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by tony h
Wed Oct 27, 2021 3:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Rabbit Hunting
Replies: 0
Views: 43

Rabbit Hunting

Punctuation isn't a strong point for me. There is a grammar meme going around (I am never quite sure what a meme is) which shoes two pictures side by side. The first is of a hunter hunting rabbit, the second is of a large rabbit having hunting and having captured a man. The captions are "Rabbit hunt...
by tony h
Wed Oct 27, 2021 3:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: made a mistake
Replies: 1
Views: 89

Re: made a mistake

1. No.
2. Sometimes.
3 & 4 Usually.
by tony h
Wed Oct 27, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: To be served buffet style
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Re: To be served buffet style

There will be a buffet. food will be a buffet. Sarah is putting on a buffet. Sarah is having a buffet. Sarah is laying on a buffet. A: Are you going to Sarah's party? B: Yes, I am. A: What kind of party is it? B: Well, I heard she's going to make dinner for everyone. The food will be served buffet s...
by tony h
Sun Oct 24, 2021 6:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: up, down and sideways
Replies: 1
Views: 166

Re: up, down and sideways

All of a,b,c and 1,2, 3 have many more possibilities of interpretation. If I needed a precise statement they all fall a long way short.
by tony h
Sun Oct 24, 2021 6:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the good times
Replies: 1
Views: 134

Re: the good times

My initial reaction was that I would not use the first. Then I thought about it and there are good reasons to use the first. The difference is simple. The first is singular and so refers to a single period of time of indeterminate length. The second is plural and so refers to multiple occasions of i...
by tony h
Fri Oct 22, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: and then decide
Replies: 2
Views: 188

Re: and then decide

This is a method we have to study, and decide what we want to do is improved with a "then" This is a method we have to study, and then decide what we want to do. However this is better This is a method we have to study before we decide what we want to do. The same 1) This is a method we have to stud...
by tony h
Fri Oct 22, 2021 8:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Speakerphone
Replies: 2
Views: 188

Re: Speakerphone

For me the objection is to the action of using a phone on loud speaker rather than a dislike of the people. After all I am unlikely to know the people.

So my wording would be : I dislike people using their phones on loudspeaker in public.
by tony h
Thu Oct 21, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Offering seats to the elderly
Replies: 6
Views: 361

Re: Offering seats to the elderly

Oxford is taking over from Bristol as the university that spouts claptrap.
by tony h
Tue Oct 19, 2021 7:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: love you so
Replies: 2
Views: 1160

Re: love you so

I can't answer on the subject of love. However with 2) I don't know why the police questioned me so. mean 2a) I don't know why the police questioned me so much. they bring very different meanings. 2 suggests the line of questioning was puzzling, 2a suggests the questioning took a long time. They cou...
by tony h
Mon Oct 18, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Religion - politics - weather
Replies: 8
Views: 513

Re: Religion - politics - weather

Stevenloan wrote: Mon Oct 18, 2021 3:07 am Bob, BonnieL, trolley and tony h : Thank you all so much for your answers. Enjoy your day.

StevenLoan
It would be interesting to see your own answer to your question.
by tony h
Sun Oct 17, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Religion - politics - weather
Replies: 8
Views: 513

Re: Religion - politics - weather

I don't tend to cope with small talk. So my go-to subjects are history, science (especially history of science) and agriculture. So if I met you Steven, I would quite rapidly get to a point where I ask you: where you are from. I assume the answer would be Vietnam. Then I would find myself, depending...
by tony h
Sat Oct 16, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Not again
Replies: 3
Views: 808

Re: Not again

Bobinwales wrote: Tue Oct 12, 2021 8:33 pm Our colleague's identical twin!
That must have been disconcerting, and then weird.
by tony h
Sat Oct 16, 2021 2:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: how you do your job
Replies: 1
Views: 502

Re: how you do your job

Yes.
2

If you changed "how" for "that" then the answer would be 1.
by tony h
Fri Oct 15, 2021 1:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Spooky pond
Replies: 7
Views: 683

Re: Spooky pond

I agree with others , I would not use spooky. Spooky necessarily implies scary [OED SPOOKY: . Of, relating to, or characteristic of spirits or the supernatural; frightening, eerie.] . A similar emotion might be "enchanted" [OED ENCHANTED 1. Invested with magical powers or properties]. As with all ma...
by tony h
Fri Oct 15, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: merely by uttering a sentence
Replies: 6
Views: 916

Re: merely by uttering a sentence

Perhaps these, Tony: Whatever he says, goes. His word is law. Interesting ideas. They don't convey the tyrannical, awesome nature of the person. Awesome I take to be the traditional meaning , not the modern wishy-washy meaning. [definition. AWESOME: a. Arousing or inspiring awe; that fills someone ...