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by azz
Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one of them (ambiguity)
Replies: 8
Views: 1711

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: 1711

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: 1711

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: 1711

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: 970

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: 825

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: 1028

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: 1186

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: 2175

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: 2175

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: 1093

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: 1559

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: 1416

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: 1713

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: 2000

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...