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by gdwdwrkr
Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: can buy many houses
Replies: 4
Views: 112

Re: can buy many houses

The sentences are gramatically-correct, and you may use any of them. Their contexts would most-likely clarify their meaning.
As stand-alone sentences, 1 and 3 are understood to refer to his ability to buy, and 2 and 4, to the availability of houses for sale.
by gdwdwrkr
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Turn up
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Re: Turn up

If "It's way too cold in here" is part of the request, then most any wording ought to work; reference to the thermostat, turning it up or down, would perhaps help your servant know what-to-do.
by gdwdwrkr
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: glug
Replies: 10
Views: 589

Re: glug

In trying to think of a synonym for ‘glug’ using its context, I had trouble coming up with one. ‘Drops’ seems too small. ‘Spoonfulls’ (teaspoon or tablespoon, is a possibility, but which is it?). ‘Thimbleful’ is also a possibility. All the quantities you've considered seem too small. I'd suggest 'a...
by gdwdwrkr
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: glug
Replies: 10
Views: 589

Re: glug

One site I found claims that a glug equals about two tablespoons while another said that it equals two teaspoons. That's a big difference. When I studied baking, I apprenticed under an Englishman. He was amused when I asked what he meant when he referred to a "knob" of butter "how much is that?" "I...
by gdwdwrkr
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: chip on or chip off
Replies: 20
Views: 1414

Re: chip on or chip off

tony h wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:35 pm
:D

It reminds of a similar story about how to find your wife in a black-out. But I don't remember the details. :)
Good one. The technique-alternatives and their myriad outcomes...
by gdwdwrkr
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: glug
Replies: 10
Views: 589

Re: glug

I suggest a scientific go at it - obtain a jug of maple syrup, and invert until the required number of glugs occurs, and measure. Isn't jug as onomatopoeic as glug? Maybe they share roots. My question in this arena is: what is the word for the sound of a jug being filled as it nears full? Is it an a...
by gdwdwrkr
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: chip on or chip off
Replies: 20
Views: 1414

Re: chip on or chip off

For me: it has a crack in it it has a mark on it it has a chip off it. The chip is a small fragment that has come off. The bowl is chipped ( or has a chip off it). The floor might have that chip on it. ...and when the runner drops and breaks it, returning to the auctioneer, who says, "and now we'll...
by gdwdwrkr
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: chip on or chip off
Replies: 20
Views: 1414

Re: chip on or chip off

Since I collect certain kinds of pottery, I'd prefer: "It has a chip on the (whatever)." It would make a difference to me (& most collectors) where the chip is - some are more obvious than others. What are you collecting? Of the Upsala Ekeby, Dybdahl, and related work that I collect, chips on or of...
by gdwdwrkr
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: chip on or chip off
Replies: 20
Views: 1414

Re: chip on or chip off

For me: it has a crack in it it has a mark on it it has a chip off it. The chip is a small fragment that has come off. The bowl is chipped ( or has a chip off it). The floor might have that chip on it. ...and when the runner drops and breaks it, returning to the auctioneer, who says, "and now we'll...
by gdwdwrkr
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: chip on or chip off
Replies: 20
Views: 1414

Re: chip on or chip off

Ken Greenwald wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:19 am
I like "The bowl is chipped." No muss no fuss!
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Ken Greenwald - November 4, 2018
...and God bless the auctioneer who mentions the fact one way or another!
by gdwdwrkr
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: chip on or chip off
Replies: 20
Views: 1414

Re: chip on or chip off

Since I collect certain kinds of pottery, I'd prefer: "It has a chip on the (whatever)." It would make a difference to me (& most collectors) where the chip is - some are more obvious than others. What are you collecting? Of the Upsala Ekeby, Dybdahl, and related work that I collect, chips on or of...
by gdwdwrkr
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: chip on or chip off
Replies: 20
Views: 1414

chip on or chip off

Now here we have a mochaware bowl.
It has a chip on it.
-the auctioneer
It has a chip off it.
-me
by gdwdwrkr
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with
Replies: 4
Views: 740

Re: with

He was limping, having sprained his ankle.
The original sentences bring images of him limping arm-in-arm with a sprained ankle.
by gdwdwrkr
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: present perfect vs. past tense
Replies: 5
Views: 809

Re: present perfect vs. past tense

If the question is explicitly or implicitly referring to the period before the marriage, it may be well-put: "How many girlfriends had you? " or, more completely, "How many girlfriends had you had?"
by gdwdwrkr
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pie-hole
Replies: 7
Views: 968

Re: pie-hole

Thanks Phil.
Any comparables over there?