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Profile: NKM
User Name: NKM
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Occupation: Retired computer programmer; musician
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Topic: Does this sound OK?
Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 8:47:30 PM
As BobShilling says, the simplest (and smoothest) way is just, "So I told her."

Topic: Being serious
Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 8:43:33 PM
This is one of those situations in which "being" serves as an active verb.

Topic: comma splice
Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 8:41:08 PM
Ah, but that second half is not a clause; its (implied) subject ("He") is shared with the first half.

It's inescapably clear that "pushed him into the table" is intimately related to "shoved him in the back".

All in all, the "spliced" sentence works very well in speech and in not-very-formal writing.

This kind of phrasing is something most of use freely, if not necessarily every day.

Topic: By
Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 8:31:11 PM
"Electric" devices are powered by electricity; "electronic" ones are generally controlled by electronic components (mostly solid-state, nowadays).

Topic: "recently" at the end of a sentence
Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2019 2:10:00 PM
You certainly can, but your sentences feel a bit strange because of the two unrelated adverbs at the end.

The adverb of place ("here") and the adverb of time ("recently") don't conflict with each other in terms of meaning or appropriateness, but their occurrence together causes a "hitch" in reading the sentence. It might be better if they were separated by a comma.

Topic: lash a horse on, pat a horse on
Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2019 1:59:35 PM
No such regional distinction here.

One "builds" a house or a tower; one "makes" (or "fashions") a sword or a spear.

(If it's something you can pick up and carry, it's not something you "build".)

Topic: want to have told
Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 5:39:33 PM
"What do you wish I had told him?"
"What would you have wanted me to tell him?"

Topic: Texas Policing in the 21st century
Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 5:37:19 PM

Not without some context, thank you.

Topic: the participle
Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 5:35:58 PM
1) "Birds sitting in trees sang sadly."

  That's all right, but note: "The birds, sitting in trees, sang sadly."

Better: "Birds sat in trees and sang sadly."

Topic: the rest two
Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 5:30:36 PM

Try "the other two" or "the remaining two".

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