The Free Dictionary  
mailing list For webmasters
Welcome Guest Forum Search | Active Topics | Members

Profile: Drag0nspeaker
About
User Name: Drag0nspeaker
Forum Rank: Advanced Member
Occupation: Security Guard
Interests: Life, languages, Scientology
Gender: Male
Home Page
Statistics
Joined: Monday, September 12, 2011
Last Visit: Thursday, October 19, 2017 3:05:23 AM
Number of Posts: 26,880
[3.18% of all post / 12.05 posts per day]
Avatar
  Last 10 Posts
Topic: pokey sack
Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017 3:05:10 AM
I've never heard of a pokey sack - it's not in the dictionary.

"Pokey" is an American slang word meaning "jail".

It is also an alternative spelling for the word 'poky' meaning 'small', 'with no room to move'.
He lived in a poky little village.
The apartments were small and poky.


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Topic: There are pillars.
Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017 2:47:51 AM
Hello bihunsedap.

"Pillars" is one word you can use, but different companies call them different things.

"Indiamart" call them "traffic poles".
"Ningbo Hengxing" call them 'pillars'.
"Alibaba" call them "warning post stachions" (I think that last word should be 'stanchions'). They also sell "traffic cylinders" which look exactly the same. They also sell "plastic bollard posts" which are a different colour.

Many companies call them 'plastic bollards', which is what I would probably say. (I tend to use 'pillar' for something which supports a weight).



Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Topic: Is the colon after "namely" needed?
Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017 2:15:34 AM
Hello Koh Elaine.

As palapaguy hasn't answered, I guess it is bedtime in California.

The colon is used to introduce the list - then commas between the items.

The things you will need are: paper, a pen, your glasses and a stapler.

Sometimes, if the 'items' are long (many words) a semi-colon is used instead of a comma.
Three things seem strange to me - the lack of quotation marks at the start of the quoted speech, the comma at the end of the quotation and the lack of "and" before the last item.

"We have not seen the latest Bill, but our concerns remain the same, namely: the lack of caps on political donations and expenditure; the need for government funding for political parties and elected representatives from all sides; the lack of assurances that those who donate to Opposition parties will not be prosecuted and persecuted; and the lack of reform of other aspects of election laws” Ong told Malay Mail Online.

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Topic: Your Favorite Song
Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 1:32:32 PM
"After the Gold Rush" - now, that's going back in time.
An excellent album.

Don't let it bring you down
It's only castles burning


Here's the title song:



Well, I dreamed I saw the silver
Space ships flying
In the yellow haze of the sun,
There were children crying
And colors flying
All around the chosen ones.
All in a dream, all in a dream
The loading had begun.
They were flying Mother Nature's
Silver seed to a new home in the sun.



Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Topic: My ANECDOTE of the day
Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 1:16:58 PM
FROSTY X RIME wrote:
(I haven't downloaded it myself, though. I am not inclined to do so.)

No, I'm similar - If the Reader's Digest were the ONLY magazine to read in a waiting room, I may scan through it and read the two-line (five-line, in this case) jokes at the bottom of some pages - or the very occasional biographical article about some historical personality.

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Topic: Which sentence says that my family consists of my wife, son, daughter and me/myself?
Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 1:05:33 PM

Actually . . . I was refraining from mentioning the possibility that Americans ever get this wrong! Anxious

.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Liar


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Topic: can
Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:59:23 PM
Take a look at the possibilities:

