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    Some More Questions....*blushes*

    1. What's the difference of "by night" and "at night"?

    2. Which one of the following is grammatically correct?
    Can't Take My Eyes off You
    Can't Take My Eyes off Of You
    Can't Take My Eyes Of You
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    (I think the 1st one is correct. But I keep seeing native English speakers choose the 3rd one and they can't see anything wrong with it )

    3. What's the difference of grammatical and syntaxical? (can they replace each other? I think they have the same meaning)

    4. When used to describe relationship status, what's the difference between "available" and "eligible"? (I think they bear the same meaning: not having a bf/gf. Am I right?)


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    Re: Some More Questions....*blushes*

    anybody knows the answers?

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    Re: Some More Questions....*blushes*

    Say:
    I can't take my eyes off you.


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    thanks

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    Re: Some More Questions....*blushes*

    Quote Originally Posted by VividJailbird View Post
    1. What's the difference between "by night" and "at night"?
    If something is done at night it is done during nighttime hours (as opposed to daytime hours). (I'll have to think about "by night" some more.)


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    Re: Some More Questions....*blushes*

    Quote Originally Posted by VividJailbird View Post
    1. What's the difference of "by night" and "at night"?

    At night simply tells us when.

    By night means almost the same thing but is slightly more idiomatic. When in doubt, use at night.

    2. Which one of the following is grammatically correct?
    Can't take my eyes off you. Good.
    Can't take my eyes off of you. Good.
    Can't take My eyes of you. Bad.
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    (I think the 1st one is correct. But I keep seeing native English speakers choose the 3rd one and they can't see anything wrong with it )

    3. What's the difference of grammatical and syntaxical? (can they replace each other? I think they have the same meaning)

    No. Grammar is rules, syntax is structure. See your dictionary.

    4. When used to describe relationship status, what's the difference between "available" and "eligible"? (I think they bear the same meaning: not having a bf/gf. Am I right?)

    No. Occasionally they're interchangeable. An eligible bachelor is an available bachelor. But they mean two different things. See your dictionary.

    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

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    Re: Some More Questions....*blushes*

    Quote Originally Posted by VividJailbird View Post
    2. Which one of the following is grammatically correct?
    I Can't Take My Eyes off You
    I Can't Take My Eyes off Of You
    I Can't Take My Eyes Of You
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    In my opinion, only the third one is wrong.

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    Re: Some More Questions....*blushes*

    Grammar is the more general category. Syntax is a part of grammar. Sometimes they are the same thing, sometimes not.


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    #9

    Re: Some More Questions....*blushes*

    Quote Originally Posted by VividJailbird View Post
    1. What's the difference of "by night" and "at night"?
    by night means before night or not later than night

    Example: Can you finish the work by 5 o'clock (before 5 o'clock or not later that 5 )

    at night means exactly at night

    Example: I woke at dawn (exactly at dawn)


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    Last edited by RonBee; 07-Mar-2009 at 22:30. Reason: fix quote

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    No, Charlie has it right. "Do it by night" does not mean "Do it by the time nighttime rolls around".

    by night - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.


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