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by azz
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: standing behind tables
Replies: 2
Views: 582

standing behind tables

Can one say
a. In this workshop, work is done sitting on tall stools.
b. In our office, technical drawings are done standing behind drafting tables.

?

Many thanks.
by azz
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: than any other time
Replies: 1
Views: 617

than any other time

Can one say

a. When he said he loved me he made me happier than at any other time in my entire life.
?

Does it mean
1. that he made me happier than I'd ever been.
or
2. that he made me happier than he'd ever made me.
?

Many thanks.
by azz
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: made me happier
Replies: 1
Views: 1023

made me happier

Can one say
a. What he said made me happier than at any other time in my entire life.
?

Does it mean
1. What he said made me happier than I'd ever been.
or
2. What he said made me happier than anything he'd ever said.
?

Many thanks
by azz
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for them all
Replies: 1
Views: 513

for them all

a. I bought two beers for them.
b. I bought two beers for five of them.
c. I bought two beers for the boys.
d. I bought two beers for all of them.
e. I bought two beers for them all.


Which could I use if I bought two beers for each of them?

Many thanks.
by azz
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: before everybody
Replies: 2
Views: 705

before everybody

a. I poured a cup of tea for her, before everybody else. Could that sentence mean a1. I poured a cup of tea for her, before I poured a cup of tea for everybody else. ? b. I bought a sandwich for her, before everybody else. Could that sentence mean b1. I bought a sandwich for her, before I bought a ...
by azz
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: didn't shout at him to scare him
Replies: 1
Views: 630

didn't shout at him to scare him

Can one say a. Unlike you, I didn't shout at him so that he'd be scared. I talked softly to him. b. Unlike you, I didn't shout at him to scare him. I talked softly to him. c. I didn't shout at him so that he'd be scared. I shouted at him because I know he's hard of hearing. d. I didn't shout at him ...
by azz
Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: fruit for export
Replies: 2
Views: 1787

fruit for export

Can one say
a. I sent my son to the conservatory to be taught music.
b. Our country produces fruit to be exported.
c. Our country produces fruit for export.

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In (b) and (c) is all the fruit we produce exported or only some of it?

Many thanks.
by azz
Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: other than that
Replies: 3
Views: 665

other than that

Can one say
a. I don't know what I will be doing next week, other than that I will meet John.
b. I have no idea what I will be doing next week, other than that I will meet John.

?

Many thanks.
by azz
Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: be ready if...
Replies: 1
Views: 745

be ready if...

Can one say
a. I am ready if he starts a fight. I hope he won't.
b. I will be ready if he starts a fight. I hope he won't.
c. I am ready for him to start a fight. I hope he won't.

d. Be ready if he starts a fight.
e. Be ready for him to start a fight.

?

Many thanks.
by azz
Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: use for vs. use to
Replies: 1
Views: 755

use for vs. use to

Can one say a. This instrument is used to measure radiation. b. This instrument is used for measuring radiation. c. I need the Geiger counter to measure radiation. d. I need the Geiger counter for measuring. e. I need the Geiger counter to measure radiation in my office. f. I need the Geiger counter...
by azz
Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as if by a madman
Replies: 1
Views: 607

as if by a madman

Can one say a. The letter was written as if by a madman, but we knew that whoever had written was quite sane. There was nobody mad among us. b. The letter was written like by a madman, but we knew that whoever had written was quite sane. There was nobody mad among us. c. The room had been vandalized...
by azz
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: your job again
Replies: 2
Views: 721

your job again

a. What was your job again?

Can't this sentence mean two things?

1. Tell me one more time what your job is. You told me once, but I forgot.
2. Tell me one more time what your job was. (maybe I am the boss and I have just decided to fire you. There are other possibilities too.)

Many thanks.
by azz
Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: either/or
Replies: 1
Views: 595

either/or

a. He will drink beer or eat a cookie. b. He will either drink beer or eat a cookie. c. Her boyfriends were good-looking or smart. d. Her boyfriends were either good-looking or smart. e. They hired tall or strong men. f. They hired either tall or strong men In which of these cases, the 'or' could b...
by azz
Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: mostly we get good deals
Replies: 4
Views: 765

Re: mostly we get good deals

Thank you so much Phil.

One more question, if I may.

Do these work?

e. I mostly sell books I have read, but I sometimes give them away for free.
d. Mostly I sell books I have read, but I sometimes give them away for free.


Many thanks.
by azz
Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: mostly we get good deals
Replies: 4
Views: 765

mostly we get good deals

Can one say a. We mostly get good deals in this country, but sometimes our rivals do. b. Mostly we get good deals in this country, but sometimes our rivals do. c. We mostly get research grants at this university, but sometimes they do. d. Mostly we get research grants at this university, but sometim...