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October 26th, 2008 marked our official first snow of the season.  This signaled that winter is here to stay.  My son has a love-and-hate relationship with snow.  He likes snowing for the thrill from sledding, skating and snow-fight.  He also likes to taste snow.  However, with snow, he will not be able to ride his bike anymore, which is his favorite past-time.  He will not be able to stay outside as long as he wants, not to mention to wear his favorite shorts and short-sleeves.  He hates bundling up.  He also hates that cold may trigger his asthma.

 

As I woke up the next day, the temperature was around 24 degrees Fahrenheit, which was 4 degrees Celsius below zero.  That is not the coldest of the season.  Can you imagine living in winter for almost half of the year, with subzero degree most of the time from November to February?  The coldest month is January.  If you factor into wind chill effect, we are talking about a 40 or 50-degree below zero temperature in Fahrenheit.  Isn’t that amazing!

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I came across an interesting topic about the English translation of 酒後亂性

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Adjective Clauses - Restricted vs. Unrestricted

 

An adjective clause is used to modify nouns.  The pronouns that begin adjective clauses are relative pronouns such as that, which, who, whom, whose and where. 

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When can we omit “that”?

 

(1) “That” used as a relative pronoun.

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A common grammar error taught in Taiwan – The Other vs. Another

  

There are _____ five students waiting in front of the theater.

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單一詞在句首用逗點隔開的用法。

 

 1.  Use commas set off introductory elements of the sentence.  Sometimes, at the beginning of a sentence, the conjunctive adverbs (or adverbial conjunction) will act as a kind of summing up device or transition, and when it does, it is often set off from the rest of the sentence with a comma:

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I came across this usage of "wicked" vs. "wickedly" when providing input to one of my knowledge group members.  I had initially thought that for the following sentence, you need to use wickedly instead of wicked.  Since sick is an adjective, we should use an adverb to modify an adjective.  I was right about that grammar rule but wrong about the word “wicked”.    

 

Wicked is normally used as an adjective; however, it can also be used as an adverb as a slang, meaning “extremely”, “really” or “totally”.

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Caution – word usage and grammar accuracy online

 

I have seen people relying too much on the information obtained from the internet.  We all know that not all information gathered from internet is accurate.  There are all kinds of people providing all sorts of information online and they could have easily made a mistake or a typo. 很多人在用不代表一定對. Unless the information you obtained comes from a reputable site, you should be very precautious on the information you obtained.

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I cannot help but write this article.  I thought that the implication of this idiom is pretty interesting.

 

To swing for the fences  means:

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I came across this question at Yahoo Knowledge.  The asker is asking whether we should use “as” or “that” to fill in the blank of the sentence below.

 

It is such a golden opportunity __  you should not miss.

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I have found that I have another 8 answers removed today by Yahoo Knowledge, so this adds to a total of 127 answers being removed.  Rather than dismissing it, I decided to take actions and appealed to Yahoo Knowledge, as I see that the questions that I answered do not warrant being removed.

  

Please see below for the response from Yahoo Knowledge to appeals.  It is sad that Yahoo did not even investigate whether the abuse reported was accurate before they took the action to remove the questions.  Even though they have acknowledged that they made a mistake after my appeal, the questions being removed cannot be recovered. 

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Since we are onto the subject of religions, I would like to entertain you with a scene that occurs in our house every once in a while. 

 

If you come to our house for dinner, you will see my daughter crossing her fingers saying “amen”.  By the way, she is only 2 ½ years old.  You will see my son, almost 6 years old, asking me to sing with him the praying songx learned from the Lutheran church run childcare center.  You will see my mother-in-law saying “阿彌陀佛”.  It is pretty interesting; by the way, my husband and I are atheists. 

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I got a note from a friend of mine regarding this and I thought that it would be interesting to share my response to him with you all.

 

(1) The usage of "found" vs. "established" around religion

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