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by azz
Fri Apr 15, 2022 1:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a lot
Replies: 1
Views: 1404

a lot

a. He was beaten up a lot last night in that fight in the bar. b. If you squeeze the tube a lot, maybe some toothpaste will come out of it. The idea in (b) is that if you squeeze it really hard , maybe some toothpaste will come out of it. I think that is not what it means. I think here 'a lot' mean...
by azz
Fri Apr 15, 2022 3:24 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: very much
Replies: 1
Views: 616

very much

a. I was much annoyed.
b. I was very much annoyed.

Could those sentences mean
I was often annoyed.
or
I was annoyed a great number of times.
?

Many thanks
by azz
Fri Apr 08, 2022 8:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: best vs. the best part II
Replies: 0
Views: 947

best vs. the best part II

a. I can use one or two or three colors for this shirt, but I think one color is best. b. I can use one or two or three colors for this shirt, but I think one color is the best. I see three possible meanings: 1. Using one color is better than using two or three 2. One of the colors is better than t...
by azz
Fri Apr 08, 2022 7:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: best vs. the best
Replies: 1
Views: 953

best vs. the best

Can one say a. This student is best. b. This student is the best. c. This method is best. d. This method is the best. ? The sentences are mine. Is there any difference in the meanings of (a) and (b)? Does (a) imply that the comparison is not done in a group consisting merely of students (there are '...
by azz
Mon Apr 04, 2022 11:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: did with
Replies: 1
Views: 1014

did with

a. I didn't remove these new stains as easily as I did the old ones. b. I didn't remove these new stains as easily as I did with the old ones. c. I didn't remove these new stains as easily as I removed the old ones. Which are grammatically correct? I think (c) is definitely correct, but sounds a bi...
by azz
Mon Apr 04, 2022 11:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: happening only
Replies: 1
Views: 959

happening only

a. The fight between democracy and autocracy is happening not only in Ukraine. David Leonhardt The New York Times Editorial Link: The New York Times: The Morning:Putins European allies | Milled I find (a) strange. It sounds incorrect to me. I think it should be b. The fight between democracy and au...
by azz
Sat Apr 02, 2022 6:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the man known as Tall Bobby
Replies: 2
Views: 1404

the man known as Tall Bobby

a. I talked to the man known around here as 'Tall Bobby' who is the mayor of the town. If there is only one man known around here as 'Tall Bobby', don't we have to have a comma before 'who'? b. I talked to the man who is the mayor of the town known around here as 'Tall Bobby'. Do we need a comma af...
by azz
Wed Mar 23, 2022 11:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: might just
Replies: 1
Views: 1744

might just

a. Ah you loved me as a loser, but now you're worried that I just might win. From the song " First We Take Manhattan" by Leonard Cohen. Leonard Cohen - First We Take Manhattan Lyrics | AZLyrics.com What does 'just' mean in this sentence? Does 'I just might win' mean there's a small chance of my win...
by azz
Tue Mar 22, 2022 11:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: friend from high school
Replies: 2
Views: 1789

friend from high school

a. He is my friend from high school. b. He has been my friend since high school. I think (a) could mean we are both at high school and are friends there. Could it be said if I am an adult and we became friends at high school? I think in (b) it is not necessarily the case that we even went to the sa...
by azz
Mon Mar 14, 2022 11:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the idea of war
Replies: 5
Views: 3653

the idea of war

a. He was being driven mad by the idea of war and its consequences. b. This book analyzes the idea of war and its consequences throughout history. In (a) and (b) there is one idea and that is the idea of war plus its consequences. c. He was being driven mad by the ideas of war and its consequences....
by azz
Thu Mar 10, 2022 9:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: requires a great deal of effort
Replies: 1
Views: 2263

requires a great deal of effort

a. This cake requires a great deal of effort to make. b. That scene in the movie required a lot of effort to get right. c. This disease requires a lot of time to cure. d. This disease needs a lot of time to cure. Are these sentences grammatically correct? I don't think they are. They sound wrong to...
by azz
Thu Mar 10, 2022 9:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for the impression they make
Replies: 2
Views: 2766

for the impression they make

a. She chooses her dresses for the impression they make on others, not for a sensible use of money. b. She chooses her dresses to impress others, not for a sensible use of money. c. She chooses her dresses for the impression they make on others, not for their reasonable price. That's why she buys s...
by azz
Sun Mar 06, 2022 12:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: separate us more than before
Replies: 1
Views: 2354

separate us more than before

a. What is happening now will separate us more than before. b. What is happening now will separate us more so than before. Are these sentences grammatically correct? I think people say such things, but both seem illogical to me. What is happening now didn't separate us in the past. Other things pro...
by azz
Thu Mar 03, 2022 12:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the last time
Replies: 3
Views: 3189

Re: the last time

Thank you very much Tony. As usual, I imagined that the context would be clear! My apologies, Let's say I give someone a call and the person asks me: Have we talked before? I say: No. This is the first time... Case #2: We have never talked before, have we? Yes we have. This is the third time that......
by azz
Wed Mar 02, 2022 5:37 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the last time
Replies: 3
Views: 3189

the last time

a. This is the first time I am talking to you. b. This is the first time I have talked to you. c. This is the third time I am talking to you. d. This is the third time I have talked to you. e. This is the last time I am talking to you. f. This is the last time I have talked to you. Which sentences ...