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by azz
Thu Aug 20, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more than I
Replies: 4
Views: 890

more than I

Would anyone use a. John loves you more than me. or b. John loves you more than I. instead of c. John loves you more than I do. ? I think (b) is correct, but it sounds archaic to me. I don't think (a) is ambiguous. I'd say it can only mean d. John loves you more than he loves me. But I am not entire...
by azz
Tue Aug 18, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so that
Replies: 1
Views: 712

so that

a. This plan is so that you will be safe. b. The purpose of this plan is so that you will be safe. c. The plan so that you will be safe was devised by him. d. The plan for you to be safe was devised by him. Which of the above sentences are grammatically correct? Which are natural? I don't think (a)...
by azz
Sun Aug 16, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: plan
Replies: 1
Views: 852

plan

a. He came up with that plan for his wife not to leave him. b. He came up with that plan so that his wife would not leave him. c. That was his plan for his wife not to leave him. d. That was his plan so that his wife would not leave him. Are all these sentences grammatically correct? Do (a) and (b)...
by azz
Mon Aug 10, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: because of
Replies: 2
Views: 1310

because of

a. He refused to close his bar because of the pandemic.
b. He refused to close his bar because there was a pandemic.


Are the above sentences grammatically correct?

He had to close his bar because of the pandemic and he refused to do it.

Many thanks
by azz
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: rather do this job
Replies: 2
Views: 2012

rather do this job

a. There are a lot of people I'd rather do this job than you. b. There are a lot of people I'd rather have do this job than you. c. There are a lot of people I'd rather did this job than you. d. There are a lot of people I'd rather have did this job than you. Are these sentences grammatically corre...
by azz
Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: last night
Replies: 2
Views: 2017

last night

a. He showed me an article which he had written last night and which was about whales. Could 'last night' modify 'showed'? Could the sentence mean: Last night he showed me an article which he had written and which was about whales. I know that (a) is an awkward sentence, but it it grammatical. I wa...
by azz
Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: where he works part II
Replies: 2
Views: 2010

where he works part II

a. She knows the place her cousin works.
b. She knows the place where her cousin works.


Do these mean
1. She knows where that place is located.
2. She knows where the place is located and what it looks like.
3. She knows what kind of environment her cousin works in.
?

Many thanks.
by azz
Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: tenses
Replies: 2
Views: 1869

tenses

a. They arrested Tom, who stole an officer's badge.
b. They arrested a shopkeeper, who stole an officer's badge.
c. The arrested a shopkeeper who stole an officer's badge.


Could we tell if the arrest came before the stealing or after?

Many thanks
by azz
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: when he was fouled
Replies: 1
Views: 1652

when he was fouled

a. It wasn't only Tom who was furious when he was fouled. I was too.
b. Tom wasn't the only one who was furious when he was fouled. I was too.


Could those sentences be used if the intended meaning is
Tom was furious when he was fouled on and I was furious when I was fouled.
?

Many thanks
by azz
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: where he works
Replies: 2
Views: 2058

where he works

a. John knows where he works.

This might mean John knows the address of his workplace, but could it also mean that he knows the place where he works (ie. he knows the environment, the people etc..)?

Many thanks.
by azz
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: open
Replies: 1
Views: 2919

open

Does 'to open a shirt' mean to unbutton it? Does 'to close a shirt' mean to button it up? If a man's shirt is unbuttoned and he pulls the two sides further apart, exposing his chest, how would one describe what he does? Does he open his shirt? Does he open it wider ? If a man's shirt is unbuttoned a...
by azz
Tue Jun 09, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: every member's wallet
Replies: 2
Views: 2295

every member's wallet

a. Every member's wallet was stolen from the locker room. b. Each member's wallet was stolen from the locker room. c. All members' wallets were stolen from the locker room. Which of these imply that there were no members who didn't have a wallet? That each and every member had a wallet? Many thanks
by azz
Tue Jun 09, 2020 2:47 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: every member
Replies: 1
Views: 1993

every member

a. Every member's wallet was stolen from the locker room.
b. Each member's wallet was stolen from the locker room.
c. All members' wallets were stolen from the locker room.
by azz
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: dancing acrobatically
Replies: 1
Views: 1999

dancing acrobatically

a. Dancing acrobatically is something I enjoy very much.
b. I enjoy dancing acrobatically very much.


I think (b) means that I like to dance acrobatically. I like to do that. (a) could have that meaning, but could it mean that I enjoy watching acrobatic dances?


Many thanks.
by azz
Sat May 23, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: didn't use to
Replies: 3
Views: 3201

didn't use to

a. I didn't use to smoke when I was in college. I think I must have smoked ten cigarettes in all in those four years. b. I didn't use to smoke when I was in college but I sometimes did. c. I didn't use to smoke when I was in college but I did once in while. Which of the above are acceptable? Many t...