Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Mar 2010 19:05 UTC
Features, Office Since everybody in the technology world is apparently having a vacation, and nobody told me about it, we're kind of low on news. As such, this seems like the perfect opportunity to gripe about something I've always wanted to gripe about: a number of common mistakes in English writing in the comments section. I'll also throw in some tidbits about my native language, Dutch, so you can compare and contrast between the two.
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RE[3]: Gender
by Luis on Fri 19th Mar 2010 21:37 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Gender"
Luis
Member since:
2006-04-28

Yes, but the point was the opposite. Of course the girl can make it explicit if SHE wants. She could just say "I went out with Caroline".

But it's the jealous boyfriend who is interested in knowing the gender of the friend and gives importance to it. And for him, it's a problem that the language has no gender and doesn't "force" his girlfriend to tell if the friend was a male or a female. His only options are to further inquire or to remain with the doubt.

Basically the point was that English does work fine being simple and removing non-essential information, but in a few cases it does have its drawbacks and one could wish for a more complex grammar (the example was a bit simplistic, but I used it because it is easy to understand).

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RE[4]: Gender
by boldingd on Fri 19th Mar 2010 22:53 in reply to "RE[3]: Gender"
boldingd Member since:
2009-02-19

Well, I guess the point I was making was, "if she didn't say 'girlfriend', she was probably being deliberately vague, and if she's being deliberately vague, she can do that in any language."

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