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by JerrySmile
Tue Jun 17, 2014 2:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as if she had been
Replies: 4
Views: 2441

as if she had been

--- The Lady Blanche avoided her as if she had been an infectious disease. Thackeray, Vanity Fair --- Do you feel that "had been" means that: - Lady Blanche treated her as if she was no longer whatever it was that made her similar to an infectious disease? or - Lady Blanche treated her as if she sti...
by JerrySmile
Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: telling
Replies: 5
Views: 3329

Re: telling

digitalen wrote:Who do you think you are, telling me what to do?
I wonder if the meaning of "telling" is 1, 2, or anything.
1. you are telling
2. by telling
OK, in terms of meaning, I'd say it's 2, or
"by doing what you're doing (i.e. ordering me around)".
by JerrySmile
Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with the Bach prelude in C culminating the programme
Replies: 6
Views: 2597

Re: with the Bach prelude in C culminating the programme

A transitive version exists:

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culminate

transitive verb
: to bring to a head : be the culminating point of : climax, cap <the agreement culminated a long controversy — Newsweek>

Merriam-Webster Unabridged
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and seems appropriate in what your aunt said (see the Newsweek example).
by JerrySmile
Sat Mar 29, 2014 2:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Truth
Replies: 3
Views: 1770

Re: Truth

In relation to past time, I find it difficult to find many examples where I would be happy with your sentence 1. *In his report, he stated that he felt there was a growing antipathy to government policy. His words could not be closer to the truth. It just doesn't work for me. The assumption is that...
by JerrySmile
Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Truth
Replies: 3
Views: 1770

Truth

Hi,

Assuming this is in past time.

1. His words could not be closer to the truth.

2. His words could not have been closer to the truth.

When would you use each? Differences?

Thanks.
by JerrySmile
Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:00 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bow and scrape
Replies: 4
Views: 4133

Re: bow and scrape

Wikipedia has an 17th-century illustration of a man bowing and scraping here -- though I notice that this man is scraping with his left foot instead of his right, which is contrary to the method prescribed in the accompanying written description. Then again, some entire countries drive on the wrong...
by JerrySmile
Thu Feb 06, 2014 3:50 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bow and scrape
Replies: 4
Views: 4133

bow and scrape

Hello, What would be the origin of "scrape" in this idiom? Could it be scraping the ground with the toe of one's boot in embarrassment? --- bow and scrape Behave obsequiously or too deferentially, as in In this fashionable store, the salespersons virtually bow and scrape before customers. The Americ...
by JerrySmile
Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Subjunctive mood in a sea of past
Replies: 7
Views: 3387

Re: Subjunctive mood in a sea of past

And the the stats agree both versions are in use:-)

In published books at Google Books:

"was where I shouldn't be"
About 800 results

"was where I shouldn't have been"
About 952 results

Pretty balanced.
by JerrySmile
Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Subjunctive mood in a sea of past
Replies: 7
Views: 3387

Re: Subjunctive mood in a sea of past

Be careful with the use of "subjunctive" here. "Should" can, under certain circumstances, provide an alternative formulation for a subjunctive, but is not a subjunctive per se. In this case, it is neither. I am using here the term of "subjunctive mood ." Per Curme's classic grammar, the way I read ...
by JerrySmile
Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:23 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: passion
Replies: 3
Views: 1767

Re: passion

Can be uplifting too, as I see it. Now, it may burn with a smaller or larger flame and may burn your hands too, but ...
by JerrySmile
Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:18 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Query
Replies: 11
Views: 7401

Re: Query

We are right here, notwithstanding the bad weather in Canada and elsewhere.
by JerrySmile
Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:45 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Subjunctive mood in a sea of past
Replies: 7
Views: 3387

Subjunctive mood in a sea of past

1. But John wasn't afraid of the darkness outside or how deep it was. And why should he be? He was an experienced traveler who had already seen the entire world. 2. But John wasn't afraid of the darkness outside or how deep it was. And why should he have been? He was an experienced traveler who had ...
by JerrySmile
Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:29 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Critical for/to him
Replies: 4
Views: 2372

Re: Critical for/to him

Phil White wrote:Yep, I'd go along with that as well.
Thank you too, Phil.
by JerrySmile
Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Critical for/to him
Replies: 4
Views: 2372

Re: Critical for/to him

I thought about it along the same lines.
Thank you very much for the confirmation, Erik.
by JerrySmile
Mon Jan 27, 2014 6:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Critical for/to him
Replies: 4
Views: 2372

Critical for/to him

Hi,

When would you use
"it/this is critical for him"
and when
"it/this is critical to him"?

Thanks.