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by navi
Fri May 11, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: for carrying/to carry
Replies: 1
Views: 334

for carrying/to carry

Which are correct:

1) He lent me a suitcase to carry my clothes in.
2) He lent me a suitcase to carry my clothes.

3) He lent me a suitcase for carrying my clothes in.
4) He lent me a suitcase for carrying my clothes.

Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: any of them
Replies: 1
Views: 452

any of them

Can one use:

1) If you haven't read any of these books, read them before the semester starts.

instead of:

2) If there are any of these books you haven't read, read them before the semester starts.


Gratefully,
Navi
by navi
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: to whom you promised
Replies: 1
Views: 485

to whom you promised

Which are correct:

1) Paul is the man to whom you promised to repair his computer.
2) Paul is the man whom you promised to repair his computer.
3) Pau1 is the man you promised to repair his computer.

Gratefully and wishing you a Happy New Year,
Navi.
by navi
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: standing in the doorway
Replies: 1
Views: 468

standing in the doorway

1) The building was destroyed using modern explosives. 2) The building was destroyed, using modern explosives. 3) This painting was painted applying paint with a spray. 4) This painting was painted by John applying paint with a spray. 5) Tim was shot by his cousin standing in the doorway. 6) Tim wa...
by navi
Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: didn't think anyone...
Replies: 1
Views: 443

didn't think anyone...

Are these sentences correct: 1) I didn't think someone would risk their life to save that poor dog. But Tom did. 2) I didn't think anyone would risk their life to save that poor dog. But Tom did. 3) I didn't think someone would risk their life to save me. And nobody did. 4) I didn't think anyone wou...
by navi
Fri May 19, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: my brother, who...
Replies: 1
Views: 1087

my brother, who...

Can one use : 1) My brother, in London, calls me up every week. instead of: 2) My brother, who is in London, calls me up every week. Can one use: 3) The French Revolution, in 1789, was a turning point in European history. instead of: 4) The French Revolution, which took place in 1789, was a turning ...
by navi
Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: not unusual
Replies: 1
Views: 1001

not unusual

Is this sentence correct:

1) It is not unusual to be loved by anyone.

The sentence is from a song by Tom Jones called 'It is not unusual'.
I am not sure it works.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:53 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: designed a house to...
Replies: 1
Views: 989

designed a house to...

Can one use: 1) Tim has designed a house to build on the empty lot near the central square. instead of: 2) Tim has designed a house to be built on the empty lot near the central square. Can one use: 3) The minister of education has sent me papers to give to the President. instead of: 4) The minister...
by navi
Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: thinking about him to...
Replies: 1
Views: 624

thinking about him to...

Are these sentences correct:

1) We are thinking about John to run the company.
2) We are considering John to run the company.

Meaning: We are thinking to give the task of running the company to John.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Mon Oct 17, 2016 10:50 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: take a step towards
Replies: 1
Views: 662

take a step towards

Which are correct: 1) When you have recognized your mistakes, you have taken one step towards correcting them. 2) When you have recognized your mistakes, you are one step closer to correcting them. 3) When you have recognized your mistakes, you are one step towards correcting them. Gratefully, Navi.
by navi
Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:48 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: as good as...
Replies: 1
Views: 668

as good as...

Which are correct: 1) We are as good swimmers as you. 2) We are swimmers as good as you. 3) We don't build as expensive houses as you do. 4) We don't build houses as expensive as you do. 5) We don't build such expensive houses as you do. 6) I don't date such good-looking women as he does. Gratefully...
by navi
Sun Oct 02, 2016 5:22 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: apart from/asides from/besides
Replies: 1
Views: 1203

apart from/asides from/besides

Which are correct: 1) Aside from all the nice things he said about me, he defended me when John accused me of stealing. 2) Apart from all the nice things he said about me, he defended me when John accused me of stealing. 3) Besides all the nice things he said about me, he defended me when John accus...
by navi
Tue Mar 01, 2016 10:58 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: not as...
Replies: 1
Views: 610

not as...

