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by navi
Sat Oct 10, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: ambiguity
Replies: 1
Views: 1188

ambiguity

Are sentences '1', '2', '3' and '4' ambiguous? 1-He doesn't play football, like his brother. Two possible meanings: 1a-His brother doesn't play football and neither does he. (Like his brother, he doesn't play football.) 1b-His brother does play football but he doesn't. (Unlike his brother, he doesn'...
by navi
Mon Oct 05, 2015 7:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: like the other one
Replies: 3
Views: 1388

like the other one

Are these sentences correct: 1) Like your other tooth, they will extract this one. 2) They will extract this tooth like the other one. 3) They will extract this tooth, like the other one. 4) They will extract this tooth like the other one was. 5) They will extract this tooth, like the other one was....
by navi
Mon Oct 05, 2015 7:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as I played the guitar
Replies: 3
Views: 1431

as I played the guitar

Are these sentences correct with the given meanings: 1) He played the banjo, as I played the guitar. (He played the banjo and I played the guitar) 2) He played the banjo as I played the guitar. (He played the banjo in the same way I played the guitar.) 3) He played the banjo like I played the guitar...
by navi
Fri Oct 02, 2015 1:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: word order
Replies: 7
Views: 2229

word order

Are these sentences correct: 1) Anything money my horse earns in races, I am entitled to. 2) Anything he does, I have a share in. 3) Anything he does, I am proud of. 4) Anything he earns, I take a part of. They don't have the normal word order. But I think this word order puts the emphasis on the no...
by navi
Fri Aug 21, 2015 11:29 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: refuse
Replies: 2
Views: 973

refuse

Are these sentences correct:
1) He asked a favour of her, but she refused him the favour.
2) He asked a favour of her, but she refused him.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Tue Mar 17, 2015 2:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the man to
Replies: 2
Views: 2057

the man to

1) He is the man to drive us there tomorrow.

Does this sentence mean:
a) He is the man who can drive us there tomorrow

b) He is the man who has been given the job of driving us there tomorrow

c) He is the man who will drive us there tomorrow

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not too greasy
Replies: 0
Views: 2171

not too greasy

Are these sentences correct: 1) He likes his food not too greasy. 2) He wants his food not too greasy. 3) He likes his steak well-done and not greasy. 4) He wants his steak well-done and not greasy. I think '3' and '4' work. Normally one would say 'He DOESN'T WANT his food greasy. But here we have t...
by navi
Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to keep him safe
Replies: 3
Views: 1795

Re: to keep him safe

Thank you both very much, I see your point Bobinwales. Actually, I am done with schools and universities and suchlike and do not take lessons in English either. But I can understand your misgivings and have no particular problem with being wrong. There is no shame in not knowing well a language that...
by navi
Thu Feb 19, 2015 12:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: my brother in Germany
Replies: 1
Views: 1400

my brother in Germany

1) My brother who is in Germany calls me every week. 2) My brother in Germany calls me every week. Do these imply that I have more than one brother? 3) My brothers who are in Germany call me every week. 4) My brothers in Germany call me every week. Do these imply that I have at least one brother wh...
by navi
Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:24 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to keep him safe
Replies: 3
Views: 1795

to keep him safe

Which are correct:

1-He was given a false name to keep him safe.

2-He was given a false name to be kept safe.

3-He was sent to Paris to keep him safe.
4-He was sent to Paris to be kept safe.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Wed Feb 11, 2015 2:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: adverbs postmodifying nouns
Replies: 1
Views: 1363

adverbs postmodifying nouns

Edit 1) Industrial action resulted in the withdrawal indefinitely of the vehicular ferry service. 2) A shortage of timber internationally led to a steep rise in prices. These sentences are from: A Student's Introduction to English Grammar By Rodney Huddleston, Geoffrey K. Pullum https://books.google...
by navi
Mon Feb 02, 2015 12:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: adverbial or adjectival?
Replies: 2
Views: 1273

adverbial or adjectival?

Is this sentence correct: 1) John believes that the exposure of Stalin's exactions , when the foreign media were not allowed into the country , dealt a heavy blow to his reputation. Meaning: John believes that the exposure of Stalin's exactions , exactions which took place when the foreign media wer...
by navi
Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:24 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: God's anointed
Replies: 6
Views: 1823

Re: God's anointed

Wow! Impressive analysis! Thank you very very much!

-"I can't see the logic in it.", she exclaimed.
-"That's probably because there is none.", he replied.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Thu Jan 22, 2015 3:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: God's anointed
Replies: 6
Views: 1823

God's anointed

It seems that 'God's anointed' can be used both for 'God's anointed one' and 'God's anointed ones'. So in 'God's anointed', 'anointed' functions as a full-fledged noun. However it is considered a past participle in dictionaries. Are there any other cases like that? I thought 'beloved' would be one, ...
by navi
Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to premiere in Septembeer
Replies: 1
Views: 1137

to premiere in Septembeer

Which are correct: 1 We are talking about the third season of the series, to premiere in September. 2 We are talking about Mr. ABC, to take office as the President of DEF in September. 3 We are talking about our new driver, to drive you to office tomorrow morning. In '1', 'to premiere in September' ...