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Concerning review of The Last King of Scotland
Thanks once again for an excellent review. When I have more time I must repay you with another. Here are just a few points:
- His capital was an island (the Isle of Skye (true fact)) so he arrived on his capital as you arrive on an island and not at an island.
- "For some reason however..." is fine to say. Serial commas in English a very peculiar things. Many people don't use them a lot especially at words such as "and" "however" or "but." Others use them a lot. I do not use them much however one could be put between "reason" and "however" as my dialect of English does not use serial commas.
- I didn't know whether he had a son or not although a direct descendant still lives in France. Also the seen on the Church rooftop never took place and was just a joke on the Catholic Church not allowing women bishops.
- I didn't realise there was a movie with the name of the article when I orignally wrote it. It was a requested article and so I presumed it was meant to be about the last Stuart claimant to the Throne of England and Scotland.
It was not too hard for me to write about the Scots being pathetic. Despite being a Scot I do not live in Scotland, do not have the accent and am half-English. I consider myself a Scot at heart however I am surrounded by Southerners who detest the North and loath the Scots so I am surrounded by the anti-Scottish view point. Sir ScottPat (talk) VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 08:45, June 21, 2013 (UTC)
- You are welcome and well done with your article! It is even better that the article "The Last King of Scotland" is not about a movie but about the Real Last Kong Of Scotland. This can be interpreted as a parody on a Wikipedia article: they talk about an unknown movie, as they don't really care for Scotland, while we are (well, you are) real patriots! But, as I have suggested in my review, you can add one or two lines about the film (if feel like it, of course). Anton (talk) 14:41, June 21, 2013 (UTC)
- You can. By the way, I became aware of the movie after clicking the link to the Wikipedia article in your article. Anton (talk) 14:49, June 21, 2013 (UTC)
- And also thanks for voting for Normandy! Anton (talk) 14:55, June 21, 2013 (UTC)
- And also congratulations with the feature of the Emu War! Anton (talk) 15:00, June 21, 2013 (UTC)
- I dissent from the original point of grammar. Even if I live on a houseboat rather than in a house, I do not therefore say I get on bed. If the reader does not know that the capital is an island, or if it is not clear to the reader that his arrival is a boat landing, that sentence will look incorrect. 18:00 23-Jun-13
You write at VFD, "I don't know if the article was good or not." All five voters said it was not, and explained why. At VFD, you always have a minimum of 24 hours to visit nominated articles and see if you agree; in this case, you had about 150 hours and did not see if you agreed. If you are really interested in writing an article on Mr. (or Ms.) Malmsteen, believe me that there was no humor in this article except the humor of writing random things, and the most random new things you write will be no worse.12:27 21-Jun-13
- Thank you for your comment: I have abandoned the VFD for two weeks and that's why was not aware of anything happening there and therefore did not read this text. I saw that there were five votes again, but as you said that this page is on nobody, I thought that perhaps you did not understand the humor not knowing about the existence of that person. If this article had bad humor, then it's all fine about its deletion. Anton (talk) 14:47, June 21, 2013 (UTC)
You are free to boycott VFD, but you are not free to have the same influence (such as the ability to save nominated articles) that you would have had if you did not boycott it.18:00 23-Jun-13
- I did not really boycott it. Normally, I follow everything using my e-mail (I find that easier than watching looking at Recent Changes) and therefore get an idea about everything that happens to the pages I am following. But sometimes, for a while, I stop receiving mails even though the changes are made. Anton (talk) 18:08, June 23, 2013 (UTC)
A Simple, (Non-Binding) Request
Hi there Anton! I've seen a lot of your work, and I gotta say... I'm impressed! You are truly, a great writer! Now, you may have not heard of me, but you may have seen my edit patrolling... or something about a "Denza." Anyways, I have a simple request, that you can refuse if you like, and no ill will shall come of said refusal. Could we maybe work on a collaborative article? I really want to write an article, but I keep getting stuck!It is quite annoying running out of ideas mid-article I think a partner would be great to have in writing articles! So what do you say? The article can be about anything you wish (I'm terrible at choosing between topics and such). So what do you say? I'll be awaiting your response! --The Shield of Azunai DSA510My Edits! 05:54, June 22, 2013 (UTC)
- Yes, I would like to collaborate. I am not sure if I have a lot of time but you are not in a hurry, are you? The topic could be anything. For example, as you say, that you are getting stuck in the middle of an article, we can take anything that you began to write (I don't know if you did or not) and continue working on it. If you want a new article, I have made a list of articles that need to be written and of already existing unfunny ones and you can use it (the link). Anton (talk) 07:17, June 22, 2013 (UTC)
- Are you here? Anton (talk) 05:28, June 25, 2013 (UTC)
I will do a lot of work on this article today as it is my last day I am available to write articles before the end of the competition. Sir ScottPat (talk) VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 07:28, June 22, 2013 (UTC)
- Ok. Me too, I will try to work on it as well. If we don't finish it today, I will have to do it tomorrow. And when will you be back? Anton (talk) 07:30, June 22, 2013 (UTC)
- That's not that bad. I don't know if I miss anything this summer, maybe a bit in July, and I won't have a lot of time next week. But don't worry, I will try to get the article done. Anton (talk) 08:07, June 22, 2013 (UTC)
As I am away for two weeks there will unfortunately be no UnSignpost. Could I trouble you in asking you whether you could create one and distribute it at some point during those two weeks. I shall write an article for it and post it on the press room for you to use if you wish and for an idea on how to write the UnSignpost simply look at previous weeks UnSognposts.
