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Infinitive phrase with preposition at end

Hello, teachers! Which is better, with or without the preposition? 1. The weather was too horrible to play the match (in). 2. She gave him money enough for his family to live a half year (with). 3. The knife is too dull to cut meat (with). 4. The amusement park is too large to find a missing child (in) without Lost & Found. Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

"Aim at" and "aim for"

A newspaper heading reads "Kerry aims for super Tuesday knockout. How would the meaning change if "for" were "at"? To me "aim at" sounds stronger than "aim for". Any other take on this verb phrase? There are many more hits of "aim at" than "aim for" on corpus. There are about 5 times as many instances of "aim at" than those of "aim for". appleRead More...

"Develop" vs. "invent"

Hello, teachers! Could you please tell me which is the correct verb in these sentences? 1. The World Wide Web was developed/invented by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989. 2. Aspirin was developed/invented by Dr. Felix Hoffman in Germany in1899. 3. Calculus was developed/invented by Isaac Newton in 1669. Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

"Busy" or "busily"

The following question has been asked by Ricky: Which is correct : a) "I was busy criticising a friend." OR b) "I was busily criticising a friend."Read More...

same ... as, same ... that

Which one of the following is correct? 1. The book was written in the same year that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published. 2. The book was written in the same year as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published.Read More...

Will & shall [as a promise]

Hello, teachers! - You [will, shall] get the brand-new cell phone tomorrow. When I want to mean that [I will buy you ...], can I use either "will" or "shall"? If both are possible, Is there any difference in meaning between "will" and "shall"? Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

"Been" without auxiliary?

Is the following correct? A historian attempting to predict in the 1870's which nation would take over world leadership from the British probably would have guessed Bismarck'sPrussia and been quite wrong.Read More...

Related, relating, & relative

Hello, teachers! Please let me know which is the correct or natural expression? - You can get the information [related, relating, relative] to the festival on the Internet. Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

"Since...ago" acceptable?

I know (1) and (2) are correct. How about (3)? Is it safe to tell the students (3) is grammatically acceptable? (1) I have known him for 5 years. (2) I have known him since 1997. (3) I have know him since 5 years ago. appleRead More...

Proper noun & article

Hello, teachers! * 'Market Garden' was a high risk operation that failed. Can I use these terms in the place of 'Market Garden'. - (The) Market Garden - (The) Operation Market Garden - (The) Market Garden Operation - The Market Garden operation/campaign Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

Relative clause or not?

Hello, teachers! 'Market Garden' was a high risk operation that failed. Can I rephrase this sentence using 'a failed high risk operation' in place of 'a high risk operation that failed' 'Market Garden' was a failed high risk operation. Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

Kinds of aircraft

Hello, teachers! If a company make planes and the number of plane types is 10, which is/are the correct expression(s)? 1. The company produces 10 kinds of airplane/airplanes. 2. The company produces 10 aircraft/aircrafts. 3. The company produces 10 different aircraft/aircrafts. 4. The company produces 10 different types of aircraft. Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

How frequently used is the continuous?

Hello Experts, A native english speaker told me that the continuous tenses are not frequently used in day to day english, they are used mainly in written form, and learning them in detail is useless. I find that very hard to believe..how far is this person right? I know that the present tense is the most used tense..but what about the continuos tenses? Any clarification? I use the Headways and there the continuous tenses are dealt with in detail. Thanks a lot.Read More...

"Made from" or "made out of"

Hello, teachers! Which preposition is correct? 1. We made all of them [from, out of] jade. 2. They're all made [from, out of] jade. 3. They're all hand-carved [from, out of] jade. Thank you very much. Enjoy the sudden cold weather after rain.Read More...

"Be careful of / with"?

What's the difference between the two phrasal verbs: be careful of/ be careful with? Thanks!Read More...

"start my day stretching"

Hello, teachers! Would you please tell me which expression is correct or preferred? 1. When the day breaks (in the east), I start my day stretching myself 2. When the day breaks, I start my day by stretching. 3. When the day breaks, I start my day with stretches. Thank you very much. Enjoy the spring frost after rain.Read More...

Restrictive or nonrestrictive clauses

This question is from Lina. ___________________________ Hello, I'd like to ask two questions about the following sentence (#1) , which I found it in the answers of exercises. #1 I lost my gloves which my sister had bought me only the previous day. Question 1: I think "my" should be "the" or something because there is no comma before "which." Is it OK to use "my gloves" before restrictive relative pronoun "which"? Is that because "I" have many gloves? Or is this answer incorrect? Question 2:...Read More...

What is the subject of this sentence?

What is the subject of the following sentence? In one of the bloodiest battle of the Civil war, fought at Sharpsburg, Maryland, on September 17, 1982, four times as many Americans were killed as would later be killed on the beaches of Normandy during D-Day.Read More...

Past participle only or "being" + the past participle?

Hello, teachers! [3] Which is better/correct, with or without "being"? I think we should omit the unnecessary "being." Am I wrong? - The gas station (being) run by Jack's father is the cheapest around here. [* The gas station is being run by Jack's father.] Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

Comparison

Is the following ambiguous? rice has a protein higher in quality than wheat.Read More...

The doer of the gerund

Hello, teachers! Are thess all acceptable as the doer of the gerund as a subject? Paul/Paul's/Him/His rejecting the offer was very reasonable. Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

The position of adverbial clause

Hello, teachers! [1] Is there any difference or preference? 1. They didn't give him the job because his experience was insufficient. 2. Because his experience was insufficient, they didn't give him the job. [2] Can we also use these adverbial phrases instead. 1. because of his insufficient experience 2. because of his lack of experience Thank you very much. Enjoy the sunshine.Read More...

Is this a clause following a preposition?

A Nobel laureate in economics wrote as follows. Worse still, it is now clear that Bush never had a plan for when the war ended. "when the war ended" looks to me a clause. Can a clause follow a preposition "for"? I used to think only nouns or noun phrases can follow prepositions, as in " a plan for the future" or "a plan for the party". appleRead More...

Past participle vs. "being" + past participle

Hello, teachers! [2] I think that #1 and #2 have the same meaning, but #3 is incorrect. Am I right? 1. I have two books that will be published next week. 2. I have two books being published next week. 3. I have two books published next week. Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...
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