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Language Questions / in any manner
« Last post by azz on Today at 02:05:13 am »
a. I can do it in any manner.

I think that means that I can do it in all possible ways.

b. I doubt you can do it in any manner.

It seems to me that (b) is ambiguous.

It could mean

1. I doubt you can do it at all.
or
2. I doubt that you can do it in all possible ways.

I think meaning (1) is far more likely, but it seems to me that meaning (2) is possible, although I'd say that 'any' will have to be stressed.

Am I correct?

Many thanks
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Language Questions / a man approaching
« Last post by navi on November 20, 2021, 01:47:46 am »
Which are correct:

1) A man carefully approaching them was shot at.
2) A man carefully approaching was shot at.

3) A man approaching them was shot at.
4) A man approaching was shot at.

Gratefully,
Navi
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Language Questions / Re: has become
« Last post by admin on November 17, 2021, 09:22:49 am »
I agree with all you have said.
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Language Questions / has become
« Last post by azz on November 17, 2021, 04:40:55 am »
a. Invincible, he is.
b. Invincible, he has become.


Are the above sentences both grammatically correct?

I know they are not particularly natural. I think they can be used in certain contexts for effect and emphasis, especially if the word 'invincible' had been pronounced before, e.g.

c. He said he wanted to become invincible. Well, invincible he has become.

The sentences sound fine with 'invincible' but sound less good with an adjective like 'good'. I think they'd still be grammatical though.

Many thanks.
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Language Questions / Re: you might fail
« Last post by admin on November 16, 2021, 09:09:41 am »
Why not?
It predicts that, as a result of Tom helping him, the chances are that he will not fail the exam.
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Language Questions / Re: you might fail
« Last post by Britta on November 16, 2021, 07:29:41 am »
In number 4 "might have failed" does not go well with "tomorrow".
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Language Questions / Re: you might fail
« Last post by admin on November 12, 2021, 04:46:38 pm »
They are all correct but express different degrees of probability.

None express certainty about the result.
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Language Questions / you might fail
« Last post by navi on November 12, 2021, 10:37:05 am »
Which are correct:

1) If Tom had not helped you with your math problems yesterday, you would probably fail your exam tomorrow.

2) If Tom had not helped you with your math problems yesterday, you would have probably failed your exam tomorrow.

3) If Tom had not helped you with your math problems yesterday, you might fail your exam tomorrow.

4) If Tom had not helped you with your math problems yesterday, you might have failed your exam tomorrow.

Is the speaker certain that the addressee will not fail their exam tomorrow?


Gratefully,
Navi
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Language Questions / Re: singular or plural
« Last post by admin on November 09, 2021, 03:36:41 pm »
Context - context - context!
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Language Questions / Re: singular or plural
« Last post by Britta on November 09, 2021, 03:22:25 pm »
Thanks. Unfortunately, MS is quite often wrong. On the other hand I do appreciate it capturing typos or even real singular-plural mismatches.  ::)
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