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by azz
Sun Oct 24, 2021 9:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the good times
Replies: 1
Views: 97

the good times

a. That was the good time of my life.
b. Those were the good times of my life.


What is the difference in the meanings of those sentences?

Many thanks.
by azz
Sun Oct 24, 2021 8:15 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: up, down and sideways
Replies: 1
Views: 124

up, down and sideways

a. The ghosts moved up, down and sideways. b. The ghosts moved up, down or sideways. c. The ghosts moved either up, or down or sideways. I see three possibilities: 1. All of them first moved up, then down and then sideways. 2. Some of them moved up, some moved down and some moved sideways. 3. The s...
by azz
Mon Oct 18, 2021 9:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: you do with...
Replies: 2
Views: 194

you do with...

a. You don't trust your wife with your money but you do your cousin? b. You don't trust your wife with your money but you do your cousin with it? c. You don't trust your wife with your money but you trust your cousin? Are these sentence grammatically correct? They are supposed to mean: You don't tr...
by azz
Tue Oct 12, 2021 12:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: at which
Replies: 1
Views: 295

at which

a. I slipped and fell, at which my friends laughed. b. I slipped and fell, which my friends laughed at. c. I slipped and fell, which made my friends laugh. Are the above sentences grammatically correct? I think they are, but am not sure. This is I think what they call a 'sentential which'. It refer...
by azz
Sat Oct 09, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: pronouns
Replies: 2
Views: 379

pronouns

Who is the manager? a. It is the tall lady who left the room a few minutes ago. b. She is the tall lady who left the room a few minutes ago. ----------------------------- Who is the manager? c. It is one of the owner's cousins. d, He or she is one of the owner's cousins. Are (a), (b), (c) and (d) co...
by azz
Sat Oct 09, 2021 10:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anything else
Replies: 4
Views: 709

Re: anything else

Thank you so much Tony. I don't know why I sometimes assume the meaning would be clear. My apologies. I'll have another try: There was a knock on the door. I rushed to the door and opened it. It was someone from Jehovah's Witnesses. It was an awkward moment, because all of a sudden I remembered that...
by azz
Thu Oct 07, 2021 2:28 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anything else
Replies: 4
Views: 709

anything else

I was wearing a pair of boxer shorts. a. Why weren't you wearing anything else? b. Why weren't you wearing something else? What is the difference in the meanings of (a) and (b)? Does (a) mean why weren't you wearing something in addition to the boxer shorts? Does (b) mean why weren't you wearing som...
by azz
Wed Oct 06, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anything at all
Replies: 1
Views: 467

anything at all

a. If you believe that you are capable of doing anything at all, then you have to try to do something to help us. b. If you believe that you are capable of doing anything at all, they then you think you are God. c. If you believe that you are capable of doing anything, then you have to try to do so...
by azz
Wed Oct 06, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: merely by uttering a sentence
Replies: 6
Views: 878

Re: merely by uttering a sentence

Thank you very much Tony.

I thought those sentences could be used about a tyrant. The sentences would be hyperbolical, of course.

Many thanks
by azz
Mon Oct 04, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: merely by uttering a sentence
Replies: 6
Views: 878

merely by uttering a sentence

a. He can get anything he wants merely by uttering a sentence. b. He can get anything he wants by merely uttering a sentence. c. He can get anything he wants only by uttering a sentence. d. He can get anything he wants by only uttering a sentence. Intended meaning: 1. All he has to do to get anythi...
by azz
Sun Oct 03, 2021 12:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: how you do your job
Replies: 1
Views: 474

how you do your job

a. It says a lot about you how you take care of your sister. b, How you take care of your sister says a lot about you. Are the above sentences grammatically correct? Do they mean 1. The fact that you take care of your sister says a lot about you. or 2. The manner in which you take care of your sist...
by azz
Tue Sep 28, 2021 2:20 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: such
Replies: 3
Views: 607

Re: such

Thank you very much Trolley. How about c. I hate such rich men as John. He'd never give a penny to a charitable cause. d. I hate rich men like John. He'd never give a penny to a charitable cause. Do both of these work? Here the idea is that I don't like him because he is rich and never spends money ...
by azz
Mon Sep 27, 2021 11:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: such
Replies: 3
Views: 607

such

a. Why wouldn't she want to date such handsome men as the doctors in our clinic? b. Why doesn't she want to date handsome men like the doctors in our clinic? Do both mean the same? In which case is it possible that the speaker is not only thinking of the doctors' good looks, but also about their ot...
by azz
Sat Sep 25, 2021 12:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: both your cars
Replies: 7
Views: 1123

both your cars

a. Both your cars are in good condition. Can't this sentence have three meanings? 1. The two cars you (thou) possess are in good condition. 2. Each of you two people has a car and both cars are in good condition. 3. Each of you two people have one or more cars and all of your cars are in good condi...
by azz
Fri Sep 24, 2021 8:13 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: upset stomach vs. churning stomach
Replies: 1
Views: 646

upset stomach vs. churning stomach

I think upset stomach refers to any kind of discomfort felt in the abdomen. Churning stomach is the feeling that there is something turning in the stomach and the stomach has become a bit like a washing machine. But is any churning stomach an upset stomach? What if the churning stomach is caused by ...