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by navi
Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone who saw
Replies: 12
Views: 275

anyone who saw

Are these correct: 1) Anyone who saw and recognized him should have reported him to the police, but no one did. I am sure many people saw him and knew who he was, but no one dared report him to the police. 2) Anyone who went up this sidewalk before me should have picked up that banana skin. This is ...
by navi
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: box to store rare stones
Replies: 10
Views: 617

Re: box to store rare stones

Thank you all very much, I had misspelt 'venues'. That was a tough one to spot. Tony has a sharp eye! It is true that I am probably capable of coming up with unambiguous sentences. But I believe that ambiguous sentences are quite common. Context in general disambiguates them. One doesn't even notice...
by navi
Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: since I left the army
Replies: 2
Views: 318

since I left the army

1) I haven't had so much pain since I left the army. 2) Since I left the army, I haven't had so much pain. I think both sentences are ambiguous. I see two possibilities: a) The last time I had so much pain was when I left the army b) The last time I had so much pain was before I left the army Would...
by navi
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: box to store rare stones
Replies: 10
Views: 617

box to store rare stones

1) Jack stole Tom's guitar to play in small venus. Is this sentence correct? Is it ambiguous? One possible meaning: Jack stole the guitar that belongs to Tom and Tom uses to play in small venues. Second possible meaning: Jack stole Tom's guitar in order to play it in small venues. 2) Jack stole Tom...
by navi
Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so charmed
Replies: 4
Views: 454

so charmed

Which are correct:
1) She was so charmed by him that she forgot how late it was.
2) She was so much charmed by him that she forgot how late it was.
3) She was charmed so much by him that she forgot how late it was.



Happy New Year!

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: might win yet
Replies: 8
Views: 608

might win yet

1) I might beat this cancer yet. 2) I might still beat this cancer. Is there any difference between the meanings of '1' and '2'? 3) Our team might win yet. 4) Our team might still win. Is there any difference between the meaning of '3' and '4'? Which should be used if there is a limited amount of t...
by navi
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: behind enemy lines
Replies: 1
Views: 484

behind enemy lines

1) They have two men injured behind enemy lines. 2) They have two men injured, behind enemy lines. 3) They have two men injured who are behind enemy lines. Do these mean that the two men got injured when they were behind enemy lines or all we can say is that they are injured now and they are behind...
by navi
Wed Dec 26, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: altogether
Replies: 4
Views: 694

altogether

1) He gave them all together one hundred dollars. 2) He gave them all one hundred dollars. 3) He gave them one hundred dollars. 4) He gave them one hundred dollars altogether. 5) He gave them one hundred dollars jointly. Is '5' correct? In which of the sentences is it possible that he has given dif...
by navi
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: but I must...
Replies: 6
Views: 2005

but I must...

1) My father thinks that I don't get on Jane's nerves, but I must, because I am her husband after all! Is this sentence ambiguous? Does 'must' mean 'very probably' or does it mean 'it is imperative that'? a) He thinks that I must go ahead and get on her nerves. b) He is wrong. I most probably am ge...
by navi
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: let it begin
Replies: 6
Views: 2144

let it begin

1) Let the show begin!

What does 'let' mean in this sentence?
How is that sentence different from:
2) May the show begin!
3) Would that the show began!


Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: how he used to fight
Replies: 3
Views: 1441

Re: how he used to fight

Thank you very much, Trolley, The more I think about '1' and '2' the more I tend to think that they can only mean what you say they mean. They can't really have the other meaning. I now think that the sentences actually mean that a particular style or a particular way of doing something has been for...
by navi
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: how he used to fight
Replies: 3
Views: 1441

how he used to fight

Are these both correct: 1) He is like a boxer who has forgotten how he used to fight. He has to learn everything all over again . 2) I better not go on that stage. I might have forgotten how I used to play the drums. 3) He wants to partner up with his brother again. I think he has forgotten how they...
by navi
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: from between/prepositions
Replies: 3
Views: 1390

from between/prepositions

Which are correct: 1) There is water under the floor. When you press your foot down water comes out between the floorboards. 2) There is water under the floor. When you press your foot down water comes out from between the floorboards. 3) There is water under the floor. When you press your foot down...
by navi
Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:42 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: everything/anything
Replies: 1
Views: 1534

everything/anything

Jane says: There is a lot to do. The rooms have to be cleaned. The bedsheets have to be changed. The dishes have to be washed. The laundry has to be done. The windows have to be cleaned. Tom says: 1) I can do everything. 2) I can do anything. I think there's a difference between '1' and '2' in this ...
by navi
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: over thirty
Replies: 5
Views: 1947

over thirty

Are both these sentences correct:

1) Three over-thirty women ran the shop.
2) Three women over thirty ran the shop.

Is the hyphen in '1' necessary?

Gratefully,
Navi