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My "Being" again

If not ____ with the respect he feel due to him, Jack gets very ill-tempered and grumbles all the time. A. being treated B. treated C. be treated D. having been treated How many possible answers do we have here? Or is there only ONE BEST answer here?Read More...

distance

The distance ( ) we've come About the noun phrase above, if you were supposed to put a word in the blank space, except 'that', what would it be? 'Which'? Or something else?Read More...

engage in / with

Dear experts, May we assume that both ENGAGE IN and ENGAGE WITH can be employed to mean "be actively involved with something; deal with something: Those who are too smart to ENGAGE IN politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. All religions attempt to ENGAGE WITH the problem of the existence of suffering in this world. or is ENGAGE WITH used with a somewhat different meaning "make an effort to understand and deal with something"? Thank you, YuriRead More...

tenses

Which are correct and do the correct ones all mean the same thing: 1-We stopped talking to each other at some point in the last year . 2-We stopped talking to each other in the last year. 3-We stopped talking to each other over the last year. 4-We have stopped talking to each other in the last year. 5-We have stopped talking to each other over the last year. In which case: a-The 'stopping' was abrupt (a falling out) b-The 'stopping' was a gradual process (a drifting apart) c-we can't tellRead More...

first/the first

Could you kindly explain semantic difference between the two sentences? 1) Virginia Dare was the English baby who was first born in America. 2) Virginia Dare was the first English baby born in America. Any similar instances would be most welcome! Thanks!!!Read More...

Separated Words?

Hi, I wonder why long words at the enf of a line is separated. For example: tool- board . As you see "tool" is written on a line and "board" is written on another. Why aren't the two parts written in one line and leave that little space, in the above line, empty ? My hunch is that this has to do with the printing cost i.e. if we done so, we may need more pages? Is this true?Read More...

singular or plural

Hello all, Sentence number 1 seems right to me. On the other hand, I am thinking there are actually two Ms I am talking about. Can you please tell me which one is correct? Thanks. 1. The letter M in both Maryland and Manhattan is in capital. 2. The letters M in both Maryland and Manhattan are in capitals. 3. The letters Ms in both Maryland and Manhattan are in captials.Read More...

commas necessary?

Would the following be improved by commas before and after 'and perhaps dogs'? ......., and cows, sheep, pigs and perhaps dogs were domesticated. Thanks TessaRead More...

cause the fish die

Can I say, (a) The rubbish pollutes some rivers and causes fish die. (b) The rubbish pollutes some rivers and / so fish will die.Read More...

more like

cocoricot
Dear teachers, "He is growing more like his father every day." "like" is a preposition. What about "more"? Please tell me what kind of the word it is. Thank you.Read More...

verb tenses

joan
Which can fit the blank? It was surprising that he _____ the crime. (a) should have committed (b)should commit (c)is supposed to commit (d)ought to commit Thanks!Read More...

love

Is there any difference? - She loves to eat. - She loves eating.Read More...

subjunctive forms

"I remember hearing someone say the bookstore downstairs is having a sale this weekend" Is the sentence correct? Sound natural? Is the "say" in "hearing someone say" the subjunctive form? I am not sure if it conveys the meaning that I heard and someone said before. Is there a past tense of "hearing someone say" to express my exact meaning?Read More...

find VS found

I notice that most of the time people like to use "found" instead of "find", even in a present situation, to express their feelings and opinions. For example, A: How are you doing in learning Italian? B: I found it very difficult. Is it because "I found" is more polite and formal than "I find", like "I was wondering"?Read More...

the /r/ sound

Dear Rachel, Richard and all, Once again in the book Business Listening and Speaking by Maurice Jamall and Bruce Wade, /r/ sound is taught to be pronounced in American English and silent in British English as in the followoing sentences: 1. Offer them more time to pay. (US - pronounced) 2. Offer them more time to pay. (UK- silent) 3. It's an hour and a half from the ware house. (US- pronounced) 4. It's an hour and a half from the ware house. (US- pronounced) 5. We mainly export to Argentina.Read More...

rent; lend

Customers rent a DVD at a shop. How about the clerk? Does he rent or lend it? Which is more appropriate? Thanks!Read More...

Right

I wonder if there is any difference between the two sentences: 1. You were right when you turn in the wallet to the police. 2. You were right to turn in the wallet to the police.Read More...

Numbers?

Hi, When saying numbers, is it correct to say 250 as two fifty ? If it is not correct, I wonder if there are occasions when saying two fifty is correct.Read More...

Look out! v. Be careful!

Hi, Is there a difference between: Look out! There's a cable on the floor. Be careful! There's a cable on the floor. In general, is there a difference in when and how to use them? I'm attaching an exercise where Look out! OR Be careful! should be used. I wonder which picture takes which. I also wonder what the sentences will be for Pictures e, h, and i.Read More...

ten dollars

The ten dollars you gave me ____ not enough to me. a. are b. is Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

if-clause 2 or 3.

Hi, could you please tell me which one is the correct? 1)if you had been G.Bush would you have attacked ıraq? ..or, 2)İf you were G.Bush would you attack ıraq? if you had a chance to talk to Obama what would you say? 3) i would say that Usa is/was more powerful country now. in this sentence i'm talking about present situation,but the question is hypothetical. How should i answer it, in real or in hypothetical? Thanks.Read More...

At the time of being

At the time of being, she was staying with her mother when her dad went on business trip. Am I correctly using 'at the time of being'? Thank youRead More...

Even so

He has two jobs. Even so, he could not afford to pay off the rent. Am I correctly using 'even so'? Thank youRead More...
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