The expression of too+adjective+to do could be understood that so+adjective+that+can not do. The following sentence has the same expression:
A. When left entirely to their own devices people tend to ...
from a song:
(1) I should have never dropped my guard so you could stab me in the back.
(2) I should have never dropped my guard so you couldn't stab me in the back.
As far as I understand,...
(1a) Are you a silly girl!
As I understand, (1a) means (1b):
(1b) You are a silly girl!
(2a) Aren't you a silly girl!
Am I right that, by analogy with (1a), (2a) means (...
In this passage there is a slight pause after 'must' and a stress on 'not':
'I saw Isabella she had a blank expression on her face. I'm not sure what happened with the knife she was carrying it looked ...
a. I don't know the whereabouts of any given employee at any given time.
Does that mean
I am not suppose to know the whereabouts of any given employee at any given time.
I have no idea where any ...
Is it idiomatic to contract I have not as I've not instead of I haven't in the present perfect?
I have not been to Canada.
I've not been to Canada.
He has not ridden a camel.
a. The ring was stolen not by the servant. It was Tom who stole it.
b. The ring was stolen not by the servant. Tom stole it.
Are both of the above acceptable in formal English?
Are they acceptable in ...
I have learned the present perfect progressive on youtube and some other sources. It's clear that the tense implies something that started in the past and continues in the present.
However, what does ...
a. Tom didn't call Sally because he likes her. He doesn't like her at all. He called her because he needed her help.
b. Tim says Jack called Sally because he likes her. That's not true. Jack didn't ...
a. Anyone with a criminal record cannot apply for this job.
b. Anybody who is Tom's friend cannot be trusted.
Are the above sentences grammatical and meaningful?
I tend to use 'nobody who... can...' ...
To find out if Bob will go to work or not, we can ask:
(1a) Will Bob go to work?
(1b) Won't Bob go to work?
To find out if Mary is clever or not, we can ask:
(2a) Is Mary clever?
But what does the ...
a. The party did not endorse him on two occasions.
b. The party did not endorse him twice.
Can these sentences be used instead of
a1. On two occasions, the party did not endorse him.
b1. Twice, the ...
I don't like him because he is rich.
Could it be interpreted in two ways?
I dislike him because he is rich. (I don't like rich people.)
The reason why I like him is not the fact that he is rich. (I ...
It seems to me that when 'any' is used for indefinite quantities, it must be followed by plural nouns or uncountable nouns.
However, In the following sentences, which I found in a grammar book, each '...