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Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XV" from Gideon
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Willow has only been there a minute and she already has an "in" maybe she can put Giles out of a job and get her revenge that way!
Review By [Gideon] • Date [22 Dec 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XV" from (Current Donor)Starfox
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Great chapter! Very good if gory fighting scene. Almost a happy ending, but not enough bling for Liz. I wonder if she will not simply get Willow and Xander on board, and travel the galaxy.
Review By [(Current Donor)Starfox] • Date [22 Dec 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XV" from DieselDriver
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We haven't heard a whole lot from Xander (that I can remember). I wonder what his reaction will be to being "bampfed" and then meeting Thor. Should be fun.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [22 Dec 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XV" from Muroshi
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Oh that last comment is going to go over well with Willow.
Review By [Muroshi] • Date [22 Dec 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XV" from ShalaDakiri
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You know, I actually forgot it was Monday of Cross Purpose week until I saw the tracked story notice while I was reading another story?

I liked the comment about how scary smart Sam is.

And Jack? I wonder how badly Willow is going to blow up on him over mentioning they hired Giles.
Review By [ShalaDakiri] • Date [22 Dec 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XV" from hamishog
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You want to get Will and Carter talking and you think that will give people headaches. Amateur. Get Jack and Xander talking. We're talking Excedrin Extra-Strength here. We're talking industrial strength Tylenol. Or maybe Motrin. General Hammond's ulcer would explode.
According to the story so far Liz, Willow and Xander not only survived what is essentially am a kill mission, 007-style, but impressed the agent in place, giving them a permanent spot on his 'things I will always regret' list. These kids are incredible and if Jack doesn't snap them all up then he's an idiot. And he's not an idiot.
Can you imagine a think tank that includes Major Carter, Willow Rosenberg and Winifred 'Call me Fred' Burkle?
Then add Wesley to Doctor Jackson's crew.
Then add Charles Gunn and Xander Harris to security.
Or just add Liz, Xander and Willow to SGC and drop them off anywhere and watch the fireworks.
Or - OMG - pair them up with their own Tok'ra.
Is singing 'this is the song that never ends' a legitimate form of torture?

And as an aside Cross Purposes has introduced several wonderful ideas that I really wish you would explore.
The Adventures of Liz and Sidney
The White Knight in LA (possibly teaming him up with the Slayer who was headed that way last I heard)
Mister and Doctor Harris and the OSI

That's just me.
Review By [hamishog] • Date [22 Dec 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XV" from Harry
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Well, Liz is healed up and ready to take care of matters. And I would LOVE to see Red and Carter get talking! They would give O'Neill and Liz MULTIPLE headaches!
Review By [Harry] • Date [22 Dec 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XV" from (Current Donor)MarcusRowland
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The big reveal where Willow finds out about Buffyverse Willow should be interesting. I'm guessing that the SGC has video...
Review By [(Current Donor)MarcusRowland] • Date [22 Dec 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XIV" from SirLee
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Oh, grammatical gender can be _way_ weirder than that... yeah, "milk" is masculine in Portuguese and feminine in Spanish, making for torrid dairy affairs all along the Brazilian and Portuguese borders... but let me talk about propellers. In Portuguese, "hélice" (helix, also used as the common word for the propeller in a ship, airplane or even household fan) is *usually* feminine... EXCEPT in ships. Talk to a stuffy Navy officer, and he will INSIST that his ship's propeller is DEFINITELY masculine.

About ease of learning English... well, English is easy to LEARN but hard to MASTER. But the funny thing is that the parts of it that are generally deemed "hard" by natives can be comparatively easy for foreigners, particularly if one comes from a background related to one of the languages English borrowed a lot.

You see, English has this Anglo-Saxon root but it borrowed quite heavily from Romance languages -- particularly Latin, French and Spanish -- in the past. So those borrowings don't fit the general English structure and are considered "hard" for native speakers... but quite "easy" for Romance-language speakers. I had this weird experience as an exchange student... our English teacher regularly did this "improve your vocabulary/spelling" thing where she passed around a list of "hard" words to be researched. I hardly ever had to crack a dictionary -- those were almost all Romance borrowings which I could figure out at a glance.

