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Reply by Gustavo, Contributor

Hi, Emad Ragheb, "some of" is a partitive and needs to be followed by a noun phrase: some of his comments, some of his ideas, etc.
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Reply by Gustavo, Contributor

Hi, Freeguy, I prefer: (c) As a non-native (English) speaker, you should learn as many English words as you can if you want to be fluent...
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comma usages

(a) You, as a non-native English speaker, should learn English words , as many as you can if you want to be fluent in this language. Are you OK with the above text? I am not. The following version works for me: (b) You, as a non-native English speaker , should learn English words , as many as you can , if you want to be fluent in this language. Here's my take: 1. Is it "as many as you can if you want to be fluent in this language"? This seems unlikely, because it is not true that this entire...Read More...
Grammatically speaking, it is true that "if you want to be fluent in this language" refers to "should learn English words." However, from a semantic point of view, if you take out the parenthetical "as many as you can" (which is correctly set off by commas and, being parenthetical, should allow for its elimination without a significant change of meaning), the sentence is too obvious to be good: - You, as a non-native English speaker, should learn English words if you want to be fluent in...Read More...
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Relative pronouns

What is the right choice in this sentence : I'll tell you some of (which /what) he has said, but I wish you wouldn't get angry.Read More...
Hi, Emad Ragheb, "some of" is a partitive and needs to be followed by a noun phrase: some of his comments, some of his ideas, etc. "what" is a nominal relative pronoun, meaning "the things that," so that is what you need: - I'll tell you some of what (= the things that) he has said.Read More...
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Reply by taiman

Thanks a lot for your prompt reply, David. 1. Can I regard sentences 1-3 interchangeable and 4-6 the same? 2. I was thinking 'sentence...

Reply by Freeguy

Couldn't agree more. My colleague believes this question matches the following explanation (from the book "The Good Grammar Book",...

Reply by taiman

Hello Ahmed Booklet : a very thin book with a small number of pages and a paper cover, giving information about something. pamphlet : a...

Reply by ahmed_btm

Hello, Ayman, That's just my take on your questions above. There are many things that aren't taught about 'be going to & will' in...
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Reply by ahmed_btm

Hi, Rasha Assem, DOCV, who we miss very much on this forum and hope that he is perfectly well, sees that the only correct answer here...
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Reply by David, Moderator

Hello, Ahmed, You're right. You can't use the present perfect there. You need the simple past: When did you arrive? We don't use...
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phrasal verbs with fall

Hello all. Can you give me some examples to illustrate the difference between fall down and fall through? Can "a plan falls down" as in the sentence below: All his plans to start his own business fell down (1) Is it better if I replace "fell down" with "fell through"? I am quite puzzled because they have almost the same meaning in some dictionaries. Among its three meanings given, fall down has a meaning as "to fail" as in - Where do you think the plan falls down? (2) As for fall through, it...Read More...
Hello, Quangco123, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange! Phrasal verbs don't need to be mutually exclusive. In fact, some of them are similar in meaning and can be used in the same sentences. Let's compare some examples with "fall down" and "fall through" from the Corpus: - Technically he is excellent but you have noticed that he is falling down on the supervisory aspects of his job. - The attorney general is supposed to act only when the law enforcement is falling down or broken down in a...Read More...
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Reply by Freeguy

I don't use #1 here (of course, it works in certain circumstances) because it does indicate an occurrence continuing, at least, into the...

of the same size or the same size

Hello there I'd like to know if it's correct to say : 1. The two products are of the same size. 2. The two products are the same size. 3. The two products have the same size. 4. The two products are of different sizes. 5. The two products are in different sizes. 6. The two products have different sizes. Thanks a lot. Happy Easter :DRead More...
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what has happened vs happened

A: Oh, You have some bruises on your face. _____? B: Richard hit me. 1) What has happened 2) What happened Which one is better?Read More...
I agree that Swan's advice there provides no justification for using the present perfect in the answer to the quiz question you have presented. The speaker comments on the bruises. That something has happened which caused the bruises is part of the context. The speaker is wondering what happened .Read More...
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Reply by David, Moderator

Hello, Hailey, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange! That isn't a very kind thing to say about oneself. From a grammatical standpoint,...
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Oblivious clearly

Is the following sentence grammatically correct: "I'm oblivious clearly."Read More...
Hello, Hailey, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange! That isn't a very kind thing to say about oneself. From a grammatical standpoint, the sentence wants a comma (or, in speech, an intonation break or slight pause) before "clearly." Alternatively, you could place "clearly" at the beginning or in the middle. It is a sentence-level adverbial modifying the proposition "I'm oblivious." It is clear that I'm oblivious. Clearly, I'm oblivious. I'm clearly oblivious. I'm oblivious, clearly.Read More...
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Reply by ahmed_btm

Hi, David, Yes, I completely agree with you, but I meant something else. I meant to say that if she wants to have only one correct...
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Reply by David, Moderator

Hello, Rasha, I agree with Ahmed_btm that both answers are correct. The natural answer is the backshifted one ("locked"), though I have...
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Reply by ahmed_btm

Hi, Rasha Assem, Yes, both answers are grammatically correct. Adding one more clause to the sentence above would force you to take one...
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Reply by ahmed_btm

