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Topic: even more
Posted: Friday, July 10, 2020 8:18:12 PM
Can one say
a. When I talk to him, I get depressed even more.

instead of
b. When I talk to him, I get even more depressed.
?


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Topic: simple past tense
Posted: Wednesday, July 8, 2020 6:19:18 PM
a. They arrested Tom, who stole an officer's badge.
b. They arrested a shopkeeper, who stole an officer's badge.
c. The arrested a shopkeeper who stole an officer's badge.


Could we tell if the arrest came before the stealing or after?

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Topic: a new dog that escaped
Posted: Monday, July 6, 2020 1:51:59 AM
Thank you so much for your reply,

I will let my neighbor know that! He really ought to be more careful!

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Topic: a new dog that escaped
Posted: Monday, July 6, 2020 12:43:38 AM
Tom says:
I saw a dog I had never seen before running about in the street on its own.

Pete replies:
a. Maybe one of your neighbors bought a new dog that escaped.
b. One of your neighbors might have bought a new dog that escaped.
c. One of your neighbors might have bought a new dog and it escaped.
d. One of your neighbors might have bought a new dog and it might have escaped.


Which of the above sentences are grammatically correct and acceptable in this context?



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Topic: have difficulty
Posted: Sunday, June 7, 2020 3:59:50 AM
a. I had a difficulty to find a place to stay.
b. I had difficulty to find a place to stay.

c. I had a difficulty finding a place to stay.
d. I had difficulty finding a place to stay.


Which of the above sentences are grammatically correct?
Which are natural?
Do they mean the same?


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Topic: some of his friends
Posted: Sunday, June 7, 2020 1:56:32 AM
a. There are certain of his friends he doesn't know I have talked to.
b. He doesn't know I have talked to some of his friends.
c. He doesn't know that I have talked to certain of his friends.


I think in (a) it is clear that he knows that I have talked to some of his friends, but there are other friends of his I have talked to and he doesn't know that.

I think (b) and (c) are ambiguous. Maybe he thinks I haven't talked to any of his friends, and maybe he knows that I have talked to some, but not that I have talked to certain others as well.

Is that correct?

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Topic: there are
Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 9:36:44 PM
Can one say
a. Rats live in this area.
instead of
b. There are rats living in this area.
?

Can one say
c. Rats are in this area.
instead of
d. There are rats in this area.
?

To me, (a) sounds fine but (c) sounds strange. I think it is grammatical, but it sounds strange to me!


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Topic: didn't use to
Posted: Friday, May 22, 2020 11:23:21 PM
a. I didn't use to smoke when I was in college. I think I must have smoked ten cigarettes in all in those four years.
b. I didn't use to smoke when I was in college but I sometimes did.
c. I didn't use to smoke when I was in college but I did once in while.



Which of the above are acceptable?

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Topic: as was requested
Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 5:19:02 PM
a. I don't have a big blue box, as was requested. But I have a big red one.
b. I don't have a big blue box, as requested. But I have a big red one.


Are the above sentences grammatically correct and comprehensible?

A big blue box was requested. I don't have one. But I have a big red box.




c. I don't have a box as requested. I have other kinds of boxes.
d. I don't have a box as was requested. I have other kinds of boxes.



Is the above sentence grammatically correct and comprehensible?

I don't have a box with the requested specifications, but I have other kinds of boxes.

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Topic: conditional
Posted: Friday, May 8, 2020 10:36:14 PM
a. Now would be a good time to learn playing the guitar if my hand wasn't broken.
b. Now would have been a good time to learn playing the guitar if my hand wasn't broken.
c. Now would have been a good time to learn playing the guitar if my hand hadn't been broken.


My hand is broken now and therefore I can't learn to play the guitar.

Which of the sentences (a), (b) and (c) is grammatically correct?


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