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Past tense of 'had better'

Is there a past form of "had better"? How do you make a past form of "You had better stay here." You should have stayed here? AppleRead More...

'Go' and 'come'

Is there an easy way to explain the difference between go and come to beginning students?Read More...

'It is no use/good' + which verb form?

Hello, teachers! We Koreans are taught that we have to use only gerunds after the pattern [It be no use/good], but I have questions about this. Would you help me with these, please? 1. It was no use/good [to persuade, persuading] him to work hard. [I think both are correct, and the gerund is preferred. Am I wrong?] 2. It is no use/good [to persuade, persuading] him to work hard. [I think both are ok and equally common.] 3. It will be no use/good [to persuade, persuading] him to work hard. [I...Read More...

'Lest'

Dear All, Does the conjunction "lest" always follow the subjunctive mood ? Thank you. RickyRead More...

'Results of/in/from the test'?

Are all the following sentences acceptable? How different are they with regard to naturalness, frequency in use, nuance, etc? 1. These are the test results. 2. These are the results of the test. 3. These are the results in the test. 4. These are the results from the test. AppleRead More...

'Another' and 'other'

I want to know the difference between "another" and "other," and also I'd like to know when I can use each one. I will appreciate your help with this. Thank you so much! mayelaRead More...

'In the night' and 'at night'

1. in the night 2,060,000 2. at night6,070,000 The above are the results gathered in Google. How different are they? "in the night" sounds slightly more poetic? AppleRead More...

'As if'

Dear All, Can someone please tell me the difference between the two sentences : 1) He has a way of making you feel as if he HAS never spoken to anyone so interesting before. 2) He has a way of making you feel as if he HAD never spoken to anyone so interesting before. Thank you. RickyRead More...

The object of the verb 'deserve'

Hello, teachers! [1] Korean books and dictionaries say that these are all correct. However, I heard from some native speakers that we can't use [-ing] form objects after the verb 'deserve'. Would you confirm this for me? 1. He deserves [* helping, to be helped]. 2. Your proposals deserve [* considering, to be considered] in detail. ******** [2] Although we can't use [-ing] form objects after the verb 'deserve', some people say we can use #3 instead of #4, I often hear. Is it true? If #3 is...Read More...

'The' in front of the superlative adjective complement

Hello, teachers! Please help me with this! 1. The baby looks [the] happiest in its mother's arms. 2. The lake is [the] deepest at this point. 3. I am [the] busiest in February and March. In Korea, we are taught that in this kind of sentence we can't use 'the' in front of the superlative complement. Is this rule correct? I think we can use 'the' even though it's uncommon (or preferred regionally). Am I wrong? Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

'More than one' and agreement

Hello, teachers! Would you please tell me which is the correct agreement? A teacher on a edu-TV says 1 needs 'is' and 2 needs 'are', but I think both should be 'is', although it doesn't seem too wrong to use 'are'. Am I wrong? 1. More than one book is/are not his. 2. More than one of the books is/are not his. Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

'It is you...who is/are...?"

Hello, teachers! In this sentence, which is the correct verb? I think 'is' is correct, but a test says 'are' is correct. Who is correct? Am I in the wrong? - It is you, Tom, who [is, are] going to receive the prize. Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

"It was herself/she herself/her herself who"

Hello, teachers! In both sentences, are these all acceptable, 'herself', 'she herself', or 'her herself'? 1. It was [herself, she herself, her herself] who Jim met with yesterday. 2. It was [herself, she herself, her herself] who took Jim to the meeting. Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

'On (the)air,' 'on (the) radio'?

Hello, teachers! Which is correct or common, "to be on air" or "to be on the air" as the meaning of "to be broadcasting on the radio or television"? 1. The documentary is going to be on [the] air tonight at 10 o'clock. ******* In addition, would you tell me whether or not we use 'the' in these sentences? 2. It was on [the] radio this morning! 3. He will go on [the] TV in the morning! Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

"one another" & "each other"

Hello, teachers! In Korea we learn that we use "each other" with the relationship between two, and we use "one another" with the relationship among more than two, and we think this is unchangeable, absolute rule. 1. They gave presents for Christmas to each other. [Here 'they' have to be two people.] 2. They gave presents for Christmas to one another. [Here 'they' have to be three or more people.] 3. Romeo and Juliet loved each other. [We can't use "one another" here.] 4. The villagers helped...Read More...

Participle or Gerund

I've come across one of the grammar questions listed in the book by Strumpf and Douglas* and I thought it is quite interesting. The student asked what the role of "being" and "becoming" in the following sentence is: I'm not a human being but a human becoming. The authors respond to this question as follows: " Being and becoming are present participle. They both modify the noun human ". After reading the response, I believe I have to disagree with the authors. To me, being and becoming are...Read More...

past and present event

Dear All, Please take a look at the following sentences. Is my analysis of them correct ? 1) We thought a person coming in to give the talk would be better than a video in case the students WANT to ask questions. 2) We thought a person coming in to give the talk would be better than a video in case the students WANTED to ask questions. Am I right that in 1), the event has yet to take place while in 2), it has already taken place. Thank you. RickyRead More...

'The' with coordinate nouns

Please consider the following: Original the pure scientist and the applied scientist a. the pure and the applied scientist b. the pure and the applied scientist s c. the pure and applied scientist d. the pure and applied scientist s What do you think the best, i.e less ambiguous, choice to rephrase the original phrase above?Read More...

function of 'would'

Dear All, Please take a look at the following sentence : "It wouldn't surprise me if she goes to Europe for her holidays." Q: Is this a first conditional with 'would' instead of 'will' being used in order to 'soften' the tone ? Thank you. RickyRead More...

Who is the doer?

Hello, teachers! Would you please tell me who is the doer? 1. I saw him on the bus. [Was he on the bus, or was I on the bus?] 2. They shot at us behind the wall. [Who was behind the wall, we or they?] 3. He fought his wife drunk. [Who was drunk, his wife or he?] 4. They attacked us hungry and exhausted. [Who was hungry and exhausted, we or they?] 5. They took us by surprise, hungry and exhausted. [Who was hungry and exhausted, we or they?] Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...
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