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by tony h
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: And a very happy New Year
Replies: 5
Views: 416

Re: And a very happy New Year

And a happy new year to all.
by tony h
Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 1 in 1 million people is / are affected.
Replies: 13
Views: 824

Re: 1 in 1 million people is / are affected.

Phil you have encapsulated my erratic quandary, and resolved it, perfectly. Thank you.
by tony h
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: American English
Replies: 0
Views: 134

American English

I could have posted this in "Usage". Just to give you a bit of background to this. We now have an American part to our family and just "to bring us all together" we had a large family Skype. As part of this were a few jokes. One from an American found favour on both sides of the Atlantic: Q: "How do...
by tony h
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 1 in 1 million people is / are affected.
Replies: 13
Views: 824

Re: 1 in 1 million people is / are affected.

I will have to live with it :)
by tony h
Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Swords
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: Swords

https://internalwudangmartialarts.com/2016/05/27/why-chinese-swords-jian-always-have-tassels/ Interesting. My fencing days are well behind me and I couldn't see why you would have a tassel. It would put the balance out. But it appears from the above article that the tassel is designed to bring back...
by tony h
Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 1 in 1 million people is / are affected.
Replies: 13
Views: 824

Re: 1 in 1 million people is / are affected.

"One in 1 million people is / are affected" and "One person in 1 million is affected" are essentially identical in meaning. Erik et al, I take your point and I would be interested to hear your thoughts on mine, but other phrases "essentially identical in meaning" include: 0.0001% of people are affe...
by tony h
Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Possessive of city/state & full date at beginning of sentence
Replies: 11
Views: 694

Re: Possessive of city/state & full date at beginning of sentence

Ok Bob, how would you handle this? It was another of those "Oh dear" moments, just before the Christmas festivities, as two relatively scantily clad holidaymakers got off the plane in Canada one wearing a hat with corks hanging from the brim. Another case of confusion at booking between Sydney, Aust...
by tony h
Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 1 in 1 million people is / are affected.
Replies: 13
Views: 824

Re: 1 in 1 million people is / are affected.

I completely agree with your logic but I am left with a question rattling around my head. "one in a million" is not a quantity. In the same way neither are 1/4, 0.00001%. So we only know the quantity by virtue of knowing the pool to which the proportion applies. So: "one in a million people in Brita...
by tony h
Tue Dec 26, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Possessive of city/state & full date at beginning of sentence
Replies: 11
Views: 694

Re: Possessive of city/state & full date at beginning of sentence

You may find the following links helpful: https://www.writingforums.org/threads/is-there-a-rule-for-this.155916/#post-1626301 https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/comma-needed-after-possessive-state-country-when-city-is-used-before-it.3405572/ So are we a point of last resort? In the same way Th...
by tony h
Mon Dec 25, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Irony
Replies: 0
Views: 163

Irony

Irony: hyphenated, non-hyphenated.
by tony h
Mon Dec 25, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Airport pipe
Replies: 3
Views: 220

Re: Airport pipe

An airbridge.

Merry Christmas!
by tony h
Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hat
Replies: 3
Views: 194

Re: Hat

I agree with Erik.

P.S. As I understand it, the main purpose of the design of a bonnet is to protect a lady's hairdo, whilst travelling, from the wind and the rain so that she can arrive at the gathering with coiffure intact.
by tony h
Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the cousin of Kate
Replies: 7
Views: 419

Re: the cousin of Kate

Well done Phil, nicely done. I think I have spent too much of my life dealing with objects that do not an understood "normal behaviour" that I find it easy to see ambiguities where you have clarity. Or maybe it is because I see such ambiguities, where normally they should not exist, that I found suc...
by tony h
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Plans
Replies: 2
Views: 167

Re: Plans

Your usage is perfectly correct.
by tony h
Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the cousin of Kate
Replies: 7
Views: 419

Re: the cousin of Kate

All are ambiguous.