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by azz
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: gave them a book and a notebook
Replies: 2
Views: 811

gave them a book and a notebook

a. I gave a book and a notebook to my two best students.
b. I gave them a book and a notebook.


Can we tell if
1. I gave them each a book and a notebook
or
2. I gave one a book and the other one a notebook
?

Many thanks
by azz
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to each of
Replies: 1
Views: 731

to each of

Can one say a. I have to give a book and a notebook to each of my two best students. b. I have to give my two best students a book and a notebook each. c. I have to give a book and a notebook to my two best students each. d. I have to give Tom and Harry a book and a notebook each. e. I have to give ...
by azz
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the last thing we want
Replies: 2
Views: 1756

the last thing we want

Can one say a. The best thing that can happen is that he should fall in love. b. The best thing that can happen is that he falls in love. c. The best thing that can happen is for him to fall in love d. The last thing we want is that she should lose her job. e. The last thing we want is that she lose...
by azz
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: have to lose
Replies: 1
Views: 632

have to lose

Can one say a. It seems that there are people who just have to lose no matter how hard they try. b. It seems that there are people who have to lose no matter how hard they try. ? My feeling is that they work, but in them 'have to' does not mean 'are under the obligation to', but rather 'are destined...
by azz
Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: on some Fridays
Replies: 2
Views: 654

on some Fridays

A says: Did you go to the movies on Tuesday? B replies: a. No. If we go to the movies, it is on a Friday. b. No. If we go to the movies, it will be on a Friday. c. No. We only go to the movies on Fridays, if we do. d. No. We only go to the movies on Fridays. e. No. We go to the movies on Fridays. Wh...
by azz
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: is not to
Replies: 3
Views: 661

is not to

Can one use
a. His kindness is not to be believed.
instead of
b. His kindness is beyond belief.

?

To me, (a) can only mean: One should not believe his kindness. It is sham.

Many thanks.
by azz
Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: your performing vs. performing
Replies: 2
Views: 555

your performing vs. performing

Can one use a. Performing better than him will make him angry. instead of b. Your performing better than him will make him angry. if the context makes it clear that we are talking about 'you'? Can one use c. Performing better than him will make him angry. if the intended meaning is d. When someone p...
by azz
Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as much as
Replies: 1
Views: 420

as much as

Can one use
a. As much as you loved it, someone else hated it.

instead of
b. Someone else hated it as much as you loved it.

?

I suppose one meaning of (a) would be: Although you loved it, someone else hated it.
Could it have meaning (b)?

Many thanks
by azz
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: only vs. just
Replies: 3
Views: 695

only vs. just

Can one use a. There is no cure for this illness. You only have to get used to it. instead of b. There is no cure for this illness. You just have to get used to it. ? I don't think they mean the same. In (b), there seems to be the idea of resignation. There is nothing to be done. Live with it! (a) s...
by azz
Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: which...? vs. what...?
Replies: 1
Views: 589

which...? vs. what...?

Can one say a. What are some examples of books that are extremely tedious? b. Which are some examples of books that are extremely tedious? ? I guess if one is asking a general question then one should use (a). I don't think (b) works in that context. If the question is being asked about a limited se...
by azz
Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: regulation
Replies: 6
Views: 898

regulation

Can one use
a. This machine is regulation built.
instead of:
b. This machine was built according to regulations.
c. This machine was built taking into account regulations.
?


Many thanks.
by azz
Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: instead asking me to
Replies: 2
Views: 532

instead asking me to

Can one say

a. He didn't drive and instead asked me to.
b. He didn't drive, instead asking me to.

c. He was too much of a coward to go talk to the manager, and instead asked me to.
d. He was too much of a coward to go talk to the manager, instead asking me to.

?

Many thanks
by azz
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not the same time
Replies: 2
Views: 668

not the same time

Can one say
a. We'll all die at some point in time, but it won't be the same time for all of us.

b. We'll all die at some point in time, but it won't be the same point in time for all of us.

?

Many thanks.
by azz
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: who were my teachers
Replies: 2
Views: 552

who were my teachers

Can one say a. I want to thank all those who were at one point my teacher. b. I want to thank all those who were at one point my teachers. c. I want to thank all those who have been at one point my teacher. d. I want to thank all those who have been at one point my teachers. ? Let's say someone has ...
by azz
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: talked to him first
Replies: 3
Views: 691

talked to him first

a. When I first talked to him, I thought he was a nice guy. Can't this sentence have two meanings? 1. When I was talking to him, at first I thought he was a nice guy. (Presumably, after some time passed, my opinion changed during that very same conversation.) 2. The first time I talked to him, I th...