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by navi
Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: millitary trades
Replies: 1
Views: 1412

millitary trades

I came across the expression 'military trades' and I began wondering what it meant exactly. I suppose the term covers the jobs of technicians and engineers who work in the army, but what about people who work in the arms industry and also, what about regular soldiers, officers etc.? Gratefully, Navi
by navi
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the doctor and the stamp-collector
Replies: 3
Views: 1753

the doctor and the stamp-collector

Are these sentences correct: 1) John Smith, a doctor and stamp-collector, walked in. 2) John Smith, a doctor and a stamp-collector, walked in. 3) John Smith, the doctor and stamp-collector, walked in. 4) John Smith, the doctor and the stamp-collector, walked in. In all cases John Smith is both a doc...
by navi
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: poison of lies
Replies: 3
Views: 2021

Re: poison of lies

Thank you both very much, I think I can come up with examples, but I am not sure they work! What do you think of these two: 1) The poison of lies had entered their friendship. Trust was now impossible. (The poison is most probably the lies) 2) When Tom learns that you've been telling him poisonous l...
by navi
Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: poison of lies
Replies: 3
Views: 2021

poison of lies

I came across the expression 'poison of lies' and started wondering what it could mean. I see two possibilities: First possibility: The lies are the poison. The 'of' is appositive and works the same way it works in 'the city of London' . The city is London. It doesn't belong to London. If the 'of' i...
by navi
Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: an expensive phone
Replies: 5
Views: 3113

Re: an expensive phone

Thank you both very much, Phil, your reply makes perfect sense. The real world does affect the way sentences are used and understood. I had another question. a) This is a high-spec phone for teenagers. That is your sentence and makes perfect sense. However, would this one work at all: 3) This is a p...
by navi
Tue Mar 05, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: an expensive phone
Replies: 5
Views: 3113

an expensive phone

1) This is an expensive phone for teenagers.
2) This is a phone that is expensive for teenagers.

Aren't these sentences ambiguous?

a) It is an expensive phone and it is for teenagers.
b) It is a phone that teenagers will find hard to afford.


Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: of any
Replies: 1
Views: 2111

of any

Which are correct:

1) His recent short stories are some of the best stories by any American writer.

2) His last movie is the best movie of any German director this year.

3) His last album is the most popular album of any jazz musician this year.


Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: ties and T-shirts
Replies: 1
Views: 2495

ties and T-shirts

1) Today we sold twenty sandwiches and sodas. Could this mean: Twenty sandwiches and twenty sodas? 2) Today we sold thirty ties and T-shirts. Could this mean: thirty ties and thirty T-shirts? (obviously ties and T-shirts do go in pairs, so they were definitely sold separately) 3) There were thirty ...
by navi
Sat Jan 26, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: would look like Superman
Replies: 1
Views: 2593

would look like Superman

Are these sentences correct:

1) He would look like Superman if Superman had fifty pounds of fat on him.

2) He looks like Superman if Superman had fifty pounds of fat on him.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: dancing man
Replies: 1
Views: 2629

dancing man

I am talking with a friend about a man who is dancing on a stage. Another friend arrives and asks: -What are you talking about? 1) We're talking about the man dancing over there. 2) We're talking about the dancing man over there. Are '1' and '2' both grammatical? Same situation, but the man is playi...
by navi
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: since I have lived in Boston
Replies: 5
Views: 3580

since I have lived in Boston

1) I have been sleeping a lot better since I was in the hospital. 2) I have been sleeping a lot better since I have been in the hospital. Do both sentences mean that I started sleeping a lot better when I was hospitalized? Which imply that I am no longer in the hospital? ===========================...
by navi
Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone who saw
Replies: 12
Views: 5208

anyone who saw

Are these correct: 1) Anyone who saw and recognized him should have reported him to the police, but no one did. I am sure many people saw him and knew who he was, but no one dared report him to the police. 2) Anyone who went up this sidewalk before me should have picked up that banana skin. This is ...
by navi
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: box to store rare stones
Replies: 10
Views: 4094

Re: box to store rare stones

Thank you all very much, I had misspelt 'venues'. That was a tough one to spot. Tony has a sharp eye! It is true that I am probably capable of coming up with unambiguous sentences. But I believe that ambiguous sentences are quite common. Context in general disambiguates them. One doesn't even notice...
by navi
Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: since I left the army
Replies: 2
Views: 2348

since I left the army

1) I haven't had so much pain since I left the army. 2) Since I left the army, I haven't had so much pain. I think both sentences are ambiguous. I see two possibilities: a) The last time I had so much pain was when I left the army b) The last time I had so much pain was before I left the army Would...
by navi
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: box to store rare stones
Replies: 10
Views: 4094

box to store rare stones

1) Jack stole Tom's guitar to play in small venus. Is this sentence correct? Is it ambiguous? One possible meaning: Jack stole the guitar that belongs to Tom and Tom uses to play in small venues. Second possible meaning: Jack stole Tom's guitar in order to play it in small venues. 2) Jack stole Tom...