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Topic: self grooming
Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2020 6:35:12 PM
Tara2 wrote:
Is 'self grooming' like 'self cleaning'?

to make (oneself or one's clothing) neat or tidy:
She groomed herself carefully before the meeting.


Small children cry a lot, plus they often don't know enough to wipe their own noses if they cry or have a cold. Their parents or caretakers have to do it for them. Small children that don't get this care often run around with mucus coming out of their noses. More prevalent in cultures where kids are left to play with each other for longer periods of time.

The ability to do this basic step of self grooming is one of the things that separates toddlers from "big kids" of 6 or 7.

Grooming goes beyond cleaning. It also implies making one neat or presentable, like fixing/arranging one's hair. "Neat and tidy" as you suggested.

Topic: tend
Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2020 6:02:10 PM
Tara2 wrote:

Can you please explain 'tend' here? What is its difference with 'clean'?


Grooming
Animal Behavior, Zoology(of an animal) to tend (itself or another) by removing dirt or unwanted tiny organisms from the fur, skin, feathers, etc.:
Monkeys groom each other.
to clean, brush, and otherwise tend (a horse, dog, etc.).

It means to attend to, to care for, or to watch over. It has a broader meaning than to clean.

Topic: a new dog that escaped
Posted: Monday, July 6, 2020 1:21:50 AM
azz wrote:
Tom says:
I saw a dog I had never seen before running about in the street on its own.

Pete replies:
a. Maybe one of your neighbors bought a new dog that escaped.
b. One of your neighbors might have bought a new dog that escaped.
c. One of your neighbors might have bought a new dog and it escaped.
d. One of your neighbors might have bought a new dog and it might have escaped.


Which of the above sentences are grammatically correct and acceptable in this context?

Many thanks.


They are all grammatically correct, but not acceptable in this context. People should be more careful with how they care for their dogs.

Topic: how would you describe this person
Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2020 10:37:19 AM
Tara2 wrote:
Hi Drago and Frosty!
Many thanks to you both!
But how should I compliment that person with these words? "She is foodie"? Or just if I write foodie on his page is sufficient?
Maybe "how foodie!" (I'm interested in how Angel )

What do you mean by "page"?

Topic: Yes/yeah/...
Posted: Saturday, June 27, 2020 2:02:44 PM
Tara2 wrote:
If you call your mother/child and shout/say for example 'mum/Sara/Jim' how do they answer? Do they say 'yes/yeah' or what?

There are many possible responses. "Yes?" is a common, polite response. Another, which my mother used frequently, was "Well?"

Topic: spelling vs spellings
Posted: Friday, June 26, 2020 12:08:15 AM
Drag0nspeaker wrote:
Hi!

"Spelling" would work - meaning the general action or system of spelling words.

However, how the writer has written it means all the individual words - the spelling of 'centre', the spelling of 'colour', the spelling of 'honour', . . . etc.

All those spellings.

I agree with DragO. Well said.

Topic: Is "at the latest" redundant?
Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:04:51 AM
thar wrote:
I am guessing our English is not Yiddish enough - maybe it is a thing in American English?
Maybe, being a happy concept, it is not an idea that is commonly expressed! Whistle


I've never encountered the word in English, but its meaning is clear enough.

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us/dictionary/german-english/scheinwelt

Topic: To see sea
Posted: Monday, June 22, 2020 11:43:01 PM
Why not "do you want to see the ocean"?

Topic: off
Posted: Monday, June 22, 2020 1:03:48 AM
Tara2 wrote:
Which meaning of 'off' is used here?

Chowder: Three seconds on the clock. I'm playing basketball. It’s time for an in-your-face disgrace. [he throws the ball, only for it to bounce off the hoop and hit him in the face; he cries out and falls to the driveway as the ball bounce away ]

Monster House, animation

It means "from" or "away from" in this usage.

It should be "... as the ball bounces away."

Topic: 'The Spring 2018 semester is, was completed'
Posted: Saturday, June 20, 2020 12:20:08 AM
A cooperator wrote:
Hi Everyone!
As long as each of these sentences only has one action here, and it was completed in the past, why did the writers NOT use the past simple?
Admissions for nationals and residents of Qatar are now closed.
I think so much about my future and I think that it is already lost.
If you are interested in attending Stevens, you are more than welcome to submit a Spring 2020 application as the Spring 2018 semester is completed.

If you might be saying that the past participle in each sentence of the above ones is acting as an adjective past participle and not as part of a passive verb, then I would be saying why the past auxiliary of 'to be' is not used.

The writers chose NOT use the past simple because they chose to use present tense. Don't over-think this.

The action was completed in the past. It's STILL completed in the present. Simple.

"If you might be saying ..." That's ridiculous. Simpler is better, Coop.