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On / to the right

Hi I'd like to ask if the following two sentences are correct or not: 1) A is on the right hand side of B. 2) A is to the right of B. Are the meaning the same or they're slightly different? Is it OK to change sentence (1) to "A is on the right of B?" Thanks a lot!Read More...

Tense -- past perfect appropriate here?

Whereas the philosophers had regarded the feelings as an obstacle to clear thinking, to the romantics it was the human essence. Is it incorrect to use 'had regarded' in the sentence? Do I have to use 'regarded' instead? Can 'it' refer to 'the feelings'?Read More...

Future tenses

Is there any difference between these two below? a) Firefighters will be testing hydrants around town next week? b) Firefighters will test hydrants around town next week? HOw about this one below? Is it correct? If not,why not? Firefighters are testing hydrants around town next week.Read More...

Present perfect and simple past

Which of the following is correct? Or which is more often used? And why? Have you seen Jane today? a) I've seen her in the hallway. b) I saw her in the hallway. Insoo SOUTH KOREARead More...

Passive: simple and progressive

How's your new job? a)I can't complain. I'm much better paid than before. b)I can't complain. I'm much better being paid than before? What's the difference in meaning? Is B) not correct? thanksRead More...

Articles in generalizations

Are the following (attempted) generalizations all correct? 1 Brazilians are fun-loving (people) 2 A Brazilian is (a) fun-loving (person) 3 The Brazilians are fun-loving (people) 4 The Brazilian is (a) fun-loving (person) It seems to me (1) would be by far the most usual and acceptable way to make these kinds of generalizations, while (2) and (3) are possible and (4) very unlikely and maybe frowned upon according to traditional textbook grammar. Then, much to my surprise, leafing through "The...Read More...

Clothing / Clothes

I'm confused with those two words and I don't know how to explain the difference between the two words to my students. coyRead More...

"Of which" and "whose"

Consider the following sentence: HPV is a family of more that 100 common viruses, of which about 30 are sexually transmitted. It seems to me that the use of "of which" is not the same as "whose". I also tried to move the preposition of to the end of the sentence but it doesn't sound grammatical to me. Is there any special usage about it? Thank youRead More...

"I AM asked..." -- OK?

Is the sentence, "I am asked to provide a response to the question." gramatically correct? Should it be, "I have been asked..." or "I was asked..."? Please explain why. THANKS NancyRead More...

"Much"

Can you use "much" in affirmative statements? Ex: I have much milk (sugar).Read More...

No infinitive after convince?

I have been taught that one of the differences between "to persuade" and "to convince" is that persuade may be followed by an infinitive, whereas convince never is. Although I don't know the reasons behind it, I do agree with this rule as I usually see convince followed by an of phrase or a that clause. I sometimes see people break this rule. For example: But others soon caught on to his talent and convinced him to go into business for himself... (Detroit News) ...it was this view and his...Read More...

Something about "help"

The use of non-finite verb following "to help" has been something I've never been able to explain. It seems to me that they can be devided into 3 categories. a: to help someone do something Ex: Heat waves are important precisely because they help us understand everyday conditions that always affect the society but are difficult to see. b: to help someone to do something Ex: Heat waves are important precisely because they help us to understand everyday conditions that always affect the...Read More...

"Tired" or "more tired"?

I'm using "Fundamentals of English Grammar", 3rd edition, and I'm stumped by a question in the workbook -- Practice 19, p. 181, #5. The official answer is "The longer I look at a computer screen, the more tired my eyes get." I agree this looks and sounds better than "the tireder", but all my dictionaries show "tired" as one syllable, and one-syllable ajectives are supposed to use -er, rather than more ___. Is there an exception I've forgotten here? Or this this evidence that "tired" is...Read More...

Does "fully" modify "his"?

In the sentenece "The responsibility is fully his", does "fully" modify "his"? If so, is "his" here an adjective? I thought adverbs modify verbs and adjectives, and "his" is a pronoun. Must be an embarassingly elementary question but... Thank you. KenRead More...

Comma and "which"

Do we need to put comma before "which" in the following sentence? The Shanghai Museum has paid $4.5 million to retrieve a calligraphic collection which experts termed the most significant event in cultural relics preservation since communist China was founded in 1949.Read More...

'Off' -- adjective or adverb?

Hello.I'm a Japanese English learner. When I was looking up the word 'off' in a dictionary, I got a question. So please get me out of trouble. The dictionary said that when we say 'She is off today, this 'off' is adverb. But when we say 'My guess was off," the dictionary said this 'off' was adjective. Why is this difference? These two words are the same. Please give me the correct answer. I'm so anxious to know!Read More...

"Bring" and "take"

Hello, Which of the following are correct? And some explanation would be appreciated. I had to bring my daughter to school. I had to take my daughter to school. Thanks for the help.Read More...

On the topic of "a whole nother"

I read a former question regarding the usage of "whole nother." I have a theory on this phenomenon. I believe that the construction of "another" almost sounds like article ("a") plus noun ("nother") Even though we consciously KNOW that these are not two separate words, perhaps our tongues forget this fact. (I thought of this when listening to a Pink Floyd lyric: All in all we're just a (beat) nother brick in the wall." The break between the two letters would make a non English speaker...Read More...

The difference: "was in" a place or "went to" a place?

Hello, Please could I have the difference explained between these two sentences: 1) I was in Geneva last week. 2) I went to Geneva last week. The meaning is the same, but how/when do we use them? Thank-you.Read More...

Infinitive with or without "to"?

Hello, A student of mine asked about the follwing sentence: All you need to do is fill out the necessary information and bring it back to me. She is wondering why she can't use the infinitive form "to fill out" in this sentence. My opinion is that "fill out the necessary information and bring it back to me" is functioning as a command within this sentence, in which case the infinitive would not be appropriate. Is that the best explanation, or is there a better one? Thanks!Read More...

Word order of 'probably' and 'isn't'

I have two questions. First,which is correct? 1. She's probably not going to be ... 2. She probably isn't going to be ... It was written to be like the sentences in the Answer key of 'Fundamentals of Emglish Grammar work book'. One -> I'm probably not going to ... another -> They probably aren't going to ... another -> She probably isn't going to ... Which one is correct? Second, are the meanings of the following sentences different? 1. Maybe he will come to class. 2. Maybe he come...Read More...
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