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by russcable
Mon Jan 11, 2010 3:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: have ago
Replies: 23
Views: 3836

Re: have ago

I just Googled "have ago at it" in quotes. Oddly, the first hit was in an English-Albanian dictionary of idioms. When I clicked on the link, the highlighted term that comes up in the text is "have a go at it".

Google can't be trusted.
by russcable
Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Missing data
Replies: 6
Views: 2565

Re: Missing data

- My friend and I are searching for some data on a/my/our/his computer, but we can't find it. We might to say one of these sentences: The data is gone. The data gone. No complete verb in this non-sentence. The data is missing. "The" computer sounds a little strange out of context as I don't know whi...
by russcable
Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: More afraid of than
Replies: 5
Views: 1650

Re: More afraid of than

The second sentence is fine ... grammatically. In the "more X than Y" construction, "I am afraid of" and "(I am) loving" aren't well matched. It's sort of "more state than action" when it should be "more state than state" or "more action than action". I am more fearful of my dad than (I am) loving t...
by russcable
Thu Jan 07, 2010 2:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 12 month installment buying
Replies: 7
Views: 2142

Re: 12 month installment buying

While I'd expect a new one to be over 30,000 USD, the value of any used car can go all the way down to zero. Just for fun I had already checked a used car site and they had a few 2005 ES350s for less than 15,000 with about 80,000 miles on them.
by russcable
Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Drive Thru
Replies: 6
Views: 1781

Re: Drive Thru

While we're being esthetic...
Bobinwales wrote:advert for MacDonalds
was it an ad for McDonald's? ;-)
by russcable
Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 12 month installment buying
Replies: 7
Views: 2142

Re: 12 month installment buying

If you're using a $, there are definitely 2 L's in installments.
by russcable
Fri Jan 01, 2010 10:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Play favorites with
Replies: 7
Views: 2961

Re: Play favorites with

All of the bootlicking synonyms you list would involve doing everything the boss asked and more - fawning, obsequious (obedient and attentive in a servile manner), servile. It's hard to see where not doing your job would fit in with that.
by russcable
Fri Jan 01, 2010 6:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Play favorites with
Replies: 7
Views: 2961

Re: Play favorites with

You still need to work on "What is a sentence?" All the employees in our company work very hard, but Susan is very lazy. The boss always plays favorites with her because she's very good at flattering the boss. If you don't want the obsessively logical thinkers wondering whether Susan is an employee:...
by russcable
Thu Dec 31, 2009 6:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Is, Are
Replies: 6
Views: 2043

Re: Is, Are

I'm with trolley. "is" is correct.
by russcable
Thu Dec 31, 2009 6:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Spread yourself
Replies: 2
Views: 1604

Re: Spread yourself

I wouldn't be surprised to find the first one in a business communication, but I would be a little surprised by the second. While the second one gets a great many more Google hits, the large number seems to be primarily because it is included in a great many lists of old proverbs rather than actual ...
by russcable
Wed Dec 30, 2009 6:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: As you wish!
Replies: 2
Views: 3884

Re: As you wish!

Phrasing "wishes" is tricky. "I wish you would do something" sounds like I'm wishing for my own sake rather than for yours that you would do something about something under your control, e.g. I wish you would take out the trash (so I don't have to). I also get the idea that A feels it is B's fault t...
by russcable
Tue Dec 29, 2009 8:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Get your paycheck
Replies: 5
Views: 2100

Re: Get your paycheck

As Robert Heinlein says: TANSTAAFL - There ain't no such thing as a free lunch. Adding a ? to a statement doesn't make it a question. "Do you eat outside or does your company give you ...?" is how standard questions are phrased in English. "Do you eat outside?" could mean "Do you eat outdoors?". It ...
by russcable
Mon Dec 28, 2009 6:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Definitely prefer
Replies: 6
Views: 2320

Re: Definitely prefer

It's hard to make this sound natural because the situation is making assumptions that are foreign to us. In addition to loving new car smell (knowing that it is the smell of vinyl fumes, carpet glue, and leather cleaner), I'm not sure: Are you renting cars? Calling a taxi service? Buying a new car e...
by russcable
Sun Dec 27, 2009 5:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Definitely prefer
Replies: 6
Views: 2320

Re: Definitely prefer

No. "What's with you people?" implies that there is something wrong with the people being addressed, e.g. "What's with you people? Are you deranged?" There is in fact something majorly wrong with these people and A evidentally knows it so this is okay. I just want to be sure you don't think this is ...
by russcable
Sat Dec 26, 2009 6:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Night shift
Replies: 7
Views: 2183

Re: Night shift

Until you come up with a night specific activity, it still won't make any sense. Also, we could play soccer or badminton at someone's house for 10 minutes at any time of day or night. At least with golf, you had picked an activity where you have to go somewhere and spend a few hours doing it. "gotta...