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by azz
Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the bad
Replies: 2
Views: 1758

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: 1
Views: 3414

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: 1962

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.
by azz
Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: similar to
Replies: 1
Views: 1844

similar to

Can one say
a. I responded to their letter as an official document, similar to the ones sent to me by the Ministry of Education.
b. I reacted to his behavior as a narcissistic outburst, similar to his ravings against his father.

?

Are they grammatical?

Many thanks.
by azz
Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: on four occasions
Replies: 8
Views: 4033

Re: on four occasions

Thank you so much,

How about
e) He saved someone on four occasions.
?
Is that ambiguous as well?

And how about
f) He saved two people on two occasions.
?

Can one tell if he saved one person per occasion or two people per occasion?

Many thanks.
by azz
Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: on four occasions
Replies: 8
Views: 4033

on four occasions

a. He saved a woman on four occasions. b. On four occasions, he saved a woman. c. He saved a woman four times. d. He has saved a woman four times. In which case 1. The same woman was saved four times in which case 2. Four different women were saved on four different occasions and in which case 3. W...
by azz
Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: because it is a bit racy
Replies: 1
Views: 1762

because it is a bit racy

Can one say a. I am sending you this song hoping it won't offend you, because it is a bit racy. b. I am sending you this song and I hope it won't offend you, because it is a bit racy. ? The last part is supposed to mean "I am saying this because it is a bit racy". I am saying I hope it won't offend ...
by azz
Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with your New England accent
Replies: 3
Views: 2765

with your New England accent

a. I can't get over you with your New England accent.

What does 'with' mean in this sentence?

Many thanks and Happy New Year.
by azz
Sat Oct 15, 2016 7:25 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a lot of us
Replies: 2
Views: 2171

a lot of us

Can one use a. She doesn't like a lot of them. instead of b. There are a lot of them she doesn't like. (She dislikes a lot of them.) ? Can one use c. She wouldn't like to be in the same room with a lot of us. instead of d. There are a lot of us she wouldn't like to be with in the same room. ? (c) co...
by azz
Tue May 03, 2016 9:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not two percent
Replies: 2
Views: 2378

not two percent

Can one say a. Fifty percent of homeless men have suffered brain damage. Not fifty percent of the male population at large have suffered brain damage. b. Fifty percent of homeless men have suffered brain damage. But not fifty percent of the male population at large have suffered brain damage. c. Fif...
by azz
Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:10 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: can not
Replies: 3
Views: 3165

can not

Can one say a. You can not do it now and do it later. b. You may not do it now and do it later. (Meaning: You can do it later. You don't have to do it now.) ? Can one say c. It could happen and it could not happen. (Meaning: It might happen and it might not happen.) ? My feeling is that (a) works an...
by azz
Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: on our own
Replies: 1
Views: 2196

on our own

Can one use a. We were on our own. instead of b. We were each on our own. ? Does this work c. When it came to doing our homework, we were on our own. The supervisor did not help us. He just made sure that none of us helped anyone else. ? Let us say, the kids are in a dormitory. They have a special t...
by azz
Fri Mar 25, 2016 1:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anything/something
Replies: 1
Views: 2304

anything/something

Can one say
a. No one knows something is wrong here.
b. No one knows anything is wrong here.

c. No one thinks something is wrong here.
d. No one thinks anything is wrong here.

e. Does anyone know that something is wrong here?
f. Does anyone know that anything is wrong here?

?

Many thanks.
by azz
Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: his best
Replies: 2
Views: 3226

his best

I am listening to a song. My friend walks into to room and asks me: -Is that George Benson? Can I say: a. Yes. In my opinion this is his best. instead of b. Yes. In my opinion this is his best song . ? I am not sure that 'the best' can replace a singular noun (his best song). My feeling is that 'the...
by azz
Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: whoever has not registered
Replies: 5
Views: 4385

whoever has not registered

Can one say a. Whoever has not registered, go to line B. b. Those of you who have not registered, go to line B. c. Whichever of you has not registered, go to line B. ? The sentences are being addressed to 'those who have not registered'. They are orders. 'Go to line B' is the order given to those wh...