As you are probably aware, our contemporary English content is now available through Lexico.com (https://www.lexico.com/en), and our old English dictionary site no longer exists.

As a result of this, this forum is now closed.

The English dictionary community team would like the opportunity to say a huge thanks to all of you who participated by posting questions and helping other community members.
We hope this forum was useful, and that you enjoyed being a part of it.

If you would like to get in touch with any OED-related queries, please write to
[email protected]

And if you would like to contribute suggestions to the OED, please do so by visiting: https://public.oed.com/contribute-to-the-oed/

Thank you very much indeed, and good bye!
The community team

Comments

  • The spelling is right and the grammar is right. My only worry is that the definition you've found is very general. Many counties and areas have been controlled by other countries, and some still are — but very few controlled territories have been described as dependencies. Present-day dependencies are generally very small,…
  • In the ACTIVE senetnce They regarded John as an expert it seems sensible to regard regard as as a PREPOSITIONAL VERB which is DITRANSITIVE with * John as OBJECT * an expert as OBJECT COMPLEMENT However, in the PASSIVE sentence John was regarded as an expert we must recognise * John as SUBJECT So I think we should recognise…
  • @liyviyvuvo First of all, possibilities to do that is problematic. In almost every context I can think of it's ungrammatical. I can just about accept possibility to do that as meaning 'opportunity that has been provided so that someone can do that', but I don't think this is what you have in mind. If you want to include…
  • @tpetrescu505 [C] is, indeed the best, most natural answer. [B] and [D] are clearly wrong. [A] is stylistically awkward, but it is grammatical.
  • As a general rule, @apsttesc , * the champion refers to one unique champion * a champion refers to one of a number of champions So we would expect the middleweight boxing champion of Princeton — in this case the only current champion of the middleweight division of boxing at Princeton — in this case 'current' not right…
  • @MohammadReza, tag question have meanings, so more than one question tag is possible. * He knows that Tom is younger than Mary, doesn't he? The speaker * believes that some male person (known to both speaker and hearer) knows thatTom is younger than Mary * is inviting the hearer to confirm or agree that this male person…
  • @bobak_ro The four letters used look like a WORD, but in a way the spelling is several different WORDS or parts of TWO-WORD FORMS. * one-word PAST SIMPLE form — e.g. We used a new method. * one-word ADJECTIVE — e.g. a used car * part of two-word PRESENT PERFECT or PAST PERFECT form — e.g .We have/had used a new method. *…
  • I stand corrected. For a time, I was able to access an old Oxford Dictionaries Online page as well as some Lexico pages. I concluded that Lexico was an interloper. Not so, alas! Personally, I can live without the extras which have been withheld. We should, after all, be grateful for the free access to the main facility. I…
  • I googled Lexico and found some Spanish website. Nothing to do with OUP. But when I visited the website I saw that, like you, I'd somehow been directed to it. So, the immediate way to get rid of it is to quit Lexico and open Oxford Dictionaries. Then — if you know how to do it — delete the Lexico cookie from your browser.…
  • What is Lexico?
  • I said This is not entirely true. The Greeks did admit the concept of rape by a god. Persephone was taken against her will by Hades. And Daphne would have been raped by Apollo if she had not been transformed into a tree. What happened (or nearly happened) to Persephone and Daphne is not what happened to Europa.
  • There is no evidence that Zeus forced himself on Europa. The ancient Greeks did not live in 2019. In their world view, gods were irresistible, so of course Europa would have succumbed to Zeus's courtship. The linguistic point behind the naming was that the four known moons in the orbit of Jupiter (=Zeus) could be likened…
  • @Harten This is often the wrong question — even when the sentence is perfectly grammatical, conventionally punctuated, and written by a native speaker. This, as always, is the right question. But the answer can't be found in that sentence alone. We need to use every clue we can find in the context and in the rest of the…
  • @glee2019 Either of them doesn't wear glasses is not grammatical. Many would say that Neither of them wear glasses is also ungrammatical — because neither is SINGULAR. The safest thing to write is Neither of them wears glasses
