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by navi
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: another 'any' question
Replies: 1
Views: 600

another 'any' question

1) We can't give you anything you want.

Can't this sentence have these two meanings:

a) We can give you none of the things you want.
b) We can't give you just anything you want.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: we have anything you need
Replies: 3
Views: 770

we have anything you need

1) We have anything a young mother needs. 2) They think they have anything a young mother needs. 3) They don't think they have anything a young mother needs. 4) They don't think they have just anything a young mother needs. 5) They are wrong to think they have anything a young mother needs. Would t...
by navi
Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: must have lasted
Replies: 3
Views: 551

Re: must have lasted

Thank you very much, Tony,

How about these:

5) If he called you immediately after he talked to me, his phone had to be with him.
6) If he found his pen so rapidly, it had to be on his desk.

Do these work, or do we need 'had to have been' instead of 'had to be'?

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: must have lasted
Replies: 3
Views: 551

must have lasted

Can one use: 1) It had to be about five o'clock when he came back . instead of: 2) It must have been about five o'clock when he came back. Can one use: 3) The meeting had to last for about three hours. 3a) The meeting had to have lasted for about three hours. instead of: 4) The meeting must have las...
by navi
Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more books than you've seen
Replies: 6
Views: 919

Re: more books than you've seen

Thank you very much, Trolley, I have to admit that I had not thought of that possibility! You are quite right. My logic was defective! Do you agree with what I say about '2'? 2) I've read more books than you own in your library. I think '2' basically means the number of books I have read is greater ...
by navi
Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more books than you've seen
Replies: 6
Views: 919

more books than you've seen

1) I've read more books than you've seen in my library. 2) I've read more books than you own in your library. I think in '1' the assumption would be that I have read all the books in my library and then some; and in '2' the assumption would be that there is probably overlap between the set of the b...
by navi
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with her
Replies: 0
Views: 766

with her

Can one use: 1) With her, I could forgive all that life had put me through. meaning (more or less): 1a) With her being in my life, I could forgive all that life had put me through. Can one use: 2) With her, my life changed. meaning (more or less): 2a) With her coming into my life, my life changed. C...
by navi
Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more books than are in your library
Replies: 5
Views: 851

more books than are in your library

1) There are more books by this author that I haven't read than are in your library. Does this imply that I have not (yet) read any of the books by this author that are in your library? Could it just mean that the number of books by this author that I haven't read is greater than the number of book...
by navi
Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: his big blue motorcycle
Replies: 2
Views: 596

his big blue motorcycle

1) He was riding his big blue motorcycle and I was riding mine.
2) He was riding his blue motorcycle and I was riding mine.
3) He was riding his big blue motorcycle and I was riding my small one.


Can we tell if my motorcycle was blue or not?
In which cases was it blue?

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: spoke out/has spoken out
Replies: 0
Views: 777

spoke out/has spoken out

1) The Pennsylvania woman who was held captive for five years alongside her  husband Joshua Boyle and children in Afghanistan, spoke out publicly since returning home, saying that she prefers to go by her married name, Caitlan Boyle. Source: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/american-hostage-cait...
by navi
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: at the age of
Replies: 2
Views: 697

at the age of

Is this correct:

1) He lost his dog at the age of seven months. The poor puppy died of a rare canine disease.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: restrictive/non-restrictive
Replies: 5
Views: 805

restrictive/non-restrictive

1) The only thing that was left in the house was a piano too heavy to be carried by one person. 2) The only thing that was left in the house was a piano, too heavy to be carried by one person. 3) The only thing that was left in the house was the piano too heavy to be carried by one person. 4) The o...
by navi
Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: like the ones you see in the movies
Replies: 1
Views: 583

like the ones you see in the movies

Are these sentences correct:

1) A tall cowboy, like the ones you see in the movies, opened the door.

2) Strange robots, like creature you see in science fiction movies, were moving around in the hall.

3) A tall cowboy, like John Wayne, was inside the phone booth.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma
Replies: 1
Views: 710

comma

1) Tim's movie is not a real movie like 'The Godfather'. It is just a ten-minute-long, meaningless series of images. 2) Tim's movie is not a real movie , like 'The Godfather'. It is just a ten-minute-long, meaningless series of images. Which is correctly punctuated? The assumption is that 'The Godf...
by navi
Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: enemies/the enemies
Replies: 2
Views: 665

enemies/the enemies

Which are correct: 1) They have killed enemies who fell into their hands. 2) They have killed enemies who fall into their hands. 3) They killed enemies who fell into their hands. In which case: a-They killed every enemy that fell into their hands. and in which: b-They killed some of the enemies that...