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August 2020

Make a pet of something

What's the meaning of "making a pet of a mouse"in the following sentence ? ▪ Did you see that story about the gorilla making a pet of a mouse? Can I write the sentence above like this? ◆ Did you see that story about the gorilla that made a pet of a mouse?Read More...
Hi, Toaha—Yes, you can rewrite the first sentence as the second sentence; the first sentence can have the same meaning. It is also possible for the first sentence to be referring to a story in which a gorilla was in the process of making a pet of a mouse (making a mouse its pet) but didn't finish the process.Read More...
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confidence

Hi, What is the meaning of " confidence is always borrowed, never owned"? Is it saying that confidence is not a thing you can get by yourself but something other persons give to you? Thanks in advance.Read More...
Thank you, Gustavo. Then to own implies eternity while to borrow carries a shade of instanceness. In other words, ownership is solid gold whereas borrowers always stand on the brink of a steep cliff. But I reckon confidence is like self-esteem and it would be something you build in your mind. Say you are a high school student and a member of the tennis club. You and your friend Tom are competing each other. But Tom always goes a bit before you and you can not beat him. In that context, which...Read More...
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"need submit" typo of "need to submit"?

Hi there (apologies for the cross-post), I'd like to know if "need submit" as in "you will need submit the documents marked xxx" is acceptable or simply a typo of "need to submit". Here are some examples: "If you intend to occupy the building where works have taken place, you’ll need submit an Application for Occupancy Permit Form (BA9) to ensure that the completed building is suitable for occupation. "...Read More...
Hellos, steve357, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange. The absence of "to" has to be a typo in both of those sentences, because it can only be admitted in non-affirmative contexts where "need" is not tensed and works as a modal verb. On page 342 of Michael Swan's Practical English Usage we can read:Read More...
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Use of article the with singular.

I am helping someone with his academic essay. He wrote: Software would be a preferable option when time is a crucial factor as computers can work much faster than than human brains . I have corrected it to: Software would be a preferable option when time is a crucial factor as the computer can work much faster than than the human brain . The second sounds much better than the first, but although I am a native English speaker, I don't know why and need to explain it to him! Can anyone please...Read More...
Thank you very much Gustavo, that explains it all, much appreciated!Read More...
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on or in

May I know which sentence is appropriate? Choose a company listed on the US stock exchange. Choose a listed company in the US stock exchangeRead More...
Good job, Joshua. You have formulated a grammatically correct question. The first sentence is correct with "listed on" or "listed in," but I find "listed on" more natural there. The second sentence is not good if you intend it to have the same meaning as the first. A listed company on or in a list is not necessarily a company that is listed on or in that list. Go with the first sentence .Read More...
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each feature vs each of the feature

May I know, which sentence below is more appropriate. 1. The analysis of each feature , assessment mark is 5 marks. 2. The analysis of each of the features , assessment mark is 5 marks.Read More...
That sentence is fine. You could also say: The feature-analysis assessment is 5 marks per feature.Read More...
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Is or am

Could you please answer this question? It's I who.......... responsible for the delay. am / isRead More...
Hi, Abo Hamza, and 'Happy Eid Al-Adha', We say: It is I who am...... (Subject form / Very formal style). - It's me who's....... (Object form / Informal style). See this informative thread: https://thegrammarexchange.inf...am-or-it-is-i-who-isRead More...
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"NO" with singular noun or plural noun.

Hi administrator! May I have a question? As far as I know, after the word "no", we usually use a singular noun or a plural noun. Ex: No students in my class arrive on time. Ex 2: No explanation is appropriate for the answer. I'm still confused that when we should use a plural noun or singular noun after no. Thank you.Read More...
Hi, Moon Le, Here you can find quite a good explanation, according to which "no" is usually used with plural countable nouns unless you expect the singular ( He has no wife ) or you want to sound emphatic, meaning "not a single": No student ever arrives on time.Read More...
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