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by azz
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: look like Peter Pan
Replies: 6
Views: 1342

look like Peter Pan

A says to B: Look! That guy looks like Peter Pan! B replies: a. He looks like Peter Pan would look if he gained twenty pounds b. He looks like Peter Pan if he gained twenty pounds. c. He looks like Peter Pan has gained twenty pounds d. He looks like Peter Pan who has gained twenty pounds. Which of t...
by azz
Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so much better
Replies: 14
Views: 2254

Re: so much better

Thank you all so much!

Phil, your two posts are absolutely fantastic! You explained this so well! You make everything seem simple! You have an incredible gift for teaching. Your 'even' example is absolutely great!

Happy 2019 to everybody on the forum.
by azz
Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: stole flowers
Replies: 0
Views: 1022

stole flowers

a. When he was a kid, he used to steal flowers from our neighbor's garden to smell. b. When he was a kid, he used to steal flowers from our neighbor's garden to smell them c. When he was a kid, he used to steal flowers to smell. d. When he was a kid, he used to steal flowers to smell them. Which of...
by azz
Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so much better
Replies: 14
Views: 2254

Re: so much better

Thank you all so much!

How about:

c1. It can just get so good.
d1. It can just get so much better.


Are these ambiguous as well? Could they have the 'limited improvement' meaning?

Happy New Year to everybody on the forum!


Many thanks
by azz
Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so much better
Replies: 14
Views: 2254

so much better

a. I have only so much money. (Meaning: I have a limited amount of money.) b. I have only so many books. (Meaning: I have a limited amount of books.) I think (a) and (b) correspond to the meaning sentences I have provided. But could c. It can only get so good. d. It can only get so much better. mea...
by azz
Wed Dec 26, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: talking loudly and using bad language
Replies: 3
Views: 1455

talking loudly and using bad language

a. They were being disrespectful, talking loudly and using bad language. Does that mean 1. They were being disrespectful by talking loudly and using bad language. or 2. They were being disrespectful and were talking loudly and using bad language. ? b. They were arrogant, not respecting the social c...
by azz
Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: whether he has a bank account abroad
Replies: 2
Views: 1525

whether he has a bank account abroad

-"Do you know whether he has bank accounts abroad or if he travels abroad a lot?" -"I don't know anything about his bank accounts, but I know that he does travel abroad a lot" Does the first sentence in this conversation make sense? The two things are not mutually exclusive. It is not like " Do you...
by azz
Sat Dec 22, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: than you made it
Replies: 10
Views: 2738

Re: than you made it

All we do is ask questions, and we keep things separate. I don't think I've ever posted in his threads and I don't think he has posted in mine.

I don't recall having checked out posts by Digilalen. Navi doesn't know him (or her) either We'll have to check out his or her posts.

Many thanks.
by azz
Fri Dec 21, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: than you made it
Replies: 10
Views: 2738

Re: than you made it

Thank you all so much for your responses, Actually Navi and I are married. We work together and sometimes have arguments about grammar (not a big deal). Phil has been informed of this. It is no big secret.But you will make a good detective. I thought my questions were a lot better than his! I don't ...
by azz
Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: than you made it
Replies: 10
Views: 2738

than you made it

a. I modified a few little things in that story and made it a much better story than you wrote it. (You wrote that story. I made it better by modifying a few little things.) b. I added a few things to that machine and now it is a better machine than you made it. (You made that machine. I made it be...
by azz
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not a word
Replies: 4
Views: 2272

Re: not a word

Thank you so much,

How about


c. During that evening, Jane and I spoke not even a word to each other.

d. During that evening, Jane and I spoke not even one word to each other.

e. During that evening, Jane and I spoke not even ten words to each other.

?

Do these work as well?

Many thanks.
by azz
Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not a word
Replies: 4
Views: 2272

not a word

a. At the time I spoke not a word of English.

b. During that evening, Jane and I spoke not a word to each other.

Are the above sentences grammatically correct?
Are they archaic or acceptable in modern English?

Many thanks
by azz
Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a message to call your Mom
Replies: 11
Views: 3312

a message to call your Mom

a. John called with a message for you to call your Mom. b. John called with a message that you should call your Mom. c. John called with a message to call your Mom. d. The message was for you to call your Mom. e. The message was that you should call your Mom.[ f. The message was to call your Mom. A...
by azz
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: every day
Replies: 6
Views: 2264

every day

a. Every day, she didn't speak about her children.
b. Every day, she didn't mention her children.

Are these sentences grammatically correct?
Are they natural?

Many thanks.
by azz
Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: intensifier or superlative?
Replies: 2
Views: 2003

intensifier or superlative?

a. Most interesting was what we saw on the third day of our stay in Madrid. b. What was most interesting was what we saw on the third day of our stay in Madrid. c. What we saw on the third day of our stay in Madrid was most interesting. In which of the above sentences: 'Most' means 'extremely and i...