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Topic: In British English, should the full stop be inside or outside the close inverted commas?
Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2017 3:17:21 PM

Koh - this is something which, just at the moment, is under a lot of discussion.

Yes, the convention is that Americans put it inside - Brits put it outside. However, even within the UK, the Style Guides for individual printers, publishers and even newspapers differ now. And it seems the same thing happens in the USA. So, really, both styles are used by British and the American sources.

If you are sitting an exam in BE I would suggest you go with the full-stop outside the brackets. But ordinarily? Whichever floats your boat. (that means 'whichever you feel comfortable with').
Topic: make vs make up
Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2017 3:03:33 PM

Brilliant answer, Youknow...short, succinct,and informative!
Topic: make vs make up
Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2017 2:28:36 PM

Topic: time for offering /offering time is due?
Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2017 5:32:53 AM

Eb -

The word is 'invigilator' (in-vidg-uh-late-or). Perhaps it's different where you are but usually they don't say 'time is due', no.

Normally they will say "5 minutes" when its 'nearly time' and then when the time has arrived they say "Pens down.Time's up." If a students continues to write they have their papers taken from them.
Topic: The use of SIR and MA'AM
Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2017 5:24:40 AM

Almo - I don't think too many of us understand the whole fraternity and initiation thing either, actually. Grown men and women taking part in things such as in the clip and what we see in movies also perplexes us.
Topic: a or the
Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:44:43 PM

It would depend on you. If you knew several other words that WERE correct you could use 'a'. That would indicate that there exists uite a few different ways of saying it, but 'dressing' is not one of them.

If you know of only one word you would use 'the'.

You know the rule I'm sure by now: 'a' refers to one of many, 'the' is used if there's only one thing: the moon, the the earth, the correct word.
Topic: Works/work in progress.
Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:37:45 PM

One also refers to a book/article/paper that's being written as a 'work in progress'. Only, not too many people walk around with it taped to one's forehead in black and yellow tapeDancing Dancing
Topic: time for offering /offering time is due?
Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:30:13 PM

As you will see from Foundit's response also, we usually put an article before 'offering'.

In a religious ceremony each part has a name: "The Blessing", "The Consecration", "The Offering", etc.

Most people don't use a capital letter any more, except for actual nuns and monks and priests who perform the rituals.
Topic: What is your dressing looking like?
Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:21:29 PM

Sorry, Koh. But for the first time ever I have absolutely no idea of what you mean by the above sentence!

Could you perhaps give some context as to where/when you would like to use this?
Topic: Congratulations, Fair-Minded Readers!
Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:08:44 PM

Oh-oh - watch it Krowty,

You have come to the place where most, apparently, are 'terrified' to tread. Another post like that and you will have made it on to Parsar's Black List, and he will Point the Bone at you if you tarry!

Fair warning, mate.

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