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by azz
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: fairly shook
Replies: 1
Views: 3151

fairly shook

a. The walls fairly shook from the sound of the explosion.

b. He fell and fairly broke his arm.


Does 'fairly' mean 'really', 'completely' or 'almost' in the above sentences?

Many thanks
by azz
Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: looked at them
Replies: 1
Views: 3216

looked at them

a. He looked at them to help him.
b. He looked to them to help him.

c. He looked at them for help.
d. He looked to them for help.


Which of the above sentences are grammatically correct?

Which are natural?

Many thanks.
by azz
Fri Oct 09, 2020 3:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma
Replies: 2
Views: 3827

comma

a. I bought twenty books and notebooks.

Could that mean
b. I bought twenty books and some notebooks.
?

And would a comma before 'and' make it clear that it was twenty books and some notebooks?

c. I bought twenty books, and notebooks.

Many thanks.
by azz
Tue Oct 06, 2020 5:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: against global warming
Replies: 4
Views: 4260

Re: against global warming

Thank you so much Erik. The sentence came up when I was talking in English with my husband, Navi. He intended 'against global warming' to mean 'against the idea that global warming exists' or 'against the idea of global warming'. I said that i was not sure that the sentence could even mean that in t...
by azz
Tue Oct 06, 2020 3:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: against global warming
Replies: 4
Views: 4260

against global warming

a. He is against global warming.

Could that mean that he doesn't believe in global warming? He's against the idea of global warming?

Many thanks.
by azz
Fri Oct 02, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the same as yours
Replies: 1
Views: 2901

the same as yours

a. I want to make my house the same as yours. b. I want to build my house the same as yours. Are these sentences both grammatically correct and meaningful? Do they mean the same? I think (a) means that I want to transform my house in such a way that it becomes like yours. But could it mean the same...
by azz
Fri Sep 25, 2020 6:01 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the best cars in the lot
Replies: 1
Views: 2724

the best cars in the lot

a. The best cars in the lot are John's. The worst ones are John's too. b. The best cars in the lot are John's cars. The worst ones are John's cars too. I think (a) works and (b) does not. Am I correct? I think (b) means the same as: c. John's cars are the best cars in the lot. They are the worst ca...
by azz
Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: which one
Replies: 1
Views: 2906

which one

a. Which one saw the accident, the tall boy or the short one? b. Which saw the accident, the tall boy or the short one? c. Which one saw the accident, the one called Peter or the one called John? d. Which saw the accident, the one called Peter or the one called John? e. Which one saw the accident, ...
by azz
Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: what is she upset about
Replies: 2
Views: 3187

what is she upset about

a. What TV series is she upset about not being produced? b. What TV series is she most upset about not being produced? c What TV series is she upset about not being cast in? d. What TV series is she most upset about not being cast in? Are the above sentences grammatically correct? I think the first...
by azz
Tue Sep 22, 2020 2:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: all of the pets
Replies: 1
Views: 2444

all of the pets

a. Tom couldn't stand all of the pets his housemate had, so he moved. b. Tom couldn't stand all of the pets, so he moved. c. Tom couldn't stand all the pets, so he moved. Could these be used if Tom could stand all of the pets individually, but it was the fact that all of them were together that was...
by azz
Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: all I've seen
Replies: 2
Views: 3033

all I've seen

a. I can't believe all that I've seen here today. b. I can't believe everything I've seen here today. I think literally those sentences mean I can believe part of what I have seen here today, but not all of it! Is that correct? I think people would use those sentences to mean c. I can't believe how...
by azz
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: resulted in there being few
Replies: 2
Views: 2478

resulted in there being few

Can one say
a. The new regulations have resulted in few accidents.

instead of
b. The new regulations have resulted in there being few accidents.
?

I am not at all sure that (a) works.

Many thanks.
by azz
Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: since vs. because
Replies: 1
Views: 2350

since vs. because

a. I haven't gone into his room since he went to bed. b. I haven't seen him since he's stopped coming to work. c. I haven't tried to solve this problem since it was given to me by a genius who told me she found it difficult. Could 'since' mean 'because' in these sentences? I think both meanings are...
by azz
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: there was John
Replies: 1
Views: 2095

there was John

a. I looked down the window and there was John, injured.
b. I looked down the window and there was John injured.


Which is correctly punctuated?

Many thanks.
by azz
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as well as
Replies: 1
Views: 2312

as well as

a. As well as singing, he dances.
b, As well as singing, he can dance.

c, He can dance as well as sing.
d. He dances as well as sings.

e. He can dance as well as singing.
f. He dances as well as singing.


Which of the above sentences are grammatically correct?


Many thanks.