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by Phil White
Sun Dec 05, 2021 1:11 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Pun of the football season ...
Replies: 0
Views: 70

Pun of the football season ...

Manchester City against Watford. A City player shoots and the Watford keeper, Bachmann, dives and saves, immediately swivels and gets up to try to stop the second shot, which went in. City leading 2:0. Now get a pun out of that... . . . . . Commentator Guy Mowbray: "Bachmann turned on overdrive, but...
by Phil White
Sat Dec 04, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: which
Replies: 1
Views: 75

Re: which

It seems to me that the referent of "which" is the blossom, as the relative clause describes not the whole plant, but specifically the blossom. "Surrounding" is not the present continuous. It is the present participle being used as a preposition. This is sometimes called a "participial preposition"....
by Phil White
Sat Dec 04, 2021 1:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more so
Replies: 2
Views: 124

Re: more so

Erik is right, although I think the elision is perfectly acceptable. The reason lies not in the part of speech of the referent of "so", but in its semantic import. If we say "Your brother is a bus driver", we mean just that, namely that his job is a bus driver. If we say "your brother is a Buddhist"...
by Phil White
Sat Dec 04, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: only/just/simply
Replies: 2
Views: 114

Re: only/just/simply

I really am not sure. I think you could apply the same interpretation to b as well. But if I heard any of them, I would assume that a certain degree of negligence, however small, was involved. If the speaker believed that no negligence was involved, she would choose a far more direct denial of negli...
by Phil White
Thu Dec 02, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: from a mistake
Replies: 4
Views: 190

Re: from a mistake

You can actually see the Anfield stadium from where I live (I can't, but that's a different matter). In terms of football support, you are either red or blue. But if you are red, you also have two different camps that you have to opt for. Either you think Gerrard was genuinely one of the best midfie...
by Phil White
Thu Dec 02, 2021 2:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: from a mistake
Replies: 4
Views: 190

Re: from a mistake

Either work, but I would probably say "... scored from a mistake". But again, unless the listener(s) know who made the mistake, we would give that information. And if I know that I am going to impart that information anyway, I doubt I would structure the information in that way: "Gerrard slipped and...
by Phil White
Thu Dec 02, 2021 1:47 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: my and my wife's
Replies: 6
Views: 224

Re: my and my wife's

They are all excellent solutions ... provided that the speaker had fully intended to be as obtuse as possible. I really don't think that a native speaker would generally approach such an idea in this way. "My wife and I have invited some of the people we work with." (Pragmatics resolve the ambiguity...
by Phil White
Mon Nov 29, 2021 10:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyway
Replies: 6
Views: 446

Re: anyway

I have the sense that "anyhow" is far more common in American than in British English, although I am not sure. It can also carry the meaning of "untidy" or "random" (her books were stacked on the shelves anyhow"). In the context you quote, it sounds mighty odd to me, but perhaps it would pass muster...
by Phil White
Mon Nov 29, 2021 3:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyway
Replies: 6
Views: 446

Re: anyway

"Anyway", written together and used at the end of an utterance pretty well always means "in any case", so sentences 3 and 6 certainly don't mean what you intend. Because it is almost impossible to clearly enunciate "notwithstanding" as two separate words when speaking, sentences 1 and 4 are unlikely...
by Phil White
Mon Nov 29, 2021 3:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: use of affect and effect as nouns
Replies: 4
Views: 404

Re: use of affect and effect as nouns

"Affect" as a noun is limited almost entirely to the field of psychology, and occasionally spills over into the legal realm. In psychology, it has two almost directly opposing meanings. "Affect" is either The behaviour or set of behaviours that result from experiencing an emotion, The emotion experi...
by Phil White
Tue Nov 23, 2021 8:47 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: street vendor
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: street vendor

Yep. Pearly King was the first thing I thought of from your description. Memory (insofar as one has one) is liable to play tricks.
by Phil White
Tue Nov 23, 2021 8:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: carefully approaching
Replies: 5
Views: 599

Re: carefully approaching

As Erik says, they are all correct, but I feel that sentences 1 and 2 sit slightly uncomfortably. I would prefer the full relative clause in both of those. I think it is because the relative pronoun and verb have been ellipted ( who was approaching). It sounds slightly unwieldy to me to then insert ...
by Phil White
Fri Nov 19, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Definition of a fox
Replies: 0
Views: 166

Definition of a fox

One that has been around for a while, but is new to me:
"A fox is just cat software running on dog hardware".
by Phil White
Thu Nov 18, 2021 2:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Recover
Replies: 4
Views: 386

Re: Recover

That's strange. As Erik intimated, we don't generally quantify the degree to which we have recovered from an illness. Instead, we use more vague expressions: I'm on the mend. I'm (well) on the way to recovery. I'm over the worst of it. If we do actually want to quantify our recovery more specificall...
by Phil White
Thu Nov 18, 2021 2:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: he has become
Replies: 6
Views: 625

Re: he has become

Erik_Kowal wrote: Thu Nov 18, 2021 2:20 am I'm puzzling over "best tup".
This is because you are not a sheep farmer in northern Britain.