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by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Dead zone
Replies: 1
Views: 35

Re: Dead zone

Yes, I do. I might also say "There's no [phone] signal". I suspect that the term "dead zone" in this context is an extension of its common use to describe bodies of water subjected to eutrophication, such as the Gulf of Mexico, where the hypoxic conditions have led to the death of most aquatic life.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I was supposed to teach
Replies: 2
Views: 65

Re: I was supposed to teach

They are all grammatically correct, but only d) sounds natural. The others strike me as being somewhat stilted.

a) sounds especially strange because it includes the phrase "to teach to golf" where I think a native speaker would prefer "to teach golfing to" or "to teach how to play golf".
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Violin, viola.
Replies: 6
Views: 252

Re: Violin, viola.

There is no 'correct' or 'incorrect' here. Both are in widespread use, which legitimizes them both as standard pronunciations. There are many other words with multiple standard pronunciations, such as controversy: you will hear both CONtroversy and conTROversy, COMparable and comPARable, and often w...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Fall asleep quickly
Replies: 3
Views: 161

Re: Fall asleep quickly

I can't think of a specific term for such a person, but you can say of someone who has fallen asleep very rapidly that they were "out like a light".
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Crashing
Replies: 3
Views: 163

Re: Crashing

In this context, crashing is a shortened form of gatecrashing.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: make sense of
Replies: 4
Views: 189

Re: make sense of

5b) and 5c) are fine. 5a) uses the strangely applied verb 'accepted' where it would be preferable to write 'agreed' or perhaps 'consented'. 'Accepted' is not exactly wrong here, but it raises a question in the reader's mind about what kind of pressure, inducement or encouragement was needed to get t...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: make sense of
Replies: 4
Views: 189

Re: make sense of

The only one of those that is not barbarous is 1). 2) and 3) make a peculiarly unnatural use of the passive voice. 4) and 5) include the phrase "stepped up to" in a weird context. Normally, when you "step up to" something, it's a significant obligation or responsibility of some kind, such as taking ...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jul 07, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Having Drinking
Replies: 6
Views: 276

Re: Having Drinking

To my ear, they're equally normal and acceptable.

The 'drinking' formulation would be preferable if you wanted to be specific about what she had intended to do. If she's 'having coffee', she might actually have ordered a cup of tea. That said, this is a trivial distinction. :)
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I'm still alive
Replies: 8
Views: 421

Re: I'm still alive

"On the right side of the grass"... I haven't heard that before, but I like it. :)
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cannot close eyes to sleep
Replies: 3
Views: 138

Re: Cannot close eyes to sleep

You can be wakeful, unsettled, restless or have trouble falling asleep. You can also be counting sheep , which is often associated with insomnia. (The reference is to the traditional remedy for sleeplessness of visualizing and counting sheep jumping over a fence, the purpose of which is to bore ones...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: All together
Replies: 3
Views: 212

Re: All together

The terms mass {exodus / exit / departure / desertion} cover part of the desired meaning, but as Tony suggests, there is no common term for the highly specific combination of elements you are seeking to describe.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: hard question to ask
Replies: 3
Views: 363

Re: hard question to ask

Tony has precisely teased out what would be resolved if the statements were contextualized.

Without a context, the query is pointless.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Fourth round
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Re: Fourth round

It means that the speaker has already used Conrad's company three times, so when he moves house again it will be for the fourth time (= "for the fourth round"). A round is the term often used to describe an iterated activity, especially in sports (e.g. "the third round of the UEFA European Champions...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: hard question to ask
Replies: 3
Views: 363

Re: hard question to ask

They are not ambiguous if the context is clear and common sense is applied.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Up in arms
Replies: 1
Views: 738

Re: Up in arms

That's a great little anecdote. :lol: