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Old 9th February 2008, 14:07   #556
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That should be "My bad", and not "it was my bad".
In complete agreement with what you say, Condor.
There ought to have been quotation marks around 'my bad'.
These new, possibly widely used, phrases are in an evolutionary state presently and I have decided it is best to stay away from them till they are more rigorously 'accepted' into the language.
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Since we can't post queries in the Abbreviations thread, I would like to ask you guys what the full form of ROTFLMAO/ROFLMAO is, which is commonly used while replying to funny posts.
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ROFLMAO - Rolling on floor laughing my *** off

ROTFLMAO - Rolling on the floor laughing my *** off.
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ROFLMAO - Rolling on floor laughing my *** off
ROTFLMAO - Rolling on the floor laughing my *** off.
Sorry, since abbreviations are not really allowed, that would have to read:
Rolling on floor laughing my three asterisks off.
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Rolling on floor laughing my three asterisks off.
Well, I thought normal was two parts with a partition in between but maybe there are exceptions. I think you might know better
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I think you might know better
Perhaps you are looking at the wrong end?
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Here's a hint, which I hope a few people will take!

Don't write, "I'm not sure," when you mean, "I don't know".

Tell it like it is!

I'm not sure how many apalam I'll have with my lunch today --- true. I have an approximate idea.

I'm not sure how the register contents and the stack/heap relationships are changing in my PC's chip as I type this. False. I haven't a _______ clue!

I'm not sure what day my birthday falls on this year. I've no idea. Easy to look up, but I don't know.

Remember: the words are, I don't know!
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Old 10th February 2008, 20:23   #563
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Thad, please clarify which of the following is correct and which the better way of saying it:

Today was a bright and sunny day in Delhi. I don't know that tomorrow will be the same.

Today was a bright and sunny day in Delhi. I'm not sure that tomorrow will be the same.

Today was a bright and sunny day in Delhi. I don't know whether the weather tomorrow will be the same.

Today was a bright and sunny day in Delhi. I'm not sure whether the weather tomorrow will be the same.
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Isnt this the correct form?..

Today was a bright and sunny day in Delhi. I don't know if tomorrow would be the same.
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Isnt this the correct form?..

Today was a bright and sunny day in Delhi. I don't know if tomorrow would be the same.
I think it should be: Today was a bright and sunny day in Delhi. I don't know if tomorrow will be the same.
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Tell it like it is!
Thad, your American roots are showing!..?

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I'm not sure how many apalam I'll have with my lunch today --- true. I have an approximate idea.
Ha ha ! caught you there mighty thad!!! it is appalam, not apalam, ask your better half.

I always have my lunch with as many appalams as i possibly can.

pick that sentence for grammatical errors if you can.
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Ah, yes, but my spelling, even of my own language, is dismal. I thought I should have doubled the 'L', but was too lazy to go and look at the packet.

I'd reconstruct your sentence as, "I always have as many appalams with my lunch as I possibly can". I can't tell you why, which is often the problem with native speakers of a language!
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I think it should be: Today was a bright and sunny day in Delhi. I don't know if tomorrow will be the same.
I'd go for that too, although, in this instance, nobody knows, so the speculation is not very useful.

General point arising from anupmathur's example: whether always has an alternative. Either and Neither have to have mates too.

We will play tomorrow, whether or not it is raining.

Either it will rain tomorrow or it will not

Neither rain nor snow will prevent our game from taking place


Note the either/or neither/nor pairings!

Telling it like it is, I don't have any objection to 'Americanisms' as long as they are not ugly ugly deformations of the ranting ignorant --- you know, like management consultants and marketing people!

Just never ask me to leverage my investment with an upgradation!
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Thad E Ginathom : I can't tell you why, which is often the problem with native speakers of a language!
That's possibly because we often do not speak a language. We Translate into the language from our primary (not necessarily native) language.
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I always have my lunch with as many appalams as I possibly can.

This implies that I enjoy the company of appalams and have lunch with a large number of them being present (to give me company).
I can have lunch with friends, relatives or colleagues, but it would not be correct to say I have lunch with appalams, kulchas or rotis.
The correct way to express this fondness for appalams would be to say it as Thad has suggested.
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