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by azz
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone who likes him
Replies: 9
Views: 875

Re: anyone who likes him

Thank you so much. How about d. Anywhere I go isn't safe. e. Anyone I know doesn't like me. f. Anyone I know doesn't know him. g. Anyone won't like me. h. Anyone won't say this club is bad, ? It seems to me that "anyone" and "anything"and "anywhere" have to be qualified. I'd say the last two don't w...
by azz
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone who likes him
Replies: 9
Views: 875

anyone who likes him

Can one say

a. Anything you see here is not real.
b. Anyone who likes him will not like me.
c. Anybody who goes to this club will not say it is bad.


?

Many thanks.
by azz
Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: really dangerous
Replies: 1
Views: 425

really dangerous

a. He really is dangerous. b. He is really dangerous. Which means 1. He is very dangerous. and which means 2. The truth is that he is dangerous. and which could be used in this context 3. You might think he is X but he in reality he is not X, he is dangerous. (You might think he is a nice guy, but ...
by azz
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: until
Replies: 2
Views: 464

until

Can one say
a. Walk up this street until the second intersection and then turn left.

b. I went until the third door and stopped.

c. He traveled until Boston, but couldn't go further.

?

Many thanks.
by azz
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: midway
Replies: 2
Views: 449

midway

Can one say
a. He crossed the street halfway between two intersections.
b. He crossed the street midway between two intersections.
c. He crossed the street right between two intersections.

?

Do they all mean the same?
Is (c) synonymous with the other two?

Many thanks.
by azz
Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: if he has any
Replies: 2
Views: 562

if he has any

Can one say
a. I'm sure he will willingly share his interesting ideas if he has any.
b. I'm sure he will willingly share his interesting ideas if he has some.
c. I'm sure he will willingly share his interesting ideas if he has them.

?


Many thanks.

Happy New Year to everybody!
by azz
Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a new method to travel
Replies: 1
Views: 555

a new method to travel

Can one use the following sentences with the assumptions that have been provided? a. Doctor Jones is trying to find new ways to live with mental illness. The assumption is that he doesn't have a mental illness. He is trying to find new ways for people with mental illness to live with their illness. ...
by azz
Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: asked that he should
Replies: 1
Views: 616

asked that he should

Can one say a. I asked for him to be appointed vice-president. b. I asked the committee for him to be appointed vice-president. c. I asked that he should be appointed vice-president. d. I asked the committee that he should be appointed vice-president. if the intended meaning is: I asked the committe...
by azz
Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: be happy
Replies: 2
Views: 697

be happy

Could one say a. Be happy! and b. Be lucky! instead of, respectively, 1. May you be happy. and 2. May you be lucky. ? (a) and (b) do not make much sense as imperative statements, One cannot decide to be lucky, And it is difficult to decide to be happy, although some might argue that is possible. It ...
by azz
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a student was not
Replies: 1
Views: 457

a student was not

a. A student was not in the class.
b. A single student was not in the class.


Can't these mean two things
1. There was a specific student missing from the class. All the others who were supposed to be there, were there.
2. There weren't any students in the class.

Many thanks.
by azz
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: isn't smart to
Replies: 1
Views: 587

isn't smart to

Can one say a. He isn't foolish to believe what they say. b. He isn't an idiot to believe what they say. c. He isn't smart to have made this discovery. d. He isn't a genius to have made this discovery. e. He isn't smart to write such songs. f. He isn't a genius to write such song. ? The idea is basi...
by azz
Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: wrong
Replies: 1
Views: 691

wrong

a. You were wrong to go there. b. What you said was wrong. c. What you did was wrong. 'Wrong' is a an ambiguous word. It could mean 'morally wrong' or simply 'incorrect'. My feeling is that in (a) and (b) it has the 'incorrect' meaning. It means you made a mistake. It doesn't mean you did something...
by azz
Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: our English
Replies: 1
Views: 496

our English

Can one say
a. My English and his are equally bad.
b. Our English is equally bad.

?

Many thanks.
by azz
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: offered me twenty dollars
Replies: 1
Views: 592

offered me twenty dollars

Can one say a. She offered me a dollar to use my phone. b. She offered me a dollar to let him use my phone. c. She offered me twenty dollars to drive him to the airport. d. She offered me twenty dollars to be driven to the airport. e. She offered twenty dollars to be driven to the airport. e. She of...
by azz
Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the brother of John's
Replies: 1
Views: 707

the brother of John's

Can one say a. I was talking to the brother of John's who is a doctor, not to the one who is an actor. b. I was talking to the brother of his who is a doctor, not to the one who is an actor. c. I was talking to the brother of John who is a doctor, not to the one who is an actor. d. I was talking to ...