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by tony h
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more books than you've seen
Replies: 6
Views: 162

Re: more books than you've seen

do you agree with what I say about '2'? 2) I've read more books than you own in your library. I think '2' basically means the number of books I have read is greater than the number of books in your library. We have three possibilities: a) I have read all the books you own in your library and then s...
by tony h
Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more books than you've seen
Replies: 6
Views: 162

Re: more books than you've seen

My uncle bought a country which had a ballroom and a library. The library seemed rather desolate as he didn't read much just a few books on equine health and a readers' digest. So when I found myself in between places he kindly offered his library for the storage of my books. It strikes me, although...
by tony h
Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Boat
Replies: 7
Views: 217

Re: Boat

I feel that Bob should be answering this one. I would call it a coracle or currach.

https://www.coraclesociety.org.uk/
by tony h
Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ladder
Replies: 3
Views: 100

Re: Ladder

by tony h
Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Kind of paper
Replies: 4
Views: 170

Re: Kind of paper

Cake case or, more recently, cup cake cases.
by tony h
Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A baby
Replies: 8
Views: 214

Re: A baby

Erik_Kowal wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:20 pm
"Born out of wedlock" avoids the pejorative connotations of the earlier suggestions.
love child.
by tony h
Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more books than are in your library
Replies: 5
Views: 187

Re: more books than are in your library

Phil White wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:02 pm
Two different things.
Quite so.
by tony h
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Decimated
Replies: 3
Views: 129

Re: Decimated

The real problem I had with the example in my first post was the uncountable "city". You can : - drink half a glass. - half a can left. - buses travel half empty. - half of Barcelona marched today. Surely "city" is simply a collection of countable objects. A short form of "half the population of th...
by tony h
Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more books than are in your library
Replies: 5
Views: 187

Re: more books than are in your library

Quite frankly, I would find it pretty impossible to make any sense of the sentence as it stands. I cannot really imagine a native speaker coming up with something like that. Well I have to! "Nurse! The doc says you are keeping me in for another six weeks. If I give you my library ticket could you c...
by tony h
Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A baby
Replies: 8
Views: 214

Re: A baby

A baby. I had an elderly aunt who called all babies "blessed events." :D In the past the baby might have been called illegitimate, a bastard, or born on the wrong side of the blanket. It does also depend on whether one or other or both the parents were married to other people at the time. There are...
by tony h
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Decimated
Replies: 3
Views: 129

Re: Decimated

I agree with the view that vegentimated may be a better word. But I don't have a problem with the concept. I read it as 1/20 of all the buildings, power plants, houses, cars, families etc.

Though the "half of the city has been decimated" might suggest that the other half of the city is untouched.
by tony h
Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ancestors
Replies: 4
Views: 164

Re: Ancestors

Steven, there are a whole load of answers to this question depending on the detail. The sort of answers are: - legal status - eg visitor, resident, naturalised British, ExPat - emotional nationality - ie which country do you feel most drawn to? People often still claim an original identity after man...
by tony h
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Discussion
Replies: 4
Views: 316

Re: Discussion

... look, I don't want to talk about it again. ... please don't ask me again. Maybe prefaced with : I have thought about it a lot. And, I understand why you want to do this but I am not going to. And I would like to respect my decision. I don't want to fall out with you over it so please don't ask m...
by tony h
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the brother of John's
Replies: 1
Views: 92

Re: the brother of John's

c,e and f all seem ok.
by tony h
Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Receive flack
Replies: 4
Views: 168

Re: Receive flack

It is an odd one that when being shot at one is "under fire" but if you are in an aircraft you "receive Flak" (or flack as people Anglicise the German spelling). FlaK is the German abbreviation for Flugabwehrkanone which is Antiaircraft guns. Anti-aircraft fire (in WWII) is not particularly accurate...