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Topic: Australia Soccer
Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2019 6:23:06 AM
It's nothing I've heard of. Where did you see this phrase?
Topic: For want of/lack of
Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2019 2:55:00 AM
You could.
Topic: the Prime Minister's wife
Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 1:21:24 PM
Koh Elaine wrote:
That call, by the way, came from the wife of the Prime Minister, whose own salary at Temasek is kept tightly under wraps. Do you get the sense that they are in an ivory tower, with no inkling of the real needs and struggles of the people.

Would it be better if the bold part were changed to "the Prime Minister's wife"?

Much better. The original seems to suggest that the antecedent of whose is the Prime Minister.
Topic: "I feel badly"? I hope not.
Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 1:16:51 PM
Romany wrote:
It IS incorrect and marks out the speaker as someone who is not well-educated or widely-read.

I hear/see it more and more from quite well-educated people.

I don't understand why it is becoming more common. People who say they feel badly about something wouldn't dream of saying they feel well/sadly/happily about something
Topic: supposed to teach
Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 1:42:39 AM
palapaguy wrote:
I think the following forms are correct, but defer to our resident grammarians for confirmation/elucidation. Whistle

I am talking about the man who you are supposed to teach to dance.

Few would object to the 'who', but the purist would insist on 'whom'. It is the object of 'to teach'.
Topic: Send 'em back
Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019 4:27:47 PM
Hope123 wrote:
Exactly. Not a problem to him because they are white.

Nor a problem to the 57% of Republicans polled who agreed with his tweets, the 55 p% who did not find telling minorities to “go back where they came from” to be a racist statement, or the 72% who approve of him overall.
Topic: Send 'em back
Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019 1:34:19 PM
Hope123 wrote:
yes it is hypocritical of Trump with his marriages.

Not a problem. His wives have been white.
Topic: start one's way
Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019 1:21:00 PM

They started on their way.
They set off.
They set out

None of these necessarily means they travelled for a long time.
Topic: Punctuation
Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019 8:09:18 AM

Just about the only thing on that page that is indisputably correct is If we quote within direct speech, we use the other style for the embedded quotation.
Topic: on one's way
Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 5:06:52 AM
nightdream wrote:
Are the variants acceptable as:

They had been going for a long time and (istead of "when") came across a hole.

They had been going (without "for a long time") and (instead of "when") saw a red fox running.

They had been going for a long time and went till dawn came.

Why do you ignore the responses you receive, nightdream:

Blodybeef wrote:
You could use more specific words, such as "walk", "ride", or "drive." This would make the sentences more meaningful and natural.

Drag0nspeaker wrote:

"Go" is not an easy verb to play with (or to use as an example). It has too many meanings - and there are several idiomatic phrases which use "go".
You will not hear a native speaker use 'go' as a word on its own.
"Go" and "went" are not used without other data - you may go to somewhere, go from somewhere, go along a path, go to do something - but you rarely see a sentence which just says "They went" or "They went and went".


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