I expect that native speakers of other heavily-borrowed languages, like German, might have similar experiences.
Comments from author:
The only words my SO ever misspells are words which sound very similar in German, like yogurt.
Review By [SirLee] • Date [11 Dec 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XIV" from Zeviz
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Another excellent chapter.

About language: "English is one of the most difficult languages on earth to learn because it is taken from everyone of the others and follows none on their rules with any consistency."

Actually, English is generally considered one of the easiest to learn for foreigners, which is probably one of the reasons it's become the main language of international commerce and the Internet. And the language's disregard for rules is one of the main reasons for it: there is no grammatical gender (why is "armchair" masculine in German, but neuter in Russian, while the opposite is the case for "house"), no conjugation (trying to get all the adjectives, verbs, and nouns to have correct endings can be almost impossible for a non-native speaker), a very lax attitude towards tenses (a high school English teacher told me that past perfect and simple past are fully interchangeable (which isn't what my English teachers in Russia had said)), etc.

English is hard to learn to read for native speakers because of its non phonetical spelling, but for foreigners that's less of an obstacle than differing grammatical genders, complicated conjugation rules, and other problems that are encountered when learning other complicated languages. As for obscure quirks like "i before e except ...", every language has them.

EDIT: And now I am thinking of a story of an Israeli table meeting a French table on vacation, and a cute little coffee table that arrived a few months later. :D
Comments from author:
And 'table' is feminine in France but masculine in Israel. Where do the Israeli tables go on holiday to meet those sexy French female tables? The Riviera? :D
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [10 Dec 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XIV" from SilverWave
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Just spotted that this was being updated again...

Cool :-)
Comments from author:
:D Yeah, I update it *every* second Monday. Like clockwork. Or like a really obsessive-compulsive person. :D
Review By [SilverWave] • Date [10 Dec 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XIV" from DieselDriver
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The conversation about vaudeville, reminded me of a conversation I had with a co-worker, longer ago than I like to think about, in which we were discussing the News Reader at the TV station in Santa Barbara who had been born with a deformity of the hands in which she only had what were basically pinkies and sort of thumbs. I mentioned that she was lucky to be born in a time when society could support someone like her. My co-worker was incensed that I thought society was supporting her, why, she had a good paying job, made more money than both of us was the C-W's statement. She could not get it through her head that the News Reader was supported by society because it could afford to pay someone to sit and read the news on TV. Similarly, the vaudevillians were supported by society as are we all. In past times we would be working so hard just to get food and clothing, shelter etc., that there was no energy or resources to do extraneous things for fun. Things like sitting and reading these stories for hours on end.

Thank you society.

Interesting word "vaudevillians"... "vaude" means nothing to me but "villians" is the bad guys. Diane, what does the "vaude" part mean?

Comment to your reply: Seriously, I wasn't serious.

Another thing, "I" before "E" except after "C", unless it looks wrong (most of the time).
Comments from author:
The part 'villian' has nothing to do with villains, but is a noun postfix. A vaudevillian does vaudeville in the same sense that a person from Nashville is a Nashvillian. Nashvillians are not villains unless you have a personal hatred of country-western music. :D

No one really knows where the word 'vaudeville' comes from. The texture of the word suggests that it comes from French. One of the popular theories is that it comes from the French 'voix de ville' or 'voice of the city', but this may be folk etymology.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [10 Dec 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XIV" from JediKnight
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Very nice work on he latest update. How many more chapters of this arc are there?
Comments from author:
Only a couple. And then we're going to move to the DC Universe (Cat Tales version) again.
Review By [JediKnight] • Date [10 Dec 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XIV" from VillageOrchid
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Good transition sequence... and effective cross-thought exposition. Liz thinking she'd like to have him as a CO, and Sidney pointing out that she probably won't be able to leave the base while they are blended, thus ipso facto making her probable CO in the future.

Thanks for continuing.
Comments from author:
Thanks for reading. Liz and Sydney make an interesting and effective team.
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [9 Dec 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XIV" from fanreaderonetwo
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"And from H. Beam Piper

English is the product of a Saxon warrior trying to make a date with an Angle bar-maid, and as such is no more legitimate than any of the other products of that conversation.
Fuzzy Sapiens (1964)"

****

Thanks for the corrected version! Its been many years since I read it.
Comments from author:
I believe there are even older cracks about the English language.
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [9 Dec 14] • Not Rated
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