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  1. "To discuss" is a transitive action verb, here used in the present progressive "are discussing". Action verbs may have - but are not required to have objects - they can be 'understood'. Some are intransitive and can't have objects. If you were to use the optional relative pronoun (whom), it would function as the object, which is why it would need to be in objective case. In the OP's original sentence, you could also use "to address" to replace the phrasal verb "to talk to".
  2. Not sure what you're asking - it's the exact same thing. It is my mom (whom) they are discussing. Mom is the predicate nominative in the main clause; my is a possessive adjective/pronoun (not object or nominative case). Two clauses, each with its own subject and its own verb: 1. It is my mom 2. They are discussing ETA: that's also a great example of using a Latin verb in order to not end the sentence with the confusing bit of a phrasal verb. "It's my mom they're talking about" you'll notice means the exact same thing - it's a phrasal verb that means exactly the same thing as the one word verb 'to discuss'; 'about' is not a preposition here.
  3. So much going on here. For one thing, there are two clauses in each of those sentences. In other languages, there would need to be a relative pronoun to separate the clauses; in English it's 'understood'. It is you (that) I want to spend my life with. It is my mom (whom) they are talking about. Each clause has its own subject, and its own verb. Technically, both should be whom - you use whom if referring back to a person and if the person referenced is the object of the verb, but in everyday speech that sounds wrong (as does "It is I" instead of "It's me" - technically the former is correct, as the teacher says, but literally no one speaks like that in living English unless they're being a pretentious git, and a descriptivist grammarian would argue that that ship has sailed, but technically "to be doesn't take an object" is still the rule, so on an exam, you have to answer the weird-sounding way). So, yeah, in your first example if you did add the optional relative pronoun, it 'should' be whom, but it sounds weird - but luckily you can just leave it out altogether - that's totally okay in English. And then there's the whole 'ending the sentence with a preposition'. That's a holdover from when a bunch of old white guys decided that English grammar should be more like Latin grammar. But English is Germanic, not Latin, and has phrasal verbs. Yes, I know they're not taught in virtually any English-native grammar books, but believe me, in ESL books there are chapters. There are even separable and non-separable phrasal verbs. Phrasal verbs have things that look like 'prepositions' attached to them, but they actually alter the meaning of the verb and function a bit more like adverbs in that way. And a preposition is not a preposition if it is not in a pre position to its object, hence it's impossible to end a sentence with a preposition! A way to 'fix' this is to use a Latin synonym instead, but there's nothing wrong with a nice Germanic phrasal verb. It does get confusing as to whether a preposition like thing is part of a phrasal verb or a preposition when it does have an object after it (since in English there's only one object form of a pronoun - in other languages there are separate forms for direct object, indirect object and in some a case for object of a preposition, in others prepositions take direct or indirect cases - but either way it's easier to find clarity). Anyway, all English grammars I've seen will have you label those bits as either adverb or preposition as the context best indicates - if there's an object of any kind, the last bit is labeled a preposition, and anything hanging out in the wind can be labeled an adverb. Think on this... To put - means to place something somewhere "I put it on the table" To put up - means to resist "He put up a fight"; "Put up or shut up" To put up with - means to tolerate "I just can't put up with him anymore"; "That's something I can't put up with" In the original example, it's important to remember the object of a preposition is with its preposition, not wandering around in the sentence. He gave me the ball. He gave the ball to me. They mean the exact same thing, but in one 'me' is an indirect object, and in the other it's the object of a preposition. But the original sentence also has two clauses, and you can't have an object of the second clause hiding in the first clause. A relative pronoun would make that clearer. This is I (whom) you are talking to. The real problem why this sounds so awful is, as I said above, no native English speaker uses nominative case in this kind of sentence, so it sounds all kinds of wrong. It's kind of a 'gotcha' sentence, because much of grammar can be figured out by a native speaker intuitively by what sounds right, and that doesn't work here... As at least in grammar classes and on tests, the prescriptivist rule stands.
  4. LOL, I also love the Bingo wings terminology! I hate those Bingo wings, so I've been on a mission to get rid of mine - I'd toned them up fairly well even before losing weight, with lots of lifting and rowing, but as I gain weight all over, not just my middle - which is nice in some ways because my pants size doesn't go up as much as you'd expect, but my arms were big enough around that I was tight in sleeves even for things that fit me elsewhere. So much better now. I've only got very little wing at all now if I just let them hang out to the side, and that goes away completely if I flex. First time I've ever had definition in my arms - even when I was skinnier in my 20's I didn't have arm definition. Decent enough that I'm now happy to wear sleeveless tops, which I thought would never happen. Not sure if I can banish the bit of what's left, I think at this point it's excess skin from when they were much bigger...? Still trying....
  5. Nah. Ginger can't be pressed, I don't think - too stringy. I've been processing a ton of fresh ginger lately and the easiest way I've found is to peel it (peeler or I've seen recommended with spoon, but I have an awesome peeler that is faster - that peeler is my other favorite kitchen tool and they stopped making it 😭 - so it'd better keep going!). Anyway, after peeling a section, I used to chop or use my old box grater on the tiniest side (not shown here): but I just bought one of those little flat graters that you can hold over a bowl - similar to this but not this brand - I picked mine up at Whole Foods on a total whim. that thing is the bees knees. Why did I not get one of those sooner??? The box grater is awkward to hold and I kept getting my knuckles involved... it's also so much easier to clean than the box. Finally I can process ginger fast. Now I press all my garlic and use that to grate all my ginger, no matter what the recipe says to do... for some reason this grater makes it less stringy as well. I also use the new grater for citrus peels.
