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by azz
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: how much
Replies: 1
Views: 4672

how much

a, How much will you repair my car for?
b. For how much will you repair my car?


Which of the above sentences is grammatically correct?

Many thanks.
by azz
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for five days
Replies: 1
Views: 3670

for five days

a. The library will be closed for five days in June and July. b. The library will be closed on five days in June and July. c. The library will be closed five days in June and July. Which of the above sentences could be used in the following situations? 1. The library will be closed for a period of ...
by azz
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: inversion
Replies: 14
Views: 8506

Re: inversion

Thank you so much,

I am overwhelmed by your kindness and your meticulousness and...

This should be transformed into a scholarly article.

Many many thanks
by azz
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: inversion
Replies: 14
Views: 8506

Re: inversion

I really don't know how to thank you for this amazing reply! It is beyond belief! You have written an article on the subject! This is not the first time! I am truly grateful!

Many many thanks,
by azz
Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: inversion
Replies: 14
Views: 8506

Re: inversion

Thank you so much for another amazing reply1 This is very hard to get a grip on. I'd like to test a few other sentences, and then I'll quit. I think we have two problems. First: where can one use inversion? Second: when does one have to use inversion? A. In front of the troops, a piper marched. B. A...
by azz
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: inversion
Replies: 14
Views: 8506

Re: inversion

Thank you both so much. How about 1. In the hallway stood a guard. 2. In the hallway a guard stood. 3. In the hallway sat a guard on a stool. 4. In the hallway a guard sat on a stool. ? My feeling is that (1) and (4) work and the other two don't... However I think this one is fine 5. In the room two...
by azz
Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: again
Replies: 3
Views: 4371

again

a. He'll make things right again. b. He'll make things right one more time. Do these mean 1. He has made things right before and he will do it again. or 2. Things were right at first, then went wrong. He will restore things to the way they were. ? I think from a logical point of view both should me...
by azz
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: inversion
Replies: 14
Views: 8506

inversion

a. In the room danced two youngsters. b, In the room were dancing two youngsters. c. In the distance moved a cloud of dust. d. In the distance was moving a cloud of dust. e. With the basketball played a group of young people. f. With the basketball were playing a group of young people. Are the abov...
by azz
Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: compared to
Replies: 1
Views: 3284

compared to

a. Tom worked hard today compared to yesterday.
b. Tom worked harder today compared to yesterday.

c. Tom worked hard compared to Jim.
d. Tom worked harder compared to Jim.


Which of the above sentences are grammatically correct and natural?

Many thanks.
by azz
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: after the first time we talked
Replies: 0
Views: 10240

after the first time we talked

a. He talked to me at four o'clock after meeting Jim. b. He talked to me at four o'clock , after meeting Jim. c. He mentioned your case in his third conversation with me after the first time we talked. d. He mentioned your case in his third conversation with me , after the first time we talked. e. ...
by azz
Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not only
Replies: 1
Views: 3781

not only

a. Not only there wasn't any reason to suspect them of negligence, it was also clear that they had behaved bravely fighting the fire. b. Not only wasn't there any reason to suspect them of negligence, it was also clear that they had behaved bravely fighting the fire. c. Not only he isn't smart, he ...
by azz
Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: have to vs. should vs. must
Replies: 1
Views: 3824

have to vs. should vs. must

Playing that melody is hard. a. It has to be. It is extremely intricate. b. It should be. It is extremely intricate. c. It must be. It is extremely intricate. In all cases the first sentence is supposed to mean something like: That is logical. That makes sense. That is kind of obvious.... There is n...
by azz
Sun May 26, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: kind as she seems
Replies: 0
Views: 11143

kind as she seems

a. Kind as she seems in the public eye, you should see how kind she is in private. (meaning: She seems kind in the public eye, but she is even more kind in private.) b. Kind as she is as a public figure, you should see how kind she is in private. (meaning: She is kind as a public figure, but she is...
by azz
Thu May 23, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: sewing to do
Replies: 1
Views: 4414

sewing to do

a. I have sewing to do. I'd like to know how much you'd charge for it. b. I have sewing to be done. I'd like to know how much you'd charge for it. I think (b) is correct in this context. (a) sounds contradictory to me. To me, 'I have sewing to do' means that I have to do some sewing. On the other h...
by azz
Thu May 16, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: delay to repair the bus
Replies: 0
Views: 11346

delay to repair the bus

a. We'll have a twenty-minute delay to repair the bus. b. There will be a twenty-minute delay to repair the bus. c. We'll have a twenty-minute delay in order to repair the bus. d. There will be a twenty-minute delay in order to repair the bus. Are the above sentences grammatically correct? Are they...