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the use of the colon in titles
Thursday, July 8, 2021 2:55:54 AM
It is used correctly
A colon ( : ) is used after an independent clause to add information that helps illustrate or clarify what it says. It is most commonly used to introduce a list, but it can also introduce words, phrases, or entire clauses that complete the meaning of the clause that came before it.
Thus "When Justice Fails" is added to the meaning of "Joe Black's Acquittal"
how to form cases?
Thursday, July 8, 2021 2:35:24 AM
I have a problem to understand what you are asking for
a. In traditional gramhttps://forum.thefreedictionary.com/editors/yafEditor/bold.gifmar, a distinct form of a noun, pronoun, or modifier that is used to express one or more particular syntactic relationships to other words in a sentence.
b. Case In some varieties of generative grammar, the thematic or semantic role of a noun phrase as represented abstractly but not necessarily indicated overtly in surface structure. In such frameworks, nouns in English have Case even in the absence of inflectional case endings.
[purloined from thefreedictionary.com's page on the meaning of case ]
French like English does not have case as a linguistic feature. Even the remains of the genitive in English is entirely expressed with preposition Example:
is translated as
Lightning may have been critical for early life.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 2:53:37 PM
Not that surprising... The electrodes in
Millers experiment (1952)
were used to make electrical discharge, supposedly to mimic lightning
the failure of the Swedish approach.
Thursday, November 12, 2020 3:39:34 PM
The Nordic countries are very similar, to the point where most foreigners don't manage to distinguish between term like Scandinavian, and Nordic; and some might even have problems quoting the capital cities. However the health-system are very similar, with (near)free healthcare for all.
It is therefore relevant to study the development of 2020 Pandemics in light of the very dissimilar response that particularly Sweden had. As a Norwegian, I am biased, obviously, but I find it quaint that President little Donny of the United Dictatorships of America had fun bashing Sweden (something about terrible events in Sweden, that nobody but the fürer of the GOP knew about) , and then the same guy would almost copy the Swedish strategy (i.e. Do as little as possible) in fighting the SARS-Covid-19 epidemics.
Some numbers - like the number of deaths per 100 000 inhabitants soared, and arguments like: the other countries have a different way of counting was put forward. The man in charge (Anders Tegnell (He is the equivalent of Fauci, and for some reason he is more important than the PM of Sweden!)) had that as an excuse for about a week, but had to admit that Norway/Finland/Denmark use absolutely the same criteria: a death caused by Covid-19 virus, and not any death while the person was infected. As none of the countries have experienced being overwhelmed (yet); every deceased is inventoried. Norway did even experience an under-morbidity in late spring, giving some grief to the undertakers.
One argument that prevailed (for lack of proof) was that by letting the virus run its course, Sweden would avoid a second wave! The number of deaths (per 100 000) was above those of the land of the free!
How short-sighted. We now see the fallacy of that approach. For a short while it looked like Sweden did indeed avoid a second wave. That was because the infection rate was so high, that countries like mine who had practically no new cases over the summer, suddenly had transmission rates of 4-5
And as I have pointed out in another entry:
The economy is not saved by letting the virus reign unchecked
The Impact of the pandemics on the GDP
Sweden (and Denmark) have a drop in GDP 2% worse than Norway and Finland
In Scandinavia we have no way of distinguishing by "ethnicity", but the authorities in Norway admit that near 50% of patients in hospital with SARS-Covid-19 diagnosis are born outside Norway. There is nothing racist about i: the largest group was workers that had spent the summer back home in Poland, and Poland is another country where the authorities thought that they had it under control. Another very affected group is Somalies. They distinguish themselves as being unwilling to heed the advice of the authorities (Sounds familiar??)
little donny claims false victory
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 9:37:55 AM
Honestly, a lot of reporters, and commentators expected this. Donny claimed even his victory 4 years ago was rigged!
He picks on Joe for even small slips, while doesn't even remember where his own father was born. (He claimed his father [not Grand-Father] was born in Germany)
He admits openly he is corrupt : "
So I call some guy, the head of Exxon. I call the head of Exxon. I don't know,” ....“How are you doing? How’s energy coming? When are you doing the exploration? Oh, you need a couple of permits, huh? Okay.”
I would hit a home run every single call. I would raise a billion dollars in one day, if I wanted to.
Yeah, It's hypothetical, but still, to admit to trade favours. The Guy is so full of B*** S*** that he has fertilized the so called swamp with it.
The Americans should cry of shame!
The lie of herd immunity
Sunday, October 18, 2020 2:43:02 PM
Nothing very new: This article from Sweden dated September 29th
(use google translate or similar to read The site is a serious one "research.sweden" ) point out that only 7.3% of the Stockholms population exhibit antibodies, despite a very heavy death-toll. The only positive thing is that they don't experience a second wave.
Here in Scandinavia we compare the different countries, as we otherwise have a very good national healthcare system, while we had a very different approach. Sweden has practiced a very (Trump-like?) liberal approach to the pandemics while the neighbours have had lock-down. Let's face it- lock down here has been very "light" compared to what's seen in Spain and France. But there is no doubt that if you accept a liberal approach, then you have to accept the a lot of middle-aged and elderly people will die.
( The Swedish level without a second wave is worse than Norway's with a second-wave )
by the way ... think that a liberal approach saves the economy? (link
Drop in GDP
My country has a drop in GDP at 5.3%, while Sweden's has dropped by 6.3% and 1000% more mortality
as good an answer as any
Sunday, September 27, 2020 11:19:07 AM
The person speaking thinks what he/she just heard is likely, but that there might be other ideas/answers that are correct.
Silence gives the proper grace to women.
Thursday, September 17, 2020 6:30:29 AM
Just shows that Sophocles was a member of a misogynic society.
Cat in French
Saturday, June 20, 2020 8:58:03 AM
it is also possible to use the synonym of cat (
) with the female form:
, but as so often happens, the word is also used in popular slang, in this case for young girl.
James Mattis: Trump is a threat to the Constitution
Sunday, June 7, 2020 9:27:15 AM
When D. Trump became president, he swore an oath. But he did not and still does not know what the constitution of the United States contains. It is very contested that he wrote the book "The art of making a deal" (ISBN-10: 9780399594496) , much less that he has ever read it. His deal is with the leader of PRC - which is a joke.
I am surprised ( at least a little) that the republicans have not told him that he could not be their candidate in 2024 and 2028 - The most famous poster had the slogan "Trump 4EVA" which is interpreted as "Trump for ever".
I can understand some are worried about the total lack of coherency in J.Bidens speaches, but the POTUS did seem to know where his father was born, when he stated that his father was born in Germany!
I'm glad I am not American.
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