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User Name: Morgaen
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Topic: What is "fine him a quarter"?
Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 5:40:24 PM
.... or, perhaps, as seen in a report from the Sheep Dipping Committee (Great Britain) in 1904: 'I would fine him a quarter of the value of his sheep — 10s. a head.'
Topic: Doubt about Such
Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 7:10:53 PM
yup, this works for me.

Your interpretation of the predeterminer/determiner thing makes perfect sense for the word such, YKWIA (sorry I was so tempted to try an acronym here ;)

(Now I just realized I use this 'predeterminer' on a daily basis when I tell myself "I'm such an eejit".)

But for what it's worth, I also found this other example for the 'determiner' situation:
It is the only such course in the UK. (i.e. the only course of that kind)

I hear there are other types of predeterminers, then, such as the multipliers and the fractional expressions (so they say):
He makes double my salary; yet he does half the work. (I just wanted to say that somewhere)
Topic: Be well
Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 6:34:16 PM

"to be well" is an infinitive phrase, Jigneshbharati.

An infinitive phrase consists of an infinitive (the root of the verb preceded by to) and any modifiers or complements associated with it - in this case the adjective well.

Infinitive phrases can have various functions; they can act as nouns, adjectives or adverbs.

As DragO explained, what you have here (overall) is a compound predicate: two or more verbs or verb phrases that share the same subject.


My cupcakes look pretty and taste great.

In your sentence, "well" is predicative. You can piece things together this way too:
it takes quite a while / to / be well

As for your question 'How do I know', well... to be honest, I think it's all about context. Surely, the word 'well' does not always call for the verb 'be. A student can 'do well' at an exam, and patients could 'do well' with a certain therapy. However, in this context, "well" appears to be the end result, so to speak. If this helps, it could be replaced by another adjective, e.g. 'be healthy'. I hope this is helpful.

Topic: Confusing sentences
Posted: Sunday, April 16, 2017 7:18:32 PM
I'd get rid of the in "There are the four forms of" and "there are the four types of".
There are four forms of... and there are four types of...

I have no knowledge about this other thread you refer to.
Topic: Good night to you all
Posted: Friday, April 14, 2017 6:22:04 PM
That's a lovely post, Robert, thank you.
Good night and sleep well - oíche mhaith!
Topic: Is 'can realise" OK and should it be "one's" instead.
Posted: Friday, April 14, 2017 6:11:32 PM
A small addition, if I may, dear Koh Elaine: I doubt that the problem with using his out of the blue like this is limited to British English.
"One" is gender neutral; "his" is not.
Topic: meaning of "rather"
Posted: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 6:55:31 PM
Ah thanks for that, drag0.
Tír na nÓg was my first choice too, as it happens. It's only after trying Magh Meall that I realized accented characters weren't the issue at all.
Topic: A Fictitious Character.
Posted: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 6:37:06 PM
Isn't this a wee bit like the signifier (Koh Elaine the username) and the signified (Koh Elaine the fictitious character) - and that third one, with flesh, blood and soul? Will Koh Elaine please come to the stand.

Never mind. I just realize i need to hang on to something, anything.
Topic: meaning of "rather"
Posted: Monday, April 10, 2017 7:23:45 PM
I s'ppose, yes, Drag0nspeaker (any shorter form of your pen name? it's rather long). The Morrigan is a bit of a dark horse, isn't she though.

Anyway, I must confess: half of that location is not true (sorry for lying, TFD).

I wanted to change because US was there by default. Then I thought, hold on, I'm not so keen to reveal where I actually live. Maybe I'm paranoid, but anyways, I put in the correct country, but not my town. I wanted to add Magh Meall, or Mag Mell - the plain of delights, plain of joy or plain of honey. Unfortunately, the system wanted a "real" place. So I chose the next best thing - Knock.
Knock, Knock, Who's There? - Not me ;)

It's silly, I know.
Topic: meaning of "rather"
Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017 7:01:01 PM
Glad to hear, Romany, and thar, thanks for this Icelandic addition.

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