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Topic: made to look
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2020 3:50:58 PM
a. She was a better person than she was made to look by her detractors.
b. She was a better person than she was presented by her detractors.

Are the above sentences grammatically correct?
Are they natural?



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Topic: again
Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2019 12:56:55 AM
Thank you both very much,

I thought
c. He is watching a movie again.

would mean a different movie and

d. He is watching a movie for a second time.
e. He is watching the same movie again.


would mean he is watching a movie he has already watched.

Life is getting complicated again!

Help!!!!!

Many thanks.
Topic: again
Posted: Saturday, December 21, 2019 10:48:51 PM
a. I ate a cookie again.
b. I ate another cookie again.


Are both sentences grammatically correct?
Is there any difference in the meanings?


Many thanks.
Topic: which allowed the cat to run away
Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 3:53:54 PM
Thank you very much, FounDit,

You are right. My question was not properly formulated. Do the sentences work? Do they convey the intended meaning correctly?


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Topic: which allowed the cat to run away
Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 5:01:10 PM
Are the following sentences grammatically correct?

a. The lights were on and the curtains were drawn back, which allowed the neighbors to see me dancing.

b. The cat was frisky and John forgot to close the window when he left, which allowed the cat to run away.

In (a) the combination of the two facts allowed the neighbors to see me dancing.
In (b) the only the second fact (John's forgetting to close the window) allowed the cat to run away.

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Topic: not only
Posted: Monday, November 18, 2019 2:43:42 AM
a. Not only you, but I can do that too.

b. Not only you can do that, but I can too.

c. Not only can you do that, but so can I.

d. Not only can you do that, but I can too.


Are the above sentences grammatically correct and meaningful?



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Topic: useful for you
Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2019 11:37:40 PM
Thank you all very much!

I really appreciate your contributions!

I have to say that I said something like (a). It sounded very natural to me, but I suddenly started having doubts about it. Then I thought of this sentence:

e. This book is useful to understand the basic concepts of physics.


Does that sound correct?

It doesn't sound correct to me. I think you need 'for understanding'.

I am not sure at all, but if (e) is not correct, then can (a) be correct? Maybe... And maybe (e) is correct...

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Topic: useful for you
Posted: Friday, November 15, 2019 3:54:50 PM
a. This book is useful for you to understand the basic concepts of physics.
b. This book is useful for you for understanding the basic concepts of physics.
c. This book is useful to you for understanding the basic concepts of physics.
d. This book will be useful to you for understanding the basic concepts of physics.


Are these sentences grammatically correct?

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Topic: who is tall
Posted: Monday, November 11, 2019 11:18:23 PM
a. She is my favorite tall actress.
b. She is my favorite actress who is tall.
c. She is my favorite actress, who is tall.

The meaning of (c) is clear. She is my favorite actress and she is tall.

I think there's a difference between the meanings of (a) and (b).

It seems to me that in (a) is saying that among tall actresses she is my favorite. (Maybe none of my favorite actresses is tall and she isn't even among my favorite actresses. But if I had to chose among tall actresses then she'd be my favorite.)

To me, (b) seems to be saying that among my favorite actresses, she is the one who is tall. She is definitely one of my favorite actresses.

Is that right?

I am not sure (b) is really natural.

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Topic: a very expensive dress
Posted: Friday, November 8, 2019 12:45:34 AM
a. That is a very expensive dress, to be worn at official ceremonies.

b. That is a very expensive dress, to wear at official ceremonies.


Are the above sentences grammatically correct?
Is their punctuation acceptable?

Do they mean that the dress shouldn't be worn on occasions other than official ceremonies?


Many thanks.