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Old 13th August 2008, 15:05   #766
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If the meeting is on Tuesday and I advanced it by a day, did I reschedule the meeting on Monday or on Wednesday?
You rescheduled it TO Monday. Wednesday would be a "postponement".
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But it IS correct English. Even from the old fashioned point of view.

And there is 'redundancy' in that sentence. Should read, " I'd rather that they would divide the cake....".
Damn. I forget to take the wish out.

I first started to say I wish they would divide...

Then decided that I'd rather they divided...

Then edited that and missed out the wish...



I wish I didn't edit my sentences after I've written them.

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If the meeting is on Tuesday and I advanced it by a day, did I reschedule the meeting on Monday or on Wednesday?
Advanced means preponed. Nobody in the western world uses 'preponed'.We do only in South Asian countries.

Sam- even I was about to type 'amongst' instead of 'among', but refrained because it is considered old-fashioned.

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Advanced means preponed. Nobody in the western world uses 'preponed'.We do only in South Asian countries.
I don't think preponed is an English word.
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Old 13th August 2008, 16:21   #770
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I don't think preponed is an English word.
It is a recent addition to the English language. Just like "chuddies".
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It is a recent addition to the English language. Just like "chuddies".
Say, "Allah ki kasam"!
Which also is a recently inducted phrase, perhaps?
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Hah! I have always been confused by brought forward and put back.

India has the sensible answer: prepone!
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That only is why we are saying our goodselfs are like that only.
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It is heartening to read such involved discussion on proper English usage in these days of sms lingo.
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AMONG is used when the parameters are undefined. As the dictionary puts it "Collective and undefined relations of usually three or more"
Thanks Sam for the fresh insight.

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Also, from Guite's post, shouldn't it be "nitpicky" instead of "nit picky"?
At first I had typed "nitpicky" but it was flagged as spelling mistake by Firefox, so it became "nit picky".
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It is heartening to read such involved discussion on proper English usage in these days of sms lingo.
SMS lingo comes much later. First let us address our 'Hinglish', where the NCERT English Reader proclaims on the back cover that it contains a pronounciation guide!!
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SMS lingo comes much later. First let us address our 'Hinglish', where the NCERT English Reader proclaims on the back cover that it contains a pronounciation guide!!
Perhaps it is a guide to pronouncing pronouns only!
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A favourite spelling mistake among(st) English speakers. I had to look hard at the post before I realised!
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Perhaps it is a guide to pronouncing pronouns only!
hehe. Or, maybe its a guide to giving pro status to amateur nouns.
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Is 'what fun !' statement used by The Yeti in some other post of his, a proper use of english ?
IMHO, what fun ! = maja ayega !
Correct me if I'm wrong.
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Is 'what fun !' statement used by The Yeti in some other post of his, a proper use of english ?
IMHO, what fun ! = maja ayega !
Correct me if I'm wrong.
Heh heh.

What fun! is more like mazaa aa raha hai or mazaa aane wala hai. But it can also be past tense, depending on the context.

He stood there grinning like a monkey on heat while her grandma flung her panties at him. What fun!
In this case, mazaa aaya.

It may not be orthodox but it is not incorrect and quite acceptable. Not the grandma's misplaced affection, but the words "what fun!"
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