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by navi
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a plan to
Replies: 7
Views: 607

Re: a plan to

Thank you very much, Phil,

Is this one correct and is it ambiguous as well:

2) His father has the plan for him to go to college.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a plan to
Replies: 7
Views: 607

a plan to

1) His father has a plan for him to go to college. Can't this mean two things: a) His father has come up with a plan that will make it possible for him to go to college. The plan is actually a method to send him to college. b) His father has a plan. That plan consists of him going to college. The p...
by navi
Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: someone wouldn't
Replies: 3
Views: 322

someone wouldn't

Are these sentences correct:

1) I couldn't believe someone wouldn't scream when they saw my scars, but he didn't.
2) I didn't believe someone wouldn't scream when they saw my scars, but he didn't.

Meaning:
I thought anyone would scream when they saw my scars. But he didn't.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as much as anybody
Replies: 2
Views: 323

as much as anybody

1) As much as anybody, he respected her.

Could this mean:
a) He respected her as much as he respected anybody.
or does it only mean:
b) He respected her as much as anybody respected her.

Gratefully,
Navi.

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by navi
Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: about whom we learned
Replies: 4
Views: 1144

Re: about whom we learned

Thank you very much, Tony, Yes. I get that. Maybe they had hired ten thousand women before her without us learning about it. It was an important point. I assumed it was obvious, but it wasn't. You did the right thing to point it out. Thanks a million. You are a very good teacher. You are capable of ...
by navi
Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: about whom we learned
Replies: 4
Views: 1144

Re: about whom we learned

Thank you very much, Erik,

How about:
A) She was the first woman that we learned they hired.

Is that one correct?

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: about whom we learned
Replies: 4
Views: 1144

about whom we learned

Which are correct: 1) She was the first woman we learned was working for them. 2) She was the first woman about whom we learned that she was working for them. 3) She was the first woman to be known by us to be working for them. 4) She was the first woman to become known by us to be working for them....
by navi
Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: only on one day
Replies: 1
Views: 878

only on one day

Are '1' and '2' correct with the given meanings: 1) If you don't go to work only on one day, you'll be fired. (Meaning: If you miss work only on one day, you'll be fired.) 2) If you don't work out only on three days every week, you might overexert yourself. (Meaning: If you work out more than three ...
by navi
Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: new tricks
Replies: 2
Views: 876

new tricks

Which are correct: 1) I gave him my dog for a few days to teach it new tricks. 2) I gave him my dog for a few days to learn new tricks from him. 3) I gave him my dog for a few days to learn new tricks. He was supposed to teach the dog new tricks. The dog was supposed to learn new tricks. Gratefully,...
by navi
Fri May 19, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: which took place during...
Replies: 3
Views: 1188

which took place during...

Can one use: 1) My brother, in London, calls me up every week. instead of: 2) My brother, who is in London, calls me up every week. Can one use: 3) The bank robbery, during the afternoon of Friday the 12th, was carried out with extreme professionalism, whereas the robbery of the jewel store, during ...
by navi
Fri May 12, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: on-and-off
Replies: 3
Views: 1106

on-and-off

Are these sentences correct: 1) I talked to your on-and-off junkie boyfriend . 2) I talked to your junkie on-and-off boyfriend. 3) I talked to that on-and-off junkie boyfriend of yours. 4) I talked to that junkie on-and-off boyfriend of yours. In which case: a) the fellow was an on-and-off junkie an...
by navi
Tue May 09, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: at his office
Replies: 5
Views: 1560

Re: at his office

Thank you both very much,

I did mean I called him on the phone.

As for the other meaning, here is a possible scenario:
I went there. He wasn't there. From his office, I called him on his cell.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Tue May 09, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the notebooks in the drawer
Replies: 6
Views: 1602

Re: the notebooks in the drawer

Thank you both very much,

Tony, your detailed reply was extremely helpful!
It is true that 'had been' would make things very clear.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Tue May 09, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the notebooks in the drawer
Replies: 6
Views: 1602

the notebooks in the drawer

Can one use: 1) He tore apart the notebooks in the drawer. instead of: 2) He tore apart the notebooks that were in the drawer. Obviously he tore them up after taking them out. They were not in the drawer when they were being torn up. Can one use: 3) He burnt the notebooks in his room. if he did not ...
by navi
Tue May 09, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: at his office
Replies: 5
Views: 1560

at his office

1) I gave him a call at his office.
2) I called him at his office.

3) I sent him a message at his office.
4) I sent a message to him at his office.

In which case I am in his office (maybe he has gone somewhere else)?
In which case he is at his office?

Gratefully,
Navi.