Search found 194 matches

by navi
Mon May 01, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: certain of those men
Replies: 3
Views: 1302

certain of those men

1) From where I was, I couldn't tell if some of those men were injured or not. 2) From where I was, I couldn't tell if certain of those men were injured or not. Can't these sentence have two meanings: a) I couldn't tell if any of those men were injured or not. Maybe none of them was injured and may...
by navi
Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: told his friend
Replies: 1
Views: 846

told his friend

Which are correct: 1) He told his friend when he lost his virginity. 2) He told it to his friend when he lost his virginity. 3) When he lost his virginity, he told his friend. 4) When he lost his virginity, he told it to his friend. Does '4' mean the same as '3'? Could 'it' not refer to the fact tha...
by navi
Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as much as
Replies: 3
Views: 1101

as much as

1) As much as my cousin likes her, I don't.

Does this mean:
a) My cousin likes her a lot but I don't.
or:
b) Although my cousin likes her, I don't.
or:
c) I dislike her as much as my cousin likes her.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the first time I have talked...
Replies: 2
Views: 1136

the first time I have talked...

Are both these sentences correct:

1) This is the first time I am talking to you.
2) This is the first time I have talked to you.

Is there a difference in the meanings?
Does '1' imply that the conversation is ongoing?
Does '2' imply that he conversation is over?

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to be safe
Replies: 6
Views: 1317

to be safe

1) I gave him the diamond to be safe.
2) I gave the diamond to him to be safe.

Can we tell whether I am supposed to be safe, or he, or the diamond?
I think it will depend on the context, but I am not sure the sentences could have all three meanings.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: had tattooed
Replies: 3
Views: 1120

had tattooed

Can one use: 1) He had tattooed "Love" on his arm. instead of: 2) He had "Love" tattooed on his arm. I think '1' basically means He tattooed "Love" on his arm at a time before the time we are speaking of. He was the one who did the tattooing. '2' could mean that he got someone tattoo "Love" on his a...
by navi
Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: in order for him to
Replies: 1
Views: 941

in order for him to

1) What did you do to make him win.
2) What did you do for him to win?
3) What did you do in order for him to win?


Did he win?
Is the speaker assuming that it was your intention to make him win?

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to give/to be given
Replies: 7
Views: 2171

Re: to give/to be given

Thank you very much, Tony, I love your 'lawyerish'. I had invented 'lawyerly' for the same purpose, but 'lawyerish' sounds better. How do you feel about this one: 5) The minister of education has brought documents to give to the President. I think one possible meaning is: 5a) The minister of educati...
by navi
Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to give/to be given
Replies: 7
Views: 2171

Re: to give/to be given

Thank you very much, Bob, for both your replies,

Would you say '3' and '4' mean the same thing?

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:06 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: his modification of the...
Replies: 4
Views: 1431

his modification of the...

Are these sentences correct: 1) I am reading his rewrite of his play to please the aristocracy. He rewrote his play in order to please the aristocracy. 2) I was impressed by his modification of the security programme to fit it to our new system. 3) I was impressed by his modification of the security...
by navi
Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to give/to be given
Replies: 7
Views: 2171

to give/to be given

Can one use: 1) Tim has designed a house to build on the empty lot near the central square. instead of: 2) Tim has designed a house to be built on the empty lot near the central square. Can one use: 3) The minister of education has sent me papers to give to the President. instead of: 4) The minister...
by navi
Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with a lot of hard work
Replies: 1
Views: 1134

with a lot of hard work

Are these sentences correct:

1) This palace stays clean with a lot of hard work.


2) My sanity remained intact with a lot of meditation.

3) Our friendship is a bond forever to remain intact with mutual trust and respect.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: ellipsis
Replies: 2
Views: 1141

ellipsis

Can one use:
1) It is incredible that he can play the piano so well that tired.
instead of:
2) It is incredible that he can play the piano so well when he is that tired.

I heard something like '1' somewhere, but it really doesn't sound correct to me!

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: never steal anyone's car
Replies: 7
Views: 2021

Re: never steal anyone's car

Thank you very much, I am not sure I am following you. I think in some cases 'anyone' -if strongly emphasized- could mean 'just anyone'. I think that usage is informal. A) I won't steal just anyone's car. But guys like him deserve it. I also think that 'someone' might refer to someone specific if it...
by navi
Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: never steal anyone's car
Replies: 7
Views: 2021

never steal anyone's car

1) I would never steal someone's car.
2) I would never steal anyone's car.

Is there a real difference in the meanings of these sentences?
What is it?

Gratefully,
Navi.