July 5th, 2013

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"The sampling includes between 9.6 to 11 thousand respondents" (about an opinion poll). Is it clear that the range is between 9.6 thousand and 11 thousand (not between 9.6 :))) respondents and 11 thousand respondents)? Does the phrase seem OK in general?
  • vghoul

old norse vs my terrible, horrible conjugation skills

Hello all.

Been trying to render a certain fictional motto [ "Ex Ignorantia ad Sapientiam, e Luce ad Tenebras" ] in O.N. for a while. Definitely favoring heimskr, kunnandi, ljos and myrkr, for the four nouns in the phrase, but:

1) assuming "af" and "til" are in fact the proper prepositions [to stand in for 'ex'/'ad'], am finding it difficult to find textual examples of how a couple of these words should be properly conj'd to match "af" and "til." Particularly, I can't seem to find any uses of "myrkr" in the genitive. Anyone know of any examples of "[in]to darkness" in extant texts?

2) I guess I'm not even sure I fully grok the distinction between "í" and "til," and it doesn't seem like they even take the same case (genitive vs. accusative) -- is that correct? Which is more appropriate for conveying the sense of moving into/towards Abstraction-as-Place?

man, I suck at this.
Thanks!
damn
  • eslee

English (US) Usage Help

I'm losing my mind over this sentence:

They will notify parents no later than January 1, 2014, whether the student is eligible to attend or whether there is no space for them.

OR

They will notify parents no later than January 1, 2014, regarding* whether the student is eligible to attend or whether there is no space for them. (*or of)

The intended meaning of the sentence is to state what the parents will be notified about on January 1.


I confess I thought this was obvious until a mob of angry editors started getting all fired up about it. Now I must consider their very heated feelings on the matter (about a 50/50 split among them) & justify my choice. I am certainly willing to admit my take on it was wrong if that is proven to be the case, which is why I'm not divulging which I prefer or any of the arguments we've had over it.

Can anyone please, using grammar and logic, provide solid, rational reasoning I can lay out to the group for choosing one over the other?