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    Perfidy's prefix

    Per-, American Heritage Dictionary and www.etymonline.com give two different explanations for this prefix, destruction and through, respectively. I am having a hard time trying to consolidate. What do you think? Thanks a lot.
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    Nor can I

    Which ones are correct? 1. John can't sing, nor can I. 2. John can't sing, neither can I. 3. John can't sing, and nor can I. 4. John can't sing, and neither can I. 5. John can't sing and nor can I. 6. John can't sing and neither can I. Thanks, and happy new year.
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    except when passing /except passing

    Drivers must keep to the right lane except when passing another car. Drivers must keep to the right lane except passing another car. Is the bottom one incorrect?
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    Idiom: Red, White and Blue

    Is Red, white and blue an idiom? What does it mean in the title of these articles? Red, Black and Blue It's not just immigrants and progressives who are noticing that something is very wrong with the USA PATRIOT ACT. From the New York Times Monday: "A report by internal investigators at...
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    my favorite animal is dogs

    "My favorite animal is dogs." Is this correct? It seems the subject is "my favorite animal," singular, and the verb is "is," also singular, so they match. is "My favorite animal is dog" wrong too? It looks like only the following are correct: 1. My favorite animal is a dog. 2. My...
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    The quick and the dead

    The quick and the dead, cease and desist, pros and cons, last but not least, etc., etc., is there a name for this kind of things?
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    Teach a man to fish

    Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. - Confucius? Ted G. Sheridan? 1. What is the correct quote? 2. The author?
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    A flurry of

    A flurry of activity, speculation, subpoena. Do you use singular or plural nouns? Thanks.
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    require or requiring

    This was in navi tasan's original post; I am bumping it up: you'll find some sentences similar to yours require it. you will find some sentences similar to yours that require it. you will find some sentecnes similar to yours requiring it. Are all of these correct?
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    sentecne structure

    In paper today: More than 2.5 million people from south Florida to Daytona Beach were told to flee their homes, the largest evacuation in state history. How is "the largest .." connected to "More than 2.5 million.. " clause? Thanks.
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    Grammar errors

    Are the following ok?? 1. The Principle diverted our tuition to his personal use - a family pilgramage to Mecca. 2. Owing to the commander's diversion strategy, we averted a total defeat. 3. Beginning in September, the University will revert to the semester academic system. Should University...
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    Grammar errors

    PLease check if these sentences are alright. 1. The Principle diverted out tuition to his personal use - a family pilgramage to Mecca. 2. Owing to the commander's diversion strategy, we averted a total defeat. 3. Beginning in September, the University will revert to the semester academic...
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    don't talk with your mouth full

    what does it mean to say "don't talk with your mouth full?" Thanks. BMO
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    an even dozen

    Is "an even dozen" a dozen?
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    Onomatopoeia expanded

    Dear teachers, Would you please elaborate what "through cultural inference" represents in the following sentence. I got it from the Internet: Onomatopoeia: "Strictly speaking, the formation or use of words which imitate sounds, like whispering, clang, and sizzle, but the term is generally...
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