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Topic: is vs was
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 8:17:51 AM
I think that the correct form here would be the subjunctive "be":

“It’s high time that the historical playing field be levelled to introduce a balance between history and herstory.”
Lise Hand; Our Understanding of History Is Out of Date; The Times (London, UK); Jul 14, 2018.
Topic: Pronunciation of "flour" and "flower"
Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2018 2:46:38 PM
Helenej wrote:
FounDit wrote:
I think I understood about 3 words in the first 5 minutes: "flowers" and "you know".

Phew! What a relief to hear this. I thought I was supposed to understand at least a third of what the guy says and felt myself a complete idiot.Brick wall

You're not alone in this, HelenejBoo hoo!
Topic: Do You Know about Lunar Eclipse?#56
Posted: Friday, July 27, 2018 2:45:53 PM
Supposing the sky is not cloudy in the east to south-east, which is unfortunately not the case in my place nowd'oh!

I may have to wait for about another 125 years for an eclipse that longWhistle
Topic: charge
Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 3:55:07 PM
The idiom is "in charge".
When someone is in charge, they control something, have responsibility for something, etc.
You can learn the details here:

When speaking about the jail, the people in charge may be the wardens, attorneys or whoever else who can control and/or influence the prisoner's behaviour.
My opinion only, of course.

Topic: Any mistake in this?
Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 8:33:05 AM
I think that "ironicity" is not a valid word, while "ironicalness" is included in TFD.

But I'd rather use "degree of irony in those examples" instead of "ironicalness".

Also a non-native's reply.
Topic: sticky
Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 5:47:27 AM
From this dictionary:

stick·y (stĭk′ē)
adj. stick·i·er, stick·i·est
3. Warm and humid; muggy: a sticky day.
Topic: are committed
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 5:16:54 AM
Drag0nspeaker wrote:

"Commit" is a very specific verb meaning "do" - but it is only used for crimes.
You do not 'commit a good deed' or 'commit your work' or anything like that.
Only 'commit a crime', 'commit murder', 'commit a theft' etc.

1. To do, perform, or perpetrate: commit a murder.

American Heritage

I'm far from trying to oppose, but when working in database environment,
it's quite usual that you 'commit your work'.
But here 'commit' means 'confirm' or 'make valid'.
Technically this means that a transaction is successfully closed and the results become visible to other users.

Sorry, I know it doesn't exactly belong here, but because I do it every day, I couldn't help it.Silenced
Topic: How should I pronounce in English?
Posted: Thursday, July 5, 2018 6:16:43 AM
I recommend you to make it a habit to listen to and repeat the pronunciation of every word that you come across for the first time.
Sometimes some seemingly simple words are pronounced in a way that may surprise you.
Topic: will vs would
Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2018 9:30:55 AM
I think you are right, and in my opinion there should be the past conditional in the last part:

He explained that had the beneficiaries been informed that their accounts would be frozen, they would then have had ample time to transfer the money out of the accounts elsewhere.
Topic: Konjunktiv oder würde in irrealen Vergleichsätzen?
Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2018 2:51:55 PM
Vielen Dank, tiuwiu.

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