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on the whole / as a whole

mengxin2009
These rules and regulations not only apply to the graduate students, but to the school_____. A.on the whole B.as a whole I will choose B, but I am not sure. I often get confused about "on the whole","as a whole" and "in general". Let me make up some sentences here, please correct me if I am wrong: 1. On the whole, he is a good student; 2. As a whole, the mission will be cleared satisfactorily. 3. In general, he is a good student. (But could these phrases be interchangeable?) Many thanks in ...Read More...

practise / learn archery

Can I say, (a) They learn archery / learn to play archery. (b) They practise archery every week. (c) They go for archery every week. (d) They have / do archery every week. (e) The man teaches the boy archery. (f) The man teaches the boy (how)to play archery.Read More...

Given

cocoricot
Dear teachers, "Given the strong determination of the new principal, cheating will expectedly be stopped." Please tell me what kind of the word "Given" is. - a prepostion? - a past participle? Thanks.Read More...

should

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Please tell me if they are the same. 1. "If you should get caught doing this. You will go to prison." 2. Were you caught doing this, you would go to prison. Thanks.Read More...

scribble something / on

Can I say, (a) He scribbled (on) the table. (b) He scribbled something / scribbled flowers on the table. (c) He scribbled all over the table.Read More...

change trains

I changed _________ on the way. a. trains b. the train c. my train d. a train Are they all correct? Could you explain the differences between them? Thanks!Read More...

two pincers

Can I say, (a) The crab has two pincers. (b) The crab has many pincers (on its body). (c) The crab has a pair of pincers.Read More...

weak sentence?

Hi, "When new words such as America, china, banana, or algebra were adopted into English, there was in these accents therefore no problem." I feel that the word order of the part in bold strange and weak. I think the sentence should have been re-ordered as follows: 1. there was, therefore, no problem in these accents. OR 2. there was no problems in these accents, therefore. OR commas could have been added 3. there was ,in theses accents, therefore no problem. What do you think?Read More...

By the time

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Please help me. How can I do this sentence? "They are not going to reach an agreement before it is too late" => By the time ... Thanks.Read More...

before

Which are correct: 1-We are humans before being soldiers. 2-We are humans before soldiers. 3-We are humans before we are soldiers.Read More...

liquid

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Which noun is best to go with "liquid"? " a liquid food/nutrition/diet" Thank you.Read More...

select or selected bookshops

Hi, Sentence: XXX is available at selected bookshops. Sentence: XXX is available at select bookshops Should it be select or selected? Thanks. CheersRead More...

ing vs simple form

Hello Would you mind telling me the difference between the two sentences? -I will be attending school by next Monday. -I will attend school by next Monday. Thanks a lot.Read More...

even if; even though

The employees won't be satisfied ______ they are paid fairly for their work. a. even though b. even if Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

along with her younger sister

Hello, "It is a story about a young man adopted by an American couple, along with her younger sister , because their mother couldn't raise them well." Is the position of the bolded phrase fine in this passage? Thanks a lot!Read More...

At / in public

Can I say, (a) We must not burn the rubbish in / at public. (b) Do not burn rubbish in public / in public places. (c) We must not burn the / our waste in the public. (d) Do not burn in public. (e) Do not burn in an opening place. (f) Please do not burn rubbish in open place.Read More...

can make / can be made

Can I say, (a) Some paddy husks can make construction materials. (b) Paddy husks can be made to / into construction materials. (c) The paddy husks are / is good for construction (materials). (d) The paddy husks can make construction (materials of houses) (e) The paddy husks can be used to do/ make construction. (f) The paddy husks can make different kinds of construction (materials) (g) We can use paddy husks for construction materials.Read More...

to get / to earn / to make money

Can I say, (a) The man sells newspapers for (some) money. (b) He sells newspapers to earn (some) money. (c) Recycle newspapers can earn money. (d) He sells newspapers to get (the) money. (e) He recycled the newspapers and got the money. (f) we could recycle newspapers to make/earn money.Read More...

rain / rainwater

Can I say, (a) The rain dropped into /in the pail. (b) The rain water / rainwater was collected in a pail. (c) We collected the rain / raindrops in a pail. (d) The rain / rainwater is in the pail. (e) The rain fell into the pail. (f) We can collect rain / rainwater using (in) a pail. (g) We can collect rain with / in a pail. (g) The rain is dropped into /in the pailRead More...

learn

joan
Which is correct? Alice learned from the TV news ____ Nora Jones was coming to Taiwan the next day. a.that b.where c.which d.whether Thanks!Read More...
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