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Topic: What we called for the slices of colour pencil?
Posted: Friday, January 18, 2019 6:08:02 AM

Ah yes, Drago - I came across that small nugget some time ago, too. Interesting.

Despite the ad. campaign I still don't like diamonds. I find them cold and bland - even when they sparkle.
Topic: As opposed to
Posted: Friday, January 18, 2019 5:59:33 AM


I see no necessity to change "so" to "very" at all.

In fact, I find the "so" sentences sound much more "natural". The sentences with "very" have, to me, a more formal feel than I'd use in normal exchanges.

So yeah, probably:- I'd guess it's just the way different people "hear" it.
Topic: Madam
Posted: Friday, January 18, 2019 5:40:51 AM

In BE & AE there's no such concept as a "madam name."

If someone has taken her husband's name when they marry, we refer to the name she had as a single woman(her family name) as her "maiden name." (A maiden is an unmarried woman).

If she has taken her husband's family name we refer to that as her "married name."

Fewer and fewer women in UK and Australia take their husband's name or, if they do, it's only used on social occasions - in their professional dealings they continue to use their maiden name.
Topic: One day a furious storm blew up, but she refused to get out of the pool. Something made her carry on. Then she realized that, as
Posted: Friday, January 18, 2019 5:29:40 AM

As I read the sentence I kept on thinking "In a pool?"

For exactly the reasons Thar gave: I never even got to thinking about the grammar or anything else - just 'A POOL got rough and cold in a storm?" "The water suddenly turned cold in a POOL?"

So it's not so much about the grammar - it's the premise of the sentence which is just...weird.
Topic: Recession
Posted: Friday, January 18, 2019 5:18:27 AM

Yes, the sentence is correct as Ataturk originally wrote it. We would retain the "the" in front of "housing collapse".
Topic: neither - pronunciation
Posted: Friday, January 18, 2019 4:59:20 AM

And, of course, the same applies to the pronunciation of "either".
Topic: neither - pronunciation
Posted: Friday, January 18, 2019 4:51:48 AM

I don't think it's a BE/AE thing anymore. It's just that some people say it one way, others say it the other way. It makes no difference at all how one says it.
Topic: On a Sunday/On Sunday
Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 5:47:28 PM
We often use it to signal when something is not vital to the narrative.
It was a Sunday: that's important. Perhaps someone was on their way to church? We read on to find out why the fact that it's a Sunday is going to be important.

But the DATE isn't important. Whether it was this Sunday, last Sunday, or a Sunday ten years ago doesn't make a difference to the story. It's like a short-form way of saying it was like any other Sunday. "It was a (typical) Sunday."
"It was a wet day in April." It doesn't matter which day; April's full of wet days. All that's important is to establish that it wasn't a sunny day, and it was at that time of year when wet days are pretty normal.

Would it help to look at it from that point of view?

And I don't know what you're worried about - you seem to have grasped the concept of articles very well. Your completed exercise is almost 100% correct.

The only slip-up was "Ben's having trouble adjusting to a high school" This would mean that it doesn't matter which high school he goes to, he can't adjust. Which, in turn, would imply he'd been to lots of different high schools.

"Ben's having trouble adjusting to high school" means he's having trouble with the extra work, or at being in the lowest class after spending the previous year being the highest class, or because he hasn't hit puberty yet.
Topic: What we called for the slices of colour pencil?
Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 5:14:46 PM
I seem to be at odds with my countrymen here, for I too refer to them as shavings. I don't know if that's a result of my parents, or if it's Oz-speak? No-ones ever queried it - but then again whichever is used and wherever you are, it's usually pretty obvious what you're talking about so I expect no-one ever thinks to question it.
(Or is that just me?)

Drago - I do use pencils a lot but, even if I didn't, the average woman deals with them on an almost daily basis: cosmetics. It's no longer just eyebrow stuff that come in a pencil - it's eye-liner, eye-shadow, bronzer (what used to be called 'rouge'. But browner), lip outliner and even lipstick itself. So forget diamonds - a pencil sharpener becomes a girl's best friend in many cases!
Topic: her husband or her husband´s
Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 4:56:57 AM
Thar -

"So you wouldn't write it unless it would be clear in context to the reader"

If she's one's sister-in-law then her husband is one's brother, or one's spouses brother. So you wouldn't write it anyway, surely?

You'd say "My brother's family" (includes wife and children) or "My BROTHER-in-law and his wife's children....."?Whistle

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