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by navi
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anything
Replies: 4
Views: 4448

Re: anything

My apologies, Tony, I think both '1' and '2' can have two different meanings. I'd like to see if I am correct. 1) I can't do anything you want. First possible meaning: There is nothing you want that I can do. Second possible meaning: I can't do just anything you want. I can do only some of the thing...
by navi
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: damaged merchandise
Replies: 1
Views: 3853

damaged merchandise

1) Do not worry about damaged merchandise. When we handle your goods, they will never be damaged. 2) Do not worry about damaged merchandise. If you buy anything from us, you can be sure it is not damaged. Are the above grammatical and do they make sense? The first sentence, in this context, does no...
by navi
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anything
Replies: 4
Views: 4448

anything

1) I can't do anything you want.
2) He doesn't think they will have anything you want.

Are those sentences ambiguous?

First meaning: nothing
Second meaning: just anything

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: last time
Replies: 3
Views: 3027

Re: last time

Thank you very much, Phil,

My problem with '2' is that it gives the impression that the repair is over and done with. I think it could be used in that case, can't it?

And could it be used if the repair in not over?


2) This is the first time I have repaired my computer.


Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: happy ones
Replies: 17
Views: 8782

Re: happy ones

Thank you all very much, The song I asked about was supposed to be part of a big 'rock opera'. It would probably have been meaningful within that context, but was released with a batch of other songs from that 'rock opera' without the 'opera' being completed. I am not sure it was ever completed. I t...
by navi
Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: last time
Replies: 3
Views: 3027

last time

Let's say I am in the act of repairing my computer, and it is my first time. The repair is not over. Should I say: 1) This is the first time I am repairing my computer. or: 2) This is the first time I have repaired my computer. ============================= Which is correct: 3) This is the last time...
by navi
Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: all those who should be here
Replies: 3
Views: 3087

all those who should be here

The head of a military division a number of whose members have been killed. Can he say: 1) We owe it to all those who are not here to keep on fighting. 2) We owe it to everyone who is not here to keep on fighting. meaning: 3) We owe it to all those members of our team who died to keep on fighting. T...
by navi
Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: happy ones
Replies: 17
Views: 8782

happy ones

There's this song called 'Baba O'Riley' by The Who. I am sure some of you are familier with it. In it, it says: The exodus is here, the happy ones are near. I always thought that 'the happy ones' meant 'the happy people' . I had a doubt today. Could it mean something else? Like 'the happy days'? Wha...
by navi
Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: getting into the car
Replies: 4
Views: 2968

Re: getting into the car

Thank you very much, Trolley,

How about:

2) Who are you worried about getting into the car?
3) Who are you afraid of getting into the car?


Are these correct?
Would you say there is a possibility of ambiguity?

Many thanks.
by navi
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: getting into the car
Replies: 4
Views: 2968

getting into the car

Is this sentence correct: 1) It is not the tall woman I am worried about getting into the car, it's the crazy man. Doesn't it have two meanings: a) I am not worried about getting the tall woman into the car, but about getting the crazy man into the car. (it'll be tough to get him in) b) I am not wor...
by navi
Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: he wouldn't hit anyone
Replies: 0
Views: 3732

he wouldn't hit anyone

1) He is not the nicest fellow around, but I am sure he wouldn't hit someone.

2) He is not the nicest fellow around, but I am sure he wouldn't hit anyone.


Is there any difference in the meanings of those sentences?


Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as you like
Replies: 0
Views: 3750

as you like

1) He spoke honestly to you , as you like. 2) He spoke honestly to you , as you like it . 3) He spoke honestly to you as you like. 4) He spoke honestly to you as you like it . Which of the above sentences are grammatical and make sense? Which need 'just' before 'as you like...'? In which case: a) Y...
by navi
Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: another man whose name was Jack
Replies: 3
Views: 2013

another man whose name was Jack

1) We thought Tom had stolen the jewel, but we found out that it had been stolen by another man whose name was Jack Smith. 2) We thought Tom had stolen the jewel, but we found out that it had been stolen by another man, whose name was Jack Smith. 3) We thought Tom had stolen the jewel, but we found...
by navi
Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as with/as in
Replies: 2
Views: 1922

as with/as in

Which are correct: 1) As in the last three years, next year our production will increase. 2) As with the last three years, next year our production will increase. 3) In this operation, as in all other operations of this kind, there is a high risk of bleeding. 4) In this operation, as with all other ...
by navi
Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: millitary trades
Replies: 1
Views: 1408

millitary trades

I came across the expression 'military trades' and I began wondering what it meant exactly. I suppose the term covers the jobs of technicians and engineers who work in the army, but what about people who work in the arms industry and also, what about regular soldiers, officers etc.? Gratefully, Navi