  6. I've had mine at least a decade - probably quite a bit longer, since I'm pretty sure I've had it since my kids were little - and it's still going strong, knock wood!!! Now that I'm at the computer, found a link to the PC garlic press. Looks like they haven't changed it much - it still says no peeling - the one thing I see different is that now there's a storage spot for the cleaning tool in the handle. (It's so easy to clean, I almost never need to use the cleaning tool). It's $20 now, so the price went up a bit since I bought it, but some of the best money I've ever spent...
  7. I bought it at a party years ago, but I think nowadays you can just go to their website and buy anything any time. Hopefully they haven't changed their press since I bought it - have to say this is one of my favorite kitchen tools. I think I bought one for dd21 last Christmas from the website. Before I had this press, I did use the 'flatten with knife and mince' method, which is indeed easier than a regular press. My old press sat in the drawer. I never would have bought this except it was demo'd at the party, and I thought wait, no peeling??! Must try this. It was under $15, I think?
  8. Not at all. You don't have to do anything, not even trim the end of the clove. By some magic, it seems to press everything through the peel, but then the leftover peel is still one piece that easily pops out with the end of a knife and into the trash, then on to the next clove. So freaking easy.
  9. For any other garlic press, that's true, but for the Pampered Chef one, where you don't have to peel, the press is even faster and easier to clean up. And I say this as someone who almost always prefers a knife to gadgets. The key is that you don't have to peel. Just pop in the clove, squish, then remove peel to trash (I usually use the end of a knife). No garlicky fingers. The press is so easy to clean, it barely needs more than rinsing, but it does come with a handy tool for any clogged holes.
  10. I love the one I have from Pampered Chef, especially since you don't have to peel the garlic first.
  11. Eggplants aka aubergines: I think you usually peel them, at least the big ones. The little ones I think are called 'baby eggplants', lol. I eat non-fat Greek yogurt. It is very filling and satisfying. It's the protein, not just the fat. I eat non-fat (plain, no sugar) Greek yogurt with blueberries and pecans (and I've started adding some ground flax seeds) every morning. There's also healthy fats in the nuts and seeds. I don't buy the keto story that loading up on saturated fats (dairy, coconut) is the way to go. I don't avoid them like trans fats, but I don't go seeking them out in full-fat or extra fat (cream!) dairy or mountains of coconut products. Wait, you're hiking and grilling outside? Isn't it cold there??
  12. When I used to put booklists together for my kids, I would do all the initial searching on Amazon, which does have the 'if you liked this, you'll like this other book', and it's actually reasonably good. Also, Amazon lets you search by topic, not just author or title. Then I would go with my list of titles and order from the library. Btw, Goodreads also has one of those 'if you liked this...' algorithms, but in spite of having been bought by Amazon, apparently it's a totally different, and horribly inaccurate one. Like, recently I read some book set in Africa, with topics including misogyny and polygamy, and Goodreads piped up that since I liked that book, I was sure to like Pat the Bunny. Yes, the board book. WTH. They give me bizarro 'recommendations' like that regularly. But the Amazon algorithm seems to be fairly well done.
  13. I have space for books, but it is full, plus some! Every room has bookshelves, one built-ins on every wall, and there are stacks on various surfaces over that. My general rule is, if the library has it, I borrow it. I only buy it if they don't have it, and I really want it (like with the kids' picture books, I pretty much just went by what the library had for, say, history or science topics - with a few exceptions). My kids are grown now, but I've returned to voracious reading for myself. I use the library and Overdrive heavily, and pretty much only buy foreign language and independent publisher books, although I always check first because sometimes I am pleasantly surprised that I can get even those from the library after all! I am blessed to live in an area with robust libraries. Interlibrary loan usually only takes 2 days or so, unless there's just one copy and it's checked out already. How to know what to request from other libraries? Go on the library website and search their catalogs. Our libraries here are all parts of consortiums, so you just say you want to search the consortium rather than just our town library. I actually have a second card in a neighboring town that is a member of a different consortium, so I can access two consortiums that way. I always reserve everything online, then just go pick it up - I get an email when it comes in.
  14. I bought that thing years ago after I went on that retreat that was ostensibly about an educational method (Waldorf/Montessori mash-up plus other stuff) that was put together by a practicing Buddhist, so the retreat ended up having multiple meditation sessions a day, and I liked it! She had tons of these cushions and when I got home, I ordered myself one, and even one of those little bowls you hit with a hammer to make a pretty chime. Then, like all the other well-intentioned self-improvement stuff I've bought - weights, yoga stuff, a bosu... not used almost at all. I even lost it for a bunch of years in the back of a closet! But I found it again, and I even used it for about 10 minutes the other day - you guys are inspiring me! It's not really heart-shaped, as the back is rounded, but it is kinda butt-shaped. My kids like to call it my butt-pillow, lol. I do sometimes use it just to sit on the floor! The cat thinks it's hers... If you want one, I managed to find the website... And yeah, I did buy it to go with the colors in the room, so that way if I leave it out, it just looks like part of the decor, lol...
  15. I've got some texture issues with some veggies, but I love them if done right, and eggplant is one. Grilled or roasted are both good, or in a layered casserole like moussaka or lasagna. I'm thinking of trying an eggplant lasagna that has no noodles - rather than layering eggplant over the noodles, they kind of function as the noodle layer. I think you have to salt them and remove excess water, and then pre-grill or sear them in a heavy pan, all of which helps them not get soggy. I can't stand eggplant in ratatouille and similar, though - slimy! It's cold enough for snow here now, but so far only a few flakes. I'm barely ready for the cold - the snow can wait a bit!
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