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by azz
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: only vs. just
Replies: 3
Views: 863

only vs. just

Can one use a. There is no cure for this illness. You only have to get used to it. instead of b. There is no cure for this illness. You just have to get used to it. ? I don't think they mean the same. In (b), there seems to be the idea of resignation. There is nothing to be done. Live with it! (a) s...
by azz
Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: which...? vs. what...?
Replies: 1
Views: 740

which...? vs. what...?

Can one say a. What are some examples of books that are extremely tedious? b. Which are some examples of books that are extremely tedious? ? I guess if one is asking a general question then one should use (a). I don't think (b) works in that context. If the question is being asked about a limited se...
by azz
Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: regulation
Replies: 6
Views: 1053

regulation

Can one use
a. This machine is regulation built.
instead of:
b. This machine was built according to regulations.
c. This machine was built taking into account regulations.
?


Many thanks.
by azz
Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: instead asking me to
Replies: 2
Views: 631

instead asking me to

Can one say

a. He didn't drive and instead asked me to.
b. He didn't drive, instead asking me to.

c. He was too much of a coward to go talk to the manager, and instead asked me to.
d. He was too much of a coward to go talk to the manager, instead asking me to.

?

Many thanks
by azz
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not the same time
Replies: 2
Views: 832

not the same time

Can one say
a. We'll all die at some point in time, but it won't be the same time for all of us.

b. We'll all die at some point in time, but it won't be the same point in time for all of us.

?

Many thanks.
by azz
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: who were my teachers
Replies: 2
Views: 652

who were my teachers

Can one say a. I want to thank all those who were at one point my teacher. b. I want to thank all those who were at one point my teachers. c. I want to thank all those who have been at one point my teacher. d. I want to thank all those who have been at one point my teachers. ? Let's say someone has ...
by azz
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: talked to him first
Replies: 3
Views: 817

talked to him first

a. When I first talked to him, I thought he was a nice guy. Can't this sentence have two meanings? 1. When I was talking to him, at first I thought he was a nice guy. (Presumably, after some time passed, my opinion changed during that very same conversation.) 2. The first time I talked to him, I th...
by azz
Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: first learning of their mistake
Replies: 2
Views: 704

first learning of their mistake

a. First learning of their mistake, I smiled. I think this means a1. When I learned of their mistake for the first time, I smiled. b. Learning of their mistake, I first smiled. I think this means b1. I first smiled when I learned of their mistake. Is that correct? Could (a) mean c. I smiled at firs...
by azz
Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: in any event
Replies: 2
Views: 736

in any event

Can one say a. We can stay here and fight a hopeless battle, run away and die of hunger or commit suicide. In any event, we will die. It is just a matter of sooner or later. b. We can stay here and fight a hopeless battle, run away and die of hunger or commit suicide. In any case, we will die. It is...
by azz
Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone who likes him
Replies: 9
Views: 1197

Re: anyone who likes him

Thank you all so much!!

No matter how much I thank you, it won't be enough!
by azz
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone who likes him
Replies: 9
Views: 1197

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: 1197

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: 622

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: 661

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: 647

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.