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by azz
Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: tenses
Replies: 2
Views: 43

tenses

a. They arrested Tom, who stole an officer's badge.
b. They arrested a shopkeeper, who stole an officer's badge.
c. The arrested a shopkeeper who stole an officer's badge.


Could we tell if the arrest came before the stealing or after?

Many thanks
by azz
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: when he was fouled
Replies: 1
Views: 88

when he was fouled

a. It wasn't only Tom who was furious when he was fouled. I was too.
b. Tom wasn't the only one who was furious when he was fouled. I was too.


Could those sentences be used if the intended meaning is
Tom was furious when he was fouled on and I was furious when I was fouled.
?

Many thanks
by azz
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: where he works
Replies: 2
Views: 115

where he works

a. John knows where he works.

This might mean John knows the address of his workplace, but could it also mean that he knows the place where he works (ie. he knows the environment, the people etc..)?

Many thanks.
by azz
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: open
Replies: 1
Views: 467

open

Does 'to open a shirt' mean to unbutton it? Does 'to close a shirt' mean to button it up? If a man's shirt is unbuttoned and he pulls the two sides further apart, exposing his chest, how would one describe what he does? Does he open his shirt? Does he open it wider ? If a man's shirt is unbuttoned a...
by azz
Tue Jun 09, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: every member's wallet
Replies: 2
Views: 486

every member's wallet

a. Every member's wallet was stolen from the locker room. b. Each member's wallet was stolen from the locker room. c. All members' wallets were stolen from the locker room. Which of these imply that there were no members who didn't have a wallet? That each and every member had a wallet? Many thanks
by azz
Tue Jun 09, 2020 2:47 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: every member
Replies: 1
Views: 423

every member

a. Every member's wallet was stolen from the locker room.
b. Each member's wallet was stolen from the locker room.
c. All members' wallets were stolen from the locker room.
by azz
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: dancing acrobatically
Replies: 1
Views: 499

dancing acrobatically

a. Dancing acrobatically is something I enjoy very much.
b. I enjoy dancing acrobatically very much.


I think (b) means that I like to dance acrobatically. I like to do that. (a) could have that meaning, but could it mean that I enjoy watching acrobatic dances?


Many thanks.
by azz
Sat May 23, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: didn't use to
Replies: 3
Views: 1496

didn't use to

a. I didn't use to smoke when I was in college. I think I must have smoked ten cigarettes in all in those four years. b. I didn't use to smoke when I was in college but I sometimes did. c. I didn't use to smoke when I was in college but I did once in while. Which of the above are acceptable? Many t...
by azz
Fri May 22, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as was ordered
Replies: 5
Views: 1548

Re: as was ordered

Absolutely no need for apologies. I do the exact same thing you do and the same thing has happened to me. Once someone thought my husband was a woman. He found the whole thing very amusing. He claims that he's been trying to write like a woman for years, because women are better at describing things...
by azz
Fri May 22, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as was ordered
Replies: 5
Views: 1548

Re: as was ordered

Thank you both so much.

Azz happens to be a 'she', but apparently she asks questions like a man! Everybody makes that mistake Trolley and I don't mind. No worries.

Trolley, your reply is great. I hadn't thought of that possibility at all!

Many thanks.
by azz
Thu May 21, 2020 1:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as was ordered
Replies: 5
Views: 1548

as was ordered

a. I don't have a big blue box, as was ordered. But I have a big red one. b. I don't have a big blue box, as ordered. But I have a big red one. Are the above sentences grammatically correct and comprehensible? A big blue box was ordered. I don't have one. But I have a big red box. -----------------...
by azz
Sun May 10, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: neither of which
Replies: 1
Views: 1267

neither of which

a. I emailed John and talked to Pete, who agree with me. b. I emailed John and talked to Pete, who both agree with me. c. He bought a motorcycle and rented a truck, which aren't really useful for him. d. He bought a motorcycle and rented a truck, neither of which is really useful for him. Are the a...
by azz
Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: commas
Replies: 1
Views: 6385

commas

a. These are the books I wrote in this subject. There are other books, by other authors, on this subject as well.
b. These are the books I wrote in this subject. There are other books by other authors on this subject as well.




Which is correctly punctuated?

Many thanks
by azz
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: was bruised as well
Replies: 1
Views: 6129

was bruised as well

a. His leg was broken. His arm was bruised too. b. His leg was broken. His arm was bruised as well. c. His leg was broken. His arm was also bruised. Are the above sentences grammatically correct and meaningful? Generally, when I hear 'his arm was bruised too', I think that it has been said that som...
by azz
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: fixed time
Replies: 0
Views: 8643

fixed time

a. Volunteer work at our school isn't for a fixed time. You work as long as you want when you come here. b. Volunteer work at our school isn't a fixed time. You work as long as you want when you come here. c. Volunteer work at our school doesn't have a fixed time. You work as long as you want when ...