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March 2020

Best English Words

English is awesome! It was always my favorite subject in school. So many possibilities and ways to express ourselves through this language. Some of my favorite words (whether it's because of their sound and/or meaning): Verbs: decimate spearhead relinquish disillusion endeavor galvanize spelunk acclimate illuminate awaken Adjectives: ominous insatiable wanton ubiquitous jaded bodacious flippant cryptic exquisite avid pristine crisp zealous Nouns: prototype nemesis caveat moniker facade...Read More...

Which is correct in this sentence, is or are?

Which is correct: (This is bad.) Even worse is the lack of disclosure and proactive preparedness efforts. or (This is bad.) Even worse are the lack of disclosure and proactive preparedness efforts. Before asking I usually search for the answer in other sources. I tried to refer to this Grammarly blog , but couldn't figure it out from what's presented. Did I miss something or does it not address this context? I also typed it in Grammarly and both versions were deemed correct. Thanks for any...Read More...
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reporting 'must'

Hi, All If I'm reporting this sentence, 'Max must be tired', should it be 'A' or 'B', bearing in mind that it is NOT reported instantly? A: X said that Max must have been tired. B: X said that Max must be tired. THANKSRead More...
Hi, Rasha, When 'must' is used to indicate deduction, it remains unchanged in indirect speech.Read More...
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commas

a. These are the books I wrote in this subject. There are other books, by other authors, on this subject as well. b. These are the books I wrote in this subject. There are other books by other authors on this subject as well. Which is correctly punctuated? Many thanksRead More...
Hi, Azz, I don't like the repetition of "other." I'd also prefer to keep the given information together, and add the new one at the end: c. These are the books I wrote on this subject. There are books on this subject by other authors as well.Read More...
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Word-Order In Interrogative Sentences?

Dear teachers, I have a question regarding the word-order in interrogative sentences. I think, the following two statements are grammatically correct; however, how do I explain the difference between them? (That is, when do we use No.2?) 1. Who is Shakespeare? 2. Who Shakespeare is? Can the second sentence be said in situations like in a classroom for, instance, when the lecturer says, "Let me tell you who Shakespeare is"? Or, can it be a heading on the slide show: "Who Shakespeare is... 1.Read More...
Hello, David! Thank you very much. And, thank you for the prompt response and helpful explanation. You're so kind. I have learnt something today. Thank you ever so much, David.Read More...
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it is the person sitting in the audience

1) The victim of the movie is as much the person sitting in the audience as it is Tommy. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Tommy_(1975_film) "Tommy" is the name of the protagonist of the movie and the name of the movie. The antecedent of 'it' is 'the victim'. As 'the victim' is a person, I am not sure the sentence works. But one couldn't use 'her' or 'she' or 'he or she' there, could one? How about: 2) The victim of the movie is as much the person sitting in the audience as Tommy.Read More...

try to do / try doing

Hello. Could you please help me? Which form is correct to use in the following piece of advice. - Why don’t you try to drink less coffee if you want to be healthier? - Why don’t you try to drink less coffee if you want to be healthier? Thank you.Read More...
Hi, Ahmed, Those are two identical questions. I guess you meant your second question to be: "Why don't you try drinking less coffee if you want to be healthier?" Anyway, that's the third time you ask the same question with the same title and twice you got the same reply that 'try drinking' is the better one here. See: https://thegrammarexchange.inf...ry-to-do-try-doing-1 https://thegrammarexchange.inf.../try-to-do-try-doingRead More...
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