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by russcable
Sat Jun 19, 2010 6:31 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Word describing common fruit feature
Replies: 18
Views: 5777

Re: Word describing common fruit feature

The calyx is the sepals - the outside of the bud. On apples and other pomes, the calyx and the stamen remain on the fruit, but on most fruit this is not the case. Pumpkins are pepos (berries with a hardened skin) and the flower is completely gone so the scar is not the calyx. These are going to be s...
by russcable
Sat Jun 19, 2010 6:06 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Very well-equiped
Replies: 2
Views: 1570

Re: Very well-equiped

I started to say: "She and some friends rent a big house." as that is a much better sentence, but it doesn't answer the question. Your original suggestion starts by answering the question but then tries to turn that into part of the next sentence, i.e. I'm expecting a period after "Some friends of h...
by russcable
Fri Jun 18, 2010 12:16 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: By your own last
Replies: 20
Views: 5492

Re: By your own last

trolley wrote: that cobblers use are called
Peach or cherry cobbler?
by russcable
Mon May 24, 2010 4:24 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Always beautiful
Replies: 5
Views: 3497

Re: Always beautiful

"... and especially that God will always blesse s you."
by russcable
Mon May 17, 2010 11:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: take someone for money
Replies: 10
Views: 1980

Re: take someone for money

They can "take you for a ride" or they can "take you to the cleaners", but what you said is a mixed metaphor. ;-)
by russcable
Wed Apr 21, 2010 6:17 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Geomancy
Replies: 3
Views: 1514

Re: Geomancy

Things are not "on" a direction. They can be facing a direction or perhaps aligned with a direction. Geomancy is an uncommon word and the source I found on it doesn't seem to cover this type of prediction. Perhaps it's something more like feng shui? Which direction does your house face? East. Why do...
by russcable
Mon Mar 29, 2010 2:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Male/Female
Replies: 8
Views: 2054

Re: Male/Female

I now have this image in my head of Erik stationed outside the gents asking for credentials:
"Is this a salad fork or a dessert fork? ... That's incorrect! It's out in the alley for you!"
by russcable
Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: To conceive
Replies: 7
Views: 2335

Re: To conceive

What is the purpose of "also" in the second sentence? Has the husband done something else?
by russcable
Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:54 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Talk and laugh
Replies: 2
Views: 1333

Re: Talk and laugh

You probably really needed that rest after driving for 7 hours on an island that's only 40 miles across. ;-) Let's pick a different destination. There's a little bit of awkwardness between "my vacation" and "our car", but that's more of a problem between you and your girlfriend than one of grammar. ...
by russcable
Sun Feb 28, 2010 6:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Auto racings
Replies: 3
Views: 1377

Re: Auto racings

Are motorcycles a social evil by themselves or do you mean that motorcycle and auto racing (the racing of both cars and motorcycles) is a social evil? Racing shouldn't be plural. I don't think motorcycles and auto racing, or motorcycle and auto racing could be classified as a social evil when phrase...
by russcable
Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:09 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: The Negative power of Communications
Replies: 3
Views: 2743

Re: The Negative power of Communications

hsargent wrote: Life was so much simpler when you could live in a cabin in the woods ...
... and blow things up and get lots of publicity like the Unibomber.
by russcable
Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:10 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I wish I knew what I know now
Replies: 7
Views: 2735

Re: I wish I knew what I know now

The complete line is:
I wish that I knew what I know now
When I was younger.

The order is not one that would be used in conversation but this is poetry.

I wish that I knew when I was younger what I know now. Better?
by russcable
Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Just text me
Replies: 6
Views: 2038

Re: Just text me

Both are formal in register and somewhat stilted both in grammar and word choice (arrive, secure) which seems unsuited for the situation. "just" doesn't fit for me. Is the person saying "Don't call me, just text me."? Or did you mean something like "quickly" by it like "As soon as you get home, text...
by russcable
Fri Jan 29, 2010 1:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: what I'm on about with him
Replies: 17
Views: 3811

Re: what I'm on about with him

"going on" is a phrasal verb.
by russcable
Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: simple present tense with "this is the first time"
Replies: 11
Views: 3833

Re: simple present tense with "this is the first time"

In American English, 3 is also standard. I don't think anyone would say 2.

1 is possible if someone asked "Are you playing this game for the first time?", but that's not the most common way to ask: "Have you played this game before?".