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Topic: Except if, thar
Posted: Sunday, June 3, 2018 3:57:44 PM
I think Thar might have intended: "...except if that had happened the table would have fallen over!"
Topic: punctuation
Posted: Friday, June 1, 2018 5:37:40 PM
D00M wrote:
Hello respected teachers,

Is the comma in red in the following optional?

The above has been spoken by a native speaker, but I think the underlined is not grammatical as it is just a noun phrase, without any verb.


I think it's optional, but best without the comma.
Topic: a disaster site?
Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 6:38:04 PM
The "affected area" is one possible description.
Topic: would, if you go
Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2018 4:48:14 PM
palapaguy wrote:
Joe Kim wrote:
why would you spin, if you go along?

Does this sentence make sense?


Makes no sense without context.


The "context" needed is a description of the facts surrounding how the sentence is being used or what it conveys/means.

Who is asking the question in the sentence? To whom is the question being directed? What specific kind of spinning is involved? Go along to where? With whom?

You first asked whether the sentence made sense, and that was the right question to ask. But then you shifted to asking about grammar, which is secondary to the meaning of the sentence and can't be answered if the sentence meaning is unclear.
Topic: opposite for thickening
Posted: Friday, May 25, 2018 2:35:46 PM
Wilmar is correct. In AE we commonly refer to "thinning" or "thinning out" a sauce that's too thick.
Topic: strived or striven?
Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 4:05:02 PM
"For 60 years, IHOP and our franchisees have strived to create a warm and hospitable dining experience for all guests, ... "

Online dictionaries disagree as to which form is correct. Any suggestions?
Topic: Split verb
Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 1:29:22 PM
georgew wrote:
News headline today: "Haspel becomes first woman to ever lead CIA."

Shouldn't it be: "Haspel becomes first woman ever to lead CIA." ?


Apart from grammar theory, "woman" is associated with "lead" in the sense of the sentence. IMHO those words should be close together, not separated. Separating them is grating to me.
Topic: Split verb
Posted: Monday, May 21, 2018 7:03:54 PM
News headline today: "Haspel becomes first woman to ever lead CIA."

Shouldn't it be: "Haspel becomes first woman ever to lead CIA." ?
Topic: he didn' taste till now
Posted: Monday, May 21, 2018 4:54:42 PM
I think it should be: He has never tasted/drunk alcohol until now.
Topic: Being grown vs. Having grown
Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2018 5:39:39 PM
Joe Kim wrote:
1. Are you happy about being grown up. Correct
2. Are you happy about all being grown up. No
3. Are you happy about grown up. No
4. Are you happy about having grown up. Correct

Which are correct? And are 1 and 4 correct but different in meaning? Yes

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