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by LoisMartin
Thu Nov 01, 2007 11:44 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Stephen Colbert
Replies: 29
Views: 9539

Stephen Colbert

Thanks, James. I'll get better at this! Long way to go to the magic 1000th posting still.
by LoisMartin
Thu Nov 01, 2007 11:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: up /down + way
Replies: 9
Views: 3527

up /down + way

Quoc, I'm with you in not understanding that last comment. You can say, "You should stop in next time you're up my way," and that would be a completely OK comment.
by LoisMartin
Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:12 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Stephen Colbert
Replies: 29
Views: 9539

Stephen Colbert

I should know better than to post and then not return to the site for a few days. Sorry, Erik, for the slow reply. Apparently the issue is one of the Equal Time rule, and the Washington Post, at least, doesn't seem to make a distinction between shows run on cable versus those on networks. See the ar...
by LoisMartin
Sun Oct 21, 2007 3:42 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Stephen Colbert
Replies: 29
Views: 9539

Stephen Colbert

And if he got into the election, it could mess up his TV show. They can't show reruns of Law and Order with Fred Thompson in them during the campaign, so Comedy Central isn't likely to let Colbert's "candidacy" get too far.
by LoisMartin
Fri Oct 19, 2007 12:23 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: "Indirect speech"
Replies: 25
Views: 7058

"Indirect speech"

I have to weigh in here. In spoken English, I often end sentences with prepositions, but I find that, when writing and having a little more time to consider my words, it is often clearer to avoid that construction. "What team does David belong to?" is short and not very confusing, but I've heard and...
by LoisMartin
Sat Oct 13, 2007 4:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The use of article
Replies: 3
Views: 2576

The use of article

Quoc, your interest seems to be in the use of the article "the." In that regard, I would opt for 2 rather than 1 because "future goals" is a bit nebulous--"the future goals" implies that there is some set number or even set goals, but the fact that you're defining them seems to indicate that you don...
by LoisMartin
Sat Oct 13, 2007 4:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: may vs. can
Replies: 3
Views: 2369

may vs. can

Joy, this sounds like a trick question, since either is correct, depending on your meaning. If you mean that you want the person to correct billing errors and that will give you the permissions you need to send payment, you would use "may send our payment." However, generally, you are wanting to tel...
by LoisMartin
Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:48 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: A creative use of place names
Replies: 14
Views: 5266

A creative use of place names

LOL. I'll try something like that next time.
by LoisMartin
Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Singular or plural (3)
Replies: 13
Views: 3661

Singular or plural (3)

Quoc, I think my WW pals may be over-thinking this issue. You are talking about multiple people in your example (many companies with many different owners). Therefore, if you choose to use your construction, you would write "The matter is that we must know who are the real owners of companies..." "L...
by LoisMartin
Wed Oct 10, 2007 1:24 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Henries
Replies: 16
Views: 7092

Henries

And you guys are just determined to make me do remedial physics by looking up things like "inductance" and "coulombs." Well, I'll show you and just stay ignorant!
by LoisMartin
Wed Oct 10, 2007 1:18 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: A creative use of place names
Replies: 14
Views: 5266

A creative use of place names

And this is relevant of nothing, but I had to share it (and the title of this section is "Miscellaneous")--today was election day for mayor of Birmingham. At my polling place, there was a very large sign announcing "Your ID will be required to vote today." I bit my lip to keep from asking the (very ...
by LoisMartin
Wed Oct 10, 2007 1:16 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: A creative use of place names
Replies: 14
Views: 5266

A creative use of place names

Thanks for the fun, Berale. But I have to say that, after telling us about her flatmate saying her nose was twitching because she was about to "cheese," the idea of "cheesing on toast" wasn't all that great an idea on which to end.
by LoisMartin
Wed Oct 10, 2007 1:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: If + ing
Replies: 7
Views: 2573

If + ing

Quoc, the problem with your example is that it's not correct grammatically. Using the -ing construction after "if" generally involves an elliptical expression (oh, my grammar vocabulary is very bad tonight). For example, "If [one were] walking down the road, one can see the church." I can't come up ...
by LoisMartin
Tue Oct 09, 2007 12:50 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Henries
Replies: 16
Views: 7092

Henries

Wow! The things you learn (or almost learn) on WW. I never knew there was a "henry," so I looked it up. It apparently has something to do with physics, which is the one subject I did poorly in in high school. Here's what Merriam-Webster says, and I confess I didn't have enough interest to look up mo...
by LoisMartin
Tue Oct 09, 2007 12:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: jaguar
Replies: 82
Views: 17878

jaguar

Well, I'm from the south, too, and confess that I can't recall too many conversations involving "claret," but I'm afraid I do (or did until today) pronounce the T.