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by navi
Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: who worked for him/tense question
Replies: 1
Views: 442

who worked for him/tense question

Which is correct: 1) He has insulted people who work for him. 2) He has insulted people who worked for him. 3) He has insulted people who have worked for him. 4) He has insulted people who were working for him. In which case: a) He insulted them after they had worked for him and in which cases: b) H...
by navi
Sun Aug 27, 2017 4:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma question
Replies: 7
Views: 738

Re: comma question

Thank you both very much. I appreciate it. Tony, you overestimate me to some extent, but you are not entirely wrong and you definitely do have a point. I generally have an assumption about the question I am asking. Henceforth, I shall make the assumption explicit. I think that in certain cases I wil...
by navi
Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma question
Replies: 7
Views: 738

comma question

1) Say hello to Pete and to Tom , if you feel like it. 2) Say hello to Pete and to Tom if you feel like it. 3) Say hello to Pete , and to Tom , if you feel like it. 4) Say hello to Pete , and to Tom if you feel like it. In which case: a) 'if you feel like it' applies both to 'say hello to Pete' and...
by navi
Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as of a gun..
Replies: 2
Views: 574

as of a gun..

1) He was startled by a sound as of a gun going off.
2) He was awakened by a sound as of a tree falling.

"As of" is supposed to mean "like that of" in these sentences.
I think they are a bit archaic. Would you consider them correct in modern-day English?

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: it will devastate him if
Replies: 1
Views: 284

it will devastate him if

Are these sentences correct:

1) It will devastate him if he finds out you have cheated on him.
2) How will it make your life better if you move in with your brother?
3) What will it get you if you leave the family business?

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a plan to
Replies: 7
Views: 775

Re: a plan to

Thank you all very much,

Would you consider:
3) He has a plan to go to college.
also ambiguous?

a) He has a plan that will allow him to go to college. He has found a way to go to college.
b) He has a plan which consists simply of going to college.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a plan to
Replies: 7
Views: 775

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: 775

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: 405

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: 412

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: 1250

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: 1250

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: 1250

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: 1010

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: 1006

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,...