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by navi
Sat Feb 13, 2016 7:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: inclusive/exclusive or
Replies: 6
Views: 3172

inclusive/exclusive or

1) This substance can cause visual hallucinations, auditory hallucinations or respiratory problems. 2) This substance can cause visual hallucinations, auditory hallucinations and respiratory problems. I think the sentences virtually mean the same. Would you agree with that? The 'or' in '1' seems in...
by navi
Mon Feb 08, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I had seen some of them
Replies: 6
Views: 3531

Re: I had seen some of them

Thank you very much, Bobinwales, I want to say neither of those things. I want to say: I had seen some of those books. You did not know that. I think: 1) You didn't know I had seen some of these pictures. 2) You didn't know I had seen certain of these pictures. 3) You didn't know I had seen any of t...
by navi
Sun Feb 07, 2016 8:28 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I had seen some of them
Replies: 6
Views: 3531

Re: I had seen some of them

Thank you all very much,

Is this one correct:

3) You didn't know I had seen any of these pictures.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Fri Feb 05, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: did not know about...
Replies: 2
Views: 2202

did not know about...

1) I knew he had stolen certain of those diamonds. But I didn't know about the rest.

Does this mean:
a) I didn't know that he had stolen the rest as well.
or:
b) I didn't know whether he had stolen the rest or not.


Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Fri Feb 05, 2016 8:24 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I had seen some of them
Replies: 6
Views: 3531

I had seen some of them

1) You didn't know I had seen some of these pictures.
2) You didn't know I had seen certain of these pictures.

Could either one of them correspond to:
A) You knew I had seen some of these pictures, but there were certain specific pictures that you did not know I had seen.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:15 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: early/too early
Replies: 1
Views: 1671

early/too early

Are these sentences correct: 1) It is early in the morning for doing this kind of work. 2) It is early in the morning to do this kind of work. 3) It is too early in the morning for doing this kind of work. 4 It is too early in the morning to do this kind of work. I think the second two imply that on...
by navi
Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: things belonging to him
Replies: 1
Views: 1054

things belonging to him

Can one use:
1) He took Pete's things that he was not supposed to take.
instead of
2) He took things belonging to Pete that he was not supposed to take.

I am not sure if '1' means '2' or if it means:
3) He took the things belonging to Pete that he was not supposed to take.


Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Mon Jan 18, 2016 7:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: and/or
Replies: 3
Views: 1417

and/or

1) They used methods that were strange, demeaning and illegal. 2) They used methods that were strange, demeaning or illegal. Which of the sentences should be used if some of the methods were strange, some were demeaning and some were illegal? Which could be used if the intended meaning is: They use...
by navi
Tue Jan 05, 2016 7:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to use in case of...
Replies: 4
Views: 1015

Re: to use in case of...

Thank you both very much for your kind replies. Things are much clearer now! One more question: 3) They gave him the drug ABC, to be taken in case of a nervous crisis. 4) They gave him the drug ABC, which is to be taken in case of a nervous crisis. Are those two sentences equivalent? In '4' we are n...
by navi
Mon Jan 04, 2016 5:20 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to use in case of...
Replies: 4
Views: 1015

to use in case of...

Can one use: 1) They gave him the drug ABC, to use in case of a nervous crisis. instead of: 2) They gave him the drug ABC, which is to use in case of a nervous crisis. The examples are totally imaginary. What interests me is the grammatical structure. '2' is not equivalent to: They gave him the drug...
by navi
Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: which of you
Replies: 1
Views: 665

which of you

Which is correct: 1) Which of you are coming? 2) Which of you is coming? 3) Who of you are coming? 4) Who of you is coming? I think '1' means: 5) Which ones of you are coming? and '2' means: 6) Which one of you is coming? I am not particularly fond of '3' and '4'. Gratefully, Navi. HAPPY NEW YEAR.
by navi
Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:11 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma question
Replies: 2
Views: 802

comma question

1) He was given a bottle of the magic potion, to use in cases of extreme emergency. 2) He was given a bottle of the magic potion, to be used in cases of extreme emergency. The comma could indicate an afterthought. Could it also be used if one wanted to postmodify 'the magic potion' non-restrictivel...
by navi
Mon Nov 02, 2015 12:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: in his function as
Replies: 4
Views: 1577

in his function as

Are these sentences correct: 1) I talked to John in his function as a lawyer, and not as my cousin. 2) I gave him those documents in his function as a lawyer, not as my cousin. 3) I gave those documents to him in his function as a lawyer, not as my cousin. (John is my cousin and he is a lawyer.) Gra...
by navi
Tue Oct 20, 2015 3:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: tenses 2
Replies: 2
Views: 1478

tenses 2

1) They fired a journalist who wrote two articles about ecology. Could this sentence be used instead of: a) They fired a journalist who had written two articles about ecology. 2) They sent a lawyer who drew up a contract. Could this sentence be used instead of: b) They sent a lawyer who had drawn u...
by navi
Tue Oct 20, 2015 3:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: tenses 1
Replies: 0
Views: 1663

tenses 1

1) She started singing when they put the furniture on the cart. Could this sentence be used instead of: c) She started singing when they were putting the furniture on/onto the cart. 2) She started singing when they loaded the furniture on the cart. Could this sentence be used instead of: d) She sta...