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by navi
Sun Jun 30, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: hard question to ask
Replies: 3
Views: 3672

hard question to ask

1) That is a hard question to ask. 2) That is the hardest question to ask. 3) That is a hard question to ask someone who has suffered a great loss. 4) That is the hardest question to ask someone who has suffered a great loss. Aren't these sentences all ambiguous? Is it hard to ask the question or t...
by navi
Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: before everybody saw
Replies: 3
Views: 4117

Re: before everybody saw

Thank you very much, Phil, Yes, this is an interesting topic. I think I read somewhere (maybe in The Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language by Quirk et al., ) that there was a difference between: a) I saw him before he saw me. and: b) I had seen him before he had seen me. I think they said th...
by navi
Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: can perform just like me
Replies: 1
Views: 3426

can perform just like me

Are these correct and do they make sense: 1) John can perform as well as I do in small venues. But he gets nervous in big halls. I don't even know how I would do in small venues. I haven't played in one in a long time. Maybe the intimacy of a small venue would make me nervous. 2) John can perform ju...
by navi
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: how is it possible
Replies: 1
Views: 3716

how is it possible

Which are correct: 1) How can he win a gold medal and I not even win a bronze? 2) How is it possible that he should win a gold medal and I not even win a bronze? 3) How can he be invited to that party and I not be invited? 4) How can he be invited to that party and not I? 5) How is it possible that ...
by navi
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: before everybody saw
Replies: 3
Views: 4117

before everybody saw

Which are correct: 1) They stopped showing the movie before everybody saw it. 2) They stopped showing the movie before everybody had seen it. 3) They closed the fair before every one us took a ride on the rollercoaster. 4) They closed the fair before every one us had taken a ride on the rollercoaste...
by navi
Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: had/got to/made
Replies: 1
Views: 2747

had/got to/made

I convinced him that it was a great watch, and he bought it. That was the plan. After he bought it, I stole it from him. 1) So you made him buy the watch, and then stole it from him? 2) So you had him buy the watch, and then stole it from him? 3) So you got him to buy the watch, and then stole it fr...
by navi
Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: got his leg broken
Replies: 1
Views: 2691

got his leg broken

Which are correct: 1) He fell down the stairs and got his leg broken. 2) He fell down the stairs and had his leg broken. Meaning: He fell down the stairs and broke his leg. (He had no intention of breaking it. 3) He tried to rob a bank and got himself shot. 4) He tried to rob a bank and had himself ...
by navi
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: it was Ken, not Steve
Replies: 1
Views: 3876

it was Ken, not Steve

Which is correct: 1) It was Ken, not Steve, talking to Jane on the phone. 2) It was Ken, not Steve talking to Jane on the phone. It seems to me that '1' is fine and means the one talking to Jane on the phone was Ken, not Steve. The second one is strange. Maybe it would work in a context like this: W...
by navi
Sat May 04, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to teach to swim
Replies: 1
Views: 2887

to teach to swim

1) I have a student to teach to swim. 2) I have a student to whom to teach to swim. 3) I have a student to whom to teach swimming. 4) I have a student to teach how to swim to. 5) I have a student to teach him how to swim. Which of these sentences are correct and mean the same as: A) I have a studen...
by navi
Wed May 01, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: alright to...
Replies: 4
Views: 3915

alright to...

Are these sentences correct: 1) He is alright to go home. 2) He is alright to drive. 3) He is alright to do the job. Can't '3' mean: a) He is in a condition to do the job. b) He is suitable to do the job. c) He has agreed to do the job. and also d) Seeing that he does the job, one can say that he is...
by navi
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a man to
Replies: 0
Views: 4112

a man to

Are sentences 1 to 4 correct with the given meanings: 1) He is a man to lead. Meaning: He is fit to be a leader. He has a talent for leading. 2) He is a man to steal in such occasions. Meaning: He is a man who steals in such occasions. 3) He is a man to react violently in such occasions. Meaning: He...
by navi
Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: it/that
Replies: 2
Views: 3028

it/that

1) I avoid talking to him before every competition because that saps his self-confidence. 2) I avoid talking to him before every competition because it saps his self-confidence. In which case: a) talking to him saps his self-confidence and in which case: b) My avoiding talking to him saps his self-...
by navi
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: The Who, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Blair Peach
Replies: 1
Views: 5291

Re: The Who, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Blair Peach

I generally limit myself to the Usage and Grammar section of the forum and do not venture into the other sections, but I just happened to see the title of this thread and thought I might find something interesting in it. I am not at all familiar with Jamaican Creole and with this type of poetry, and...
by navi
Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: frequency
Replies: 4
Views: 4165

frequency

Which are correct: 1-When he does the freestyle, every how many strokes does he take a breath? 2-When he does the freestyle, he takes a breath every how many strokes? 3) Every how many days do they collect the garbage in this neighborhood? 4) They collect the garbage in this neighborhood every how m...
by navi
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: what a game
Replies: 1
Views: 3542

what a game

1) What a game to be played in the semi-finals of the Champions League! It was an amazing game. 2) What a game to be played in the semi-finals of the Champions League! I am sure that it'll be a great game. Are both correct? In '1', the game has already been played and in '2' it is to be played. I t...