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Topic: If he had lived, he would have been twenty years old then.
Posted: Friday, April 19, 2019 5:41:34 PM
Here's another thread with a similar question.
Had he lived, he would have turned 100
Topic: The married Zainal
Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 5:03:07 AM
Thank you very much for your response, Drag0nspeaker.
Topic: The married Zainal
Posted: Monday, April 1, 2019 6:26:48 PM
This is a confusing issue which I've been trying to figure out for a long time.

This TFD thread might be interesting to some learners: old Paris/the old Paris.

Personal names, I've seen with both the definite and indefinite article. Here are some examples. (My emphasis added)

As a child, the second oldest of nine siblings, the young Kennedy spent his summers in Hyannis Port on Cape Cod, as frequently shown in photos. (The Atlantic magazine)


The young Dick Nixon in football gear (center), for the Whittier College team.
(The Life, a book by John A. Farrell)

When a young Bush bragged about the goals he'd scored in a soccer game, his mom said, "That's nice, George, but how did the team do?" (The Atlantic magazine)

The Life and Loves of a Young Obama (The New Republic)

And remember those pictures of a young Obama smoking what looked like marijuana (though it could have been a cigarette)?
(The Washington Post)

When I first met him, I had much the same reaction as I had after my initial encounter with a young Obama in 1997: This guy's trajectory is definitely upward. Nothing in this book changes my mind about that. (The Washington Post)

In 1980, a 33-year-old Donald Trump sat down with Tom Brokaw to talk real estate in New York City, predicting that investments in inner cities would do well in the long run and that, five years out, a hotel room in NYC might fetch $1,000 per night. (The Atlantic magazine)

How a Young Dick Cheney Fixed Prices for Millions (The Atlantic magazine)
Topic: broken-hearted
Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2019 2:26:49 AM
Some love songs.

What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted, Jimmy Ruffin
How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, The Bee Gees
Heartbreaker, Dionne Warwick
Topic: "think to be" vs "believe to be"
Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2019 9:04:47 PM
Here's a realistic example where she doesn't believe him to be Jimmy.

Sandy: What's your name?
Jack: Jimmy Reese.
Sandy: You don't look like a Jimmy.
Jack: What do I look like?
Sandy: I don't know. But not a Jimmy.

(Jack Reacher, 2012)
Topic: How to leave the European Union?
Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2019 1:43:22 PM
Hello all,

Are the following two sentences acceptable, with respect to the use of the emphasized text?

1. March 29th was meant to be the day when Britain would leave the European Union.
2. March 29th was meant to be the day when Britain would have left the European Union.

How would native speakers formulate this sentence?
Topic: soporific
Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2019 1:27:01 PM
I couldn't think of any potential cognates of the word.

This is what the Online Etymology Dictionary says.

*swep-
Proto-Indo-European root meaning "to sleep."

It forms all or part of: hypno-; hypnosis; hypnotic; hypnotism; insomnia; somni-; somnambulate; somniloquy; somnolence; somnolent; Somnus; sopor; soporific.□

Croatian, Serbian "san"="a sleep, dream" comes from the same Proto-Indo-European root. Polish "sen", Russian "сон", Czech "sen".


Topic: triumph and delight on a discovery
Posted: Monday, March 25, 2019 2:28:38 PM
thar wrote:
Ancient Greek εὕρηκα (heúrēka, “I have found”)

Thanks, thar, for this. It didn't occur to me before that "eureka" and "heuristic" might be etymologically related.
Topic: n^4+4
Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2019 10:20:03 PM
"All positive integers n" sounds a bit awkward to me. I would write:
1. Find all n∈Z+ such that n^4+4 is a prime number.
or
2. Let n be a positive integer. Find all n such that n^4+4 is a prime number.
Topic: A funny quote about English spelling
Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2019 5:32:07 PM
thar wrote:
I know this is originally about how many ways you can spell the same word, but English does take advantage of how 'fluid' its orthography is.

I mean, any other language would have one word - rite. And another, site.
But English gets to have rite and write and right and wright. And site and sight and cite and, if you feel generous, -cyte. Four for the price of one, each with different meanings.
I mean, Icelandic is phonetic, and we only have veður. But English sneakily manages to have weather and whether and wether. I have to say, efficient use of a limited resource!

But sometimes it just makes things confusing - For instance I know what you call a stone-topped burial - a kist burial. Like kissed. But if you want a hard k why go and spell it as a cist burial, like sissed/cyst? Making up the rules as you go along is not fair! Whistle

Today I ran into this Icelandic word: Fjaðrárgljúfur
If a word in your language is spelled like this, you shouldn't be criticizing English spelling. Whistle

Iceland beauty spot Fjaðrárgljúfur closing to tourists (CNN)

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