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Questions of Grammar

Postby Dr. Goodword » Thu Feb 10, 2005 12:08 am

This is the forum for questions of grammar and usage. If your infinitives are split, your participles dangle, and you keep finding prepositions at the ends of your sentences, bring your problems here to the Good Doctor. He will attend them as time allows.
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Re: Questions of Grammar

Postby Stargzer » Tue Feb 15, 2005 5:17 pm

Dr. Goodword wrote:This is the forum for questions of grammar and usage. If your infinitives are split, your participles dangle, and you keep finding prepositions at the ends of your sentences, bring your problems here to the Good Doctor. He will attend them as time allows.

But I thought that, Winston Churchill notwithstanding, a preposition was no longer a bad thing to end a sentence with. Doing so does not imply that good grammar is what one has a lack of.

To really intensify an infinitive in English it is often necessary to smartly, or even savagely, sunder it.
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Postby anders » Wed Feb 16, 2005 8:04 am

The WC reference should go down the drain. He never said so. Have a look at www.languagelog.com at its archives for December 12, 2004.
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Postby KatyBr » Wed Feb 16, 2005 2:10 pm

just as the Cherry tree story in the George Washington lore is probably not true, but is necessary so is the Winston Chruchill story, Please do not throw solvent on my favorite Anecdotes!

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Postby anders » Mon Feb 21, 2005 5:33 pm

Always looking for solutions, my favourite solvent right now is ethanol, despite its mind-altering effects and other health hazards.

WUI, specifically of the C2H5OH in the very nice red South African Drostdy-Hof.

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Postby Stargzer » Tue Feb 22, 2005 7:55 pm

anders wrote:Always looking for solutions, my favourite solvent right now is ethanol, despite its mind-altering effects and other health hazards.

WUI, specifically of the C2H5OH in the very nice red South African Drostdy-Hof.

(For those of you who are new to it: Writing Under the Influence)

To mangle a slogan from the 60's:

"if you're not part of the solution you're part of the precipitate!"
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Postby M. Henri Day » Fri Feb 25, 2005 12:23 pm

Stargzer wrote:...

"if you're not part of the solution you're part of the precipitate!"

Liked that !

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Postby Stargzer » Sat Feb 26, 2005 4:56 pm

I saw that years ago on a button for sale at the Balticon sci-fi convention. Needless to say I copied the text rather than spring for the button. :wink: As a chemistry major I liked it, too.
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