Hey native speakers of English, do you find any contrast in acceptability between the following two sentences?
a. The meteorologist is certain whether it rains.
b. The meteorologist is required to be certain whether it rains.
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While I was walking with my 2yo son in The Hague today, a 10-12 year old boy turned to him and unleashed a racial slur. I don’t care anymore if someone says a racially-charged words to me on the street. I am not mad at the boy either since he will probably (hopefully) grow out of his ignorance. But, I am just worried if my son has to deal with this kind of stuff regularly as he grows up, and what kind of long-term effect such experiences would have on him.
Wow, Tokyo makes me extremely melancholic. Good thing I don't live here. And I know as a matter of fact that it's about Tokyo and not about Japan. Now off to a boring city in a boring country!
@bylin At a recent semantics research group meeting in Tokyo, @Crime and other English native speakers reported that "Which student left" indeed presupposes that some student left, but "Which students left" is compatible with no student leaving. This would make sense if plural which-phrases include the "zero" extension while singular ones only range over singular extensions. Is this something that's been discussed in the literature?
Nothing makes me more uncomfortable than the conservative Japanese females-pour-alcohol-to-males ritual that I have to endure in my in-law's house.
Did it work? I am not sure...😂