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by azz
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more than you are
Replies: 2
Views: 1057

more than you are

Can one say
a. They are teachers more than you are.
?

I would like to see if that would work as a plural form of:
He is more of a teacher than you.

Many thanks.
by azz
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: could have been others
Replies: 4
Views: 1487

could have been others

a. I think John might have stolen money from the till. It could have been other people as well. b. I think John might have stolen money from the till. It could have been other people too. c. I think John might have stolen money from the till. It could have been other people also. Can't these mean t...
by azz
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: others as well
Replies: 1
Views: 933

others as well

a. I think John might have stolen money from the till. It could have been other people as well. b. I think John might have stolen money from the till. It could have been other people too. c. I think John might have stolen money from the till. It could have been other people also. Can these mean two...
by azz
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one of them
Replies: 0
Views: 1370

one of them

Customer to store assistant: a. I have picked five items, but I don't want one of them. Can I give it to you? b. I have picked five items, but there is an item I don't want. Can I give it to you? c. I have picked five items, but I don't want one item. Can I give it to you? d. I have picked five item...
by azz
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: is nobody
Replies: 2
Views: 955

is nobody

a. Is nobody in the house? b. Isn't anybody in the house? c. Is no one with you? d. Isn't anyone with you? e. Is nothing going to help? f. Isn't anything going to help? Are all these sentences OK? I've noticed that I always use the 'any' form in these cases. But it seems to me that they are all gra...
by azz
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: don't remember most of them
Replies: 2
Views: 1003

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: 2215

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: 1484

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: 1592

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: 1503

'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: 1478

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: 2399

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: 1734

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: 1318

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: 1847

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 ...