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by azz
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more and more impressive
Replies: 1
Views: 37

more and more impressive

a. It is looking more impressive all the time. b. It is looking more and more impressive all the time. c. It looks more impressive all the time.​ d. It looks more and more impressive all the time .​ Are all the above sentences grammatically correct? Is there any difference in their meanings? Many t...
by azz
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: little money
Replies: 1
Views: 434

little money

a. You have only three dollars. You won't be able to have a proper meal with such little money. a1. You have only three dollars. You won't be able to have a proper meal with that little money. a2. You have only three dollars. You won't be able to have a proper meal with so little money. b.You've sl...
by azz
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: small vs. little
Replies: 1
Views: 424

small vs. little

a. What he had in his pocket was not real money. It was small money. It came from a board game probably.
b. What he had in his pocket was not real money. It was little money. It came from a board game probably.


Are both versions acceptable?

Many thanks.
by azz
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: present perfect vs. past tense
Replies: 5
Views: 719

present perfect vs. past tense

a. How many girlfriends have you had? b. How many girlfriends did you have? c. How many girlfriends did you have before you got married? Let us say I'm talking to John, who is now married. I know that he is a faithful husband and the assumption is that John and his wife will live together till the ...
by azz
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the other man
Replies: 1
Views: 468

the other man

a. The other man you describe as tall and handsome was John. Does that mean there was at least another man you describe as tall and handsome? I think it does. I think if John was the only one you describe as tall and handsome we'd have b. The other man, whom you describe as tall and handsome, was J...
by azz
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: below vs. under?
Replies: 1
Views: 515

below vs. under?

a. Under b. Below c. Beneath d. Underneath Which of these necessarily means directly under in such a way that a vertical line can connect the two objects? We do say 'below sea level', but not 'under sea level'. Could one say ' The city was below the hills ' ? Could one say: ' The city was spread ou...
by azz
Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: don't know a man
Replies: 1
Views: 794

don't know a man

a. I don't know a man who works in your office. Can't this sentence have two different meanings? 1. There is a man who works in your office whom I don't know. 2. It is not true that I know a man who works in your office. I don't know any man who works in your office. ===============================...
by azz
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not the whole
Replies: 2
Views: 890

not the whole

a. Not the whole regiment was informed of the plan. Only a few members. b. The whole regiment was not informed of the plan. Only a few members. c. Not the whole pack was stolen. Only two cigarettes. d. The whole pack was not stolen. Only two cigarettes. e. Not the whole building was damaged. Only t...
by azz
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: respected but not feared
Replies: 2
Views: 983

Re: respected but not feared

Thank you so much Tony. I made a mistake when typing (3). A while after posting the question, I came back, reread it, noticed the error and edited it. But it somehow came back again! I suppose I made a mistake when editing it or something. I re-edited it. It should be fine now. My apologies. Please ...
by azz
Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: respected but not feared
Replies: 2
Views: 983

respected but not feared

a. He wasn't a man respected but not feared any more.
b. He was no longer a man respected but not feared.

Do these mean

1. He was still respected but now he was feared as well.
2. He was no longer respected but he was now feared.
3. He was now feared but not respected.
?

Many thanks.
by azz
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the running man
Replies: 0
Views: 1089

the running man

a. In the park, I saw a man sitting on a bench and a man running. I greeted the man running. b. In the park, I saw a man sitting on a bench and a man running. I greeted the running man. c. In the park, I greeted a man running. d. In the park, I greeted a running man. Which of the above sentences ar...
by azz
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a man and woman
Replies: 1
Views: 935

a man and woman

Can one say
a. A man and woman were in a coffee shop.

?

Does the sentence imply that they were together?

Does
b. A man and a woman were in a coffee shop,
imply that they were not together?


I think (a) implies they were together, but (b) doesn't imply they weren't.

Many thanks.
by azz
Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: has he ever not
Replies: 1
Views: 803

has he ever not

a. Has he ever not helped you when you asked him for help? b. Hasn't he ever helped you when you asked him for help? c. Has he not ever helped you when you asked him for help? 1. Have you ever asked him for help and he didn't help you? 2. Have you ever asked him for help and he helped you? It seems...
by azz
Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: writing about Hemingway in Cuba
Replies: 1
Views: 781

writing about Hemingway in Cuba

Can one say a. I want to write about Tom and his family in London. b. I am doing research on Hemingway in Cuba. c. I am writing a paper on Hemingway in the Spanish civil war. ? In (a), I might not even be in London. Maybe Tom and his family stayed in London a long time ago. I want to write about the...
by azz
Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: over his eye
Replies: 2
Views: 1071

over his eye

Can one say
a. He hung the his belt over the door knob
.
?

Can one say
b. He put his handkerchief over his eye.
if he put his hand on his forehead above his left eye?

Can one say
c.There was a cut over his eye.
if there was a cut above his eye?


Many thanks.