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by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 27, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for anyone
Replies: 1
Views: 2974

Re: for anyone

No. "You" is restrictive, whereas "anyone" is not.

In other words, "you" refers only to the person addressed, whereas "anyone" makes a general statement.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Coded message
Replies: 0
Views: 2404

Coded message

Dear Dad, $chool i$ really great. I am making lot$ of friend$ and $tudying very hard. With all my $tuff, I $imply can't think of anything I need, $o if you would like, you can ju$t $end me a card, a$ I would love to hear from you. Love, Your $on ------- Dear Son, I kNOw that astroNOmy, ecoNOmics, an...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The ninth hole
Replies: 0
Views: 2140

The ninth hole

One afternoon, a young man who was also an avid golfer found himself with a few hours to spare. He figured that if he hurried and played fast, he could get in nine holes before he had to head home. Just as he was about to tee off, an old gentleman shuffled over and asked the young man if he could ac...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the fastest of
Replies: 2
Views: 3293

Re: the fastest of

I agree with Bob.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Extremely corrupt
Replies: 2
Views: 3276

Re: Extremely corrupt

They are both good, especially 1). There's also an idiomatic expression in English, "rotten to the core" (an allusion to a rotten apple, which also exists in the English expression that alludes to the "bad apple in the barrel" which corrupts the remainder of the apples unless it is removed). My gues...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Oct 22, 2020 3:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Dodge to be
Replies: 5
Views: 4220

Re: Dodge to be

I would write: 1. In WWII, Kevin forged a medical certificate so that he would be exempt[ed] from {the draft / being drafted}. "Joining the army" is technically correct, but it would be better to be precise regarding the reason. The draft was compulsory; "joining the army" implies voluntary military...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: looked at them
Replies: 1
Views: 3153

Re: looked at them

a. He looked at them to help him. It's unclear what this is supposed to mean. It's not a natural-sounding utterance. b. He looked to them to help him. = He approached them for help (or he expected them to help him -- it's not clear which is meant without some context). c. He looked at them for help....
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Alexander-esque moment
Replies: 4
Views: 4163

Re: Alexander-esque moment

I was thinking baby Alexander from Peppa Pig.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Oct 17, 2020 3:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Reply and Response
Replies: 6
Views: 5309

Re: Reply and Response

Phil White wrote: Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:11 pmSpeak for yourself. I do it for the fame and glory.
Let me know when it starts working. :lol:
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Oct 16, 2020 4:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Reply and Response
Replies: 6
Views: 5309

Re: Reply and Response

You're welcome. It's nice to be thanked, but I would only consider that someone who asked a question without offering any acknowledgment of the answer was being impolite if it was obvious that I had invested a great deal of time and effort in my response. Which was not the case here. I suspect my ge...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 13, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone
Replies: 6
Views: 5285

Re: anyone

Those both sound completely outlandish to my ear. The only native speaker I could imagine torturing the language like that would be a linguistic psychopath.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone
Replies: 6
Views: 5285

Re: anyone

navi wrote: Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:46 amI am not even sure that my 'c' and 'd' work either.
I must be missing something. What 'c' and 'd' are you referring to?
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone
Replies: 6
Views: 5285

Re: anyone

You have identified a highly unusual usage of the word "anyone" in the Tom Jones song. The normal way of expressing the idea would be "It is not unusual to be loved by somebody". Your guess as to why Gordon Mills & Les Reed worded the lyric thus is as good as mine. The most likely explanation I can ...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: like John's
Replies: 3
Views: 4084

Re: like John's

Those versions are more comprehensible, though only barely. To make them better express the ideas you mentioned in your original posting, some indication of emphasis and/or rephrasing is necessary to get them to sound more natural and (in the case of the second pair) easier to grasp the intent of: 1...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Reply and Response
Replies: 6
Views: 5309

Re: Reply and Response

They are both fine, in my view. They both sound as sincere as any excuse ever does. The difference is in their degree of formality; the first is more formal, the second less so ("ages" is more conversational).