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"Been" without auxiliary?

Is the following correct? A historian attempting to predict in the 1870's which nation would take over world leadership from the British probably would have guessed Bismarck'sPrussia and been quite wrong.Read More...

Related, relating, & relative

Hello, teachers! Please let me know which is the correct or natural expression? - You can get the information [related, relating, relative] to the festival on the Internet. Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

"Since...ago" acceptable?

I know (1) and (2) are correct. How about (3)? Is it safe to tell the students (3) is grammatically acceptable? (1) I have known him for 5 years. (2) I have known him since 1997. (3) I have know him since 5 years ago. appleRead More...

Proper noun & article

Hello, teachers! * 'Market Garden' was a high risk operation that failed. Can I use these terms in the place of 'Market Garden'. - (The) Market Garden - (The) Operation Market Garden - (The) Market Garden Operation - The Market Garden operation/campaign Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

Relative clause or not?

Hello, teachers! 'Market Garden' was a high risk operation that failed. Can I rephrase this sentence using 'a failed high risk operation' in place of 'a high risk operation that failed' 'Market Garden' was a failed high risk operation. Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

Kinds of aircraft

Hello, teachers! If a company make planes and the number of plane types is 10, which is/are the correct expression(s)? 1. The company produces 10 kinds of airplane/airplanes. 2. The company produces 10 aircraft/aircrafts. 3. The company produces 10 different aircraft/aircrafts. 4. The company produces 10 different types of aircraft. Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

How frequently used is the continuous?

Hello Experts, A native english speaker told me that the continuous tenses are not frequently used in day to day english, they are used mainly in written form, and learning them in detail is useless. I find that very hard to believe..how far is this person right? I know that the present tense is the most used tense..but what about the continuos tenses? Any clarification? I use the Headways and there the continuous tenses are dealt with in detail. Thanks a lot.Read More...

"Made from" or "made out of"

Hello, teachers! Which preposition is correct? 1. We made all of them [from, out of] jade. 2. They're all made [from, out of] jade. 3. They're all hand-carved [from, out of] jade. Thank you very much. Enjoy the sudden cold weather after rain.Read More...

"Be careful of / with"?

What's the difference between the two phrasal verbs: be careful of/ be careful with? Thanks!Read More...

"start my day stretching"

Hello, teachers! Would you please tell me which expression is correct or preferred? 1. When the day breaks (in the east), I start my day stretching myself 2. When the day breaks, I start my day by stretching. 3. When the day breaks, I start my day with stretches. Thank you very much. Enjoy the spring frost after rain.Read More...

Restrictive or nonrestrictive clauses

This question is from Lina. ___________________________ Hello, I'd like to ask two questions about the following sentence (#1) , which I found it in the answers of exercises. #1 I lost my gloves which my sister had bought me only the previous day. Question 1: I think "my" should be "the" or something because there is no comma before "which." Is it OK to use "my gloves" before restrictive relative pronoun "which"? Is that because "I" have many gloves? Or is this answer incorrect? Question 2:...Read More...

What is the subject of this sentence?

What is the subject of the following sentence? In one of the bloodiest battle of the Civil war, fought at Sharpsburg, Maryland, on September 17, 1982, four times as many Americans were killed as would later be killed on the beaches of Normandy during D-Day.Read More...

Past participle only or "being" + the past participle?

Hello, teachers! [3] Which is better/correct, with or without "being"? I think we should omit the unnecessary "being." Am I wrong? - The gas station (being) run by Jack's father is the cheapest around here. [* The gas station is being run by Jack's father.] Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

Comparison

Is the following ambiguous? rice has a protein higher in quality than wheat.Read More...

The doer of the gerund

Hello, teachers! Are thess all acceptable as the doer of the gerund as a subject? Paul/Paul's/Him/His rejecting the offer was very reasonable. Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

The position of adverbial clause

Hello, teachers! [1] Is there any difference or preference? 1. They didn't give him the job because his experience was insufficient. 2. Because his experience was insufficient, they didn't give him the job. [2] Can we also use these adverbial phrases instead. 1. because of his insufficient experience 2. because of his lack of experience Thank you very much. Enjoy the sunshine.Read More...

Is this a clause following a preposition?

A Nobel laureate in economics wrote as follows. Worse still, it is now clear that Bush never had a plan for when the war ended. "when the war ended" looks to me a clause. