“pope emeritus” vs “emeritus pope”

He will also be known as pope emeritus, emeritus pope or Roman pontifex emeritus. (CNN) Why does the journalist prospect the possibility of calling Benedict XVI “pope emeritus”? Since “emeritus” is a modifier of the name “pope”, shouldn’t it be “emeritus pope” in any case, without any possible alternative? Answer The difference is between whether … Read more

Can you use “the” + “both” + noun?

I came across this sentence “Now therefore, the both parties enter into…” and it seemed incorrect to me. Shouldn’t it be “both (of) the parties” or “both parties”? Or is it correct to say “the both parties”? Answer “..the both parties..” is incorrect. Here, both has already qualified parties and is clear what/who is being … Read more

When do we put adjectives before or after nouns?

My question is: when do we put adjectives before nouns, and when do we put adjective after nouns? Because sometimes, I heard people put adjectives before nouns and sometimes after. Answer Adjectives usually go before nouns in English. Adjectives can be a subject complement, in which case they will follow a linking verb as described … Read more

“There are a good many scholars …” is it right?

In “Seeing like a state” of James C.Scott there is a sentence at the beginning of a paragraph (Acknowledgements xi): There are a good many scholars whose writings opened up new perspectives for me or provided outstanding analyses of issues that I could not have hoped to study so comprehensively on my own. What worries … Read more

Boy, am I thirsty

Ernie, from Sesame Street, says the following lines aloud while he is lying awake in bed: Boy, am I thirsty. Am I thirsty. Am I thirrrrsty! I don’t think it’s a question. I have no idea why he doesn’t say “I am thirsty”. Classic Sesame Street – Ernie gets thirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrsty! Answer You are correct; Ernie … Read more