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User Name: NKM
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Occupation: Retired computer programmer; musician
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Topic: correct English
Posted: Friday, August 17, 2018 5:41:26 PM
By all means, do use the hanging hyphen: "less energy- and carbon-intensive …".

Topic: Colons
Posted: Friday, August 17, 2018 5:34:01 PM
I remember that thread: (here)

In some cases it makes sense that a colon "is used [only] after an independent clause to add information that helps illustrate or clarify what it says."

What does not make sense is to apply that rule to situations where it is palpably inappropriate. 

To wit:
 When what follows the colon is a numbered and/or vertical list which defines (rather than "helps illustrate or clarify") what precedes it;
 When what precedes the colon is not a clause at all; or
 When the colon enhances the clarity or readability of the passage.

Topic: nor usage
Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2018 3:15:57 PM
Nor am I totally convinced as to the validity of my explanation. Yet I can find nothing wrong with the use of "nor" in that passage.

Topic: ...doesn't feel it can do whatever it likes.
Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2018 12:06:13 PM
Exactly as FounDit says.

Also, "… doesn't feel that it can do …" would work well.

Topic: Boxing: sport name
Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2018 12:00:39 PM
I wonder about the sport of "curling". Does one "go curling"?

Topic: nor usage
Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 5:16:50 PM
What is "negative" here is the inaccessibility of the sun, planets and stars because of their great distances from us, as contrasted with the inaccessibility of the relatively nearby ionosphere.

"Nor were all the inaccessible reaches of space far away." = "But not all the inaccessible reaches of space were far way."

Topic: strike
Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 4:28:58 PM
"Impressed"

Topic: Is the article needed?
Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 4:18:25 PM
This time I have to agree with palapaguy.

It works with or without the article.

Topic: Is the comma optional?
Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 10:36:04 PM
Was it the online marketplace that Joshua spotted, or was it the watch?

He had listed his watch on online marketplace Carousell, where it was spotted by Misso's friend Joshua Chua Yong Cheng ….

Topic: Is the hyphen optional?
Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 10:29:07 PM
I don't think it's optional; to me, it seems essential.

Without the hyphen, the meaning might seem to be "a high 50-metre section" rather than "a section 50 metres high".

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