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by dante
Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: copulas and locatives; particles and intransitive prepositions
Replies: 35
Views: 15721

Re: copulas and locatives; particles and intransitive prepositions

I think Edwin said it with a bit of irony WoZ, you missed that part. We all have our passions, and from my perspective a passion for grammar is a nice one. Not that I don't like red wine :) So provided we realise that 'intransitive prepositions' aren't necessarily prepositions at all, we're OK. On t...
by dante
Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Middle English
Replies: 5
Views: 4402

Re: Middle English

graunt; riotour; bi3etel; extorcious; ought; appreciable; net; helsom; unlest; bigetel; botesum; commodious; nit-worthe; doggerel; vile; unpreste; clakles; wok; overvein; unnit. I recognize only ought, appreciable, commodious, doggerel and vile as English words. I think I can remember coming across...
by dante
Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: copulas and locatives; particles and intransitive prepositions
Replies: 35
Views: 15721

Re: copulas and locatives; particles and intransitive prepositions

Erik that was funny :) 2a. We're going over for drinks after work. , which usage both the above dictionaries class as adverbial, there seems to be no chance of a meaningful prepositional complement to reclaim. That is why "over" is analyzed as intransitive preposition in this sentence Edwin. The div...
by dante
Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:18 pm
Forum: Word Games and Challenges
Topic: Just for fun
Replies: 39
Views: 48814

Re: Just for fun

Hi Bob, nice to see you are around on WW :) And nice to know that you intend to give more time to WW in this year Shelley :)
by dante
Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing Archive
Topic: want + object + ing form
Replies: 7
Views: 20466

Re: want + object + ing form

Nice and concise summary of the main points related to the catenative verbs Edwin. Thanks for the link to this document, seems interesting. I'd like to add that it is also useful to consider the wider perspective here and analyze how catenative complements fit in the wider picture. It is especially ...
by dante
Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing Archive
Topic: want + object + ing form
Replies: 7
Views: 20466

Re: want + object + ing form

WoZ you are by far the meanest wizard on WW :) And I thought that you were inventing words too, but after I checked OALD it seems you are not guilty of that one in this case, hoon is a word, down under at least: hoon, noun (Australian English, New Zealand English, informal) a man who behaves in a ru...
by dante
Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:54 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: Board update
Replies: 14
Views: 25462

Re: Board update

I've already tried that Erik, still happens that I get the old style back instead of the chosen colour scheme. My forum interface changes back to the old style whether I open forum directly or through the main site Phil . I think that the changes of the style are kept for a browsing session whether ...
by dante
Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:44 am
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: Board update
Replies: 14
Views: 25462

Re: Board update

Thank you Phil!
To me, the interface feels just fine now, I like the choice of colours. It happens sometimes when I open the site that it reverted back to the old style, but as you are removing it soon that problem will solved.
by dante
Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: feel to + verb (ie feel + to-infinitive)
Replies: 7
Views: 3663

Re: feel + to-infinitive

Hi WoZ, Erik. I wouldn't know Erik, lacking a native's intuition I'll just avoid using the infinitive after these verbs, to be on the safe side. This construction obviously isn't that common in speech but from the discussions on Wordreference I'd gather it doesn't sound that bad either, at least for...
by dante
Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:29 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: Board update
Replies: 14
Views: 25462

Re: Board update

Hi Phil, Happy New Year to you too !

I love the new look, much better than the old grey interface. It's great that you've offered different colour schemes, I like them all, with a slight preference for WWBrown at the moment. Keep up the good work!
by dante
Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: feel to + verb (ie feel + to-infinitive)
Replies: 7
Views: 3663

Re: feel + to-infinitive

Hi Edwin, it is nice to see you are still solving grammatical puzzles on WW. I've been away from home and the computer for some time, and the rest of the time I've been struggling to earn my keep, not much free time for this kind of pleasure. You're right about passivization of your sentences of cou...
by dante
Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: feel to + verb (ie feel + to-infinitive)
Replies: 7
Views: 3663

Re: feel + to-infinitive

Well, hello there strangers :) When I first read your examples I was wondering why you didn't like this construction because it sounded to me as an acceptable alternative to "feel like V-ing". Only on second reading I realized it might be an unusual collocation. Maybe this use of the verb "feel" sho...
by dante
Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:08 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Christmas
Replies: 7
Views: 5611

Re: Christmas

Have a happy Christmas Eve's wizards, hope you are enjoying your holidays.
by dante
Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: multi-word nouns?
Replies: 15
Views: 10013

Re: multi-word nouns?

Here are two interesting articles dealing with this Edwin http://www.stanford.edu/~zwicky/forestress-and-afterstress.pdf http://www.merriam-webster.com/help/faq/compound.htm Chicago Manual of Style gives a brief categorization of composite nominals/ compound noun: An open compound is spelled as two ...
by dante
Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Wonder that
Replies: 5
Views: 2114

Re: Wonder that

Now that's interesting Edwin. I was interested in the use of that when it is interchangeable with whether and if, i.e when these words introduce a question about whether something happens or not (yes or no alternatives). Under the entries for "doubtful" and "doubt" Free dictionary and Collins note t...