Talk:HOPE IV: The Catalyst

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Feedback 2015/11/26[edit]


Others: HOPE Vol.4 + Prototype

Reward: Gift of the Catalyst

--Thief.Jolu (talk) 17:00, 26 November 2015 (UTC)

Grammar pedantry[edit]

Regarding this edit: singular "their" is perfectly valid English, as demonstrated by its presence in dictionaries:, Oxford, Collins. --Idris (talk) 16:35, 3 June 2016 (UTC)

Lol, and it got edited while I was writing the above. I think "beetle's" was correct, too. The Veteran Follower of Zintl is a hylek; the beetle is merely their mount. So "collect their beetle's juice" implies "collect the juice belonging to the hylek's beetle", whereas "collect their beetle juice" implies "collect the beetle-juice belonging to the hylek". -Idris (talk) 16:43, 3 June 2016 (UTC)
Yes, beetle's is awkward, and a missed opportunity, but correct. I tried to keep the (sic) minimally applied; this is just getting silly now.
'Their' is more legitimate when you don't know the gender of the referenced party. Presumably, ANet does know. Besides, the entire point of (sic) IS grammar pedantry.
At least tell me you don't put 'an' in front of hard-h. ;D SarielV 20 x 20px 17:03, 3 June 2016 (UTC)
Nah, "h" is a consonant, and "an" is only used before words beginning with a vowel sound.
...I know you were probably joking by asking that but I'm in a linguistic mood today. :p --Idris (talk) 17:17, 3 June 2016 (UTC)
Oh, you snuck an extra sentence in there when I wasn't looking! Sneaky. Anyway, even if ANet knows the gender of the hylek, we don't, so it doesn't seem like an unreasonable choice to refer to them using an indefinite pronoun. At least, not to the extent of warranting a (sic) tag, imo. (Also, I fully admit that I'm not even arguing for the sake of improving the article anymore, I just enjoy discussing language, haha.) --Idris (talk) 18:00, 3 June 2016 (UTC)