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by tony h
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: A Very Big Worry
Replies: 2
Views: 85

Re: A Very Big Worry

:lol: :lol:
by tony h
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: arrived in front of
Replies: 6
Views: 130

Re: arrived in front of

"I had set off for the conference two hours before her, but was delayed by extensive roadworks on the motorway. So she arrived {ahead of me / in front of me / before me} ". I think "arrived in front of" is fine here. I agree with you in the use of "ahead" and "before" but still struggle with "in fr...
by tony h
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Queuing up
Replies: 3
Views: 92

Re: Queuing up

by tony h
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: arrived in front of
Replies: 6
Views: 130

Re: arrived in front of

Erik_Kowal wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:48 am
Yes.

The construction "in front of" can describe both spatial and temporal relationships.

Context generally clarifies which is meant.
Erik, would you concur with the view that "arrived in front" seems an unnatural combination?
by tony h
Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Vignette
Replies: 5
Views: 144

Re: Vignette

I am with Trolley and Erik on this one. I will add that if being described in a shop in the UK they would probably be described as "ethnic" or (incorrectly) as Aztec. Aztec is conceived as being anything that vaguely follows a distinctive geometric pattern. As a phrase, I might use: "brightly colour...
by tony h
Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone who likes him
Replies: 9
Views: 201

Re: anyone who likes him

Well done Phil. Also with regard to your comment ... I shall devote a few brain cells to this the next time Sheba and I are out chasing squirrels. I think I shall adopt "I am out chasing squirrels" as a euphemism for doing some thinking, even if I am not quite alert enough to identify the subject ma...
by tony h
Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone who likes him
Replies: 9
Views: 201

Re: anyone who likes him

d. Anywhere I go isn't safe. ---> Nowhere I go is safe or Everywhere I go is unsafe. It seems to me that, for d, there is a meaning to the original being: " it isn't safe to be with me". In the way that I would be worried for my safety if I found myself in a country house with Miss. Marple, on a tr...
by tony h
Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Alcoholic container
Replies: 5
Views: 198

Re: Alcoholic container

Bobinwales wrote:
Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:59 am
It isn't an alcoholic container, an "alcohol container" perhaps.
This might be an alcoholic container Image
by tony h
Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hotel chairs
Replies: 3
Views: 108

Re: Hotel chairs

An Ottoman.
by tony h
Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone who likes him
Replies: 9
Views: 201

Re: anyone who likes him

Yes!
by tony h
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Fields
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Re: Fields

trolley wrote:
Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:10 am
The individual levels are called "terraces". It is an ancient technique known as terrace farming or step farming allowing you to plant level fields on a sloped hillside.
Do not confuse "step farming" with "steppe" :)
by tony h
Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: really dangerous
Replies: 1
Views: 118

Re: really dangerous

I don't think that these two phrases convey the differences you are trying to find, as decribed by the black text. b. He is really dangerous. - describes someone as dangerous. a. He really is dangerous. - just seen him being dangerous. I will try and illustrate the differences: Charles and Kate are ...
by tony h
Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: afraid to/afraid of
Replies: 6
Views: 307

Re: afraid to/afraid of

Phil White wrote:
Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:06 am
"I was afraid to wake her up by closing the window, so I woke her up by vacuuming the duvet instead."
Ho ho, that should do it!
by tony h
Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Tasty
Replies: 2
Views: 150

Re: Tasty

No, it can used for cars, mechanical objects, clothes ... pretty much anything, although there are exceptions, including food. I think, in a non-food sense, that it is stylish and functional, something one should want to own. I was making some gears, outputting consistent changes in speed within eac...
by tony h
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: afraid to/afraid of
Replies: 6
Views: 307

Re: afraid to/afraid of

In the first the intent is to wake her. In the second the intent is not to wake her.

I think the title should be to wake / of waking.