J.R.

United States

"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 Question about "looking out ahead" & "keep eyes ahead"
I don't know where this passage came from. It does read more like a transcript of a narration, rather than an written manual.
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comment Ending sentence with a prepositional word (in / to / about etc.)
Have you done any research on this, before you asked here?
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answered Which sorts of math questions are on-topic?
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comment Can we have questions which ask for proofreading?
@Colleen - RE: Proofreading to me means that you think everything is correct and you'd like someone to verify it... Yes, I agree, but it can also mean two other things: (1) the author is pretty sure it's not correct, but has no clue about where the errors might be, or (2) the author is thinking that it's probably grammatically correct, but could stand some polishing and improvement. I think all three of those situations call for prompt closure of the question, lest we become a free proofreading service.
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comment Can we have questions which ask for proofreading?
This only partly addresses the "why not" of this matter. There's another pragmatic reason, too: as soon as we start allowing proofreading questions, we open the floodgates. Anyone getting ready to submit a résumé, turn in a homework assignment, publish a blog post, write a proposal, or compose a love letter or apology can come by here first, post the text, and make a "simple" request: Can you suggest any improvements? Even though we have plenty of folks here who like to be helpful, I don't think we want ELL to become inundated with free proofreading requests.
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comment A single friendly word for something that is uninteresting and boring?
@Kaj - You can sometimes soften negative words like these with qualifiers. Sure, "That movie was mundane," isn't much different than "That movie was dull," but if you say, "That movie was just a little too mundane for my liking," or, "That was a tad bit pedestrian," it's less likely to sound overly negative. Sometimes the solution isn't one elusive magic word, but the surrounding words that couch your remarks. (I'm guessing that's the reason for the downvote, too – some people get frustrated with requests that demand a single word rather than ask about how to best communicate something.)
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comment A single friendly word for something that is uninteresting and boring?
I thought of pedestrian. Another I thought of (surprisingly, not in your list) is mundane.
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comment A topic up with which I'm fed
@Jay - fed up is a phrasal verb – the way I parse it, I'm not sure that counts as a preposition.
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revised Variations for 'One better than the other'
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comment Variations for 'One better than the other'
If your friend showed you two places in your hometown, than your option A would work fine – and yes, you could add the word "one" at the end: My friend showed me many nice places in his hometown, one better than the other one. Since your friend showed you many places, however, you should say, "My friend showed me many nice places in his hometown, one better than the rest."
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comment Variations for 'One better than the other'
The verb in the sentence is showed.
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revised How do you state two different things that happened in the past
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revised According to games, do you say hacking or cheating?
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revised location of "yet" in sentences
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revised What is the meaning of "issue", "issuance"?
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comment In the natural way of speaking, How to pronounce "next stop"?
The faster one speaks, the more the wordsound scrunchtogether.
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comment What is the meaning of the phrase "Shed some light"?
This is a tricky idiom, to say the least. I'm a little disappointed this was closed.
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comment Range/Variety Of
+1 for the bit about a continuum. A restaurant offering a variety of food is just that. I think range sounds awkward in that context, unless we're talking about, say, a range of spiciness, or a range of prices.
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