Search found 8095 matches

by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: waited till
Replies: 2
Views: 54

Re: waited till

f. He waited till the sun rose for the landscape to appear in all their glory. g. He waited for the sun to rise for the landscape to appear in all their glory.[/b] Both these sentences require the singular possessive pronoun with glory: "for the landscape to appear in all its glory". The rest are a...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Are we there yet?
Replies: 1
Views: 32

Are we there yet?

Mum: We've got a long road trip ahead of us.
Me: Where are we going?
Mum: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
Me: Why have we stopped?
Mum: We've arrived.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: in which
Replies: 4
Views: 132

Re: in which

Phil White wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:16 pm
You could probably just get away with "there has been a terrible accident in which an unknown number of people have been hurt," but even that sounds very strange.
Yes. If the number of casualties is unknown, there is no clear basis for describing it as "a terrible accident".
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bloody
Replies: 5
Views: 129

Re: Bloody

No, because the whole point of uttering that exclamation is to be rude and dismissive.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Perdaughter
Replies: 4
Views: 369

Re: Perdaughter

The facetious suggestions of "Isle of Person" and "Isle of Perdaughter" as replacements for "Isle of Man" are based on both an etymological fallacy and a reality-based one. The etymological fallacy is highlighted by the Wikipedia article about the island: "The name is probably cognate with the Welsh...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Respect - Polite - Forgive
Replies: 7
Views: 756

Re: Respect - Polite - Forgive

We like to be equally rude to everybody, especially Phil :) . I shall not comment on your customary imprecision in expression that renders that sentence ambiguous... I can think of a couple of contributors to this site who are well practised in seeking elucidations of potential ambiguities. Maybe o...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 15, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Steep
Replies: 2
Views: 236

Re: Steep

They are both correct. The difference is that 1) softens the apparent degree of steepness in price.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: which came out in 1973
Replies: 2
Views: 247

Re: which came out in 1973

I suspect that today, so many years later, even Roger Daltrey would be unable to truthfully explain his thought processes from around the time that the album came out unless he had noted the down in a diary or a journal of some kind, or maybe given an interview to a newspaper back then in which he m...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Too big to
Replies: 2
Views: 278

Re: Too big to

Yes. :)
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Fire or sack someone
Replies: 5
Views: 478

Re: Fire or sack someone

Yes.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Fire or sack someone
Replies: 5
Views: 478

Re: Fire or sack someone

a) When someone loses their job because their position is no longer needed i) X has been made redundant ii) X has been laid off iii) X's department has been downsized / reorganized / rationalized b) When someone loses their job because of something they did wrong i) X has been given their marching ...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Respect - Polite - Forgive
Replies: 7
Views: 756

Re: Respect - Polite - Forgive

I'm with Bob on this one. We like to be equally rude to everybody, especially Phil :) .
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: such that
Replies: 1
Views: 370

Re: such that

It means "The regulatory environment is different in each country, with the consequence that it is not possible to put together two equities-dealing operations on the same platform". Note also my addition of a hyphen to "equities dealing" in order to clarify the fact that this phrase is a compound a...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: relative clauses
Replies: 5
Views: 718

Re: relative clauses

In c) and d) the subject first appears to be "she", but in the next mention "she" has inexplicably become "he". Is this what you meant to write? There is no elegant way of conveying the ideas in a) and b) without recasting how they are structured. I suggest: He was the scientist who had published an...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: A Doggy Tale
Replies: 1
Views: 780

Re: A Doggy Tale

Image