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by Phil White
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: mostly we get good deals
Replies: 4
Views: 250

Re: mostly we get good deals

I think they are both okay. In spoken English, the stress will be on "sell".
by Phil White
Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: mostly we get good deals
Replies: 4
Views: 250

Re: mostly we get good deals

In the meaning you seem to intend, only b and d are possible, and then only really in spoken English. They are difficult to understand first time in written form, but when spoken with the "we" and "they" heavily stressed, b and d are fine. a and c cannot be stressed in the same way and do not really...
by Phil White
Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Funds are looking
Replies: 3
Views: 183

Re: Funds are looking

"how something is looking" means roughly the same as "what something looks like", so you could also say "what my funds look like". Look in this sense means something similar to "appear" or "seem". So the question is "do my funds appear to be adequate or not?". It is a very nice question and an odd u...
by Phil White
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: How much use are dictionaries?
Replies: 4
Views: 350

Re: How much use are dictionaries?

1a. I gave an example of the mechanism that changes the meaning of "kick", namely the "movability" of the kicked object. This is a generic factor, and not a single instance of a usage. I referenced this mechanism in the definitions I proffered. 1b. It is customary for dictionaries to separate distin...
by Phil White
Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pineapple
Replies: 10
Views: 451

Re: Pineapple

I see that nobody actually addressed Steven's actual question.

I also have never had any difficulty with raw pineapple, but I knew it is very aggressive.

From what other people have said on the web it seems that it can make your tongue or mouth feel "sore", "raw" or "tender".
by Phil White
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: How much use are dictionaries?
Replies: 4
Views: 350

Re: How much use are dictionaries?

So what constitutes, in your terms, a "nuance", and what constitutes a "meaning"? The difference between a child kicking a ball and a child kicking a neighbour's car is fundamental. Our perception of the intention of the action and the result of the action are both inherent in the action, although t...
by Phil White
Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:06 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as of a gun..
Replies: 2
Views: 163

Re: as of a gun..

Hmmm. Nice question. I really am not sure whether "as of" is archaic yet. Bob is right to say that "like" is far more common, but I think it probably always has been in my lifetime, at least in spoken English. My gut reaction is that "as of" is not so much archaic as it is formal. Insofar as informa...
by Phil White
Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: How much use are dictionaries?
Replies: 4
Views: 350

How much use are dictionaries?

As a linguist, I was brought up with dictionaries. And in the far-off days of my schooling, and even during my days at university, I trusted them. Some more than others, but I trusted them. Essentially, I am thinking of monolingual dictionaries here, but much the same applies to bilingual dictionari...
by Phil White
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: An operation
Replies: 12
Views: 473

Re: An operation

Ah! 4 syllables. Could be tricky.

I always find "marmalade" an obscenely long word for first thing in the morning.
by Phil White
Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: An operation
Replies: 12
Views: 473

Re: An operation

I find this all most bizarre. This is C section.
by Phil White
Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: An operation
Replies: 12
Views: 473

Re: An operation

There are many different ways in which midwives or obstetricians (a doctor who specializes in caring for women during pregnancy and childbirth) can intervene in childbirth. Any actual surgical intervention would generally be performed by an obstetrician. Generally, all intervention that goes beyond ...
by Phil White
Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Jacket
Replies: 2
Views: 199

Re: Jacket

My first reaction was to say "that's a motorcycle jacket". Then I thought "it's just a diagonal zipper". A little research tells me I was right on both counts. In 1928, Schott released what is now universally known as the motorcycle jacket. The diagonal zipper was purely meant for function over form...
by Phil White
Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: good to drive
Replies: 3
Views: 218

Re: good to drive

Yes. Your comment about a and b is spot on. f is difficult to put your finger on. It certainly suggests that playing football is not the desired end result, whereas e does suggest that the patient wants to recover quickly in order to play football. f suggests something like "you'll be fine for playi...
by Phil White
Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a plan to
Replies: 7
Views: 408

Re: a plan to

It sounds a little strange to me, but I am sure people would say it and I am sure it is also ambiguous.
by Phil White
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a plan to
Replies: 7
Views: 408

Re: a plan to

Yes. It is ambiguous.