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by navi
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: each/every/all
Replies: 1
Views: 316

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: 500

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
by navi
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: ask someone
Replies: 1
Views: 272

ask someone

Can:
1) Ask someone for a drink.
mean:
2) Ask someone out for a drink.

Can
3) I asked her for a drink.
mean:
4) I asked her to have a drink with me.

To me when you ask someone for a drink, you ask them to give you a drink.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: it is worth
Replies: 3
Views: 500

it is worth

Is this sentence correct: 1) It is worth seeing that movie. How can one parse it? I thought it was like: 2) It is good sitting here. but that is equivalent to: 3) Sitting here is good. And one can't have: *4) Seeing that movie is worth. Maybe one could have 5) Seeing that movie is worth it. and 6) I...
by navi
Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: arrived in front of
Replies: 6
Views: 583

arrived in front of

1) She arrived in front of me.

Can't this sentence mean two things:
a) She came up to me. She reached a position that was in front of me.
b) She arrived ahead of me. She arrived before me.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: afraid to/afraid of
Replies: 6
Views: 721

Re: afraid to/afraid of

Thank you very much and my apologies!! I forgot to change the sentences!! What a stupid mistake! I am really sorry! And I did change the font color! Trolley managed to figure out what my question was!! Talk about context clarifying things!! It was supposed to be: Is there any difference between: 1) ...
by navi
Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: afraid to/afraid of
Replies: 6
Views: 721

afraid to/afraid of

Is there any difference between:
1) I was afraid to wake her up.
and:
2) I was afraid to wake her up.

Is there any difference between:
3) I was afraid to wake her up by closing the window.
and
4) I was afraid to wake her up by closing the window.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: if you don't like any of them
Replies: 4
Views: 554

Re: if you don't like any of them

Thank you both very much, I don't really have a problem with ambiguity. It is inevitable. Context almost always clarifies things. I like to be able to tell if a sentence is ambiguous though. That is all. Ambiguity interests me and does at times get at my nerves, but I am aware of the fact that it ca...
by navi
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: if you don't like any of them
Replies: 4
Views: 554

if you don't like any of them

1) If you don't like any of these photos, don't buy them. I think '1' is ambiguous: a) If you don't like any of these photos, don't buy these photos... don't buy any of them. b) If you don't like any of these photos, don't buy those you don't like. Could one avoid ambiguity by saying: 2) If you don...
by navi
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: everything he said
Replies: 2
Views: 448

everything he said

Are these sentences correct:

1) Whatever he said was later confirmed by the other witnesses.
2) Everything he said was later confirmed by the other witnesses.

3) Whatever he said was verified.
4) Everything he said was verified.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: incomprehensible statistics
Replies: 6
Views: 758

incomprehensible statistics

Consider the following statistics: "In over 1/3 of marriages, one or both partners admit to cheating. 22% of men say that they've cheated on their significant other. 14% of women admit to cheating on their significant other. 36% of men and women admit to having an affair with a coworker. 17% of men ...
by navi
Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: said to him...
Replies: 3
Views: 474

said to him...

Which are correct: 1) You said to the man to leave. 2) You said to the man that his presence was undesirable. 3) You said for the man to leave. 4) You asked for the man to leave. 5) The man to whom you said to leave finally left. 6) The man to whom you said that his presence was undesirable finally ...
by navi
Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: your help
Replies: 1
Views: 317

your help

Which are correct:

1) I appreciate your help in improving myself.
2) I appreciate your help to improve myself.
3) I appreciate your help in order to improve myself.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma question
Replies: 4
Views: 535

comma question

1) I saw Joan and other interesting women.
2) I saw Joan and other, interesting women.

In which case do you know that Joan is definitely interesting?
In which case do you know that Joan is definitely not interesting?

Gratefully, and wishing everybody a Happy New Year,
Navi.
by navi
Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more than John and Harry
Replies: 2
Views: 612

more than John and Harry

1) I've written more articles than John and Harry.

2) I've peeled more apples than John and Harry.

Do these mean:

a)... than John or Harry.
or:
b)... than John and Harry combined.

Gratefully and wishing everybody a Happy New Year,
Navi