Far beneath the halls of Angband, in vaults to which the Valar in the haste of their assault had not descended, the Balrogs lurked still, awaiting ever the return of their lord. Swiftly they arose, and they passed with winged speed over Hithlum, and they came to Lammoth as a tempest of fire.
The argument hinges on whether the "wings" are physical wings or simply figurative wings of shadow. Many additional facts are adduced to the argument, but there is not enough firm description in Tolkien's writing to settle the argument definitively.
@KitFox as the daytime is stirring / where the speechless unite / in a silent accord / using words you will find are strange / and mesmerised as they light the flame / feel the new wind of change / on the wings of the night
@KitFox I just mean that a lot of time a dream sequence is a cheat or a tease, not that they can't be done well. It's just that they so often have been done poorly. "And then I woke up. It had all been a dream!" Sorry, BTDT.
Once, when I was engaging in sexual relations with Tolkien, he quite clearly stated that he thought it would be quite amusing if he never indicated whether he intended for balrogs to actually have wings.
This will prevent myself from asking an obvious, silly question again. What are the English language tools you found most useful?
I found Corpus Concordance English extremely useful for looking up collocations.
Please, one tool per answer.
It's a lexical database of English. Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are grouped into sets of cognitive synonyms (synsets), each expressing a distinct concept. These "synsets" are interlinked. It's more rigorous than a normal Thesaurus, in that it tries to "pin down" every unique me...
Personally I'm not sure what our main topic is anymore. Almost every question falls under "general reference" or "dupe". We used to have questions like "what does this mean?" but most of those get closed. Questions about peculiar usage get closed as too localized. yoichi's questions notwithstanding. Tools are off-topic, but frankly all of these rules are somewhat arbitrary.
um..yes. after when I cared about reading lyrics and collecting albums and knowing who produced what album then performed on another. also, I'm old. older than what you think of as old, but not chronologically.
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 Or as the saying goes, when Mozart was my age, he had already been dead a few years.
that is, knowing that you yourself are not yet 20, you'd probably ask me if I'm feeling OK, do I need help walking across the street or standing up, or if I need to be driven to one of my many expected doctor's appointments,
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 It's OK. I think talking/lying through your kids is OK. "I think, I mean my kids think that the Bionicle stuff is crap, they'd much rather have the blocks to create things out of their own imagination"
@KitFox Holy crap that is old (_repeating trope that makes oneself look better by dragging down others).
@cornbreadninja what, 70 isn't old? I think that's old. Or should be. when do the benefits come in? senior citizen discounts? visits from the nice girl down the street (or is it her grandchildren?), no that was the year of that storm, the one where the did I tell you about when we didn't have internet and had to ask people for directions? Well, I'm tired now, I think I'll close my eyes.
Suppose I have been given a paragraph and at the end of it, I am asked what the author's intended tone was.
What characteristics can I use to distinguish 'analytical' writing from 'descriptive' writing? I often confuse these two.
Here is a sample paragraph for those who require context:
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language (Fourth Edition) reads:
gigolo, n. A man who has a continuing sexual relationship with and receives financial support from a woman.
Is there an English word [X] which fits the following definition?
[X], n. A woman who has a conti...
My advice is to stick with the passive voice. As this NGram shows, that's what most people do...
And here are just half-a-dozen instances of "I feted him" in the entire corpus of Google Books. You can get away with passive voice, or non-specific subject (they, the people, etc.), but in general...
From far and wide, they've come to listen, watch, and judge her plea. Beneath the lights her skin aglisten drips and drabbles free. Before she speaks she stops to moisten lips all cracked and dry; Refreshed for now, she lifts her voice and pleading asks them, "Why?" She tells them just how much, how often all well-spoken men That certain t's they oft would soften up, and how and when. This once a trait of working class infects its rulers too, Who know no better than to fasten t's where once taboo.
There's a word in Spanish I don't understand. But I heard it in a film one time spoken by the leading man. He said it with devotion, he sounded so sincere. And the words he spoke in Spanish brought the female lead to tears.
From far and wide, they've come to list/en, watch, and judge her plea. Beneath the lights her skin aglist/en drips and drabbles free. Before she speaks she stops to moist/en lips all cracked and dry; Refreshed for now, she lifts her voice/ and pleading asks them, "Why?" She tells them just how much, how oft/en all well-spoken men That certain t's they oft would soft/en up, and how and when. This once a trait of working class / infects its rulers too, Who know no better than to fast/en t's where once taboo.
Written out with 8/6 ballad meter, every line gardenpaths you to a mispronunciation.
From far and wide, they've come to list-
en, watch, and judge her plea.
Beneath the lights her skin aglist-
en drips and drabbles free.
Before she speaks she stops to moist-
en lips all cracked and dry;
Refreshed for now, she lifts her voice
and pleading asks them, "Why?"
She tells them just how much, how oft-
en all well-spoken men
That certain t's they oft would soft-
en up, and how and when.
This once a trait of working class
infects its rulers too,
Who know no better than to fast-