  • @Sk78843 The sentence is perfectly grammatical. It does sounds a little strange — but not because of the grammar. It would be unusual to refer to a person as 'someone's friend' — but not impossible. For example: — We need four horses for the carnival procession. Can the club members provide them? — None of the members can…
  • I can't do a screen shot, but here's the text The cross-reference is to
  • @Anm83 The grammatical term is ELLIPSIS. It means missing out a word or group of words which can easily be 'understood'. In this sentence the words missed out are [it is] It is ignored at the best of times and [it is] too dangerously polluted to be a site for any kind of activity. it Without ELLIPSIS there are two clauses…
  • There It's hard to think of a context where you would write this — except perhaps as a an explanation of something previously written. We do have some evidence for this. There is the latest update... In speech, it could be said while pointing to a document. There is the latest update... You could say Here is the latest…
  • @hfhua1949 The countries' ambassadors This can only refer to a group of more than one people, each of whom is an ambassador of a country. Since countries is plural, we know that at least two of those people are ambassadors of different countries. The smallest possible size for this group is two ambassadors of two countries…
  • @lflower462 This is ungrammatical because PRESENT PERFECT forms in English are used to locate the action or process in a period UP TO NOW. The word yesterday denotes a period BEFORE NOW. This is ungrammatical — for the very simple reason that information is SINGULAR. Indeed there is no such word in English as the PLURAl…
  • None of those words sound right to me. I could use wide-ranging.
  • @hknte * if it were FORMAL STYLE — especially written prose * if it was INFORMAL STYLE — especially conversational speech The expression Wouldn't it be great? is * SPOKEN — contrasted with WRITTEN Would it not? * CONVERSATIONAL — great contrasted with formal excellent
  • Finally ... * Two different reference points* the time that she got home — i.e. lunch preparation was earlier * after she got home — i.e. you waited until she came home and then made lunch but then something else happened Suddenly we realised that we were both hungry. This was easily fixed. I'd already prepared lunch when…
  • To continue ... * Two different reference points * noon — by is OK at the start of the sentence By noon he'd been playing computer games for two hours. * later then noon — before This makes sense if we're describing the consequence. For example: He was rather tired that afternoon because he'd been playing computer games…
  • * From point of view of the speaker/writer * if the reference point is earlier today then the bed-time was yesterday or last night * if the reference point is before today then the bed-time was the night beforet * The sentence makes sense only if a previous sentence establishes the reference point of the time that she was…
  • @irmantasgn * OK * It depends the reference time when he was tired. The most likely adverbial is the night before. * OK * OK * OK * Both are possible — with different meanings. * Both are possible — with different meanings. * OK * OK — although with two possible meanings. * OK * OK * I can't understand why you use the PAST…
  • @tsights260 The form comes is also a problem. Since the author has failed to communicate his/her meaning in this sentence, your only hope is to read the rest of the chapter — including the text before this sentence. Then try to answer: * What is his/her attitude to persistence, determination and faith? * Does he/she give…
  • Attach = 'create a mental association' a face = 'a memory of a person — recognised in the same way that you recognise a face' For example, when you buy a cheese, you remember the cheesemaker. And in future, every time you see that cheese, or even think about it, it will remind you of that cheesemaker.
  • You could start by substituting how extensive. Yes, full and true will need to become fully and truly — but not in the MAIN CLAUSE. * It is difficult to assess how fully extensive the damage is. (or was) * She was exaggerating how extensive the problem truly is. or She was exaggerating how truly extensive the problem is.…
  • @irmantasgn, I think you're approaching the task from the wrong direction. The functions of the PAST SIMPLE and PAST PERFECT are not primarily to relate events in time relative to each other. In continuous speech or writing the task is to refer events in time relative to a reference point. Text 1. In the opening sentence…