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by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 'whenever' as an introductory phrase in a sentence
Replies: 7
Views: 2626

Re: 'whenever' as an introductory phrase in a sentence

It's probably (at least in the first instance) a casual, perhaps dismissive, reduced form, along the lines of 'Whadever! [you say, mein Fuhrer] [I will do at once.] [In your dreams!]'. So, perhaps an ex- er, conjunction, for 'whenever'. I've been trying to find "Whenever, X will..." type constructio...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat Sep 06, 2014 8:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 'whenever' as an introductory phrase in a sentence
Replies: 7
Views: 2626

Re: 'whenever' as an introductory phrase in a sentence

Thanks, Phil. Glad to hear Sheba's keeping you fit and alert. The most cogent thoughts I've heard on this topic. CGEL is unarguably correct but totally unhelpful here (lacking an example, whether starred, queried, or unmarked, which actually uses 'whenever'): 'Only rather broad and approximate flexi...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 'whenever' as an introductory phrase in a sentence
Replies: 7
Views: 2626

'whenever' as an introductory phrase in a sentence

'However' can be used as a sentence connector indicating contrast: ... However, I'll be going back to Bryce. Many adverbials (including many adverbs) can be used at the start of a sentence: When / Whenever I get the chance, I''ll be going back to Bryce. In the near future, I'll be going back to Bryc...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:56 am
Forum: Word Games and Challenges
Topic: Tom Swifties
Replies: 82
Views: 59415

Re: Tom Swifties

How on earth did Tim Vine beat you into second place, Bob?
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat Aug 16, 2014 3:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: per vs as per
Replies: 12
Views: 5502

Re: per vs as per

Most people are quite happy with per drops.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: about whom
Replies: 9
Views: 2266

Re: about whom

The man who had won an unknown (to us) number of prizes entered the room.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: A garbage worker?
Replies: 14
Views: 13425

Re: A garbage worker?

Women bin-men?
by Edwin F Ashworth
Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:57 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: A garbage worker?
Replies: 14
Views: 13425

Re: A garbage worker?

The 'dustman' of 40 years ago is now sometimes referred to as a 'refuse disposal operative' and paid slightly better.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:29 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: follow: different senses
Replies: 6
Views: 5551

Re: follow: different senses

Ah, that was the cause of the train delay. She should pick on something her own size.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:18 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: follow: different senses
Replies: 6
Views: 5551

Re: follow: different senses

Thanks, Phil. What you say makes eminent sense. Which is usually a reason why it will be considered unacceptable. I'll link to your comments from a debate I've been involved in elsewhere. Hope you're both keeping well. Catherine and I have been to North Norfolk, camping and mainly looking for shade....
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:08 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: follow: different senses
Replies: 6
Views: 5551

follow: different senses

Though RHK Webster's (at thefreedictionary) has the narrower sense (admittedly low down the list, and for the intransitive usage only): follow : v.i. 15. to come next after something else in sequence, order of time, etc and the -ing form 'following' can be used with the sense 'coming immediately aft...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ø tigers
Replies: 21
Views: 5314

Re: Ø tigers

Hiro, the use of articles in English is tricky and often seems to defy rules. Individual examples need to be considered carefully. Here, a lone demonstrative determiner sounds more natural to my ears: 'You know, we are closely associated with the Tamagawa Zoo in Tokyo.' [With no prior context he sta...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ø tigers
Replies: 21
Views: 5314

Re: Ø tigers

... Stick to Penguins.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: catachresis
Replies: 10
Views: 2681

Re: catachresis

From the list of overlapping senses given by Wikipedia, you'd be hard pushed to misuse it semantically: Classification: There are various different subdefinitions of catachresis. Name // Definition // Example Catachresis // Crossing categorical boundaries with words, because there otherwise would be...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:18 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Memories
Replies: 5
Views: 4575

Re: Memories

In the last few months of my dad's life, up to about last Christmas, Catherine and I would read him Gervase Phinn's charming anecdotes. On warmer days, we'd wheel him (dad) into the garden of the Care Home, and I'd try to combat traces of memory loss by getting him to learn and remember the names of...