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Language Questions / Re: when you see them
« Last post by LeesaJohnson on Today at 11:24:25 am »
You can write " There are people you feel sorry for when you see them."
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Café / Re: My favorite flower.
« Last post by t k on Today at 09:12:03 am »
We have four kinds of azaleas.  Here are two more kinds that come later than the first one in the original post.  The second kind in the two photos has all the merits as the first except that it blooms after the leaves.  The last photo shows the garden type.  --- tk





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Language Questions / Re: Article
« Last post by Jenna Burton on Today at 08:22:23 am »
I prefer the first one! (My favourite form of public transport is taxi.)

My name
Jenna Burton
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Language Questions / Re: acronyms and abbreviations
« Last post by Darryl on April 28, 2017, 10:34:46 pm »
Ah! So it's a pauloism! Or maybe at this early stage a protologism.
Anyway, as I said, I think it is an eminently suitable word, and if it fills a gap in our nomenclature, then perhaps it will gain general acceptance. Nothing wrong with a bit of neologism.  :)
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Language Questions / Re: some of those men
« Last post by navi on April 28, 2017, 08:57:26 pm »
Thank you very much, Duncan,

How about:

2) I couldn't tell if certain of those men were deranged or not.

Would that mean 'b'? I think in this case I'd have specific men in mind. I must have made up my mind about the others.

Gratefully,
Navi.
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Language Questions / Re: some of those men
« Last post by admin on April 28, 2017, 09:34:55 am »
Just a
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Language Questions / Re: acronyms and abbreviations
« Last post by paulo on April 28, 2017, 08:36:29 am »
Hi Darryl,

In my previous post, I had mentioned "Short of going down the neologism path"... In the end I just couldn't resist the temptation. It is "etymologically sound" (I'm glad to hear that you agree) but the only possible reference is what I wrote before: You read it here first...

:) This forum should be a good enough reference, wouldn't you agree?...  ;)
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Language Questions / Re: acronyms and abbreviations
« Last post by Darryl on April 27, 2017, 11:04:48 pm »
Interesting word. Seems sensible. Can you give us a reference where the word has been documented? I can find no reference to it in any of the on-line dictionaries.
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Language Questions / Re: acronyms and abbreviations
« Last post by paulo on April 27, 2017, 05:41:12 pm »
You read it here first...  :)

Abbrenyms are terms used in place of longer words or phrases. Abbrenyms include abbreviations (e.g., Univ.), acronyms (e.g., UNESCO), aphereses (e.g., 'cause for because, 'tis for it is), contractions (e.g., Dept) and initialisms (e.g., DNA).
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Language Questions / some of those men
« Last post by navi on April 27, 2017, 10:10:53 am »
1) I couldn't tell if some of those men were deranged or not.


Can't this sentence have two meanings:

a) I couldn't tell if any of those men were deranged or not. Maybe none of them were deranged and maybe some of them were.

b) As far as I could tell, some specific men among those men might have been deranged. I couldn't tell if some specific men among those men were deranged or not.

Gratefully,
Navi.
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