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Topic: a long time from now vs long from now
Posted: Friday, April 20, 2018 4:02:12 AM
I agree.

If you did thinkof it that way, it would be 'far in the future' - a distance in time. Not a length of time.
Topic: Whatever happened to the verb "to rare"?
Posted: Friday, April 20, 2018 3:59:15 AM
Presumably 'to rare' is the opposite of 'to cook well'. Whistle
Topic: detainment vs detention
Posted: Friday, April 20, 2018 3:57:55 AM
I would?d have to look up 'detainment' or detainer to believe it is not a made-up word! Whistle

"Southern Rail apologises to consumers seeking lateral displacement for their long detainment due to the agglutination of foliament on the ferrulation."

Ie, lots of silly words!

Topic: Start with the past tense and continue with the present tense
Posted: Friday, April 20, 2018 3:42:25 AM
Yes, this is fine.

You could say you told him he needed to do more research - but then it is not clear if that is still true now.
And the situation now is probably more important.

The fact he needs to do it, still true now, is the information that you gave him and that he still possesses.

The 'before he can' is using the present tense to indicate a future action.
Topic: usage of attenuate
Posted: Friday, April 20, 2018 3:28:38 AM
No, not really. It means weaken by distance or spreading out, in most cases.

It is not a synonym for most cases where you would use 'weaken'.

The only exception is the bacteria, and that is a specialised biological usage.

[Origin is Latin attenuāre, from attenuāt-, at- = ad-, ad- (“to”) + tenuāre (“to make thin”). From tenuis (“thin”).]

Related to 'tenuous'.

So for something with volume or width, it makes sense - like a sound or an electrical signal.
But not something like an immune system.

Eg attenuation of an electrical signal

Definition 2 is not different from 1, 3 and 5 - they are just particular instances of its use.
Topic: get a perfect score
Posted: Friday, April 20, 2018 2:47:01 AM
No. It isn't a common enough phrase for the adjective to make sense on its own.
Even if they know the context, the adjective just isn't enough, on its own.
You need the noun as well.

You might say:
You were perfect

Ie you didn't make any mistakes. But that is describing the person (you were perfect) with an adjective, not the score. And it would not be a common thing to say.
Topic: continued taking it until now.
Posted: Friday, April 20, 2018 1:24:30 AM
'Until now' says there is some reason you have now stopped doing this.

The present perfect contains the meaning 'up to now' without saying you have stopped: I have continued to take it.

But you don't need that either.

The habitual present includes the past and future: I always take it.
Topic: The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably...
Posted: Friday, April 20, 2018 1:16:15 AM
Unless they eat each other. And prisons are a recent invention. Instant punishment, from chopping off bits (see previous point) to death penalty, is more common.

Come the time we colonise Mars, we will have to recycle the bodies. Whistle
Topic: The Operating System Windows 95.
Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2018 7:35:56 PM
Ha, busted - so it was all faked!

'Wiped the video' my arse. Pull the other one! Whistle
Topic: also
Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2018 7:31:27 AM
Those are two completely different meanings.

I really something - is strong
So, whatever comes after it is intensified.
I really feel
I really don't feel
They are both intense, strong.

I really feel ill
I really don't feel well
Both mean
Help, I'm dying.

But the negative 'not really' is weak. You negate 'strong'.

I don't really...
I'm not really...
Are both weak - a minor feeling, but not important.
Not completely, not totally, just 80%.

I don't really feel well
- my marathon time will be slow today, as I am not completely well
I don't really feel ill.
I have a bit of a cold but I am not ill.

In speech you can hear the difference in the tone of voice.
In writing you can probably tell from context.

But replace it with 'completely' if you are not sure, and see what meaning that would give.
You wouldn't say this, but just to illustrate the meaning more clearly:

I am completely not well - I am dying
I am not completely well - I am only 90% well. But I am OK.

Huge difference in meaning!

I really don't feel like it.
It is a terrible idea. Go away.

I don't really feel like it.
It doesn't sound very appealing. I would prefer to stay home and watch TV.

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