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Old 24th January 2008, 11:32   #406
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I have a question. We all know that "more better" and "more worse" are incorrect, although their use is spreading like wildfire. But what about "much better" and "much worse" ? Are these correct? If yes, then why "much" is right and "more" wrong?
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The words more or less are relative terms, where as much or lot are standalone. Hope that makes sense, I can't explain grammatically.
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The words more or less are relative terms, where as much or lot are standalone. Hope that makes sense, I can't explain grammatically.
Yup you're right. "More Better" is a redundancy. The word "better" itself means "more good". similarly "worse" = "more bad". So prefixing another "more" doesnt really make a lot of sense. On the other hand, "Much better" is like saying "Much more good".
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Have been recieving invites from a long time now, so just wanted to ask a question about the invites!! At the end of all the Invites,is written R.S.V.P, then a name and the number , i know that is written if incase one doest turn up for that particular Event or function.

I want to know!!

What is the FUll Form of R.S.V.P, is it an english word? Is there anything else that one could write apart from R.S.V.P?
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R. S. V. P. is a French abbreviation.
It stands for Répondez s'il vous plaît, meaning Respond please!
Usually used on invitations.
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Old 25th January 2008, 11:29   #411
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Howstuffworks "What does R.S.V.P. mean?"

It could be counter-productive in certain cultures. For example, around my place thousands of wedding invitations are given out. Last year I was at a wedding attended by 6000 people. Imagine if they all called up before showing up.

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Desi meaning of R.S.V.P. is "Reply Soon Varna Pahuncho".
translated as "reply soon or else get there".
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R. S. V. P. is a French abbreviation.
It stands for Répondez s'il vous plaît, meaning Respond please!
Usually used on invitations.
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Ram , Samurai, and amitoj thank you very much guys... now... how does one pronounce it??
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Just R S V P. It is never expanded, nobody wants to deal with French pronunciation.
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I thought R.S.V.P translated to 'Respond if you please'. This is an age-old acronym.
Nowadays, with so many Yankee acronyms invading English language, I guess there is no harm in saying 'R.S.V.P. A.S.A.P.'
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I thought R.S.V.P translated to 'Respond if you please'. This is an age-old acronym.
Nowadays, with so many Yankee acronyms invading English language, I guess there is no harm in saying 'R.S.V.P. A.S.A.P.'

God vnabhi that was Funny R.S.V.P A.S.A.P
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R. S. V. P. is a French abbreviation.
It stands for Répondez s'il vous plaît, meaning Respond please!
Usually used on invitations.
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I though it was

Roti shoti vaste padharo.


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Old 25th January 2008, 12:08   #418
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If you notice the administrative English in government letters, it is simply torture. They have the most screwed up English there.
I fully agree with you. Most of the English used by Government officials today originated from clerks of the East India Company, who have royally screwed up the language.
There is a book by a guy named Sanyal named 'Hinglish'---I don't remember the full title, but it gives lots of examples. I throroughly enjoyed that book.
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I thought R.S.V.P translated to 'Respond if you please'. This is an age-old acronym.
Nowadays, with so many Yankee acronyms invading English language, I guess there is no harm in saying 'R.S.V.P. A.S.A.P.'

a good one vnabhi! this should be the acronym of the year!
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Hey guys, you can refresh your spelling lessons with this menu card posted by 9TMax in his travelogue.

http://img175.imageshack.us/img175/2...englishtu7.jpg
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