Re: Wish
Hi, Rasha Assem, This question has been discussed here: https://thegrammarexchange.inf...0#590866539123703210
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Reply by ahmed_btm

Hi, Egyptian 2017, Both are grammatically correct. In Egypt, we follow the singular form. BTW, this question has been discussed a long...
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Reply by ahmad

Thanks, Gustavo. It seems that my inability to put across my real question is something I must attend to before I end up embarking on...
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Past Cont vs Past Perfect Cont,

Someone next door ................... heavy metal music all night long. I didn’t get a wink of sleep. a) was playing b) has played c)had been playing d) has been playing I think that 'c' is the answer but 'a' is also possible. From one of the mock exams in Egypt.Read More...
Ahmed_btm (and to this day I still have no idea what "btm" means) wrote: My dear friend Ahmed, I believe you meant to write " whom we miss on this forum", and for what it's worth, the name is DocV, not DOCV. There still appear to be formatting issues that are beyond David's control, or mine. I apologize to you, sir, and to my dear friend David, and to Gustavo, and to certain other members. Tara certainly comes to mind. There are others. I say to you all, I beg your pardon. Some of you might...Read More...
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Wish

Salma is in England. She wishes it ………..raining! a. stops b. will stop c. stopped d. would stop The model answer is d. I wonder if 'c' is also possible. I appreciate your help. From the textbook "New Hello for Third Secondary" in Egypt.Read More...
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Reported Speech

He told the police that he always ……..the doors and windows to avoid being burgled. a) locks b) locked I think that both answers are correct. The first would mean that it's a habit that he still does (which makes more sense to me) and the second implies that he used to do this before reporting the theft to the police. Am I right? Thanks for helping me out.Read More...
Oh, very good, Ahmed. Thanks for clarifying. Now I fully agree with you, too.Read More...
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so did he

a. As his father played tennis, so did he. b. Just as his father played tennis, so did he. Do these mean 1. His father played tennis and so did he . 2. He played tennis in the same way his father played tennis. 3. He played tennis because his father did. 4. He played tennis at the same time as his father did. Many thanks.Read More...
Hi, Azz, Sentence (a) can mean (2), (3), or (4). It is context that will make the difference. Sentence (b) can mean (1). For meaning (2), however, you could say: (2b) He played tennis just as his father did.Read More...
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just as I played the guitar

a. As I played the guitar, he played the piano. b. Just as I played the guitar, he played the piano. c. He played the piano as I played the guitar. d. He played the piano just as I played the guitar. e. He played the piano as I played the guitar. f. He played the piano just as I played the guitar. Which of the above correspond to which of the below: 1. He played the piano while I played the guitar. 2. He played the piano and I played the guitar. 3. He played the piano because I played the...Read More...
Thanks for the revision, Azz. In that case: (e) --> (1) as an afterthought, (3), and (4) as a very strained afterthought (f) --> (2)Read More...
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Reply by David, Moderator

It's largely a matter of native idiomatic preference, Kis; however, if "this way" is functioning as a stand-alone noun phrase -- one...
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Reply by David, Moderator

Re: One
Hello, Emad, I agree with Ahmed_btm that the best choice is "one's," and it is not listed. In old-fashioned English, "his" was used as a...
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Reply by David, Moderator

Hi, Kis, Yes, they are both correct. The singular represents the 570 acres as one piece of land. The plural represents the 570 acres as...
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Reply by David, Moderator

No, TCW, "still" tells you that it is not a counterfactual, that they did get married 10 years ago. Indeed, the sentence cannot be...
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Reply by Gustavo, Contributor

Ahmad, in (1) "all-inclusive" is a one-word adjective (which should be hyphenated) generally used in the field of tourism to mean that...
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Reply by TCW

Hi David, thank you very much for your reply. However, isn't "would still have gotten married 10 years ago" a counterfactual conditional...

Reply by David, Moderator

I agree with Ahmed_btm's answer here and respect the Egyptian guidelines. For me personally, however, I find the backshifted version...
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Reply by David, Moderator

With all due respect to the CEO of Amazon, I recommend the following changes: Even if we had known that we would get divorced today, we...
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Reply by ahmed_btm

Using 'a moment ago' indicates that his words are still real, so there is no need to use 'time backshif'.
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acres of land is/are

570 acres of land ______ filled with gardens and cycling paths. a. is b. are Are they both correct? Is 'acres of land' singular or plural? Thanks!Read More...
Hi, Kis, Yes, they are both correct. The singular represents the 570 acres as one piece of land. The plural represents the 570 acres as 570 individual units of land.Read More...
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Reply by ahmad

Hi, Gustavo, Thanks for the reply. However, I need to know what makes (3) wrong even when it has a similar structure to that of (1)?
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Reply by Gustavo, Contributor

Ahmad, (3) is indeed wrong. You can change it to: 4. All the other systems soon gave way to the new one.
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Reply by Gustavo, Contributor

Re: So
Ahmed, to make things clear: - Such a beautiful day was it that we couldn't sit at home. CORRECT (except for the "that"-clause of result...
Gustavo, Contributor

Reply by ahmed_btm

Hi, TCW, Your idea is much better expressed on this link: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/ne...getting-divorce.html 'If we had known we...
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