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by azz
Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with your New England accent
Replies: 3
Views: 1733

with your New England accent

a. I can't get over you with your New England accent.

What does 'with' mean in this sentence?

Many thanks and Happy New Year.
by azz
Sat Oct 15, 2016 7:25 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a lot of us
Replies: 2
Views: 1486

a lot of us

Can one use a. She doesn't like a lot of them. instead of b. There are a lot of them she doesn't like. (She dislikes a lot of them.) ? Can one use c. She wouldn't like to be in the same room with a lot of us. instead of d. There are a lot of us she wouldn't like to be with in the same room. ? (c) co...
by azz
Tue May 03, 2016 9:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not two percent
Replies: 2
Views: 1784

not two percent

Can one say a. Fifty percent of homeless men have suffered brain damage. Not fifty percent of the male population at large have suffered brain damage. b. Fifty percent of homeless men have suffered brain damage. But not fifty percent of the male population at large have suffered brain damage. c. Fif...
by azz
Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:10 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: can not
Replies: 3
Views: 2101

can not

Can one say a. You can not do it now and do it later. b. You may not do it now and do it later. (Meaning: You can do it later. You don't have to do it now.) ? Can one say c. It could happen and it could not happen. (Meaning: It might happen and it might not happen.) ? My feeling is that (a) works an...
by azz
Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: on our own
Replies: 1
Views: 1598

on our own

Can one use a. We were on our own. instead of b. We were each on our own. ? Does this work c. When it came to doing our homework, we were on our own. The supervisor did not help us. He just made sure that none of us helped anyone else. ? Let us say, the kids are in a dormitory. They have a special t...
by azz
Fri Mar 25, 2016 1:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anything/something
Replies: 1
Views: 1676

anything/something

Can one say
a. No one knows something is wrong here.
b. No one knows anything is wrong here.

c. No one thinks something is wrong here.
d. No one thinks anything is wrong here.

e. Does anyone know that something is wrong here?
f. Does anyone know that anything is wrong here?

?

Many thanks.
by azz
Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: his best
Replies: 2
Views: 2538

his best

I am listening to a song. My friend walks into to room and asks me: -Is that George Benson? Can I say: a. Yes. In my opinion this is his best. instead of b. Yes. In my opinion this is his best song . ? I am not sure that 'the best' can replace a singular noun (his best song). My feeling is that 'the...
by azz
Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: whoever has not registered
Replies: 5
Views: 3579

whoever has not registered

Can one say a. Whoever has not registered, go to line B. b. Those of you who have not registered, go to line B. c. Whichever of you has not registered, go to line B. ? The sentences are being addressed to 'those who have not registered'. They are orders. 'Go to line B' is the order given to those wh...
by azz
Mon Jan 11, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not again
Replies: 2
Views: 937

not again

a. He won't pay you again. b. He won't pay you once more. c. He won't pay you one more time. Can't the sentences (a), (b) and (c) mean both 1. He paid you before but he won't do it again. and 2. He did not pay you before and once again, he will not pay you. He refused to pay you once and he will re...
by azz
Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: whoever + imperative
Replies: 1
Views: 538

whoever + imperative

Is this sentence acceptable? a. Whichever of you has not sinned, cast the first stone! The sentence is an order given to 'whoever of you has not sinned'. The 'cast the first stone' is the order. The first part ('which of you has not sinned') is the addressee. I am talking to whichever of you has not...
by azz
Sat Jan 09, 2016 12:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: afterwards
Replies: 3
Views: 827

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: 789

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: 806

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: 1072

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: 803

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.