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Topic: Equivalent of "so far".
Posted: Saturday, August 1, 2020 2:26:59 PM
Romany wrote:

Does that help?



Yes, indeed. I like the explanation, thank you, and I totally agree that life is a better place when it’s a debt-free journey. I wonder if the quote in question could be derived from Publilius Syrus, a Latin writer, who once said: “Debt is the slavery of the free.” Either way, I now understand the phrase fully.
Topic: Equivalent of "so far".
Posted: Saturday, August 1, 2020 6:11:59 AM
What would be an equivalent of so far in this phrase:


A man in debt is so far a slave.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Topic: In the north-west of ….
Posted: Sunday, July 26, 2020 10:30:01 AM
Mea culpa!


That's right. Let it be my lesson in humility. I did not support my question with the original text, hence the confusion. Hopefully, it will help me and others, in future, to correctly name parts of the world. So, here we are:




The or zero article?
Here are some rules:

Use the with

Countries with plural names or with Republic or Kingdom in the name: The United Arab Emirates, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom
Geographical areas in noun phrases: I live in the north-west of Egypt, in the east.

Use zero article (-) with

The names of most countries, cities and continents: Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Warsaw, Beijing, Europe, Asia
Geographical areas in adjective phrases: I live in (-) north-west Egypt, (-) eastern France.
Topic: In the north-west of ….
Posted: Sunday, July 26, 2020 6:42:16 AM
What is the difference between I live in the north-west of Egypt and I live in (-) north-west of Egypt?

The explanation given by the BBC Learning English site is that when talking about geographical areas in adjective phrases, we use zero article (-). But isn’t the meaning of the sentences exactly the same -- I live in the north-west part of Egypt?

P.S. To be more clear: they are saying the first sentence is correct, only to contradict it with the latter.
Topic: One should, one must never ....
Posted: Sunday, June 7, 2020 2:10:33 PM
Most of the time, this is the second sentence structure (2.) I see in use. Is 1. somewhat archaic or certain circumstances would have to be in place to justify the use of such words arrangement: one should, one must ...? I find 1. a bit grandiloquent and an unbiased view of a subject, and I actually like it.

1. First, one should understand the role of principals ….
2. First, the role of principals should be understood ….

PS. I would be very grateful for referring me to any relevant materials to learn more.
Topic: Bank note for banknote
Posted: Sunday, January 5, 2020 2:38:46 AM
"London (CNN) — Nearly 50 million plastic bank notes have had to be replaced since they were launched due to damage and wear, according to PA news agency."

Does it sound unambiguously when we say or write "bank note" meaning "banknote"? I've never seen "bank note" in use before in BrE, but perhaps it's only me.
Topic: Yes, sir.
Posted: Saturday, November 2, 2019 10:57:06 PM
What’s a Portuguese equivalent to the military phrase “Yes, sir!”?
Topic: Deserve for collective nouns
Posted: Monday, October 21, 2019 2:00:09 AM
Our staff deserve ...? (People)

or

Our staff deserves ...? (Everyone)
Topic: Up Yours, Caesar!
Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2019 3:10:23 AM
Sarrriesfan wrote:
cheekyme 🎭 wrote:
I totally agree, but … weren’t the bloody Viking raids far worse than the Roman rules? Have Britons ever before suffer that much? After Romans arrived, they would often mix with locals, trade etc. Perhaps the underfloor heating was not a thing for the local tribes, but taking dirty water away, since Romans liked cleanness, was quite a beneficial achievement. Anglo-Saxons were just farmers. Up Yours, Caesar! We now have our muddy tracks back?


No the Viking raids were no where near as bloody as the Roman conquest of Britain, in one battle alone the defeat of Boudica it is claimed there were 80,000 dead tribal people no Viking raid came close to that. The Druids were the priestly class of the Brythonic people in Britain and the Romans wiped them out, the Vikings raided churches but never killed every Christian priest in the lands of Britain.


That is true, I guess, but the Vikings would normally show less mercy during their raids, I believe. I am not so sure about sparing women living under vows, but I will look into it. As far as I know, but I may be wrong, the Vikings were not interested in taking prisoners and could be extremely brutal in torturing people.

PS. Druids were not that quick to build roads, were they or places to spend a penny.
Topic: Up Yours, Caesar!
Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2019 2:42:29 AM
taurine wrote:
Maybe it has actually nothing to do with Roman Empire at all. There is a cocktail called a Caesar (or, Bloody Caesar, if you prefer). It contains Worcestershire sauce...

Were I king, I should cut off the nobles for their lands;
And my more having would be as a sauce
To make me hunger more.
-Shakespeare.

A certain Swift wrote a little more mildly while considering a sauce, namely, 'Fine oranges, sauce for your veal,
Are charming when squeezed in a pot of brown ale.'

In the result, the phrase 'Up Yours, Caesar' can be used while raising up a toast drinking a cocktail.


I do like the idea of the toast; perhaps not to wish somebody the best of luck, though. On the other hand, it might be an excellent justification for a good laugh, and to clink glasses of course. Might go well with Caesar salad too, but this Caesar was a Mexican citizen, so maybe not after all.