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by trolley
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Asking
Replies: 2
Views: 61

Re: Asking

I think they work equally well, but I feel there is a slight difference between the two. If you don't mind me asking is asking you be excused for asking the question. If you don't mind my asking is asking that the question, itself, be excused. My daughter would probably make that clearer by nouning ...
by trolley
Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: let it begin
Replies: 5
Views: 99

Re: let it begin

Would that we could stop Mrs. Agnew, but we can't, so we shan't.
by trolley
Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: let it begin
Replies: 5
Views: 99

Re: let it begin

Here, let means "allow". "Allow the show to begin". The speaker wants the show to start. The way in which it differs from the other two examples is that you rarely hear #3 anymore and I'm not sure I've ever heard #2. I assume "may" is being used in the "I wish/hope" sense, similar to "may your days ...
by trolley
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: how he used to fight
Replies: 3
Views: 91

Re: how he used to fight

I feel that "3" does allow for the meaning described in "c", for the reason that you explained. "How" they fought might refer how viciously they fought, how easily they fought, and/or, certainly, how often they fought.
by trolley
Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cabinets
Replies: 21
Views: 554

Re: Cabinets

...or dentil crown moulding, although I struggle to cope with it...
by trolley
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: how he used to fight
Replies: 3
Views: 91

Re: how he used to fight

I think that 1 and 2 could have alternate meanings, as well. At least, I am left wondering if you really meant what I think you meant. Has he completely forgotten how to box or play the drums? Perhaps he can still box or play well but has forgotten how to do it in the particular style that he used t...
by trolley
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Star Trek
Replies: 5
Views: 169

Re: Star Trek

followed by the Revenge of the Sixth...
by trolley
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: every day
Replies: 6
Views: 274

Re: every day

d. Very often, she rarely speaks about them all day long.
by trolley
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: See someone about
Replies: 3
Views: 90

Re: See someone about

I wouldn't, Steven. While "meet" does mean "get togther and talk", it can also mean to be introduced to someone for the first time. "Pleased to meet you" For clarity, I would add "with" if I was using "meet" to mean have a discussion. "What do you want to meet with me for?" That's just a personal pr...
by trolley
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: every day
Replies: 6
Views: 274

Re: every day

The statement "Every xxx, I didn't xxx..." may not mean that you never do a particular thing. You might do it every second day or every week or once a year. In Phil's example, the background information makes it clear that he nevers walks Sheba on Wednesdays.Those kids, however, may be mentioned...j...
by trolley
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cabinets
Replies: 21
Views: 554

Re: Cabinets

We call those upper cabinets and lower cabinets, or just "uppers and lowers" (if we're already discussing cabinets).
by trolley
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: What the little bird shot at and missed meaning and origin
Replies: 8
Views: 1719

Re: What the little bird shot at and missed meaning and origin

It's new, to me. Precious few hits for "what the bird shot" but there is a bit more action on "what the boy (or Paddy) shot". It does seem to mean nothing (or nothing of any value) but there is no explanation of why. I've played a lot of cribbage and never heard "what Paddy shot" as another term for...
by trolley
Fri Nov 23, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: molly bolt
Replies: 5
Views: 2474

Re: molly bolt

I wasn't expecting a Croessant role in this story.
by trolley
Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Nudity
Replies: 4
Views: 939

Re: Nudity

If I heard a North American actress ( who performed nude scenes ) mention that she also "had to do some German" ...I'd have to think carefully about my response.

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by trolley
Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: W-Trouble
Replies: 16
Views: 1911

Re: W-Trouble

I resisted getting a pair of readers for the first few years. I just had to keep holding the book further and further away. It worked well for a while...but then, without warning, my arms seemed to be getting shorter.