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by navi
Mon Nov 30, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the devil, he may take you
Replies: 9
Views: 3279

the devil, he may take you

I first produced my pistol and I then produced my rapier Saying stand and deliver or the devil, he may take you Source: http://www.countysongs.ie/song/whiskey-in-the-jar I'd be surprise if you didn't know the song and the lyrics. It is a very famous Irish folk song that has been covered many times....
by navi
Sat Nov 28, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not letting
Replies: 3
Views: 2793

not letting

1) Are you not letting me go into the room? Is that sentence ambiguous? I think it could mean: a) Aren't you letting me go into the room? and also b) Are you preventing me from going into the room? Let us say someone stands in my way and blocks my passage to the room. I suspect that he is actively ...
by navi
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: too good
Replies: 5
Views: 3696

too good

1) They are too good people to do something like that.
2) They are too good of people to do something like that.

Which, if either, is correct?'
I suspect both are wrong?

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Wed Nov 18, 2020 5:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: let down
Replies: 1
Views: 2598

let down

1) My favorite team let me down this weekend. They lost four-nil. 2) My favorite team disappointed me this weekend. They lost four-nil. I think 'let down' is usually used when something has been promised, and yet I find '1' correct. I think '2' is correct too, but sounds less natural to me. Are the...
by navi
Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: every one of them
Replies: 0
Views: 2929

every one of them

Can one use:
1) I didn't see every one of them.
instead of:
2) I didn't see any one of them.
if 'every' is strongly emphasized?

Can one use:
3) I didn't see both of them.
instead of:
4) I didn't see either of them.
if 'both' is strongly emphasized?

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: any other man
Replies: 1
Views: 2597

any other man

1) If I acted that way, I would be similar to any other criminal.
2) If I acted that way, I would be similar to any other man that has no moral principles.

Does '1' say that I am a criminal?
Does '2' say that I have no moral principles?

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Tue Oct 27, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for anyone
Replies: 1
Views: 3044

for anyone

Can one use: 1) Do you know why doing the same workout every day doesn't work for you? Because it never does. instead of: 2) Do you know why doing the same workout every day doesn't work for you? Because it never works for anyone. =========================== Can one use: 3) Do you know why doing the...
by navi
Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: rather
Replies: 1
Views: 3117

rather

1) These apples are rather tasty.

What does that mean to you?
a) The are somewhat tasty.
b) They are tasty and that is surprising.
c) They are surprisingly tasty.

or....

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Tue Oct 13, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone
Replies: 6
Views: 5428

Re: anyone

Thank you very much, Erik,

No, I messed up. I am sorry. I meant '3' and '4'. I suddenly shifted from numbers to letters.

Here they are:


3) There is nobody being loved by whom would be strange.

4) There is nobody whose loving you would be strange.'

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone
Replies: 6
Views: 5428

Re: anyone

Thank you very much, Erik,

I think that the meaning they were going for was:

3) There is nobody being loved by whom would be strange.
4) There is nobody whose loving you would be strange.'

I am not even sure that my 'c' and 'd' work either.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone
Replies: 6
Views: 5428

anyone

1) It is not unusual to be loved by anyone. That's from a famous Tom Jones song (I am sure you recognize it). The song is called 'It's Not Unusual'. https://genius.com/Tom-jones-its-not-unusual-lyrics What does '1' mean? How about: 2) It is not impossible to be loved by anyone. In those sentences, ...
by navi
Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: like John's
Replies: 3
Views: 4174

Re: like John's

Thank you very much, Erik,

How about:

1a) I read your article as I did John's.
2a) I listened to your song as I did John's.

3a) I read your article, as I did John's.
4a) I listened to your song, as I did John's.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Sun Oct 11, 2020 4:11 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: like John's
Replies: 3
Views: 4174

like John's

Are these sentences correct: 1) I read your article like John's. 2) I listened to your song like John's. 3) I read your article, like John's. 4) I listened to your song, like John's. I think in '1' and '2' the act was done in the same manner, and in '3' and '4', the manner is not the issue, and the ...
by navi
Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: thanking my teachers
Replies: 3
Views: 3724

Re: thanking my teachers

Thank you very much, Bonnie,

Can I use the first one even if I don't have any teachers now and want to thank those who were my teachers in the past?

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: thanking my teachers
Replies: 3
Views: 3724

thanking my teachers

Which are correct: 1) I want to thank all my teachers. 2) I want to thank all those who have been my teachers. 3) I want to thank all those who have been my teachers at one point in time. 4) I want to thank all those who were my teachers at one point in time. Can one use '1', '2' and '3' if one does...