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by navi
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to keep him silent
Replies: 0
Views: 21

to keep him silent

Which are correct:

1) They killed him to keep him silent.

2) They killed him in order to keep him silent.

3) They killed him to keep silent.

4) They killed him in order to keep silent.

5) They killed him to be kept silent.
6) They killed him in order to be kept silent.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: was kidnapped
Replies: 1
Views: 53

was kidnapped

Which are correct: 1) He was killed to keep him silent. 2) He was killed to be kept silent. 3) He was killed to keep silent. (meaning: He was killed so that he would keep silent) 4) He was killed in order to keep him silent. 5) He was killed in order to be kept silent. 6) He was kidnapped to toil as...
by navi
Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the young people/young people
Replies: 1
Views: 54

the young people/young people

One person says: "In our city, a lot of people go to parks." Another replies: 1) It's young people who do that. 2) It's the young people who do that. 3) Young people do that. 4) The young people do that. Are all the sentences' acceptable in this context? Do they have different meanings in this conte...
by navi
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:06 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: deny both
Replies: 0
Views: 238

deny both

1) They deny negotiating with you and contacting Harrison. 2) They deny negotiating with you or contacting Harrison. 3) They deny both negotiating with you and contacting Harrison. 4) They deny either negotiating with you or contacting Harrison. Which are correct? Which mean: a) They say they didn'...
by navi
Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: aside from
Replies: 3
Views: 635

Re: aside from

Thank you very much, Phil, Actually, that wasn't really what I was after, although it is quite an interesting point! I hadn't even thought of that, but yes, one might wrongly think that those sentences have a dangling modifier. I'd have had doubts about your examples had I seen them elsewhere! But m...
by navi
Sun Jul 28, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: aside from
Replies: 3
Views: 635

aside from

Which are correct: 1) Aside from my marital life, which is in a bad way, there are a lot of other problems I have to face. 2) Aside from my marital life, which is in a bad way, a lot of other problems plague me. 3) Besides my marital life, which is in a bad way, there are a lot of other problems I h...
by navi
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: if you want to be free
Replies: 0
Views: 472

if you want to be free

A says: We want to be free. B replies: 1) If you want to be free, the tyrant has to be overthrown. 2) For you to be free, the tyrant has to be overthrown. 3) The tyrant has to be overthrown for you to be free. 4) The tyrant has to be overthrown so that you will be free. Are all the sentences correct...
by navi
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: make sense of
Replies: 4
Views: 1063

Re: make sense of

Thank you very much, Eric, It seems that I have messed things up with 'stepped up'. You are quite right. That phrasal verb does not belong to that context! How about: 5a) The scientific aspects of the book, which he accepted to make sense of for me, were important . 5b) The scientific aspects of the...
by navi
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: make sense of
Replies: 4
Views: 1063

make sense of

Are these sentences correct: 1) He made sense of the scientific aspects of the book for me. 2) The scientific aspects of the book were made sense of by him. 3) The scientific aspects of the book, which were made sense of by him, were fascinating. 4) The scientific aspects of the book, which he stepp...
by navi
Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more of a...
Replies: 0
Views: 1071

more of a...

Which are correct: 1) He is as much a writer as a journalist. 2) He is as much a writer as you are. 3) He is as much of a writer as a journalist. 4) He is as much of a writer as you are. 5) He is more a writer than a journalist. 6) He is more a writer than you are. 7) He is more of a writer than a j...
by navi
Sun Jun 30, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: hard question to ask
Replies: 3
Views: 2478

hard question to ask

1) That is a hard question to ask. 2) That is the hardest question to ask. 3) That is a hard question to ask someone who has suffered a great loss. 4) That is the hardest question to ask someone who has suffered a great loss. Aren't these sentences all ambiguous? Is it hard to ask the question or t...
by navi
Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: before everybody saw
Replies: 3
Views: 3031

Re: before everybody saw

Thank you very much, Phil, Yes, this is an interesting topic. I think I read somewhere (maybe in The Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language by Quirk et al., ) that there was a difference between: a) I saw him before he saw me. and: b) I had seen him before he had seen me. I think they said th...
by navi
Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: can perform just like me
Replies: 1
Views: 2649

can perform just like me

Are these correct and do they make sense: 1) John can perform as well as I do in small venues. But he gets nervous in big halls. I don't even know how I would do in small venues. I haven't played in one in a long time. Maybe the intimacy of a small venue would make me nervous. 2) John can perform ju...
by navi
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: how is it possible
Replies: 1
Views: 2808

how is it possible

Which are correct: 1) How can he win a gold medal and I not even win a bronze? 2) How is it possible that he should win a gold medal and I not even win a bronze? 3) How can he be invited to that party and I not be invited? 4) How can he be invited to that party and not I? 5) How is it possible that ...
by navi
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: before everybody saw
Replies: 3
Views: 3031

before everybody saw

Which are correct: 1) They stopped showing the movie before everybody saw it. 2) They stopped showing the movie before everybody had seen it. 3) They closed the fair before every one us took a ride on the rollercoaster. 4) They closed the fair before every one us had taken a ride on the rollercoaste...