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Old 04-06-2011, 09:08 AM   #691
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New thing:

Q: The RED coloured means that it is equally bad as?
It means that it isn't that bad, but still bad. The one who wrote it probably didn't really know the meaning of that phrase, unless he really thought that making threads isn't a good thing.
 
Old 04-06-2011, 09:11 AM   #692
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The one who wrote it probably didn't really know the meaning of that phrase, unless he really thought that making threads isn't a good thing.
That newly turned mod is a native English speaker
 
Old 04-18-2011, 11:19 AM   #693
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Did you had a look or Did you have a look ? What's better?
 
Old 04-18-2011, 11:24 AM   #694
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Afaik "Did you had a look" is gramatically incorrect... both verbs are in the perfect past, ( Did, Had )... while "Did you have a look ?" is gramatically correct... because it is a past tense construct...

Not a native speaker though... so I maybe wrong... plz correct me if i am...
 
Old 04-18-2011, 11:25 AM   #695
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I guessed that too, two past tenses don't go together.
 
Old 04-18-2011, 11:25 AM   #696
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(The grammar help thread, it liiiives! :D)

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Did you had a look or Did you have a look ? What's better?
The latter is more correct, as the first one contains a redundancy (or something ). Typically, when you're querying about past/future (e.g. "did you <x>", "will you <x>"), you typically want to have the second verb in the infinitive, rather than changing it to imply past or future, since you've already done that wth your query.

I hope I'm making some kind of sense here; I didn't get any sleep last night, so I might be fuzzy.

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Old 04-18-2011, 11:31 AM   #697
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Yeah gramatically incorrect is the first. You use present tense of the verb with Did.
 
Old 04-18-2011, 11:33 AM   #698
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Did you had a look or Did you have a look ? What's better?
"Did you look?" is better
 
Old 04-18-2011, 11:42 AM   #699
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"Did you look?" is better

although slightly different... :


"Did you have a look" conveys the meaning that looking was an ongoing, delayed action ( having a look ), implying an acute observation... while "Did you look" conveys a different meaning, of a punctual visual grasp of something... not an attentive observation...
 
Old 04-18-2011, 11:53 AM   #700
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although slightly different... :


"Did you have a look" conveys the meaning that looking was an ongoing, delayed action ( having a look ), implying an acute observation... while "Did you look" conveys a different meaning, of a punctual visual grasp of something... not an attentive observation...
Sorry, Alexvader; I do not understand it that way; for me the meanings are identical and the "have" part is verbiage. If wanting to ask about an attentive observation it would be clearer to say something like "Did you study/examine/inspect it?". The alternative "Did you look carefully" and similar variants using "look" could cause offence.
 
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what is difference between offense and offence...?
 
Old 04-18-2011, 12:19 PM   #702
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what is difference between offense and offence...?
The Free Dictionary gives offence as a British variant of offense but defines them differently!
 
Old 04-18-2011, 01:30 PM   #703
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The Free Dictionary gives offence as a British variant of offense but defines them differently!
Considering the history of the English language, I'd put it in a slightly different way, ie. "offense" is an American variant of "offence."
 
Old 04-18-2011, 10:30 PM   #704
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"Did you look?" is better
Yes, this sentence is better since there is no tension of thinking w.r.t present and past tenses. But in the previous sentence, I was referring to the past, saying "Did you look at it, previously?".
 
Old 04-18-2011, 10:45 PM   #705
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although slightly different... :


"Did you have a look" conveys the meaning that looking was an ongoing, delayed action ( having a look ), implying an acute observation... while "Did you look" conveys a different meaning, of a punctual visual grasp of something... not an attentive observation...
Agreed.
 
  


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