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Topic: comma splice
Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 9:26:20 PM
NKM wrote:
Ah, but that second half is not a clause; its (implied) subject ("He") is shared with the first half.

It's inescapably clear that "pushed him into the table" is intimately related to "shoved him in the back".

Yes, but the sentence still reads oddly to me. There should be an "and" after "back" (the comma is then optional, depending on how much of a 'pause' is wanted.) Alternatively, "pushed" could be changed to "pushing".

To represent informal speech, I would use a dash or period after "back", not a comma:

He shoved Sohrab in the back – pushed him right into the table.
He shoved Sohrab in the back. Pushed him right into the table.
Topic: Limericks
Posted: Friday, August 9, 2019 9:19:51 PM
Grand opera started in Italy,
For the words fit the music most prettily;
But German's a tongue
That, when it is sung,
Strikes listeners' ears very grittily.

A Roman instructed his slave
To hide some gold coins in a cave.
But the slave said: "I swear
There are dragons in there!"
His master retorted: "Be brave!"

Traditional schools had bad seating,
And boys suffered regular beating.
Slight character defects
Were punished by prefects,
And pleasures were usually fleeting.

A fanatical speaker can sway
Large crowds in a frightening way.
If he tells them to kill,
Then some of them will.
Beware what such orators say!
Topic: arising
Posted: Friday, August 9, 2019 7:09:48 AM
BobShilling wrote:
Huddleston and Pullum (2002.669 say of clauses similar to No other business arising that they 'can be construed as indicating temporal location and/or reason, [...] as manner perhaps but this is a matter of pragmatic inference: the semantic category is not explicitly marked either grammatically or lexically'.

So, it seems reasonable to think of No other business arising as non-finite clause functioning as an adjunct indicating reason. No other business is understood as the subject of arising, which functions as the (non-finite) verb-predicate in that clause.

Such phrases/clauses are sometimes called 'absolute' phrases/clauses. See the recent thread entitled "What is an absolute phrase, please?".
Topic: RPG
Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 10:31:05 PM
The New Leader

Now May departs, and Johnson rides the heat
To swagger through the gates of Downing Street.
A diffident but stubborn lady gone;
A clown arrived, to feast our eyes upon.
To middle-aged delight, and youthful jeers,
He crams his Cabinet with Brexiteers,
And trusts that Parliament, when brought to heel,
Will countenance the prospect of No Deal.
Eschewing detail (for his gaze is wide),
He vows to claim back liberties denied
By Europe's grim and meddlesome grandees,
And float our trade on unrestricted seas.

Alas! the body politic is cleft –
The zealots thrive; the cautious are bereft.
Staunch Tories and hard socialists engage,
With packaged dogmas barbed by modish rage,
While those of a more nuanced frame of mind
Are mocked as waverers, or called weak-spined.
As in the States, so in the Queen's fair realm:
A maverick has seized the nation's helm.
Johnson and Corbyn – ah, so mean a choice!
Can Fortune interpose no wiser voice?
Our progress stalls, although the din is high;
The country has two wings, but cannot fly.
Topic: What is an absolute phrase,please?
Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 9:25:48 PM
The article linked in the above post is flawed. The following examples given are not absolute phrases:

1. Alexis walked down the path to the chapel, completely unaware he was there.
2. Anton and Lacey met, completely unaware of their love for one another.
3. Taken by her magic, Anton fell in love.
4. Though she was long gone, her perfume still lingered in the air.
5. Anton continued to stand there, entranced by her spell.
6. He, bold in resolve, planned to win her over.

In 1-3 and 5-6 above, the bold phrases are simply adjectival phrases modifying the subject(s) of the main clause. In 4 above, the bold phrase is an adverbial modification of the main clause.

An absolute phrase has to start with a noun, not (as in the above examples) an adjective, adverb or conjunction.
Topic: RPG
Posted: Monday, May 20, 2019 10:02:14 AM
Heavenly Dream

I dreamed I went to paradise and walked among the saints;
It seemed a rather dull milieu, but none expressed complaints.
They understood that sinners like myself would find it odd
That purest pleasure should consist in contemplating God.
They chided me for liking hymns with chords they found profane;
Their chants used only fourths and fifths, which sounded rather plain.
Some haloed folk had been there almost since the time of Adam;
These venerable souls were all addressed as 'Sir' or 'Madam'.
I asked if Scripture told events exactly as they were;
"Of course not", they replied, "for mortal copyists can err".
I wondered if they felt some pity for the damned in Hell;
"Oh no", they said, "those villains had it coming, so all's well".
In short, they took a highly sanctimonious position;
But such an attitude, perhaps, is theirs by definition.

Some angels hurried past, with urgent missives of some kind;
Their robes were fluorescent white, their features ill-defined.
The angelologists were wrong, with all the grades they listed;
Archangels flew, and seraphim, but no more ranks existed.
One told me that the messages they laboured to disperse
Would be received by Christian worlds around the universe.
He said: "Although the Lord made heaven and earth in six days flat,
Your ancient scribes were unaware he made more after that.
To reach these planets, we perform much interstellar flight,
With wings designed to operate beyond the speed of light".
I saw no harps or trumpets, but some angels carried flutes,
And one or two, off duty, played exotic riffs on lutes.
They undertook no guardian duties: they were born to travel.
Alas! my long-held preconceptions started to unravel.

I reached the inner sanctum, whither Jesus Christ ascended –
A scene so overwhelming that my dream abruptly ended.
I dreamed another night about God's transcendental glory;
The things he told me blew my mind – but that's another story.
Topic: Is the question natural and appropriate? (12)
Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2019 9:56:36 AM
DavidLearn wrote:
Does Amy think Beijing is ugly?
No, she doesn't.

I would say that she thinks Beijing is ugly, but that it has real character.

To get the answer you are looking for, I think you need a more general word, e.g. "Does Amy think Beijing is [a] bad [place to live]?
Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2019 8:05:51 AM
Topic: Words forever
Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2019 8:00:22 AM
Topic: Game with verbs
Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2019 8:45:56 AM

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