Dropping “then” in “If” statements [duplicate]

This question already has answers here: Can I use an “if” clause without “then”? (3 answers) Closed 6 years ago. As an Example, I want to refer to this Wikipedia article where there are many conditional sentences. Some of them drop the “then”, some of them use it. When I change that (drop it where … Read more

To laugh over vs. about

Most of the time when I need to reference something using the word “laugh”, my go-to preposition is “about”. However, at times, “over” sounds much more adequate in day-to-day use. The big question, then, is when do we prefer laugh over to laugh about? For instance, if you Google “laugh over”, the following sentence example … Read more

A term for a particular or general skill that needs to be improved and acted on?

The title says it all. I’m unable to come up with the term for something you have as a part of a skill-set that needs to be further improved upon. It may be something very simple that is also at the tip of my tongue. I wouldn’t think it would be “In-capabilities”, or “Deficiency”.. it’s … Read more

Articles before percentages earned?

When writing about grades, does the percentage need an article? “Jenny earned an 87% in the AP Psychology course.” Or just “Jenny earned 87% in the AP Psychology course.” My thinking is, you would use an article if you used the letter grade. “Jenny earned a B in the AP Psychology course.” Your help is … Read more

What made the “worst case scenario” a popular expression?

A worst-case scenario is a cliché that refers to: the worse possible future outcome. (McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms) Though the meaning is quite intuitive, the expression in its fixed form has become increasingly popular from the mid 70’s as shown in Ngram. The expression is very common in financial markets, where it is often … Read more

How does one determine when a comedian is also a humorist?

Wikipedia’s list of humorists are categorised as people who write or perform humorous material, but the article also states: A humorist is usually distinct from a stand-up comedian. Woody Allen and George Carlin are on this list—clearly, a stand-up comedian can also be a humorist. There are various distinctions on the web. Humorists typically receive … Read more

Working vs walking on both sides of the street

Dictionary.com renders “work both sides of the street” as: To take two contrary positions at once; have it both ways Similarly, idiom.thefreedictionary.com has “work both sides of the street” as: Engage in double dealing, be duplicitous On the other hand, Urbandictionary.com renders the similar idiom to “walk both sides of the street” as: Country slang … Read more