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by azz
Fri Sep 25, 2020 6:01 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the best cars in the lot
Replies: 1
Views: 31

the best cars in the lot

a. The best cars in the lot are John's. The worst ones are John's too. b. The best cars in the lot are John's cars. The worst ones are John's cars too. I think (a) works and (b) does not. Am I correct? I think (b) means the same as: c. John's cars are the best cars in the lot. They are the worst ca...
by azz
Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: which one
Replies: 0
Views: 50

which one

a. Which one saw the accident, the tall boy or the short one? b. Which saw the accident, the tall boy or the short one? c. Which one saw the accident, the one called Peter or the one called John? d. Which saw the accident, the one called Peter or the one called John? e. Which one saw the accident, ...
by azz
Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: what is she upset about
Replies: 1
Views: 64

what is she upset about

a. What TV series is she upset about not being produced? b. What TV series is she most upset about not being produced? c What TV series is she upset about not being cast in? d. What TV series is she most upset about not being cast in? Are the above sentences grammatically correct? I think the first...
by azz
Tue Sep 22, 2020 2:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: all of the pets
Replies: 1
Views: 50

all of the pets

a. Tom couldn't stand all of the pets his housemate had, so he moved. b. Tom couldn't stand all of the pets, so he moved. c. Tom couldn't stand all the pets, so he moved. Could these be used if Tom could stand all of the pets individually, but it was the fact that all of them were together that was...
by azz
Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: all I've seen
Replies: 1
Views: 61

all I've seen

a. I can't believe all that I've seen here today. b. I can't believe everything I've seen here today. I think literally those sentences mean I can believe part of what I have seen here today, but not all of it! Is that correct? I think people would use those sentences to mean c. I can't believe how...
by azz
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: resulted in there being few
Replies: 2
Views: 92

resulted in there being few

Can one say
a. The new regulations have resulted in few accidents.

instead of
b. The new regulations have resulted in there being few accidents.
?

I am not at all sure that (a) works.

Many thanks.
by azz
Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: since vs. because
Replies: 1
Views: 170

since vs. because

a. I haven't gone into his room since he went to bed. b. I haven't seen him since he's stopped coming to work. c. I haven't tried to solve this problem since it was given to me by a genius who told me she found it difficult. Could 'since' mean 'because' in these sentences? I think both meanings are...
by azz
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: there was John
Replies: 1
Views: 195

there was John

a. I looked down the window and there was John, injured.
b. I looked down the window and there was John injured.


Which is correctly punctuated?

Many thanks.
by azz
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as well as
Replies: 1
Views: 420

as well as

a. As well as singing, he dances.
b, As well as singing, he can dance.

c, He can dance as well as sing.
d. He dances as well as sings.

e. He can dance as well as singing.
f. He dances as well as singing.


Which of the above sentences are grammatically correct?


Many thanks.
by azz
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one of the men
Replies: 2
Views: 391

Re: one of the men

Thank you so much Erik. I agree, but it seems to me that (b) would be better if one used 'a certain man' instead of 'a man'. But I think (b) works as it is. b1. I told you that we didn't know if a certain man who was among the people standing there was a journalist or not. He started filming the inc...
by azz
Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one of the men
Replies: 2
Views: 391

one of the men

a. I told you that there was this man among the people standing there, and we didn't know whether he was a journalist or not. He started filming the incident. b. I told you that we didn't know if a man who was among the people standing there was a journalist or not. He started filming the incident....
by azz
Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: knew not
Replies: 2
Views: 339

knew not

a. The man who had been married we knew not how many times entered the room. b. The man who had been married we didn't know how many times entered the room. c, The journalist who had written we knew not how many books entered the room. d, The journalist who had written we didn't know how many books...
by azz
Tue Sep 01, 2020 1:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: his ex-wife
Replies: 3
Views: 461

his ex-wife

a. I met Tom's ex-wife at a dinner party last night. Could one use that sentence if one knows that Tom has more than one ex-wife and one hasn't been talking about a particular ex-wife? So context does not clarify which ex-wife I am talking about. I just say the sentence out of the blue. I think the...
by azz
Sat Aug 22, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: that I know of
Replies: 3
Views: 986

Re: that I know of

Thank you so much Phil.

The idea was that 'as far as I know Tom didn't talk to Jane' and 'I didn't see Tom talk to Jane' and "I didn't hear Tom talk to Jane' and 'I wasn't told that Tom talked to Jane.'

I guess the sentences just don't work.

Many thanks.
by azz
Sat Aug 22, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: kinds of birds
Replies: 3
Views: 1003

kinds of birds

a. Those are the kind of bird that live around this marsh and mate in the summer. b. Those are the kinds of birds that live around this marsh and mate in the summer. c. Those are the kind of birds that live around this marsh and mate in the summer. If they all belong to the same species, which of t...