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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:03 pm 
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How about this? Can we really 'come to' a person?

A: How was the weekend, Paul?
B: Great, thanks. Tom came to me and we watched a good film.

I would probably say something like "Tom came to mine and..." or "Tom came to my place and ..." or "Tom came over and ..."

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And does either fit here?

"The picture shows a boy, standing in/on some street, looking through a toy store window."

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Are these two correct/natural?

A cat's eyesight is better than a dog's
A cat's eyesight is better than that of a dog


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kaliope wrote:
Are these two correct/natural?

A cat's eyesight is better than a dog's
A cat's eyesight is better than that of a dog

I would use the first, the second seems unnecessarily long to me.

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With plural nouns, would you also use the shorter version?

The salaries of professors are higher than secretaries'.
The salaries of professors are higher than those of secretaries.


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kaliope wrote:
With plural nouns, would you also use the shorter version?

The salaries of professors are higher than secretaries'.
The salaries of professors are higher than those of secretaries.

I would, in the second example the "those of" is redundant since the subject of the sentence is clearly salaries.

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Are these two natural/correct?

-I'm curious if she loves him.
-I'm curious whether she loves him.


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kaliope wrote:
Are these two natural/correct?

-I'm curious if she loves him.
-I'm curious whether she loves him.

Both correct, but the first is probably more natural.

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This AE speaker said at the very beginning of the video: "I've been asked how I'm finding water when I dig a well."
Now, why did he use two different tenses for habitual actions? Why not twice the present simple? That is, "how I find ...when I dig...."
In fact, I guess I would invert the tenses and say "I've been asked how I find water when I'm digging a well." Wouldn't it sound better?
Please explain the thing.

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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
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kaliope wrote:
This AE speaker said at the very beginning of the video: "I've been asked how I'm finding water when I dig a well."
Now, why did he use two different tenses for habitual actions? Why not twice the present simple? That is, "how I find ...when I dig...."
In fact, I guess I would invert the tenses and say "I've been asked how I find water when I'm digging a well." Wouldn't it sound better?
Please explain the thing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rYPRMm8Arw

AE is very lax at usage of the correct tense, so the AE speaker using that confusing mix is not a surprise to me.

Your suggested version is IMHO far better, but AE is becoming so widespread that, sadly, poor usage is becoming the norm.

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