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by azz
Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not so much
Replies: 3
Views: 247

not so much

a. Pete is tall; his brother not so much.
b. Pete is very tall; his brother not so much.


Do these mean
1. that Pete's brother is short
2. that he is average
3. that he is not tall
4. that he is not really tall (maybe a little tall)
or
5. that he is not very tall
?

Many thanks.
by azz
Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: all kinds of diisease
Replies: 0
Views: 615

all kinds of diisease

a. He thinks he has every kind of disease. One day he thinks he has lung cancer. The next day he thinks he has stomach cancer. And then he thinks he thinks he has liver problems. It never ends. b. He thinks he has all kinds of disease. One day he thinks he has lung cancer. The next day he thinks he...
by azz
Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: is the best
Replies: 0
Views: 615

is the best

a. Tina is most beautiful in her class.
b. Tina is the most beautiful in her class.


c. Tina is best.
d. Tina is best in her class.


Are the above sentences are grammatically correct?

If (c) is correct, is there a difference between (c) and
e. Tina is the best.
?


Many thanks
by azz
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: made to look
Replies: 1
Views: 926

made to look

a. She was a better person than she was made to look by her detractors.
b. She was a better person than she was presented by her detractors.
c. She was a better person than her detractors made her seem.


Are the above sentences grammatically correct?
Are they natural?

Many thanks.
by azz
Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma plus and
Replies: 1
Views: 3250

comma plus and

a. Tim was playing the bass and Jack was playing the drums driving me crazy. b. Tim was playing the bass , and Jack was playing the drums driving me crazy. In which case are they both driving me crazy and in which case only Jack's drumming is driving me crazy? Does the comma change anything? c. Tom...
by azz
Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:28 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: useful for you to
Replies: 3
Views: 3995

useful for you to

a. This book is useful for you to understand the basic concepts of physics. b. This book is useful for you for understanding the basic concepts of physics. c. This book is useful to you for understanding the basic concepts of physics. d. This book will be useful to you for understanding the basic c...
by azz
Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: how many
Replies: 2
Views: 3622

Re: how many

Thank you so much!

Such a clear, precise and complete reply! Wonderful! I really appreciate it!

Many thanks.
by azz
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: how many
Replies: 2
Views: 3622

how many

Can one use

a. The library has how many books?


instead of

b. How many books does the library have?
?

I was taught to use (b) and that's the one I use, but I think (a) might work in informal English.

Many thanks.
by azz
Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a great technique to keep in mind
Replies: 1
Views: 4214

a great technique to keep in mind

a. This is a great technique to keep in mind when arguing with narcissistic people. Is that sentence slightly ambiguous? Is it a great technique per se which is to be used when you are arguing with narcissistic people? ( [a great technique] which is to be used...) Maybe it is also a great technique...
by azz
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: did a brave thing
Replies: 0
Views: 4398

did a brave thing

a. You did a brave thing to stand up to those thugs. b. You acted bravely to stand up to those thugs. c. You acted bravely in standing up to those thugs. d. You acted bravely standing up to those thugs. e. You acted bravely, standing up to those thugs. f. It was brave of you to stand up to those th...
by azz
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: coming from
Replies: 0
Views: 4312

coming from

a. Coming from her, that was a smart reply. b. From her that was a smart reply. c. That was a smart reply, from her. d. He refused to answer your questions. Coming from him, that was smart. e. He refused to answer your questions. From him that was smart. f. He refused to answer your questions. That...
by azz
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with you
Replies: 4
Views: 4541

Re: with you

Thank you both so much. Phil's clarification is extremely helpful. Could it be possible to use the sentences if only the idea of 'trips' is involved? A says: Let's go on a trip to Paris. B replies: Oh no! Do you know how crowded airports are this time or year. And then the weather will probably be b...
by azz
Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with you
Replies: 4
Views: 4541

with you

a. With you, every trip is an ordeal.
b. With you, every trip becomes an ordeal.


Are these sentences grammatically correct?

Do they mean
When one goes on a trip with you, the trip is/becomes an ordeal.
?

Many thanks
by azz
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: on the three sides
Replies: 2
Views: 4322

on the three sides

a. The conflict claimed about two hundred lives on all sides. b. The conflict claimed about two hundred lives on the three sides. Do these mean 1. all in all there were two hundred lives lost or 2. there were two hundred lives lost on each side ? ========================================= ==========...
by azz
Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: bleeding ears
Replies: 1
Views: 4011

bleeding ears

Can one say
a. He had a bleeding left ear and nose.
instead of
b. He had a bleeding left ear and an injured nose.
?

Can one say
c. He had a bleeding nose and ears.
instead of
d. He had a bleeding nose and bleeding ears.


Many thanks.