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by azz
Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: this is a terrible thing
Replies: 1
Views: 1884

this is a terrible thing

a. This is a terrible thing not to be able to see him. b. This is a bad blow to me not to be able to see him. Are these sentences correctly punctuated? Would you say that we need a comma before 'not'? The idea in (a) is that the terrible thing = not to be able to see him. The idea in (b) is that th...
by azz
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a bishop and knight
Replies: 3
Views: 2163

Re: a bishop and knight

This is an absolutely amazing reply! Thank you so much!
by azz
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a bishop and knight
Replies: 3
Views: 2163

a bishop and knight

a. Four grains of this substance are enough. Five grains is too much. b. Four grains of this substance is enough. Five grains is too much. c. A bishop and a knight are stronger than a rook. d. A bishop and a knight is stronger than a rook. e. A bishop and knight are stronger than a rook. f. A bisho...
by azz
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more and more impressive
Replies: 1
Views: 1676

more and more impressive

a. It is looking more impressive all the time. b. It is looking more and more impressive all the time. c. It looks more impressive all the time.​ d. It looks more and more impressive all the time .​ Are all the above sentences grammatically correct? Is there any difference in their meanings? Many t...
by azz
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: little money
Replies: 1
Views: 1404

little money

a. You have only three dollars. You won't be able to have a proper meal with such little money. a1. You have only three dollars. You won't be able to have a proper meal with that little money. a2. You have only three dollars. You won't be able to have a proper meal with so little money. b.You've sl...
by azz
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: small vs. little
Replies: 1
Views: 1373

small vs. little

a. What he had in his pocket was not real money. It was small money. It came from a board game probably.
b. What he had in his pocket was not real money. It was little money. It came from a board game probably.


Are both versions acceptable?

Many thanks.
by azz
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: present perfect vs. past tense
Replies: 5
Views: 2192

present perfect vs. past tense

a. How many girlfriends have you had? b. How many girlfriends did you have? c. How many girlfriends did you have before you got married? Let us say I'm talking to John, who is now married. I know that he is a faithful husband and the assumption is that John and his wife will live together till the ...
by azz
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the other man
Replies: 1
Views: 1316

the other man

a. The other man you describe as tall and handsome was John. Does that mean there was at least another man you describe as tall and handsome? I think it does. I think if John was the only one you describe as tall and handsome we'd have b. The other man, whom you describe as tall and handsome, was J...
by azz
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: below vs. under?
Replies: 1
Views: 1272

below vs. under?

a. Under b. Below c. Beneath d. Underneath Which of these necessarily means directly under in such a way that a vertical line can connect the two objects? We do say 'below sea level', but not 'under sea level'. Could one say ' The city was below the hills ' ? Could one say: ' The city was spread ou...
by azz
Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: don't know a man
Replies: 1
Views: 1319

don't know a man

a. I don't know a man who works in your office. Can't this sentence have two different meanings? 1. There is a man who works in your office whom I don't know. 2. It is not true that I know a man who works in your office. I don't know any man who works in your office. ===============================...
by azz
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not the whole
Replies: 2
Views: 1518

not the whole

a. Not the whole regiment was informed of the plan. Only a few members. b. The whole regiment was not informed of the plan. Only a few members. c. Not the whole pack was stolen. Only two cigarettes. d. The whole pack was not stolen. Only two cigarettes. e. Not the whole building was damaged. Only t...
by azz
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: respected but not feared
Replies: 2
Views: 1439

Re: respected but not feared

Thank you so much Tony. I made a mistake when typing (3). A while after posting the question, I came back, reread it, noticed the error and edited it. But it somehow came back again! I suppose I made a mistake when editing it or something. I re-edited it. It should be fine now. My apologies. Please ...
by azz
Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: respected but not feared
Replies: 2
Views: 1439

respected but not feared

a. He wasn't a man respected but not feared any more.
b. He was no longer a man respected but not feared.

Do these mean

1. He was still respected but now he was feared as well.
2. He was no longer respected but he was now feared.
3. He was now feared but not respected.
?

Many thanks.
by azz
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the running man
Replies: 0
Views: 1904

the running man

a. In the park, I saw a man sitting on a bench and a man running. I greeted the man running. b. In the park, I saw a man sitting on a bench and a man running. I greeted the running man. c. In the park, I greeted a man running. d. In the park, I greeted a running man. Which of the above sentences ar...
by azz
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a man and woman
Replies: 1
Views: 1344

a man and woman

Can one say
a. A man and woman were in a coffee shop.

?

Does the sentence imply that they were together?

Does
b. A man and a woman were in a coffee shop,
imply that they were not together?


I think (a) implies they were together, but (b) doesn't imply they weren't.

Many thanks.