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by navi
Mon Aug 31, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: may or might
Replies: 5
Views: 2671

may or might

1) You may hang up or dial one for more options. 2) You might hang up or dial one for more options. I've heard '1' used as a suggestion or instruction in pre-recorded messages, Would '2' work here? And is 'may' used elsewhere for instructions? I don't remember having encountered such a usage. I thi...
by navi
Wed Aug 26, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: too long ago for me to remember
Replies: 1
Views: 1839

too long ago for me to remember

1) It happened too long ago for me to remember. 2) It happened so long ago that I don't remember. 3) It happened too long ago for me to care to remember. 4) It happened so long ago that I don't care to remember. 5) It happened longer ago than I remember. 6) It happened longer ago than I care to rem...
by navi
Tue Aug 25, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as teenagers are
Replies: 1
Views: 1790

as teenagers are

Which is correct: 1) He was into video games as teenagers usually are. 2) He was into video games, as teenagers usually are. Do they mean the same or is there a difference in the meanings? Could '1' mean: a) He was into video games in the same way teenagers usually are. or: b) He was into video game...
by navi
Tue Aug 25, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so far back
Replies: 2
Views: 2076

so far back

Which are correct:

1) As far back as I have been working here, he has been the accountant.

2) So far back as I have been working here, he has been the accountant.
3) Ever since I have been working here. he has been the accountant.


Is there any difference in their meanings?

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: too late
Replies: 2
Views: 2136

Re: too late

Thank you very much, Shelley, You read my mind! I am impressed. Those are the kinds of sentences I often hear these days and that's why when I wanted to come up with sentences starting with 'too late' and 'embarrassingly too late' I came up with them. But, for the record, I have to say that I did in...
by navi
Thu Aug 20, 2020 2:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: too late
Replies: 2
Views: 2136

too late

Which are correct:

1) Too late did I realize that he was a crook.
2) Embarrassingly too late did I realize that he was a crook.

3) Too late I realized that he was a crook.
4) Embarrassingly too late, I realized he was a crook.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Tue Aug 18, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: or a new recruit
Replies: 1
Views: 1851

or a new recruit

1) They used this word for someone who was not a member of their group or was a new recruit. 2) They used this word for someone who was not a member of their group, or a new recruit. 3) They used this word for someone who was not a member of their group or a new recruit. Can '2' or '3' be used inst...
by navi
Tue Aug 11, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one more time
Replies: 2
Views: 2338

one more time

1) They talked to me rudely one more time. 2) They talked to me rudely, one more time. 3) They talked to me one more time rudely. 4) They talked to me one more time, rudely. In which of the above cases: a) They had talked to me rudely before and then they talked to me rudely again. and in which cas...
by navi
Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: who/whom/that
Replies: 3
Views: 3249

Re: who/whom/that

Thank you very much for this excellent and informative reply!
by navi
Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as much as you can
Replies: 0
Views: 3177

as much as you can

1) It is under control as much as you can control it.

Donald Trump

Source:
http://edition.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/2008/04/cnr.07.html

Is sentence '1' grammatical?

I think it is, although there is a lack of parallelism.

I am obviously not asking if the sentence is true!

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: who/whom/that
Replies: 3
Views: 3249

who/whom/that

Which are correct: 1) There are four people I would like to take care of my father. 2) There are four people that I would like to take care of my father. 3) There are four people who I would like to take care of my father. 4) There are four people whom I would like to take care of my father. Gratefu...
by navi
Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:42 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with
Replies: 2
Views: 2716

Re: with

I unambiguously thank you!

I have a problem with ambiguity. I do acknowledge that.

Gratefully and respectfully,
Navi
by navi
Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with
Replies: 2
Views: 2716

with

1) With Tom, there are five people who saw the accident. I think that sentence could mean two things: a) Counting Tom, there are five people who saw the accident. b) In Tom's company, there are five people who saw the accident. Is that correct? 2) With Tom, Pete and Jack, there are three people who...
by navi
Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: which Paul are we talking about?
Replies: 1
Views: 2541

which Paul are we talking about?

1) Sally was dancing with Paul with a black jacket on, not with Paul with the blue jacket on. 2) Sally was dancing with the Paul with a black jacket on, not with the Paul with the blue jacket on. Let us say we are at a party where there are two Pauls. I want to say which Paul Sally was dancing with...
by navi
Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: judging by what he said
Replies: 1
Views: 2476

judging by what he said

Which are correct: 1) Judging by the clouds, it must rain soon. 2) Judging by the clouds, it has to rain soon. 3) Judging by the clouds, it should rain soon. 4) Judging by the clouds, it ought to rain soon. 5) I was talking to Tom in Rome. Judging by what he said, it must be raining there. 6) I was ...