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by azz
Sun May 13, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: moved round and round
Replies: 0
Views: 80

moved round and round

a. There was a sudden gust of wind. The leaves moved up and sideways. b. There was a sudden gust of wind. The leaves moved up or sideways. c. There was a sudden gust of wind. The leaves moved either up or sideways. Which could be used if 1. All of the leaves moved up first and then sideways and whi...
by azz
Sun May 13, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to pay and watch
Replies: 2
Views: 157

to pay and watch

Are these sentences grammatical? Do they make sense? a. These are some of our favorite stand-ups to watch. And now we are meeting them in person. b. These are some of our favorite stand-ups to pay and watch. And now we are meeting them in person. (b) is a bit jocular. We normally love to pay and wat...
by azz
Fri May 11, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: no amount of pressure
Replies: 1
Views: 122

no amount of pressure

Can one say
a. He gave in under no amount of pressure.
?

What does it mean?

Does it mean he gave in without being under pressure?

Many thanks.
by azz
Fri May 04, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to wear in cold weather
Replies: 5
Views: 347

Re: to wear in cold weather

Thank you both so much. I have a related question. a. I have a book to read tonight. b. I have a book to be read tonight. First, I don't think (b) is very natural. Would you agree with that? Second, my feeling is that (a) could have two meanings a1. I have a book that I can read tonight. a2. I have ...
by azz
Fri May 04, 2018 4:16 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to wear in cold weather
Replies: 5
Views: 347

to wear in cold weather

Can one say 1. This is a jacket which is to wear in cold weather. 2. This is a jacket which is to be worn in cold weather. 3. This is a jacket which is for wearing in cold weather. 4. This is a jacket to wear in cold weather. 5. This is a jacket to be worn in cold weather. 6. This is a jacket for we...
by azz
Thu May 03, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: which is the correct answer
Replies: 3
Views: 315

which is the correct answer

Let us say I want to ask a student which of two possible answers A or B is the correct answer.

Could I say

a. Would you say A or B is the correct answer?
b. Would you say A is the correct answer or B?


?

Many thanks.
by azz
Sun Apr 29, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: answer to each question
Replies: 2
Views: 346

answer to each question

Can one say
a. His answers to all questions were not correct.
b. His answer to every question was not correct.
c. His answer to each question was not correct.

?

Do these sentences mean
1. Not all his answers were correct
or
2. All his answers were incorrect
?

Many thanks.
by azz
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: it is kind to...
Replies: 2
Views: 408

it is kind to...

Can one say

a. To help is nice.
b. It is nice to help.


if one means by those sentences
c. One is being nice when one helps.
?

Can one say
d. To help is kind.
e. Helping is kind.

?

Many thanks
by azz
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: John, I had...
Replies: 1
Views: 310

John, I had...

Can one say a. I was supposed to vote for two people: John and Pete. John, I had voted for. Pete, I hadn't yet. b. I was supposed to vote for two people: John and Pete. For John, I had voted. For Pete, I hadn't yet. c. I had to give a book and a notebook to my two best students. John, I gave the boo...
by azz
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: gave them a book and a notebook
Replies: 2
Views: 371

gave them a book and a notebook

a. I gave a book and a notebook to my two best students.
b. I gave them a book and a notebook.


Can we tell if
1. I gave them each a book and a notebook
or
2. I gave one a book and the other one a notebook
?

Many thanks
by azz
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to each of
Replies: 1
Views: 331

to each of

Can one say a. I have to give a book and a notebook to each of my two best students. b. I have to give my two best students a book and a notebook each. c. I have to give a book and a notebook to my two best students each. d. I have to give Tom and Harry a book and a notebook each. e. I have to give ...
by azz
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the last thing we want
Replies: 1
Views: 509

the last thing we want

Can one say a. The best thing that can happen is that he should fall in love. b. The best thing that can happen is that he falls in love. c. The best thing that can happen is for him to fall in love d. The last thing we want is that she should lose her job. e. The last thing we want is that she lose...
by azz
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: have to lose
Replies: 1
Views: 346

have to lose

Can one say a. It seems that there are people who just have to lose no matter how hard they try. b. It seems that there are people who have to lose no matter how hard they try. ? My feeling is that they work, but in them 'have to' does not mean 'are under the obligation to', but rather 'are destined...
by azz
Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: on some Fridays
Replies: 2
Views: 376

on some Fridays

A says: Did you go to the movies on Tuesday? B replies: a. No. If we go to the movies, it is on a Friday. b. No. If we go to the movies, it will be on a Friday. c. No. We only go to the movies on Fridays, if we do. d. No. We only go to the movies on Fridays. e. No. We go to the movies on Fridays. Wh...
by azz
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: is not to
Replies: 3
Views: 382

is not to

Can one use
a. His kindness is not to be believed.
instead of
b. His kindness is beyond belief.

?

To me, (a) can only mean: One should not believe his kindness. It is sham.

Many thanks.