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Damage or wear to type, resulting in a defective impression. Because each battered type creates a unique impression, Hinman, Blayney, and others have successfully used evidence from ...

Irregular Verbs

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
Length:
1,254 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...that noun is then used as a verb, the inflection is regular rather than irregular. For example, in baseball a ball that is hit into the air is a fly ball , often shortened to a fly . When a batter hits one, we say that he flied (not flew ) out to left field. ( See fly .) When the ball makes a beeline to an outfielder without touching the ground, we say that the batter line-drived (not line-drove ) it. ( See drive .) When someone gets the cold-shoulder treatment from associates, we may even say, colloquially, that the person has been ✳deep-freezed ,...

Concord

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
Length:
1,925 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...others .) • “Designated hitter Jason Layne, already sporting a black eye, was hit by a pitch [read pitches ] twice.” Rick Cantu , “Texas Baseball Team Thumps Favorite Tech,” Austin Am.-Statesman , 15 Mar. 1996 , at C1, C9. (The grammar here misleadingly suggests that the batter was hit twice by the same pitch.) A related problem occurs in the following sentence, in which both is followed by a singular complement ( candidate ): “Today, both camps were enthusiastic about how their candidate fared.” Richard L. Berke , “Rival Camps in Final Debate...

in terms of

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Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
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Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
Length:
842 words

...of . 1 A usage bugbear. This much-debated and much-criticized three-word sequence is a complex preposition, joining such long-established sequences as in front of, in place of ; in common with, in compliance with ; in exchange for ; in relation to. Given the critical battering it has received, it is best treated with some degree of caution. It was called ‘a vague all-purpose connective’ by the usage writer H. P. Guth in 1985 , and ‘it encounters a good deal of criticism when used to speak of one ill-defined thing in terms of another equally vague...

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The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style

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Current Version:
2002
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Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
Length:
1,242 words

...read: They sometimes feel vaguely resentful if “their” regular seats are taken by others .)/ “Designated hitter Jason Layne, already sporting a black eye, was hit by a pitch [read pitches ] twice” ( Austin American-Statesman ). (The grammar here misleadingly suggests that the batter was hit twice by the same pitch.) A related problem occurs in the following sentence, in which both is followed by a singular complement ( candidate ): “Today, both camps were enthusiastic about how their candidate fared” ( N.Y. Times ). The error could have been corrected by...

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