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Topic: Beard
Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2019 11:04:11 AM
All possible, but not all the same.

Tom has grown a beard (recently).
Tom has worn/sported a beard (for quite some time).
Tom has sprouted a beard = Tom has begun to grow a beard.

Topic: As there are many religions, I always have this strong belief that there is someone up there in this universe...
Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 10:59:08 PM
Both sentences are correct, but the "have always had" is probably more common and more appripriate.

The "I always have" seems to hint that you keep on repeatedly discovering that belief; "I have always had …" emphasizes continuity rather than repetition.

Topic: I will pay (for) the balance of $500 tomorrow.
Posted: Monday, April 1, 2019 12:44:34 PM
At least in American English, we would say "pay the balance".

(We pay for what we've bought; we pay what is owed.)

Topic: 'I've given him a sedative; that should see him through the night.' (Does the 'That' refer to 'I')
Posted: Monday, April 1, 2019 12:22:43 PM
But: "I've given him a sedative that/which should see him through the night."

Here, with either "that" or "which" as a relative pronoun and without a comma, the reference is clearly to the sedative itself.

Topic: To force a showdown
Posted: Monday, April 1, 2019 12:05:27 PM
lazarius wrote:
Atatürk wrote:
What does "force a showdown" mean in the above?

It is when you come up equipped with a gun and demand satisfaction.

Quote:
Now she and her man, who called himself Dan
Were in the next room at the hoe down
Rocky burst in, and grinning a grin
He said, "Danny boy, this is a showdown"
But Daniel was hot, he drew first and shot
And Rocky collapsed in the corner

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Associated with the song "Dangerous Dan McGrew"?

Topic: The locals
Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2019 12:29:01 PM
"Locals" is less common than "the locals" for this purpose.

We sometimes need to distinguish between "locals" and everyone else ("outsiders"). Whether or not the terminology seems insulting depends upon context.

Topic: Either, also
Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2019 12:02:44 PM
"Also" would work, but with a change of word order: "Let us also not forget …."

"Nor let us forget" = "Let us not forget either".

Topic: 'I've given him a sedative; that should see him through the night.' (Does the 'That' refer to 'I')
Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2019 11:31:22 AM
"I've given him a sedative; that should see him through the night."  (or)
"I've given him a sedative, and that should see him through the night."
The "that" refers to either (a) the sedative or (b) the fact that I've given him the sedative.


"I've given him a sedative; it should see him through the night."  (or)
"I've given him a sedative, and it should see him through the night."
Here, the "it" refers to the sedative itself.


"I've given him a sedative, which should see him through the night."
Presumably, "which" refers to the sedative itself, though it could be construed to mean "the fact that he's been sedated."

Topic: The married Zainal
Posted: Friday, March 29, 2019 1:10:01 PM
Kirill Vorobyov wrote:
This requires that there should be another Zainal in the same story, who is not married, doesn't it? So in this sentence the married one is referred to, not the other one.


Not so!

As others have noted, the definite article is needed here as a normal part of this kind of construction.

Topic: Veto the clown!
Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 2:14:13 PM
It's high time for those hyper-partisan "Republicans" to wake up and override Trump's veto power — UNANIMOUSLY.

I think most of us real Repulbicans have enough common sense to see that he's running for a promotion from President to Dictator.

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