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Monday, November 27, 2017 2:11:39 PM
There is a faction divide in our society, which is very obvious, because India is a society (which) is in absolute and definite flux. All the lines which were drawn once are breaking."
Please explain to me the meaning of "absolute and definite flux"?
When do we use "absolute" as used here?
To start at the beginning, flux in this context means change. It can also means the silver solder used when joining small pieces of metal or being unable to stay out of the bathroom.
So Indian society is changing. 'Absolute and definite' would indicate that everything is changing, hopefully but not necessarily for the better, and nothing remaining the same.
Here in England the more likely expression is 'absolute and utter'. Both mean 100%.
She has been ill since five days ago.
Monday, November 27, 2017 2:02:19 PM
Wilmar speaks American English, I speak British English.
His answer is right this side of the pond as well.
Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:03:31 PM
Joe Kim wrote:
1. I use antlers in all of my decorating
2. I use antlers in all of my decoration
what does decorating mean and How this differs from decoration?
Decorating is the act of painting or wallpapering your home. Decor is the result here.
It is also the act or putting balloons and streamers up for any sort of party. The result here is decoration. the balloons and streamers are also classed as decorations.
Both refer to making something nicer. Decor is something more permanent. It is sometimes replaced by 'decorations' but is more specific.
in the sentences you quote, 1 means you use antlers as tools while 2 says that you mount the antlers in some fashion as decorations.
The leadership course was the event
Thursday, November 9, 2017 3:44:34 PM
I definitely agree, Romany.
And when did the font size get so small? I can hardly read what I'm typing.
Daylight Saving Time (again)
Friday, November 3, 2017 3:10:39 PM
Wilmar (USA) wrote:
Ugh -- I wish the DST nonsense would stop.
So do I!
Saturday, October 28, 2017 3:38:55 PM
I think it is also a case of context. Here we are saying that the baby is born, that is, not still in the womb. If we were naming when or where his birth took place, the definitely 'he was born at... time/place' even for a new-born.
The first case is an on-going thing in the present while the second is a definitive action that is past.
A Hand And a Finger
Thursday, October 19, 2017 2:46:06 PM
I've also heard that a cluster of bananas is called a hand. Calling one a finger would follow, but I've never heard it.
Should the bold preposition be in upper case?
Friday, October 6, 2017 2:14:46 PM
Shouldn't it be 'of' instead of 'from'?
Friday, October 6, 2017 2:06:48 PM
Either:- "With help from the neighbours" or "With the help of the neighbours".
There is no real difference between the two phrases.
is 'organisations' the correct word or should it be 'institutions'?
Thursday, October 5, 2017 5:57:25 PM
I would also go with institutions rather than organisations. 'Institution' carries an implication of a group of people dedicated to helping others while 'organisation' is more commercial. Even better is 'temples'.
I'll be interested to see what Romany and Drag0nspeaker have to say.
I'm sorry, Islami, but I found your suggestion to be pernickity and pedantic. Definitely not natural to this BE speaker.
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