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Topic: sent letters to...
Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017 7:08:08 AM
1) I have sent letters to Tom's brother and his mother.
Could I use that sentence if I've sent one letter to each?


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2) I have sent a letter to Tom's brother and his mother.

One possibility is that they live together and I have sent a letter addressed to both of them.

a) Is it possible that I sent a different letter to each?
b) Is it possible that I have sent the same letter to each of them?
In this case, they live at different addresses and I have sent copies of the same letter to both of them.

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3) I have sent a letter to Tom's brother and to his mother.

c) Is it possible that I have sent a letter addressed to both of them?
d) Is it possible that I have sent two different letters?
e) Is it possible that I have sent copies of the same letter to two different
addresses?

Gratefully,
Navi.
Topic: didn't think someone would
Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017 7:08:24 AM
Thank you very much, Romany,

What if I take out the negatives?

Would these work:

3) I didn't believe someone could refrain from screaming when they saw my scars, but he did.
4) I didn't believe anyone could refrain from screaming when they saw my scars, but he did.

Gratefully,
Navi.
Topic: didn't think someone would
Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017 3:31:25 AM
Are these sentences correct:

1) I couldn't believe someone wouldn't scream when they saw my scars, but he didn't.
2) I didn't believe someone wouldn't scream when they saw my scars, but he didn't.

Meaning:
I thought anyone would scream when they saw my scars. But he didn't.

Gratefully,
Navi.
Topic: even though crazy
Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017 3:21:58 AM
1) He is extremely smart, even though crazy.
2) He is extremely smart, although crazy.
3) He is extremely smart, even if crazy.
4) He is extremely smart, if crazy.

Which of these mean:
a) He is extremely smart, although he is crazy.
and which mean:
b) He is extremely smart, although he might be crazy.

Gratefully,
Navi.
Topic: during the First World War
Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2017 1:49:43 AM
Which are correct:

1) St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, in 1572, is another example of what
religious intolerance can do.

Meaning: St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, which took place in 1572, is another example of what religious intolerance can do.


2) The First World War, from 1914 to 1918, claimed many civilian lives.
Meaning: The First World War, WHICH TOOK PLACE from 1914 to 1918, claimed many civilian lives.

3) The Russian Revolution, during the First World War, was seen by many as a turning point in history.
Meaning: The Russian Revolution, WHICH TOOK PLACE during the First World War, was seen by many as a turning point in history.

Gratefully,
Navi.
Topic: after the release of their first album
Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2017 2:32:04 AM
Can one use:
1) Their concerts, during the second half of the year, made them even more popular.
instead of:
2) Their concerts, which took place during the second half of the year, made them even more popular.


Can one use:
3) Their concerts, after the release of their first album, made them even more popular.
instead of:
4) Their concerts, which took place after the release of their first album, made them even more popular.


Can one use:
5) The peasant uprising, in the first half of the sixteenth century, were very violent.
instead of:
6) The peasant uprising, which took place in the first half of the sixteenth century, were very violent.

Gratefully,
Navi.
Topic: articles to read
Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017 4:24:13 PM
1) I have articles to read tonight.
2) There are articles I have to read tonight.


Can't these sentences mean two things:

a) There are articles I am obligated to read tonight.
I am sorry, but I can't go to the movies tonight. I have articles to read./There are articles I have to read.

b) There are articles I can read tonight. (I won't be bored. I have something to do.)
Last night I really got bored, but tonight I have articles to read/there are articles I have to read.


Gratefully,
Navi.
Topic: in the bedroom
Posted: Wednesday, May 03, 2017 4:32:56 AM
1) He burned the books in the bedroom.

Can't this sentence have two different meanings:
a) In the bedroom, he burned the books. (Maybe he took them to the bedroom from elsewhere.)
b) He burned the books that were in the bedroom. (Maybe he burned them somewhere else.)

Gratefully,
Navi.
Topic: some/certain/any
Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 3:42:35 AM
1) From where I was, I couldn't tell if some of those men were injured or not.
2) From where I was, I couldn't tell if certain of those men were injured or not.

Can't these sentence have two meanings:

a) I couldn't tell if any of those men were injured or not. Maybe none of them was injured and maybe some of them were.

b) As far as I could tell, it was possible some specific men among those men were injured. I couldn't tell if some specific men among those men were injured or not. As regards the others, I could tell.

Gratefully,
Navi.
Topic: tense question/might be and might have been
Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 3:33:00 AM
Thank you very much, DragOnspeaker, for this wonderful and detailed reply!

Your reply was truly brilliant. I thought I had everything covered, but you came up with a case I had not thought about!

How about these sentences:

3) As far as I could tell, he might have spent time in prison.


4) As far as I could tell, he might have been in prison.

5) As far as I could tell, he might have been imprisoned.

I think we have two cases:

a) He was not in prison at the time I was talking about, but have been in prison at a time prior to that.

b) He might have been in prison at the time I was talking about. (Maybe I was on the phone with him and I thought to myself: "He might be in prison."

I think '3' corresponds to 'a' and '4' and '5' are ambiguous and could mean either 'a' or 'b' depending on the context.

Gratefully,
Navi.

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