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by navi
Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: headed by/comma
Replies: 0
Views: 19

headed by/comma

1) They were eliminated by the most powerful faction of the party led by Stalin. 2) They were eliminated by the most powerful faction of the party, led by Stalin. 3) Their party was criticized by the Soviet Communist party led by Stalin. 4) Their party was criticized by the Soviet Communist party, ...
by navi
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: gave her the flashlight to...
Replies: 7
Views: 221

Re: gave her the flashlight to...

Thank you both very much,

Phil, take care of yourself and get as much rest as you need. The squirrels will always be there!

Respectfully,
Navi
by navi
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: gave her the flashlight to...
Replies: 7
Views: 221

Re: gave her the flashlight to...

Thank you very much for this detailed response, You have fully grasped what my problem is: the subject or, as you say, the agent of the non-finite verb, It seems to me that such 'constructs' work well only with certain verbs. I think these sentences work and are natural: a) I brought him here to see...
by navi
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: gave her the flashlight to...
Replies: 7
Views: 221

gave her the flashlight to...

Are these sentences correct: 1) She was in the bike's way. I shoved her to get out of the bike's way. 2) I gave her the flashlight to find her way in the dark basement. 3) I gave the flashlight to her to find her way in the dark basement. 4) I placed the child on my shoulders to be able to see the s...
by navi
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as regards
Replies: 1
Views: 90

as regards

Are these sentences correct: 1) The court applied the law as regards John's misdemeanor. 2) The court applied the law regarding John's misdemeanor. 3) The court applied the law concerning John's misdemeanor. 4) The court applied the law with regard to John's misdemeanor. 5) The court applied the law...
by navi
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: each/every/all
Replies: 1
Views: 89

each/every/all

1 There is one way to solve each of these problems. 2 There is one way to solve every one of these problems. 3 There is one way to solve all of these problems. 4 Each of these problems can be solved in a single way. 5 Every one of these problems can be solved in a single way. 6 All of these problem...
by navi
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: it is worth
Replies: 3
Views: 199

Re: it is worth

Thank you very much, Eric,

One more question here, if I may.

Are these correct:

A) The cost of the trip is worth the pleasure.
B) The trouble of going there is worth the satisfaction you will get.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: ask someone
Replies: 1
Views: 74

ask someone

Can:
1) Ask someone for a drink.
mean:
2) Ask someone out for a drink.

Can
3) I asked her for a drink.
mean:
4) I asked her to have a drink with me.

To me when you ask someone for a drink, you ask them to give you a drink.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: it is worth
Replies: 3
Views: 199

it is worth

Is this sentence correct: 1) It is worth seeing that movie. How can one parse it? I thought it was like: 2) It is good sitting here. but that is equivalent to: 3) Sitting here is good. And one can't have: *4) Seeing that movie is worth. Maybe one could have 5) Seeing that movie is worth it. and 6) I...
by navi
Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: arrived in front of
Replies: 6
Views: 191

arrived in front of

1) She arrived in front of me.

Can't this sentence mean two things:
a) She came up to me. She reached a position that was in front of me.
b) She arrived ahead of me. She arrived before me.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: afraid to/afraid of
Replies: 6
Views: 359

Re: afraid to/afraid of

Thank you very much and my apologies!! I forgot to change the sentences!! What a stupid mistake! I am really sorry! And I did change the font color! Trolley managed to figure out what my question was!! Talk about context clarifying things!! It was supposed to be: Is there any difference between: 1) ...
by navi
Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: afraid to/afraid of
Replies: 6
Views: 359

afraid to/afraid of

Is there any difference between:
1) I was afraid to wake her up.
and:
2) I was afraid to wake her up.

Is there any difference between:
3) I was afraid to wake her up by closing the window.
and
4) I was afraid to wake her up by closing the window.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: if you don't like any of them
Replies: 4
Views: 345

Re: if you don't like any of them

Thank you both very much, I don't really have a problem with ambiguity. It is inevitable. Context almost always clarifies things. I like to be able to tell if a sentence is ambiguous though. That is all. Ambiguity interests me and does at times get at my nerves, but I am aware of the fact that it ca...
by navi
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: if you don't like any of them
Replies: 4
Views: 345

if you don't like any of them

1) If you don't like any of these photos, don't buy them. I think '1' is ambiguous: a) If you don't like any of these photos, don't buy these photos... don't buy any of them. b) If you don't like any of these photos, don't buy those you don't like. Could one avoid ambiguity by saying: 2) If you don...
by navi
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: everything he said
Replies: 2
Views: 203

everything he said

Are these sentences correct:

1) Whatever he said was later confirmed by the other witnesses.
2) Everything he said was later confirmed by the other witnesses.

3) Whatever he said was verified.
4) Everything he said was verified.

Gratefully,
Navi