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play a guitar?

Dear all, Can we say "I want to learn to play a guitar." Or should we say " I want to learn to play the guitar"? Is it true that in any case a musical instrument must follow "the"? Thank you!Read More...

After "when"

Shall i know what is the short form (verb) after "when"? (1) When travelling in a bus, he always gets sick. (when he was travelling / When he travels) (2) When going to work that day, he had an accident. (3) When told of the bad news, she burst into tears. (4) He sat glued to his chair when playing video games.Read More...

Omission of "being" in adverbial expressions

First I must appologize for sending in a question involving a long list of 23 sentences.All these confusing sentences, however, relate to whether we can leave out the word "being" or not. It seems to me that they are better presented together. The question is: will the presence or absence of "being" in the following lead to any difference in the acceptability, meaning, function, or whatever, of these sentences? The words "adjective", "adverb" etc, unless otherwise described, refer to what...Read More...

high quality products or high-quality products

Hi, This is my understanding so far: 1. Words that use two adjectives eg family-owned business then we would use a hyphen. 2. Words with two nouns used in an adjectival sense -- we will use a hyphen unless through usage the meaning is clearly understood such as stock market capitalisation. 3. For words that are an adverb plus either an adjective or noun then no hyphenation eg traditionally made models or least invasive procedures. There are some exceptions with short adverbs such as the word...Read More...

Reading / A reading

tommy
A. Reading is helpful for students. what's difference please? B. A reading is helpful for student. Examples: Reading helps you learn English. Her favorite hobby is reading. I enjoy reading. *remark: why nouns without article?Read More...

End and finish as a verb

Dear Rachel , Would you please help me with these questions ? 1) What is the difference between " end " and " finish " as a verb ? 2) Which of the following expressions is correct ? ( or maybe both are correct ? ) a) What time will it end ? b) What time will it finish ? Thank you very much . SayedRead More...

"Contrive" means "make up"?

What does the verb contrive mean here? Some people think it means invent or make up . I think it means something like intended , treated or simply used . It is this aspect of living history that most new reporting reflects inadequately. The result is that we are underinformed about positive developments and overinformed about disasters. This, in turn, leads to a public mood of defeatism and despair, which in themselves tend to be inhibitors of progress. An unrelieved diet of eruptive news...Read More...

As, a preposition or a conjunction?

Is the メasモ in the following sentence a preposition or a conjunction? As students, we have a lot of time, but very little money. Can it be said that メwe areモ after メas メ is omitted? Or メasモ is simply a preposition as in メ He worked as a clerk for three yearsモ AppleRead More...

Did agreed ?

Dear Rachel Would you please tell me whether the following sentence is correct or wrong ?. - They did agreed to come with us . *** I think that using " did " here is correct to emphasize their agreement but I was told that it's wrong . Please tell me what is the correct answer ? Thank you very much . SayedRead More...

a second time

Dear experts, Are A SECOND TIME and THE SECOND TIME interchangeable in the following contexts: I rang the bell, but nobody answered it, so I had to ring a second time. It was the second time since he had left home that he felt sad. Thank you, YuriRead More...

... nothing he said stood out

Hello, Rachel and Richard: I wonder if both versions feel fine and similar, in your opinion. This is past time. 1) If he were in a crowd nothing he said stood out. 2) If he were in a crowd nothing he'd say would stand out. Thanks.Read More...

when

Question: When did he change to a different person? Object: I didn't know when he married. Relative clause: I don't know how many days when they were trapped in the wilderness. Adverbial dependent clause: The family's parents were relieved when the troopers found their daughter. Do the above examples cover the variety of ˜when' function? Would you explain a little more on the ˜when' adverbial dependent clause? I guess it modifies a verb.Read More...

in general

1) apes are primate. 2) The apes are primate. 3) An ape is primate Which of them is correct above? I am talking in general and truth.Read More...

was/had been

John begins to feel that he knows her for a long time. It was as if one day was/had been a week so he had known her for many years. Are they correct? Thank youRead More...

falls

John falls in love with someone in cyber-virtual reality. Is the above sentence correct? Thank youRead More...

another doubt

Can one say: 1-I liked robbing the bank. instead of: 2-I liked the robbing of the bank. If one were talking about a scene in a film? (ie. if one didn't rob the bank oneself?)Read More...

a doubt

Can one say: 1-I didn't like the writing the letter. instead of: 2-I didn't like the writing of the letter. or: 3-I didn't like the robbing the bank. instead of: 4-I didn't like the robbing of the bank. If one were talking about a scene in a film.Read More...

it/them

John loved to eat fast food which is cheap, convience and tasty until he heard bad stuff about them/it. John loved to eat fast food until he was old enough to watch out about his health. Are they correct? Thank youRead More...

when/as

I remembered last year's parade with razzle-dazzle when/asI was standing in stood on the sidewalk. Is the above sentence correct? Would you explain 'when' and 'as' in the above sentence? Thank youRead More...

which or where

Surely we're in a position now ---- we can afford to pay for the best legal advice. A) where B) which C) what D) that E) whom I am stuck between A and B. What is your opinion?Read More...

How to write "Canopy has been demolished"

tommy
How to write sentence in the report for "Canopy has finally demolished" but the time i had seen it, it had still been present. ? I am an environmental engineer to perform an environmental site assessment at a gasoline service station before the station will have been stoped operation. Regularly, the canopy at the station should be removed during my assessment work, but , in this case, i leave the site before observing the canopy demolished. How to write report to indicate readers that the...Read More...

at

I watch news at Web/online. Is the above sentence correct? Thank youRead More...

follow-up to PLAY IT LOW

Thank you, Rachel and Jerry! The problem has been settled as far as I am concerned, and the difference between the two is now clear. These I believe are the typical contexts the expressions are used in: If you have friends with babies, take a tape recorder over and get some real baby sounds, including screaming and crying, laughing and gurgling. As you would to desensitize them to loud noises, start by playing it low and increase the sound level over a couple of weeks. While this element of...Read More...

was poisoned/got poisoned

1) The former FBI agent was being questioned in DC when the Russian spy was poisoned a month ago. 2) The former FBI agent was being questioned in DC when the Russain spy got poisoned a month ago. Do you think it is ok to use 'being' in both sentences? I think it is fine without 'being' in both sentences. Are they correct? Thank youRead More...
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