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by azz
Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: if they don't
Replies: 1
Views: 1004

if they don't

Can one say a. They have a week to deliver my medication. If they don't, my situation will be very bad b. There is a week left for them to deliver my medication. If they don't, my situation will be very bad. ? In each case 'if they don't' is supposed to mean 'if they don't deliver my medication in a...
by azz
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 'someone' instead of 'one'
Replies: 1
Views: 990

'someone' instead of 'one'

a. One cannot expect to be treated like everybody else without respecting the law. b. Some cannot expect to be treated like everybody else without respecting the law. c. One can find anything on the net these days. d. Someone can find anything on the net these days. Are (a) and (b) both acceptable?...
by azz
Wed May 30, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: now that he doesn't take orders
Replies: 1
Views: 997

now that he doesn't take orders

Can one say a. How much money is he losing now that he doesn't take orders from us any more? b. How much money is he losing after he stopped taking orders from us? c. How much money is he losing since he stopped taking orders from us? d How much money is he losing every day now that he doesn't take ...
by azz
Sun May 13, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: moved round and round
Replies: 0
Views: 1122

moved round and round

a. There was a sudden gust of wind. The leaves moved up and sideways. b. There was a sudden gust of wind. The leaves moved up or sideways. c. There was a sudden gust of wind. The leaves moved either up or sideways. Which could be used if 1. All of the leaves moved up first and then sideways and whi...
by azz
Sun May 13, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to pay and watch
Replies: 2
Views: 1209

to pay and watch

Are these sentences grammatical? Do they make sense? a. These are some of our favorite stand-ups to watch. And now we are meeting them in person. b. These are some of our favorite stand-ups to pay and watch. And now we are meeting them in person. (b) is a bit jocular. We normally love to pay and wat...
by azz
Fri May 11, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: no amount of pressure
Replies: 1
Views: 871

no amount of pressure

Can one say
a. He gave in under no amount of pressure.
?

What does it mean?

Does it mean he gave in without being under pressure?

Many thanks.
by azz
Fri May 04, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to wear in cold weather
Replies: 5
Views: 1165

Re: to wear in cold weather

Thank you both so much. I have a related question. a. I have a book to read tonight. b. I have a book to be read tonight. First, I don't think (b) is very natural. Would you agree with that? Second, my feeling is that (a) could have two meanings a1. I have a book that I can read tonight. a2. I have ...
by azz
Fri May 04, 2018 4:16 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to wear in cold weather
Replies: 5
Views: 1165

to wear in cold weather

Can one say 1. This is a jacket which is to wear in cold weather. 2. This is a jacket which is to be worn in cold weather. 3. This is a jacket which is for wearing in cold weather. 4. This is a jacket to wear in cold weather. 5. This is a jacket to be worn in cold weather. 6. This is a jacket for we...
by azz
Thu May 03, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: which is the correct answer
Replies: 3
Views: 1039

which is the correct answer

Let us say I want to ask a student which of two possible answers A or B is the correct answer.

Could I say

a. Would you say A or B is the correct answer?
b. Would you say A is the correct answer or B?


?

Many thanks.
by azz
Sun Apr 29, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: answer to each question
Replies: 2
Views: 829

answer to each question

Can one say
a. His answers to all questions were not correct.
b. His answer to every question was not correct.
c. His answer to each question was not correct.

?

Do these sentences mean
1. Not all his answers were correct
or
2. All his answers were incorrect
?

Many thanks.
by azz
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: it is kind to...
Replies: 2
Views: 831

it is kind to...

Can one say

a. To help is nice.
b. It is nice to help.


if one means by those sentences
c. One is being nice when one helps.
?

Can one say
d. To help is kind.
e. Helping is kind.

?

Many thanks
by azz
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: John, I had...
Replies: 1
Views: 593

John, I had...

Can one say a. I was supposed to vote for two people: John and Pete. John, I had voted for. Pete, I hadn't yet. b. I was supposed to vote for two people: John and Pete. For John, I had voted. For Pete, I hadn't yet. c. I had to give a book and a notebook to my two best students. John, I gave the boo...
by azz
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: gave them a book and a notebook
Replies: 2
Views: 725

gave them a book and a notebook

a. I gave a book and a notebook to my two best students.
b. I gave them a book and a notebook.


Can we tell if
1. I gave them each a book and a notebook
or
2. I gave one a book and the other one a notebook
?

Many thanks
by azz
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to each of
Replies: 1
Views: 665

to each of

Can one say a. I have to give a book and a notebook to each of my two best students. b. I have to give my two best students a book and a notebook each. c. I have to give a book and a notebook to my two best students each. d. I have to give Tom and Harry a book and a notebook each. e. I have to give ...
by azz
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the last thing we want
Replies: 2
Views: 1578

the last thing we want

Can one say a. The best thing that can happen is that he should fall in love. b. The best thing that can happen is that he falls in love. c. The best thing that can happen is for him to fall in love d. The last thing we want is that she should lose her job. e. The last thing we want is that she lose...