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by russcable
Sun Oct 10, 2010 7:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Stressful all the time
Replies: 2
Views: 1308

Re: Stressful all the time

Peter is a surgeon so his work environment is extremely stressful. Whenever he performs an operation, he must be perfect or else the patient or their family might sue him. "all the time" could be used to add emphasis but is not necessary in this sentence. "is" is sufficient. The patient has an opera...
by russcable
Sun Sep 26, 2010 7:57 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: So That’s Why Bono Calls it the ONE Foundation
Replies: 20
Views: 8605

Re: So That’s Why Bono Calls it the ONE Foundation

"Accepting donations" has no relation to "giving money away". Organizations may accept donations for many reasons. I wonder what it exactly means "raise awareness and promoting its campaign". That would be "advocacy" - the stated purpose of the organization which they seemed to have acheived. People...
by russcable
Sun Sep 26, 2010 7:17 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: So That’s Why Bono Calls it the ONE Foundation
Replies: 20
Views: 8605

Re: So That’s Why Bono Calls it the ONE Foundation

ONE does not claim to be not a charity but an advocacy organization. They never said they were going to give the money away.
by russcable
Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:15 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Tens of thousand
Replies: 7
Views: 2774

Re: Tens of thousand

Steven, the original version is idiomatic. "Ten of thousand" makes even less sense as it sounds like they could have made a thousand but they only made ten. b. My older brothers made tens of thousands of dollars..... Note the omission of the apostrophe. The brothers did not own anything. Marie, the ...
by russcable
Sat Sep 11, 2010 5:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: both sea and mountains
Replies: 7
Views: 2174

Re: both sea and mountains

I'm not sure whether Everton is a person or a team, but I imagine Everton is only in one league (which may not have the word "league" in its name). Few places have more than one opera or racetrack. Even so, I don't see people capitalizing in that manner. By the same logic, why not "We're Planning a ...
by russcable
Sat Sep 11, 2010 5:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Liking doing business
Replies: 1
Views: 1125

Re: Liking doing business

"doing business" is an activity. You are using it as a field of study or a career path. It's like asking a mathemetician when he started to like doing addition instead of when he started to like mathematics. "Nursery school" is out-dated in the US. It is called pre-school now. A: When did you start ...
by russcable
Sat Aug 14, 2010 6:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: both sea and mountains
Replies: 7
Views: 2174

Re: both sea and mountains

Edwin F Ashworth wrote:(1) Lottery capitalised, as it is almost certainly a specific example.
I'm not sure what you mean by that. Many lotteries are not called "Lottery". When (not if, when!) I win the lower-case lottery, the lottery involved will be either MegaMillions, Powerball, or Lotto Texas.
by russcable
Sun Aug 08, 2010 8:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Minimum courtesy
Replies: 1
Views: 1519

Re: Minimum courtesy

"please knock first" or "please knock on the door first"
by russcable
Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: May be due
Replies: 2
Views: 1694

Re: May be due

"bear a child" does not mean just "give birth". It can refer to the entire 9 month process so the first sentence doesn't sound right.
by russcable
Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Has hated for years
Replies: 6
Views: 1625

Re: Has hated for years

I don't like "Finally, the court... ". First, it seems like only one thing has happened before "finally" - I think we need a longer sequence. Second, the involvement of the court seems a bit sudden. Finally, I don't think the court needs to be capitalized. Either just: She was sentenced to two years...
by russcable
Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:01 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Should I really care if they are "sorry"?
Replies: 39
Views: 15411

Re: Should I really care if they are "sorry"?

Or would you prefer:
Even though we think you are the party who damaged our property, we are letting you get away with it until we can establish a pattern in your negligent and malicious behavior so that we may prosecute you. Have a nice day.
by russcable
Tue Jul 06, 2010 4:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Nicknames
Replies: 9
Views: 2413

Re: Nicknames

hsargent wrote: The female nicknames seem more logical.
How about:
Peggy for Margaret (Margie to Maggie to Meggie to Peggy?)
Sally for Sarah
by russcable
Mon Jul 05, 2010 12:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Real shoes
Replies: 1
Views: 1641

Re: Real shoes

I bet they are fake. Real Adidas are not that cheap.
by russcable
Sun Jul 04, 2010 12:41 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pissed as a newt
Replies: 25
Views: 29237

Re: three sheets to the wind

trolley wrote:... or are nits notoriously hard drinking creatures ...
I would assume that the eggs of lice drink even less than amphibians.
by russcable
Sat Jun 19, 2010 5:28 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: On forming a scrum
Replies: 1
Views: 3263

Re: On forming a scrum

On the other hand, I can imagine an accent making it sound like Crotch, Touch, Paws, Engay-juh! ;0