Which are correct: 1) He was not as proficient a chess-player as John. 2) He was not a chess-player as proficient as John. 3) He was not such a proficient chess-player as John. 4) They were not as proficient chess-players as John. 5) They were not chess-players as proficient as John. 6) They were no...
by navi
Mon Jan 18, 2016 10:58 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: unlike
Replies: 1
Views: 807

unlike

Which are correct:

1) You can cook that pizza in a microwave oven, unlike this cake.
2) They can cure your cancer, unlike your common cold.
3) He stole her ring, unlike her necklace.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Mon Dec 07, 2015 12:11 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: without anyone noticing
Replies: 1
Views: 781

without anyone noticing

Which are correct: 1) When I saw that statue on that bench in the park, I thought it was a man who had passed out without anyone noticing it. 2) When I saw that statue on that bench in the park, I thought that it was a man who had passed out and that nobody had noticed it 3) When I saw that statue o...
by navi
Sat Jun 20, 2015 9:47 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: to live in safety
Replies: 1
Views: 1034

to live in safety

Are these sentences correct: 1) They were given false identities in order to be kept safe. 2) They were given false identities to be kept safe. 3) They were given false identities to live in safety. 4) The briefcase was placed in a vault to be safe. 5) The computer was attributed a code to be protec...
by navi
Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:43 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: about whom we knew not
Replies: 1
Views: 1887

about whom we knew not

Are these sentences correct:

1-The actor about whom we knew not how many movies he had been in came to see us.
2-The actor about whom we did not know how many movies he had been in came to see us.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Mon Jul 07, 2014 10:16 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: as to their child
Replies: 1
Views: 1835

as to their child

1-They spoke condescendingly to me as to their child.
2-They spoke condescendingly to me, as to their child.

Which of these sentences is correct?

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Wed May 14, 2014 12:52 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: did not betray him...
Replies: 1
Views: 1464

did not betray him...

Is this sentence correct:

1-I did not betray him, turning him into an enemy.
(I did not betray him and turn him into an enemy.)

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:12 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: how much will each of them cost
Replies: 1
Views: 1690

how much will each of them cost

Are these sentences correct: 1-How much will each of these restaurants cost to have a good meal in? 2-How much will each of these restaurants cost for me to have a good meal in? 3-How much will each of these cities cost to travel to? 4-How much will each of these cities cost for us to travel to? Gra...
by navi
Wed Apr 02, 2014 12:43 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: to keep him safe/to be kept safe
Replies: 1
Views: 1570

to keep him safe/to be kept safe

Which are correct:

1-He was given a false identity to keep him safe.
2-He was given a false identity to be kept safe.

3-He was sent to the countryside to keep him safe.
4-He was sent to the countryside to be kept safe.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Fri Jan 17, 2014 12:13 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: what has he done that
Replies: 1
Views: 1599

what has he done that

Which are correct:

1-What has he done for us to expect us to pay him?
2-What has he done for us that he expects us to pay him?

3-Is he a hero for us to treat him with great respect?
4-Is he a hero that we should treat him with great respect?

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Fri Jan 17, 2014 12:06 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: enough people will buy the book...
Replies: 1
Views: 1416

enough people will buy the book...

Which are correct:

1-I think enough people will buy the book so that the publisher will make a profit.
2-I think enough people will buy the book that the publisher will make a profit.
3-I think enough people will buy the book for the publisher to make a profit.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:36 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: dangling?
Replies: 1
Views: 2792

dangling?

Are these sentences correct:

1-The doctor placed his hand on my belly naked. (My belly was naked.)
2-The doctor placed his hand on my belly covered with a blanket. (My belly was covered with a blanket.)

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:56 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: not an engineer...
Replies: 1
Views: 1800

not an engineer...

Are these sentences grammatical: 1-I am not an engineer that you should expect me to design a computer for you. 2-I am not an engineer for you to expect me to design a computer for you. 3-I am not an engineer to design a computer for you. I am not an engineer and therefore cannot be expect to design...
by navi
Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:11 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: a man crawling
Replies: 1
Views: 4064

a man crawling

Which is correct:

1-From here, one could not see a crawling man.
2-From here, one could not see a man crawling.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:57 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: more of
Replies: 1
Views: 2159

more of

1-He is more of an engineer than me.
2-He is more an engineer than me.

