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by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Sun Sep 27th, 2015 at 02:31:35 PM EST
I righted the alignment thing. The "style" attributes don't work in hyperlinks, I moved them to the tags.

Some grammatical notes: later vs latter, led vs. lead[ed], lose vs loose, hyphen in compound adjectives, and hit the road.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun Sep 27th, 2015 at 04:51:57 PM EST
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Thanks!

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by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Mon Sep 28th, 2015 at 03:38:28 AM EST
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Thanks for the proof-read. I am not able to identify the hyphen case(s). Could you please point those out?

I believe "hit the road" is indeed what I meant in both situations. It is not just about starting a travel (which they actually do) but also coming out.

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by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Thu Oct 1st, 2015 at 05:31:10 AM EST
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I'm not sure which hyphenations DoDo means, though it's "prime minister" not "prime-minister". If you wanted to make an adjective of it, you would write "prime-ministerial ambitions" for example, with a hyphen.

But here are two things:

"PCP survived as a plain right party"

I doubt you mean the PCP is a simple rightwing party (though maybe... ;)). Is there a Portuguese expression analogous to the French "de plein droit"? In which case, in English it would be "a party as of right" or the adjective "rightful".

"If BE has been able to renew its rooster"

Farmyard tactics? Or should that be "roster"?

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Thu Oct 1st, 2015 at 05:50:34 AM EST
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My writing is a catastrophe!

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by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Thu Oct 1st, 2015 at 07:26:07 AM EST
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No, IMHO your writing was pretty good, but as it was rather long (over 4,000 words), us nitpickers had opportunities to notice a few mistakes. Only pointed out to further improve your English. (Some mistakes I corrected after receiving similar corrections on ET over the years: "ocassion" and "didn't remembered".)

Regarding the hypen in compound adjectives: for example, "second-largest political party" not "second largest political party", "high-profile economists" not "high profile economists", "USSR-leaning stance" not "USSR leaning stance". (IMHO a simple rule, but one native speakers, especially Americans often don't keep.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Oct 1st, 2015 at 08:13:53 AM EST
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Regarding the content of the diary: great work!

I am surprised at this lack of 'proper' right-populist and far-right parties. From 15 years ago, I remember reading that CDS is doing a xenophobic campaign. Did they tone down in their years in government? Reading up on its history on Wikipedia now, I see CDS has centrist roots which influence its self-definition to this day, but had a shift to the right when the EPP temporarily dumped them for rejecting the Maastricht Treaty, but the current leader brought them back towards the centre. According to Wikipedia, their only rigid right-wing position is anti-abortionism. I also find that CDS boss Paulo Portas is a vile douche-bag, with a truly long list of scandals (I recall the paedophile charges, the Iraq WMD evidence claim and some of the arms deals, but there are a dozen more on Wikipedia).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun Sep 27th, 2015 at 04:55:33 PM EST
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CDS is pretty much like a weathervane, it points wherever the wind is blowing. They always opt for dimmed banners, so they can easily be in government. However, the vast majority of their electorate are conservative Christians.

There is a real nationalist party in Portugal, PNR. Their results have grown from less than 5 000 votes in 2002 to more than 17 000 in 2011, but are still far from electing representatives.

A very important party to the right is (was?) the New Democracy Party, formed by a dissident, ex CDS leader, Manuel Monteiro. Monteiro was by far the most popular leader CDS ever had, reaching over 15% of votes at some point. The New Democracy Party got 40 000 votes in the first election it tackled, back in 2005. However, it kept declining ever since and did not present lists to the 2015 elections.

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by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Mon Sep 28th, 2015 at 03:57:24 AM EST
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