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by nawee
Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What's the difference between "gallantry" and "chivalry"?
Replies: 5
Views: 3536

Re: What's the difference between "gallantry" and "chivalry"?

Yes, yes, yes and yes. Thank you both for your answers. I really appreciate them.
by nawee
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What's the difference between "gallantry" and "chivalry"?
Replies: 5
Views: 3536

Re: What's the difference between "gallantry" and "chivalry"?

So, do I understand this correctly: "chivalry" refers to more qualities than "gallantry" (bravery)?
by nawee
Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What's the difference between "gallantry" and "chivalry"?
Replies: 5
Views: 3536

What's the difference between "gallantry" and "chivalry"?

Hello, I have looked through the forum and found a post about "gallant" VS "valiant" and I think I can say I see the difference between the two terms. Now I have a problem with "gallant" VS "chivalrous". I think they both refer to the polite and attentive behaviour towards women. If that is the case...
by nawee
Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Valiant VS gallant
Replies: 3
Views: 1948

Valiant VS gallant

Hello,

What's the difference between "valiant" and "gallant"? They both mean 'brave' and I have heard both a "valiant knight" and "gallant knight". Do they mean exactly the same or are there subtle nuances?

Thank you.

N.
by nawee
Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Degree of possibility: might VS could
Replies: 2
Views: 2075

Degree of possibility: might VS could

Hello, I have been trying to find an explanation regarding the degree of possibility of "might" and "could" both from reference books and online. But most of the explanations I found tend to talk more about "may" VS "might" with "might" expressing a lesser degree of possibility. But I want to know t...
by nawee
Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The Challenger VS Apollo 13
Replies: 6
Views: 4455

The Challenger VS Apollo 13

Hello, This problem has been bugging me for some time. I have read many websites/webboards, but I still don't find a concrete answer (maybe there isn't one). I'd love to hear what you guys have to say on this topic. As far as I can gather, "the" is used with ship names when there is no prefix (e.g. ...
by nawee
Wed Jun 15, 2016 3:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Suffixes -er VS man
Replies: 3
Views: 2015

Re: Suffixes -er VS man

Thank you.

Are there any more examples of word pairs like lawyer-lawman you can think of?

N
by nawee
Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Suffixes -er VS man
Replies: 3
Views: 2015

Suffixes -er VS man

Hello,

I'm wondering if there's a difference in meaning, even a slight one, between the suffix "-er" and the suffix "-man"?

For example:

lawyer - lawman
hunter - huntsman

Thank you.

N
by nawee
Fri Jan 08, 2016 4:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Unreal: would enjoy OR would have enjoyed
Replies: 4
Views: 1631

Unreal: would enjoy OR would have enjoyed

Hello, I have posted this question on another webboard and got quite a long discussion on the topic. I would like to know what your thoughts are on the topic. "If my grandfather were alive today, he [would enjoy/would have enjoyed] taking care of this garden." (My grandfather is dead, so he is not a...
by nawee
Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:28 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Intersection, junction and crossroads
Replies: 10
Views: 10322

Intersection, junction and crossroads

Hello,

I have always been confused by these terms: intersection, junction and crossroads. I have heard that the usage is regional. "Intersection" is an American term for the British "junction". What about "crossroads"? Does "crossroads" have to be a 4-way intersection?

Thank you.

Nawee
by nawee
Fri Jun 12, 2015 9:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Repulsion VS revulsion
Replies: 1
Views: 2042

Repulsion VS revulsion

Hello,

To me, these two words are very similar in meaning when used to mean 'strong dislike/disgust'. But I have a feeling they are not interchangeable. Could you give me examples to help me use them in the right context?

Thank you.

Nawee
by nawee
Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:21 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Courtesy VS courteousness
Replies: 3
Views: 7742

Courtesy VS courteousness

Hello,

If "courteousness" is the noun form of "courteous", what about "courtesy"? They are both defined as 'polite behaviour'. Is there any difference or nuance?

Thank you.

Nawee
by nawee
Fri Jul 18, 2014 3:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A strange example of inversion with Direct Objects
Replies: 7
Views: 3898

Re: A strange example of inversion with Direct Objects

Thank you for all your answers.

Now that you have mentioned it, it does sound Yoda-like.

I have absolutely no idea why it is part of the curriculum. Such is the standard of English language teaching in my country. =)
by nawee
Fri Jul 18, 2014 12:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A strange example of inversion with Direct Objects
Replies: 7
Views: 3898

A strange example of inversion with Direct Objects

Hello, The following sentences are part of a curriculum taught at a secondary school one of my kids attends. a. I can do my homework. >> My homework can I do. b. I ate my sandwich. >> My sandwich did I eat. c. I always have had such a bad morning. >> Always have I had such a bad morning. d. I studie...
by nawee
Thu Jul 17, 2014 3:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Past Perfect Simple VS Continuous: renovate
Replies: 3
Views: 1888

Re: Past Perfect Simple VS Continuous: renovate

Dear Phil,

Thank you very much for your reply.

It's the subtlety that I was looking for. I can't get that from a standard grammar book.

Thank you.

Nawee