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by tony h
Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: chip on or chip off
Replies: 20
Views: 2785

Re: chip on or chip off

Jim :"oops I have just knocked the vase and now it has a chip on it."
Ethel: "I have just found the chip off it. "
by tony h
Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with
Replies: 4
Views: 1311

Re: with

In all those I agree with gdwdwrkr "with" does not sound right. I would always split them from "He was limping with a sprained ankle" into "He was limping. He had a sprained ankle". I might possibly use "He was limping because of a sprained ankle". The only occasion, that comes to mind for using "wi...
by tony h
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Incel and incel
Replies: 3
Views: 1236

Re: Incel and incel

it is odd isn't it? When I was young there were plenty of men and women who desired a mate but didn't have one. They seemed quite normal and accepting of the situation. With incel there seems to be an implied social right, or at least expectation, to have sex.
by tony h
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: present perfect vs. past tense
Replies: 5
Views: 1412

Re: present perfect vs. past tense

Phil White wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:04 pm
The difference between US and UK usage is most marked in questions such as:
"Have you seen Harry?" (UK meaning "do you know where he is?)
Phil, what is the American meaning?
by tony h
Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: small vs. little
Replies: 1
Views: 884

Re: small vs. little

Small money or little money do not suggest "toy money" which is the phrase I think I would use. "Small change" is low value coins. "Little money" - as in : "there was little money in the house" suggests either a low amount of money or much less than one would expect. Toy money or fake money can mean...
by tony h
Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: present perfect vs. past tense
Replies: 5
Views: 1412

Re: present perfect vs. past tense

All work. With C it might come with a follow up question of "and since you got married?"
by tony h
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: One who lives there entire life in one area
Replies: 7
Views: 2676

Re: One who lives there entire life in one area

Lucius Isaac Farquar McRae was born in Welby where he remained untravelled and is buried in the church where he was baptised and married.
by tony h
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the other man
Replies: 1
Views: 957

Re: the other man

a. The other man you describe as tall and handsome was John. Does that mean there was at least another man you describe as tall and handsome? I think it does. I think if John was the only one you describe as tall and handsome we'd have b. The other man, whom you describe as tall and handsome, was J...
by tony h
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hyper/Hypo
Replies: 4
Views: 1131

Re: Hyper/Hypo

Interesting.
by tony h
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: In a jiffy
Replies: 5
Views: 1285

Re: In a jiffy

#2 doesn't sound right to me. But I'm afraid I can't explain why! I know what you mean. My thinking is that "a jiffy" is a time taken by a (human) agency as a description of the time it will take, or has taken, to achieve. Traffic jams clearing, grass growing, clouds appearing happen on their own. :)
by tony h
Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Don't bother
Replies: 4
Views: 1325

Re: Don't bother

When I read them they transported me back to the 70s hippies. They could be straight out of Austin Powers , only improved by appending "man" or "babe" to fix them in the era.
by tony h
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: frequently
Replies: 6
Views: 1902

Re: frequently

All three mean the same. Although the first is an ugly construction.

Do you think there should be a difference?
by tony h
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: frequently
Replies: 6
Views: 1902

Re: frequently

Just playing with these: Original : 1 and a are pretty bad, b is still not good. 1) I can't frequently eat lunch at home. a) Frequently I can't eat lunch at home. b) I can't eat lunch at home frequently. 1 and a work, b isn't good 1) I can't often eat lunch at home. a) often I can't eat lunch at hom...
by tony h
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Nuts thing
Replies: 3
Views: 1575

Re: Nuts thing

Nut Splitter. Although I used a screwdriver.

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