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by azz
Thu May 16, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: delay to repair the bus
Replies: 0
Views: 76

delay to repair the bus

a. We'll have a twenty-minute delay to repair the bus. b. There will be a twenty-minute delay to repair the bus. c. We'll have a twenty-minute delay in order to repair the bus. d. There will be a twenty-minute delay in order to repair the bus. Are the above sentences grammatically correct? Are they...
by azz
Thu May 16, 2019 5:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for her to want to talk about it
Replies: 1
Views: 99

for her to want to talk about it

Ask him what he said to Jane at the party last night. -He won't be able to answer. He was too drunk to remember. He is not drunk now. He was so drunk last night that he has surely forgotten all he did and said and won't be able to recall what he said to Jane. Does the sentence in blue work in this c...
by azz
Tue May 14, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: they were all vs. all those who
Replies: 1
Views: 157

they were all vs. all those who

a. They were all teachers who went there.
1. All those who went there were teachers.

b. They were all tall who were hired.

2. All those who were hired were tall.

Can (a) and (b) be used instead of (1) and (2) respectively?


Many thanks
by azz
Tue May 07, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more than I had paid
Replies: 0
Views: 202

more than I had paid

a. I had to pay ten more dollars to get what I wanted. b. I had to pay another ten dollars to get what I wanted. c. I had to pay ten dollars in addition to what I had paid to get what I wanted. d. I had to pay ten dollars more than I had paid to get what I wanted. e. I had to pay ten dollars more t...
by azz
Sun Apr 28, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: very much
Replies: 1
Views: 340

very much

a. Jane was very much annoyed by your comments on her looks.. b. Jane very much was annoyed by your comments on her looks. Are both sentences grammatically correct and natural? Is the a difference between their meanings? My feeling is that (a) means that she was very annoyed by those comments, whil...
by azz
Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: even if vs. even though
Replies: 1
Views: 355

even if vs. even though

a. This is a good poem even if it is not very original. b. This is a good poem even though it is not very original. Do these sentences mean the same? Can they be used interchangeably? My feeling is that there is a difference. In (b) the speaker is affirming that the poem is not very original. He's ...
by azz
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: like you playing
Replies: 2
Views: 560

like you playing

a. He played the guitar like you playing the drums. He improvised a lot and played with abandon.
b. He played the guitar like your playing the drums. He improvised a lot and played with abandon.


Are these sentences grammatically correct?
Are they natural?

Many thanks.
by azz
Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as I played the guitar
Replies: 6
Views: 1792

Re: as I played the guitar

Another detailed and amazing reply! Thank you so so much! I really appreciate this! I always 'felt' there was a difference between 'as' and 'because'. I probably used them correctly too. But I could never really formulate the difference. Your explanation was just wonderful. The other parts of your r...
by azz
Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as I played the guitar
Replies: 6
Views: 1792

Re: as I played the guitar

Thank you so much Phil. I am not sure. We might have, but I didn't found anything in my files. Maybe it was before a year ago. This is the kind of question that pops up in my mind pretty often under different guises. I find 'as' a very confusing word. So I might have asked something like this before...
by azz
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as I played the guitar
Replies: 6
Views: 1792

as I played the guitar

a. As I played the guitar, he played the piano. b. Just as I played the guitar, he played the piano. c. He played the piano as I played the guitar. d. He played the piano just as I played the guitar. e. He played the piano, as I played the guitar. f. He played the piano, just as I played the guitar...
by azz
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as his father played tennis
Replies: 2
Views: 1462

as his father played tennis

a. As his father played tennis, so did he. b. Just as his father played tennis, so did he. Do these mean 1. His father played tennis and so did he . 2. He played tennis in the same way his father played tennis. 3. He played tennis because his father did. 4. He played tennis at the same time as his ...
by azz
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with his wife
Replies: 1
Views: 1534

with his wife

a. I talked to John with his wife. One possible meaning is 1. I and John's wife talked to John. but could (a) also mean 2. I talked to John and his wife. ? b. Jane walked in on her boyfriend with her sister. Could that mean 3. Jane walked in on her boyfriend when he was with her sister. ? Many than...
by azz
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: my younger sister
Replies: 1
Views: 1493

my younger sister

a. I saw that movie with my younger sister.
b. Betty is my younger sister.


Could one use those sentences if one had more than one younger sister?
Do they necessarily imply that one has only one younger sister?

Many thanks.
by azz
Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:23 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: fact or possibility
Replies: 2
Views: 1228

fact or possibility

Can one use a. His going to Italy worries me. instead of b. It worries me that he might go to Italy. ? I don't think one can. In (a) he is definitely going to Italy and that is what worries me. In (b) it is the possibility that worries me. But maybe (a) is ambiguous and could mean the same as (b) as...
by azz
Sun Mar 31, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not to wake up someone
Replies: 1
Views: 1366

not to wake up someone

a. There were a lot of people asleep in the room. I tiptoed across the floor so as to not wake up someone. b. There were a lot of people asleep in the room. I tiptoed across the floor so as to not wake up one person. c. There were a lot of people asleep in the room. I tiptoed across the floor so as...