Alan Zoppa points me to this Letter to the Editor, which he himself wrote, but to[**] which the editor added quotation marks to. Evidently, they do not he[she? this editor?] does not believe that "co-religionists"[***] is a word. I plan to go to church with my co-religionists this Sunday.
Like so much else in the confusing, contentious Floyd Landis doping case, though, none of the answers are really that simple.
"As with" is actually the proper way to begin the second sentence. "Like" implies an upcoming simile, which, let's face it, never occurred.
In mod. use (with following dat.) often = ‘such as’, introducing a particular example of a class respecting which something is predicated.
A birth like that of Keats presents to the ordinary mind a striking instance of nature's inscrutability.
languagehat: I thought that the singularity of none was reasonable and standard. Not everything's a rule, but some rationality makes a syntax a lot easier.
none of the answers are really that simple
None means "no one" – a singular word. Therefore, NONE IS – not NONE ARE!
From the third link, about the jury, what bugs me the most is the notion that the verdict "said" anything. What? I may be just your average high-school graduate, but it occurs to me that the verdict may have "read" guilty, or the jury foreman, or the bailiff or the judge (whoever reads the verdict aloud) may have "said" guilty, but I don't believe that verdicts can speak.
With an inanimate item as subject: to communicate or represent; esp. of a clock, calendar, etc., to show (a certain time or date); of a notice, to state (a certain message).
On the door..Clarissa found a notice saying, ‘Welfare Officer. Knock and enter.’
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