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Hello, everyone, 1. Since since then I haven't taken a driving test, I find it difficult to qualify it now. 2. Since I haven't taken a driving test since, I find it difficult to qualify it now. Are the above sentences acceptable or even grammatically sound? Thanks.Read More...
Thanks a lot, David. PS: In India, the word "qualify" has not just replaced the word "pass" completely - especially with respect to the meaning in question - but has relegated it to the level of being a mark of backwardness of literary sort. "Pass the salt/pass the buck" are the survivors of the onslaught.Read More...
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Alleged or allegedly

Can the word Alleged or allegedly be used in the following sentence without replacing its meaning? The table below is a summary of the allegedly/alleged interest expense incurred on the $1M loan facility. thanks!Read More...
Thank you and my apologies to have forgotten this simple rule. Other examples are: 1. I supposedly work from 9-5 but I have to leave early as I have an appointment with my doctor. [modify the verb "work") 2. The supposed threat did not eventually eventuate. [threat here means threat that I do not think the actual threat and works as an adjective to modify noun] Have I understood correctly?Read More...
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Usage of "progressing"

Hello, Can I use "progressing" in the following way? Plans for next month: progressing the ABC project. Or is it more correct to say "continuing with the project progress"? I know "progressing" can be used in this way: Q: How is the project going? A: It is progressing nicely. But can I say "We will be progressing the project"? Thank you, ~AnnieRead More...
Hi David, your philosophy of having actual messages instead of likes makes sense! I agree - better have folks put thoughts and feelings into messages instead of popularity-statistic likes. That being said...would it not make sense, then, to completely remove the heart icon from the G.E. site? It's just an empty icon.Read More...
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English grammar

Hey, I can't figure out what I should use in this cases: a) New York is a city what is really exciting b) New York is a city which is really exciting There are so many things to discover that it's easy / easier / easily to find something that is unique and wonderful. I would be grateful for any help :)Read More...
Thanks, CS. I completely understand. We look forward to seeing you again.Read More...
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the a best way

1 There is always a best way to do something. 2 There is always the best way to do something. I think 1 is correct. But I have found this. https://www.capitalmutual.com.au/news/aug-18/lets-talk-exit-strategy However, there is always the best way to proceed for the best outcome.Read More...
Hi, Me_IV, Although with anticipatory pronoun "there" (called that way because it functions as a grammatical subject that anticipates the real subject that appears later on in the sentence) the indefinite article (or the zero article) is more usual, the definite article is not incorrect. The slight difference between both sentences: is that in (1) the speaker means to say: There is always a way which is the best one (he/she may not know which that way is) while in (2) the speaker might imply...Read More...
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unusual usage of 'that'

Hello, everyone? I’ve seen a very unusual usage of that in following two sentences. While I think the ‘ that anything ’ is replaced with ‘ among whatever ’, then the sentence would be much easier enough to understand. Is there special usage for the ‘ that ’, which I don’t know, while the ‘that’ seems to be a relative adverb. 1. The speed of light is the fastest that anything can move . (allegedly, extracted from an American textbook) 'Reading Advanced' / Unit. 8 What is light? Light is very...Read More...
Hi, Gustavo, Thanks for your additional explanation. Best RGDS,Read More...
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The question about conditional

Hello everyone, I'd appreciate if someone could explain me if the below sentences are grammatically correct: A1: Had I not been learning, I would not have passed the exams. A2: Had we not been yelling, we would not have scared our father. It seems to me that this is third, inverted conditional, but with "negative" in it. Is this ok to use? ThanksRead More...
@Gustavo, Co-Moderator Thanks a lot for your rundown on my question.Read More...
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different age

Which one is wrong and why? 1 There were a lot of students of different ages. 2 There were a lot of students of different age. 3 There were a lot of students of a different age.Read More...
Hi, Me_IV, Only (1) is correct. With this kind of sentences, the noun within the modifier takes the plural form just like the head noun. With the noun in the plural, "different" seems to work like a distributive adjective ( students of different ages -> each student of a different age ). Likewise, we can have: 4. There were student s of different nationalitie s. 5. There were shirt s of different size s . 6. There were object s of different shape s . 7. There were flower s of different...Read More...
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Attributable (Adj), Attributed (verb)

