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by tony h
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hat and jacket
Replies: 4
Views: 100

Re: Hat and jacket

My dearly beloved suggests that the hair adornment is a fascinator defined as : a woman's light, decorative headpiece consisting of feathers, flowers, beads, etc. attached to a comb or hair clip . BonnieL - I am tempted to agree with you on "stole" but the fact that it is tied, says my dearly belove...
by tony h
Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Ask the Wordwizard Archive
Topic: drunk-o-meter
Replies: 3
Views: 1436

Re: drunk-o-meter

I hadn't heard of it before except in the jovial Irish themed images http://www.theholidayspot.com/patrick/img/drunk-meter.png I presume the O'Meter is a play on the Irish names like O'Malley, O'Conner etc But for the technically minded here is the original device: http://www.indianalegalarchive.com...
by tony h
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: isn't smart to
Replies: 1
Views: 53

Re: isn't smart to

The idea is basically that : The fact that he has done .... doesn't mean he is ... They don't really achieve that for me. Adding "because" or "just because" or "for"" to create the thought. Not: He isn't foolish to believe what they say. rather: He isn't foolish because he believed what they said. ...
by tony h
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Huge cover thing
Replies: 3
Views: 93

Re: Huge cover thing

by tony h
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: we have anything you need
Replies: 3
Views: 99

Re: we have anything you need

If we imagine that the total collection of items a young mother needs is 100 then As a basic premise anything cannot be interchanged with everything. 1) We have anything a young mother needs. ie we stock all 100 items. 2) They think they have anything a young mother needs. ie they stock all 100 item...
by tony h
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Tall chairs
Replies: 2
Views: 88

Re: Tall chairs

All the right words but not necessarily in the right order.

They are bar-stools which may explain the proximity to the bar.
by tony h
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: must have lasted
Replies: 3
Views: 102

Re: must have lasted

With those either option works as well as the other. There are some odd, context specific, circumstances where one or other would be preferable.
by tony h
Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: must have lasted
Replies: 3
Views: 102

Re: must have lasted

Can one use: 1) It had to be about five o'clock when he came back . instead of: 2) It must have been about five o'clock when he came back. Can one use: 3) The meeting had to last for about three hours. 3a) The meeting had to have lasted for about three hours. instead of: 4) The meeting must have la...
by tony h
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Long chair
Replies: 2
Views: 102

Re: Long chair

where it is essentially a number of individual seats linked togeather on a beam it is known as [ta .. da..] beam seating.
by tony h
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: our English
Replies: 1
Views: 81

Re: our English

Yes.

I am not sure quite why but it sounds slightly awkward although there is nothing actually wrong with it. I might use: "Our English is as bad as each other's".
by tony h
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: offered me twenty dollars
Replies: 1
Views: 79

Re: offered me twenty dollars

They are all perfectly usable.
by tony h
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Close to it
Replies: 2
Views: 96

Re: Close to it

You are correct. But for the sake of clarity: "he was close to making a punch but restrained himself" rather than "he was close to it and missed".
by tony h
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Boat
Replies: 7
Views: 212

Re: Boat

tony h: Thanks a lot for your answer. The link really helps. Steven, I noticed, and forgot to mention, that they refer to Vietnamese Corracles but are missing information. They specifically ask for content. I wondered if you may be able to help with information on Vietnamese corracles. If so the co...
by tony h
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more books than you've seen
Replies: 6
Views: 151

Re: more books than you've seen

do you agree with what I say about '2'? 2) I've read more books than you own in your library. I think '2' basically means the number of books I have read is greater than the number of books in your library. We have three possibilities: a) I have read all the books you own in your library and then s...
by tony h
Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more books than you've seen
Replies: 6
Views: 151

Re: more books than you've seen

My uncle bought a country which had a ballroom and a library. The library seemed rather desolate as he didn't read much just a few books on equine health and a readers' digest. So when I found myself in between places he kindly offered his library for the storage of my books. It strikes me, although...