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Offline Neil Obstat

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Re: Spelling Challenge
« Reply #30 on: December 01, 2018, 07:09:36 PM »
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    Factoring in all the robo-calls I receive at home, this distraction causes even more mistakes to go unnoticed.

    I wish there was some way to stop all the robo calls. My own brother-in-law lowered the volume of his phone ringer so that  no one could contact him. Then when we finally were able to contact him, we discovered that he had been given a diagnosis of terminal cancer. It was too late to visit him as there was not enough time to make travel arrangements.
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    Disconnect the phone. Imagine a peaceful household of just 145 years ago. No phone ringing, ever, because: no phone.
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    Or imagine a remote cabin in a peaceful natural environment, without phone lines or Internet.
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    (All the following are the same place: Elidaey, Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland.)
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    Re: Spelling Challenge
    « Reply #31 on: December 01, 2018, 07:43:48 PM »
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  • ANd my home for 14 years 1983 - 1997. NO phone, no mains power, no MSM.  It was wonderful!


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    Re: Spelling Challenge
    « Reply #32 on: December 01, 2018, 08:56:05 PM »
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    ANd my home for 14 years 1983 - 1997. NO phone, no mains power, no MSM.  It was wonderful!
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    You LIVED 14 years on Elidaey?
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    Re: Spelling Challenge
    « Reply #33 on: December 01, 2018, 08:57:47 PM »
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    Therefore, according to your principle, the following are properly rendered with the singular verb, "is":
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    None of the US presidents is women. (in lieu of "None ... are women.")
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    None of Alaska's earthquakes since 1964 is so strong as this one. (in lieu of "None ... are so strong...")
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    None of my socks is lost in the dryer. (in lieu of "None ... are lost...")
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    None of the stars in the sky is brighter than the moon.
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    None of the cans on the shelf is dented.
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    None of these used cars is for sale.
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    None of the police officers is out of uniform, sir.
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    None of the ships at sea is sinking.
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    None of the people using the Internet is sleeping.
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    None of the hairs on your head is gray.
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    None of our Christmas trees is dry.
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    None of these houses is available.
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    None of these sentences is correct.
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    None of these dog's fleas is immune.
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    None of these radio commercials is interesting.
    Thank you for asking, Neil. I bet you timed out on this one!
    According to my principle, when it comes to number, rather than amount, none is never more than one. None is always less than one. Therefore it requires a singular verb.
    The first example should read:
    None of the US presidents is a woman. Not None of the US presidents are women, or is women.
    So, yes they are all properly rendered with the singular verb, "is".

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    Re: Spelling Challenge
    « Reply #34 on: December 01, 2018, 09:13:17 PM »
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  •  Imagine a peaceful household ... No phone ringing, ever, because: no phone.
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    Or imagine a remote cabin in a peaceful natural environment, without phone lines or Internet.

    The above pretty well describes where we lived on the far side of the Walsh River, (with no bridge) in Far North Queensland in dry sclerophyll forest. No power bills because no power. 


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    Re: Spelling Challenge
    « Reply #35 on: December 01, 2018, 09:42:33 PM »
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    Thank you for asking, Neil. I bet you timed out on this one!
    According to my principle, when it comes to number, rather than amount, none is never more than one. None is always less than one. Therefore it requires a singular verb.
    The first example should read:
    None of the US presidents is a woman. Not None of the US presidents are women, or is women.
    So, yes they are all properly rendered with the singular verb, "is".
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    You wrote:
    "None" is an abbreviated form of "not one".
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    Most of the time, "not one" is more than one: 2, 3, 4, ... and so on, are each "not one."
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    Zero is the exception, not the rule.
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    How many passengers are on the ship when the ship is empty?
       None are on the ship? or, None is on the ship?
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    How many of this farmer's tomatoes are rotten each day this time of year?
       None are rotten? or, None is rotten?
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    How many movies are rated G at this cinema?
        None are rated G? or, None is rated G?
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    How many of these are there?
         There are none of these? or, There is none of these?
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    So, then if the list of examples above are all right, including this one:   "None of these sentences is correct"  ...
      (In answer to the question, "How many of these sentences are correct?")
       ... then none of them are correct, because them be incorrect!  ::)
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    PS -- I did not time out on this one!
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    Re: Spelling Challenge
    « Reply #36 on: December 01, 2018, 09:50:13 PM »
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  • The above pretty well describes where we lived on the far side of the Walsh River, (with no bridge) in Far North Queensland in dry sclerophyll forest. No power bills because no power.
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    No bridge?  Good thing it was a DRY sclerophyll forest. 
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    You must have developed a personal relationship with the washboard. 
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    Re: Spelling Challenge
    « Reply #37 on: December 01, 2018, 10:06:48 PM »
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    Thank you for asking, Neil. I bet you timed out on this one!
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    I came so-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o close!  Barely added a particular Return before running out of time.
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    Re: Spelling Challenge
    « Reply #38 on: December 01, 2018, 10:48:03 PM »
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    No bridge?  Good thing it was a DRY sclerophyll forest.
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    You must have developed a personal relationship with the washboard.
    Ah! But the river was wet, in spite of the the climate being dry. What is the significance of the washboard?

