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by azz
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one of the men
Replies: 2
Views: 2506

Re: one of the men

Thank you so much Erik. I agree, but it seems to me that (b) would be better if one used 'a certain man' instead of 'a man'. But I think (b) works as it is. b1. I told you that we didn't know if a certain man who was among the people standing there was a journalist or not. He started filming the inc...
by azz
Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one of the men
Replies: 2
Views: 2506

one of the men

a. I told you that there was this man among the people standing there, and we didn't know whether he was a journalist or not. He started filming the incident. b. I told you that we didn't know if a man who was among the people standing there was a journalist or not. He started filming the incident....
by azz
Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: knew not
Replies: 2
Views: 2456

knew not

a. The man who had been married we knew not how many times entered the room. b. The man who had been married we didn't know how many times entered the room. c, The journalist who had written we knew not how many books entered the room. d, The journalist who had written we didn't know how many books...
by azz
Tue Sep 01, 2020 1:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: his ex-wife
Replies: 3
Views: 3038

his ex-wife

a. I met Tom's ex-wife at a dinner party last night. Could one use that sentence if one knows that Tom has more than one ex-wife and one hasn't been talking about a particular ex-wife? So context does not clarify which ex-wife I am talking about. I just say the sentence out of the blue. I think the...
by azz
Sat Aug 22, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: that I know of
Replies: 3
Views: 3084

Re: that I know of

Thank you so much Phil.

The idea was that 'as far as I know Tom didn't talk to Jane' and 'I didn't see Tom talk to Jane' and "I didn't hear Tom talk to Jane' and 'I wasn't told that Tom talked to Jane.'

I guess the sentences just don't work.

Many thanks.
by azz
Sat Aug 22, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: kinds of birds
Replies: 3
Views: 3257

kinds of birds

a. Those are the kind of bird that live around this marsh and mate in the summer. b. Those are the kinds of birds that live around this marsh and mate in the summer. c. Those are the kind of birds that live around this marsh and mate in the summer. If they all belong to the same species, which of t...
by azz
Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more than I
Replies: 4
Views: 3198

Re: more than I

Thank you both so much.

Phil, your answers are absolutely amazing. Thank you so much.
by azz
Sat Aug 22, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: that I know of
Replies: 3
Views: 3084

that I know of

a. Tom didn't talk to Jane that I know of.
b. Tom didn't talk to Jane that I know.

c. Tom didn't talk to Jane that I saw.

d. Tom didn't talk to Jane that I heard.
e. Tom didn't talk to Jane that I heard of.


Are the above sentences grammatically correct?
Are they natural?

Many thanks.
by azz
Thu Aug 20, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more than I
Replies: 4
Views: 3198

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: 2131

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: 2485

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: 2851

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: 3597

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: 3296

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: 3278

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.