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by trolley
Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hat and jacket
Replies: 7
Views: 153

Re: Hat and jacket

Nice photo, Tony. I think my Mum had some of those things covering the extra tissue rolls stacked on the tank of the toilet!
by trolley
Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: we have anything you need
Replies: 3
Views: 113

Re: we have anything you need

I really can't say why, but I wouldn't use "anything she needs" without adding a "might", a "may", or a "could possibly".
We have anything a young mother might need.
by trolley
Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Farewell
Replies: 2
Views: 90

Re: Farewell

The person for whom the party (any party) is being thrown is known as "the guest of honour". The person who arranges or holds the party is "the host". The host and the guest of honour are not usually the same person...unless, of course, your name is Bilbo Baggins.
by trolley
Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Light
Replies: 2
Views: 125

Re: Light

Carriage house lamps/lights/lanterns.
by trolley
Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more books than you've seen
Replies: 6
Views: 171

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 trolley
Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more books than you've seen
Replies: 6
Views: 171

Re: more books than you've seen

"I think in '1' the assumption would be that I have read all the books in my library and then some" I would assume that's what's meant but that's not what's being said. "1) I've read more books than you've seen in my library." You could have 1000 books in your library, but I have only seen 99 of the...
by trolley
Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Mangosteens
Replies: 3
Views: 144

Re: Mangosteens

I am not too familiar with mangosteens but when talking about those natural divisions in citrus fruits (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit ) you call them "segments".
by trolley
Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Making a dig at
Replies: 3
Views: 153

Re: Making a dig at

You'd be more likely to hear " taking a dig at...", around here. It means the same thing as Erik (and you) have suggested. Alternatives could be taking a poke, taking a jab, taking a swing. It's often meant as a somewhat less than serious slur. Not a "real" insult, but more like something you'd say ...
by trolley
Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: restrictive/non-restrictive
Replies: 5
Views: 222

Re: restrictive/non-restrictive

Somehow, that comma is getting in my way. The only thing that was left in the house was the (singular) piano, (because it was) too heavy to be carried by one person. The only thing that was left in the house was the piano too heavy to be carried by one person (as opposed to the other piano that coul...
by trolley
Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: at the age of
Replies: 2
Views: 139

Re: at the age of

Is it "correct"? I think it's correct but seven months old seems a little young to own a dog. :wink:
Consider this:
"I became interested in girls at the age of twelve."
...am I a normal boy or am I some creepy old man who fantasizes about preteens?
by trolley
Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Thing used on a dining table
Replies: 2
Views: 130

Re: Thing used on a dining table

Those are place mats.
by trolley
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: restrictive/non-restrictive
Replies: 5
Views: 222

Re: restrictive/non-restrictive

I think they could all be used if there was only one piano but only #4 excludes the possibility of multiple pianos.
by trolley
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Word Games and Challenges
Topic: The only challenge
Replies: 10
Views: 4528

Re: The only challenge

Only she told only him that only she loved only him.
by trolley
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:46 am
Forum: Word Games and Challenges
Topic: The only challenge
Replies: 10
Views: 4528

Re: The only challenge

She told him that she loved him. 1) Only she told him that she loved him…she was the only person to tell him 2) She only told him that she loved him… she didn’t tell him anything else 3) She told only him that she loved him…she didn’t tell anyone else 4) She told him only that she loved him...same m...
by trolley
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A baby's party
Replies: 4
Views: 203

Re: A baby's party

What a tangle! After rereading my post, I thought maybe I should explain to Steve that “coming out” does not refer to the baby’s physical journey through the birth canal but rather his “debut” or first public appearance…at least, in my mind. But, wait… in recent years, the term “coming out” has been...