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by Erik_Kowal
Fri Oct 22, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: and then decide
Replies: 2
Views: 36

Re: and then decide

3) works for me. The comma is optional. (I personally would drop it, because I would not include a pause at that point when uttering the sentence.)

The remaining sentences are syntactically incoherent.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Oct 21, 2021 2:08 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Drop by unexpectedly
Replies: 3
Views: 1492

Re: Drop by unexpectedly

I don't mind visitors in principle, but I appreciate some advance notice. I dislike having my day hijacked by other people unexpectedly imposing themselves on my schedule, especially if I'm already under time pressure. Perhaps if I lived deep in the countryside and rarely saw people I might mind it ...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 18, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: you do with...
Replies: 2
Views: 131

Re: you do with...

I would express it thus:

"You don't trust your wife with your money but you do trust your cousin [with it]"?

b) is not just strange, it is incorrect.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Oct 14, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Cable TV
Replies: 4
Views: 262

Re: Cable TV

Can't afford cable. Haven't watched tv in years. Mostly we watch dvds - our own or from the library. When I lived in the States my wife and I decided to cut the cord to cable TV because of the expense. Instead we subscribed to Netflix, Amazon Prime (which also offers lots of streaming content) and ...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Oct 14, 2021 12:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: merely by uttering a sentence
Replies: 6
Views: 759

Re: merely by uttering a sentence

Perhaps these, Tony:

Whatever he says, goes.

His word is law.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 12, 2021 1:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Spooky pond
Replies: 7
Views: 521

Re: Spooky pond

To answer this question, it would be useful to know where this pool is and hence how it came into being.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Oct 09, 2021 2:41 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: School Teacher
Replies: 9
Views: 829

Re: School Teacher

The proper focus of child-rearing ought to be the well-being of the child in terms of its psychological and emotional development. Beating it up only traumatizes and brutalizes it. It also encourages it to behave the same way to those who are younger and smaller than they are. I think those who clai...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Oct 09, 2021 3:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Get off at
Replies: 3
Views: 537

Re: Get off at

"To get off with someone" (in British English, anyway, and evidently also Australian English) means "to embark on a romantic relationship with someone" which might or might not involve having sex with them. When I was at school the students might get off with each other, but quite often (in the youn...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Oct 09, 2021 3:37 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: School Teacher
Replies: 9
Views: 829

Re: School Teacher

From next year it will be illegal in Wales for anyone, including parents, to smack children. Quite right too! My parents smacked me and my brothers, and the effect was not to improve our behaviour — rather, it encouraged us to hide whatever questionable activities we got up to more effectively. It ...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Oct 07, 2021 2:37 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Power outage
Replies: 8
Views: 916

Re: Power outage

In January 2005, an ice storm hit the Kansas city my then-wife and I were living in. After about a day the freezing rain stopped, and the wind picked up. Wind-stirred tree branches heavily coated with ice broke off and fell on the power cables that supplied our side of the street. This in turn cause...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 05, 2021 2:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: there weren't any?
Replies: 2
Views: 472

Re: there weren't any?

The normal formulations would be "There was/were no..." and (as you hinted at, Navi) "There was/weren't any..."

Your versions with "not" sound decidedly odd.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 04, 2021 3:29 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Not again
Replies: 3
Views: 683

Not again

During a funeral, the pallbearers accidentally bump into a wall and hear a faint moan from the casket. They open it and discover that the man they are carrying is still alive. The man lives for a further decade and dies. A second funeral is held. At the end of the service, the pallbearers prepare to...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 04, 2021 5:37 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The no-shows
Replies: 0
Views: 289

The no-shows

A seven-year-old girl was usually driven to school every day by her grandpa, but when he had a bad cold one morning Granny drove her there instead. That evening the girl told her parents that the rides to and from school had been very different with Granny. "In what way?" asked her parents. "Well", ...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Oct 02, 2021 7:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pomegranates
Replies: 2
Views: 429

Re: Pomegranates

"...too lazy to..."

In my opinion, pomegranates aren't worth the effort. Much better just to buy pomegranate juice.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Oct 02, 2021 4:00 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The bottom of the barrel
Replies: 0
Views: 280

The bottom of the barrel

A bloke in the pub told me he once had to scrape ice off his windscreen but couldn't find his scraper. So he decided to use his store discount card instead. Unfortunately he could only get 15% off.