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by azz
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:31 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: where it hurts
Replies: 1
Views: 1654

where it hurts

a. Where it hurts is my right arm. I don't know why you want to put a bandage around my ankle! b. My right arms is where it hurts. I don't know why you want to put a bandage around my ankle! c. In these cases, the neck is where it hurts. d. The neck is where it hurts in these cases . Are the above ...
by azz
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: and vs. or
Replies: 2
Views: 1846

and vs. or

a. We can't all be managers, bankers, professors, researchers, teachers, nurses, doctors and lawyers. Some of us have to do manual labor. b. We can't all be managers, bankers, professors, researchers, teachers, nurses, doctors or lawyers. Some of us have to do manual labor. Which of the above sente...
by azz
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: or vs. and
Replies: 2
Views: 1924

Re: or vs. and

Thank you so much for the brilliant reply. Linking the verb and the direct object is a great improvement. That is just great and makes the sentences flow a lot better. I think the 'or' sentences are ambiguous really. Maybe all of them were Brazilian or Colombian but the speaker doesn't know which is...
by azz
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: or vs. and
Replies: 2
Views: 1924

or vs. and

a.They gave twenty Colombian and Brazilian authors prizes. b. They gave twenty Colombian or Brazilian authors prizes. c. They gave twenty authors, Colombian and Brazilian, prizes. d. They gave twenty authors, Colombian or Brazilian, prizes. Which of the above are grammatically correct? Do they all ...
by azz
Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: in order not to
Replies: 1
Views: 1779

in order not to

a. He didn't say a word about what his boss's son had done in the office last week. It was in order to please his boss. b. He didn't say a word about what his boss's son had done in the office last week. It was to please his boss. c. He didn't say a word about what his boss's son had done in the of...
by azz
Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: from the first trip to the moon
Replies: 2
Views: 2058

from the first trip to the moon

a. It was three years from man's first trip to the moon.
b. It was three years from the date when man's first trip to the moon took place.
c. It was three years from 1969.


Are the above sentences grammatically correct?

Does "from" mean "before" or "after" in those sentences?

Many thanks.
by azz
Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: on three occasions
Replies: 2
Views: 2134

on three occasions

a. I made mistakes three times. b. Three times I made mistakes. c. I made mistakes on three occasions. d. On three occasions I made mistakes. Could one use these sentences if one had made three mistakes in all? Could one use these sentences if one had made -say- five mistakes in all? (at least on o...
by azz
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: negation and numbers
Replies: 3
Views: 2167

negation and numbers

a. Not even twenty people showed up on the opening night. b. Not twenty people showed up on the opening night. c. Twenty people didn't show up on the opening night. Which of the above sentences are grammatically correct? I'd say that (a) and (b) mean that fewer than twenty people showed up, while (...
by azz
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: very tall and strong
Replies: 5
Views: 2334

very tall and strong

a. Tom is very tall and strong. It seems to me that (a) could be interpreted in two ways 1. Tom is strong and he is very tall. and 2. Tom is very strong and very tall. Would you say I am correct? I suppose the context would always clarify things, but let us say I wanted to make it absolutely clear ...
by azz
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a good tool to keep at home
Replies: 1
Views: 1709

a good tool to keep at home

Can one say a. This is a tool good to keep at home. instead of: b. This is a tool good to keep at home. Can one say c. This is tool useful to keep at home. instead of: d. This is a useful tool to keep at home. Do (c) and (d) mean the same? One could argue that (d) means: it is a useful tool and it i...
by azz
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: such as
Replies: 1
Views: 1899

such as

a. It is very difficult to be such a good doctor as he is. b. He worked very hard to become such a good doctor as he is. c. It is rare to find someone who is such a fool as you are. d. You must have worked very hard to become such a fool as you are. e. You must have worked very hard to become such ...
by azz
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: don't have another affair and...
Replies: 1
Views: 1491

don't have another affair and...

a. Don't walk out of the room slamming the door. b. Don't walk out of the room and slam the door. c. Don't have another affair breaking your wife's heart. d. Don't have another affair and break your wife's heart. Which of the above are grammatically correct? Which are natural? What is interesting i...
by azz
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: has had vs. had
Replies: 4
Views: 2353

has had vs. had

1) She had two children who became dropouts, and three other children who graduated from college.
2) She has had two children who became dropouts, and three other children who graduated from college.


Which of the above is grammatically correct?

Many thanks.
by azz
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: phone line breaking up
Replies: 11
Views: 3310

phone line breaking up

Can one use a. I was on the phone with him, but we were breaking up. instead of b. I was on the phone with him, but the phone line was breaking up. ? Can one use c. I was on the phone with him, but we were cut off. d. I was on the phone with him, but the phone line cut off. instead of f. I was on th...
by azz
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: look like Peter Pan
Replies: 6
Views: 2390

look like Peter Pan

A says to B: Look! That guy looks like Peter Pan! B replies: a. He looks like Peter Pan would look if he gained twenty pounds b. He looks like Peter Pan if he gained twenty pounds. c. He looks like Peter Pan has gained twenty pounds d. He looks like Peter Pan who has gained twenty pounds. Which of t...