Quote:
1. negative forms
The negative form of can is cannot or can't. Cannot is never written 'can not'. The negative form of could is could not or couldn't. To form the negative of be able to, you either put not or another negative word in front of able, or you use the expression be unable to.
Many elderly people cannot afford telephones.
I can't swim very well.
It was so dark you could not see anything.
They couldn't sleep.
We were not able to give any answers.
We were unable to afford the entrance fee.
2. ability: the present
Can, could, and be able to are all used to talk about a person's ability to do something. You use can or be able to to talk about ability in the present. Be able to is more formal than can.
You can all read and write.
The animals are able to move around, and they can all lie down.
Lisa nodded, unable to speak.
Could is also used to talk about ability in the present, but it has a special meaning. If you say that someone could do something, you mean that they have the ability to do it, but they don't in fact do it.
We could do much more in this country to educate people.
3. ability: the past
You use could or a past form of be able to to talk about ability in the past.
He could run faster than anyone else.
A lot of them couldn't read or write.
I wasn't able to answer their questions.
If you say that someone was able to do something, you usually mean that they had the ability to do it and they did it. Could does not have this meaning.
After two weeks in bed, he was able to return to work.
The farmers were able to pay their employees' wages.
If you want to say that someone had the ability to do something but did not in fact do it, you say that they could have done it.
You could have given it all to me.
You could have been a little bit more careful.
If you want to say that someone did not do something because they did not have the ability to do it, you say that they could not have done it.
I couldn't have gone with you, because I was in London at the time.
If you want to say that someone had the ability to do something in the past, although they don't now have this ability, you say that they used to be able to do it.
I used to be able to sleep anywhere.
You used to be able to see the house from here.
4. ability: the future
You use a future form of be able to to talk about ability in the future.
I shall be able to answer that question tomorrow.
5. ability: reporting structures
Could is often used in reporting structures. For example, if a woman says 'I can speak Arabic', you usually report this as 'She said she could speak Arabic'.
She said I could bring it back later.
6. ability: 'be able to' after other verbs
Be able to is sometimes used after modals such as might or should, and after verbs such as want, hope, or expect.
I might be able to help you.
You may be able to get extra money.
You should be able to see that from here.
She would not be able to go out alone.
Do you really expect to be able to do that?
Don't use can or could after any other verbs.
7. 'being able to'
You can use an -ing form of be able to.
He liked being able to discuss politics with Veronica.
There is no -ing form of can or could.
8. awareness
Can and could are used with verbs such as see, hear, and smell to say that someone is or was aware of something through one of their senses.
I can smell gas.
I can't see her.
I could see a few stars in the sky.
9. possibility: the present and the future
Could and can are used to talk about possibility in the present or future.
You use could to say that there is a possibility that something is or will be true.
Don't eat it. It could be a toadstool.
He was jailed in February, and could be released next year.
Might and may can be used in a similar way.
It might be a trap.
Kathy's career may be ruined.
See might - may
Be Careful!
Don't use 'could not' to say that there is a possibility that something is not true. Instead you use might not or may not.
It might not be possible.
It may not be easy.
If you want to say that it is impossible that something is true, you use cannot or could not.
You cannot possibly know what damage you caused.
It couldn't possibly be true.
You use can to say that something is sometimes possible.
Sudden changes can sometimes have a negative effect.
10. possibility: the past
You use could have to say that there is a possibility that something was true in the past.
He could have been in the house on his own.
Might have and may have can be used in a similar way.
She might have found the information online.
It may have been a dead bird.
You also use could have to say that there was a possibility of something being true in the past, although it was not in fact true.
It could have been worse.
He could have made a fortune as a lawyer.
Collins COBUILD English Usage

It is not a negative - so you can ignore section #1.
It is not about someone being physically able to do something in the present, past or future - so we can ignore #2, 3 and 4.
It is not reported speech - so we can ignore #5.
It is not the phrase 'be able to', so we can ignore section #6 and 7.
It is not being used with a verb like 'see', 'hear', 'smell', so we can ignore #8.
It is not talking about the past, so we can ignore #10.

That only leaves #9 - possibility in the present and future.

It is possible that providing ongoing care and support for someone who is living with a mental illness involves and will involve many different support organisations.



Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Topic: Which sentence says that my family consists of my wife, son, daughter and me/myself?
Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:20:01 PM
Hello!

That is a very good question - which even British people answer wrongly sometimes. I sometimes say it wrongly if I'm not thinking straight or if I am in a hurry.

The 'reflexive pronouns' (myself, yourself, themselves and so on) are use when the subject of the verb is also the object.

In that clause, the subject of the verb is "my family" and the object is 'my wife, son, daughter and me'.

An example using 'myself' in this way would be where the subject is "I" and the object is 'my wife, son, daughter and myself'.
"I lit a fire and warmed my wife, son, daughter and myself."

Which sentence says that my family consists of my wife, son, daughter and me?


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Topic: the maintenance, the diagnosis
Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:09:27 PM
Hi!

It is a specific (definite) sub-section of "maintenance" - it is "the maintenance of health".

And it is a specific, definite type of diagnosis - it is "the diagnosis of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in human beings".

When a general subject is broken down and you talk about one section of it (very often using 'of' after it) you make it more defined - so it needs a definite article.

I am interested in growing flowers. (general)
I am mainly interested in the growing of roses and orchids. (more specific)

Medicine involves diagnosis, treatment and prevention. (general)
Medicine involves the diagnosis of disease in patients. (more specific)


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Topic: My ANECDOTE of the day
Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 10:55:57 AM
Ho ho ho!

The vagaries of abbreviated speech! Your "four steaks" reminds me of the sketch 'Four candles' or 'Fork handles'.

The other thing I find interesting is that you (The Parser) appear to have a time machine!
You have already read the November 2017 edition of Reader's Digest, and it's only the eighteenth of October!

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!

Main Forum RSS : RSS
Forum Terms and Guidelines. Copyright © 2008-2017 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.