Yes or No: Do you remember learning that "A lot" is two words rather than one word?

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Re: Do you remember learning that "A lot" is two words rather than one word?

Post by martinardo » Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:57 pm

Leaking badly, the sailors abandoned the ship.
Correctly written: The sailors abandoned the badly leaking ship.
Perhaps they abandoned ship because they were looking for a continent . . .

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Re: Do you remember learning that "A lot" is two words rather than one word?

Post by musicbyandy » Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:40 pm

Mollbarre wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:54 pm
I like grammar. Yet I make many mistakes too. For the life of me I can't remember what a dangling participle is. :mrgreen:

...but, my youngest son has a slight learning disability. It hasn't held him back, however his grammar/spelling/writing isn't pretty.

So? Do we pick on him? What about ESL folk?

Just sayin'!
I'm not sure I understand the nature of your questions. Are you asking if people mock your youngest son and ESL people? If so, my guess is in the affirmative.

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Re: Do you remember learning that "A lot" is two words rather than one word?

Post by musicbyandy » Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:44 pm

Mark Clifton-Gaultier wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:12 pm
What is the significance of G7 as a name?
I think G7 signifies the dominant chord in the key of C.

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Re: Do you remember learning that "A lot" is two words rather than one word?

Post by musicbyandy » Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:44 pm

Mark Clifton-Gaultier wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:12 pm
What is the significance of G7 as a name?
I think G7 signifies the dominant chord in the key of C.

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Re: Do you remember learning that "A lot" is two words rather than one word?

Post by John Oster » Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:45 pm

RJVB wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:55 pm
What would `investigating` be an adjective to here? I read that fragment as a kind of shorthand for "The FBI is investigating [...]".
Nothing, and that's the problem! With is, it becomes a verb complement.
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Re: Do you remember learning that "A lot" is two words rather than one word?

Post by musicbyandy » Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:46 pm

John Oster wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:39 pm
While I'm on the subject, it drives me crazy to hear newscasters use participles instead of real verbs: "The FBI investigating the cause of the explosion." Do they not realize that is a fragment? Even Lester Holt is guilty! Maybe they think it sounds more active or immediate, but it's just plain wrong.
Could you rewrite this sentence: "The FBI investigating the cause of the explosion." without using a participle instead of a real verb?

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Re: Do you remember learning that "A lot" is two words rather than one word?

Post by John Oster » Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:57 pm

musicbyandy wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:46 pm
John Oster wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:39 pm
While I'm on the subject, it drives me crazy to hear newscasters use participles instead of real verbs: "The FBI investigating the cause of the explosion." Do they not realize that is a fragment? Even Lester Holt is guilty! Maybe they think it sounds more active or immediate, but it's just plain wrong.
Could you rewrite this sentence: "The FBI investigating the cause of the explosion." without using a participle instead of a real verb?
"The FBI's investigation of the explosion continues as new information surfaces."

Grammar cop is off duty now. :D
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Re: Do you remember learning that "A lot" is two words rather than one word?

Post by musicbyandy » Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:54 pm

John Oster wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:57 pm
musicbyandy wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:46 pm
John Oster wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:39 pm
While I'm on the subject, it drives me crazy to hear newscasters use participles instead of real verbs: "The FBI investigating the cause of the explosion." Do they not realize that is a fragment? Even Lester Holt is guilty! Maybe they think it sounds more active or immediate, but it's just plain wrong.
Could you rewrite this sentence: "The FBI investigating the cause of the explosion." without using a participle instead of a real verb?
"The FBI's investigation of the explosion continues as new information surfaces."

Grammar cop is off duty now. :D
I did not predict that you would change investigating to investigation or add an idea like continues. I’ll try a new approach to understand what you mean by using a particle instead of a real verb.

Is “The FBI investigating the cause of the explosion." an example of using a particle instead of a real verb? If yes,
what is the participle and what is an example of a real verb not being used?

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Re: Do you remember learning that "A lot" is two words rather than one word?

Post by Mollbarre » Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:02 am

musicbyandy wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:40 pm
Mollbarre wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:54 pm
I like grammar. Yet I make many mistakes too. For the life of me I can't remember what a dangling participle is. :mrgreen:

...but, my youngest son has a slight learning disability. It hasn't held him back, however his grammar/spelling/writing isn't pretty.

So? Do we pick on him? What about ESL folk?

Just sayin'!
I'm not sure I understand the nature of your questions. Are you asking if people mock your youngest son and ESL people? If so, my guess is in the affirmative.
It was a rhetorical question.

We don't know why people can't spell. No one should be mocked.

Also, a discussion forum is informal by nature, since it's chit-chat. Typos, etc, should be forgive.

Unless it's a grammar forum, lol.
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Re: Do you remember learning that "A lot" is two words rather than one word?

Post by RJVB » Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:58 am

musicbyandy wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:54 pm
Is “The FBI investigating the cause of the explosion." an example of using a particle instead of a real verb? If yes,
what is the participle and what is an example of a real verb not being used?
IMHO it's not, because as confirmed above, `investigating` is not an adjective to anything here. I don't think it would be even in an awful construct as "The FBI investigating [...], the search for victims continues". I think this is just some kind of contraction out of habit and desire to impart as much information as possible in with as little words as possible. That seems to happen a lot in American English.
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Re: Do you remember learning that "A lot" is two words rather than one word?

Post by MichaelT » Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:32 pm

"Setup" is different than "set up."

"Login" is different than "log in."

Punctuation saves lives: "Let's eat, Grandma!" is different than "Let's eat Grandma!"

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Re: Do you remember learning that "A lot" is two words rather than one word?

Post by soltirefa » Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:35 pm

"Let's eat Grandma!"
One cannibal turned to the other and said, "I can't stand my mother-in-law."

The other replied, "That's okay, just eat the potatoes."

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Re: Do you remember learning that "A lot" is two words rather than one word?

Post by rogarc » Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:00 pm

http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2 ... g.html?m=1

This is what I think of from this thread.

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Re: Do you remember learning that "A lot" is two words rather than one word?

Post by riffmeister » Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:07 pm

soltirefa wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:35 pm
"Let's eat Grandma!"
One cannibal turned to the other and said, "I can't stand my mother-in-law."

The other replied, "That's okay, just eat the potatoes."
In a roundabout way, that reminds me of this:

"I had a great time at this topless joint last night......until it rained and my French fries got soggy."

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Re: Do you remember learning that "A lot" is two words rather than one word?

Post by soltirefa » Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:13 pm

"I had a great time at this topless joint last night......until it rained and my French fries got soggy."
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