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by azz
Sat Jan 09, 2016 12:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: afterwards
Replies: 3
Views: 692

afterwards

a. I am watching a show now. I will call you after. b. I am watching a show now. I will call you afterwards. c. I am watching a show now. I will call you later. Is there a difference in the meanings of these sentences? My feeling is that the first two mean the same and imply that the speaker will m...
by azz
Sat Jan 02, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: everybody vs. anybody
Replies: 1
Views: 698

everybody vs. anybody

a. You ran away when they attacked because you were one person against four. Anybody would have done that. b. You ran away when they attacked because you were one person against four. Everybody would have done that. Are both these sentences acceptable? Is there any difference in their meanings? Man...
by azz
Fri Jan 01, 2016 7:45 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: all anybody will remember
Replies: 1
Views: 721

all anybody will remember

a. That's all anybody will remember from this day. b. That's what anybody will remember from this day. Can't these sentences mean two things? 1. Those who will remember anything about this day at all, will remember that. 2. That's all everybody will remember from this day. Everybody will remember t...
by azz
Wed Dec 09, 2015 6:03 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: another 'comparative' question
Replies: 3
Views: 964

another 'comparative' question

a. Your house is bigger than ours. b. Your houses are bigger than ours. My feeling is that in these sentences we can't tell whether 'ours' is 'our house' or 'our houses' and in the latter case we can't tell if we own the houses jointly or separately. I think (a) could also mean: Your house is bigge...
by azz
Tue Dec 08, 2015 4:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: bigger than A and B
Replies: 3
Views: 705

bigger than A and B

His car is bigger than your car and mine.

Can't this mean two things
1. His car is bigger than your car and it is also bigger than mine.
2. His car is bigger than your car and mine together.
?

Many thanks.
by azz
Tue Sep 08, 2015 12:17 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more people who are
Replies: 1
Views: 1105

more people who are

Can one say a. He thinks more people born on this day succeed in life. b. He thinks more people born on this day succeed in life than on any other day. c. He thinks more people born on this day succeed in life than are born on any other day. d. He thinks more people born on this day succeed in life ...
by azz
Sun Jul 19, 2015 5:37 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: each vs. all vs. any
Replies: 3
Views: 1462

Re: each vs. all vs. any

Thank you so much for your reply! I agree that none could mean: 'One of us might get fired tomorrow. But could any of them ever be used instead of: 'Any of us might get fired tomorrow.' The other meaning would be: 'It is possible that all of us will get fired tomorrow.' That is the likely meaning, b...
by azz
Sat Jul 18, 2015 8:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: each vs. all vs. any
Replies: 3
Views: 1462

each vs. all vs. any

a. Each of us might get fired tomorrow. b. We might each get fired tomorrow. c. All of us might get fired tomorrow. d. We might all get fired tomorrow. e. Every one of us might get fired tomorrow. Could any of these sentences mean 1. Any of us might get fired tomorrow. ? I see two possible meanings...
by azz
Tue Apr 28, 2015 3:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: fight all of us
Replies: 0
Views: 1667

fight all of us

a. He has fought all of us. b. He has fought every one of us. c. He has fought each of us. d. He had a fight with all of us. e. He had a fight with every one of us. f. He has a fight with each of us. In which case: 1. We are talking about separate fights and in which case 2. We are talking about a ...
by azz
Sat Feb 14, 2015 9:03 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: every day
Replies: 1
Views: 1292

every day

Can one say a. He orders her around every day enough to get exhausted. b. He orders her around every day, enough to get exhausted. c. He orders her around every day enough to make her exhausted. d. He orders her around every day, enough to make her exhausted. ? Are (a) and (b) ambiguous? Who is gett...
by azz
Thu Dec 11, 2014 12:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: his plan for becoming a star
Replies: 1
Views: 962

his plan for becoming a star

Can one say a. I did not go along with his plan to make me a star. b. I did not go along with his plan for me to become a star. c. I did not go along with his plan so that I would become a star. d. I did not go along with his plan for making me a star. e. I did not go along with his plan for becomin...
by azz
Thu Dec 11, 2014 12:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: confiscated the suitcases of journalists
Replies: 1
Views: 886

confiscated the suitcases of journalists

a. They confiscated suitcases of journalists. b. They confiscated suitcases of the journalists. c. They confiscated the suitcases of journalists. d. They confiscated the suitcases of the journalists. e. They confiscated journalists' suitcases. f. They confiscated the journalists' suitcases. Which o...
by azz
Sun Nov 16, 2014 12:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: too much of something
Replies: 2
Views: 849

too much of something

"Too much of something isn't good for you." Is this sentence ambiguous? One meaning a. Too much of anything isn't good for you. Second meaning: b.Too much of a specific thing isn't good for you. I went to the doctor and he told me that too much of something wasn't good for me, but I was so drunk I ...
by azz
Fri Oct 17, 2014 6:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the man to supply
Replies: 6
Views: 1158

the man to supply

We know that Dan is a member of their gang. But is he a hitman? a. No. Dan is the man to supply illegal material. b. No. Dan is the man for supplying illegal material. c. No. Dan is their man to supply illegal material. d. No. Dan is their man for supplying illegal material. e. No. Dan is somebody t...
by azz
Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not so much
Replies: 3
Views: 835

not so much

Can one say

a. You are expected to produce traditional musical compositions, not so much experimental ones.
?

If one can what is the difference between that sentence and this one
b. You are expected to produce traditional musical compositions, not experimental ones.
?

Many thanks.