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May I Ask...

Hi all, a quick question and perhaps I should point out that I'm not a native speaker. I'm relatively confident that these two sentences are acceptable: a) You may ask, "what...

Incenting

I was recently forwarded a memo announcing that Mother Company will be "incenting" her employees to work more/faster/better. I replied to the author about this usage without invecting...

The Queen's English

Mark Twain, "Following the Equator", 1897: There is no such thing as "the Queen's English". The property has gone into the hands of a joint stock company and we own the bulk of...

Crossbow

I bought a crossbow last weekend. I wanted some extra projectiles for it and the sales clerk asked me if I were trying to pick a quarrel.

Is "Irrespectively" Allowable?

I was just wondering: In a previous post here, I wrote this: "Raymond: I think RJ and Martin were joking, since they cited French and German forms, respectively. " but I had originally...

Need Adjectival Form Of Liechtenstein

Does anyone know the adjectival form of "Liechtenstein"? m-w.com doesn't have it. Thanks! Julie

Clint Eastwood As Manco!

[link] The Balcony/topic/374317/54/ Cop a look at #804 - Clint was referred to as 'Manco', or 'Monco' on the subtitles which translates to 'Le Manchot' en Francais! Le Manchot...

Sorry, But French Pronunciation

Hi! I would like to know the pronunciation of a French word "tenez" in "Tenez, voila votre billet." If there is someone who is good at French, please tell me how to pronounce the...

Visually Impaired

One often hears the term "visually impaired" applied to blind people. Shouldn't it be "vision impaired"? After all, "visually impaired" means "ugly". Graham

English Version Of 'Estar'?

Somehow, I cannot help but say ' He just sits there and bes quiet ' . nb. Am Scot and well schooled. Iain

Secular

The word "secular" is another word that confuses me, a non-native learner. In dictionary, I found these two definitions: (1) Occurring or observed once in an age or century; (2...

Dancing On A Pin?

According to Bartleby's, the expression "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" is a "scornful description of a tedious concern with irrelevant details; an allusion to...

What Is The Female Equivalent Of Fraternal...

What is the female equivalent of fraternal? - A mother has a maternal relationship to a male child. - A father has a paternal relationship to that male child. - A brother has a...

Position Of Adverb

Hi, Can you please tell me guys why: "I won't probably be at work" is wrong while "I probably won't be at work" is ok? Best Regards GF

Special Vs. Especial

Hi, Can special/specially and especial/especially be used interchangeably? If not, what are the differences? Brian

Looking For A Word Beyond Skepticism And...

I need a word to use as an adjective to apply to someone who is not only doubtful or skeptical, but is downright certain of his position. A skeptic, for example, is pretty sure...

How Do You Spell Koombayah?

How do you spell koombayah? Posters should say where they live, and for which area they are asking questions. I was born and then lived in Western Pa. 10 years Indianapolis 7...

Law & Order UK - Harass!

I can understand Bradley Walsh saying, 'haRASS', cos he's a Cockney but I would expect the QC (Queen's Council) with the blond hair and warts to speak the Queen's English and say...

Does A Question Mark Go After A Rhetorical...

Does a question mark properly go after a rhetorical question? For example: - I did all I can; What else can I do. - Who knew that global warming was a farce. I tend NOT to put...

Truman

Hello, Was "Dirty Harry" president's Truman surname since WW II? And what else could you say about this surname? Thanks in advance.

Ranch, Farm And Station

I've long noticed that what is called a "station" in Australia and New Zealand is called a "farm" or "ranch" in the U.S. Questions: 1) is "station" also used in Great Britian?...

Percent Or Per Cent?

Can you help me with that as I am not sure whether there is any difference between the two ways of spelling % - percent or percent? Thanks a lot

Thanks As Singular Or Plural

Hi, what is the correct form: "many thanks go to someone" or "many thanks goes to someone" ? I'm not sure if "thanks" can be considered singular or plural. Regards, Tim

"Little Money" Vs "So Little Money"

Hi ! I would like to know the difference between "little money" and "so little money" in the following sentences. a) I had little money left and could not buy any souvnir for you...

"Yours Truly"

Having written many business letters I know that to convey a somewhat unfriendly tone I should sign "Yours Truly". This would be the ending to a letter about a past due account...
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