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time -- How long does it take...

Hello I'd like to ask about the expression of time. #1 It takes 20 minutes to go to the theater. I think we can also say #2. (Is it OK?) #2 It is a twenty-minute walk to go to the theater. How about #3? Does this make sense? #3 It is twenty minutes to go to the theater. Thank you.Read More...

Difference between "in a period of time" and "at a time"

Could you please help explain this test question? _____________ had a narrow range of choices, Mary Baker Eddy became a distinguished writer and the founder, architect, and builder of a growing church. (A) In a period of time when women typically (B) During a time in which typically women (C) Typically, during a time when women (D) At a time when women typically (E) Typically in a time in which women Could you please explain whether "In a period of time" and "At a time " are same ? Thank you...Read More...

will or without will

Hello When I try to solve this rewriting exercise, I wonder I can omit "will" or not. #1 If you take this bus, you can get to the station. The answer is this: #2 This bus will take you to the station. Do you usually put "will" in this expression? Do you also use #3 without "will"? Can they convey the same meaning? Or is #3 too colloquial? #3 This bus takes you to the station. Thank you.Read More...

'the' + proper noun

Hello, teachers! Do we need 'the' or is it optional? If it is optional, which is better, with or w/o 'the'? - Yes, I know Susan. / Do you really know [the] Susan who I know? Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

Think + to-infinitive

Hello, teachers! Please help me with this. 1. I'm thinking [of buying, to buy] Susie a computer for her birthday. Q1. Even though uncommon, is the use of 'to buy' also acceptable? 2. I thinks to buy Susie a computer for her birthday. Q2. What about this? This is totally absurd, isn't it? Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

tense

Hello Thank you for your clear explanation every time. Now I'd like to ask about "tense." I waver between past and present perfect. I wonder if I can choose both past and present perfect in these sentences and they can convey the same meaning or not. Would you take a look at the following sentences? Pattern 1 #1 It is unbelievable that he passed the examination. #2 It is unbelievable that he has passed the examination. Pattern 2 #3 It is clear that he broke the vase. #4 It is clear that he...Read More...

wouldn't love/like ?

Hi.. Which one is correct..? 1) I wouldn't like to live in this place. 2) I wouldn't love to live in this place. The second sentence sounds odd.. ThanksRead More...

The usage of 'srange'

Please help me with this. 1. I saw an ugly, strange man in the circus. I have a feeling I'm going to dream about/of him. 2. I saw a strange, ugly man in the circus. ... I think Sentence 1 is perfectly natural, but strangely Sentence 2 sounds odd to me. If I'm correct, may I ask you why? Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

"numbers of" as a quantifier

Which of the two sentences sounds more grammatical? (I)Only when a product is demanded by sufficiently large numbers of people is mass production feasible. (II) Only when a product is demanded by sufficient people would mass production become feasible. Q1. Is the use of "numbers of" people acceptable here? Q2. What is the difference, in terms of meaning, between the use of "is feasible" and "would become feasible"? Thank you so muchRead More...

Expressing stages of one's age

Hi, This following sentence does not make much sense I am sure you won't do the same things with forty years as with twenty years. Doesn't one write "at " before age? Thanks ..Read More...

yet

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Our players are Tom, Jim and Russell, who have yet to extend their contracts which will end in 2006. yet in this meaning, they have already extended their contracts or not yet? please helpRead More...

Comparisons and pronoun usage

This is an edited version of Ananja's earlier question, to focus on one of the test sentences. Here is a question I was asked today. To my ear, (c)for Q1 sounds correct. But I'm not sure how to explain it to my students. Please help. 1. The mistakes children make in learning to speak tell linguists more about ____________ the correct forms they use. A. how they learn language than B. how one learns language than C. how children learn language than do D. learning language than E. their...Read More...

