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by Erik_Kowal
Fri Dec 03, 2021 8:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more so
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Re: more so

They are all OK, but I would prefer not to elide the verb:

Your brother is [even] more so.

I don't think it makes much difference whether the attribute being replaced by "so" is a noun or an adjective.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Dec 03, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Company
Replies: 2
Views: 161

Re: Company

I would regard that as the usual way of expressing the idea. However, for alternatives you could try: ... with the exception of those present [here]. ... {except for / apart from} {you / yourselves}. The most informal wording I can think of that stops just short of being insulting is: ... except for...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Dec 03, 2021 8:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: only/just/simply
Replies: 3
Views: 201

Re: only/just/simply

I agree.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Dec 02, 2021 3:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: my and my wife's
Replies: 7
Views: 362

Re: my and my wife's

I have nothing to add to Phil's excellent analysis, but it does strike me that one obvious formulation which would probably suffice 90 per cent of the time is

My wife and I have invited our co-workers.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Dec 01, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The truth, the whole truth...
Replies: 0
Views: 104

The truth, the whole truth...

A bloke in the pub told me he agrees with the French academic Michel Foucault that there is no such thing as objective truth. That means he really knows Foucault.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Nov 29, 2021 11:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyway
Replies: 6
Views: 499

Re: anyway

I have the sense that "anyhow" is far more common in American than in British English, although I am not sure. It can also carry the meaning of "untidy" or "random" (her books were stacked on the shelves anyhow"). In the context you quote, it sounds mighty odd to me, but perhaps it would pass muste...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 27, 2021 5:41 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: A ferry
Replies: 11
Views: 2707

Re: A ferry

In the early 1970s, I crossed to the Isle of Skye in Scotland over the old ferry link, which was of the type you describe. By the time I next went to Skye in about 1995 or so, they had built the Skye Bridge, which is nowhere near as much fun. I always feel that taking a ferry gives you a sense of a...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:28 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: carefully approaching
Replies: 5
Views: 635

Re: carefully approaching

Also, in my view, "carefully approaching" and "approaching carefully" are subtly different. One suggests that the route is of itself deserving of care (potholed, cow pats etc), the other suggests that it is the destination that is the reason for caution (maybe a cave inhabited by Gorgons or a Bande...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 20, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: street vendor
Replies: 4
Views: 422

Re: street vendor

I'm not sure there is such a thing as traditional peddler attire — at least, not here in the UK. Generally in the West, poor people have had to make do with whatever garments they could find, scrounge or pick up cheaply in some other way, especially before the mass manufacture of clothing and postwa...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 20, 2021 1:01 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: carefully approaching
Replies: 5
Views: 635

Re: carefully approaching

They are all correct. The versions in purple imply that the context ("It was us the man was approaching") is understood by the audience.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Nov 18, 2021 8:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: he has become
Replies: 6
Views: 733

Re: he has become

Indeed. And I know what tupping is, but what puzzles me is why Tony might expect any reference to a "best tup" to crop up during any conversation that he might plausibly be involved in. 🤔
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Nov 18, 2021 2:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Recover
Replies: 4
Views: 434

Re: Recover

If I wanted to quantify my degree of recovery, I would say ”I'm X% recovered".
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Nov 18, 2021 2:20 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: he has become
Replies: 6
Views: 733

Re: he has become

I'm puzzling over "best tup".
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Nov 16, 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: it hurts me
Replies: 4
Views: 639

Re: it hurts me

Nice analysis. However: Interestingly, the four sentences work differently if the gerund is fronted to become the subject of the sentence: Remembering those days hurts me. Talking to him bothers me. Eating fruit and vegetables is good for you. Sitting here is nice. Now, only sentence c sounds entire...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Nov 15, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Opinions on why the chicken crossed the road
Replies: 8
Views: 19893

Re: Opinions on why the chicken crossed the road

REYNARD THE FOX: What chicken? JACOB REES-MOGG: One doesn't concern oneself with mere chickens and other pheasantry. ALEXANDER LUKASHENKO: We invite all chickens to hurry along the road and cross our western borders. JEFF BEZOS: I can fly higher than any chicken can cross. RED BULL: We gave chickens...