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by navi
Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: that mayor's cousin
Replies: 2
Views: 1329

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: 1523

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: 1366

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: 1480

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: 2708

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: 2708

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: 2708

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: 1173

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...
by navi
Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: any longer
Replies: 4
Views: 1665

any longer

Which is correct:

1-That equation was something I let slip my memory and did not know any longer.
2-That equation was something I let slip my memory and did not know.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as well as...
Replies: 2
Views: 1448

as well as...

Is this sentence correct: The hospital staff, including Dr. Sheehan posing as Aule and a nurse posing as Rachel Solando, were part of the test, and the migraines that Laeddis suffered were withdrawal symptoms from his medication , as well as hallucinating the "real Rachel Solando" . Source: http://e...
by navi
Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: an older woman
Replies: 4
Views: 2036

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: 2272

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: 3426

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: 3426

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: 3426

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...