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  • @RueHg, Question 1. In all languages there's an observable difference between consonants produced with and without VOICE — sound made when the vocal cords are allowed to vibrate. In most languages most of the time, changing a consonant from VO…
  • it is both understandable and humorous for one of them to say, “this dinosaur (species) is a dinosaur (obsolete).” Humorous? Maybe. Understandable? Not to me. Not in a million years. That's why answered you, trying — unsuccessfully, I see — …
  • Human say and write one mile. Computer programs sometimes produce one miles.
  • Here's the OED entry (a) A wagon or other vehicle serving the same purpose on land as a ship on the sea; spec. = tank n.7 (b) A ship erected and kept on land for training purposes. [1627 J. Taylor Armado sig. B1v, (heading) A Nauy…
  • @redslider 1. The statement X is a dinosaur may express the idea that X is on the point of extinction — but only of X is not an actual dinosaur. To say This dinosaur was a dinosaur is to say nothing. To say Tyrannosaurus Rex was a din…
  • @ShowMoiDwae, a common use of PROGRESSIVE with stative verbs is to signal that the state is temporary. For example I'm being very patient I'm seeing things and hearing voices meaning 'i'm hallucinating'. These examples are conversational, but n…
  • So, the best strategy according to you would be to reorganize the sentence and put the object (plants/a plant/the plant) at the end of the sentence, correct? Not necessarily. I chose to write Chloroplasts are essential for the viability …
  • @cholle89, the only grammatical feature that looks at all unusual is the us of definite the. It would be perfectly normal to write: Chloroplasts are essential for viability. And we could make it more specific: Chloroplasts are essential for th…
  • @Ndaniil66 Is any of your friends play football? I don't think this is grammatical in any dialect or variety of English. Is there any issues. This is certainly ungrammatical in Standard English, but hearers would understa…
  • Speaking personally for myself only... Examples: rhinosaur, elephantasaur, condorosaur, turtlasaur, snow leopardasaur, insectosaurs, etc. If I saw or heard any of these words, I would understand them to refer to prehistoric beasts that…
  • I would say alphabetical by initial or alphabetical by initial letter
  • Grammar or meaning? Neither. It's style. This use of like what is found in comic impressions of uneducated speech. In a formal written sentence full of long and technical words it sounds ridiculous. In casual colloquial speech like w…
  • @lb_c119, the key word is particular. Look at the definitions in the online dictionary on this website. Click on the word DICTIONARY in white letters on blue in the top left of the page. For each word, click on —More example sentences. You'l…
  • Do the students not switch off the lights before leaving the room? This feels very strange. It's not the sort of sentence you would write. In spoken English don't is much more natural. But why do you want to make it interrogative and ne…
  • @Manson101 * I recommend you write more formally. Acceptable. It's very formal, so it's probably better to write I recommend that you write more formally. * I recommend you to write. No. I recommend you means 'I say that you are a good …
  • @ShowMoiDwae, I don't think they always argue is incorrect. But I do think sounds more natural as the second sentence in They don't get on well. They're always arguing. The problem is the word always. * In They always argue the word is u…
  • @secretagentoo7 Make it interrogative and give a short answer. This is a strange instruction. The best I can do with it is: Do the students switch off the light before leaving the room? Yes they do./No they don't.
  • @ShowMoiDwae Can the second sentence in it's tense form be used when complaining about something? in this case going to work by car. Well, yes but it would mean complaining about the fact, not the conditions. And it's not an obvious so…
  • @lku528, the most serious problem is that non-daily _ just isn't English. For generic use _the daily _ isn't much better. We do say _the everyday with the meaning that you seem to want. But I struggle to think of an opposite. We say something you …
  • OK, this is how I read it. The companies that produce bread with branded names claim that their products are more nutritious than the 'own brand' bread sold by the supermarkets. But they produce no evidence to substantiate that claim. Does that m…
    in Idioms Comment by DavidCrosbie April 4
  • @MohammadReza, there's not enough evidence in this one isolated sentence. As there is no incontrovertible evidence This is meaningless because the sentence doesn't explain Evidence of what?. the more Before we can tell th…
    in Idioms Comment by DavidCrosbie April 3
  • @lb_c119 The past continuous is the longer action (playing volleyball), and the past simple is the shorter, complete action (his hurting). In this case, yes that's true. But I'm not happy with taking objectively measured length to be t…
  • I googled the last two lines. The only results were largely in Arabic script. The ones I looked at were in Farsi. Could the texts be a song lyric composed in English by an Iranian?
  • Is the half round bracket ( ( ) is used often in this way in English to denote that? Not that I know of. I've seen it in the OED and one other historical dictionary. I'm not sure why they don't use a pair of brackets. Presumably they rese…
  • @munaam, * is wanted is a PRESENT SIMPLE PASSIVE form * has wanted is a PRESENT PERFECT ACTIVE form
  • @SalamFaridAazam, I expect there are online explanations somewhere. I can't find them, but I think I do understand. The term form applies to visible variation. As it's a written work, the dictionary has to rely on spellings — even if the editors…
  • Two thoughts, Harry. * If you have a borrower's number from your local library, you might be able to access the OED online. * If you have written documentation for the 'notch in a brick' sense of frog, you might think of sending it to the OE…
  • The poet leaves it for the reader to interpret. Here's how I read it. Others may read it quite differently. Sky's crying, me I take this to mean that somebody else says the sky is crying, and that the poet will say what he or she th…
  • In fact there's a full explanation in the online OED. The Old French lai was a romantic or historical adventure story sung by a minstrel. English changed the spelling to lay and used the word to mean the same thing. But it gradually lost the sens…
  • Tautology is normally used to suggest something undesirable. A kinder term is parallelism.