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by john martin
Wed Sep 12, 2007 3:12 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Use of 'like'
Replies: 10
Views: 1331

I have just found the online version of the book http://www.oup.com/oald-bin/web_getald7index1a.pl Here it states: adj. [only before noun] (formal) having similar qualities to another person or thing: a chance to meet people of like mind (= with similar interests and opinions) She responded in like ...
by john martin
Wed Sep 12, 2007 12:39 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Use of 'like'
Replies: 10
Views: 1331

Use of 'like'

This usage of 'like' appears in the Oxford Advanced learners dictionary. Like (adj) having similar qualities or features. "They're not twins, but they're very like" I have never seen like used in this way before. I have only ever seen 'alike' used in this context. What does anyone else think? Thanks.
by john martin
Fri Oct 08, 2004 12:24 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Life and death and birthdays
Replies: 45
Views: 7564

"I know that I was too sarcastic and must've seemed very dismissive at first, but I can assure you now that whatever opinions I (or others) have has been formed by a wider consideration of the notions of "acceptability" than you might imagine. So, let's all calm down now, try not to read too much in...
by john martin
Fri Oct 08, 2004 10:40 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Life and death and birthdays
Replies: 45
Views: 7564

"So, without meaning to belittle your lecturer, why should what she "alone" says about grammaticality make much of a difference to what's been said here so far? You could get a hundred off-the-cuff- or on-the-run-back-to-the-faculty-office-meeting answers, but would that change the fact that these d...
by john martin
Fri Oct 08, 2004 10:12 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Life and death and birthdays
Replies: 45
Views: 7564

Thanks for the link Larry, and would you like to expand on your comments. I would be very interested to hear them.
Thanks in advance.
by john martin
Fri Oct 08, 2004 7:02 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Life and death and birthdays
Replies: 45
Views: 7564

How do I access the BNC or Cobuild. I have been trying but without any luck. Any help here?
by john martin
Fri Oct 08, 2004 12:34 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Life and death and birthdays
Replies: 45
Views: 7564

Thanks for the interesting replies. I have been trying to access the BNC, but with no success. If anyone get let me in on the secret that would be appreciated. I agree in most part with what has been said. I would not encourage anyone to use "the" sentence. And as stated it has not turned up on the ...
by john martin
Thu Oct 07, 2004 12:47 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Life and death and birthdays
Replies: 45
Views: 7564

Interestingly I have just attended a lecture on aspects of grammar at the university, and took the opportunity to ask the lecturer about the issue.
Her response: perfectly grammatically accurate.
by john martin
Thu Oct 07, 2004 6:24 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Life and death and birthdays
Replies: 45
Views: 7564

Stephen wrote: Perhaps for the many posters like you, who ostensibly post for advice, but are only prepared to accept contributions that agree with what you had in mind before you posted, we could have a speical type of question in which you state what you think and make it clear that anybody who di...
by john martin
Wed Oct 06, 2004 12:01 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Life and death and birthdays
Replies: 45
Views: 7564

I posted the same question on the help forum. This is the reply: Is it acceptable to say: "My birthday WAS the 21st of March : 1985" It is okay, but sounds a little strange. It is more usual to say "date of birth" when you say the day, month, AND YEAR when you were born. My date of birth was the 21s...
by john martin
Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:30 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Life and death and birthdays
Replies: 45
Views: 7564

Duncan, I quote you below: "However, when I see something that does not seem to be offering any concrete help (to students), I do feel that something perhaps needs to be said. I don't see why you need to consult dictionaries (including the "Mirriam" ) or start worrying about definitions etc in this ...
by john martin
Thu Sep 30, 2004 3:53 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Life and death and birthdays
Replies: 45
Views: 7564

As you already understand Duncan, your posts are indeed offensive. Why you would think students incapable of such a structure, and why you would belittle a teacher for seeking advice before marking says a lot about you. To take one of the many definitions of birthday that I found, but representative...
by john martin
Thu Sep 30, 2004 1:56 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: I like watching TV / to watch TV??
Replies: 17
Views: 2338

In British English, using the "to" implies that you think it is a good idea or the proper thing to do. Using "ing" means enjoy. Thus the two sentences:

I like to clean the bathroom on Sundays

and

I like cleaning the bathroom on Sundays

would have different meanings.
by john martin
Fri Sep 24, 2004 11:18 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Life and death and birthdays
Replies: 45
Views: 7564

Life and death and birthdays

Is this acceptable; "My birthday is on the the 25th March 1989". My problem is with the use of the "is". I feel is should be "was" as the definition of birthday, at least as far as I can find from the many sources I have checked, seems, in essence, to come down to the day of one's birth or the anniv...
by john martin
Tue Sep 21, 2004 1:52 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: On Monday/ On Mondays
Replies: 14
Views: 1683

On Monday/ On Mondays

The question is about the "s".

I always go to work on Monday.

I always go to work on Mondays.

Which is correct.
Thanks.