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    (Original post by Natasha X)
    Hi guys does anyone knows what word/expression is used when the weather matches/reflects your emotions? i really really really need to find out because its bugging me now!
    hiya

    that's called pathetic fallacy
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    yo!

    Quick question:

    I want to write: ...the final year of my degree is being partly spent conducting research...

    Should it be ...is partly being spent ... or ...is being partly spent...?
    Does it even matter?
    Something in the back of my mind is saying that one way is correct, but I'm not sure.

    Thanks in advance,

    o~
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    (Original post by bon)
    hiya

    that's called pathetic fallacy


    aaaah!! cheers man
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    (Original post by o-e-s-j)
    yo!

    Quick question:

    I want to write: ...the final year of my degree is being partly spent conducting research...

    Should it be ...is partly being spent ... or ...is being partly spent...?
    Does it even matter?
    Something in the back of my mind is saying that one way is correct, but I'm not sure.

    Thanks in advance,

    o~
    i would go with "is being partly spent"- it sounds better
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    Is it alright to use i.e. in an essay in the middle of a sentence?
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    (Original post by strawberrywine_)
    Is it alright to use i.e. in an essay in the middle of a sentence?
    I don't think so, personally.

    Perhaps you could try a semi colon, then "that is" followed by a comma.

    He committed the gravest crimes; that is, murder, arson ....
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    (Original post by bon)
    I don't think so, personally.

    Perhaps you could try a semi colon, then "that is" followed by a comma.

    He committed the gravest crimes; that is, murder, arson ....
    Thank you. I thought it was a bit weird how my teacher changed a sentence in my essay and included an i.e.
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    Is it 'offense' or 'offence'? Are they both correct? Is one incorrect? Do they have different meanings? Also, what about 'practice' and 'practise'?
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    'Offence' is the correct spelling, 'offense' is American.
    Strictly, 'practice' is a noun and 'practise' is a verb. Eg. 'I practise the piano' and 'practice makes perfect'. But to be honest if you just use 'practice' no ones going to pick you up on it.
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    Oh, thanks!
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    Can someone clarify the correct use of 'affect' and 'effect'? It's always bugged me, thanks.
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    Affect is a verb, effect is a noun.

    The effect was striking. (note, 'the effect' - noun)
    The temperature affects my mood. (note, 'it affects' - verb)
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    (Original post by bon)
    hiya

    that's called pathetic fallacy
    hiya just a quick question

    whats the diff between pathetic fallacy and personifacation?
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    emphasise or emphasize?
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    (Original post by MGIL)
    emphasise or emphasize?
    Emphasise is BEng (British English), while in the US it would be spelt 'emphasize'.

    As to the difference between pathetic fallacy and personification, I would say PT is just a type of personification. Personification is more associated with human emotion, though - so 'angry clouds' is PF, while a 'winking signpost' is personification.
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    im sure i looked at an english dictionary today and it had emphasize
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    Oh it would have, because both are acceptable. In fact most dictionaries prefer the -ize spelling. More detail.
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    (Original post by Natasha X)
    Hi guys does anyone knows what word/expression is used when the weather matches/reflects your emotions? i really really really need to find out because its bugging me now!
    I believe it is called 'Pathetic Fallacy'
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    (Original post by swirlwood)
    hiya just a quick question

    whats the diff between pathetic fallacy and personifacation?
    Pathetic Fallacy is where the weather is used to reiterate the characters moods ie. if the character is sad the weather will be rainy, if they're angry it will be thundering, if they're happy it will be sunny etc.

    Personification is when you apply human/animal characteristics onto an inanimate object/abstract idea etc. (basically anything that wouldn't have those characteristics normally). So if you said that the 'storm was angry' or 'the storm howled' a human or animal emotion has been used to describe the storm.

    You also get anthropomorphism which is more specifically applying only human characteristics to other non-human things.

    Hope this helps :-)
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    (Original post by ERB20)
    Pathetic Fallacy is where the weather is used to reiterate the characters moods ie. if the character is sad the weather will be rainy, if they're angry it will be thundering, if they're happy it will be sunny etc.

    Personification is when you apply human/animal characteristics onto an inanimate object/abstract idea etc. (basically anything that wouldn't have those characteristics normally). So if you said that the 'storm was angry' or 'the storm howled' a human or animal emotion has been used to describe the storm.

    You also get anthropomorphism which is more specifically applying only human characteristics to other non-human things.

    Hope this helps :-)
    Thank youuuu

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