Difference between “safe from” vs “safe of” something

When indicating that something is secured from something dangerous it is possible to say that it is safe from something. For example, you might say Properly kept farm animals are safe from predators. However, is it possible to also use the preposition “of”? Properly kept farm animals are safe of predators. According to Google “safe … Read more

Do I need the hyphen?

“Part-Time” in the beginning of this sentence is technically a compound adjective to employment, but it is separated by “or temporary.” Do I still hyphenate “part-time”? The same question holds for “full-time.” Employees who transition from part-time or temporary employment to full-time, regular employment…” Answer I would. Hyphenation of compound adjectives can be a style … Read more

spatio or spatial

Searching the Google scholar, “spatio-temporal” returnn 778,000 hits, “spatial-temporal” returns 798,000 hits, “spatial-temporal scales” returns 3,620 hits, “spatio-temporal scales” returns 13,200 hits. Interestingly, one journal named “spatial and spatio-temporal epidemiology“ The office word spell checking (US-EN) prefer “spatial-temporal”, so I think “spatial-” is used in American English and “spatio-” is used in non-American English. Answer … Read more

Saddle-point problem vs saddle point problem

I work in computer science/applied math, and I frequently see sentences such as “We wish to solve a bilinear saddle point problem.” My problem is that this does not seem correct based on my understanding of compound adjectives. I personally prefer “bilinear saddle-point problem” because I see bilinear as a modifier of “saddle-point problem” whereas … Read more

Hyphenation in “first century AD” etc as an adjective

I edit a lot of articles that contain phrases such as “A first century AD inscription…” or “First century BC writer Herodotus…” I know that a compound adjective before a noun is usually hyphenated, so if the phrase were just “A first-century inscription” I would hyphenate accordingly, but “A first-century-AD inscription”, despite seeming grammatically correct, … Read more

What word would work as a better substitute for “Stalker”?

Context I am working on a game and one of the Classes in it is "Rogue". (Original, I know.) I’m trying to find a term that accurately describes and can serve as a name for one of the Subclasses. (Preferably a single-word term, if possible.) Needs The term ideally needs to describe somebody who excels … Read more

“Typical liberal bulls-t” or “typically liberal bulls-t”?

My liberal friend wrote that he’s gonna do some research soon. I asked, “Into what?” “[Redacted.] Typically liberal bullshit,” he replied self-depricatingly. Then he corrects himself: “*typical” But which is correct? “Typical liberal bullshit” or “typically liberal bullshit”? Is typical an adjective or an adverb in that sentence? Answer “Typical liberal bullshit.” liberal bullshit is … Read more

definite article ‘a’

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, pag 529, says: Predeterminer AdjPs (e.g., such a nuisance, or so serious a problem) occur as external modifier in NP structure, preceding the definite article a. I’d like to know whether there’s a typo, and it should read “indefinite article a“, or rather it’s a definite sense of … Read more

Is it better to list adjectives, with an “and”?

When we use more than one adjective, e.g. The big, red, bouncy balloon. The list of three adjectives {big, red, and bouncy} is a list, so by rights it should be separated by commas, with an “and” between the last two terms. If somebody asked us to describe the balloon we would without hesitation say … Read more

Client and server side componets

I’m having a problem to refer to the components that are in both, the client-side and the server-side. I started writing: “client and server-side components” (1) I did that in order to avoid repeating “-side”: client-side and server-side components (2) Maybe I should remove the “-“, otherwise “side” is just applying to “server”: client and … Read more