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by azz
Sun Feb 28, 2021 10:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: too many
Replies: 2
Views: 118

too many

a. It was a few yards too many away.
b. It was a few too many yards away.


Are both sentences grammatically correct?

Are they both natural?

Many thanks
by azz
Fri Feb 26, 2021 6:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: who
Replies: 3
Views: 215

Re: who

Thank you so much.

I thought that that would be the case, but how about

A says: "The people standing over there are idiots."
B asks: "I am sorry, but who are idiots?"

Isn't the plural form correct in this case?

Many thanks.
by azz
Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: who
Replies: 3
Views: 215

who

A says: Our neighbors make a lot of noise. B asks: Who make a lot of noise? Your neighbors above you or the ones below? Is B's sentence correct in this context or should it be 'who makes'? ============ A says: Tom and Jane spend a lot of time on the phone. B asks: I'm sorry. I didn't hear the names ...
by azz
Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:41 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: was not to
Replies: 2
Views: 231

was not to

a. Why he went to the restaurant was not to talk to John. Is that sentence ambiguous? I see two possible meanings. 1. He went to the restaurant, but it wasn't because he wanted to talk to John. 2. Why he went to the restaurant was to not talk to John. Why he went to the restaurant was in order not ...
by azz
Thu Feb 18, 2021 4:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: unlike as in
Replies: 1
Views: 162

unlike as in

a. Unlike as in Boston, the marches in New York were not massive.
b. The storms didn't do much damage in Los Angeles, unlike as in San Diego.


Are the above sentences grammatically correct?

I can see the logic, but the 'unlike as in' sounds really strange to me.

Many thanks.
by azz
Tue Feb 16, 2021 10:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so as to make me fall
Replies: 2
Views: 198

so as to make me fall

a. He hit me such that I would fall, but I managed not to. b. He hit me in such a way that I would fall, but I managed not to. c. He hit me so that I would fall, but I managed not to. d. He so hit me that I would fall, but I managed not to. Which of the above is correct if the intended meaning is T...
by azz
Thu Feb 11, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: subjunctive
Replies: 1
Views: 502

subjunctive

a. He insisted that we work harder. b. He insisted that we should work harder. c. It is important that we work harder. d. It is important the we should work harder. Are all of the above sentences grammatically correct? Is there any difference in the meanings of (a) and (b) and in the meanings of (c...
by azz
Wed Feb 10, 2021 10:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: from when
Replies: 1
Views: 446

from when

a. My friends from high school are all married.
b. My friends from when I was in high school are all married.
c, The friends I had in high school are all married.


In which case are they still my friends and in which case they aren't my friends any longer?

Many thanks
by azz
Sun Feb 07, 2021 7:06 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: his behavior when...
Replies: 3
Views: 593

his behavior when...

a. A discussion of his behavior when he was under the influence of medications was helpful to him. b. A discussion of his behavior , when he was under the influence of medications , was helpful to him. Do the commas change anything? Can we tell whether 1. the discussion took place when he was under...
by azz
Mon Feb 01, 2021 6:31 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with not
Replies: 2
Views: 921

with not

a. It was a small store with not a lot of choices. b. I went there with not a lot of money. c. With not a lot of time left, I decided to run. Are the above sentences grammatically correct? I heard a non-native speaker say something like (a) and it sounded a bit strange to me. I started having doubt...
by azz
Mon Feb 01, 2021 4:10 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: on three occasions
Replies: 3
Views: 1215

on three occasions

Can one use
a. Tom married French women three times.
b. On three occasions, Tom married French women.


instead of
c. Tom had three marriages to French women.
d, Tom married three French women.
?

Many thanks.
by azz
Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as my lawyer
Replies: 1
Views: 1077

as my lawyer

a. I told him a secret as my lawyer. b. I told a secret to him as my lawyer. c. I told him a secret in his capacity as my lawyer. d. I told a secret to him in his capacity as my lawyer. Are the above sentences grammatically correct? "He' is my lawyer. I told him a secret. He was told the secret as ...
by azz
Mon Jan 18, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for the better
Replies: 4
Views: 1787

for the better

a. Pete never showed up, which was for the better.

b. Tom came to the party, which was for the worse.

Are the above sentences grammatically correct?

Many thanks
by azz
Sat Jan 16, 2021 4:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone
Replies: 3
Views: 1499

Re: anyone

Thank you so much Bob.

Yes. I just want to see whether 'any' can be used with a negative verb in that way. But the meaning is the same as that of your sentence.

Many thanks.
by azz
Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone
Replies: 3
Views: 1499

anyone

a. Any talk about politics is not allowed at this office. Is the above sentence grammatically correct? I think it's not correct. It seems to me that it should be b. No talk about politics is allowed at his office. or c. Any talk about politics is disallowed at this office. How about b. Anyone under...