J.R.

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"My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplaces of existence. These little problems help me to do so." (Sherlock Holmes)

I sometimes enjoy embedding puns and subtle self-references into many of my answers and comments.

Remember, context is everything.


Never make the mistake of thinking that a tiny preposition has only one meaning.

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comment how can a gaze "whisper"
I won't argue with you there. That's two good points now between us. :^)
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comment Replacing the "Off-topic because this question needs more details" close reason
@Colleen - That's a good suggestion. I'll look at that with the mod team.
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asked Length, depth, and content of a teaching statement
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comment Paraphrase "Her cooking is not so good."
Of all the options you offer here, the one I prefer most is "...wasn't all that hot," because it forms such a nice culinary pun. As for her hot air baloon piloting skills, well, those were a bit of a letdown. :^)
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comment Paraphrase "Her cooking is not so good."
Please explain why you think your initial statement isn't worded well.
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comment Paraphrase "Her cooking is not so good."
I have no problems with "her cooking didn't live up to my expectations," although it does sound a little formal, and I don't think it's an improvement over "her cooking is not so good." It would be a big improvement in, say, a written restaurant review, but the original is fine for everyday conversation.
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answered English Reasoning Questions
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revised Formal = totaliterian? - Test 4, Q33, by Mark Shepherd
lots of formatting corrections: no spaces after dash, rejoined "defin ed", two spaces to make a line return, (e) not (E).
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comment "Anyone has" vs "Anyone have"
@snailboat - You can expound on that in an answer if you'd like.
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revised "Anyone has" vs "Anyone have"
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comment how can a gaze "whisper"
I'm not sure if the sound of a whisper needs to be involved with a "literal" use of the word "whisper". It's a judgment call, I suppose. Phrases like whisper of smoke or whisper of color aren't alluding to a soft sound. The word "whisper" can also be used to mean a hint or trace of something.
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revised how can a gaze "whisper"
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comment how can a gaze "whisper"
Where did this sentence come from? That's often helpful information, and worth including, even if you think your question can be answered without it.
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comment My Personal Opinion
You can have your opinion, and I can have my opinion – but that's just my personal opinion. (Words that are used for emphasis can often be deleted without "doing" anything to the sentence.)
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comment Formal = totaliterian? - Test 4, Q33, by Mark Shepherd
@LeP - It's not just a matter of rephrasing, it's also a matter of pace. Your first question from this book was a little interesting; the next, maybe a little bit, too. After a while, though, any time I saw Mark Shepherd's name on the question list, I simply rolled my eyes and sighed. If we got one or two of these a week they might garner more interest than if we saw one or two a day. We're up to 29 questions in the past 10 days; the reaction seems to be lukewarm at best – I see very few upvotes in those 29 questions.
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comment using "deposit money" in a sentence
One additional case, to be used if the transaction has not been performed yet: In that case, one could say, I will deposit 100rs. into your account, or, I will be depositing 100rs. into your account. (Also worth noting, I think: either in or into could be used as a preposition in these sentences.)
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on using "deposit money" in a sentence
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comment Is it okay for users to delete questions and re-ask them verbatim?
@Esoteric - This particular user in a known SE troll who has played the same game for years, under different monikers and sock puppets. I was trying to dance around that backstory while informing the community about who they are "helping" with their time and efforts. I don't so much mind the questions – some of them are a bit clever and may be helpful for the learner – but I'm not quite so fond of the ensuing discussions.
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