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by navi
Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: possessive
Replies: 1
Views: 1624

possessive

Which is correct:

1) Every detective's wife in every crime movie acts the same way.


2) The wife of every detective in every crime move acts the same way.


Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: there were live rounds in the rifle
Replies: 1
Views: 1594

there were live rounds in the rifle

Can one use: 1) Live rounds were in the rifle. instead of: 2) There were live rounds in the rifle. Can one use: 3) Live rounds weren't in the rifle. instead of: 4) There were not live rounds in the rifle. I think '1' is fine, and '3' is strange, although they are both grammatical. Gratefully, Navi
by navi
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone/just anyone
Replies: 1
Views: 1534

anyone/just anyone

1) How would you feel if your dog attacks anyone?
2) How would you feel if your dog attacks just anyone?

Is there a difference in the meanings?

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Wed May 27, 2020 3:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: ordered them to
Replies: 2
Views: 2414

ordered them to

Which is correct:

1) The inspector ordered our suitcases to be placed in the yard.
2) The inspector ordered for our suitcases to be placed in the yard.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Tue May 26, 2020 1:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: France or Argentina
Replies: 1
Views: 2175

France or Argentina

Which are correct: 1) I have heard that in this city only rich people go to restaurant A or restaurant B. I don't know which it is they go to though. It is either one or the other. 2) I have heard that in this city only rich people will go to France or Argentina this Christmas. 3) I have heard that ...
by navi
Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 7
Views: 17677

Re: Coronavirus

I really can't understand people who do not observe the social distancing rules recommended, or mandated, by governments. It is not just your health that is at stake. If you get it, you might give it to others. Stay home as much as possible. Stay safe. Stay six feet away from others. Wear masks and ...
by navi
Thu Apr 09, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a fascinating story
Replies: 1
Views: 2054

a fascinating story

Are these sentences correct: 1) That is a scary story to read to a child. 2) That is a scary story to be read to a child. 3) That is a fascinating story to read to a child. 4) That is a fascinating story to be read to a child. Do the first two mean: a) That is a story that is too scary to read to a ...
by navi
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: all/each/every
Replies: 0
Views: 10478

all/each/every

1) They divided the boys into groups for all activities. 2) They divided the boys into groups for every activity. 3) They divided the boys into groups for each activity. In which case: a) We have the same groups all across the board. No matter what the activity, the groups are the same. in which ca...
by navi
Thu Dec 19, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: which
Replies: 0
Views: 9134

which

Which are correct: 1) Who does better at school, boys or girls? 2) Who do better at school, boys or girls? 3) Which do better at school, boys or girls? 4) Your cousins were here yesterday. Which talked to Jean? 5) Your cousins were here yesterday. Which ones talked to Jean? 6) Your cousins were here...
by navi
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more rock bands
Replies: 1
Views: 4698

more rock bands

Which are correct:

1) It was more of a rock band than I would have liked. I preferred jazz.
2) It was more a rock band than I would have liked. I preferred jazz.

3) These groups were more rock bands than I would have liked. I preferred jazz.




Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Sun Dec 15, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: even injured
Replies: 1
Views: 4831

even injured

Are these sentences correct: 1) John can do that, even injured. 2) John, even injured, can do that. These sentences are supposed to mean: John can do that even if he is injured. ============================================= 3) John can do that, injured. 4) John can do that injured. These two are sup...
by navi
Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the early days with
Replies: 2
Views: 4691

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: 10365

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: 10365

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: 10365

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