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    Re: Spelling Challenge
    « Reply #39 on: December 01, 2018, 10:58:28 PM »
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    You wrote:
    "None" is an abbreviated form of "not one".
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    Most of the time, "not one" is more than one: 2, 3, 4, ... and so on, are each "not one."
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    Zero is the exception, not the rule.
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    But in your list of examples every "none" means zero, and not 2, 3, 4, and so on.

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    Re: Spelling Challenge
    « Reply #40 on: December 02, 2018, 12:58:49 AM »
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  • The above pretty well describes where we lived on the far side of the Walsh River, (with no bridge) in Far North Queensland in dry sclerophyll forest. No power bills because no power.
    Oh, I would move there in a heart beat.
    Trouble is, I am too old to move to Australia or NZ.
    Lord have mercy.


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    Re: Spelling Challenge
    « Reply #41 on: December 12, 2018, 02:56:07 AM »
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    God created men and women to compliment each other.


    God means for men and women to complement each other. That's God's plan. Man and woman complete each other.
    Think E is for complete.

    God wants that our compliments are sincere and proper.

    Think: "you have beautiful eyes ('I's)."
    "But your eyes are more beautiful."

    There! Now you are complimenting each other.

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    Re: Spelling Challenge
    « Reply #42 on: December 14, 2018, 08:24:29 PM »
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    ... without doubt to many men would be wrongly convicted.

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    without doubt too many men would be wrongly convicted.

    • To, too, two - If you run two miles to get home you will be too tired to cook the dinner?
      What's the difference between these homophones?
       
      • To can be a preposition before a noun --- I am flying to Rome. 
      • or as an infinitive before a verb. --- It is important to do your best
      • too is a synonym for also --- Are you going too?
      • indicates excess before an adverb or an adjective. --- He walks too slowly. He is too fat.
      • two to spell out the numeral 2. This is the least confusing! --- I have two hands and two feet.

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    Re: Spelling Challenge
    « Reply #43 on: December 15, 2018, 11:59:36 AM »
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  • Quote from: Neil Obstat on December 01, 2018, 05:09:36 PM
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    Imagine a peaceful household ... No phone ringing, ever, because: no phone.
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    Or imagine a remote cabin in a peaceful natural environment, without phone lines or Internet.
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    Quote from: Nadir on December 01, 2018, 07:13:17 PM
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    The above pretty well describes where we lived on the far side of the Walsh River, (with no bridge) in Far North Queensland in dry sclerophyll forest. No power bills because no power. 
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    No bridge?  Good thing it was a DRY sclerophyll forest.
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    You must have developed a personal relationship with the washboard.
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    Ah! But the river was wet, in spite of the the climate being dry. What is the significance of the washboard?
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    You said you had no power, (therefore no power bills) -- that implies no electrical appliances, since it was referring to no phone lines or Internet.
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    If you had a generator or solar power and an electric washing machine, you could easily have had Internet via satellite ISP, too.
         Then you could have Amazon, e-mail, pizza delivery by drone, even Blue Apron for dinner, and a blender for smoothies!
         So much for rustic cabin life.
         Using Skype, you could then have a virtual telephone as well, without hard line hookups.
         But you said "without phone lines or Internet" describes where you lived in North Queensland.
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    Re: Spelling Challenge
    « Reply #44 on: December 15, 2018, 12:10:44 PM »
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    • To, too, two - If you run two miles to get home you will be too tired to cook the dinner?
      What's the difference between these homophones?
       
      • To can be a preposition before a noun --- I am flying to Rome.
      • or as an infinitive before a verb. --- It is important to do your best
      • too is a synonym for also --- Are you going too?
      • indicates excess before an adverb or an adjective. --- He walks too slowly. He is too fat.
      • two to spell out the numeral 2. This is the least confusing! --- I have two hands and two feet.
    Thank you, Nadir!

     

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