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by JerrySmile
Sun Mar 08, 2015 3:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Choice for the future
Replies: 4
Views: 2402

Re: Choice for the future

Thank you very much.

Other views/votes?
by JerrySmile
Sat Mar 07, 2015 6:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Choice for the future
Replies: 4
Views: 2402

Choice for the future

Hello,

1. My car radio is old, so my uncle is going to buy me a new one next week.

2. My car radio is old, so my uncle will buy me a new one next week.

Your choice?

Thanks.
by JerrySmile
Sun Jan 25, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Desire
Replies: 3
Views: 1453

Re: Desire

Erik_Kowal wrote:Yes, but it sounds a bit stiff and formal. I would change 'desire' to 'want'.
Ah, yes, I fully agree with that.

Thanks a lot, everyone.
by JerrySmile
Sat Jan 24, 2015 6:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Desire
Replies: 3
Views: 1453

Desire

1. If a guest desires no further coffee, the host should not insist.

2. If a guest doesn't desire any more coffee, the host should not insist.

Are both 1 and 2 acceptable to you?

Thanks.
by JerrySmile
Fri Jan 02, 2015 2:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: having bought
Replies: 0
Views: 1872

having bought

Happy New Year 2015, everyone! 1. He admitted buying tools at Walmart. 2. He admitted having bought tools at Walmart. 3. He remembered buying tools at Walmart. 4. He remembered having bought tools at Walmart. Any differences between 1 and 2, respectively 3 and 4, in terms of temporal aspect? My thin...
by JerrySmile
Thu Dec 25, 2014 9:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Replies: 4
Views: 1729

Re: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Bobinwales wrote:A very Merry Christmas to all of you. And thank you for your company.
Sho. [dialect, rural, Faulkner]:-)
by JerrySmile
Tue Dec 16, 2014 11:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a man injured in the house
Replies: 10
Views: 1922

Re: a man injured in the house

Wizard of Oz wrote: I think it is a very poorly constructed sentence
Indeed.
by JerrySmile
Wed Oct 29, 2014 2:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for him to translate them
Replies: 13
Views: 1736

Re: for him to translate them

Thank you Wizard and Phil again.
The secret is in the cooking, I guess :-)
by JerrySmile
Tue Oct 28, 2014 5:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for him to translate them
Replies: 13
Views: 1736

Re: for him to translate them

Hi, Phil, The second clause contains two pronouns referring to the two objects of the first clause. This makes the entire utterance appear circular. Ah, too bad you didn't say just this from the beginning :-) Now, it's all very clear. It's enough for me. You are absolutely right, and I never said yo...
by JerrySmile
Tue Oct 28, 2014 3:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for him to translate them
Replies: 13
Views: 1736

Re: for him to translate them

Hi, Phil, Of course they are not obsolete. They are inappropriate to the intended meaning. *Barman, please give me something so that I can drink it. *Barman, please give me something so that I will drink it. *Barman, please give me something so that I may drink it. *Barman, please give me something ...
by JerrySmile
Tue Oct 28, 2014 1:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for him to translate them
Replies: 13
Views: 1736

Re: for him to translate them

The difference is straightforward. Your sample sentences carry an entirely different meaning from the original proposed sentence. They have little or nothing to do with each other. Sorry, please illuminate me :-) I only see the same constructs "so that he /would/should/could/might/ do smth." Are th...
by JerrySmile
Tue Oct 28, 2014 1:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for him to translate them
Replies: 13
Views: 1736

Re: for him to translate them

1 and 3 are decidedly odd. Hi, Phil, Why exactly is that? We find in recent fiction, similar to 1 and even 3 (OK, the third reference is 1982, still not so old, not Trollope :-)): --- Lugosi: His Life in Films, on Stage, and in the Hearts of Horror Lovers - Page 288 Gary Don Rhodes - 1997 In one in...
by JerrySmile
Sat Oct 18, 2014 5:29 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the man to supply
Replies: 6
Views: 1367

Re: the man to supply

Incidentally, no native speaker would ever say 'things bootleg' or 'anything bootleg' unless they were humorously trying to sound like a foreigner, or maybe like an adult trying (but failing) to keep up-to-date with the latest slang. Well, these seem native enough: --- New Book of Rock Lists - Page...
by JerrySmile
Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the man to supply
Replies: 6
Views: 1367

Re: the man to supply

None, IMO. Instead: No. Dan is the man responsible for supply ing illegal material. No. Dan is the man in charge of supply ing illegal material. No. Dan is the go-to man for supply ing illegal material. No. Dan is the go-to man for/things bootleg/anything bootleg. the last being the closest perhaps ...
by JerrySmile
Thu Oct 09, 2014 11:27 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with the long, dark hair
Replies: 10
Views: 1686

Re: with the long, dark hair

1-He was talking to his girlfriend with the long, dark hair. 2-He was talking to his girlfriend with her long, dark hair. 3-He was talking to his girlfriend with long dark hair. To explicitly assign features to a character, and eventually pile and pile on them, by using "with" is old-fashioned writ...