Sentence construction

This question is from Ananja, who believes that "D" is the correct answer, but is at a loss to explain it to the students. 2. Oberlin College in Ohio was a renegade institution ___________ both men and women as students. A. at its 1833 found for deciding to accept B. for the decision at its 1833 founding to accept C. when it was founded in 1833 for its decision to accept D. in deciding at its founding in 1833 to accept E. by deciding at its founding in 1833 on the acceptance ofRead More...

Evidence in plural form

According to to Collins Cobuild English Usage, evidence is an uncount noun. You do not talk about "evidences" or "an evidence". However, you can talk about a piece if evidence . However, I found a lot of examples using evidences in many sources. Here are a few: There are evidences in our solar system that an extra planet did explode and caused major problems for the Earth and Mars millions of years back. Scientists interpret current evidences through their ideological framework, usually from...Read More...

hurt

Hello, teachers! - If this gets into your eye, it can hurt. [Here 'this' means the (mist of) oil from orange zest.] Q. Here which does 'it' mean, 'this' or 'eye'? I know [the oil hurts the eye] or [the eye hurts] is correct, but I wonder if we can say [the oil hurts] in this particular context. Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

the weather forecast

Hello I'd like you to check the following sentence. #1 The weather forecast says that it will rain this evening. Question 1 Is #1 natural? If not, would you give me other expressions? Question 2 Which is more appropriate to use in this sentence, "this evening" or "tonight"? Thank you.Read More...

Voila and haute couture: do they have to be put in italics?

Dear Rachel, Just wondering - I see in some publications that these words are put in italics and in others they are not. What are your views on using these words in English writing - are they now in the category of so well known and so often used that voila does not need the French grarve (sorry not sure of the spelling) and to be intalics and that haute couture does not have to be in italics. Grateful for any thoughts you may have. Thanks. Warmest regards, Siva.Read More...

Should there be two "at's" in this sentence?

Dear Rachel, I am not sure - should this sentence have two "at's" in it or can I get away with one as follows: Their colourful and dramatic creations have been showcased at prestigious fashions fairs in France and the Osaka International Fashion Fair. Thanks. Siva.Read More...

Is this an ok construction for a sentence

Dear Rachel, Grateful if you could confirm whether this unusually worded construction can stand as ok. I have never seen a sentence like this before. Chia epitomises the confident and daring woman who carries his designs with panache: "She wears them with her head held high," Lee enthuses. Thanks. Siva.Read More...

Comma or colon? or none?

Dear Rachel, I have another practical example which I can't work out whether it should be a comma or colon - grateful if you could help. She admits her style is evolving every day as she likes experimenting and personifies, "Make your own fashion rules and live by your own style mantra." Grateful if you could say why a comma is ok. My inclination is a comma. If a colon is also ok - grateful if you could explain why. If no comma or colon is also ok - could you please explain as well. Many...Read More...

cram her math

Can you say " I crammed her math" meaning, I gave her a lot of math problems to do? What would be a correct expression using "cram"? AppleRead More...

comparison.

I don't know Why the following sentence is wrong. There is no wiser man in this town than he. The answer key is "No one is wiser in this town than he".Read More...

sentence help.!

hi.. Some urgent help needed " You have to make up th etime you missed having children while young" This sentence sounds absolutely incorrect..! Would it be somethinh like this :- " You have to make up for the time you had missed when having children while you were young" Any help will be highly appreciated as usual ThanksRead More...

Comma or capital

Hi, I saw this sentence and wonder whether there should be a comma before the start of the quote and if not - should the first word in the quote be in lower case. Or is it ok as it is. If it is ok - why is it? Grateful for your comments: When it comes to home decorations, Marie Low's philosophy could be "One doesn't plan things, they just happen." In Singapore, although British English is used in most areas, for punctuation sometimes American style punctuation is used, so this could be a use...Read More...

Tense

Hi, The following sentebce sounds incorrect. " When my childrn are grown up , I am still young" I think the second part is wrong..it should be " When my children are grown up , I will still be young " Help needed please ThanksRead More...
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