What is an archaic, rare noun or word for an archetypal, vengeant, past tensive male character who is of the past that many aspire to be like?

What I mean is “someone of old” that people could be drawn to. One who is stuck in the past and in his ways and dislikes the future. Something like: • an originator • an innovator • a predecessor • an uncaused, time-traveler. Edit: This character also could have nefarious, mysterious, dismissive or even obsolete … Read more

Where should I use “over the past decade” in this sentence?

It seems to me that it is better to use ‘over the past decade’ at the start of this sentence rather than the end, although I am not too sure why! "There is an ever increasing number of people deciding to pursue their post graduate education in Taiwan over the past decade." "Over the past … Read more

‘the second’, ‘the moment’ compared to ‘as soon as’ with respect to simultaneousness

I am looking for expressions that can substitute for as soon as as in the following context. What is important in this context is that the melting of snow happens extremely simultaneously and instantly as it reaches the ground. (Please excuse me, if the example sentence is clumsy. I am not a native English speaker … Read more

Difference in meaning – ‘started climbing’ v ‘has been climbing’

What is the difference between them: He started climbing at the age of 11. He has been climbing since he was 11. For me they are same and I don’t see difference. Answer He started climbing at the age of 11. He has been climbing since he was 11. The meaning is almost identical, but … Read more

Does ‘in 20 years’ indicates time in the past or future

ABC city sees a doubling of air pollution in 20 years. does this ‘in 20 years’ mean the past 20 years or the next 20 years to come? I have found a similar structure in news titles, see quoted: With Covid surge, Karnataka sees cases doubling in 10 days It seems the indicated time refers … Read more

Can I add an “s” after a specific/non-ten year like 2015s?

Can I say something like, The movie became famous in the 2015s I want to use it as an approximation; it’s not really 2015 but somewhere around that period. Answer No, you can’t say “the 2015s”. You could instead say “around 2015”. Ronald Sole’s comment is talking about the unrelated “possessive” or “genitive” construction, which … Read more