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by tony h
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Violin, viola.
Replies: 6
Views: 252

Re: Violin, viola.

trolley wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:31 pm
I've known two women with that name and both pronounced their names as "Vye ola".
@Ken Greenwald
When it is a lady's name I assume it comes from the flower viola, as in violet. For this the pronunciations, according to the OED, Brit. /ˈvʌɪələ/, /ˈvɪələ/, /vʌɪˈəʊlə/, U.S. /viˈoʊlə/
by tony h
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Never does a thing
Replies: 4
Views: 154

Re: Never does a thing

Armchair Warrior
works in many cases.
by tony h
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Violin, viola.
Replies: 6
Views: 252

Re: Violin, viola.

And here is the OED ’s pronunciations. I have always been too lazy to learn or look up their pronunciation codes but I get the impression that it accepts both and gives the British as well as U.S. versions. Brit. /ˈvʌɪələ/, /ˈvɪələ/, /vʌɪˈəʊlə/ U.S. /viˈoʊlə/ Ken – July 14, 2019 Interestingly the O...
by tony h
Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cat family
Replies: 2
Views: 180

Re: Cat family

This may help. The expression is common.

https://www.reference.com/pets-animals/ ... 65d19b9e66
by tony h
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Having Drinking
Replies: 6
Views: 276

Re: Having Drinking

I prefer this construction, and note the "a". She's over there in Starbucks having a coffee. She's over there in Starbucks drinking a coffee. Your use of "a" gets around the point that Erik made earlier. "having coffee" may be tea and cake, "having a coffee" will be having a coffee. Albeit one of t...
by tony h
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Fall asleep quickly
Replies: 3
Views: 161

Re: Fall asleep quickly

There are phrases:
- she's asleep before her head hits the pillow
- he goes out like a light
- closes his eyes and he is dead to the world


Also "narcoleptic" but I advise you look it up before using it.
by tony h
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: make sense of
Replies: 4
Views: 189

Re: make sense of

I agree with all of Erik's first response. Very nicely put. :)

In the 2nd , only b seems comfortable. a & c seem more probably in the context that "he" is either a contributor or an editor.
by tony h
Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Having Drinking
Replies: 6
Views: 276

Re: Having Drinking

The second sounds slightly odd rather than "She's drinking coffee at Starbucks over there" I would use "She's having coffee at Starbucks over there". To use "drinking" seem to provide an emphasis to the action that suggests it is an inappropriate action. "She's drinking coffee and she knows that she...
by tony h
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: and vs. or
Replies: 4
Views: 177

Re: and vs. or

I am sure Phil could give you a technical analysis. Here is my lay view. Both are fine. c seems to refer to the group whereas d seems to refer to the people in the group. d seems more logical but I suspect that is my Aspie brain rather than a social brain. :) c. When I was a child, all my friends wa...
by tony h
Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: and vs. or
Replies: 4
Views: 177

Re: and vs. or

They probably do mean the same being "one or other". It used to be very important to incorporate the skills of an artist with those of a scientist in which case "scientists and artists" may be more specific. Now it is a rather specialised skill. It is interesting that the first evidence of DNAs role...
by tony h
Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: All together
Replies: 3
Views: 212

Re: All together

I have no answer for this. I would not have thought there would be a common phrase.
by tony h
Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I'm still alive
Replies: 8
Views: 421

Re: I'm still alive

The reality is that 99% (unverified) will simply answer "I'm fine" because neither the question nor the answer have any value. It is just a social exchange. When the question is asked in more social circles, or on occasions where there is a relationship (work, friendship, family, team), a whole vari...
by tony h
Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Handle maintenance
Replies: 5
Views: 489

Re: Handle maintenance

It also very much depends on the scale. An 8 bed hotel will have different staff with different titles to a 1000 bed hotel.


Note also that it is "an 8 bed hotel" rather than "8 bedroomed hotel" even though the former is usually, in my experience, a count of rooms rather than potential occupants.
by tony h
Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: hard question to ask
Replies: 3
Views: 363

Re: hard question to ask

With 1 & 2 I am unclear whether it is "difficult to construct a question that gets to the point" or whether it is "logistically difficult" or whether it is "surrounded by emotional or status issues".
by tony h
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: True Story
Replies: 1
Views: 475

Re: True Story

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8079248/


Mind you, it would have taken a few hours in Chinese.