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by azz
Fri Dec 11, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: whose book's cover
Replies: 12
Views: 2702

Re: whose book's cover

Thank you so much for yet another amazing reply. I knew that languages had different conceptual frameworks and carved up reality in different ways, but the examples you provide are both surprising and enlightening to me. Amazing. It's funny, but I think I have a problem with (b) that possibly stems ...
by azz
Thu Dec 10, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: whose book's cover
Replies: 12
Views: 2702

Re: whose book's cover

Thank you so much Phil and Eric. This is indeed becoming very interesting and very complicated. I think Navi and I had noticed that sometimes our minds take a different path to that of a native English speaker to attain the same goal. I suspect that that is the idea here. One shouldn't take this too...
by azz
Wed Dec 09, 2020 4:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: whose book's cover
Replies: 12
Views: 2702

whose book's cover

a. The kid whose book's cover you tore is crying.
b. The kid whose book cover you tore is crying.

c. The kid the cover of whose book you tore is crying.
d. The kid whose book you tore the cover of is crying.


Which of the above sentences are grammatical?
Which are natural?

Many thanks.
by azz
Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: but we didn't know
Replies: 6
Views: 2431

Re: but we didn't know

Thank you so much Phil! I have to say that I agree entirely with your insights. I think a mind takes different paths depending on the language it is using. That is one of the difficulties of learning a language. You have to change the thought process you are used to. My Armenian is basically 'kitche...
by azz
Tue Dec 01, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: but we didn't know
Replies: 6
Views: 2431

Re: but we didn't know

Thank you both so much1 This is something that can easily be done in the my native tongues (Armenian and Persian) but is difficult to do in English. e. There was this writer and we didn't know how many books he had written. He began to speak. I think that would work in informal English. What we do (...
by azz
Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: but we didn't know
Replies: 6
Views: 2431

but we didn't know

a. Among the writers present at the party, there was one who had written a number of books but we didn't know how many. b. Among the writers present at the party, there was one who we knew had written a number of books but we didn't know how many. c. Among the writers present at the party, there wa...
by azz
Sat Nov 28, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: had to not
Replies: 1
Views: 2021

had to not

a. He had to not send that letter, but he made a mistake and sent it. b. He had to not eat that cookie, but he didn't manage to and ate it. Are the above sentences grammatically correct? I am pretty sure they can be used in conversation, but I don't know if they could be used in formal English. I s...
by azz
Sat Nov 28, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not going to let
Replies: 2
Views: 2315

not going to let

a. I am not going to let them do it. b. I am going not to let them do it. c. I am going to not let them do it. Are all if the above sentences grammatically correct? Do they mean the same? I feel that (b) and (c) mean I am going to prevent them from doing it, while (a) means I will just not let them...
by azz
Fri Nov 27, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: in their own way
Replies: 1
Views: 2529

in their own way

a. We are all smart, each in his or her own way.
b. We are all smart, each in our own way.
c. We are all smart, each in their own way.

Which are grammatically correct?
Which are natural?


Many thanks.
by azz
Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not everyone
Replies: 1
Views: 2255

not everyone

a. Not everyone who is here knows anyone in your office.

I think (a) can have two different meanings:

1. Only some of the people who are here know everyone in your office.
2. Some of the people who are here don't know anyone in your office.

Am I right?

Many thanks.
by azz
Mon Nov 09, 2020 7:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the chances of
Replies: 1
Views: 2958

the chances of

a. The chances of event A happening are higher than the combined chances of the other events happening. b. The chances of event A happening are higher than the combined chances of all the other events happening. c. The chances of event A happening are higher than the chances of the other events hap...
by azz
Sat Nov 07, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as rapidly as
Replies: 1
Views: 3004

as rapidly as

a. As rapidly as they are moving, they'll be here soon. b. As hard as John hit Henry, Henry must be in a lot of pain right now. Are the above sentences grammatically correct and meaningful? I am confused. Generally, when 'as' is used like this with adjectives, the meaning is usually 'although'. c. ...
by azz
Thu Oct 29, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: good to
Replies: 1
Views: 3219

good to

a. This architect is good to design your house, but not to design big buildings, b. Thus architect is good for designing your house, but not for designing big buildings. Are the above sentences grammatically correct? Are they natural? The idea is that he is good for the task of designing your house...
by azz
Wed Oct 28, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a book to improve your Italian
Replies: 0
Views: 3654

a book to improve your Italian

a. I am sending you a book to improve your Italian. Would you say that sentence corresponds to: 1. I am sending you a book to improve your Italian with. (you are going to improve your Italian using the book) or 2. I am sending you a book which is to improve your Italian. (the book will improve your...
by azz
Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:27 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the fastest of
Replies: 2
Views: 3368

the fastest of

a. He runs the fastest of any student.
b. He runs the fastest of all students.

c. He runs the fastest of any of our student.
d. He runs the fastest of all of our students.


Which of the above sentences are grammatically correct?
Which are natural?

Many thanks