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by azz
Mon Sep 23, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the threat of
Replies: 0
Views: 33

the threat of

a. Moving the queen to d4 carries the threat of a check on c5. b. The threat of moving the queen to d4 is a check on c5. Are the sentences grammatically correct? The context is chess. If the queen is moved to the square d5 , then the next move might be queen to c5 and that move will put the opponen...
by azz
Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: waited till
Replies: 2
Views: 63

waited till

a. He waited till the pain got really bad before he went to a doctor. b. He waited till the pain got really bad to go to a doctor. c. He waited for the pain to get really bad to go to a doctor. d. He waited till the sun rose to enjoy the view. e. He waited for the sun to rise to enjoy the view. f. ...
by azz
Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: in which
Replies: 4
Views: 138

in which

a. There has been a terrible accident in which we don't know how many people were hurt.
b. There has been a terrible accident where we don't know how many people were hurt.


Are these sentences grammatically correct?

Many thanks.
by azz
Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: didn't like him for
Replies: 3
Views: 362

didn't like him for

a. I didn't like him for talking curtly to my husband. Can't that sentence mean two things? 1. I didn't like him and the reason was that he talked curtly to my husband. 2. It wasn't because he talked curtly to my husband that I liked him. I think (a) is ambiguous, but if a comma is placed before 'f...
by azz
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for him to win
Replies: 1
Views: 349

for him to win

a. It is important for him to win.

Can't this sentence have two meanings?

1. For him, it is important to win. He attaches importance to winning.
2. It is important that he should win. (the speaker considers it important that he should win)


Many thanks.
by azz
Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: relative clauses
Replies: 5
Views: 791

Re: relative clauses

Thank you so much, Phil! Yes. I have that problem with English. I have another question. In your sentence 1. "He was the scientist who had published a number of important articles, but we don't know exactly how many." is the part after the comma part of the defining clause? And do these make sense, ...
by azz
Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:23 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: relative clauses
Replies: 5
Views: 791

Re: relative clauses

Thank you so much Erik. My apologies for the typos in (c) and (d). The 'he's have to be 'she's! c. She was the reporter we didn't know who she worked for. We knew who the other reporters worked for. d. She was the reporter about whom we didn't know who she worked for. We knew who the other reporters...
by azz
Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: relative clauses
Replies: 5
Views: 791

relative clauses

a, He was the scientist who had published we didn't know how many important articles. b. He was the scientist about whom we didn't know how many important articles he has published. c. She was the reporter we didn't know who he worked for. We knew who the other reporters worked for. d. She was the ...
by azz
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: catch a cold
Replies: 1
Views: 883

catch a cold

a. In that winter, I caught five colds.
b. In that winter, I caught colds five times.
c. In that winter, I caught a cold five times.


Which of the above sentences is grammatically correct?

Many thanks
by azz
Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: get vs. force
Replies: 1
Views: 921

get vs. force

a. They want to get their son out of the family nest, earning his own living. b. They want to get their son out of the family nest, and earning his own living. c. They want to force their son out of the family nest, earning his own living. d. They want to force their son out of the family nest, and...
by azz
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: who we found out
Replies: 1
Views: 964

who we found out

a. Jack was the first detective we found out Tim had bribed. b. Jack was the first detective who we found out Tim had bribed. c. Jack was the first detective whom we fount out Tim had bribed. d. Jack was the first detective about whom we found out Tim had bribed him. Which of the above sentences ar...
by azz
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not much more
Replies: 1
Views: 1275

not much more

a. He did not offer more than a few words of condolence to the families of the victims. b. He offered not more than a few words of condolence to the families of the victims. c. He did not offer much more than a few words of condolence to the families of the victims. d. He offered not much more than...
by azz
Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:31 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: that is vs. those are vs. it is
Replies: 1
Views: 1603

that is vs. those are vs. it is

A says: Some people jog in our neighborhood late at night. B replies: a. Those are the young people. b. That is the young people. c. It is the young people. d. Those are the young people who do that. e. That is the young people who do that. f. It is the young people who do that. Which of the sentenc...
by azz
Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: some of his poems
Replies: 2
Views: 1755

Re: some of his poems

Thank you so much for all your replies. I thought it was a technical expression, but I don't seem to find anything! I don't think I have invented it myself. A friend of mine might have invented it. I will ask him. Or maybe I have seen it somewhere on the net. I can't be sure. But I think it deserves...
by azz
Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: some of his poems
Replies: 2
Views: 1755

some of his poems

a. His poems have been translated into Spanish and German. Does that mean that all of them have been translated into Spanish and German? Does it mean that the same set of poems has been translated both into Spanish and German? b. His poems have been translated into Spanish or German. Is this senten...