J.A.Wines

    bagul bazarovahas quotedlast month
    Every name is called a NOUN,
    As field and fountain, street and town;
    In place of noun the PRONOUN stands
    As he and she can clap their hands;
    The ADJECTIVE describes a thing,
    As magic wand and bridal ring;
    The VERB means action, something done -
    To read, to write, to jump, to run;
    How things are done, the ADVERBS tell,
    As quickly, slowly, badly, well;
    The PREPOSITION shows relation,
    As in the street, or at the station;
    CONJUNCTIONS join, in many ways,
    Sentences, words, or phrase and phrase;
    The INTERJECTION cries out, ‘Hark!
    I need an exclamation mark!’
    Through poetry, we learn how each
    of these make up THE PARTS OF SPEECH.
    bagul bazarovahas quoted21 days ago
    ‘80 per cent of married men cheat in America…’
    The rest cheat in Europe.
    MarinaChehas quotedlast year
    e very much in the minds of the sticklers of the eighteenth century, who, fea
    Kokotkamatehas quoted6 months ago
    she had a propensity for naming
    Kokotkamatehas quoted6 months ago
    We cannot stop English changing – and only the most ardent, dyed-in-the-wool pedants
    Kokotkamatehas quoted6 months ago
    Ah, the scourge of supermarket sign-writers
    Kokotkamatehas quoted6 months ago
    lay/lie/laid
    You lie in bed but lay the table, or lay the book on the table or (if you are a hen) lay an egg.
    In the past tense, you lay in bed all day yesterday, but you laid the table or the book or the egg.
    So lie is the present tense of an intransitive verb*11 that means ‘to put oneself or to remain in a more or less horizontal position’. The present participle is lying, the past tense is lay and past participle lain.
    Lay is the present tense of a transitive verb whose basic meaning is ‘to place something in a more or less horizontal position’, the present participle is laying, the past tense and past participle laid.
    In the sense of telling an untruth, the forms are lie, lying and lied.
    And the concept of an easy lay has nothing to do with hens
    Kokotkamatehas quoted6 months ago
    Some of them are genuinely useful (a flock of sheep and a herd of elephants, for example, if sheep and elephants crop up in your conversation to any great extent)
    Kokotkamatehas quoted6 months ago
    All self-respecting pedants
    Irina Krushinskayahas quoted2 years ago
    It’s countable if you can ask how many are there?
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