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while vs during

(A)We stayed one night in this hotel while visiting Paris. (B) We stayed one night in this hotel during visiting Paris. I understand the sentence (B) is considered as incorrect. I also know "during" is followed by a noun and "while" is by a clause. But in case of (B), if "visiting" is a gerund acting as a noun, why is it incorrect? In addition, how about the following examples? Is it incorrect either? We stayed one night in this hotel during the visiting of Paris.Read More...

much too / very much

In the following sentence, can I use either 'much too kind' or 'very (so) much kind' with the same meaning or implications? 'You shouldn't have bothered, Mrs. Owens; you're much too kind/very (so) much kind to me.' Thanks!Read More...

the

Masks also appear in theater. Dancers and actors often wear them to show the audience the kind of characther that they are playing. Is it okay to write 'audiences' instead of 'the audience': Dancers and actors often wear them to show audiences the kind of characther that they are playing. I don't get it why the writer is using 'the' before audience. Is it wrong not to write 'the' before audience in the sentence?Read More...

would

Sharon : The first Sweden's astronaut returned albeit a bit late. Bart: When you travel millions of miles, twenty minutes late is nothing to fuss over. Sharon : I wonder if this will lead to a surge in space exploration for Sweden. Bart : I don’t see why it would make a tremendous difference. Sweden has always been actively involved in space research. I don't understand "would" in bold. Is the "would" used in hypothetical meaning, or just used in expressing presumption? And could "would" be...Read More...

crawled out / from the hole

Can I say, (a) The dog crawled out from / of the hole (in the gate). (b) The dog crawled through the hole from / in the fence. (c) The dog crawled in / into the hole (in the gate). (d) The dog crawled in / into the house through the hole. (e) The dog crawled over the hole.Read More...

Got a little ahead

- When asked about headlines that suggested the teen got a little ahead of her age by dancing with the metal pole, Billy Ray said Miley remains focused on “entertaining.” “You know what? I just think that Miley loves entertaining people,” Billy Ray told Access. “She loves singing (and) songwriting.” And while some might have taken exception to Miley’s performance, her father encouraged her to block out the negative comments. “I always tell her to love what you’re doing and stay focused for...Read More...

apply

Did you apply ____ the company we saw on the Internet? a. for b. to Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

Mistaking

Keith: You are Peter and you're working for Microsoft, right? Jack: I think you must be mistaking me for someone else. - Instead of saying like Jack, are there other ways to say? Thanks very much to moderators! namcoolguyRead More...

out

I think 'out' has a temporal meaning. It seems it means something like 'later'. Is that correct? Is this sentence correct: 1-Six months out, we went to see them. (Meaning: Six months later, we went to see them.)Read More...

out

1-Out this door is the garage. Does this mean that the door opens to the garage? Is the garage necessarily immediately behind the door or could it be some way away?Read More...

compound

joan
How do you say the compound: work plans OR working plans OR plans of work OR plans of working? Thanks!Read More...

common days

Hello, I don't like my common days . Is this correct? Thanks!Read More...

pleasure have

Hello, "Do you think people who pleasure have low self esteem?" The bolded words are the verb phrase, right?, but can you please show me the sentence pattern for this. Sorry, I made some correction of my sentence. This is a question given in a textbook. I would like to know the pattern of this question. Thank a lot!Read More...

stop/stop ~ from

Hi again, I wonder if 'stop+object+~ing' has the same meaning as 'stop+object+from ~ing.' That means, if the following sentece, taken from Collins Cobuild, can the word 'from' be put in front of 'seeing'? 'I think she would like to have liked to stop us (from???) seeing each other' Thanks for help!Read More...

of

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Is it correct not to use "of"in "so much of" "It was not so much a discussion as an argument." Thank you.Read More...

Sentence

Dear Rachel Would you please tell me whether the following sentence is correct or not ? - I can't remember what I gave him = I remembered When I gave him somthing ** Please tell me why? I'm waiting for your kind reply. Thank you very much. SayedRead More...

subjunctive mood

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Please explain the usage of subjunctive in the case. "It is a federal law that children be vaccinated before entering the first grade." Thank you.Read More...

social/sociable/societal

The word 'social' has two usage, one in realtion to society, and the other in relation to forming relation with people. Regarding the former meaning, I am confused with the word 'societal,' and regarding the latter meaning, I am not clear enough to tell 'social' from 'sociable.' Could you help me distinguish them? As an example, in the following sentence, are both 'social' and 'sociable' acceptable with identical meaning? 'The Johnsons are very social/sociable people. They love giving...Read More...

previous/former

Again, In the following sentece, can 'former' be replaced with 'previous'? 'Our PE teacher,a for former mer professional basketball player, is coaching the school team.' The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Dictionary says that 'previous' should be used only before noun. Do you think that the word should come immediate immediately ly before noun without allowing any adjectives in between?Read More...

try for you to

Can one say: a. I'll try for them to enjoy themselves. b. I'll do my best for them to enjoy themselves. a. I'll try so that they enjoy themselves. b. I'll do my best so that they enjoy themselves.Read More...

a great many

Hi!!!, In the following sentence, is 'a great many' an idiomatic phrase? Can't it be replaced with 'great many'? 'We suffered from a great many troubles.' Thanks.Read More...

a pair of shoes is / are

what is the correct answer? (i) There is a pair of shoes beside the flower pot. (ii) The pair of shoes is / are next to the flower pot. (iii) There is / are a pair of shoes near the flower pot. (iv) These are shoes and flower pot.Read More...
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