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  1. I'm the oldest and I ignored my siblings until my sister was about 16 and I had moved out. Then, I became cool and I liked to have her visit. My brother (middle kid), we took a lot longer to bond. But yeah, no motherly instincts for my siblings. Do they say these stupid things about oldest brothers too?
  2. Are people still interested in this stuff? Bigger and bigger CGI monsters? Really?
  3. It's called a quotative and has first been observed in American English in the 1980s. Apparently, it's spread as the most common quotative (overtaking uses of "I said", he thought, etc.) at least in age groups under 40. Granted, the last research I know of was in the mid/late 2000s. So, I don't know if people over 40 now use it more too since they got older, or if they use it less (something that happens with some linguistic features in middle age). A summary with examples that argues it's not used in the same context as say or think. https://journals.openedition.org/aes/513 It wouldn't work in German either. That's why I tend to blame Carter's weird writing instead of Mueller-Stahl's German possibly interfering. That with which he can't live without. Das womit er nicht leben kann. that with.which he not live can.
  4. prepositions are the little words before nouns or pronouns. with me, for Mary, to Detroit In the example: It was a quote from the first X-files movie. Each preposition should go with one pronoun. In the quote, there are too many prepositions. The quote: Strughold: Then you must take away what he holds most valuable. That with which he can't live without. (Cuts to show Scully) That with which he can't live without --> I'm guessing what he wanted to say was: That without which he can't live. (awkward but ok, I think) With the preposition stranding at the end thus being separate from its pronoun: That which he can't live without. I hope that helps. It's a terribly weird sentence and I often wondered if it was Carter's terrible writing or Armin Mueller Stahl adding some German flourish that doesn't work in English. Why he couldn't just say: What he can't live without. I'll never know.
  5. Poor thing! From the little I know from human and animal asthma, it's a good idea to get rid of most household cleaning supplies (replace with white vinegar and baking soda) and any other scented things such as candles, perfume, etc. as much as possible. Clay litter is a problem, especially scented stuff, so I would try different litter types. And if it applies and you can afford it, getting rid of carpets is also a good idea. Open windows as much as possible and at least for 5 minutes every day. Depending on your heating/air system, an air purifier might or might not make a difference. Clearing the vents at least once a year also helps. Indoor air quality is affected by all of these things. Dust isn't necessarily the worst part.
  6. I signed up for the Britbox trial and started rewatching the old series. I believe I don't need to watch this new version after all. The old one holds up quite nicely. Although I still find Tristan rather irritating.
  7. I think the cilantro tasting like soap thing is genetic. Like when some people can't stand brussels sprouts and others love them. Wine, I think it's just like those acquired tastes. Like coffee. If you never got into it, chances are that's not going to change later in life.
  8. We had them in the 80s, why oh why are they back?
  9. None of my doors are closed. When visitors use the bathroom and close the door, it's more like indignant sitting in front of it. They normally almost never go into the bathroom except after someone else uses the bathroom. Obviously.
  10. I have said it before but it bears repeating, I want to be her when I grow up.
  11. OMG, yes. I've gotten really sick of my own cooking so I started with the occasional alternating HelloFresh deliveries. I hate cookbooks and recipes because there is always something I would have to buy that I would not use again. This way, I don't have to worry and still get some things done that are done differently from my regular cooking.
  12. Not that I care all that much and I haven't seen the movie but if there was thingamajig that grants wishes, why didn't it grant the wish to have Steve come back in his own body? It grants wishes, did she wish for Steve to come back in a different body? From what I'm reading they created a problem for no apparent reason?
  13. On the other hand, she was an exceptional agent for Joey. She got him a lot more auditions in a short time than Estelle ever did. I think there are quite a few examples where she was a good friend. For example, the way she broke the news about Paolo to Rachel was very gentle.
  14. Now, I can't watch the ending without thinking about what HISHE did about returning the stones. How it should have ended: How Captain America should have returned the stones.
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