Regional variations on "you're welcome"? [more inside]
how can I improve my english speaking to the next level ? [more inside]
GrammarFilter: Is the phrase "I will trade you.." often misused, or is it a perfectly valid usage that drives me crazy? [more inside]
Can I use "Me either" in place of "Me too" in response to this statement..."I can't wait to see you!"? Please explain.
Celebrating a golden wedding anniversary next month - photobook in production - your favourite quotations, poetry and passages (in English, Welsh and French) please! [more inside]
Baby Names for a girl and a boy? I'm pregnant with twins! Yay! Except that after months of fearing for the worst, we're nearing the end of the second trimester and we have no names ready. Help! [more inside]
Can someone give me a primer on translating the British terms for wall / house paint into their American equivalents? [more inside]
Yet Another English Grammar Question: Which is correct? Based on my facial expression right now, you would think I [were/was] excited. The former sounds wrong, but reading about subjunctive moods makes me think it's right. Does it matter whether I intend to imply that I was not in fact excited?
Is English much more difficult than most languages to speak and to write? [more inside]
What are some decent-paying jobs for someone who has B.A. degrees in English and in Psychology, and a lot of unofficial and very specialized technical knowledge but no "official" (i.e. paid) experience with such? [more inside]
Is there a word for a person who has been subpoenaed? If two people are subpoenaed, they are called co-...? They're not co-defendants. Is there an equivalent?
I go to a small Liberal Arts school in Pennsylvania, and part of the graduation requirements involve writing a substantial Senior Composition, basically a baby thesis (Original research requirements, rigorous, etc.) I'm double-majoring in Physics and English, and I'd love to be able to combine both of these subjects into one comprehensive paper, especially because if i can't, I have to write two separate ones. [more inside]
Does "creepy" have specific meaning? [more inside]
Adjective-Filter! What's a good adjective to describe someone who is not wearing a suit coat? [more inside]
Where can I publish some old literary crit essays that are burning a hole in my pocket? [more inside]
GrammarFilter: A friend and I have been discussing this construction: "would have had to go" vs. "would have had to have gone." It seems they are both correct and are almost always interchangeable, so it would seem the former, simpler version is preferable. Thoughts, explanations, examples otherwise? Are they both correct? [more inside]
What are the best online or print resources in English language about lifestyle and individuality of soshoku-danshi (grass-eating/herbivore men)? Not looking for news articles, thanks!
Tell me everything you know about this sentence construction: "Are you finished your lunch?" [more inside]
What does English sound like if you don't speak it? [more inside]
[EnglishFilter]: "Butcher knife" or "Butcher's knife?" [more inside]
Looking for good books/resources about the 17th century Anglo-Dutch maritime wars. For a project I'm doing, I'd like to get more historical detail about what the Dutch call the English Wars and what the English call the Dutch wars. While I am interested in the specific facts, I'm more interested in getting a sense of time and place, both for those who were at sea and for those at home in the two countries. Do you know any fascinating books (non-fiction or historical fiction) that reference these events?
You are a paid writer/screenwriter/columnist/blogger. What can you tell me about how to best break into this profession? [more inside]
Where can I find some movies or tv shows that are spoken in Spanish with English subtitles? [more inside]
Grammarians: Is it OK to take liberties with the word "win" when publicizing a contest or draw? [more inside]
Please hope me with this seemingly-basic English grammar/spelling question! Which is correct: "long-sleeve t-shirt" or "long-sleeved t-shirt"? Is there supposed to be a hyphen between "long" and "sleeve(d)? [more inside]
I am looking for any publicly-available staff-and-dependents records for the British Consulate in Los Angeles, specifically for the period 1965 to 1966. I have some info. [more inside]
Is there a good adverbial form of the word 'smellable'? [more inside]
I'm dealing with English/Chinese bilingual documents in OpenOffice, 100+ page ones, and I need to get all the Chinese characters out and into another document. I'm either looking at 2-3 hours of deleting, cutting, and pasting, or maybe there's a shortcut? [more inside]
硬背. Please translate this into English for me. [more inside]
I am giving a English class to a group of Argentinian 8-12 year olds in a few hours, I'm looking for fun games I can play with them. [more inside]
In need of Finglish (Farsi) translation. Original text inside. [more inside]
I've fallen in love with a certain older British character actor and want to write his biography...where do I begin? [more inside]
"I Haven't Had So Much Fun Since the Pigs Ate My Brother." Aside from this post, what year and where was the first time you heard this phrase? [more inside]
Is it a widespread behavior for multilingual speakers of english to get a more anglicized accent when talking to a native speaker? [more inside]
Help explain why my writing partner constantly uses a word in a way I find weird and incorrect. A question that anyone can answer. [more inside]
So which sentence is proper English grammar: "If you eat like Bob and me, you will be healthy." or "If you eat like Bob and I, you will be healthy."
How to translate the scientific/statistical English words "accuracy" and "precision" into scientific/statistical Russian? [more inside]
"If I say that I love you, and you know it's true" - identify this early 60s English pop song [more inside]
My name is Daniel Plainview. I am driven and goal-oriented, and I endeavor to forge new possibilities in alternative energy.
In There Will Be Blood, Daniel Plainview delivers the line: "I have a competition in me." Could this be described as grammatically correct, strictly speaking? Or is it idiomatic, but not strictly correct? Is Plainview saying, essentially, "I have a [sense of] competition in me," a sentence that, were it to be spelled out as such, would lose its rhetorical punch? Could it be argued as a case of poetic metonymy or something of the kind? [more inside]
language-philes -- Isnt English weird for not having conjugated verbs? Even its closest relatives - german and the romance languages - have conjugated verbs. Please to explain? [more inside]
I'm looking for French-language versions of well-known English-language pop songs. Any genre or era. (Bonus points for French versions of the New Wave songs from my youth...) My wife and I are learning French together, and I think this would be a fun way to add some color to that process.
Help a skinny guy shape up! more after the jump! [more inside]
Help me be a better writer in English (as a second language) [more inside]
In about a month I'm going to be teaching English to a bunch of 4th grade South Korean kids. Awesome. However, I've never taught anything, let alone a language. I'm looking for books, courses, tips, tricks, suggestions and anything else that might give me a little confidence. [more inside]
Calling all editors, proofreaders, and style mavens! I need help with (not) italicizing court cases in a non-legal document. [more inside]
What music would best be played to accompany a Pimm's Cup? [more inside]
I want to ask several questions in a row in a research proposal. What is the grammatically correct way of doing this? [more inside]