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  • (Quote) Thanks, @DavidCrosbie . I think I understand the points that you've made, but can I just clarify your distinction between a mistake and an error. Are you saying that, in the context of grammar, a mistake is defined as when someone is aware o…
  • (Quote) @DavidCrosbie this all makes perfect sense. Thank you for your detailed reply. You are indeed correct with regard to the point of the presentation. Could the phrase poorly written grammar be used in prose? Do we agree that poorly written spe…
  • (Quote) Thanks, @DavidCrosbie . How can you separate the general from the particular? Also, I don't really understand your last three bullet points. The word some isn't capitalised, and I don't understand why using and or a full stop is incorrect?
  • (Quote) Thanks, @DavidCrosbie . So, if my letter of complaint did not mention the later figure of £600, the choice between is and was would be down to personal preference because both would be true, accurate and grammatical?
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Thank you as always, @DavidCrosbie . You never fail to have the answers to my questions! If I could just pose one more hypothetical to you... I received a letter on 1st September 2018 stating that my council tax is £500, but on 1s…
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Thanks for the recommendation, @DavidCrosbie , I've just ordered it online.
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  • Thanks, @DavidCrosbie , you've been, as always, very helpful. You're correct in thinking that I think if there were just two parts the separation would be unnecessary. However, although I know that there are no rules as such in the English language,…
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Thanks, David, that all makes perfect sense.
    in 's or Not? Comment by Mark_S June 2018
  • The concrete, wooden, or steel support sometimes found above a door is called a lintel (not too dissimilar from the word mantle). I'm not sure what the name of that type of gate is, though.
  • Does my question make sense? I wonder if no one has replied because the question itself doesn't make sense. 
    in 's or Not? Comment by Mark_S June 2018
  • Many thanks for your help @DavidCrosbie , it makes sense now.
  • (Quote) Thanks for your response, David. In that case, if you were to remove the word 'spotless', would you pluralise the word 'state'? Or would that be contingent upon whether the golden plates were all returning to the same state or varying state…