[Ads-l] "Lose complete control" and its ilk

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu May 25 19:02:43 EDT 2017

On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 10:30 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>

> “lacks total understanding of the problem"

FWIW, only this sentence strikes me as strange. Cf.

"lacks partial understanding of the problem"

which is a real thigh-slapper, IMO.


"has partial understanding of the problem"

is all right, better than

"partially understands the problem."

Of course, I'm not a native-speaker of the relevant variety/code of English.

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come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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