June 1st, 2009

difference in definition

I'm having trouble putting a finger on the difference in the definitions of epidemic and pandemic. Is epidemic widespread in terms of area, and pandemic widespread in terms of people?

Thanks for any insight you can offer. :)
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This is an assignment for my English Syntax class, I'm supposed to mark noun phrases in Japanese sentences. This is an example given:

Watashi wa [kinou John ga nagutta otoko] wo mita.

The noun phrase is in brackets. However, I don't see why the object particle is left out from the noun phrase. What do you think about this?
gaspardglasses
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"detail"

Yesterday I was watching an American show on television and one of the characters used the word 'detail' pronouncing it de-TAIL. I just wondered how common this is or if indeed this is the standard American pronunciation? I just find it odd that I've never heard or come across it before and I swear every other North American English speaker I've encountered has said DE-tail, though the case in point seems to fit the pattern of many variants from British English, 'a-DULT', 'ga-RAGE' etc. I'm a B.E. speaker myself.

Thanks.
raining totoro

Vocabulary check

You have a perishable food item in your fridge that's been there a while and you aren't sure if it is still okay to eat. You check the __ date.

I just came across this in an entry on lang-8. The post (by a non-native speaker of English) used "best before" and someone else offered "expiry date"... which I understand, but would never use. Is it regional? What do you say and where are you from? (And if the date printed on the package doesn't specify if it is the date by which you should purchase, or the date by which you should consume the food, which do you assume it is?)