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by azz
Fri May 14, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: work to be done
Replies: 0
Views: 1

work to be done

a. There's work to do on my tooth.
b. There's work to be done on my tooth.

c. I have work to do on my tooth.
d I have work to be done on my tooth.


Which can be used if I am not going to do the work but my dentist is?

I think (c) doesn't work.

Many thanks.
by azz
Sat May 08, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as to the outcome
Replies: 0
Views: 84

as to the outcome

a. There are so many variables as to the outcome of these games that it is impossible to make predictions. b. There are so many variables regarding the outcome of these games that it is impossible to make predictions. c. There are so many variables as to these games that it is impossible to make pr...
by azz
Thu May 06, 2021 9:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: grimacing
Replies: 1
Views: 175

grimacing

Can one use a. He jumped out of a car moving. instead of b. He jumped out of a car while it was moving. ? Can one use c. What I saw was like a car moving. instead of d. What I saw was like a car that was moving. ? Can one use e. What I saw in that mirror was like my face grimacing. instead of f. Wha...
by azz
Wed May 05, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: playing so free, like a child...
Replies: 1
Views: 196

playing so free, like a child...

a. It was flying like a bird, going towards the setting sun.
b. He was playing so free, like a child, smiling at us.


Are the above sentences grammatically correct and meaningful?

Many thanks
by azz
Sat May 01, 2021 6:11 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: what has to be done
Replies: 4
Views: 507

what has to be done

a. What has to be done is to build a bridge across this river.
b. What has to be done is build a bridge across this river.
c. What has to be done is that a bridge has to be built across this river.


Which of the above are grammatically correct?
Which are natural?

Many thanks
by azz
Mon Apr 26, 2021 11:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: almost no scientist
Replies: 1
Views: 339

almost no scientist

a. This method is used by almost no scientist. b. This method is used almost by no scientist. c. This method is not used by almost any scientist. d. This method is not used almost by any scientist. Which of the above are grammatically correct? I think (a) works fine. I am less sure about (b). I wou...
by azz
Thu Apr 22, 2021 3:23 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a good improbably story
Replies: 2
Views: 528

a good improbably story

a. He told me a good improbable story. b. He told me a good, improbable story. c. He told me a good and improbable story. Are all of the above grammatically correct and correctly punctuated? Is there a difference in the meanings? It seems to me that (b) and (c) mean the same and they mean that the ...
by azz
Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not A and B
Replies: 3
Views: 606

Re: not A and B

Thank you so much Phil.

How about
e. His play was not boring and was original.
?
Would you say that one works?

Many thanks,
by azz
Tue Apr 20, 2021 2:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not A and B
Replies: 3
Views: 606

not A and B

a. His play was not boring and original. b. His play was not boring, and original. c. His play was not boring and very original. d. His play was not boring, and very original. Are the above sentences grammatically correct and correctly punctuated? The 'not' is supposed to modify 'boring', but not '...
by azz
Sun Apr 04, 2021 11:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: whoever
Replies: 3
Views: 1417

whoever

Can one use a. Whoever you manage to hire, your business will fail. instead of No matter who you manage to hire, your business will fail. ? Can one use b. Whatever unpleasant facts Jane learns about her criminal dad, she'll always remember him as a loving father. instead of No matter what unpleasant...
by azz
Sun Apr 04, 2021 7:47 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma
Replies: 1
Views: 1034

comma

a. I didn't leave the building thinking I would be shot. b. I didn't leave the building , thinking I would be shot. I think (b) is equivalent to: c. Thinking that I would be shot if I left the building, I didn't leave the building. I didn't leave the building because I thought I would be shot if I ...
by azz
Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as goes the country
Replies: 3
Views: 2067

Re: as goes the country

Very interesting. It was put out yesterday.

I don't know much about US history and didn't know any of this. This account brings history to life and shows real human beings and human relations at work in forging the destiny of a nation.

Thank you, Eric.
by azz
Sat Mar 13, 2021 11:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as goes the country
Replies: 3
Views: 2067

as goes the country

Can one say: a. As goes the country, so goes the world. b. As behaves the father, so behaves the son. Can (a) be used to mean We are losing the country and the world. ? Can it be used to mean The state the country is in reflects the state the world is in. You can tell what situation the world is in ...
by azz
Sat Mar 06, 2021 3:15 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: determiner ambiguity
Replies: 2
Views: 1794

determiner ambiguity

a. What can all of us do? Is this sentence ambiguous? First meaning: What can we all do together? Second meaning: What can every one of us do? ================================== b. What can each of us do? Is this sentence ambiguous? First meaning: Each of us can do one or more things, but they diff...
by azz
Sun Feb 28, 2021 10:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: too many
Replies: 2
Views: 1803

too many

a. It was a few yards too many away.
b. It was a few too many yards away.


Are both sentences grammatically correct?

Are they both natural?

Many thanks