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Friday, July 10, 2020 9:59:53 AM
So I went without
From the cubby within.
Within to without.
Friday, July 10, 2020 9:47:42 AM
- Christmas pudding so rich in fruit and low in gluten (flour) that it won't cut into slices or 'wedges', but breaks apart as you're serving it.
Show me where I should retire to . . .
pride and humility
Friday, July 10, 2020 9:26:59 AM
That makes sense.
I also had the idea that he was referring to people who are "proud to be humble" - those who put ashes on their heads and sit in front of the temple - but are really just showing off how holy they are.
Like the concept I have of the Pharisees from the New Testament.
Is it grammatically incorrect to end a sentence with a preposition (stranded preposition)?
Friday, July 10, 2020 8:28:32 AM
I am now asking why the sentences end with prepositions although the verbs are not prepositional verbs(idiomatic meaning)
There is no rule that a sentence cannot end with a preposition, whether the verb is a "prepositional verb" or "phrasal verb" or just a verb with an object (which happens to have a preposition attached).
As "B" said:
'. . . the "rule" that says it's grammatically incorrect to end a sentence with a preposition (stranded preposition) is actually a myth.'
and "C" said:
"It's OK with some and especially so if it's a prepositional verb."
"I went to the house and I went in."
("I went to the house, into which I went" sounds very awkward, but is 'correct' by the rules of grammar.)
"Who are you talking to?"
(To whom are you talking?)
"He opened the box, which he pulled a rabbit from."
(He opened the box, from which he pulled a rabbit.)
There's a lot of cleaning updates you're missing out on.
(There are a lot of cleaning updates on which you're missing out.)
I saw the uncle I was named after.
(I saw the uncle after whom I was named.)
I saw Uncle Jack, who I was named after.
(I saw Uncle Jack, after whom I was named.)
(I added "I saw" in the last two just to complete the sentences.)
argument / case
Friday, July 10, 2020 8:01:59 AM
Very similar, but (like almost all synonyms) they're not 100%
a set of arguments
supporting a particular action, cause, etc
Collins English Dictionary
(the underlining is my own)
As you can see from sentences C and D, they are used almost interchangeably.
be just one argument, or it could be many.
put in/put on
Friday, July 10, 2020 7:54:26 AM
You put clothes on (including shoes, hats, gloves etc).
You put your foot in the shoe, or your hand in the glove.
If that is a quote from the definition of "wear in" or "worn in", the red phrase is a typo - it should be "put them on".
Miracles / magic
Friday, July 10, 2020 7:48:58 AM
Slink is a word used almost only about cattle - it means to give birth prematurely.
Many people consider magic to be "all tricks", but still follow the advice of astrologers, and have "lucky numbers" or (for example) a "lucky hat" they wear every time they play golf "because it helps them win".
Magic has two broad categories:
1 - stage performances and "party tricks" which use physical tricks to produce an "amazing" result.
2 - unexplainable actions/results which are attributed to supernatural powers of any sort except gods.
" are produced through the higher powers - God, gods and demi-gods.
Even a saint producing a miracle (as we hear they have done) would do it through the power of god - not through the power of the saint.
Anything else unexplainable, which is attributed to some "supernatural power" is called
It may be said to be done by the power of a spirit - a dead person or nature-spirit (elves, fairies, etc.)
It may be said to be done by "the will and the word" - the power of the human mind, deciding/saying that something will happen.
It may be said to be the work of demons.
It can become quite 'political' - is this person a saint producing miracles, or producing magic by the power of demons?
On/off your phone.
Thursday, July 9, 2020 9:16:00 AM
[color=indigo]In AmE, we sometimes use "already" as an intensifier, as this definition shows:
I have heard that used in a TV show, but thought that it was a foreigner making a mistake in her English (it was a woman with a very strong non-USA accent).
It didn't occur to me here that it was the same usage.
Within a family (or friends) you will hear things like "Hurry up! We're going to be late" or "Slow down! I can't keep up with you."
But "Get off your phone (already)!" doesn't seem in the same league, somehow.
Ashraful Haque Ashraf wrote:
"I say all sorts of insulting things . . .."
(laughing) That's totally normal for brothers! I have two brothers and, listening to us, one might think we hate each other!
Thursday, July 9, 2020 8:35:06 AM
"Rub" is just the action of two surfaces touching and moving against each other.
Rubbing may cause a scuff (if one of the surfaces is rough, or if the pressure is heavy) - but you can polish something by rubbing with a smooth cloth (for example).
position of adverbial phrase
Thursday, July 9, 2020 7:40:14 AM
Nobody knows. But we have the Farlex book:
Well done - just the right reference.
I didn't even know it was called a "focussing adverb" - there's no such thing in the list of adverb-types I found . . .
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