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Topic: relieve (from) the problem
Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 4:14:50 AM
"Before the flooding occurs there is no flooding, no flooding problem, and no problem to relieve. There is only a risk of flooding or potential flooding. The thing that can be relieved at this time is the risk of flooding.

Before a thing occurs there is only the possibility or the risk of it occurring, and that's all you can relieve at that time."

Georgieporgie, you are being pedantic. The extract from a newspaper refers to an ongoing flood situation that occurs every winter in the particular place they referred to, and was flooded at the time.
Topic: relieve (from) the problem
Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 4:09:24 PM
Here in the UK as we head toward winter dredging of rivers has begun to relieve the problem of flooding.
Now there is a problem that needs relieving. -Wordweb- Lessen the intensity of.
Topic: Mind your stepping
Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 5:32:20 AM
Mind your step simply means be careful how you walk/proceed. Maybe it is slippery or dark.
-Wordweb Step "The act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down"

Never heard Mind your stepping or Mind your steps in the UK.
Topic: "a" or "an"
Posted: Monday, November 13, 2017 5:00:05 AM
The Quick Answer

Use an before a word that starts with a vowel sound. If it does not start with a vowel sound, use a. For example:
A man
An elephant
But, look at this:
A house
An hour
The key word here is sound. It is not a question of whether the word starts with a vowel. It is a question of whether it starts with a vowel sound.

- Taken from Grammar Monster -
Topic: Interesting stuff from the UK independent news site..
Posted: Saturday, November 11, 2017 5:03:00 AM
Palapaquy
"Many here didn't know that, simply because they're not rules. " Calm yourself, it was just a fun quote from an English news site meant for English speakers who would not know any grammar rules if they landed on their heads. It was for fun.
Topic: Should 'was' have been used instead of 'were'?
Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 4:29:41 PM
It is "were"

Topic: If I had, I can
Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 3:04:46 PM
"Use could (not can) to refer to conditional situations, in which something has to happen or be the case in order for someone to be able to do something or for something else to occur:"
-Oxford Dictionaries-
Topic: He has a signature frown
Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 4:20:27 AM
Yes.
" A distinctive pattern, product, or characteristic by which someone or something can be identified."

Another use is where you state that a chef has a signature dish.
Topic: yanks and yanks
Posted: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 4:40:25 PM
A "Hank" of cotton or silk is about 840 yards, but it is coiled.
Topic: Any Austen enthusiasts here?
Posted: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 4:51:46 PM
Yes, the character was Caroline Bingley who was just trying to impress Darcy. She had no interest in reading. A good enough quote though for the public because as you quite rightly state, Austen wrote the words so the message is there whichever way it was intended.

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