3-He is as much of an engineer than me.
4-He is as much an engineer than me.

Which of these sentences are correct?
Is there any way these sentences could be put in the plural?

They are more engineer than us.?

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Sun Sep 22, 2013 12:19 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: complicated sentences
Replies: 1
Views: 2536

complicated sentences

Are these sentences correct: 1-The man about whom we did not know what his job was took a room at the hotel. 2-The man the nature of whose work we did not know took a room at the hotel. 3-The train the identity of whose passengers we did not know was stopped. 4-The train the identity of the passenge...
by navi
Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:41 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Our Father who are....
Replies: 1
Views: 3071

Our Father who are....

Our Father who are in heaven, hallowed be thy name. I have seen the phrase 'Our Father who are in heaven' written both with and without a comma after 'Father'. Would the presence of the comma make any difference? Would it make the clause non-restrictive? Would the absence of a comma make it restric...
by navi
Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:32 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: restrictive/non-restrictive
Replies: 1
Views: 3165

restrictive/non-restrictive

1-That was his first movie with Sidney Poitier. 2-That was his first movie, with Sidney Poitier. In 1 it is clear that 'his first movie with Sidney Poitier' forms a single noun phrase. (It was not his first movie. It was his first movie with Sidney Poitier.) Does the comma in 2 make 'with Sidney Po...
by navi
Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:05 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: about whom
Replies: 1
Views: 2246

about whom

Are these sentences correct:

1-The man about whom we did not know how much he had lost left the casino.
2-The man regarding whom we did not know how much he had lost left the casino.
3-The man that we did not know how much he had lost left the casino.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:02 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: by whom
Replies: 1
Views: 1603

by whom

Are these sentences correct: 1-The author a passage by whom Jane read for you last week is here among us. 2-Mr. Smith, to a book by whom I am greatly indebted for the ideas I have developed in my article, came to see me. 3-Mr. Harrison, for a book by whom I designed a cover, came to see me. Grateful...
by navi
Sat Aug 03, 2013 4:26 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: dangling time adverbials?
Replies: 1
Views: 1605

dangling time adverbials?

Are these sentences grammatical: 1-After a certain age, you cannot expect people to adapt rapidly to new environments. 2-After ten years of hard work in their office, they let Jeff go. 3-They let Jeff go after ten years of hard work in their office. 4-They let Jeff go after working for ten years in ...
by navi
Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:04 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: scope of negation
Replies: 1
Views: 1353

scope of negation

1-He didn't review just two of those books.
2-He didn't review only two of those books.

Can these sentences mean two things:
a- He reviewed more than two of those books.

b-There are only two of those books that he did not review.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:15 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: negation
Replies: 1
Views: 982

negation

Are these sentences correct:

1-For the second time, they left Old Trafford not on the losing end.

2-He left the room not in a wheelchair.

3-He left the room, not in a wheelchair.

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:40 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Third type conditional
Replies: 1
Views: 1153

Third type conditional

1-We don't know if they left the building or not, but if they had been told to leave the building they would have left it. I was taught that the third type conditional was always counter-factual , but could it work in cases when one does not know what the facts were? In the above sentence, the spea...
by navi
Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:25 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: absolute constructs
Replies: 1
Views: 1217

absolute constructs

Are these sentences correct: 1-He kicked the box over, its contents scattering on the floor. (He kicked the box over, and as a result, its contents scattered on the floor.) 2-Don kissed Penny in front of everybody, Penny blushing. (Don kissed Penny in front of everybody, and as a result, Penny blush...
by navi
Wed Aug 29, 2012 12:17 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: time clause
Replies: 1
Views: 1199

time clause

1-I told him to clean his room when he came back from France.

Does "when he came back from France" necessarily modify "to clean his room" or could it modify "I told him"? Is the sentence ambiguous?

Would a comma before "when" change anything?

