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    to run errands

    Thank you all very much, especially Jutfrank, By 'correct' I mean grammatical and meaningful. I think '3' is technically ambiguous. I don't think that is necessarily a flaw. Context would clarify the meaning. But one could use '2' to make things clear. Gratefully, Navi
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    a pan to heat them in

    Thank you very much, Rover, That other thread was started by my wife. The answer she got did make sense, but it wasn't clear for either of us whether the structure used in it was grammatical or not. That's why I tried to come up with more viable examples based on her idea. I might have failed...
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    a pan to heat them in

    Are these sentences correct? 1) He ate the beans cold, which is strange because he had a pan to heat them in. 2) He witnessed the accident and didn't do anything, which is strange because he had a phone in his pocket to call the police. 3) Someone broke into his house. He had a rifle to shoot...
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    to run errands

    1) We have a man in the office to run errands. 2) In the office we have a man to run errands. 3) We have a man to run errands in the office. Are all correct? I'd imagine that one might argue that in '3' 'in the office' modifies 'run errands'. I think '3' could be read either way, but it...
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    over the river

    1) We travelled a mile over the river. Does that mean: a) We went one mile beyond the river. or b) At a place where the river was a mile wide we crossed it or c) We travelled a mile along the river Gratefully, Navi
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    can't open the door anyhow

    1) He can't open the door anyhow. Can that sentence be used instead of 2) He can't open the door in any way. ================== 3) Get him to sign the contract anyhow. Can one use that sentence instead of: 4) Get him to sign the contract in any way possible. I am not sure at all, but...
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    just like that

    Thank you both very much, No, actually it is the other way around. You need a worthwhile subject, a good tune and good lyrics in order to write a song. The idea is that if you just go about it without those elements and proper preparation then your song will be worthless. You could of course...
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    just like that

    Which are correct: 1) You cannot write a song just like that. You need to have a worthwhile subject, a good tune, and good lyrics. 2) You cannot write a song in just any fashion. You need to have a worthwhile subject, a good tune, and good lyrics. 3) You cannot write a song all anyhow. You need...
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    it is just that

    Are these sentences correct: 1) If he is too loud, it is not that he's angry. It's just that he's forgotten to wear his hearing aid. 2) If he is too loud, it's just that he's forgotten to wear his hearing aid. 3) If he is too loud, it's that he's forgotten to wear his hearing aid. Gratefully, Navi
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    approached us smiling

    Which are correct: 1) Tom approached us smiling. 2) Tom approached us, smiling. 3) Tom approached us angry. 4) Tom approached us, angry. 5) Tom approached us angry and frustrated. 6) Tom approached us, angry and frustrated. I don't know why '3' and '4' sound incorrect to me and the others...
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    how he helps others

    A) How he helps others says a lot about him. B) It says a lot about him how he helps others. Do these sentences mean: 1) The manner in which he helps others says a lot about him. or: 2) The fact that he helps others says a lot about him. I think 'A' is ambiguous and 'B' could only mean '2'...
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    medications to calm down

    Which are correct: 1) They gave me medications to calm down. 2) They gave me medications to calm me down. 3) They gave me medications for calming me down. 4) I brought a knife to jimmy the lock. 5) I brought a knife for jimmying the lock. I am pretty sure '2' and '4' work. '3' seems wrong to...
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    any one of them/whichever of them

    Are these sentences correct: 1) Any one of them who finishes their work on time will get a raise. 2) Whichever of them who finishes their work on time will get a raise. 3) Whichever ones of them who finishes their work on time will get a raise. 4) Whichever one of them who finishes their work...
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    each of these problems

    1) You have to solve every one of these problems in less than thirty minutes. 2) You have to solve each of these problems in less than thirty minutes. Let's say there are five problems. What is the assignment? a) To solve the five problems in less than thirty minutes or b) To solve one problem...
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    shirt is cut slim and...

    Are these sentences correct: 1) His shirt is cut slim and white. 2) His shirt will be cut slim and white. The meaning seems clear, but I'd say 'white and cut slim'. The order of the words doesn't seem natural to me. I get the feeling that the sentences are telling us that the shirt is/will be...
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    not so much

    1) They make artistic movies, not so much commercial ones. Do they make commercial movies at all? Are some of their movies are both artistic and commercial? How does 'not so much' differ from 'not'? 2) They make artistic movies, not commercial ones. Gratefully, Navi
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    just any price

    Which are correct: 1) I won't want a computer for just any price. It has to be affordable. 2) I won't just want a computer for any price. It has to be affordable. 3) I won't buy a computer for just any price. The price has to be reasonable. 4) I won't just buy a computer for any price. The...
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    under any conditions

    Which is correct: 1) I can't work for you under just any conditions just to make ends meet. Some requirements will have to be met regarding the workplace before I start work. 2) I can't work for you under any conditions just to make ends meet. Some requirements will have to be met regarding the...
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    one of the five men

    Are all of the following correct and do they all make sense? 1) The police didn't know that a man among the five being investigated was a foreign agent. They knew two of the others were. 2) The police didn't know that one man among the five being investigated was a foreign agent. They knew two...
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    might have died

    1) In those days, if people got this illness, they might die. 2) In those days, if people got this illness, they might have died. Is there any difference in the meanings of these sentences? I think they mean the same, but in general 'might have' means that the thing spoken of didn't happen...
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