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by navi
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: singular/plural
Replies: 2
Views: 90

singular/plural

1) Every incident of a policeman arresting an innocent person was reported. 2) Every incident of policemen arresting innocent people was reported. Is there any difference in the meanings of these sentences? Does '1' rule out the cases where more than one policeman was involved and/or more than one ...
by navi
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: can buy many houses
Replies: 4
Views: 109

Re: can buy many houses

Thank you both very much,

So '1' and '3' do not necessarily imply that he could buy more than one house, but has instead decided to buy just this one. Is that correct?


Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: can buy many houses
Replies: 4
Views: 109

can buy many houses

Can one use: 1) He can buy many houses, but he has decided to buy this one. instead of: 2) There are many houses he can buy, but he has decided to buy this one. Can one use: 3) He can buy many other houses, but he has decided to buy this one. instead of: 4) There are many other houses he can buy, bu...
by navi
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as he could
Replies: 5
Views: 360

Re: as he could

Thank you very much, Phil, I am interested in ambiguity, but I try to avoid it when I speak. My interest is basically theoretical. In practice, context almost always clarifies things. Even when people make mistakes, the meaning generally gets through because there is a huge context involved that imm...
by navi
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as he could
Replies: 5
Views: 360

Re: as he could

Thank you both very much, How about: 3) He did it as only he could. (in the way only he could do it in) 4) He did it, as only he could. ( because he was the only one who did it) I am not sure either work, but maybe '4' is ambiguous. 5) Only Tom could save us. And he it, as only he could. 6) Jeff com...
by navi
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as my father did
Replies: 2
Views: 250

as my father did

1) I played chess as my father did. 2) I played chess , as my father did. Which of the above sentences correspond to which of the following meanings: a) I played chess because my father did. b) I played chess while my father did. c) I played chess the way my father did. d) I played chess and so did...
by navi
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as he could
Replies: 5
Views: 360

as he could

1) He did it as he could.

Could '1' mean: "He did it because he could"?

2) People forget as people can.


Can '2' mean: 'People forget in the way they can.'

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: than I would have
Replies: 1
Views: 466

than I would have

Are these sentences correct:

1) Now you will see something better than you would have if you'd gone to the other show.
2) I saw something better than I would have at the other show.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Sun Nov 04, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with
Replies: 4
Views: 622

with

Which are correct:

1) He was limping with a sprained ankle.
2) He was limping, with a sprained ankle.

3) I noticed that he was hurt with a sprained ankle.
4) I noticed that he was hurt, with a sprained ankle.


Does the 'with' imply causality in those sentences?

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: people in Italy
Replies: 3
Views: 663

people in Italy

1) Engineers in Italy work hard. 2) Engineers in Italy are well-paid. 3) People in Italy work hard. 4) People in Italy are well-paid. Do these mean: a) All the engineers/people in Italy b) Most engineers/most people in Italy c) Some engineers/some people in Italy d) At least some engineers/at least...
by navi
Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: frequently
Replies: 6
Views: 1307

Re: frequently

Thank you very much, Tony, 1) I can't regularly eat lunch at home. a) Regularly I can't eat lunch at home. b) I can't eat lunch at home regularly It seems to me that in 'a' ' Regularly' modifies 'can't' but in 'b' it modifies ' eat lunch at home' . Consider: A) Seventy percent of the time, I can't e...
by navi
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: frequently
Replies: 6
Views: 1307

Re: frequently

Thank you all very much,

1) I can't regularly eat lunch at home.
a) regularly I can't eat lunch at home.
b) I can't eat lunch at home regularly


In this case, is there a difference between 'a' and 'b'?
Does '1' mean 'a' or 'b'?

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to repair your computer
Replies: 2
Views: 931

to repair your computer

1) John is the man to repair your computer.

Does that mean:
a) John is the best person for the job
or:
b) John is the only person for the job
or:
c) John is the person who has been assigned the task of repairing your computer

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: frequently
Replies: 6
Views: 1307

frequently

Is this sentence correct:
1) I can't frequently eat lunch at home.

If it is, does it mean:
a) Frequently I can't eat lunch at home.
or
b) I can't eat lunch at home frequently.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: another man
Replies: 1
Views: 881

another man

Is this correct: 1) I didn't talk to her male co-worker; I didn't talk to her boyfriend; and I didn't talk to another man who knows her. But I've talked to quite a few men who are close to her. \Here 'another man that knows her' is a specific man the speaker has in mind. The speaker has talked to qu...