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Topic: that he told you
Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 4:08:01 PM
a. You didn't deliver the letter he told you.
b. You didn't deliver the letter he told you to.

a1. You didn't deliver the letter which he told you.
b1. You didn't deliver the letter which he told you to.


Are all of the above sentences grammatically correct?
Do they all have the same meaning?

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Topic: as your Dad told you
Posted: Friday, March 13, 2020 9:20:35 PM
a. You didn't come home late last night, as your Dad told you to.
b. You didn't come home late last night, as your Dad told you.

Do these mean
Your Dad told you to come home late last night
or
Your Dad told you not to come home late last night
?




c. You didn't come home late last night, as your brother did.

Does (c) mean
Your brother did come home late last night
or
Your brother did not come home late last night
?

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Topic: had a book stolen from him
Posted: Sunday, March 1, 2020 2:46:54 AM
a. Three times he had books stolen from him.
b. He had books stolen from him on three occasions.


Could those sentences be used if each time one book was stolen from him?

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c. He had a book stolen from him three times.

Was it necessarily the same book?

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Topic: mistakes
Posted: Friday, February 28, 2020 3:50:59 AM
a. He makes English mistakes.
b. He makes mistakes in English.
c. He makes mistakes in his English.


Are the above sentences grammatically correct?
Are they natural?

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Topic: a fixed length of time
Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 11:40:03 PM
a. Volunteer work at our school isn't for a fixed time. You work as long as you when you come here.
b. Volunteer work at our school isn't a fixed time. You work as long as you when you come here.
c. Volunteer work at our school doesn't have a fixed time. You work as long as you when you come here.

d. Volunteer work at our school isn't for a fixed length of time. You work as long as you when you come here.
e. Volunteer work at our school doesn't have a fixed length of time. You work as long as you when you come here.


Which are grammatically correct?
Which are natural?

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Topic: too vs. as well vs. also
Posted: Monday, February 24, 2020 5:31:33 AM
a. His leg was broken. His arm was bruised too.
b. His leg was broken. His arm was bruised as well.
c. His leg was broken. His arm was also bruised.


Are the above sentences grammatically correct and meaningful?

Generally, when I hear 'his arm was bruised too', I think that it has been said that something else was bruised. In these cases, nothing but the arm was bruised.

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Topic: not so much
Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 4:24:29 PM
Thank you very much, Thar,

Actually, I knew this one would most probably get contradictory replies. I generally think it is better if people answer questions without being influenced by what others have said. Their 'gut reaction' is what I think one should look for.

This is an interesting case. It seems that there is a 'literal' meaning and an idiomatic one. I think as far as real usage is concerned, you are quite right. I tended to interpret 'not so much' as 'not really tall' in these cases, myself. I thought he might be of average height or short. Maybe a bit taller than average even, but definitely not something you'd call tall.

Interesting...

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Topic: not so much
Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 2:51:48 AM
a. Pete is tall; his brother not so much.
b. Pete is very tall; his brother not so much.



Do these mean
1. that Pete's brother is short
2. that he is average
3. that he is not tall
4. that he is not really tall (maybe a little tall)
5. that he is not very tall
?


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Topic: a little bigger house
Posted: Sunday, February 9, 2020 4:07:58 AM
Can one use
a. They want a little bigger house.
instead of
b. They want a house that is a little bigger.
?


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Topic: as much
Posted: Sunday, February 9, 2020 12:52:54 AM
Thank you all so much.

Romany, there was a post here in this thread after mine. It really did look like spam. All it contained was three links, or maybe it was the same link pasted three times. In any case, it was not a legitimate post. It is gone now. I think Palapaguy flagged that post as spam and not mine.

I think Palapaguy knows Azz and knows that she wouldn't post any spam.

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