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All is well and old folks are making money

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Youre probably thinking, Is she ever going to get this plane in the air here? Or are we doomed to sit all day in the airport looking at the sky?


HERES LIFTOFF. All is an indefinite pronoun. It takes its number (is it singular or plural) from its antecedent (noun the pronoun replaces). The antecedents number should be clear; however, sometimes you have a little thinking to do. Our QP of T gave us one of the latter.


Family is a collective noun, a group word. A family can act as a group or as individuals. EXAMPLES A new family [group] has moved next door. The family [individuals] are all going in different directions this summer.


SO, all in QP of Ts example referred to family which is, in that sentence, plural. The health of individual members is the subject of inquiry. All then is plural, taking a plural verb (are, not is).


Think of it this way: All of the pie [singular one pie] is ___; all of the pies [plural more than one pie] are ___.


Here are lists from EnglishPlus.com. Singular Indefinite Pronouns: another, anybody, anyone, anything, each, either, everybody, everyone, everything, little, much, neither, nobody, no one, nothing, one, other, somebody, someone, something Plural: both, few, many, others, several Singular or Plural: all, any, more, most, none, some


Now youre ready; take on that world. (Have you noticed that one of Nashvilles female newscasters shes blonde - uses that over much? Isnt analyzing and criticizing fun?)


ONLINE DEPARTMENT Lawyer Joke* (Thanks, J.A.) A lawyer and a senior citizen are sitting next to each other on a long flight. The lawyer is thinking seniors are so dumb he could get one over on any of them easily. So, the lawyer asks if the senior would like to play a game. The senior is tired and just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and tries to catch a few winks. The lawyer persists, saying that the game is a lot of fun. I ask you a question, and if you don't know the answer, you pay me only $5.00. Then you ask me one, and if I don't know the answer, I will pay you $500.00, he says. This catches the senior's attention and, to keep the lawyer quiet, he agrees to play the game. The lawyer asks the first question. What's the distance from the Earth to the Moon? The senior doesn't say a word, but reaches into his pocket, pulls out a five-dollar bill, and hands it to the lawyer. Now, it's the senior's turn. He asks the lawyer, What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down with four? The lawyer uses his laptop to search all references he can find on the Net. He sends e-mails to all the smart friends he knows; all to no avail. After an hour of searching, he finally gives up. He wakes the senior and hands him $500.00. The senior pockets the $500.00 and goes right back to sleep. The lawyer is going nuts not knowing the answer. He wakes the senior up and asks, Well, what goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four? The senior reaches into his pocket, hands the lawyer $5.00, and goes back to sleep.


BW (Bigtime Word) antipodal places on the globe that are located diametrically opposite each other. Pronounce it an TIP uh dul if you ever need to say it. Try to remember THAT occasion.


* Of course I, married to a lawyer for 47 years, like lawyer jokes, but he does, too.

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