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by Erik_Kowal
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Answer
Replies: 3
Views: 127

Re: Answer

I don't mind/care
Either [one*/name*] will do
It's all the same to me
I answer to either/both
I have no preference
Both are fine
Whichever/whatever [one*/name*] you like/prefer
It doesn't matter to me
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* Optional
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Apples' thing
Replies: 6
Views: 243

Re: Apples' thing

Bob makes a good point. However, to answer your question, Steven, I ran a Google image search for reticulated+netting+for+protecting+fruit , which yielded the following associated terms (there may also be others further down the page): Foam protection sleeve Foam protection net Foam mesh wrap Foam n...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: British to American translation needed
Replies: 6
Views: 306

Re: British to American translation needed

Is one of the five red herrings the possibility that there might actually be six of them?
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: from between/prepositions
Replies: 3
Views: 175

Re: from between/prepositions

In all cases, I think most native speakers would say 'comes up' in preference to 'comes out'.

4) is very long-winded.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cabinets
Replies: 21
Views: 633

Re: Cabinets

Floor cabinets and wall cabinets (no need to mention the kitchen unless the context is potentially ambiguous.)

Sometimes people call them 'units' or 'cupboards' instead of 'cabinets'.

I think this is one of those cases where many different terms are in use which all refer to the same thing,
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Gotcha
Replies: 2
Views: 314

Re: Gotcha

Yes.

However, "I got you good" would sound very American to a British person.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: Apologies for site outage
Replies: 4
Views: 1162

Re: Apologies for site outage

The site was temporarily down on the 2nd and 3rd December. This was the result of the host upgrading the underlying PHP software for everyone's convenience. I have now upgraded the entire clubhouse to the latest version, but have not checked everything. If you notice anything odd, please report it ...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: intensifier or superlative?
Replies: 2
Views: 502

Re: intensifier or superlative?

a) = superlative

c) = intensifier

b) = could be either, depending on context (or tone of voice, if spoken).
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: this is a terrible thing
Replies: 1
Views: 518

Re: this is a terrible thing

Yes to the comma if you wish to indicate an emphatic pause.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: What is this type of word called?
Replies: 14
Views: 2992

Re: What is this type of word called?

I would like to think that your teacher was fired as a consequence of his cruelty and arrogance; but since that isn't how your anecdote ended, Tony, I assume that that didn't happen.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Liquor
Replies: 2
Views: 558

Re: Liquor

1) conveys exactly what is meant, and also sounds like a natural turn of phrase from an American.

2), on the other hand, could easily be misinterpreted, or might at the very least briefly puzzle a hearer who was unsure as to whether a literal or a figurative meaning of 'lightweight' was intended.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: W-Trouble
Replies: 16
Views: 1992

Re: W-Trouble

Returning to the checkout island near the garden department, I asked the clerk, just after her shift-change, if the chrysanthemum I'd been permitted to leave on the counter while I finished shopping was anywhere around...I couldn't see it. Together we searched, and I spied it on the floor behind th...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: W-Trouble
Replies: 16
Views: 1992

Re: W-Trouble

Returning to the checkout island near the garden department, I asked the clerk, just after her shift-change, if the chrysanthemum I'd been permitted to leave on the counter while I finished shopping was anywhere around...I couldn't see it. Together we searched, and I spied it on the floor behind th...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: On top of one's career
Replies: 3
Views: 816

Re: On top of one's career

Cresting the wave of one's career.

At the height/peak of one's career.