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Old 08-10-2010, 08:07 PM   #181
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Yes, something like that. /me looks around shiftily.
 
Old 08-10-2010, 10:06 PM   #182
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Although hereby, whomsoever and so on are correct, they are deemed to be outdated in anything apart form official documents (such as contracts) and rarely get used.
Actually, I don't think those words are considered "outdated", they're just "formal". Examples of "outdated" English words would be things like "thee" "thou" "wouldst", "forsooth", etc.
 
Old 08-10-2010, 10:08 PM   #183
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brainL has escaped! The police think he might be on his way to India. Don't panic, Anisha!!!
Is brainL still single ? Tell him I don't mind the age gap
 
Old 08-11-2010, 02:50 AM   #184
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Yes, brainL is single at the moment. He ate his last wife a couple of weeks ago.
 
Old 08-11-2010, 03:30 AM   #185
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Actually, I don't think those words are considered "outdated", they're just "formal". Examples of "outdated" English words would be things like "thee" "thou" "wouldst", "forsooth", etc.
They are outdated, because I say so!! "thee", at least, is still in use in some dialects, though the rest are indeed old. Anyone who is not a lawyer and uses "hereby" in normal speech will likely be invited to step outside to discuss the matter further with a representative of the shaven headed classes. At least they will at my local!
 
Old 08-11-2010, 10:43 AM   #186
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He ate his last wife a couple of weeks ago.
Wow, till now I thought I was the only cannibal in this forum !!
 
Old 08-11-2010, 10:56 AM   #187
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The police caught brainL at the airport before he could board the 'plane to India, so you're out of luck. He should be released in about 40 years time, if he behaves. If you can wait that long?
 
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Now that is a disappointing news ! and I was expecting brainL to be a cuddly and huggable cannibal.

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Old 08-11-2010, 01:05 PM   #189
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What's nice, looking to the future, is that BrainL likes kids. He couldn't eat a whole one....
 
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...with fava beans and a nice chianti...did I ever mention that Thomas Harris based Hannibal Lecter on brainL?
 
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Did you know that "Hannibal Lecter" is an anagram of "BrainL Chat n Eel"? Makes you think.
 
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we say :
"this is an useful ... "
or
"this is a useful"
?
The second one is correct.
But AFAIR we have been taught that an is to be used before every vowel. u is a vowel here, so why do you say second one is correct ?
 
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But AFAIR we have been taught that an is to be used before every vowel. u is a vowel here, so why do you say second one is correct ?
Like you, I am not native english speaker. But I would guess that "a" or "an" will depend on which noun it is supporting. Hence "a useful thing". Here "a" is not used for "useful" but "thing". This is my assumption.
 
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With the a/an thing, I've always gone by the pronunciation of the word, rather than its spelling. For example, "useful" might start with a vowel, but it isn't pronounced "oosful", it's "yoosful", and since the pronunciation is unusual (long "yoo" as opposed to short "oo" or "uh"), you would use "a" instead of "an".

Just IMO.
 
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Is there some guide which can be followed to determine when to use/avoid "an" w.r.t a word starting with a vowel ?

and now I can't even call brainL for help since his evil brother has put him behind the bars

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