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by navi
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: if you don't like any of them
Replies: 4
Views: 779

if you don't like any of them

1) If you don't like any of these photos, don't buy them. I think '1' is ambiguous: a) If you don't like any of these photos, don't buy these photos... don't buy any of them. b) If you don't like any of these photos, don't buy those you don't like. Could one avoid ambiguity by saying: 2) If you don...
by navi
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: everything he said
Replies: 2
Views: 722

everything he said

Are these sentences correct:

1) Whatever he said was later confirmed by the other witnesses.
2) Everything he said was later confirmed by the other witnesses.

3) Whatever he said was verified.
4) Everything he said was verified.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: incomprehensible statistics
Replies: 6
Views: 1184

incomprehensible statistics

Consider the following statistics: "In over 1/3 of marriages, one or both partners admit to cheating. 22% of men say that they've cheated on their significant other. 14% of women admit to cheating on their significant other. 36% of men and women admit to having an affair with a coworker. 17% of men ...
by navi
Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: said to him...
Replies: 3
Views: 799

said to him...

Which are correct: 1) You said to the man to leave. 2) You said to the man that his presence was undesirable. 3) You said for the man to leave. 4) You asked for the man to leave. 5) The man to whom you said to leave finally left. 6) The man to whom you said that his presence was undesirable finally ...
by navi
Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: your help
Replies: 1
Views: 487

your help

Which are correct:

1) I appreciate your help in improving myself.
2) I appreciate your help to improve myself.
3) I appreciate your help in order to improve myself.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma question
Replies: 4
Views: 782

comma question

1) I saw Joan and other interesting women.
2) I saw Joan and other, interesting women.

In which case do you know that Joan is definitely interesting?
In which case do you know that Joan is definitely not interesting?

Gratefully, and wishing everybody a Happy New Year,
Navi.
by navi
Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more than John and Harry
Replies: 2
Views: 818

more than John and Harry

1) I've written more articles than John and Harry.

2) I've peeled more apples than John and Harry.

Do these mean:

a)... than John or Harry.
or:
b)... than John and Harry combined.

Gratefully and wishing everybody a Happy New Year,
Navi
by navi
Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: died by
Replies: 4
Views: 741

Re: died by

Thank you both very much, I had heard 'died by hanging', hence the question. But that is the only case where I have encountered that usage. Maybe 'hanging' is a true noun, and not a gerund in that sentence. I think we could say: A) He died by accident. Even maybe B) He died by lightning. But 'accide...
by navi
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: died by
Replies: 4
Views: 741

died by

Are these sentences correct:

1) He died of hanging.
2) He died by hanging.


3) He died of being hanged.
4) He died by being hanged.


Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the cousin of Kate
Replies: 7
Views: 1192

Re: the cousin of Kate

Thank you very much for this detailed reply! I will try to go to the park more often. I don't have a dog, but I don't think that'll keep me from noticing the strange goings-on! I tend to use 'restrictive', although I am familiar with 'defining'. Actually, 'defining' is a nicer word. A 'restrictive c...
by navi
Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the cousin of Kate
Replies: 7
Views: 1192

Re: the cousin of Kate

Thank you all very much, The situation has become easier for me to get a grip on. Phil's explanation is extremely detailed and clear and the sentence about a fat man chasing squirrels in unforgettable! I do have three questions left. Hoping I am not abusing your kindness... Does this one work: 5) Th...
by navi
Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the cousin of Kate
Replies: 7
Views: 1192

the cousin of Kate

1) Tom is the cousin of Kate who is a dentist. 2) Tom is the cousin of Kate, who is a dentist. 3) The cousin of Kate who is a dentist had an accident. 4) The cousin of Kate, who is a dentist, had an accident. In which case: a) Kate is a dentist and in which case: b) The cousin is a dentist Grateful...
by navi
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: standing in the doorway
Replies: 1
Views: 655

standing in the doorway

1) The building was destroyed using modern explosives. 2) The building was destroyed , using modern explosives. 3) This painting was painted applying paint with a spray. 4) This painting was painted by John applying paint with a spray. 5) Tim was shot by his cousin standing in the doorway. 6) Tim w...
by navi
Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: that was so that...
Replies: 1
Views: 859

that was so that...

Which are correct: 1) He pulled the curtain back. That was so that we could see what was going on in the room. 2) He pulled the curtain back. That was for us see what was going on in the room. His intention was to enable us to see what was going on in the room. --------------------- 3) This key is s...
by navi
Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: went above the building
Replies: 0
Views: 1230

went above the building

1) The helicopter went above the building. 2) The helicopter went over the building. 3) The helicopter moved above the building. 4) The helicopter moved over the building. 5) The helicopter flew above the building. 6) The helicopter flew over the building. In which case: a) The helicopter goes to a...