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Can "nor" follow a positive phrase?

A Guardian article, entitled "What are the Conservatives conserving?", includes the following sentence: Alas, we have seen nor heard nothing for a month from test-and-trace mastermind Dido ...

british-english multiple-negation neither-nor  
asked by urnonav 10 votes
answered by Zanna 10 votes

How can a “stocking suspender” sharpen a razor?

In Mark Twain's short story "About Barbers" it says He finished lathering, and then began to rub in the suds with his hand. He now began to sharpen his razor on an old suspender, and was ...

meaning-in-context word-meaning american-english  
asked by Huseyin Kilic 10 votes
answered by James K 25 votes

Grammar sentence structure and "opposite ... next"

Consider: The bank is opposite the supermarket next to the bar. What is next to the bar, the bank or the supermarket?

grammar ielts  
asked by Tom messi 7 votes
answered by FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica 10 votes

Sentence started with Verb+ing, but it's a really different structure

In the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, I came across this confusing sentence: Facing the square is the Palazzo Marchesale, the palace of the Saggese family, once the great landowner of those parts....

grammar grammaticality-in-context clauses reduced-relative-clauses grammar-myths  
asked by grammerian 6 votes
answered by StephenS 17 votes

"the more" without the second comparative

Quotation from the press: Dr Christopher Hand, a lecturer in cyberpsychology, says the more details people disclose, the less sympathy we express when things go wrong. This could be due to a belief ...

grammar meaning meaning-in-context phrase-meaning  
asked by Jacques Prévert 3 votes
answered by FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica 1 vote

Blue-white or white and blue?

What is the most natural way to describe the color of an object as a combination of blue and white? For example we prefer "black and white" to "white and black". Does it matter ...

idiomatic-language  
asked by Ra. 3 votes

Does stickler have a negative connotation?

Does "stickler" in the following sentence have a negative connotation? My wife is stickler for detail. If it is negative could you please give me an alternative which has a positive ...

meaning connotations  
asked by a.toraby 2 votes

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What is the difference among "Sign up", "Sign in" and "Log in"?

As I said in the title, I am wondering what is the meaning of the following expressions, and what are the differences between them ? "Sign up" "Sign in" "Log in"

meaning difference  
asked by Trevör 35 votes
answered by Maulik V 24 votes

What does "viewer discretion is advised" mean?

Viewer discretion is advised. I've stumbled upon this phrase a few times (mainly at the beginning of video clips or movie trailers), but I'm still not quite sure what it really expresses. What is ...

meaning meaning-in-context  
asked by falconepl 46 votes

Will you find someone saying "at your convenience" annoying and impolite?

I was writing an invitation email to a female principal who has a higher social status. She is a busy woman, so I would like to ask her to arrange a time and place for a meeting instead. Given that ...

politeness  
asked by kitty 9 votes
answered by Jay 15 votes

Let me know when you are free to discuss VS Let me know your convenient time to discuss which is right and polite

When writing an email to a person to get a time to discuss some thing, what would the correct and polite way of writing among the below two. If both are wrong then what would be the right thing to say....

grammaticality grammaticality-in-context politeness  
asked by Vinay 2 votes
answered by urnonav 3 votes

"There is a lot " vs. "There are lot"

There is a lot of animals. There are lot of animals. Which one between the above sentences is correct? Or can both be used?

singular-vs-plural quantifiers existentials  
asked by din 22 votes
answered by mike 34 votes

What is the difference between S' and 'S?

What is the difference between S' and 'S? When can we use S' and when can we use 'S??

meaning difference possessives apostrophe  
asked by Ice Girl 9 votes
answered by fluffy 20 votes

Difference between "much, many, a lot of and lots of"

Difference between "much, many, a lot of and lots of" What is the difference between them? Are they synonyms or not?

meaning difference usage synonyms quantifiers  
asked by Ice Girl 11 votes
answered by mc01 10 votes

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Comma usage with Provided or Provided that

So I was checking the general usage of commas with conjunctions, and saw the inconsistent case of "provided" or "provided that". Example: You can drive a car provided that you ...

punctuation commas  
asked by Kamran 1 vote
answered by StephenS 0 votes

Using "have" as a causative verb: have someone fooled

I know that in the following sentences, the actions are most likely not done by the subjects but by someone else: I had my hair cut last week. Paul had his car fixed yesterday. But I'm not sure ...

verbs  
asked by Kevin 1 vote

What is the difference between "in a bit, shortly, soon" vs "later"?

When texting via Instant Messaging apps, what would be appropriate to say when we do not intend to respond to the other person? "in a bit, shortly, soon" vs "later" - The first ...

word-usage word-choice phrase-meaning phrase-usage phrase-choice  
asked by Vlad 1 vote
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