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by navi
Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: like the ones you see in the movies
Replies: 1
Views: 187

like the ones you see in the movies

Are these sentences correct:

1) A tall cowboy, like the ones you see in the movies, opened the door.

2) Strange robots, like creature you see in science fiction movies, were moving around in the hall.

3) A tall cowboy, like John Wayne, was inside the phone booth.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma
Replies: 1
Views: 247

comma

1) Tim's movie is not a real movie like 'The Godfather'. It is just a ten-minute-long, meaningless series of images. 2) Tim's movie is not a real movie , like 'The Godfather'. It is just a ten-minute-long, meaningless series of images. Which is correctly punctuated? The assumption is that 'The Godf...
by navi
Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: enemies/the enemies
Replies: 2
Views: 360

enemies/the enemies

Which are correct: 1) They have killed enemies who fell into their hands. 2) They have killed enemies who fall into their hands. 3) They killed enemies who fell into their hands. In which case: a-They killed every enemy that fell into their hands. and in which: b-They killed some of the enemies that...
by navi
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: everything has a purpose
Replies: 1
Views: 268

everything has a purpose

1) Everything here is used for a purpose. 2 ) Everything here is used for something. 3) Everything here is used for one purpose. 4) Each thing here is used for one purpose. In which case: a) everything is used for the same purpose in which case: b) each thing has a purpose and there might be overla...
by navi
Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one/it
Replies: 4
Views: 414

Re: one/it

Thank you very much, Erik, I sort of thought that the fact that 'it' was used instead of 'one' sort of made it clear that they had asked for a specific album. If one uses 'one' then it is clear that a specific album is not asked for... unless they have asked for a specific album and I have decided t...
by navi
Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one/it
Replies: 4
Views: 414

Re: one/it

Thank you very much, Erik, I see what you mean. My question was not well-formulated. 1a) They want an album by the Beatles and I am going to give them one. 2a) They want an album by the Beatles and I am going to give it to them. I'd say in '1a' it is more or less clear that they just want an album b...
by navi
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one/it
Replies: 4
Views: 414

one/it

1) They want a computer and I am going to give them one. 2) They want a computer and I am going to give it to them. Does '2' necessarily imply that they want a specific computer and that is the one I am going to give them? Could '2' be used instead of '1'? Could it be used if they don't want a spec...
by navi
Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: older funnier
Replies: 0
Views: 233

older funnier

1) They played two of their older funnier songs. 2) They played two of their older, funnier songs. 3) They played two of their older and funnier songs Is there a difference in the meanings? In which case: a) It is implied that all their older songs were funnier and in which case: b) It is implied t...
by navi
Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: who worked for him/tense question
Replies: 1
Views: 257

who worked for him/tense question

Which is correct: 1) He has insulted people who work for him. 2) He has insulted people who worked for him. 3) He has insulted people who have worked for him. 4) He has insulted people who were working for him. In which case: a) He insulted them after they had worked for him and in which cases: b) H...
by navi
Sun Aug 27, 2017 4:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma question
Replies: 7
Views: 588

Re: comma question

Thank you both very much. I appreciate it. Tony, you overestimate me to some extent, but you are not entirely wrong and you definitely do have a point. I generally have an assumption about the question I am asking. Henceforth, I shall make the assumption explicit. I think that in certain cases I wil...
by navi
Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma question
Replies: 7
Views: 588

comma question

1) Say hello to Pete and to Tom , if you feel like it. 2) Say hello to Pete and to Tom if you feel like it. 3) Say hello to Pete , and to Tom , if you feel like it. 4) Say hello to Pete , and to Tom if you feel like it. In which case: a) 'if you feel like it' applies both to 'say hello to Pete' and...
by navi
Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as of a gun..
Replies: 2
Views: 368

as of a gun..

1) He was startled by a sound as of a gun going off.
2) He was awakened by a sound as of a tree falling.

"As of" is supposed to mean "like that of" in these sentences.
I think they are a bit archaic. Would you consider them correct in modern-day English?

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: it will devastate him if
Replies: 1
Views: 192

it will devastate him if

Are these sentences correct:

1) It will devastate him if he finds out you have cheated on him.
2) How will it make your life better if you move in with your brother?
3) What will it get you if you leave the family business?

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a plan to
Replies: 7
Views: 598

Re: a plan to

Thank you all very much,

Would you consider:
3) He has a plan to go to college.
also ambiguous?

a) He has a plan that will allow him to go to college. He has found a way to go to college.
b) He has a plan which consists simply of going to college.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a plan to
Replies: 7
Views: 598

Re: a plan to

Thank you very much, Phil,

Is this one correct and is it ambiguous as well:

2) His father has the plan for him to go to college.

Gratefully,
Navi.