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by navi
Sat Feb 27, 2016 3:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma question
Replies: 3
Views: 2521

comma question

1) This is the funniest movie, with Buster Keaton. 2) This is the funniest movie ever, with Buster Keaton. 3) This is the funniest movie with Buster Keaton. 4) This is the funniest movie ever with Buster Keaton. I think '1' and '2' mean that this movie is the funniest movie and Buster Keaton stars ...
by navi
Fri Feb 26, 2016 9:37 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: before I had to stop
Replies: 2
Views: 2180

before I had to stop

1) For the first time ever, I felt happy doing my job before I had to stop. 2) For the first time ever, I felt happy doing my job, before I had to stop. 3) Before I had to stop working, for the first time ever, I felt happy doing my job. What do you think of these sentences? Are they viable? I find...
by navi
Mon Feb 22, 2016 11:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: intelligently avoided the subject
Replies: 1
Views: 2046

intelligently avoided the subject

1) Intelligently, he avoided the subject. 2) He intelligently avoided the subject. 3 ) He avoided the subject intelligently. Which of the above mean or could mean: a) It was intelligent of him to avoid the subject. and which mean or could mean: b) He avoided the subject in an intelligent manner. Gr...
by navi
Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to be done
Replies: 1
Views: 2210

to be done

1) They'll see more stuff to do when they come to this room. 2) They'll see more stuff to be done when they come to this room. I see two possible meanings: a) When they come to this room, they will see more stuff they/one CAN DO. b) When they come to this room, they will see more stuff that HAS TO ...
by navi
Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: why he might have left the country
Replies: 2
Views: 2466

why he might have left the country

1) These are the reasons why he might have left the country. 2) These are reasons why he might have left the country. Aren't these sentences ambiguous? Case a: We know he has left the country, but we are not sure why. These are the possible reasons. Case b: I think he might have left the country, I...
by navi
Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:49 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as well as
Replies: 2
Views: 2431

as well as

1) You can do it as well as your husband. 2) You can do it, as well as your husband. Are both these sentences ambiguous? a) You can do it in as good a manner as your husband does it. b) You can do it and so can your husband. I think '2' means 'b' unless the part after the comma was added as an afte...
by navi
Sun Feb 14, 2016 8:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: he might have
Replies: 2
Views: 2068

he might have

1) Here is a list of the reasons why he might have quit his job. 2) Here is a list of reasons why he might have quit his job. Aren't these sentences ambiguous? Case a: We know he has quit his job, but we are not sure why. Here is a list of (the) possible reasons. Case b: I think he might have quit ...
by navi
Sat Feb 13, 2016 7:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: inclusive/exclusive or
Replies: 6
Views: 3187

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: 3550

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: 3550

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: 2211

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: 3550

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: 1679

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: 1063

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: 1433

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...