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by azz
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a man and woman
Replies: 1
Views: 76

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: 108

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: 182

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: 199

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.
by azz
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: feeling of anguish
Replies: 6
Views: 295

Re: feeling of anguish

Thank you so much.

But it could mean that, right? We don't know whether the anguish woke me up, or I was awakened by something else. Is that correct?

Many thanks.
by azz
Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: feeling of anguish
Replies: 6
Views: 295

feeling of anguish

a. Yesterday morning, I woke up with a feeling of anguish.

Does that necessarily imply that the anguish woke me up?


Many thanks.
by azz
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: could have been others
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Re: could have been others

Thank you so much and my apologies!
I am really sorry. I got confused. I thought i hadn't posted the question and posted it a second time.

Many many thanks and many many apologies
by azz
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more than you are
Replies: 2
Views: 220

more than you are

Can one say
a. They are teachers more than you are.
?

I would like to see if that would work as a plural form of:
He is more of a teacher than you.

Many thanks.
by azz
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: could have been others
Replies: 4
Views: 313

could have been others

a. I think John might have stolen money from the till. It could have been other people as well. b. I think John might have stolen money from the till. It could have been other people too. c. I think John might have stolen money from the till. It could have been other people also. Can't these mean t...
by azz
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: others as well
Replies: 1
Views: 161

others as well

a. I think John might have stolen money from the till. It could have been other people as well. b. I think John might have stolen money from the till. It could have been other people too. c. I think John might have stolen money from the till. It could have been other people also. Can these mean two...
by azz
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one of them
Replies: 0
Views: 151

one of them

Customer to store assistant: a. I have picked five items, but I don't want one of them. Can I give it to you? b. I have picked five items, but there is an item I don't want. Can I give it to you? c. I have picked five items, but I don't want one item. Can I give it to you? d. I have picked five item...
by azz
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: is nobody
Replies: 2
Views: 179

is nobody

a. Is nobody in the house? b. Isn't anybody in the house? c. Is no one with you? d. Isn't anyone with you? e. Is nothing going to help? f. Isn't anything going to help? Are all these sentences OK? I've noticed that I always use the 'any' form in these cases. But it seems to me that they are all gra...
by azz
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: don't remember most of them
Replies: 2
Views: 226

don't remember most of them

a) I don't remember most of them. Can't this sentence mean two things? 1. Most of them I can't remember. Most of them are things/people etc. that I don't remember. 2. It is not true that I remember most of them. They virtually boil down to the same thing, but there is a slight difference. My feelin...
by azz
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not six feet
Replies: 7
Views: 955

not six feet

Can one write a. A group of not well-educated people are very happy with the new measures. b. A group of people not well-educated are very happy with the new measures. c. b. A group of people, not well-educated, are very happy with the new measures. d. A man, not six feet tall, walked into a store. ...
by azz
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: and I haven't
Replies: 1
Views: 919

and I haven't

John says: There are a lot of commas missing in your essay! Patrick replies: a- Really? Where in my essay should I have used a comma that I haven't? b- Really? Where in my essay should I have used a comma and I haven't? Are the sentences (a) and (b) both acceptable in the context of this dialogue? M...