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by azz
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: don't remember most of them
Replies: 2
Views: 860

don't remember most of them

a) I don't remember most of them. Can't this sentence mean two things? 1. Most of them I can't remember. Most of them are things/people etc. that I don't remember. 2. It is not true that I remember most of them. They virtually boil down to the same thing, but there is a slight difference. My feelin...
by azz
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not six feet
Replies: 7
Views: 1992

not six feet

Can one write a. A group of not well-educated people are very happy with the new measures. b. A group of people not well-educated are very happy with the new measures. c. b. A group of people, not well-educated, are very happy with the new measures. d. A man, not six feet tall, walked into a store. ...
by azz
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: and I haven't
Replies: 1
Views: 1361

and I haven't

John says: There are a lot of commas missing in your essay! Patrick replies: a- Really? Where in my essay should I have used a comma that I haven't? b- Really? Where in my essay should I have used a comma and I haven't? Are the sentences (a) and (b) both acceptable in the context of this dialogue? M...
by azz
Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: if they don't
Replies: 1
Views: 1455

if they don't

Can one say a. They have a week to deliver my medication. If they don't, my situation will be very bad b. There is a week left for them to deliver my medication. If they don't, my situation will be very bad. ? In each case 'if they don't' is supposed to mean 'if they don't deliver my medication in a...
by azz
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 'someone' instead of 'one'
Replies: 1
Views: 1385

'someone' instead of 'one'

a. One cannot expect to be treated like everybody else without respecting the law. b. Some cannot expect to be treated like everybody else without respecting the law. c. One can find anything on the net these days. d. Someone can find anything on the net these days. Are (a) and (b) both acceptable?...
by azz
Wed May 30, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: now that he doesn't take orders
Replies: 1
Views: 1363

now that he doesn't take orders

Can one say a. How much money is he losing now that he doesn't take orders from us any more? b. How much money is he losing after he stopped taking orders from us? c. How much money is he losing since he stopped taking orders from us? d How much money is he losing every day now that he doesn't take ...
by azz
Sun May 13, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: moved round and round
Replies: 0
Views: 2044

moved round and round

a. There was a sudden gust of wind. The leaves moved up and sideways. b. There was a sudden gust of wind. The leaves moved up or sideways. c. There was a sudden gust of wind. The leaves moved either up or sideways. Which could be used if 1. All of the leaves moved up first and then sideways and whi...
by azz
Sun May 13, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to pay and watch
Replies: 2
Views: 1604

to pay and watch

Are these sentences grammatical? Do they make sense? a. These are some of our favorite stand-ups to watch. And now we are meeting them in person. b. These are some of our favorite stand-ups to pay and watch. And now we are meeting them in person. (b) is a bit jocular. We normally love to pay and wat...
by azz
Fri May 11, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: no amount of pressure
Replies: 1
Views: 1181

no amount of pressure

Can one say
a. He gave in under no amount of pressure.
?

What does it mean?

Does it mean he gave in without being under pressure?

Many thanks.
by azz
Fri May 04, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to wear in cold weather
Replies: 5
Views: 1659

Re: to wear in cold weather

Thank you both so much. I have a related question. a. I have a book to read tonight. b. I have a book to be read tonight. First, I don't think (b) is very natural. Would you agree with that? Second, my feeling is that (a) could have two meanings a1. I have a book that I can read tonight. a2. I have ...
by azz
Fri May 04, 2018 4:16 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to wear in cold weather
Replies: 5
Views: 1659

to wear in cold weather

Can one say 1. This is a jacket which is to wear in cold weather. 2. This is a jacket which is to be worn in cold weather. 3. This is a jacket which is for wearing in cold weather. 4. This is a jacket to wear in cold weather. 5. This is a jacket to be worn in cold weather. 6. This is a jacket for we...
by azz
Thu May 03, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: which is the correct answer
Replies: 3
Views: 1536

which is the correct answer

Let us say I want to ask a student which of two possible answers A or B is the correct answer.

Could I say

a. Would you say A or B is the correct answer?
b. Would you say A is the correct answer or B?


?

Many thanks.
by azz
Sun Apr 29, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: answer to each question
Replies: 2
Views: 1169

answer to each question

Can one say
a. His answers to all questions were not correct.
b. His answer to every question was not correct.
c. His answer to each question was not correct.

?

Do these sentences mean
1. Not all his answers were correct
or
2. All his answers were incorrect
?

Many thanks.
by azz
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: it is kind to...
Replies: 2
Views: 1265

it is kind to...

Can one say

a. To help is nice.
b. It is nice to help.


if one means by those sentences
c. One is being nice when one helps.
?

Can one say
d. To help is kind.
e. Helping is kind.

?

Many thanks
by azz
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: John, I had...
Replies: 1
Views: 890

John, I had...

Can one say a. I was supposed to vote for two people: John and Pete. John, I had voted for. Pete, I hadn't yet. b. I was supposed to vote for two people: John and Pete. For John, I had voted. For Pete, I hadn't yet. c. I had to give a book and a notebook to my two best students. John, I gave the boo...