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by JerrySmile
Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:45 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A Tense Time
Replies: 7
Views: 2806

Re: A Tense Time

Now, after Bert's passing, can one still say:

They are brothers.

or only:

They were brothers.

Not in the eyes of God or of the eternity. In the eyes of the living around them.
by JerrySmile
Wed Sep 24, 2014 4:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma + phrase
Replies: 6
Views: 2480

Re: comma + phrase

Wizard of Oz wrote: WoZ who is a centrist left leaning middle-of-the-road right wing socioliberal
You said it :-)
by JerrySmile
Wed Sep 17, 2014 1:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: another restrictive/non-restrictive question
Replies: 3
Views: 2351

Re: another restrictive/non-restrictive question

1-We learnt a lot from them which we should never forget. Ambiguous. Could imply, if we assume the speaker wasn't careful: 1a-We learnt a lot that we should never forget from them. 1a-We learnt a lot from them who(m) we should never forget . (I am sure 1a and 1 b can be improved on.) In non-restric...
by JerrySmile
Sun Sep 14, 2014 1:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the police saw and stopped
Replies: 3
Views: 2666

Re: the police saw and stopped

Both are atrocious.
by JerrySmile
Sat Sep 13, 2014 2:31 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: who were wearing badges
Replies: 3
Views: 1927

Re: who were wearing badges

"You tell me what to think about." Part of the art of a good writer is to lead the readers on to some ideas about the scene at hand. If the writer assumes that based on 1 his readers are going to think about either a or b, then he hasn't thought properly about the focus that 1 perforce generates in ...
by JerrySmile
Fri Sep 12, 2014 3:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: weighing as much as they do
Replies: 4
Views: 2571

Re: weighing as much as they do

a. It's amazing that airplanes can fly, when one takes into account they are so heavy. b. It's amazing that airplanes can fly, when they are so heavy. c. It's amazing that airplanes can fly, because they are so heavy. d. It's amazing that airplanes can fly: they are so heavy! e. It's amazing that ai...
by JerrySmile
Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for
Replies: 2
Views: 1886

Re: for

IMO, it's mainly b, to some extent c.

a would work for "glory" or "recognition," but not for "pride."

For a to work with "pride," you would need:

They did it to do themselves proud.

They did it to give themselves cause for pride.

See 2 here.
by JerrySmile
Thu Sep 11, 2014 3:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as much as
Replies: 3
Views: 2184

Re: as much as

Could you show the full context and/or a link to it?

The only reading I have is:

I'm meeting him again.
It's he/him indeed, and he is the same person as before.
But he weighs much less/more than in our previous acquaintance.
by JerrySmile
Sat Sep 06, 2014 3:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: are to succeed
Replies: 2
Views: 1703

Re: are to succeed

1) and 3) are not exactly wrong, but they don't sound idiomatic either. For me, 2) enters the territory of outlandishness. The problem they share is that the sequence of the clauses seems abnormal for the expression of this idea. The choice of tenses is also off. I think the most natural-sounding w...
by JerrySmile
Fri Sep 05, 2014 2:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 'whenever' as an introductory phrase in a sentence
Replies: 7
Views: 3573

Re: 'whenever' as an introductory phrase in a sentence

Slang. Based on (1). Similar to: ---- whenever corrupted use of the word "when," often used by those less educated or those surrounded by less educated people; this is not the definition of the actual, correct, use of whenever as in "Whenever I go to Bills house, I smell something weird" I saw a sna...
by JerrySmile
Thu Sep 04, 2014 12:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: punctuation
Replies: 3
Views: 2205

Re: punctuation

"Eat your dinner". Is not the same as: "Eat? You're dinner!" I'd write it as: "Eat your dinner" is not the same as "Eat? You're dinner!" For the quoted example, in AmE according to the CMOS (The Chicaco Manual of Style): My English teacher used to say : "'Simon said, "Eat your dinner"' is not the s...
by JerrySmile
Wed Sep 03, 2014 12:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: it is important for
Replies: 4
Views: 2167

Re: it is important for

Erik_Kowal wrote: Thus it is plain that the wording "It is important for Harry to be at the meeting" is thoroughly ambiguous unless there is enough context to clarify the intended meaning.
Indeed.
by JerrySmile
Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: it is important for
Replies: 4
Views: 2167

Re: it is important for

IMO, these should be recast for more clarity. 1a-John thinks it is important for Harry to be at the briefing. Ambiguous. It can, IMO, mean any of: John thinks it is important [for the group] that Harry be at the briefing. John thinks it is important for Harry's benefit/future to be at the briefing. ...
by JerrySmile
Sun Aug 31, 2014 8:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to learn/learning
Replies: 4
Views: 2024

Re: to learn/learning

Love those points, WoZ.
by JerrySmile
Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to learn/learning
Replies: 4
Views: 2024

Re: to learn/learning

2 is not so idiomatical as 1: Searching at Google Books one finds "not easy to learn English" <--- the core part of 1 About 162 results "not easy learning English" <--- the core part of 2 2 results This is perhaps why 2 is not perceived as so idiomatic. Now, changing 2 to 3 3. Learning English is no...