Can a nation be “them”? [closed]

Closed. This question is off-topic. It is not currently accepting answers. Want to improve this question? Update the question so it’s on-topic for English Language & Usage Stack Exchange. Closed 3 years ago. Improve this question Can a nation be referred to as “them”? e.g. The special privileges accorded to the nation of Gregonia were … Read more

Why did JK Rowling write “then tomorrow was…” instead of “tomorrow would be”?

The following is from J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (US title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone): If it was Monday – and you could usually count on Dudley to know the days of the week, because of television – then tomorrow, Tuesday, was Harry’s eleventh birthday. I suspect, it isn’t … Read more

What’s a good way to describe the professional occupation of someone who is a street hustler, without using derogatory terms?

I am filling in a form for someone who basically does a variety of odd jobs to make a living, including reselling items, but “Sales” is not really an accurate way to describe their occupation. I am thinking of describing them as “self-employed” but that’s a bit too vague. Thanks for your suggestions. Answer Is … Read more

Why do we use “in” in the phrase “in front of”?

I just realized I can’t quite make out why we use the word “in.” The meaning of front is generally a surface, a side – not a space you can be “in,” so how did that happen? Is it an artifact of an older meaning of “front”? Was “front” also once the name of the … Read more

What’s the difference between index and indicator?

My phrase is: “The main (indexes / indicators) of regional development”. Which noun should I use? I have searched for any difference in their meanings on the Internet, but didn’t find anything certain. From my point of view (and I suppose it may be totally wrong), an indicator is something what tells us about the … Read more

“sic” with “explicitly” (and other adverbs)

I was reading a Wikipedia article on Fermat’s principle that quoted some older English text, and one bit confused me: The principle of Fermat, although it was assumed by that mathematician on hypothetical, or even imaginary grounds, is in fact a fundamental law with respect to undulatory motion, and is explicitly [sic] the basis of … Read more