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by navi
Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for what he did to you
Replies: 1
Views: 81

for what he did to you

Are these sentences correct: 1) He is a bad person for what he did to you. 2) He is not a good person for what he did to you. Does '2' mean the same as '1'? Is it ambiguous? I think it can mean: 3) What he did to you doesn't make him a good person. but I don't know if it could also mean the same as ...
by navi
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: n incident in 1997
Replies: 2
Views: 111

n incident in 1997

1) I recalled an incident in 1997.

Can we tell if the incident took place in 1997 or if it was 1997 when I recalled that incident?

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one of the stories that won
Replies: 2
Views: 183

one of the stories that won

There is a story-writing contest. Around fifty stories are selected and published. John sent in one or more stories. One of his stories were among the fifty that won. Which of the following can be used in that context: 1) He had a winning story in the contest. 2) He had a story that was among the wi...
by navi
Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: inside and outside
Replies: 1
Views: 174

inside and outside

Which are correct: 1) I will tell you how he behaves, in our office and out of it. 2) I will tell you how he behaves, in our office and outside of it. 3) I will tell you how he behaves, in our office and out. 4) I will tell you how he behaves, in our office and outside. 5) I will tell you how he beh...
by navi
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: on the way to...
Replies: 2
Views: 207

on the way to...

Are these sentences correct: 1) On the way to learning where I should board my plane, I saw a beautiful gift shop. 2) On the way to inquiring where I should board my plane, I saw a beautiful gift shop. 3) On my way to learning where I should board my plane, I saw a beautiful gift shop. 4) On my way ...
by navi
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not everyone
Replies: 3
Views: 238

Re: not everyone

Thank you both very much,
How about:

3) You can't share your room with everyone.
4) You can't marry everyone.
5) You couldn't marry everyone.

Do these work as well?

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not everyone
Replies: 3
Views: 238

not everyone

Can one use: 1) I can share a room with some people, but not everyone. instead of: 2) I can share a room with some people, but not just anyone. I don't think '1' makes sense. It is saying I can't share a room with everyone in the world. That is obvious. There won't be enough room. I don't think '1' ...
by navi
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: crack any code
Replies: 5
Views: 304

crack any code

1) I don't believe he's able to crack any code. 2) I don't believe he can crack any code. Can '1' and '2' have two meanings: a) I don't believe he's able to crack just any code. b) I don't believe he's able to crack a single code. ----------------- ----------------- 3) He is unable to crack any cod...
by navi
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: in order not to see...
Replies: 2
Views: 202

in order not to see...

Which are correct:

1) He went out in order not to see the operation.

2) He went out not to see the operation.

3) He went out to not see the operation.


4) Not to see the operation, he went out.

5) To not see the operation, he went out.


Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: only one
Replies: 1
Views: 963

only one

1) Only one is a wanderer. Two together are always going somewhere. 2) One alone is a wanderer. Two together are going somewhere. The first sentence is from the famous classic 'Vertigo' by Hitchcock. Source: https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Vertigo I understand the sentence. But is it grammatical? How...
by navi
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with me
Replies: 4
Views: 1265

with me

1) Getting drunk ends badly with me. Does this mean: a) I end up badly when I get drunk b) Things end up badly when I get drunk c) People end up badly when they get drunk with me d) People end up badly when they get drunk around me e) Things end up badly when people get drunk around me Is the sente...
by navi
Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:47 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma instead of 'and'
Replies: 2
Views: 1049

comma instead of 'and'

Are these sentences correct:

1) I saw Pete, Tom, Harry.
2) Pete, Tom, Harry came here yesterday.
3) He acted under the influence of Pete, Tom, Harry.
4) He acted under the influence of Pete, of Tom, of Harry.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Thu May 31, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the influences of...
Replies: 3
Views: 1151

Re: the influences of...

Thank you very much, Tony, '1' is supposed to mean: 1a) The influence of Derrida and deconstructionism, of Foucault and his ideas of consciousness and domination, remains strong, notwithstanding these reversals. 1b) "In spite of these reversals, the influence of Derrida and deconstructionism, of Fou...
by navi
Wed May 30, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the influences of...
Replies: 3
Views: 1151

the influences of...

1) "Notwithstanding these reversals, the influence of Derrida and deconstructionism, of Foucault and his ideas of consciousness and domination, remains strong. " Source for '1': Paul R. Gross, ‎Norman Levitt Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and Its Quarrels with Science Link: https://tinyurl....
by navi
Mon May 28, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: much less
Replies: 6
Views: 1393

Re: much less

Thank you very much for this detailed reply, I really appreciate your patience and the effort you've made. I can follow the first part of your explanation. It is crystal-clear. But as regards sentence '1', I seem hopelessly lost. I think I have a blind spot or something. To me, in that sentence 'muc...