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azz
Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 7:27:00 AM
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Can one write
a. The very idea of trickle-down economics is at best a dubious notion.
b. "Trickle-down economics" is at best a dubious notion.
c. Trickle-down economics is at best dubious notion.

d. "Ether" is no longer considered a scientific term.
e. Ether is no longer considered a scientific term.


?


Obviously, trickle-down economics is not an idea and ether is not a term. I think the quotation marks are necessary, but I doubt that many people would use them.

Many thanks.
FounDit
Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 11:14:38 AM

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azz wrote:
Can one write
a. The very idea of trickle-down economics is at best a dubious notion.
b. "Trickle-down economics" is at best a dubious notion.
c. Trickle-down economics is at best dubious notion.

d. "Ether" is no longer considered a scientific term.
e. Ether is no longer considered a scientific term.


?


Obviously, trickle-down economics is not an idea and ether is not a term. I think the quotation marks are necessary, but I doubt that many people would use them.

Many thanks.


You don't seem to be asking a question, so I'm not sure what you want to receive as a response. However, I usually see "Trickle-down economics" encased in quotation marks, but not Ether.


A great many people will think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. ~ William James ~
azz
Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 4:50:01 PM
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Thank you so much FounDit,

The question is whether one could write those sentences. My first line was 'Can one write' and there is a question mark after the last sentence is red.

You have answered the question.

Many thanks.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 7:22:24 PM

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Hello azz.

I would like to say that there are different situations . . .

Ether does not exist as the medium through which light travels. When the word is used in this meaning in modern times, it could have inverted commas. This message is coming to you through the "ether". A figurative way of saying it is sent via a wireless system. (sometimes spelled "Aether")

Ether is a chemical which used to be used as a general anaesthetic. C₄H₁₀O. There is no need to use inverted commas in this meaning, it is not figurative.



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