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by navi
Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the early days with
Replies: 2
Views: 212

the early days with

1) In the early days without proper equipment, our work took a lot longer. 2) Our work took a lot longer in the early days without proper equipment. In which case: a) There were the early days without the proper equipment and then the later days without the proper equipment and in which case: b) We...
by navi
Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: waking Jane up
Replies: 13
Views: 1231

Re: waking Jane up

Thank you both very much, Well, 'worship' is too strong a word, but 'love' probably isn't. The Doors were in my opinion one of the greatest bands ever. And Robbie Krieger is one of the most under-rated guitarists ever. Those were indeed the days! Just make a list of the important albums that came ou...
by navi
Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: waking Jane up
Replies: 13
Views: 1231

Re: waking Jane up

Thank you very much, Phil, Very nice. Yes, I know that pragmatics is primordial, but I still want to try to figure out the rules of syntax, knowing full well I can measure the size of an ocean using a teaspoon! How should I speak? Thunder! How should we ride through these fields, general? Thunder! T...
by navi
Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: waking Jane up
Replies: 13
Views: 1231

Re: waking Jane up

Thank you both very much, Eric and Phil,

Things have been completely clarified for me! This was really complicated. It was a big problem for me.

Thanks again.
Respectfully,
Navi
by navi
Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: waking Jane up
Replies: 13
Views: 1231

Re: waking Jane up

Thank you very much, Trolley and Phil, My apologies to Trolley. There is one more question. Consider: 3) I kicked John coming in through the door. Is this sentence correctly punctuated and could it mean 'I kicked John when he was coming in through the door'? The reason I am asking this is that one c...
by navi
Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: waking Jane up
Replies: 13
Views: 1231

Re: waking Jane up

Thank you very much, Trolley, Very interesting. I had been taught that phrases like 'waking Jane up' were adverbials and could only refer to the subject of the sentence. The exceptions were verbs of perception ("I saw Tom waking Jane up.") and "catch" ("I caught Tom waking Jane up.") Now, either I g...
by navi
Thu Nov 21, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: waking Jane up
Replies: 13
Views: 1231

waking Jane up

1) I shouted at Tom waking Jane up.
2) I shouted at Tom, waking Jane up.

Are both correctly punctuated?
Is the comma necessary?
Does it change anything in any way?
Does it change the meaning?

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to be worn
Replies: 2
Views: 958

to be worn

1) This is an expensive coat to wear on a hiking trip. 2) This is an expensive coat to be worn on a hiking trip. Meaning: It is not wise to wear such an expensive coat on a hiking trip. You shouldn't wear it on a hiking trip. It is too expensive for that. Are sentences '1' and '2' correct and do th...
by navi
Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: enough painkillers
Replies: 1
Views: 1394

enough painkillers

Which are correct: 1) Take enough painkillers not to feel the pain. 2) Take enough painkillers so you won't feel pain. 3) Take enough painkillers so that you won't feel pain. 4) Take enough painkillers that you won't feel pain. 5) Take enough painkillers so you don't feel the pain. 6) Take enough pa...
by navi
Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: that/it
Replies: 2
Views: 2219

that/it

1) You can help end poverty if you want it. 2) You can help end poverty if you want that. 3) You can play a part in ending poverty if you want it. 4) You can play a part in ending poverty if you want that. Does replacing 'it' with 'that' change anything? Do ' it' and 'that ' refer to your helping t...
by navi
Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: mass nouns
Replies: 2
Views: 2540

mass nouns

Which are correct: 1) Tom's and Pete's intelligence was put to good use in that project. 2) Tom's and Pete's intelligences were put to good use in that project. 3) Tom's and Pete's talent was put to good use in that movie. 4) Tom's and Pete's talents were put to good use in that movie. Gratefully, N...
by navi
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the best of
Replies: 1
Views: 2830

the best of

Which are correct: 1) That movie is the best of any science fiction movie that came out this year. 2) That movie is the best of all science fiction movies that came out this year. Meaning: That movie is the best science fiction movie that came out this year. 3) That movie is the best of any science ...
by navi
Sun Sep 29, 2019 3:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for instance
Replies: 2
Views: 3038

for instance

Which are correct: 1) We are going to watch some movies in class during the course. I am planning to watch some additional movies on my own as well, for instance Antonioni's "L'Aventura". 2) We are going to watch some movies in class during the course. I am planning to watch some additional movies o...
by navi
Thu Sep 26, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: arrived
Replies: 2
Views: 3241

arrived

Which of the following are correct:

1) The bus arrived needs repairs.
2) The bus just arrived needs repairs.

3) The bus arrived from London needs repairs.
4) The bus just arrived from London needs repairs.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: waits till he's onstage
Replies: 2
Views: 3503

Re: waits till he's onstage

Thank you very much, Phil,

I think I've finally got it!!

By the way, sometimes one can be humourous jut by calling a thing by its name, especially if the thing in question is humour!!

Respectfully,
Navi