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by PhilHunt
Wed Jan 30, 2008 2:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: If we were to get ready ...
Replies: 55
Views: 15846

If we were to get ready ...

Firstly Phil, I find your tone rather offensive. Unlike you, I feel no need to refer to books to find information about tenses because I teach English on a daily basis. To assume that the reason I only mentioned 2 conditionals was because I don't know any others or that I was trying to group every c...
by PhilHunt
Tue Jan 29, 2008 5:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: BrE: Whom should he see coming along
Replies: 13
Views: 5061

BrE: Whom should he see coming along

Hello: What's the exact reason for using should and not would here? ------- After a while whom should he see coming along but the priest and the provost and the mayor, walking arm-in-arm as bold as you please. ... The Baldwin Project: The Wonder Clock by Howard Pyle ------- Could it be the fact tha...
by PhilHunt
Tue Jan 29, 2008 5:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: If we were to get ready ...
Replies: 55
Views: 15846

If we were to get ready ...

Interesting ... by reviewing the links in the above, I found: ------ "Were to" in the Past FORM [If ... were to have + past participle ..., ...] USE "Were to" can be used in the past to emphasize that the conditional form is extremely unlikely or unthinkably horrible . Notice that this special form...
by PhilHunt
Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: If we were to get ready ...
Replies: 55
Views: 15846

If we were to get ready ...

... The Tony Blair quote is incorrect: If we were going to revise the chamber we should have been bolder. It's a past future (to be going to + infinitive) + present perfect. Correct would be: If we had been going to revise the chamber, we would have been bolder. Not strictly true. Your points about...
by PhilHunt
Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: If we were to get ready ...
Replies: 55
Views: 15846

If we were to get ready ...

gdwdwrkr wrote: Impressive PhilHunt.
Do you know of, and will you recommend, a website where I can see all such rules?
I'm an English teacher.
I would advice buying "Practical English Usage" by Michael Swan.
It's like a bible for English teachers.
by PhilHunt
Tue Jan 29, 2008 11:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: If we were to get ready ...
Replies: 55
Views: 15846

If we were to get ready ...

Anything wrong here? Talking about past time. If we were to get ready for the exam, we should have spared at least two and a half hours a day for reading questions. Thanks. Grammatically it is not correct. The rule of the second conditional. If + past + would/should + infinitive . The rule of the t...
by PhilHunt
Wed Jan 09, 2008 11:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: BC, AD and PC
Replies: 42
Views: 9598

BC, AD and PC

What is an essentially Christian country? One where the majority of people are Christian? It would be interesting to see what the religious demographics are for the United States (including illegal immigrants). I live in Italy and here the constitution of the country declares that the State is free ...
by PhilHunt
Wed Jan 09, 2008 10:31 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: BC, AD and PC
Replies: 42
Views: 9598

BC, AD and PC

A colleague is working on a publication for a large multinational and needs to use "1000 BC" as a date. The multinational concerned is generally very strict about inclusive usage. I've seen BCE used quite often, but is there anything else that is readily understood and does not sound over-PC? Answe...
by PhilHunt
Sat Jan 05, 2008 11:14 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: the perfect tense
Replies: 6
Views: 3145

the perfect tense

After reaching the house, the husband had stopped near the main door to allow his wife and sons to alight before moving the vehicle into the driveway. Can anyone explain why the pass perfect tense used in the sentence instead of the pass tense? It's incorrect. We cannot use a past perfect following...
by PhilHunt
Sat Jan 05, 2008 11:06 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Caban
Replies: 4
Views: 2362

Caban

Does anyone know the origin of the Caban Coat? In Italy it's a type of coat but I have a feeling it's a borrow word from either a French surname or an earlier origin; "cappana" Latin or "cappa" in Celtic meaning summit. I've personally never seen the word in use in England, but, I'm not really inter...
by PhilHunt
Sat Jan 05, 2008 11:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: logos or logo's
Replies: 36
Views: 25028

logos or logo's

What is the correct plural of the word logo: logos or logo's? I ask because it seems to me that there is a risk of confusion with the Greek word logos which appears in English texts on Theology and Esoteric Philosophy (I've just checked and it's in the dictionary). A lot of interesting discussion b...
by PhilHunt
Sat Jan 05, 2008 10:45 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: faggot
Replies: 4
Views: 7341

faggot

Fag has been in use in English Private Schools for decades to define the young boys who must do the biddings of the older boys. The meaning would be similar to "slave" in this context. It can also be used in modern Britain to mean a cigarette. I'm certain though that it came from a criminal origin (...