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Complements

In the sentence "I can't see it move.", the object of the verb is "it" and "move" is a bare infinitive. However, could we consider that the entire phrase "it move" is the complement of the verb? The references which I checked seem to differ on this topic. Thank you!Read More...

Typo -- should be "had," not "has"?

Dear All, Would I be right to say that there has been a typing mistake in the following sentence ? "The papers were full of angry protests from China about the visits the Japanese prime minister has (?) made there." Should it not be "had" ? Thank you . RickyRead More...

"For oneself" meaning "without others' help"

Hello, teachers! Can I use 'for oneself' as the meaning of 'without other's help'? Or do I have to use 'by oneself' or 'oneself'? * example sentences: 1. You should judge for yourself. 2. What's the topic in the paper this morning? / [Handing over the paper] See for yourself. 3. I solved the problem for myself. 4. I figured it out for myself. Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

Idioms meaning "everybody"

Dear experts, I feel there's a slight difference in meaning between the following idioms but have difficulty pinpointing it: ALL HANDS AND THE COOK ALL THE WORLD AND HIS WIFE Thank you, YuriRead More...

Noun + noun -- "baby food," "men's clothes," and more

We've been wondering why noun+noun phrases starting with "baby" don't seem to take the possessive form while other "age groups" do: cf, baby food, baby talk, baby clothes with children's books, men's clothes, etc.Any help will be appreciated.Read More...

"The father of the bride"

Hello, teachers! Please explain these to me. [1] What is "the father of the bride/groom"? [2] Why isn't it "the bride's/groom's father"? [3] Why is it "the advent of Christ", not "the Christ's advent"? [4] Why is it "the resurrection of the dead", not "the dead people's resurrection"? Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

The double possessive

Hello, teachers! Would you please tell me which is correct? 1. Those students of Mr Smith('s) are going to the gym. 2. A cousin of my wife('s) is coming to visit next week. And how about these? 1a. Those students in/of Mr Smith's class are going to the gym. 2a. One of my wife's cousins is coming to visit us next week. I think these [1a & 1b] sound more natural. What do you say? Thank you very much. Best regards.Read More...

Answers to "Why are you late?"

Hello, teachers! A; Why are you late? B; Sorry! [______] Which can we use in the place of [______] as an excuse? 1. I was at the bank this morning. 2. I visited the bank this morning. 3. I went to the bank this morning. 4. I have been to the bank this morning. I think these are all possible. Am I right? Or should I leave out "this morning" in #4? Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

"To call someone [nickname]"

Hello, teachers! Would you please tell me which is the correct expression? 1. Grandpa still calls Mom [a young lady, a pimple/pizza face]. 2. Grandpa still calls Mom [young lady, pimple/pizza face]. 3. Grandpa still calls Mom [Young Lady, Pimple/Pizza Face]. Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

'Some' with a singular count noun

Hello, teachers! Can I use 'some' as a meaning of 'an unfamiliar' instead of the indefinite article? 1. Some/A boy was sitting on the bench crying/weeping. 2. There was some/an old man jogging with Jessica. 3. I bought it at some/a shop in Soho. Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

"In" or "for" with "for a long time"?

Would like to ask the difference between in a long time and for a long time. Here are the examples: I haven't seen her for a long time. I haven't seen her in a long time. Thank you!Read More...

Which wording is best?

This question has been sent in by Lina: _______ Hello I really appreciate having kind help here. Now I'd like to rewrite #1. Would you check #1~5? #1 If he had not employed me then, I would still be out of work. #2 If he had not hired me then, I would still be out of work. #3 If he had not given me a job then, I would still be out of work. #4 If he had not given me work then, I would still be jobless. #5 If he had not taken me then, I would still be out of work. Especially I wonder if you...Read More...

"Between" vs. "among"

Hello, teachers! Thank you very much. Would you please tell me which is preferred, between or among? 1. What's the difference [between, among] this, that, and the other thing? 2. What's the difference [between, among] those five models? Enjoy the warm spring. Best Regards.Read More...

Sentence with "unless"

Hello!I have question about how to use "not unless". I go to the conversation school. On a lesson, my teacher taught me this: Will you take your umbrella tomorrow? - I won't take it unless it rains. But naturally in conversation, it can be shorter: Not unless it rains. I can understand this very well. Then, how about this? Will you go to Okinawa tomorrow? (no abbreviation) - I'll go there unless there is a storm. In this case, i thought Yes unless there is a storm. But teacher said "No." To...Read More...

Past participle as adjective?

Dear All, Question 1) Is the word 'preached' in the following sentence an adjective ? "Every Sunday they gather round to hear the Word preached." Question 2) If it is an adjective, is the following sentence identical in meaning: "Every Sunday they gather round to hear the preached Word." Thank you very much. RickyRead More...

"I've thought that WAS..." and "I've thought that IS"

Dear All, Please tell me if my analysis of the statements is correct : 1)"I've always thought that was what she meant." Analysis : Up until the point of utterance, that was what I thought but I'm not so sure now. 2) I've always thought that is what she means. Analysis : I continue to think so and I'm sure. Thank you. RickyRead More...

How to express an earlier time

This question has been sent in by Lina: _______ Dear teacher I'd like to ask two questions about #1. #1 He is not what he was ten years ago. Question 1: Can I use "before" instead of "ago" like #2? #2 He is not what he was ten years before. Question 2: Can I rewrite #1 to #3? Does #3 sound strange? #3 He is not a man who was ten years ago. Yours truly, LinaRead More...

"Numbers of" vs. "a number of"

1. Numbers of people visited the fair. 2. A number of people visited the fair. Dictionary.com says 1 is correct, because numbers = A large quantity, a multitude. Any comments?Read More...

Reiterative pronouns: "that that"?

I am confused about the use of the demostrative and relative pronouns "that" and "which." for example, the following looks suspect: Arno said that that boat was his own Arno said that...that boat is his own The focus is first in the statement and then in that the boat is his his property. Lara told Pipin that which was her car was now smashed unrecognizable. Thank you for any answers you can give me.Read More...

"An" or "the" with ordinal number

The sentence below is modified from a news article published in a respectable newspaper. "Deputy Democrat leader is not the only one confused by the revolving door at the Prime minister Cabinet, which this week was reshuffled for an incredible eighth time." It seems to me that for should be followed by the , not an here. Is it acceptable to write the sentence this way?Read More...

Past Simple/Past Continuous

Hello, 1) What were you doing last night? 2) What did you do last night? In the first sentence I am expected to say what was happening at every moment during the specified time. However you might not be doing the same activity for the whole night ! Because if you are talking about one completed action after the other then one has to use the past simple ! Right? In the second sentence I talk about each completed activity. Am I correct in understanding it like that? I can not really understand...Read More...

"On most days" + which tense?

Dear All, What is the difference between the following 2 sentences please ? 1) On most days, she talks about her job. 2) On most days, she will talk about her job. Thank you. RickyRead More...

Comma before "but"?

Hello, From the sentence: Thai food is not only delicious but also inexpensive. I wonder if it fine to add comma before but to read: Thai food is not only delicious , but also inexpensive. Thank youRead More...
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