BlueHeron's challenge: He's a real Nowhere Man.
[b]He doesn't seem to go anywhere or do anything.
He reminds me of that Beatles song. . .
I think of him as a Nowhere Man.
I pronounce him lazy, listless, blind, & without efficacy.
He makes his Nowhere Plans for Nobody.[/b]
So I stopped checking for posts on this forum, & when I came back, this thread had positively caught fire! How exciting. This morning, I updated th dictionary to include all your translations (& threw in a few of my own). A reminder: if you'd like to edit it directly, you can: just use th password 'eprime'.
This collaborative 'sandbox' method seems to work fantastically, tho, so let's keep it up!
(An quick update for those interested: I have not yet managed to go 24 hours speaking or thinking entirely in E-Prime, altho not for lack of trying. I no longer consider that kind of purity th goal. I have definitely changed how I speak & think. Almost every time I use 'to be' I do so knowingly, choosing it as th most efficient way to express myself, while admitting to myself that it represents a bit of a 'shortcut'. Sometimes, it comes out w/o my having thought it thru, but I immediately recognize that & either let it go or correct it, depending on whether I think it makes an important difference in th conversation. I plan to go further w/ this, & I feel like I've made a good start.)
Enough about that. I shall continue th thread w/o further interruption:
New challenge: an actual question somebody asked me about two dogs I walked together th other day. Bonus points if you give an E-Prime answer (that doesn't imply a B-English question): Are they sisters or brothers?