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by navi
Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more books than you've seen
Replies: 6
Views: 663

more books than you've seen

1) I've read more books than you've seen in my library. 2) I've read more books than you own in your library. I think in '1' the assumption would be that I have read all the books in my library and then some; and in '2' the assumption would be that there is probably overlap between the set of the b...
by navi
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with her
Replies: 0
Views: 359

with her

Can one use: 1) With her, I could forgive all that life had put me through. meaning (more or less): 1a) With her being in my life, I could forgive all that life had put me through. Can one use: 2) With her, my life changed. meaning (more or less): 2a) With her coming into my life, my life changed. C...
by navi
Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more books than are in your library
Replies: 5
Views: 642

more books than are in your library

1) There are more books by this author that I haven't read than are in your library. Does this imply that I have not (yet) read any of the books by this author that are in your library? Could it just mean that the number of books by this author that I haven't read is greater than the number of book...
by navi
Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: his big blue motorcycle
Replies: 2
Views: 373

his big blue motorcycle

1) He was riding his big blue motorcycle and I was riding mine.
2) He was riding his blue motorcycle and I was riding mine.
3) He was riding his big blue motorcycle and I was riding my small one.


Can we tell if my motorcycle was blue or not?
In which cases was it blue?

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: spoke out/has spoken out
Replies: 0
Views: 401

spoke out/has spoken out

1) The Pennsylvania woman who was held captive for five years alongside her  husband Joshua Boyle and children in Afghanistan, spoke out publicly since returning home, saying that she prefers to go by her married name, Caitlan Boyle. Source: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/american-hostage-cait...
by navi
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: at the age of
Replies: 2
Views: 457

at the age of

Is this correct:

1) He lost his dog at the age of seven months. The poor puppy died of a rare canine disease.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: restrictive/non-restrictive
Replies: 5
Views: 601

restrictive/non-restrictive

1) The only thing that was left in the house was a piano too heavy to be carried by one person. 2) The only thing that was left in the house was a piano, too heavy to be carried by one person. 3) The only thing that was left in the house was the piano too heavy to be carried by one person. 4) The o...
by navi
Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: like the ones you see in the movies
Replies: 1
Views: 404

like the ones you see in the movies

Are these sentences correct:

1) A tall cowboy, like the ones you see in the movies, opened the door.

2) Strange robots, like creature you see in science fiction movies, were moving around in the hall.

3) A tall cowboy, like John Wayne, was inside the phone booth.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma
Replies: 1
Views: 514

comma

1) Tim's movie is not a real movie like 'The Godfather'. It is just a ten-minute-long, meaningless series of images. 2) Tim's movie is not a real movie , like 'The Godfather'. It is just a ten-minute-long, meaningless series of images. Which is correctly punctuated? The assumption is that 'The Godf...
by navi
Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: enemies/the enemies
Replies: 2
Views: 535

enemies/the enemies

Which are correct: 1) They have killed enemies who fell into their hands. 2) They have killed enemies who fall into their hands. 3) They killed enemies who fell into their hands. In which case: a-They killed every enemy that fell into their hands. and in which: b-They killed some of the enemies that...
by navi
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: everything has a purpose
Replies: 1
Views: 487

everything has a purpose

1) Everything here is used for a purpose. 2 ) Everything here is used for something. 3) Everything here is used for one purpose. 4) Each thing here is used for one purpose. In which case: a) everything is used for the same purpose in which case: b) each thing has a purpose and there might be overla...
by navi
Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one/it
Replies: 4
Views: 628

Re: one/it

Thank you very much, Erik, I sort of thought that the fact that 'it' was used instead of 'one' sort of made it clear that they had asked for a specific album. If one uses 'one' then it is clear that a specific album is not asked for... unless they have asked for a specific album and I have decided t...
by navi
Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one/it
Replies: 4
Views: 628

Re: one/it

Thank you very much, Erik, I see what you mean. My question was not well-formulated. 1a) They want an album by the Beatles and I am going to give them one. 2a) They want an album by the Beatles and I am going to give it to them. I'd say in '1a' it is more or less clear that they just want an album b...
by navi
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one/it
Replies: 4
Views: 628

one/it

1) They want a computer and I am going to give them one. 2) They want a computer and I am going to give it to them. Does '2' necessarily imply that they want a specific computer and that is the one I am going to give them? Could '2' be used instead of '1'? Could it be used if they don't want a spec...
by navi
Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: older funnier
Replies: 0
Views: 545

older funnier

1) They played two of their older funnier songs. 2) They played two of their older, funnier songs. 3) They played two of their older and funnier songs Is there a difference in the meanings? In which case: a) It is implied that all their older songs were funnier and in which case: b) It is implied t...