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by navi
Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: an older woman
Replies: 4
Views: 1781

an older woman

1-He is dating an older woman at the office. 2-He is dating one of the older women at the office. 3-They laid off an older woman at the office. 4-They laid off one of the older women at the office. I think '2', '3' and '4' are telling us that if we divide the women of the office into two groups acc...
by navi
Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:27 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: might have done this and might have done that
Replies: 4
Views: 2040

might have done this and might have done that

Which are correct: 1-He might be tall and he might not be tall. 2-He might be tall or he might not be tall. 3-He might be tall and he might be short. 4-He might be tall or he might be short. 5-He might have committed a crime and he might have saved people's lives. 6-He might have committed a crime o...
by navi
Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: walls of ancient buildings
Replies: 8
Views: 2999

Re: walls of ancient buildings

Thank you very much Bob for the compliment, but it is not and it never will be. Native speakers develop some weird kind of 'instinct' for the language that non-natives do not have. Some might acquire it, if they start learning early enough... But it is too late for me... I will never become as good ...
by navi
Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:49 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: walls of ancient buildings
Replies: 8
Views: 2999

Re: walls of ancient buildings

Thank you both very much and my apologies,

Yes, I meant by 'tag' to write graffiti on. I thought the usage was commonplace. I just looked it up in dictionaries and saw that actually it was pretty rare. What a mistake on my part! My apologies!

Thank you very much again.
Navi.
by navi
Fri Jul 25, 2014 6:31 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: walls of ancient buildings
Replies: 8
Views: 2999

walls of ancient buildings

1-They tagged walls of ancient buildings. 2-They tagged walls of the ancient buildings. 3-They tagged the walls of ancient buildings. 4-They tagged the walls of the ancient buildings. 5-They tagged ancient buildings' walls. 6-They tagged the ancient buildings' walls. Which of the above correspond t...
by navi
Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: because you did
Replies: 1
Views: 1417

because you did

Can one use: 1-I went into that line of work because you did. instead of: 2-I went into that line of work because you did it . I would think one meaning of '2' is that I went into that line of work because you did something that has been mentioned before (not necessarily 'going into that line of wor...
by navi
Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as my mother did
Replies: 1
Views: 1368

as my mother did

1-My father cooked rice in that pan as my mother did. 2-My father cooked rice in that pan as my mother did it . Which of the above sentences correspond to which of the below: a-My father cooked rice in that pan in the same way my mother did. b-My father cooked rice in that pan because my mother did...
by navi
Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:27 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: great scientists such as
Replies: 3
Views: 1714

Re: great scientists such as

Thank you both very much. Phil, I had thought quite a bit about this, and I find your explanation brilliant. I am going to be around and I am going to tell people I know who would be interested (my wife especially) to join this site. This was my first post here. I generally don't make a post just to...
by navi
Tue Jul 22, 2014 6:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: great scientists such as
Replies: 3
Views: 1714

great scientists such as

1-Great scientists like Newton and Galileo had philosophical viewpoints. 2-Great scientists, like Newton and Galileo, had philosophical viewpoints. 3-Great scientists such as Newton and Galileo had philosophical viewpoints. 4-Great scientists, such as Newton and Galileo, had philosophical viewpoint...