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by azz
Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: what kind of
Replies: 5
Views: 70

Re: what kind of

If there were any doubts about that in my mind, you have dissipated them with your replies, which are anything but simple, but extremely useful!
by azz
Sun Mar 24, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: what kind of
Replies: 5
Views: 70

Re: what kind of

Thank you both very much.

Phil, I am speechless. I really don't know what to say. That was another brilliant reply to a simple question! I learned so much from it!

Many many thanks.
by azz
Sat Mar 23, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: what kind of
Replies: 5
Views: 70

what kind of

a. We want to see which men would be able to solve that problem. b. We want to see what men are more attractive to women. c. We want to see what children perform better in such tests. Are the above sentences grammatically correct? One could replace 'what men' by 'who amongst men', but that would so...
by azz
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to say nothing of
Replies: 3
Views: 179

Re: to say nothing of

Thank you both very much. Phil, need I say that your explanation is truly amazing? It is basically a linguistic essay. I really appreciate the work you put into this. Many many thanks! PS. I thought some more about this. I came up with this sentence: A) This project won't take a lot of work, let alo...
by azz
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: poor
Replies: 2
Views: 91

poor

a. It was a poor house. b. It was a poor car. In one 'poor' and 'house' are two words. We are not talking about a poorhouse (a workhouse). I think (b) can only mean that it was a car in poor condition. (a) seems ambiguous to me. It might mean a house in bad condition or a house in which poor people...
by azz
Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to say nothing of
Replies: 3
Views: 179

to say nothing of

Can one use
a. This project will take a lot of work, let alone the cost.
b. This project will take a lot of work, not to mention the cost.

instead of

c. This project will take a lot of work, to say nothing of the cost.
?

Many thanks.
by azz
Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: have been seeing vs. have seen
Replies: 4
Views: 178

have been seeing vs. have seen

a. I have been seeing that guy at our office for at least five years. b. I have seen that guy at our office for at least five years. Is there any difference between the meanings of (a) and (b)? Which could be used if I won't see that guy again? Which could be used if I will keep on seeing him at ou...
by azz
Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: share a computer
Replies: 1
Views: 457

share a computer

a. John and I share the same computer and so do Pete and Dave.
Are there 2 computers or 4?

b. John and I share a computer and so do Pete and Dave.

Are there 2 computers or 4?

Many thanks
by azz
Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: who goes there
Replies: 7
Views: 1516

Re: who goes there

Thank you so much Phil. The thread can keep on living! In a way, as a non-native speaker, I feel proud that I started this wonderful reflection you and your friend are carrying on... At least it seems to me that i have started it. You had probably thought about it before. Language is a slippery thin...
by azz
Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: who goes there
Replies: 7
Views: 1516

Re: who goes there

Thank you so much, Tony, and thank you so so much, Phil, Phil, I didn't mean to put you, or anyone else, into so much trouble! I really thought I was asking a simple question. I have made you work. I feel like I have to apologize! This is a wonderful thread though, not because of my question, but be...
by azz
Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: who goes there
Replies: 7
Views: 1516

who goes there

a. Who uses that tool, mechanics or plumbers? b. Who use that tool, mechanics or plumbers? c. I am not sure who goes to that church. It is either the Thompsons or the Harrisons. d. I am not sure who go to that church. It is either the Thompsons or the Harrisons. Which of the above sentences are gra...
by azz
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: too powerful
Replies: 1
Views: 954

too powerful

a. You are too powerful for your own good. b. You are too powerful for your own interest. c. You are too powerful for your interest. d. You are too powerful for your team. Which of the above sentences are grammatically and make sense? Which are natural? What does (d) mean? It seems to me that it me...
by azz
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:31 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: where it hurts
Replies: 1
Views: 1053

where it hurts

a. Where it hurts is my right arm. I don't know why you want to put a bandage around my ankle! b. My right arms is where it hurts. I don't know why you want to put a bandage around my ankle! c. In these cases, the neck is where it hurts. d. The neck is where it hurts in these cases . Are the above ...
by azz
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: and vs. or
Replies: 2
Views: 1179

and vs. or

a. We can't all be managers, bankers, professors, researchers, teachers, nurses, doctors and lawyers. Some of us have to do manual labor. b. We can't all be managers, bankers, professors, researchers, teachers, nurses, doctors or lawyers. Some of us have to do manual labor. Which of the above sente...
by azz
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: or vs. and
Replies: 2
Views: 1348

Re: or vs. and

Thank you so much for the brilliant reply. Linking the verb and the direct object is a great improvement. That is just great and makes the sentences flow a lot better. I think the 'or' sentences are ambiguous really. Maybe all of them were Brazilian or Colombian but the speaker doesn't know which is...