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by navi
Fri Aug 21, 2015 11:29 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: refuse
Replies: 2
Views: 988

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: 2079

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: 2260

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: 1818

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: 1414

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: 1818

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: 1380

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: 1289

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: 1860

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: 1860

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: 1163

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' ...
by navi
Thu Dec 18, 2014 10:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a man injured in the house
Replies: 10
Views: 2248

Re: a man injured in the house

Thank you all very much. .. Navi this is your sentence >> We saw a man injured in the house. .. my first response is What is his "house"? as the implication to me is that it is the mysterious "house" that was injured .. I think it is a very poorly constructed sentence and whoever wrote it needs to c...
by navi
Thu Dec 18, 2014 10:17 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: on Monday
Replies: 2
Views: 1500

on Monday

1 I told John I had seen Jerry on Monday. 2 I told John I had seen Jerry, on Monday. Could either of those sentences ever mean: 3 I told John on Monday that I had seen Jerry. I think normally '1' would be interpreted as: 5 I told John that on Monday I had seen Jerry. But I am not sure that people a...
by navi
Sat Dec 13, 2014 4:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a man injured in the house
Replies: 10
Views: 2248

a man injured in the house

1-We saw a man injured in the house.

Does this mean:
a-We saw a man get injured in the house.
b-We saw a man who had been injured while he was in the house. (maybe he was not in the house when we saw him.
c-We saw a man who was injured and who was in the house.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Fri Nov 28, 2014 10:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: on Monday
Replies: 4
Views: 1252

on Monday

Can one use: 1-You will be able to talk to historians who have specialized in Japanese history and also to people who have lived in Japan on Monday. instead of: 1a-On Monday you will be able to talk to historians who have specialized in Japanese history and also to people who have lived in Japan. Ca...