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Topic: Is there one word for the opposite of 'capitalised'?
Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 8:08:05 AM
thar wrote:

I don't know what they were called in manuscript days.

Big hand and little hand?
Topic: Grammar of one and ones
Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 3:35:24 AM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_(pronoun)
Topic: Meaning of a sentence
Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019 2:43:31 AM
There have been plenty of moments, after I’ve poured my blood into a piece, convinced it was my finest work, sure to be liked and shared and explode across the internet only to have it published– not with a bang but a whimper.

https://mystudentvoices.com/how-to-persevere-like-a-4-year-old-adb1e418bde3

Topic: on such short notice
Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019 2:40:04 AM
I'd say Thank you for meeting me at such short notice.
Topic: Would or be going to
Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2019 9:06:54 AM
thar wrote:
If it is a presidential visit it is obviously arranged so the 'planned/inevitable' aspect of it is given by the context anyway, leaving the differences between the different future constructions (will, going to, is) as not making any difference.


I agree.
Topic: Would or be going to
Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2019 6:33:23 AM
thar wrote:

is > would be.


Not really, I think.


1. The president arrives in a few hours.
2. The president is arriving in a few hours.
3. The president is going to arrive in a few hours.
4. The president will arrive in a few hours.
5. The president will be arriving in a few hours.


They were excited because ...
1a. The president arrived in a few hours.
2a. The president was arriving in a few hours.
3a. The president was going to arrive in a few hours.
4a. The president would arrive in a few hours.
5a. The president would be arriving in a few hours
.

The difference between the 'a' versions is the same as that between the original versions.


Topic: Going to the pub? / Coming to the pub?
Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2019 10:29:35 AM
onsen wrote:

The same idea doesn’t seem to be applied to cases where 'go to the movies' or 'go to the zoo' are concerned.

It does.

If you ask someone whether they are going to any place, there is no implication that you are also going there, though you may be.

If you ask someone whether they are coming to any place, it is understood that you are going to that place. There is often a fairly strong assumption that you asking if the other person wishes to accompany or join you there
Topic: Going to the pub? / Coming to the pub?
Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2019 8:03:45 AM
Sarrriesfan wrote:
A.Going to the pub? This is used when the person you are asking may be going to the pub but the questioner is not.

B.Coming to the pub?The questioner is going to the pub and is asking if the other person wishes to accompany or join them there.


Applause
Topic: Lisa said she (had) climbed three mountains during the summer vacation.
Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2019 11:48:15 PM
Yes.
Topic: Indirect speech
Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 3:47:52 PM
Atatürk wrote:
Then how should one understand what the speaker said: conditional one or two?



When we hear/see Jane said that if she found the opportunity, she would help me, we don't know whether her original words were "If I find the opportunity, I will help you" or "If I found the opportunity, I would help you". It's not really very important. If we thought it was important, we could render the reported second conditional as Jane said that if she found the opportunity, she would help me, but she didn't sound very hopeful

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