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User Name: Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
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Joined: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Last Visit: Sunday, April 22, 2018 10:36:57 AM
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Topic: Opposite of 'confident'?
Posted: Monday, February 19, 2018 8:17:16 AM
Romany wrote:
So have I. We don't need this kind of bs in our lives.

What is that you do not understand Romany? There is a lag of two seconds between the message that started this, the first thread, and the other one. Which means that the server received 2 (two) requests. This has nothing to do with the server side software, neither it has anything to do with his browser. He pressed the button twice and I'm going to hoax him whenever he plays the fool again.

BTW, The only piece of BS that I see is your message. :)

Litvinenko wrote:
Hi Administartor!
Are you Japanese?

No. He's Chinese.
Topic: Joe and Stella
Posted: Monday, February 19, 2018 5:49:13 AM

On this Valentine's Day, the train came in unusually slow and approached Stella and her father. An operator's window opened and, to Stella's surprise, she was given a box of chocolates.

Topic: searched flour
Posted: Monday, February 19, 2018 3:10:59 AM
Drag0nspeaker wrote:
£50 per hour with a special discount for every tenth hour . . .Whistle

:) £50 is the max in Moscow:

I perfectly understand that you stand above the rabble but I do not live in Moscow. Neither you reside in London. :)
£1000 for 30 days which includes 1 hour over Skype and feedback for 2 essays of 400 words each every day.

Seriously. I'm currently engaged in a project. I'm not sure if we will be able to carry it through but if we do we will then need to confirm our expertise in English. I will have to take the CPE:

Drag0nspeaker wrote:
I mean . . . the sentences are 'OK' - they are not individually ungrammatical (except that there is no antecedent of "him") - but the style . . .

The sentences in one paragraph do not fit together. The tenses are all screwed up.

He is someone who assaulted her sister long ago and whose name they do not know but her sister lives in perpetual fear of meeting him again. And the style is intentionally uneven to resemble those patches of thoughts in her mind.

First I came across the book in this discussion:

Then I thought why not read it? But when I looked at Google Books the price was exorbitant. It was available at a reasonable price at Amazon but I do not have a Kindle and did not want to pay for shipping. Two months ago I learnt that you do not need the gadget to read Kindle books - the app for PC is available for free. And I bought it.

For someone who just started writing she is unbelievably popular. This book is already available in Russian:

Topic: over
Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2018 1:40:15 PM
NKM wrote:
Certainly "over" means "finished", and "shoed" is a misspelling of "shooed".

It is not misspelled in the book as it is seen on Google Books:

Double Fault, by Jerry B. Jenkins, Chris Fabry

Her phone call over, Mrs. Quidley came and shooed us out. She led me to the kitchen, where she had cleaned off a three-foot section of the table, and put some old documents in front of me.

Topic: searched flour
Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2018 7:49:52 AM
Romany wrote:
Guys (Frosty, Xap), this time I have a question to you: -

Why do you read old books, written in old forms of English, and full of obsolete words, to improve your English?

Personally, I do not read to improve my English - just to learn it and especially to enhance my vocabulary.
To improve my English I'm going to ask Drag0nspeaker to give me a month's drill. I'm willing to pay for it but not very much and somewhere in December. :)

Now that I have already read the 1st chapter I can say I love Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe.

Besides there's that question of money. For contemporary books you have to pay a quid while older books are out of copyright. I am sort of a miser and only pay once in a while. This is the latest book I paid for:

Now being a misogynist for me it was a deed. But the scene is laid in a London suburb and I thought it would be good British English:

Recently I discovered that she is American. I'm going to claim my money back. :)
Topic: searched flour
Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 3:27:32 PM
thar wrote:

searce (third-person singular simple present searces, present participle searcing, simple past and past participle searced)

(obsolete) To sift; to bolt.
1719 April 25, [Daniel Defoe], The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner: Who Lived Eight and Twenty Years, All Alone in an Un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River Oroonoque; having been Cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein All the Men Perished but Himself. With an Account how He was at Last as Strangely Deliver’d by Pyrates, London: Printed by W[illiam] Taylor at the Ship in Pater-Noster-Row, OCLC 15864594; 3rd edition, London: Printed by W[illiam] Taylor at the Ship in Pater-Noster-Row, 1719, OCLC 838630407, page 144:

My next Difficulty was to make a Sieve, or Searſe, to dreſs my meal, and to part it from the Bran and the Huſk, without which I did not ſee it poſſible I could have any Bread. […] I had nothing like the neceſſary Things to make it with—I mean fine thin Canvas, or Stuff, to ſearſe the Meal through.

Yeah, anything where the most recent quote uses a different alphabet - probably not in common usage! Whistle

Ok. I thought of a good book to read and I know which I'm going to:

Luckily I did not read it as a child, only saw a film:
Topic: searched flour
Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 3:12:22 PM
Oh by the way, I was wrong about the word searce having been entered as a noun only in the link provided. I scrolled it down further just now and found its usage as a verb.

The word searce is given as a verb in Merriam-Webster's but the search alternative is stated only as a noun.
Topic: searched flour
Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 3:00:36 PM
I did not know the word searce before and I am quite transfixed at its past form being either searched or searced now.
In the link provided, the word is entered only as a noun but I have checked in other dictionary it could be a verb as well.

Yes, in Merriam-Webster's the search option is not given as a verb. Thanks for confirming its use in another dictionary.

Meanwhile I found it used as a verb in another book:

The Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York ..., by Daniel Defoe

My next difficulty was to make a sieve, or search, to dress my meal, and to part it from the bran and the husk, without which I did not see it possible I could have any bread. This was a most difficult thing, so much as but to think on, for to be sure I had nothing like the necessary thing to make it; I mean fine thin canvas or stuff, to search the meal through.

And it indeed was searce in earlier editions.

You are very good,aren’t you?

Scouring online dictionaries and Google is my only business. :)

Topic: searched flour
Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 2:17:52 PM
Sarrriesfan wrote:
I think it's a scanning error, and it should be sifted flour not searched flour.

It can not be scanning - we have the image not digital text. Wonder if this was meant:
Topic: searched flour
Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 12:33:27 PM
The Art of French Cookery, by Antoine B. Beauvilliers

add the weight of five eggs of searched flour, stirring it lightly in till it is well mixed;

Couldn't find any meaning that would fit here. :(