Posted by Bob on February 14, 2004
In Reply to: Some 'discrete' (I mean 'separate') questions posted by Fred on February 14, 2004
: : 1.What is a 'discrete' and countable noun?
: : 2.What does the title 'The Other' mean?
: : 3.I am puzzled by the usage of "ever" as a prefix. Sometimes it means "forever", as in "eversafe", sometimes "regular", as in "eversporting", and sometimes "continual" as in "ever-increasing" and the following example:
: : "She wanted to retreat, but was reluctantly drwan into a ever-widening net of lies and passion as the dark and secret life of his late husband unraveled."
: : Is there any fixed rules? Or we must use guesswork when we meet a new word of this kind?
: : 4."when" or "where", which one is right here:
: : "I've reached a point where/when I can work this difficult problem out.
: : I've reached a point where/when a change is needed."
: : Thanks a lot!
: 'Children' is a *count noun*. It makes sense to ask how many children are on
: the street, say, and then count them. In contrast 'water' is a *mass noun*.
: It doesn't make sense to ask how many water are on the street.
3. If you substitue "continuously" for ever-, then all three uses of the prefix are similar. I'm not sure what distinction you see among them.
4. "Where" would be the more common use. The metaphor is usually (but not always) spatial. I think this is especially true since it is "I have" moved, meaning "you" perhaps have not. If it were temporal, "we" would have had the same amount of time passing. Hope that's not too theoretical.