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by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Fire or sack someone
Replies: 5
Views: 2310

Re: Fire or sack someone

Yes.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Fire or sack someone
Replies: 5
Views: 2310

Re: Fire or sack someone

a) When someone loses their job because their position is no longer needed i) X has been made redundant ii) X has been laid off iii) X's department has been downsized / reorganized / rationalized b) When someone loses their job because of something they did wrong i) X has been given their marching ...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Respect - Polite - Forgive
Replies: 7
Views: 2955

Re: Respect - Polite - Forgive

I'm with Bob on this one. We like to be equally rude to everybody, especially Phil :) .
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: such that
Replies: 1
Views: 1631

Re: such that

It means "The regulatory environment is different in each country, with the consequence that it is not possible to put together two equities-dealing operations on the same platform". Note also my addition of a hyphen to "equities dealing" in order to clarify the fact that this phrase is a compound a...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: relative clauses
Replies: 5
Views: 2444

Re: relative clauses

In c) and d) the subject first appears to be "she", but in the next mention "she" has inexplicably become "he". Is this what you meant to write? There is no elegant way of conveying the ideas in a) and b) without recasting how they are structured. I suggest: He was the scientist who had published an...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: A Doggy Tale
Replies: 1
Views: 1482

Re: A Doggy Tale

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by Erik_Kowal
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: compared to
Replies: 3
Views: 2668

Re: compared to

You also have the option of compared against:

In her class she's tall for a girl, but not compared against the boys.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Corrupt good manners
Replies: 6
Views: 3148

Re: Corrupt good manners

There are several proverbs or sayings which express the general idea that people of similar character, etc. tend to associate. The first of the ones I've listed relates specifically to people of bad character: If you lie down with dogs, you will rise with fleas Birds of a feather [i.e. which resembl...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Corrupt good manners
Replies: 6
Views: 3148

Re: Corrupt good manners

I think 'associates' or 'associations' would be better than 'communications' in this context. The issue here isn't the communication of information, but character. 'Manners' is also an unsuitable word choice, because it implies that there is a problem of etiquette rather than of morals. However, cha...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: compared to
Replies: 3
Views: 2668

Re: compared to

In her class she's tall for a girl, but not compared to the boys.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Where should 'only' go?
Replies: 7
Views: 4121

Re: Where should 'only' go?

You could do that in multiple places for additional nuances of meaning, e.g.

Only she told only him she loved him only.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Vision
Replies: 4
Views: 2404

Re: Vision

Yes. Very good! :)
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Word Games and Challenges
Topic: Word Scrabble Game
Replies: 25
Views: 23866

Re: Word Scrabble Game

Yes, it looks like the site has disappeared. Try www.wordplays.com instead.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The story
Replies: 1
Views: 937

The story

One day, the English professor told his class the following: "Today we will experiment with a new form called the tandem story. The process is simple. You will form into pairs. As homework tonight, one of you will write the first paragraph of a short story. You will e-mail your partner that paragrap...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: solace and consolation
Replies: 5
Views: 1871

Re: solace and consolation

It seems plausible: according to Wiktionary, the very similar Latin word solaris means

1) Of or pertaining to the sun, solar.
2) (figuratively) sunny

However, mere plausibility is not the same as evidence. I couldn't find any; maybe someone else can.