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by navi
Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: want it new
Replies: 7
Views: 1324

want it new

Are these sentences correct: 1) I want a car. I want it new and not pricey. 2) I wanted my shirt clean. 3) I wanted my shirt clean and my hands not oily. 4) I wanted my shirt clean and my hands not all covered in oil. 5) I wanted my head clear and my ears not full of that buzzing noise. Gratefully, ...
by navi
Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: smart as he is
Replies: 1
Views: 511

smart as he is

1) Smart as he is, he will find the solution to that problem in minutes.

Does this mean:

a) He will find the solution to that problem in minutes, because he is smart.
b) Given how smart he is, he will find the solution to that problem in minutes.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: over the hill
Replies: 4
Views: 3034

Re: over the hill

Thank you very much, and my apologies, Bobinwales, The question is basically about the meaning of the three sentences. If I said : 2a) He walked over the hill. would that mean: a) He crossed the hill. or: b) He walked around on the hill. or would the meaning be ambiguous? With 'it' there are new pos...
by navi
Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: over the hill
Replies: 4
Views: 3034

over the hill

1) It went over the hill. 2) It walked over the hill. 3) It moved over the hill. In which case: a) It goes from one side of the hill to the other. b) It moves about on the hill. c) The movement takes place above the hill and from one side to the other. d) The movement takes place above the hill, bu...
by navi
Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: too many friends
Replies: 1
Views: 488

too many friends

Can one use: 1) Too many friends will keep you from doing your work. instead of: 2) Having too many friends will keep you from doing your work. Can one use: 3) Many friends will keep you from doing your work. instead of: 4) Having many friends will keep you from doing your work. I don't think '3' wo...
by navi
Thu Mar 08, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: whichever ones
Replies: 4
Views: 798

Re: whichever ones

Thank you both very much, Would any of them work in the singular: 1a) Whichever of us gets there first will talk to the manager. 2a) Whichever one of us gets there first will talk to the manager. 3a) Whoever of us gets there first will talk to the manager. 4a) Whichever one gets there first will tal...
by navi
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: whichever ones
Replies: 4
Views: 798

whichever ones

Which are correct: 1) Whichever of us get there first will talk to the manager. 2) Whichever ones of us get there first will talk to the manager. 3) Whoever of us get there first will talk to the manager. 4) Whichever ones get there first will talk to the manager. 5) Whichever get there first will t...
by navi
Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anything at all
Replies: 1
Views: 630

anything at all

Which are correct with the given meanings: 1) If you think they might do anything about this, you are wrong. Meaning; If you think they will do something - no matter what - about this, you are wrong. 2) How about doing anything to help them? 3) How about doing anything at all to help them? Meaning: ...
by navi
Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: headed by/comma
Replies: 1
Views: 612

headed by/comma

1) They were eliminated by the most powerful faction of the party led by Stalin. 2) They were eliminated by the most powerful faction of the party, led by Stalin. 3) Their party was criticized by the Soviet Communist party led by Stalin. 4) Their party was criticized by the Soviet Communist party, ...
by navi
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: gave her the flashlight to...
Replies: 7
Views: 1079

Re: gave her the flashlight to...

Thank you both very much,

Phil, take care of yourself and get as much rest as you need. The squirrels will always be there!

Respectfully,
Navi
by navi
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: gave her the flashlight to...
Replies: 7
Views: 1079

Re: gave her the flashlight to...

Thank you very much for this detailed response, You have fully grasped what my problem is: the subject or, as you say, the agent of the non-finite verb, It seems to me that such 'constructs' work well only with certain verbs. I think these sentences work and are natural: a) I brought him here to see...
by navi
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: gave her the flashlight to...
Replies: 7
Views: 1079

gave her the flashlight to...

Are these sentences correct: 1) She was in the bike's way. I shoved her to get out of the bike's way. 2) I gave her the flashlight to find her way in the dark basement. 3) I gave the flashlight to her to find her way in the dark basement. 4) I placed the child on my shoulders to be able to see the s...
by navi
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as regards
Replies: 1
Views: 439

as regards

Are these sentences correct: 1) The court applied the law as regards John's misdemeanor. 2) The court applied the law regarding John's misdemeanor. 3) The court applied the law concerning John's misdemeanor. 4) The court applied the law with regard to John's misdemeanor. 5) The court applied the law...
by navi
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: each/every/all
Replies: 1
Views: 438

each/every/all

1 There is one way to solve each of these problems. 2 There is one way to solve every one of these problems. 3 There is one way to solve all of these problems. 4 Each of these problems can be solved in a single way. 5 Every one of these problems can be solved in a single way. 6 All of these problem...
by navi
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: it is worth
Replies: 3
Views: 664

Re: it is worth

Thank you very much, Eric,

One more question here, if I may.

Are these correct:

A) The cost of the trip is worth the pleasure.
B) The trouble of going there is worth the satisfaction you will get.

Gratefully,
Navi