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by azz
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: isn't smart to
Replies: 1
Views: 59

isn't smart to

Can one say a. He isn't foolish to believe what they say. b. He isn't an idiot to believe what they say. c. He isn't smart to have made this discovery. d. He isn't a genius to have made this discovery. e. He isn't smart to write such songs. f. He isn't a genius to write such song. ? The idea is basi...
by azz
Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: wrong
Replies: 1
Views: 78

wrong

a. You were wrong to go there. b. What you said was wrong. c. What you did was wrong. 'Wrong' is a an ambiguous word. It could mean 'morally wrong' or simply 'incorrect'. My feeling is that in (a) and (b) it has the 'incorrect' meaning. It means you made a mistake. It doesn't mean you did something...
by azz
Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: our English
Replies: 1
Views: 84

our English

Can one say
a. My English and his are equally bad.
b. Our English is equally bad.

?

Many thanks.
by azz
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: offered me twenty dollars
Replies: 1
Views: 82

offered me twenty dollars

Can one say a. She offered me a dollar to use my phone. b. She offered me a dollar to let him use my phone. c. She offered me twenty dollars to drive him to the airport. d. She offered me twenty dollars to be driven to the airport. e. She offered twenty dollars to be driven to the airport. e. She of...
by azz
Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the brother of John's
Replies: 1
Views: 93

the brother of John's

Can one say a. I was talking to the brother of John's who is a doctor, not to the one who is an actor. b. I was talking to the brother of his who is a doctor, not to the one who is an actor. c. I was talking to the brother of John who is a doctor, not to the one who is an actor. d. I was talking to ...
by azz
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: standing behind tables
Replies: 2
Views: 130

standing behind tables

Can one say
a. In this workshop, work is done sitting on tall stools.
b. In our office, technical drawings are done standing behind drafting tables.

?

Many thanks.
by azz
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: than any other time
Replies: 1
Views: 109

than any other time

Can one say

a. When he said he loved me he made me happier than at any other time in my entire life.
?

Does it mean
1. that he made me happier than I'd ever been.
or
2. that he made me happier than he'd ever made me.
?

Many thanks.
by azz
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: made me happier
Replies: 0
Views: 93

made me happier

Can one say
a. What he said made me happier than at any other time in my entire life.
?

Does it mean
1. What he said made me happier than I'd ever been.
or
2. What he said made me happier than anything he'd ever said.
?

Many thanks
by azz
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for them all
Replies: 1
Views: 112

for them all

a. I bought two beers for them.
b. I bought two beers for five of them.
c. I bought two beers for the boys.
d. I bought two beers for all of them.
e. I bought two beers for them all.


Which could I use if I bought two beers for each of them?

Many thanks.
by azz
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: before everybody
Replies: 2
Views: 145

before everybody

a. I poured a cup of tea for her, before everybody else. Could that sentence mean a1. I poured a cup of tea for her, before I poured a cup of tea for everybody else. ? b. I bought a sandwich for her, before everybody else. Could that sentence mean b1. I bought a sandwich for her, before I bought a ...
by azz
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: didn't shout at him to scare him
Replies: 1
Views: 139

didn't shout at him to scare him

Can one say a. Unlike you, I didn't shout at him so that he'd be scared. I talked softly to him. b. Unlike you, I didn't shout at him to scare him. I talked softly to him. c. I didn't shout at him so that he'd be scared. I shouted at him because I know he's hard of hearing. d. I didn't shout at him ...
by azz
Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: fruit for export
Replies: 0
Views: 137

fruit for export

Can one say
a. I sent my son to the conservatory to be taught music.
b. Our country produces fruit to be exported.
c. Our country produces fruit for export.

?

In (b) and (c) is all the fruit we produce exported or only some of it?

Many thanks.
by azz
Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: other than that
Replies: 3
Views: 258

other than that

Can one say
a. I don't know what I will be doing next week, other than that I will meet John.
b. I have no idea what I will be doing next week, other than that I will meet John.

?

Many thanks.
by azz
Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: be ready if...
Replies: 1
Views: 166

be ready if...

Can one say
a. I am ready if he starts a fight. I hope he won't.
b. I will be ready if he starts a fight. I hope he won't.
c. I am ready for him to start a fight. I hope he won't.

d. Be ready if he starts a fight.
e. Be ready for him to start a fight.

?

Many thanks.
by azz
Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: use for vs. use to
Replies: 1
Views: 146

use for vs. use to

Can one say a. This instrument is used to measure radiation. b. This instrument is used for measuring radiation. c. I need the Geiger counter to measure radiation. d. I need the Geiger counter for measuring. e. I need the Geiger counter to measure radiation in my office. f. I need the Geiger counter...