Posted by Kit on July 23, 2003
In Reply to: A few questions posted by sphinx on July 23, 2003
: 1.How should be length "6-foot-4" be read here:
: He is 6-foot-4 tall.
: 2."as compared to" and "as compared with", which is correct?
: 3.What does "beat" mean in this ad.?
: We offer a consummate and leading web page development program, at a price hard to beat.
: 4.As we could see from the Domain Name, I assume most of you here on this forum are from the UK, so would you mind telling me a bit about your monetary system?
: Are you still using shillings and farthings? If not, are you still using such phrases like "not worth a farthing"?
: I think the matter would be worse to you if the UK joined the European Union - you will perhaps stop using "penny wise and pound foolish" and the like, is that right?
: 5.When someone is having a temperature, we say he/she is suffering fever or suffering from fever?
: Thanks a lot!
6 foot 4 is 6 feet and four inches tall (my height exactly!)
'Compared with' is the correct expression, although it is common these days to use 'compared to'. (Something I despise in writing.)
My mum always taught me:
the sames as
etc. etc. Old fashioned I know. (And i'm only 21!)
"Beat" in the ad means that their price should be the cheapest around, that there should be few offers better than theirs.
We haven't used shillings and farthings since my dad was a kid (and now he's dead!). We simply use pounds and pennies in daily usage (However if New Labour has its way we'll be in the European Currency in less time than it takes you to say "Penny for the Guy, guvnor?"
Either 'suffering fever' or 'suffering from fever' is correct, however the latter is a more standard way of saying it. We can also say that they are 'suffering from A fever'.
What an amazing language we have, with so many possible ways of saying something as rudimentary as this!!!