Attributable (Adj), Attributed (verb) The above words have been used interchangeably. I believe the following 3 sentences are correct and have the same meaning but appreciate if you could shed some light if this is not the case. You stated that the trust income that is attributable to you for the 2020 year is $1 million. [used as an adjective] You stated that the trust income attributable to you for the 2020 year is $1 million. [Reduced relative clause] You stated that the trust income...Read More...
"attributed" in your last example is short for "that is attributed," thus being the passive form of transitive verb "attribute." Only transitive verbs can take the passive form.Read More...
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whose usage

Whose national heritage, for example, does the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci belong to? Is it French or Italian? Is this sentence natural? I have a problem with "whose". The pronoun whose itself means "which person or people a particular thing belongs to".Read More...
Excellent observation, Gustavo. I agree with you that the use of the possessive in the second sentence makes the two sentences more coherent grammatically.Read More...
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Difference between 'You miss home' and 'You are missing home'

What's the difference between 'You miss home' and 'You are missing home' ?Read More...
Hello, dinDitt, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange. I agree with Ahmed_btm's answer. The present progressive ("You are missing home"; "You are feeling homesick") does focus on the time of speech. "You feel homesick" ("You are missing home") is a much more general statement. We would naturally use the progressive if, say, the referent of "you" were crying and we knew homesickness to be the reason. The present progressive would convey that it is but a temporary emotion that the speaker is...Read More...
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to run, to be run

Hello. Which one is correct? why? - Many machines are made ......... by electricity. (to run - to be run) Thank you.Read More...
Hi, Ahmed, I see that this is a very poor sentence to use. 1- Many machines are made to run on / be powered by electricity. (It means they are designed to run on / be powered by electricity.) 2- Many machines are made to run by electricity. (It doesn't have the same meaning as 1. It sounds meaningless or odd and I think that no one will get that meaning you have in mind.)Read More...
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you/you're question (sort of)

Hello everyone: This is my very first post here but this site is often the first hit for many of my questions. Apologies in advance if this is the incorrect place to post this. Please re-direct me if this is the case. I came across a passage on a technical site that I'm trying to parse: "It really is pretty serious. The fact you don’t have to really interact with your phone for this to be set off on you is really quite scary. This attack is just you’re walking along , the phone is in your...Read More...
Gustavo, thanks so much for the speedy reply. Your reply does clarify things. Read along with the other coordinate clauses the "you're" makes sense. It felt right, but I didn't know why.Read More...
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Complex Grammar Structure

Hi admin! I would like to ask whether or not my sentence below is correct. "Although I managed to think all the possible answers for the questions when I received the exam paper, I failed the test." I put another clause "when I received the exam paper" between the two main clauses of "although" to explain more details. Am I correct to do it so? Or I need to eliminate it. Thank you very much.Read More...
Thank you so much. Yead, I do mean "think of" in this circumstance.Read More...
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spacewalk

Hello. Please: Which one is correct? Why? - The astronauts went out of their spacecraft to do a.........on the space station.(spacewalk - repair) Thank you.Read More...
Hi, Ahmed—Answering this question does not require grammar knowledge. If they went out to do a spacewalk, say so. If they went out to do a repair, say so.Read More...
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Please, give me your Feedback :mistakes ,syntax ..,etc

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causative active or passive

Hello. I'm really confused about the following sentence: - I've got some of the cleverest students (to prepare - preparing - prepared) for the competition. They don't need preparation anymore. I think the three forms are OK, right? Thank you.Read More...
Oh, yes, you are right. Thank you for pointing that out.Read More...
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injected - was injected

Hello. Which one is correct? Why? - A sample was taken and.........into a tube. (injected - was injected) Thank you.Read More...
Hi, Ahmed, You don't need to repeat the auxiliary, so you should use "injected." I wouldn't say that "was injected" is ungrammatical, but for linguistic economy reasons "injected" will always be preferred, especially because there are no other words between both participles.Read More...
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