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by azz
Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: on three occasions
Replies: 2
Views: 50

on three occasions

a. I made mistakes three times. b. Three times I made mistakes. c. I made mistakes on three occasions. d. On three occasions I made mistakes. Could one use these sentences if one had made three mistakes in all? Could one use these sentences if one had made -say- five mistakes in all? (at least on o...
by azz
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: negation and numbers
Replies: 3
Views: 87

negation and numbers

a. Not even twenty people showed up on the opening night. b. Not twenty people showed up on the opening night. c. Twenty people didn't show up on the opening night. Which of the above sentences are grammatically correct? I'd say that (a) and (b) mean that fewer than twenty people showed up, while (...
by azz
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: very tall and strong
Replies: 5
Views: 169

very tall and strong

a. Tom is very tall and strong. It seems to me that (a) could be interpreted in two ways 1. Tom is strong and he is very tall. and 2. Tom is very strong and very tall. Would you say I am correct? I suppose the context would always clarify things, but let us say I wanted to make it absolutely clear ...
by azz
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a good tool to keep at home
Replies: 1
Views: 217

a good tool to keep at home

Can one say a. This is a tool good to keep at home. instead of: b. This is a tool good to keep at home. Can one say c. This is tool useful to keep at home. instead of: d. This is a useful tool to keep at home. Do (c) and (d) mean the same? One could argue that (d) means: it is a useful tool and it i...
by azz
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: such as
Replies: 1
Views: 228

such as

a. It is very difficult to be such a good doctor as he is. b. He worked very hard to become such a good doctor as he is. c. It is rare to find someone who is such a fool as you are. d. You must have worked very hard to become such a fool as you are. e. You must have worked very hard to become such ...
by azz
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: don't have another affair and...
Replies: 1
Views: 207

don't have another affair and...

a. Don't walk out of the room slamming the door. b. Don't walk out of the room and slam the door. c. Don't have another affair breaking your wife's heart. d. Don't have another affair and break your wife's heart. Which of the above are grammatically correct? Which are natural? What is interesting i...
by azz
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: has had vs. had
Replies: 4
Views: 361

has had vs. had

1) She had two children who became dropouts, and three other children who graduated from college.
2) She has had two children who became dropouts, and three other children who graduated from college.


Which of the above is grammatically correct?

Many thanks.
by azz
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: phone line breaking up
Replies: 11
Views: 652

phone line breaking up

Can one use a. I was on the phone with him, but we were breaking up. instead of b. I was on the phone with him, but the phone line was breaking up. ? Can one use c. I was on the phone with him, but we were cut off. d. I was on the phone with him, but the phone line cut off. instead of f. I was on th...
by azz
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: look like Peter Pan
Replies: 6
Views: 514

look like Peter Pan

A says to B: Look! That guy looks like Peter Pan! B replies: a. He looks like Peter Pan would look if he gained twenty pounds b. He looks like Peter Pan if he gained twenty pounds. c. He looks like Peter Pan has gained twenty pounds d. He looks like Peter Pan who has gained twenty pounds. Which of t...
by azz
Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so much better
Replies: 14
Views: 1109

Re: so much better

Thank you all so much!

Phil, your two posts are absolutely fantastic! You explained this so well! You make everything seem simple! You have an incredible gift for teaching. Your 'even' example is absolutely great!

Happy 2019 to everybody on the forum.
by azz
Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: stole flowers
Replies: 0
Views: 424

stole flowers

a. When he was a kid, he used to steal flowers from our neighbor's garden to smell. b. When he was a kid, he used to steal flowers from our neighbor's garden to smell them c. When he was a kid, he used to steal flowers to smell. d. When he was a kid, he used to steal flowers to smell them. Which of...
by azz
Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so much better
Replies: 14
Views: 1109

Re: so much better

Thank you all so much!

How about:

c1. It can just get so good.
d1. It can just get so much better.


Are these ambiguous as well? Could they have the 'limited improvement' meaning?

Happy New Year to everybody on the forum!


Many thanks
by azz
Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so much better
Replies: 14
Views: 1109

so much better

a. I have only so much money. (Meaning: I have a limited amount of money.) b. I have only so many books. (Meaning: I have a limited amount of books.) I think (a) and (b) correspond to the meaning sentences I have provided. But could c. It can only get so good. d. It can only get so much better. mea...
by azz
Wed Dec 26, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: talking loudly and using bad language
Replies: 3
Views: 709

talking loudly and using bad language

a. They were being disrespectful, talking loudly and using bad language. Does that mean 1. They were being disrespectful by talking loudly and using bad language. or 2. They were being disrespectful and were talking loudly and using bad language. ? b. They were arrogant, not respecting the social c...
by azz
Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: whether he has a bank account abroad
Replies: 2
Views: 1003

whether he has a bank account abroad

-"Do you know whether he has bank accounts abroad or if he travels abroad a lot?" -"I don't know anything about his bank accounts, but I know that he does travel abroad a lot" Does the first sentence in this conversation make sense? The two things are not mutually exclusive. It is not like " Do you...