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by navi
Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: are to succeed
Replies: 2
Views: 1480

are to succeed

Are these sentences correct:

1-If you are to succeed, you have to work hard.
2-If you are going to succeed, you ought to work hard.
3-If you are to succeed, you'd better work hard.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Tue Sep 02, 2014 10:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: it is important for
Replies: 4
Views: 1863

it is important for

1-It is important for Harry to be at the briefing. 2-It is important to Harry to be at the briefing. Which of the above correspond to which of the below: a- The speaker thinks that it is important that Harry should be at the meeting. b- Harry thinks it is important that he should be at the meeting....
by navi
Wed Aug 27, 2014 8:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma
Replies: 7
Views: 2058

Re: comma

Thank you so much Jerry. Point taken. I would not write that sentence, but some people might. I am not an English writer, but might occasionally have to translate something from English. I have to be very careful with ambiguous sentences. Sometimes, a writer might want to go for ambiguity. They deli...
by navi
Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma
Replies: 7
Views: 2058

Re: comma

Thank you both very much for your kind replies. I think whether 'whenever' has to be used or not, depends on the intended meaning. One meaning of the original sentence is indeed the one that would come to the fore if 'when' is replaced by 'whenever'. That is doubtlessly the likeliest meaning, but is...
by navi
Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:20 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma
Replies: 7
Views: 2058

comma

1-In the first days of the project , when I saw him, he seemed happy. 2-In the first days of the project when I saw him, he seemed happy. Is there a difference between the meanings of these sentences? The only difference between them is that there is a comma after 'project' in '1'. Gratefully, Navi.
by navi
Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:13 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: aerobic exercises for weight loss
Replies: 1
Views: 1092

aerobic exercises for weight loss

1-He does aerobic exercises for weight loss.

Does that mean
a-There are certain aerobic exercises that are for weight loss and he does them
or:
b-In order to lose weight, he does aerobic exercises.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a writer I read
Replies: 1
Views: 966

a writer I read

1-I remember a book by a French writer author I read. Isn't that sentence ambiguous? 1a-I used to read that writer 1b-I read that book ============================ 2-I remember an episode of a TV series I watched. Isn't that sentence ambiguous? 2a-I watched the series 2b-I watched that episode Grat...
by navi
Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: that mayor's cousin
Replies: 2
Views: 1301

that mayor's cousin

Is this sentence correct: 1-I talked to that mayor's cousin who had a scar on his forehead. Does 'that' unambiguously modify ' mayor' ? Does that mean that the speaker is either pointing to him or referring to him in a deprecating way? Is it absolutely clear that it was the cousin who had the scar (...
by navi
Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:03 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: longest serving... from
Replies: 4
Views: 1494

longest serving... from

Which are correct: 1-He was the longest serving British ambassador to their country from 1852 to 1872. 2-He was the longest serving British ambassador to their country, from 1852 to 1872. 3-He was the longest serving British ambassador to their country- from 1852 to 1872. 4-He was the longest servin...
by navi
Sun Aug 17, 2014 7:16 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: forget as a stative verb
Replies: 1
Views: 1343

forget as a stative verb

Which of the following are correct with the given meanings: 1-I forget his name. Meaning: I cannot recall his name. I do not remember his name. 2-He forgets that man's name. Meaning: He cannot recall his name. 3-I forgot his name when he came in through the door. Meaning: When he came in through the...
by navi
Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a lot/too much
Replies: 2
Views: 1452

a lot/too much

1-He pushed the cart a lot. Would this mean: 1a-He pushed it hard. 1b-He pushed it far. 1c-He pushed it often. =============================== 2-He pushed the cart too much. Would this mean: 2a-He pushed it too hard. 2b-He pushed it too far. 2c-He pushed it too often. Gratefully, Navi.
by navi
Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: about whom
Replies: 9
Views: 2646

Re: about whom

Thank you very much Jerry, But wouldn't you say that: 3-The man who had won we-did-not-know-how-many-prizes entered the room. and 4-The man with god-knows-how-many prizes entered the room. [Your sentence] both imply that he had won many prizes? Could they be used in a 'neutral' context, ie. when one...
by navi
Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:11 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: about whom
Replies: 9
Views: 2646

Re: about whom

Wow! I generally do not make simple 'thank you' posts for fear of wasting the time of people who open the thread to see what has been posted. A 'thank you ' note does not carry any information and people might be disappointed by it. In this case, I will make an exception though. Your post Phil is ve...
by navi
Sat Aug 09, 2014 7:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: about whom
Replies: 9
Views: 2646

about whom

Which are correct: 1-The man that we did not know how many prizes he had won entered the room. (informal spoken English) 2-The man about whom we did not know how many prizes he had won entered the room. 3-The man who had won we-did-not-know-how-many-prizes entered the room. It seems to me that 3 is ...
by navi
Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:28 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: instead of/rather than
Replies: 1
Views: 1150

instead of/rather than

Are these sentences correct: 1-I hope they will fire you and bring experts here to change the system once and for all instead of you fixing problems as they arise one after the other. 2-I hope they will fire you and bring experts here to change the system once and for all rather than you fixing prob...