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would have been

A: Now that I think about it, it's obvious that Devin would have been a candidate for a nervous breakdown. B: Just because he smokes and drinks coffee? Is 'if clause' omitted in the sentence in bold? Why does 'speaker A' use 'would have been'? And is it wrong if I said it's obvious that Devin might have been a candidate for a nervous breakdown. ?Read More...

will; would

Exercising too much on the same muscle group _____ cause fatigue. a. will b. would Are they both correct? If so, are there any differences in meaning? Thanks!Read More...

cannot have lied

He _____ have lied about his age. a. cannot b. couldn't Are they both correct? If so, are there any differences in meaning? Thanks!Read More...

there was nobody

Which are correct: 1-There was nobody there that we could get to help us by paying. 2-There was nobody there that we could get to help us by paying them. 3-There was nobody that we would help us even if we paid them. 4-There was nobody there that we could pay to help us.Read More...

before going back to /to go back to

Hello, After my military service, I had five months before going back to college/before I went back to college. I guess the first one sounds better than the second one. But, is the second one possible? If so, any difference? Thanks a lot!^^Read More...

whom again

Which are correct: 1-Last night the group was joined by Jane, seeing whom perform is a divine experience . 2-Last night the group was joined by the only dancer seeing whom perform is a divine experience . 3-Last night I ran into Harry, meeting whom is always a pleasure for me . 4-Last night I ran into the only person meeting whom is always a pleasure for me .Read More...

Mickey's house's garden / house garden

Can I say, (a) There will be hi-tea followed by dinner. It is held in Mickey's house's garden / house garden. (b) It is held in the garden of Mickey's house. P/s: Do we say, "There will be" or "There is "? Normally, we use "There is / are", I seldom and don't know how to use "There will".Read More...

through /on / in the internet

Can I say, (a) He loves to play Internal games. (b) He loves playing games on /in the Internet. (c) He loves to look for information through /on / in the internet.Read More...

Oh you shouldn't have!

Hi, At 5:42 of the clip on the link below, you will hear 'Oh you shouldn't have! . What does it mean i.e. you shouldn't have What ? http://www.youtube.com/user/du...ploads/1/K6m8_MRgfrsRead More...

pp. signature?

Hi, pp found at the end of a letter, for example, means that the letter was signed by someone on behalf of another person. My question is: Are there any other way to express the same idea using words or abbreviations other than pp ?Read More...

on / in her shirt / clothes.

Can I say, (a) The woman's shirt has a brooch. (b) The woman has a brooch. (c) She wears a brooch (on / in her shirt) (d) She has a brooch on /in her clothes. (e) She puts a brooch on her blouse.Read More...

from 5 to eight o'clock

Can I say, (a) They party will be held from 5 (o'clock)to 8 o'clock on 28 July 2009. (b) They party will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 o'clock. (c) They party will be held from 5 o'clock on 28 July 2009.Read More...

Can commode mean a dining table? ever?

Hi, I just read this today and wonder if commode can ever mean a dining table. Even if it can, wouldn't most readers think it meant something else. Grateful for your input. Thanks. Cheers, Susan SENTENCE: From a regular size seating four to a larger commode accomodating six or 10, the tables are chic and versatile both for formal and casual occasions.Read More...

Help how do I explain this?

I have an ESL student who doesn't understand how to use the articles a/an or the or when not to use these articles. Here are some examples: I go to the supermarket. I go to a bar. I go to the internet cafe. I go to work. I go home. Can someone give me some advice on how to explain when to use and when not to use these articles. Thank you in advance.Read More...

became bigger

Can I say, Two minuted later, the fire brigade came to the shophouse.The crowd became bigger.Read More...

Eventive object

Hello, Rachel and Richard: --- Compare: They fought for a long time . [verb + adverbial] They fought a long fight . [verb + cognate object] They had a long fight . [verb + eventive object] The construction with the eventive object provides greater weight than the corresponding SV type, especially if there are no optional adverbials, and is often preferred to the SV construction in informal English. Quirk, A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language, p. 751 --- What "weight" are they...Read More...

think of vs think about

Hello Would you please tell me if it is OK to replace think about think about with think of think of in the sentences: - he thought about getting married hard and carefully. - He thought about the problem of economic recession hard and carefully. Thank you.Read More...

Magnificent or magnificently?

Hi, I am wondering what is the correct usage in this sentence ie does there need to be a comma after magnificent or would the adverb be better? Grateful for your input. 1. <sentence without comma = is that OK> Dreamy glass lighting, chandeliers and magnificent jewelled candles add a lavish touch. 2. <with comma> Dreamy glass lighting, chandeliers and magnificent, jewelled candles add a lavish touch. 3. <with adverb instead> Dreamy glass lighting, chandeliers and...Read More...

A contemptuous attitude

Hello, Rachel and Richard: ---- There is a predisposition for initial as for to indicate a contemptuous attitude: As for his book, I suppose you've read the reviews. Quirk, A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language, p. 707 ---- Is this really true? Thanks.Read More...

expressing

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Dear teachers, “A person who doesn’t look away is expressing a challenge.” Please tell me if “expressing” is a gerund or a present participle? Thank you.Read More...
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