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And his wages were garnisheed cause this somebody said two months rent owing. This somebody needs two months rent on a twelve-by-twelve hole in the wall like a fish needs side pockets. Now we have to take care of this man, get him a place to stay, pay the so-called back rent, andó  (from Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "This somebody needs ....".  Thanks.  --- tk
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Language Questions / vote out / not vote
« Last post by bookworm on January 22, 2020, 02:14:32 am »
When you watch political videos online, once in a while you will see comments like this:

a) Let's just vote these Republicans/Democrats out of the office.​

I realize that in my native language, we would say not vote:

b) Don't vote for any Republican/Democratic candidate in the next elections.​

I'm not sure if (a) and (b) are interchangeable statements or if there is a subtle difference.

Case in point: In the previous senatorial elections here, eight belonged to an unpopular political party of a former president. It's a combination of incumbent senators and those running for the position for the first time. Neither one of them has won, so can we say that their political party was voted out last election? I'm asking because it appears that vote out applies to incumbent senators, congressmen, etc.
 
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Thanks, Bertha.  Then which one is the writer's claim?  Does your answer point to (2), right?

(1) not so well accustomed to middle-class life ----> they had no ambition, no hunger, no hustle in them
(2) well accustomed to middle-class life ----> they had no ambition, no hunger, no hustle in them


In that case, I think the author could have claimed the same by writing

These men wanted wives who could manage, who were not so well accustomed to middle-class life that they had ambition, hunger, hustle in them.

Am I wrong?  Thanks again.  --- tk
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Language Questions / Re: thinking about John
« Last post by admin on January 21, 2020, 04:03:37 pm »
I think you need to reduce the level of ambiguity.

For example: I didn't sleep because I was thinking about John.
I spent all night dreaming about John.
etc
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Language Questions / Re: ---- the Great Agony
« Last post by admin on January 21, 2020, 04:01:35 pm »
She was totally dedicated to writing poetry - it possessed her and she could not struggle to do anything else.
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Language Questions / Re: ---- he splayed us
« Last post by admin on January 21, 2020, 04:00:27 pm »
He moved their legs apart
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Language Questions / Re: happend part II
« Last post by admin on January 21, 2020, 03:58:38 pm »
Only a works here. And even that needs a little correction. You cannot leave "before" hanging - it needs to be "before then" or something similar.
Or you could change it to: ... must have started dieting earlier.
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not true = false
The things you tell me canít be true and false at the same time, in other words: they are either true or they are not true but they cannot be both.
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Language Questions / happend part II
« Last post by navi on January 21, 2020, 06:32:13 am »
Tom says: My God, Jeff, you have lost a lot of weight!
Jeff replies: New Year's resolution.
Tom says:
a. This can't have happened since New Year's. You must have started dieting before.
b. This hasn't happened since New Year's. You must have started dieting before.
c. This didn't happen since New Year's. You must have started dieting before.


Are the sentences a-c grammatically correct and can they be used in this context?

The idea is that all this change couldn't have happened in such a short time and therefore the process of losing weight began before New Year's.

Many thanks
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Language Questions / ---- he splayed us
« Last post by t k on January 21, 2020, 04:11:28 am »
She offered him her piece of ice and before we knew it, he was running toward us. He knocked the ice out of her hand into the dirt and shoved us both into the car. First he displayed us, then he splayed us. All our lives were like that: he would parade us like virgins through Babylon, then humiliate us like whores in Babylon.  (from Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "he splayed us".  Thanks.  --- tk
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