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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:04 am    Post subject: Grammar Nazi, I need your help. Reply with quote

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Yes, that's the only command I run.


Is that sentence grammatically correct?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What? No-one's answered, yet?

Grammatically, the sentence is correct. The question is, is "to run a command" idiomatic?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clad in Sky wrote:
The question is, is "to run a command" idiomatic?
Um.. I don't know.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neither do I, I'm not a native speaker.
For me "Yes, that's the only command I use." sounds better, but when you think about it, it really is not. You issue a command. A friend of mine, who is a linguist, would argue that the original sentence is pragmatically correct, since you do understand what is meant, even if it doesn't necessarily follow any rules you might have learned or is not quite logical.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, that is what I think too.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What, too? That it's correct as long as it is intelligible or that saying "to run a command" is a bit strange for the reasons I posted?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't respond earlier because I wasn't 100% certain it was grammatically correct. It sounded slightly odd, but probably only because you asked if it was correct. Or maybe because it was out of context.

At the same time, I think it is probably idiomatically correct. To "run a command" is correct.

The main issue is probably using "only command." Obviously ever using only a single command is almost certainly incorrect. However, Q: "To perform the backup, foobar is the only command you run?" A: "Yes, that's the only command I run." would be correct.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pjp wrote:
However, Q: "To perform the backup, foobar is the only command you run?" A: "Yes, that's the only command I run." would be correct.
This was the exact context. Someone asked me a question and I answered.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clad in Sky wrote:
What, too? That it's correct as long as it is intelligible or that saying "to run a command" is a bit strange for the reasons I posted?
I was agreeing with the last part of your statement, in the previous post.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a phrase for you from the book 'flowers for algernon'

But I guess that one is already 'learned' by you.

I blame the intern...al gore for my bad ingrish.

[edit] I hate ruint a thread. Did I (do) something wrong? Do tell.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what's wrong with it?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

juniper wrote:
what's wrong with it?


Probably everything, but I am right, right? lol.

[edit] Or, rather, an interesting point would be, what is right about it? - For you. Analyze this. you big foot mother bucker.
[edit2] I am all for an analyzing of just abot everything, but getting emotional about it, no. You lose perspective. Too big a loss.
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