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Topic: USA elections 2020
Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2019 5:06:07 AM
March Hare wrote:
Why not discard democracy, you ask.

No, I didn't ask that. My point is that neither you nor me can discard or not discard it. This change is a process that no individual can control. Even though Caesar was killed, it didn't prevent Rome from turning into an empire.

Yes, you can decide for yourself whether you want democracy, but you can't decide for an entire nation. If for some reason people don't care, it will pass away, whether you like it or not.
Topic: USA elections 2020
Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2019 2:59:09 AM
Everything ends. Why should democracy be an exception? It comes and goes, as history shows us. Take ancient Rome for example. It evolved from a republic to an empire, even though some people didn't like the change. They couldn't stop the process.
Topic: What are you reading?
Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 12:33:46 PM
Wikipedia wrote:
The Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule, the law of the vital few, or the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
Topic: times tables
Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 12:29:12 PM
Kirill Vorobyov wrote:
thar wrote:

mile - mille passus - a thousand paces marched by a Roman soldier



Hmm... I'll have to count my paces to see if theirs were bigger than mine.

They must have counted double paces: left + right. I vaguely remember reading that somewhere.
Topic: Brexit, Offshore Money and Political Influence
Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2019 11:38:34 PM
Drag0nspeaker wrote:
It is not the grammar

Perhaps I hadn't understood you. I thought you were uncertain whether they were Americans or foreigners, and so I wondered how it was possible for a foreigner to deceive a native speaker.

But I am not familiar with Quora. If all they write there is short questions, then it must be possible. Though in that case it would also be logical for them to pretend to be British and write some nonsense about America. Why take one side?
Topic: Brexit, Offshore Money and Political Influence
Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2019 4:43:54 AM
Drag0nspeaker wrote:
or foreigners pretending to be American imbeciles

How is that possible? I think there will always be mistakes in a foreigner's English. Mistakes of usage if not grammatical.

And some parts of grammar are difficult to master, like the articles for Russians.
Topic: Brexit, Offshore Money and Political Influence
Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2019 4:39:28 AM
progpen wrote:
Like the old Russian saying, "в каждой шутке есть доля шутки, остальное правда" in every joke there is a grain of truth (and no, that is not a direct translation, just how we would say it in the US).

Actually the old Russian saying is the same as the American (в каждой шутке есть доля правды). What you quoted is a modern variation of it.
Topic: (The Phrases of 'although', 'In spite of' , 'Despite')
Posted: Monday, April 8, 2019 9:11:41 AM
Hmm... But you would not use 'the fact that' with a noun clause. Examples of Noun Clauses. So, if such a rule exists, it's not about 'a clause', but about certain types of them. However, Cooperator asked about 'a clause', i.e. any clause. I still don't think there is such a rule.

Unless, of course, you don't consider a noun clause a clause. Maybe there is a terminology problem. But Cooperator apparently does (see his example sentences). Since I was replying to him, I talked in his language, so to speak.
Topic: 'You are happy with the way things are running now' (Direct, Indirect Question and Statement)
Posted: Monday, April 8, 2019 3:55:05 AM
I think this problem can easily be solved: pick one question and answer only it.
Topic: (The Phrases of 'although', 'In spite of' , 'Despite')
Posted: Monday, April 8, 2019 12:37:50 AM
A cooperator wrote:
Is it a rule that if 'in spite of/despite' is used with a clause, then we have to include 'the fact that'?

No.

A cooperator wrote:
do you think that 'aside from' can be used the same way 'despite' and 'in spite of' are used?

Yes.

Those are things obvious even to a non-native speaker (from experience), so I don't think you really need a native here.

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