I like this, because it does not specify which flag it is, and there are so many out there with red, white, and blue, most people in the United States think Oh, this is the American flag! People in Britain think Oh, this is the British flag! Who knows? It could be the Czech Republic's flag for all we know! I like this sentence. :P
EDIT: 44 flags have those colors! There are some that will make you think "Oh! How could I have missed that one!" such as Chile, or North Korea, or Puerto Rico, or Cuba http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_flags_by_color_combination#Blue.2C_red_and_white
the Union Flag is indeed the flag which is currently used in Britain, but it is not the same as the British flag, or Flag of Great Britain, which has not been used in an official capacity since 1801:
Chile, France, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Slovenia, Croatia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Falkland Islands, Bermuda, Laos, British Virgin Islands, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Liberia, Luxembourg, Nepal, Montserrat, Paraguay, Panama, Sint Maarten, Republic of China, Thailand, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Belize, Haiti, Sabah, West Papua, Cook Islands, former Confederate States of America, and the United States of America.
Plus: Ohio, Texas, Hawaii, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Georgia, North Carolina, Wyoming, Tennessee
And: Alagoas, Amazonas, Bahia, Espírito Santo,
And: Ontario, Manitoba
And: New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia, Victoria
Plus, in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics: Latvian SSR, Estonian SSR, Uzbek, and the Kirghiz SSR
Also, if you add gold, you get the flag of the Philippines! Plus more countries and states that I have to look up like British Columbia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
Please don't start any wars over which country is a legit country. I put all of them, even the ones that I personally do not believe are worthy of any recognition or even of existence, so I'm neutral. I'm sorry if I missed anybody's.
This echoes my thoughts exactly. Would some insightful and/or hilarious person give 'sirhunna' a lingot for me?
On the subject of the comma, this appears to be a difference between (British) English and American English. In British you should not have the comma before And, in American you should have it. I think the rule book for American English is the Chicago something. French French definitely goes along with Esperanto in not having the comma there. The Oxford dictionary is not recognised as having any authority in England.
I am American and I was not taught to use it in school. I live in California. I always thought it came from Oxford University in England, though some people call it the Harvard comma and Harvard University is here in the U.S. It is actually a style of writing that is opposed by some groups and mandated by other groups in both countries. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_comma#Mainly_British_style_guides_supporting_mandatory_or_typical_use
[Wikipedia article specifically about Red, white and blue tricolor flags] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_White_and_Blue)
A section of another wikipedia article So.. there are 38 such flags, of which 36 are sovereign nations while 2 are significant territories? (debatable; I'm just quoting from the first Wikipedia article as of 30/11/2017, the second is much more comprehensive)
Sovereign flags Australia, Cambodia, Chile, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic , Dominican Republic, Faroe Islands, France, Haiti, Iceland, North Korea, South Korea, Laos, Liberia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay , Philippines, Puerto Rico, Russia, Samoa, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia , Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom (The Union Jack), United States
Others Sint Maarten (Constituent country of the Netherlands) Schleswig-Holstein (Northern-most state in Germany)
Anyway let's fly some flags!! Iceland https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/ce/Flag_of_Iceland.svg/2000px-Flag_of_Iceland.svg.png Norway Faroe Islands
You're welcome! Glad I could help.
On my Android, I use the MessagEase keyboard, which allows many character combinations, and certainly includes all characters you need for Esperanto. However, it is a bit different in form to regular keyboards, and does take some getting used to. Before that one, I had a more typical one, but I'm afraid I cannot recall its name. But know at least that they are out there.
Oh, and if you lack an Esperanto keyboard, you can always use the x- or h-system for representing the special characters (I don't like the h-system much because in theory you can get ambiguity). So for the x-system, you would write cx for ĉ, sx for ŝ, ux for ŭ, etc.
estas (meaning is/are from the verb esti meaning to be) is a linking verb, which is a particular type of verb that does not take the accusative. Other examples are fariĝi or to become and ŝajni or to seem. This is the same reason that some people say one should say "It is I" rather than "It is me", although this is not so common anymore in English nowadays.
Yes, it's possible, and some Esperantists do it. I think people use it or not mostly on the basis of what they are used to from their own language(s). As a Dutch person, for example, I am inclined to leave it out; most people from the US would probably be inclined to put it in.