• A. I changed my phone number. B. I changed phone numbers. Google favors A over B by a factor of more than 10, but someone told me that "change" should take a plural noun without an article in cases like this, and so A is the only correct choice. ...
  • I have noticed a number of speakers in the Seattle area (including region natives but probably not limited thereto) using the noun "show" in such a way that the default meaning of something like "to go to a show" is understood to be "to attend a ...
  • Which is the longest English word that has two distinct/discrete meanings? (E.g. bass - fish vs. bass - musical instrument) And some guidelines: The difference should not simply be (a) that the word can be used as more than one part of speech (eg. ...
  • Winning Ways for Your Mathematical Plays is a delightful book co-authored by an American (Elwyn R. Berlekamp) and two Brits (Richard K. Guy and the legendary John Horton Conway). At one point they are discussing the ways in which a game can ...
  • Hi, Sphero, I asked my wife about that structure you've heard. It's different from babytalk, which doubles nouns. This doubling uses verbs. The doubled form "kan4-kan4", not babytalk, means to look in the sense of searching. When you make a phone ...
  • Hello there, I've been tripped up in class by teaching some of the "rules" of article usage. My first mistake was saying that one should use "the" when the noun is followed by a non-partitive of-phrase, eg: "the behaviour of monkeys" "the growth of ...
  • There is quite a heated argument on pl.hum.tlumaczenia (a translation group) about the hyphenation of adjectival compounds comprising a number and a unit of measure before a noun. Some favour "two twenty-five minute programmes" while some prefer ...
  • One might say, e.g. "There are a large number of people here." I guess that people think of the phrase "a large number of" as if it is a number. But since "number" is singular, some would complain that it should be "is" instead of "are". But OTOH, ...
  • Hello, all. I am still working on improving my grammar and punctuation! I read that there are about 46 prepositions used in the English language. I listed them all in a table. I need to know if there is a set number of conjunctions (including ...
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    Throw a dice or the dice? (there is only one dice in the room) What is the next number after eleven? or What is next number after eleven? When should I use a or the? When there is only one thing should I use the? for example in the classroom Close the ...
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