct 15, 2021 5:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Spooky pond
Replies: 7
Views: 681

Re: Spooky pond

Yes. I had forgotten the Thailand cave rescue. There are many karst regions across the whole of South East Asia (including Vietnam, of course). Many of the spectacular coastlines that we see, such as the memorable James Bond Island (Khao Phing Kan with the iconic Ko Ta Pu) are typical of karst regio...
by Phil White
Thu Oct 14, 2021 11:19 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: A ferry
Replies: 8
Views: 748

Re: A ferry

In the early 1970s, I crossed to the Isle of Skye in Scotland over the old ferry link, which was of the type you describe. By the time I next went to Skye in about 1995 or so, they had built the Skye Bridge, which is nowhere near as much fun. I always feel that taking a ferry gives you a sense of ad...
by Phil White
Thu Oct 14, 2021 11:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Spooky pond
Replies: 7
Views: 681

Re: Spooky pond

I don't see much of that except the colour and a massive sense of depth. It reminded me of the famous spring at Vaucluse, and of the Blautopf in Southwest Germany, both of which are karst springs. So I looked up karst spring . I was not mistaken. The first picture on the Wiki page is the spring that...
by Phil White
Wed Oct 13, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: at which
Replies: 1
Views: 313

Re: at which

Yes. "Sentential which", "sentential relative pronoun" or, most commonly, "sentential relative clause" are all used to describe this construction, in which the relative pronoun does not have a single-word referent, but instead refers to an entire clause. All of them are grammatical, although you wil...
by Phil White
Mon Oct 11, 2021 12:58 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: School Teacher
Replies: 9
Views: 996

Re: School Teacher

In answer to your original question, Steven, I guess my teachers as a whole were doing the best they could in the times they lived in. I hated only two, one at primary school and one at secondary school; I despised a couple; I admired and respected a few. But many of them, I have probably forgotten ...
by Phil White
Mon Oct 11, 2021 12:09 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: A bottle of wine
Replies: 13
Views: 4192

Re: A bottle of wine

As far as your original question is concerned, Steven, there is no really established convention in the UK. Different families, groups of friends and so on will do things differently. Certainly, trolley is correct in that if somebody gives me a special bottle of wine for my birthday when I invite th...
by Phil White
Sun Oct 10, 2021 11:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: who is your boss
Replies: 2
Views: 387

Re: who is your boss

According to traditional grammatical analysis, only sentence 1 is the correct formulation for a reported question. That said, the formulation in sentence 2 has always been around, although some people would insist on quotation marks around the question in written English. As far as the semantics are...
by Phil White
Sun Oct 10, 2021 11:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: pronouns
Replies: 2
Views: 398

Re: pronouns

In spoken English, a or c every time, although it has to be said that the subject and verb would generally be completely omitted: "Who is the manager?" "The tall lady who left the room a few minutes ago." A polite and formal alternative would be "Who is the manager?" "That would be the tall lady who...
by Phil White
Sun Oct 10, 2021 11:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anything else
Replies: 4
Views: 734

Re: anything else

To go back to your original question, your assumptions are broadly correct, namely that "anything else" suggests "something additional" and "something else" suggests "something additional". Your surmise that "anything else" may possibly be used in casual speech in place of "something else" is probab...
by Phil White
Sun Oct 10, 2021 11:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anything at all
Replies: 1
Views: 485

Re: anything at all

Typos in the original corrected. Interesting. I had never thought of that. The sentences are unwieldy, but the principle that "anything at all" has two contradictory meanings is correct. It seems to mean "anything, no matter how insignificant" and "anything and everything". A new insight! Every day ...