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by navi
Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for him to translate them
Replies: 13
Views: 1736

for him to translate them

1-I sent him the documents so that he would translate them. 2-I sent him the documents so that he might translate them. 3-I sent him the documents so that he should translate them. 4-I sent him the documents so that he could translate them. 5-I sent him the documents for him to translate them. Is t...
by navi
Sat Oct 11, 2014 11:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with the cool wind
Replies: 1
Views: 926

with the cool wind

Are these correct: 1-I opened the window and felt the pleasant wind blowing outside. With the cool wind, I had the strong urge to leave the hot room and go outside. 2-I opened the window and felt the pleasant wind blowing outside. I had the strong urge to leave the hot room and go outside, with the ...
by navi
Thu Oct 09, 2014 3:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with the long, dark hair
Replies: 10
Views: 1686

Re: with the long, dark hair

Thank you all so very much for your kind replies. All your comments were truly helpful. I had to look up 'fair suck of the sav'. Sometimes one also finds things one did not come looking for. And that possibility makes the search all the more fun. I can't believe I, of all people, missed the comma in...
by navi
Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with the long, dark hair
Replies: 10
Views: 1686

with the long, dark hair

Which are correct: 1-He was talking to his girlfriend with the long, dark hair. 2-He was talking to his girlfriend with her long, dark hair. 3-He was talking to his girlfriend with long dark hair. They are supposed to mean: He was talking to his girlfriend who had long dark hair. It seems to me that...
by navi
Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma + phrase
Replies: 6
Views: 1463

comma + phrase

Are these sentences correct: 1. That journal was very popular among the social democrats under the leadership of Thompson. 2. That journal was very popular among the social democrats , under the leadership of Thompson. 3. That journal was very popular among social democrats under the leadership of T...
by navi
Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:54 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: another restrictive/non-restrictive question
Replies: 3
Views: 1253

another restrictive/non-restrictive question

Are these sentences correct: 1-We learnt a lot from them which we should never forget. 2-We learnt a lot from them, which we should never forget. I think '2' means We learnt a lot from them and we should not forget that. '1' has a restrictive clause. It means: We learnt a lot of things that we shoul...
by navi
Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as/like
Replies: 2
Views: 1389

as/like

Is there a difference between:
1-He talked to me like a child.
and:
2-He talked to me as a child.

Is there a difference between:
3-He treated me like a child.
and:
4-He treated me as a child.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for
Replies: 2
Views: 1230

for

1-They did it for pride.

Does this mean:
a-They did it because they sought pride.
or:
b-They did it out of pride
or:
c-They did it in order not to lose their pride

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: who were wearing badges
Replies: 3
Views: 1035

who were wearing badges

1-Some men who were wearing badges were chasing him. 2-Some men, who were wearing badges, were chasing him. To me, '2' is saying that all the men who were chasing him were wearing badges. Does '1' necessarily imply either of the following: a-There were some men who were chasing him and were not wea...
by navi
Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: are to succeed
Replies: 2
Views: 940

are to succeed

Are these sentences correct:

1-If you are to succeed, you have to work hard.
2-If you are going to succeed, you ought to work hard.
3-If you are to succeed, you'd better work hard.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Tue Sep 02, 2014 10:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: it is important for
Replies: 4
Views: 1090

it is important for

1-It is important for Harry to be at the briefing. 2-It is important to Harry to be at the briefing. Which of the above correspond to which of the below: a- The speaker thinks that it is important that Harry should be at the meeting. b- Harry thinks it is important that he should be at the meeting....
by navi
Wed Aug 27, 2014 8:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma
Replies: 7
Views: 1322

Re: comma

Thank you so much Jerry. Point taken. I would not write that sentence, but some people might. I am not an English writer, but might occasionally have to translate something from English. I have to be very careful with ambiguous sentences. Sometimes, a writer might want to go for ambiguity. They deli...
by navi
Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma
Replies: 7
Views: 1322

Re: comma

Thank you both very much for your kind replies. I think whether 'whenever' has to be used or not, depends on the intended meaning. One meaning of the original sentence is indeed the one that would come to the fore if 'when' is replaced by 'whenever'. That is doubtlessly the likeliest meaning, but is...
by navi
Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:20 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma
Replies: 7
Views: 1322

comma

1-In the first days of the project , when I saw him, he seemed happy. 2-In the first days of the project when I saw him, he seemed happy. Is there a difference between the meanings of these sentences? The only difference between them is that there is a comma after 'project' in '1'. Gratefully, Navi.
by navi
Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:13 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: aerobic exercises for weight loss
Replies: 1
Views: 775

aerobic exercises for weight loss

1-He does aerobic exercises for weight loss.

Does that mean
a-There are certain aerobic exercises that are for weight loss and he does them
or:
b-In order to lose weight, he does aerobic exercises.

Gratefully,
Navi.