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by navi
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: too good
Replies: 5
Views: 326

too good

1) They are too good people to do something like that.
2) They are too good of people to do something like that.

Which, if either, is correct?'
I suspect both are wrong?

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Wed Nov 18, 2020 5:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: let down
Replies: 1
Views: 175

let down

1) My favorite team let me down this weekend. They lost four-nil. 2) My favorite team disappointed me this weekend. They lost four-nil. I think 'let down' is usually used when something has been promised, and yet I find '1' correct. I think '2' is correct too, but sounds less natural to me. Are the...
by navi
Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: every one of them
Replies: 0
Views: 232

every one of them

Can one use:
1) I didn't see every one of them.
instead of:
2) I didn't see any one of them.
if 'every' is strongly emphasized?

Can one use:
3) I didn't see both of them.
instead of:
4) I didn't see either of them.
if 'both' is strongly emphasized?

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: any other man
Replies: 1
Views: 296

any other man

1) If I acted that way, I would be similar to any other criminal.
2) If I acted that way, I would be similar to any other man that has no moral principles.

Does '1' say that I am a criminal?
Does '2' say that I have no moral principles?

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Tue Oct 27, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for anyone
Replies: 1
Views: 721

for anyone

Can one use: 1) Do you know why doing the same workout every day doesn't work for you? Because it never does. instead of: 2) Do you know why doing the same workout every day doesn't work for you? Because it never works for anyone. =========================== Can one use: 3) Do you know why doing the...
by navi
Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: rather
Replies: 1
Views: 839

rather

1) These apples are rather tasty.

What does that mean to you?
a) The are somewhat tasty.
b) They are tasty and that is surprising.
c) They are surprisingly tasty.

or....

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Tue Oct 13, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone
Replies: 6
Views: 2597

Re: anyone

Thank you very much, Erik,

No, I messed up. I am sorry. I meant '3' and '4'. I suddenly shifted from numbers to letters.

Here they are:


3) There is nobody being loved by whom would be strange.

4) There is nobody whose loving you would be strange.'

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone
Replies: 6
Views: 2597

Re: anyone

Thank you very much, Erik,

I think that the meaning they were going for was:

3) There is nobody being loved by whom would be strange.
4) There is nobody whose loving you would be strange.'

I am not even sure that my 'c' and 'd' work either.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone
Replies: 6
Views: 2597

anyone

1) It is not unusual to be loved by anyone. That's from a famous Tom Jones song (I am sure you recognize it). The song is called 'It's Not Unusual'. https://genius.com/Tom-jones-its-not-unusual-lyrics What does '1' mean? How about: 2) It is not impossible to be loved by anyone. In those sentences, ...
by navi
Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: like John's
Replies: 3
Views: 1816

Re: like John's

Thank you very much, Erik,

How about:

1a) I read your article as I did John's.
2a) I listened to your song as I did John's.

3a) I read your article, as I did John's.
4a) I listened to your song, as I did John's.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Sun Oct 11, 2020 4:11 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: like John's
Replies: 3
Views: 1816

like John's

Are these sentences correct: 1) I read your article like John's. 2) I listened to your song like John's. 3) I read your article, like John's. 4) I listened to your song, like John's. I think in '1' and '2' the act was done in the same manner, and in '3' and '4', the manner is not the issue, and the ...
by navi
Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: thanking my teachers
Replies: 3
Views: 1622

Re: thanking my teachers

Thank you very much, Bonnie,

Can I use the first one even if I don't have any teachers now and want to thank those who were my teachers in the past?

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: thanking my teachers
Replies: 3
Views: 1622

thanking my teachers

Which are correct: 1) I want to thank all my teachers. 2) I want to thank all those who have been my teachers. 3) I want to thank all those who have been my teachers at one point in time. 4) I want to thank all those who were my teachers at one point in time. Can one use '1', '2' and '3' if one does...
by navi
Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: probably the most unhealthy thing
Replies: 7
Views: 2617

Re: probably the most unhealthy thing

Thank you very much, Phil,

"You all listen too slowly." is a marvelous sentence!
Amazing.

Respectfully,
Navi
by navi
Sat Oct 03, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: probably the most unhealthy thing
Replies: 7
Views: 2617

Re: probably the most unhealthy thing

Thank you all so much, Phil, I checked out the other sentence, which was wonderful! I think here, you and I are in agreement, but we don't really disagree with what Trolley and Eric are saying as far as grammar is concerned. We are claiming that the writer did not say what she meant to say. Grateful...