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by azz
Sat Sep 18, 2021 7:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: almost all
Replies: 2
Views: 123

almost all

a. I can eat almost all the fruits on that table. b. I can eat almost every one of the fruits on that table. c. I can eat almost any of the fruits on that table. a1. I can eat almost all the fruits you mentioned. b1. I can eat almost every one of the fruits you mentioned. c1. I can eat almost any o...
by azz
Wed Sep 15, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: in their hands
Replies: 4
Views: 418

Re: in their hands

Thank you both so much, I used to translate scientific articles for a short period of time to make ends meet. It was a long time ago. There were college professors who were supposed to verify my translations, as I wasn't well-versed in the scientific aspects of the articles. They knew that, and had ...
by azz
Wed Sep 15, 2021 8:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: all of whose
Replies: 3
Views: 156

all of whose

a. He is the man all whose belongings were destroyed. b. He is the man all of whose belongings were destroyed. c. He is the man whose all belongings were destroyed. To me, (a) and (b) are correct and unremarkable and (c) sounds incorrect. However I wonder if that structure is not used in some mathe...
by azz
Sat Sep 11, 2021 11:37 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: asked them to stop
Replies: 2
Views: 158

asked them to stop

a. It is an industrial cleaner whose producers have asked the public to stop using at home.
b. It is an industrial cleaner whose producers have pleaded with the public to stop using at home.


Are the above sentences grammatically correct?


Many thanks.
by azz
Fri Sep 10, 2021 6:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: in their hands
Replies: 4
Views: 418

Re: in their hands

Thank you so much Erik and my apologies if my questions are irritating. I usually know how to express an idea precisely, but there is this lurking worry that I might misunderstand something someone else has written. Generally what I say isn't that important anyway. And even if it is misunderstood it...
by azz
Fri Sep 10, 2021 3:25 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: in their hands
Replies: 4
Views: 418

in their hands

a. The students had a flower in their hands. b. The students had a flower in their hand. Are both sentences grammatically correct? In (a) each student might be holding a single flower with both hands. But could the sentence be used if each student is holding one flower with one hand? I think (b) ma...
by azz
Wed Sep 01, 2021 9:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: are still there
Replies: 0
Views: 212

are still there

Can one use
a. Americans are still in Kabul.
instead of
b. There are still Americans in Kabul.
?

I don't know why I find (a) strange. I think it is correct, but it doesn't sound quite correct to me...

Many thanks.
by azz
Mon Aug 30, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not so much
Replies: 2
Views: 329

not so much

Can one say

a. You are expected to produce traditional musical compositions, not so much experimental ones.


?

Does that mean that you have to produce fewer experimental compositions, none at all, or compositions that are more traditional than experimental?

Many thanks.
by azz
Mon Aug 30, 2021 1:28 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: at any price
Replies: 1
Views: 227

at any price

a. I cannot keep on living at any price. If I will cause the death of other people by living, I'd rather die. b. a. I cannot keep on living at just any price. If I will cause the death of other people by living, I'd rather die. Which of the above is grammatically correct and meaningful? I think the...
by azz
Wed Aug 25, 2021 11:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: behind which
Replies: 1
Views: 1064

behind which

a. This propaganda creates a fog many won't be able to see behind. b. This propaganda creates a fog behind which many won't be able to see. c. There was a lace curtain I could barely see behind in the dim light. d. There was a lace curtain behind which I could barely see in the dim light. Are these...
by azz
Tue Aug 17, 2021 9:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: we didn't know
Replies: 11
Views: 2482

Re: we didn't know

And I thought I was devious!
by azz
Mon Aug 16, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: we didn't know
Replies: 11
Views: 2482

Re: we didn't know

Thank you all so much.

Yes, I see what the problem is. The whole narrative seems to have a 'garden path' of sorts.

I'd say each man stole from his own wife. That's the way guys do it, isn't it? Grammar doesn't tell us that, but our knowledge of the world (men?) does!

I am joking...

Many thanks.
by azz
Sun Aug 15, 2021 12:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: we didn't know
Replies: 11
Views: 2482

we didn't know

a. There were seven men in the room. As regards one of them, we didn't know he had stolen money from his wife. We knew that two of the others had. b. There were seven men in the room. We didn't know one of them had stolen money from his wife. We knew that two of the others had. Are both of the abov...
by azz
Sat Aug 14, 2021 12:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more than
Replies: 3
Views: 1642

more than

a. He dances both slowly and rapidly, but he dances slowly more than rapidly. b. He dances both slowly and rapidly, but he dances more slowly than rapidly. c. They say he is a virtuoso, but I don't like the way he plays. He plays the guitar rapidly more than soulfully. d. They say he is a virtuoso,...
by azz
Wed Aug 11, 2021 1:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone vs. no one
Replies: 2
Views: 1506

anyone vs. no one

a. I do not want to harm anyone.
b. I want to harm no one.


I think the meanings are virtually the same and yet (b) is sort of unusual. What is the difference between them?

Many thanks.