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by azz
Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as if by a madman
Replies: 1
Views: 145

as if by a madman

Can one say a. The letter was written as if by a madman, but we knew that whoever had written was quite sane. There was nobody mad among us. b. The letter was written like by a madman, but we knew that whoever had written was quite sane. There was nobody mad among us. c. The room had been vandalized...
by azz
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: your job again
Replies: 2
Views: 170

your job again

a. What was your job again?

Can't this sentence mean two things?

1. Tell me one more time what your job is. You told me once, but I forgot.
2. Tell me one more time what your job was. (maybe I am the boss and I have just decided to fire you. There are other possibilities too.)

Many thanks.
by azz
Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: either/or
Replies: 1
Views: 129

either/or

a. He will drink beer or eat a cookie. b. He will either drink beer or eat a cookie. c. Her boyfriends were good-looking or smart. d. Her boyfriends were either good-looking or smart. e. They hired tall or strong men. f. They hired either tall or strong men In which of these cases, the 'or' could b...
by azz
Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: mostly we get good deals
Replies: 4
Views: 250

Re: mostly we get good deals

Thank you so much Phil.

One more question, if I may.

Do these work?

e. I mostly sell books I have read, but I sometimes give them away for free.
d. Mostly I sell books I have read, but I sometimes give them away for free.


Many thanks.
by azz
Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: mostly we get good deals
Replies: 4
Views: 250

mostly we get good deals

Can one say a. We mostly get good deals in this country, but sometimes our rivals do. b. Mostly we get good deals in this country, but sometimes our rivals do. c. We mostly get research grants at this university, but sometimes they do. d. Mostly we get research grants at this university, but sometim...
by azz
Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: good to drive
Replies: 3
Views: 218

good to drive

Can one say a. This motorcycle is good to ride on sand. b. This motorcycle is good for riding on sand. c. This professor is good to teach advanced courses. d. This professor is good for teaching advanced courses. e. Once the wound heals, you'll be fine to play football. f. Once the wound heals, you'...
by azz
Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: do you know whether
Replies: 1
Views: 259

do you know whether

Can one say a. Do you know whether he is there now or whether he will be there later? b. Do you know whether he is there now or he will be there later? c. Do you know whether he is there now or whether he will be there only later? d. Do you know whether he is there now or he will be there only later...
by azz
Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: people live in apartments more
Replies: 1
Views: 718

people live in apartments more

a. In our city, people live in apartments more than any other type of dwelling. b. In our city, people live more in apartments than any other type of dwelling. c. In our city, more people live in apartments than any other type of dwelling. Given the fact that in general, each person lives in the sa...
by azz
Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one of them (ambiguity)
Replies: 8
Views: 1547

Re: one of them (ambiguity)

Thank you Tony, I guess it was this guy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uc1YQv6O1sg His name is Hossein Tehrani. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hossein_Tehrani َAnd you are right about the instrument. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonbak As you can see, the name is pronounced in different ways. Best...
by azz
Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one of them (ambiguity)
Replies: 8
Views: 1547

Re: one of them (ambiguity)

Thank you so much Eric and Tony, If it was a drum with drumsticks, I wouldn't be able to help you. Did he have drumsticks? Wasn't he striking the drum with his hands? The examples are great. In those contexts, the sentences mean what you say they mean!! What about: b. I didn't kiss two of those girl...
by azz
Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one of them (ambiguity)
Replies: 8
Views: 1547

Re: one of them (ambiguity)

Thank you both so much! It is a bit confusing. I would conclude from: I didn't kiss one of the girls. that the person did kiss all the others, unless 'one' was heavily accentuated. In that case, it would probably mean 'noun'. In the other case, (Two people in a boat. One of them isn't your father.) ...
by azz
Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one of them (ambiguity)
Replies: 8
Views: 1547

one of them (ambiguity)

Is the sentence a. One of the sergeants didn't come to my house. ambiguous? Does it work in both of these contexts? a1. One of the sergeants didn't come to my house. One of the privates did. (It was not one of the sergeants who came to my house. It was one of the privates. No sergeant came to my hou...
by azz
Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the bad
Replies: 2
Views: 929

the bad

Can one use a. I will take the good books and you take the bad. instead of 1. I will take the good books and you take the bad ones . and 2. I will take the good books and you take the bad one . ? Can one use b. I will take the good book and you take the bad. instead of 3. I will take the good book a...
by azz
Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: entering the store
Replies: 0
Views: 744

entering the store

a. I accidentally kicked the police officer entering the store. Can't this sentence have three meanings? 1. I accidentally kicked the police officer as I was entering the store. 2. I accidentally kicked the police officer as he was entering the store. 3. I accidentally kicked the police officer who...
by azz
Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: like we saw
Replies: 3
Views: 980

like we saw

Can one say
a. I don't want to see work like we saw last month.
b. I don't want to see work like what we saw last month.

?


Many thanks.