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by navi
Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: it is unacceptable for us
Replies: 0
Views: 14

it is unacceptable for us

1) It is unacceptable for us to make noise after ten o'clock in the evening. 2) For us to make noise after ten o'clock in the evening is unacceptable. 3) For us, to make noise after ten o'clock in the evening is unacceptable. Aren't all these sentences ambiguous? Can't they mean: a) We consider it ...
by navi
Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Tom alone
Replies: 1
Views: 65

Tom alone

1) Tom alone cannot do it.
2) Tom, alone, cannot do it.

I see two possible meanings:

a) Tom is the only one that cannot do it.
b) Tom cannot do it by himself.

Is that correct?

Does '1' correspond to 'a' or to 'b'?
Does '2' correspond to 'a' or to 'b'?

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Fri Apr 16, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as well
Replies: 1
Views: 117

as well

Are these correct: 1) He doesn't believe in God. His wife also doesn't. 2) He doesn't believe in God. His wife doesn't as well . 3) He doesn't believe in God. His wife too doesn't. 4) He doesn't believe in God. His wife doesn't too . I was told to use 'either' in these cases, and I do, but in this c...
by navi
Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: emphasis
Replies: 2
Views: 270

emphasis

1) He has lived in London since his father passed away. 2) Since his father passed away, he has lived in London. I think those sentences can be used in two different cases: a) He started living in London when his father passed away and has lived in London since. b) He was living in London before hi...
by navi
Mon Apr 05, 2021 12:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: neither
Replies: 2
Views: 351

neither

1) The theory has to be simple enough to be worth having. That is, it must predict some things that are not in the theory itself (otherwise it is just a list of facts). But neither can the theory be so simple that it cannot explain things it should. Source: What’s universal grammar? Evidence rebuts...
by navi
Sun Apr 04, 2021 8:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: in case
Replies: 1
Views: 293

in case

Are these correct:

1) I didn't take the umbrella in case it rained. I took it to protect myself against the sun.
2) I'm not taking the umbrella in case it rains. I'm taking it to protect myself against the sun.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Sat Apr 03, 2021 8:13 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more a technician
Replies: 3
Views: 494

Re: more a technician

Thank you very much, Erik, for all your replies, I am indeed exploring this construct, and it is complicated. One more question: Which one of the following are correct: 7) We are more technician than engineer. 8 ) We are more technicians than engineers. 9) Tom is the most technician of all our emplo...
by navi
Sat Apr 03, 2021 4:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more a technician
Replies: 3
Views: 494

more a technician

Which are correct: 1) Tom is more technician than engineer. 2) Tom is more a technician than an engineer. 3) Tom is more of a technician than an engineer. 4) Tom is more technician than Harry. 5) Tom is more a technician than Harry. 6) Tom is more of a technician than Harry. I think '1' is informal ...
by navi
Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more of a comedy
Replies: 6
Views: 1095

Re: more of a comedy

Thank you very much, Erik,

1a) These movies are more comedies than anything else.
3a) These movies are more comedies than thrillers.


I think they are correct, but I think they'd be wrong with 'of'.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: altogether
Replies: 4
Views: 1032

Re: altogether

Thank you very much, Trolley,

2) I had altogether a lot of fun writing this talk.

Would 'altogether' mean 'on the whole' or 'entirely' in '2'?

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:11 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more of a comedy
Replies: 6
Views: 1095

Re: more of a comedy

Thank you very much, Erik,

It seems to me that '1' and '3' could be put in the plural, but '2' and '4' cannot.

Am I correct?

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: altogether
Replies: 4
Views: 1032

altogether

1) I had altogether too much fun writing this talk. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qG1GHs7CBQ 14:47 to 14:50 approximately. My problem is with the way she uses the word 'altogether'. I am not sure I understand her correctly. To me, 'altogether' in '1' would mean 'on the whole', 'all thing...
by navi
Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more of a comedy
Replies: 6
Views: 1095

more of a comedy

Which are correct: 1) This movie is more a comedy than anything else. 2) This movie is more of a comedy than anything else. 3) This movie is more a comedy than a thriller. 4) This movie is more of a comedy than a thriller. Is there a difference between the meanings of '1' and '2'? Is there a differe...
by navi
Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: which I didn't know
Replies: 3
Views: 1188

which I didn't know

Which are correct:

1) I said things that I didn't know were true or not.
2) I said things that I didn't know whether they were true or not.
3) I said things about which I didn't know whether they were true or not.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Tue Mar 16, 2021 8:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: at the post office part II
Replies: 3
Views: 1082

at the post office part II

1) Tom at the post office told me his wife was pregnant. 2) Tom, at the post office, told me his wife was pregnant. 3) Tom who works at the post office told me his wife was pregnant. 4) Tom, who works at the post office, told me his wife was pregnant. 5) The Tom at the post office told me his wife ...