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by navi
Fri May 25, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so smart
Replies: 1
Views: 1529

so smart

Are these sentences correct: 1) Is he so smart to solve that problem on his own? 2) Is he so smart to have solved that problem on his own? Do they mean a) Is he smart enough to solve/to have solved that problem on his own? b) He solved that problem on his own, but does that mean he is really smart? ...
by navi
Tue May 22, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: dangling modifier?
Replies: 6
Views: 2193

dangling modifier?

1) I kicked him escaping through the back door. 2) I kicked the thief escaping through the back door. 3) I kicked him, escaping through the back door. 4) I kicked the thief, escaping through the back door. 5) I shot at him escaping through the back door. 6) I shot at him, escaping through the back ...
by navi
Mon May 21, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so/thus
Replies: 3
Views: 1873

so/thus

Which are correct: 1) You have to be able to criticize yourself and understand that certain of your opinions might be wrong. Things aren't so just because you say they are so. 2) You have to be able to criticize yourself and understand that certain of your opinions might be wrong. Things aren't thus...
by navi
Tue May 08, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a van for carrying
Replies: 5
Views: 2331

a van for carrying

Which are correct: 1) They gave me this van to carry my belongings in. 2) They gave me this van to carry my belongings. 3) They gave me this van for carrying my belongings. 4) They gave me this van for carrying my belongings in. 5) They gave me a van to carry my belongings in. 6) They gave me a van ...
by navi
Thu May 03, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: what is happening with...
Replies: 1
Views: 1135

what is happening with...

1) I am not happy about what is happening with the police in this country.

Could that sentence mean:
I am not happy about what the police is doing in this country.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: her husband Tom
Replies: 4
Views: 1722

her husband Tom

Which are correct:

1) They were talking about their city Paris.
2) They were talking about their city, Paris.

3) Her husband Tom was there.
4) Her husband, Tom, was there.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: you won't believe it
Replies: 4
Views: 1666

you won't believe it

Which are correct:

1) She has so many dresses you won't believe it.
2) She has so many dresses you won't believe.

3) She has so many dresses, you won't believe it.
4) She has so many dresses, you won't believe.


Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: everything somebody writes
Replies: 1
Views: 1141

everything somebody writes

Are these sentences correct: 1) I do not agree with everything somebody writes, no matter who that person is. 2) I do not agree with everything anybody writes. 3) I do not agree with everything somebody else writes, no matter who that person is. 4) I do not agree with everything anybody else writes....
by navi
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one to each
Replies: 3
Views: 1313

one to each

Is this sentence correct:

1) She had a flower in each hand, which she was going to give to her mother and her aunt.
(one to the mother and one to the aunt)

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: want it new
Replies: 7
Views: 2066

want it new

Are these sentences correct: 1) I want a car. I want it new and not pricey. 2) I wanted my shirt clean. 3) I wanted my shirt clean and my hands not oily. 4) I wanted my shirt clean and my hands not all covered in oil. 5) I wanted my head clear and my ears not full of that buzzing noise. Gratefully, ...
by navi
Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: smart as he is
Replies: 1
Views: 866

smart as he is

1) Smart as he is, he will find the solution to that problem in minutes.

Does this mean:

a) He will find the solution to that problem in minutes, because he is smart.
b) Given how smart he is, he will find the solution to that problem in minutes.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: over the hill
Replies: 4
Views: 3647

Re: over the hill

Thank you very much, and my apologies, Bobinwales, The question is basically about the meaning of the three sentences. If I said : 2a) He walked over the hill. would that mean: a) He crossed the hill. or: b) He walked around on the hill. or would the meaning be ambiguous? With 'it' there are new pos...
by navi
Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: over the hill
Replies: 4
Views: 3647

over the hill

1) It went over the hill. 2) It walked over the hill. 3) It moved over the hill. In which case: a) It goes from one side of the hill to the other. b) It moves about on the hill. c) The movement takes place above the hill and from one side to the other. d) The movement takes place above the hill, bu...
by navi
Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: too many friends
Replies: 1
Views: 927

too many friends

Can one use: 1) Too many friends will keep you from doing your work. instead of: 2) Having too many friends will keep you from doing your work. Can one use: 3) Many friends will keep you from doing your work. instead of: 4) Having many friends will keep you from doing your work. I don't think '3' wo...
by navi
Thu Mar 08, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: whichever ones
Replies: 4
Views: 1192

Re: whichever ones

Thank you both very much, Would any of them work in the singular: 1a) Whichever of us gets there first will talk to the manager. 2a) Whichever one of us gets there first will talk to the manager. 3a) Whoever of us gets there first will talk to the manager. 4a) Whichever one gets there first will tal...