Also I am promoting you ton Deputy Chief Editor of UnSognpost as Dannyboy has never contributed and you certainly deserve it. Thanks. Sir ScottPat (talk) VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 09:51, June 22, 2013 (UTC)PS - You can use this template as an UnSignpost editor: Sir ScottPat (talk) VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 09:54, June 22, 2013 (UTC)
- Thank you! I will do everything not to disappoint you! Anton (talk) 10:00, June 22, 2013 (UTC)
English is a bemusing Language
I just noticed an error on your user page under "Reasons for being here." You have written "an utopia" however it is actually written "a utopia." I know we all have learnt the rule that in English you put "an" before a word with a vowel, unfortunately as with most English rules there are exceptions and words that start with a "y" sound such as "utopia" have "a" not "an" in front. This may be different for another dialect of English if they pronounce utopia with a "ooh (u)" sound in which case I am sorry for troubling you however as far as I know no one says that. Sorry to bother you. Thanks. Sir ScottPat (talk) VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 16:59, June 23, 2013 (UTC)
- I can confirm that this is the correct rule on this other side of the ocean--although it is applied incorrectly over here too. Peter Schickele (creator of the "P.D.Q. Bach" hoax) was ridiculing this, not falling prey to it, when he wrote of An Hysteric Return [sic]. 17:47 23-Jun-13
- PS--Anton, I suggested somewhere that you review the progressive tense, after editing the final paragraph of Brittany: It signifies not the current era but the current moment. Another lesson to brush up on is that verbs of cognition break the rules. A demented college classmate of mine apparently decided it would be more logical to tell us, "That is not what I am meaning!" That is indeed the current moment; only, because it is a verb of cognition, we use the simple present tense ("what I mean"). 17:53 23-Jun-13
- Ok, I will look at it. Anton (talk) 18:03, June 23, 2013 (UTC)
- I am very bad at knowing all the English technical terms for my own language as, as my native Spanish teacher once told me, only the English (English speakers I presume) don't learn the names and rules for their complicated verb tenses when they learn it naturally (apparently Spaniards and French people do). I agree with Spike but this is more of a query. It is fine to say "That is not what I am saying" so is that an exception to the rule? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by ScottPat (talk • contribs)
- Ok, I will look at it. Anton (talk) 18:03, June 23, 2013 (UTC)
- "Say" is an exception to the exception--that is, it is no exception at all (as it is not a verb of cognition). You can either refer to what you say (habitually: the simple present tense) or what you are saying (right now: the progressive tense). You can never discuss "what you are meaning," because verbs of cognition do not take the progressive tense. 18:13 23-Jun-13
- You know, I am thinking (!) of exceptions all over the map, so maybe the rule is not "verbs of cognition." Though "I think" is a common way to prefix one's opinion, "I am thinking" is accepted to describe the current moment, and even colloquially to describe habit: "I'm thinking he's just mean." "I am hoping" is just as good as "I hope" and both seem to be describing the current moment, otherwise you'd have to go to "I tend to hope." But "I am wanting" is almost as incorrect as "I am meaning." Dammit, now I am confused. Like hitting a split-fingered fastball: One needs repetitions. 18:20 23-Jun-13
- PS--Neither Shertzer's The Elements of Grammar nor WP:Continuous and progressive aspects say a word about this exception. 18:31 23-Jun-13
The Ghost Writer
- It will be very good. But it is a PLS entry right now and so you can help me after it gets locked, judged and then unlocked into main space. For that you have to wait a bit, I am afraid. Anton (talk) 05:27, June 25, 2013 (UTC)
- Entries will be unlocked...let me see...on the 4th of July. Anton (talk) 05:35, June 26, 2013 (UTC)