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by navi
Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:20 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma
Replies: 7
Views: 2744

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: 1338

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: 1204

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: 1663

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: 1992

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: 1682

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: 1823

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: 3652

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: 3652

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: 3652

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: 1454

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: 2118

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: 1822

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: 2609

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: 2723

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...