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by navi
Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: emphasis
Replies: 2
Views: 109

emphasis

1) He has lived in London since his father passed away. 2) Since his father passed away, he has lived in London. I think those sentences can be used in two different cases: a) He started living in London when his father passed away and has lived in London since. b) He was living in London before hi...
by navi
Mon Apr 05, 2021 12:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: neither
Replies: 2
Views: 162

neither

1) The theory has to be simple enough to be worth having. That is, it must predict some things that are not in the theory itself (otherwise it is just a list of facts). But neither can the theory be so simple that it cannot explain things it should. Source: What’s universal grammar? Evidence rebuts...
by navi
Sun Apr 04, 2021 8:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: in case
Replies: 1
Views: 128

in case

Are these correct:

1) I didn't take the umbrella in case it rained. I took it to protect myself against the sun.
2) I'm not taking the umbrella in case it rains. I'm taking it to protect myself against the sun.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Sat Apr 03, 2021 8:13 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more a technician
Replies: 3
Views: 226

Re: more a technician

Thank you very much, Erik, for all your replies, I am indeed exploring this construct, and it is complicated. One more question: Which one of the following are correct: 7) We are more technician than engineer. 8 ) We are more technicians than engineers. 9) Tom is the most technician of all our emplo...
by navi
Sat Apr 03, 2021 4:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more a technician
Replies: 3
Views: 226

more a technician

Which are correct: 1) Tom is more technician than engineer. 2) Tom is more a technician than an engineer. 3) Tom is more of a technician than an engineer. 4) Tom is more technician than Harry. 5) Tom is more a technician than Harry. 6) Tom is more of a technician than Harry. I think '1' is informal ...
by navi
Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more of a comedy
Replies: 6
Views: 668

Re: more of a comedy

Thank you very much, Erik,

1a) These movies are more comedies than anything else.
3a) These movies are more comedies than thrillers.


I think they are correct, but I think they'd be wrong with 'of'.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: altogether
Replies: 4
Views: 659

Re: altogether

Thank you very much, Trolley,

2) I had altogether a lot of fun writing this talk.

Would 'altogether' mean 'on the whole' or 'entirely' in '2'?

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:11 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more of a comedy
Replies: 6
Views: 668

Re: more of a comedy

Thank you very much, Erik,

It seems to me that '1' and '3' could be put in the plural, but '2' and '4' cannot.

Am I correct?

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: altogether
Replies: 4
Views: 659

altogether

1) I had altogether too much fun writing this talk. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qG1GHs7CBQ 14:47 to 14:50 approximately. My problem is with the way she uses the word 'altogether'. I am not sure I understand her correctly. To me, 'altogether' in '1' would mean 'on the whole', 'all thing...
by navi
Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more of a comedy
Replies: 6
Views: 668

more of a comedy

Which are correct: 1) This movie is more a comedy than anything else. 2) This movie is more of a comedy than anything else. 3) This movie is more a comedy than a thriller. 4) This movie is more of a comedy than a thriller. Is there a difference between the meanings of '1' and '2'? Is there a differe...
by navi
Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: which I didn't know
Replies: 3
Views: 812

which I didn't know

Which are correct:

1) I said things that I didn't know were true or not.
2) I said things that I didn't know whether they were true or not.
3) I said things about which I didn't know whether they were true or not.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Tue Mar 16, 2021 8:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: at the post office part II
Replies: 3
Views: 768

at the post office part II

1) Tom at the post office told me his wife was pregnant. 2) Tom, at the post office, told me his wife was pregnant. 3) Tom who works at the post office told me his wife was pregnant. 4) Tom, who works at the post office, told me his wife was pregnant. 5) The Tom at the post office told me his wife ...
by navi
Sun Mar 14, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: toxic
Replies: 1
Views: 471

toxic

If someone uses the term 'toxic masculinity' does that indicate that he or she necessarily believes that there is a form of masculinity that is not toxic? Could someone who thinks all masculinity is toxic use the expression 'toxic masculinity'? And if someone says: We witnessed disgusting sexism in ...
by navi
Sun Mar 14, 2021 4:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: at the post office
Replies: 1
Views: 478

at the post office

Can one use: 1) John at the post office told me that his wife was pregnant. instead of: A) At the post office, John told me that his wife was pregnant. Can one use: 1) John at the post office told me that his wife was pregnant. instead of: B) The John at the post office told me that his wife was pre...
by navi
Fri Mar 12, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: of which
Replies: 1
Views: 554

of which

Which are correct: 1) This is the pitcher of which I broke the handle. 2) He was watching the movie of which I had seen the end. 3) This is a political party of which Tom organized the cultural committee. 4) This is a political party of which Tom served on the cultural committee. Gratefully, Navi