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by Erik_Kowal
Sat Mar 06, 2021 9:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Children's toy
Replies: 3
Views: 57

Re: Children's toy

That jungle gym looks as if it was designed for midgets. The kid in those photos wouldn't be able to sit on the swing without his feet dragging on the ground. Fortunately, though, his parents were sufficiently smart to place the gym on a hard tiled floor which would most likely be impervious to dama...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 02, 2021 3:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more than I used to
Replies: 1
Views: 198

Re: more than I used to

Yes to 2) and 4).

No to the other two. They're not incomprehensible, but the unnecessary repetition of "work" is clumsy.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Mar 01, 2021 3:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Own shadow
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Re: Own shadow

The literal meaning of "Even your own shadow leaves you when you are in darkness" is obvious: for an object to be able to cast a shadow, it needs to be illuminated. So when you are somewhere dark there is no shadow. The figurative significance of this statement (if any) is much less obvious, however...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Mar 01, 2021 2:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: too many
Replies: 2
Views: 165

Re: too many

Yes and yes, as far as I'm concerned.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Feb 27, 2021 5:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: fight for
Replies: 1
Views: 202

Re: fight for

I wouldn't say either of those things. For one thing, he doesn't have to fight to be Italian if he already possesses Italian nationality. Besides, I don't think those descriptions would fall naturally from the lips of a native speaker; they don't sound idiomatic. Instead, I would most likely say som...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Feb 26, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: who
Replies: 3
Views: 236

Re: who

Yes, it is. My understanding is that B's repetition in their question of A's wording, "are idiots", which contains the plural form of the verb "to be", causes the default presumption of the singular form to be overridden, because only in this way can the consistency of number agreement between the v...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Feb 26, 2021 4:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: who
Replies: 3
Views: 236

Re: who

Though the referents of a question that asks "who" may in practice number more than one, as in both your specimen instances ("neighbors" & "Tom and Jane"), by convention "who" takes the singular form of the verb.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Feb 25, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Texas syndrome
Replies: 1
Views: 310

Texas syndrome

Two Yorkshiremen are going abroad on holiday. As they're passing through Customs one of the officials starts gabbing at them in foreign.

One of them says to his mate, ”’Ey up, Bill. What's ‘ee sayin’?“

The foreigner smiles. ”Ah, you are English!“

“Nay, lad. We'm Yorkshire!”
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Feb 25, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Baby
Replies: 6
Views: 394

Re: Baby

Alas, I don't think so. However, you could still monetize the process if you can establish a relationship with an entity that will pay you for being a sperm donor.

Good luck! 😛
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: feel bad for you having to...
Replies: 1
Views: 162

Re: feel bad for you having to...

I think the first in each pair is acceptable, but it would come more naturally to me to say

"I feel bad {about you / that you're} having to work in a place like this"

and

"I feel bad {about you / that you're} doing all this work".
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: was not to
Replies: 2
Views: 252

Re: was not to

I agree with Bob. For sense 2), you could make the sentence sound less weird if you included the word "avoid": He went to the restaurant to avoid talking to John. You could make sense 1) work by inverting the clauses adding a contrasting assertion, e.g.: It wasn't to avoid talking to John that he we...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Baby
Replies: 6
Views: 394

Re: Baby

From my own experience I would say that babies of any size are difficult! I had two babies and didn't have any trouble at either birth. I think you might be on to something with this childbirth subcontracting operation, Bob: "No job too large for our expanding business. Our experienced contractor w...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Feb 20, 2021 12:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: which
Replies: 4
Views: 281

Re: which

Thank you very much, Erik , I don't know. Sometimes, for some reason a correct sentence sounds odd to me. In this case, '2' sounded odd. I thought that it should be correct, but it sounded strange. Hence, the question. Funnily enough, '1' didn't sound strange, and they have basically the same struc...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Feb 19, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: which
Replies: 4
Views: 281

Re: which

Yes.

What made you wonder about their correctness?
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Out of one's skin
Replies: 3
Views: 327

Re: Out of one's skin

"Flew" is the simple past tense form of"fly", not "flow" (for which the corresponding form is "flowed"). There is an idiom, "to jump out of one's skin", meaning "to become simultaneously startled and frightened", but "to fly out of one's skin" is not an established idiom. The usage here resembles th...