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by Erik_Kowal
Mon Nov 02, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Utterly pleased
Replies: 4
Views: 4230

Re: Utterly pleased

You can do -- both are equally fine. I was just demonstrating a minor variation that also works.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Oct 31, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Utterly pleased
Replies: 4
Views: 4230

Re: Utterly pleased

"Every time I've eaten there, I've left the place feeling completely satisfied." "Utterly pleased" sounds slightly off because you would use "utterly" to describe something that was extreme in some way, whereas "pleased" is a very mild term. So the pairing sounds rather incongruous unless you are de...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Oct 30, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Tap water
Replies: 5
Views: 4466

Re: Tap water

I remember drinking from those both at school and in some public places in Britain when I was a kid back in the 60s and 70s. Sometimes the taste of the metal (brass?) through which it had been piped was pretty noticeable, especially on a hot day (or so it seemed). I've noticed that many people of my...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Oct 29, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: good to
Replies: 1
Views: 3226

Re: good to

Try:

"This architect is good for designing your house, but not [for designing] big buildings."
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 27, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for anyone
Replies: 1
Views: 3048

Re: for anyone

No. "You" is restrictive, whereas "anyone" is not.

In other words, "you" refers only to the person addressed, whereas "anyone" makes a general statement.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Coded message
Replies: 0
Views: 2548

Coded message

Dear Dad, $chool i$ really great. I am making lot$ of friend$ and $tudying very hard. With all my $tuff, I $imply can't think of anything I need, $o if you would like, you can ju$t $end me a card, a$ I would love to hear from you. Love, Your $on ------- Dear Son, I kNOw that astroNOmy, ecoNOmics, an...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The ninth hole
Replies: 0
Views: 2291

The ninth hole

One afternoon, a young man who was also an avid golfer found himself with a few hours to spare. He figured that if he hurried and played fast, he could get in nine holes before he had to head home. Just as he was about to tee off, an old gentleman shuffled over and asked the young man if he could ac...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the fastest of
Replies: 2
Views: 3378

Re: the fastest of

I agree with Bob.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Extremely corrupt
Replies: 2
Views: 3353

Re: Extremely corrupt

They are both good, especially 1). There's also an idiomatic expression in English, "rotten to the core" (an allusion to a rotten apple, which also exists in the English expression that alludes to the "bad apple in the barrel" which corrupts the remainder of the apples unless it is removed). My gues...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Oct 22, 2020 3:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Dodge to be
Replies: 5
Views: 4346

Re: Dodge to be

I would write: 1. In WWII, Kevin forged a medical certificate so that he would be exempt[ed] from {the draft / being drafted}. "Joining the army" is technically correct, but it would be better to be precise regarding the reason. The draft was compulsory; "joining the army" implies voluntary military...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: looked at them
Replies: 1
Views: 3222

Re: looked at them

a. He looked at them to help him. It's unclear what this is supposed to mean. It's not a natural-sounding utterance. b. He looked to them to help him. = He approached them for help (or he expected them to help him -- it's not clear which is meant without some context). c. He looked at them for help....
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Alexander-esque moment
Replies: 4
Views: 4289

Re: Alexander-esque moment

I was thinking baby Alexander from Peppa Pig.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Oct 17, 2020 3:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Reply and Response
Replies: 6
Views: 5474

Re: Reply and Response

Phil White wrote: Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:11 pmSpeak for yourself. I do it for the fame and glory.
Let me know when it starts working. :lol:
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Oct 16, 2020 4:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Reply and Response
Replies: 6
Views: 5474

Re: Reply and Response

You're welcome. It's nice to be thanked, but I would only consider that someone who asked a question without offering any acknowledgment of the answer was being impolite if it was obvious that I had invested a great deal of time and effort in my response. Which was not the case here. I suspect my ge...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 13, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone
Replies: 6
Views: 5444

Re: anyone

Those both sound completely outlandish to my ear. The only native speaker I could imagine torturing the language like that would be a linguistic psychopath.