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whom

Hello I'd like to ask about the variation of the question style. Would you take a look at the following sentences? 1) Who was this CD produced by? 2) By whom was this CD produced? 3) Whom was this CD produced by? I think 1) and 2) is correct. 2) is probably formal. However what I'd like to know is whether 3) is still grammatically acceptable or not. When you make a question sentence, do you sometimes use "whom"? Or is "whom" obsolete in the question? Thank you.Read More...

'I wish' + which form of 'can' to refer to the past

Hello Would you look at the following sentence? #1 I wish I could drive a car then. I found this in the exercise. I think #1 should be #2 because there is "then." #2 I wish I could have driven a car then. I'll be happy to know the answer. Thank you.Read More...

Direct Object

Choose the sentence in which the verb has a direct object. 1.She is insecure. 2.I walked away. 3.George was furious. 4.They won the game.Read More...

Subject or object pronouns

Select the sentence in which all the pronouns are used correctly. 1.Just between you and I, I am not impressed by our new manager. 2.Be sure to divide all the income from the suburban property between he and I. 3.I sat between him and her during the sales conference. 4.I hope shw will keep this between she and I.Read More...

Capitalization

Which of the following italicized words is correctly capitalized? 1.Mount mckinley is the talles moountain in North America. 2.The most beautiful State is Hawaii. 3.Marsha speaks excellent german . 4.Jim must drice to the North to study the northern lights.Read More...

Agreement problem

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In the course of my work I came across the following: "There's just a handful of companies in the world that have specialized in this process." Question: Is the appropriate verb "is" or "are"? Considerations: 1) The noun "handful" as the subject of the sentence seems to demand "is" as the verb -- e.g. A handful is all you need. 2) The "intended subject" (and hence number) is clearly plural (i.e. obviously more than one company). Of course a re-write would make it clearer: "There are...Read More...

Compound Predicate

Choose the sentence that has a compound predicate. 1.Swimming and golfing are Jim's favorite sports. 2.Sue and I will listen. 3.Sandy washed and ironed her clothes. 4.We went home to eat and to study.Read More...

Subject Complement

Choose the sentence that has a subject complement. 1.The nurse felt my pulse. 2.I felt much better. 3.The day ended with many surprises. 4.We can't leace without seeing her.Read More...

Singular Possessive Case

Which one of the following is a correct example of the singular possessive case? 1.women's club. 2.audiences' reaction. 3.who's job. 4.king's rightsRead More...

Plural Possessive Case?

Which one of the following is a corrext example of the Plural Possessive case? 1.stone's throw 2.men's plans 3.it's place 4.woman's plansRead More...

Why 'brideSmaid'?

This question has been sent in by Carlotta . I have a question about the word bridesmaid/bridesmaids. Why is the first part of the word plural? I can't find any part of grammar which can help me.Read More...

As per

Many people like to use "as per" in their e-mails. However, my professor told me to avoid using "as per" in the letter. Can anybody explain the correct usage, please? Thanks a lot!Read More...

'ON / IN / AT the premises'

Dear teachers, What preposition is used in the following sentence? The book festival will be held .... the school premises on October 26, 2004. Thank you, Aneeth PrabhakarRead More...

some, any

The following is an exercise I came across in one of the textbooks. The answer key says the correct answer is "some", but "any" seems to work. Any comment? The noise outside prevented me from having (a, some, a few, any) sleep. AppleRead More...

grapefruit/grapefruits

Are both sentences correct?If so, which sentence is more common or natural? 1. Grapefruit is sour. 2. Grapefruits are sour.Read More...

The past participles of intransitive verbs

Hello, teachers! Would you please tell me if these are acceptable or if we should use the bare forms? 1. I'm sad to see the flowers [withered, wither] away. 2. I'm sad to see the flowers [faded, fade] away. 3. I'm sad to see the flowers [shriveled, shrivel] up. Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

wither and wither away

Hello, teachers! Can we omit 'away's and 'up' here? 1. I'm sad to see the flowers withered/wither [away]. 2. I'm sad to see the flowers faded/fade [away]. 3. I'm sad to see the flowers shriveled/shrivel [up]. Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

a number of, the number of, the numbers of

"a number of X" means "a lot of X" and takes a plural verb, as in "Recently a number of violent crimes have been reported" "the number of X" merely means the mass or the group of X and takes a singular verb as in "Recently the number of foreign cars is on the increase" I saw the following sentence in Nature . I am fine with what the sentence means, but is it possible to say "the continent's dwindling number of wild elephants is being...."? The continent's dwindling numbers of wild elephants...Read More...

"fee" and " fare"

We all know it's "admission fee" not "fare" and "bus fare" not "fee". Is this something we just have to know? Does anyone have a good explanation for students? lesson/admission/tuition fee, bus/train/air fare, Are there cases where these two are interchangeable? AppleRead More...

"everyone" and "everybody"

In most situations "everyone" and "everybody" are interchangeable, as I understand, but what is the difference if there is any? In class, I prefer "everyone" as in "Attention please, everyone", but really don't know why. Is there a difference between "nobody" and "no one", "anybody" and "anyone" and so on? AppleRead More...

"never" and "before"

Hello I'd like to know if we can use "never" and "before" in the same sentence. #1 Yuki has never been to London before. Is #1 grammatically accepted? Or does this sound strange? Thank you.Read More...

Passive with "for"?

Hello I find the following sentence in the exercise. In the case of the verb "buy", I wonder if person can be the subject in the passive sentence. I know it is OK with the verb "give" The sentence is this: #1 I was bought a nice bicycle for my birthday by my father. Is this grammatically accepted? Thank you.Read More...

used to

Hello I wonder if I can use " used to " instead of " would " in the following sentence. #1 My mother would often bake bread on Saturday mornings. #2 My mother used to often bake bread on Saturday mornings. If #2 is OK, do both sentences have the same meaning? Thank you.Read More...

what is the difference ?

Dear All, What is the difference between the following two sentences ? 1) Not a day has gone by when I didn't think of him. 2) Not a day has gone by when I have not thought of him. Thank you. RickyRead More...

Expressions for not feeling well

Hello I'd like to ask about how to express the reason of bad condition. 1) I'm sick with a fracture. 2) I'm sick with a cold. 3) I'm in bad condition with a stomachache. Would you give me some better expressions? Thank you.Read More...
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