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by azz
Sat May 23, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: didn't use to
Replies: 3
Views: 183

didn't use to

a. I didn't use to smoke when I was in college. I think I must have smoked ten cigarettes in all in those four years. b. I didn't use to smoke when I was in college but I sometimes did. c. I didn't use to smoke when I was in college but I did once in while. Which of the above are acceptable? Many t...
by azz
Fri May 22, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as was ordered
Replies: 5
Views: 246

Re: as was ordered

Absolutely no need for apologies. I do the exact same thing you do and the same thing has happened to me. Once someone thought my husband was a woman. He found the whole thing very amusing. He claims that he's been trying to write like a woman for years, because women are better at describing things...
by azz
Fri May 22, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as was ordered
Replies: 5
Views: 246

Re: as was ordered

Thank you both so much.

Azz happens to be a 'she', but apparently she asks questions like a man! Everybody makes that mistake Trolley and I don't mind. No worries.

Trolley, your reply is great. I hadn't thought of that possibility at all!

Many thanks.
by azz
Thu May 21, 2020 1:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as was ordered
Replies: 5
Views: 246

as was ordered

a. I don't have a big blue box, as was ordered. But I have a big red one. b. I don't have a big blue box, as ordered. But I have a big red one. Are the above sentences grammatically correct and comprehensible? A big blue box was ordered. I don't have one. But I have a big red box. -----------------...
by azz
Sun May 10, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: neither of which
Replies: 1
Views: 320

neither of which

a. I emailed John and talked to Pete, who agree with me. b. I emailed John and talked to Pete, who both agree with me. c. He bought a motorcycle and rented a truck, which aren't really useful for him. d. He bought a motorcycle and rented a truck, neither of which is really useful for him. Are the a...
by azz
Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: commas
Replies: 1
Views: 6060

commas

a. These are the books I wrote in this subject. There are other books, by other authors, on this subject as well.
b. These are the books I wrote in this subject. There are other books by other authors on this subject as well.




Which is correctly punctuated?

Many thanks
by azz
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: was bruised as well
Replies: 1
Views: 5817

was bruised as well

a. His leg was broken. His arm was bruised too. b. His leg was broken. His arm was bruised as well. c. His leg was broken. His arm was also bruised. Are the above sentences grammatically correct and meaningful? Generally, when I hear 'his arm was bruised too', I think that it has been said that som...
by azz
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: fixed time
Replies: 0
Views: 7989

fixed time

a. Volunteer work at our school isn't for a fixed time. You work as long as you want when you come here. b. Volunteer work at our school isn't a fixed time. You work as long as you want when you come here. c. Volunteer work at our school doesn't have a fixed time. You work as long as you want when ...
by azz
Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not so much
Replies: 3
Views: 7776

not so much

a. Pete is tall; his brother not so much.
b. Pete is very tall; his brother not so much.


Do these mean
1. that Pete's brother is short
2. that he is average
3. that he is not tall
4. that he is not really tall (maybe a little tall)
or
5. that he is not very tall
?

Many thanks.
by azz
Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: all kinds of diisease
Replies: 0
Views: 9620

all kinds of diisease

a. He thinks he has every kind of disease. One day he thinks he has lung cancer. The next day he thinks he has stomach cancer. And then he thinks he thinks he has liver problems. It never ends. b. He thinks he has all kinds of disease. One day he thinks he has lung cancer. The next day he thinks he...
by azz
Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: is the best
Replies: 0
Views: 9802

is the best

a. Tina is most beautiful in her class.
b. Tina is the most beautiful in her class.


c. Tina is best.
d. Tina is best in her class.


Are the above sentences are grammatically correct?

If (c) is correct, is there a difference between (c) and
e. Tina is the best.
?


Many thanks
by azz
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: made to look
Replies: 1
Views: 6740

made to look

a. She was a better person than she was made to look by her detractors.
b. She was a better person than she was presented by her detractors.
c. She was a better person than her detractors made her seem.


Are the above sentences grammatically correct?
Are they natural?

Many thanks.
by azz
Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma plus and
Replies: 1
Views: 4350

comma plus and

a. Tim was playing the bass and Jack was playing the drums driving me crazy. b. Tim was playing the bass , and Jack was playing the drums driving me crazy. In which case are they both driving me crazy and in which case only Jack's drumming is driving me crazy? Does the comma change anything? c. Tom...
by azz
Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:28 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: useful for you to
Replies: 3
Views: 5231

useful for you to

a. This book is useful for you to understand the basic concepts of physics. b. This book is useful for you for understanding the basic concepts of physics. c. This book is useful to you for understanding the basic concepts of physics. d. This book will be useful to you for understanding the basic c...
by azz
Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: how many
Replies: 2
Views: 4549

Re: how many

Thank you so much!

Such a clear, precise and complete reply! Wonderful! I really appreciate it!

Many thanks.