Gratefully,
Navi.
by navi
Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:11 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: restrictive/non-restrictive
Replies: 1
Views: 1409

restrictive/non-restrictive

1-I did some shopping on Filmore Street and then went and had lunch at Tony's Restaurant on Sixth Avenue. 2-I did some shopping on Filmore Street and then went and had lunch at Tony's Restaurant , on Sixth Avenue. Is "on Sixth Avenue" restrictive in 1? Does it imply that there are more than one Ton...
by navi
Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:22 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: must have=duty
Replies: 1
Views: 844

must have=duty

Can one say:
1-He must have finished it yesterday.
instead of:
a-It was his duty to finish it yesterday.

Can one say:
2-He must have finished it by now.
instead of:
b-It was his duty to have finished it by now.
by navi
Mon Oct 31, 2011 4:14 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: something so that
Replies: 1
Views: 767

something so that

1-I said something so that she would remember me. 2-I said something , so that she would remember me. Is there a difference in the meanings of these sentences? Does the comma change anything? Does "1" mean "I said something that I believe would make her remember me."? Does "2" mean "I said something...
by navi
Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:50 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: what did he do for you to...
Replies: 1
Views: 616

what did he do for you to...

What did he do for her to see him? Is "for you to see him" a "purpose clause" or a "result clause"? Does the sentence imply: a-He did something to make her see him (maybe she saw her and maybe she did not) or: b-She saw her because of something he did but maybe it was not his intention to be seen b...
by navi
Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:15 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: where did he go that/to
Replies: 1
Views: 738

where did he go that/to

Are these sentences correct:

1-Where did he go to get so dirty?
2-Where did he go that he got so dirty?

3-What did he eat to get such bad indigestion?
4-What did he eat that he got such bad indigestion?
by navi
Thu Sep 29, 2011 3:49 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: postmodification?
Replies: 1
Views: 632

postmodification?

Are these sentences correct:
1-He offered me his services to carry my luggage to the ship.
2-He charged me for his services to carry my luggage to the ship.

Does "to carry my luggage to the ship" postmodify the noun "my services" or is it a purpose clause for the sentence?
by navi
Wed Sep 21, 2011 4:08 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: such as/like
Replies: 1
Views: 914

such as/like

1-He acted in Westerns such as The High Noon.
2-He acted in Westerns like The High Noon.

3-He acted in Westerns, such as The High Noon.
4-He acted in Westerns, like The High Noon.


In which case:
a-he acted in The High Noon
b-he didn't necessarily act in The High Noon
by navi
Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:19 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: like/adjectival
Replies: 1
Views: 919

like/adjectival

Are these sentences correct: 1-On the horizon, there were gigantic trees, like huge giants stretching out their numerous limbs. (MEANING: On the horizon, there were gigantic trees, WHICH WERE like huge giants stretching out their numerous limbs.) 2-On the horizon, we saw gigantic trees, like huge gi...
by navi
Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:37 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: adverbial/adjectival
Replies: 1
Views: 991

adverbial/adjectival

Are these sentences both correct: 1-Those trees, like frozen giants, stood against the horizon. 2-Those trees stood against the horizon like frozen giants. Is "like frozen giants" adjectival in "1" and adverbial in "2"? Does "1" mean "Those trees, which were like frozen giants, stood against the hor...
by navi
Thu May 05, 2011 11:48 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: is for someone to
Replies: 1
Views: 865

is for someone to

Which is correct:

1-It does not take much to become an actor here. All it takes is a famous director to spot you and like you.

2-It does not take much to become an actor here. All it takes is for a famous director to spot you and like you.
by navi
Fri Mar 11, 2011 12:28 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: "who is" ellipsis
Replies: 1
Views: 862

"who is" ellipsis

Can one say: 1-John is our financial consultant, to meet the financial consultant of your company tomorrow. instead of: 2-John is our financial consultant, who is to meet the financial consultant of your company tomorrow. Can one say: 3-This is our new product, to be launced into the market in April...
by navi
Thu Feb 10, 2011 6:17 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: not/not just
Replies: 1
Views: 762

not/not just

Is this sentence correct:

1-Not any part of this website may be copied without permission.

Does it mean:

a-No part of this website may be copied without permission.
or"
b-Not just any part of this website may be copied without permission.