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by azz
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: midway
Replies: 2
Views: 664

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: 828

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.

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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: 730

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: 737

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: 889

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: 554

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: 706

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: 814

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: 573

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: 688

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: 934

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 ...
by azz
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: standing behind tables
Replies: 2
Views: 723

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: 733

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: 1300

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: 675

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.