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by azz
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for him to win
Replies: 1
Views: 4102

for him to win

a. It is important for him to win.

Can't this sentence have two meanings?

1. For him, it is important to win. He attaches importance to winning.
2. It is important that he should win. (the speaker considers it important that he should win)


Many thanks.
by azz
Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: relative clauses
Replies: 5
Views: 5978

Re: relative clauses

Thank you so much, Phil! Yes. I have that problem with English. I have another question. In your sentence 1. "He was the scientist who had published a number of important articles, but we don't know exactly how many." is the part after the comma part of the defining clause? And do these make sense, ...
by azz
Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:23 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: relative clauses
Replies: 5
Views: 5978

Re: relative clauses

Thank you so much Erik. My apologies for the typos in (c) and (d). The 'he's have to be 'she's! c. She was the reporter we didn't know who she worked for. We knew who the other reporters worked for. d. She was the reporter about whom we didn't know who she worked for. We knew who the other reporters...
by azz
Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: relative clauses
Replies: 5
Views: 5978

relative clauses

a, He was the scientist who had published we didn't know how many important articles. b. He was the scientist about whom we didn't know how many important articles he has published. c. She was the reporter we didn't know who he worked for. We knew who the other reporters worked for. d. She was the ...
by azz
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: catch a cold
Replies: 1
Views: 4301

catch a cold

a. In that winter, I caught five colds.
b. In that winter, I caught colds five times.
c. In that winter, I caught a cold five times.


Which of the above sentences is grammatically correct?

Many thanks
by azz
Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: get vs. force
Replies: 1
Views: 4029

get vs. force

a. They want to get their son out of the family nest, earning his own living. b. They want to get their son out of the family nest, and earning his own living. c. They want to force their son out of the family nest, earning his own living. d. They want to force their son out of the family nest, and...
by azz
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: who we found out
Replies: 1
Views: 3614

who we found out

a. Jack was the first detective we found out Tim had bribed. b. Jack was the first detective who we found out Tim had bribed. c. Jack was the first detective whom we fount out Tim had bribed. d. Jack was the first detective about whom we found out Tim had bribed him. Which of the above sentences ar...
by azz
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not much more
Replies: 1
Views: 3371

not much more

a. He did not offer more than a few words of condolence to the families of the victims. b. He offered not more than a few words of condolence to the families of the victims. c. He did not offer much more than a few words of condolence to the families of the victims. d. He offered not much more than...
by azz
Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:31 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: that is vs. those are vs. it is
Replies: 1
Views: 3760

that is vs. those are vs. it is

A says: Some people jog in our neighborhood late at night. B replies: a. Those are the young people. b. That is the young people. c. It is the young people. d. Those are the young people who do that. e. That is the young people who do that. f. It is the young people who do that. Which of the sentenc...
by azz
Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: some of his poems
Replies: 2
Views: 3666

Re: some of his poems

Thank you so much for all your replies. I thought it was a technical expression, but I don't seem to find anything! I don't think I have invented it myself. A friend of mine might have invented it. I will ask him. Or maybe I have seen it somewhere on the net. I can't be sure. But I think it deserves...
by azz
Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: some of his poems
Replies: 2
Views: 3666

some of his poems

a. His poems have been translated into Spanish and German. Does that mean that all of them have been translated into Spanish and German? Does it mean that the same set of poems has been translated both into Spanish and German? b. His poems have been translated into Spanish or German. Is this senten...
by azz
Sun Jul 28, 2019 3:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: can't only
Replies: 2
Views: 4323

can't only

a. I don't only teach French. I teach math as well. b. I can't only teach French. I can teach math as well. I think (a) works, and (b) does not. However these two seem fine to me c. I can't only teach my students French. I have to teach them math as well. d. I can't just teach my students French. I...
by azz
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: get it
Replies: 3
Views: 4348

get it

Can a. Get it better. mean b. Make it better. ? Can c. Get it right. mean d. Make it right. (correct something that is wrong.) ? For instance can e. Get your moves right. mean correct your moves? Well, we do get people tired and get things ready, but I don't use (a) and (c) and (e) with those meanin...
by azz
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I was supposed to teach
Replies: 4
Views: 4810

I was supposed to teach

a. I was talking to this young man whom I was supposed to teach to golf. b. I was talking to this young man whom I was supposed to teach golfing to. c. I was talking to this young man to whom I was supposed to teach golfing. d. I was talking to this young man who I was supposed to teach golfing to....
by azz
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: and vs. or
Replies: 4
Views: 4727

Re: and vs. or

Thank you Tony c. When I was a child, all my friends wanted to become pilots and detectives. d. When I was a child, all my friends wanted to become pilots or detectives. Would you say (c) and (d) mean the same as well? I don't know why (d) sounds much better than (c) to me. Maybe I am mistaken... Ma...