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by Erik_Kowal
Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: too good
Replies: 5
Views: 3446

Re: too good

In my observation, the "of a" construction is prevalent in North America, and the naked "a" construction is more common here in the UK. But these are norms with exceptions, so as far as I'm concerned, have at it whichever way you wanna say it. :wink:
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: let down
Replies: 1
Views: 2410

Re: let down

General expectations can be let down as well. It's not just failures to keep promises that can lead to let-downs.

Both versions sound fine to me; 1) is more colloquial. No discernible difference in meaning unless the speaker of 1) actually lost money, or a bet, as a result of the losing score.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Nov 15, 2020 4:03 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: any other man
Replies: 1
Views: 2472

Re: any other man

In both cases, the logic of the construction says yes. However, in practice people often speak without wording their utterances too carefully, in a manner that makes them sound as though they are saying the opposite of what they actually mean. (For instance, I regularly hear "It's impossible to unde...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Nov 12, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Roger
Replies: 6
Views: 4168

Re: Roger

Yes, sometimes, but usually with older people. They are more likely to understand the reference than the generations that have grown up with the internet.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The door of
Replies: 2
Views: 2911

Re: The door of

I don't think the metaphor of the door is very effective in this context.

"During childbirth, the line between successfully giving birth and dying is a narrow one."

It is not necessary to specify the mother with this formulation, because it is obvious that that is who is implied.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Nov 09, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Now and again.
Replies: 3
Views: 2548

Re: Now and again.

Naturally so, Phil: Bob is a groan-up.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Nov 08, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: My legacy
Replies: 0
Views: 1993

My legacy

I believe in making the world safe for our children, but not our children's children, because I don't think children should be having sex.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 07, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Point straight at
Replies: 3
Views: 3420

Re: Point straight at

I would suggest

"I loathe having a stationary pedestal fan with the air blowing straight at me. I always turn it away from me so that {I'm / I can be} comfortable."
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Excuses, excuses...
Replies: 0
Views: 2114

Excuses, excuses...

A speeding businessman tried to outrun a cop. He soon came to his senses and stopped. The cop said, “Look, I’m just going off duty. If you can give me an excuse I haven’t heard before, I’ll forget about it.” “It’s like this, officer. Last week, my wife ran off with a policeman. I thought you were br...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as rapidly as
Replies: 1
Views: 2927

Re: as rapidly as

In a) and b), "as" is being used in the sense of "given that", e.g.:

Given that they are moving [so] rapidly, ....

Given that John hit Henry [so] hard, ...


"As" is a word with many applications and nuances of meaning.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Muffler vs Scarf
Replies: 3
Views: 3431

Re: Muffler vs Scarf

To me, muffler in this context is synonymous with scarf if we disregard the fact that it is an Americanism and therefore is not universally understood by speakers of English. There is no difference in design.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Nov 02, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Utterly pleased
Replies: 4
Views: 4111

Re: Utterly pleased

You can do -- both are equally fine. I was just demonstrating a minor variation that also works.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Oct 31, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Utterly pleased
Replies: 4
Views: 4111

Re: Utterly pleased

"Every time I've eaten there, I've left the place feeling completely satisfied." "Utterly pleased" sounds slightly off because you would use "utterly" to describe something that was extreme in some way, whereas "pleased" is a very mild term. So the pairing sounds rather incongruous unless you are de...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Oct 30, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Tap water
Replies: 5
Views: 4346

Re: Tap water

I remember drinking from those both at school and in some public places in Britain when I was a kid back in the 60s and 70s. Sometimes the taste of the metal (brass?) through which it had been piped was pretty noticeable, especially on a hot day (or so it seemed). I've noticed that many people of my...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Oct 29, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: good to
Replies: 1
Views: 3158

Re: good to

Try:

"This architect is good for designing your house, but not [for designing] big buildings."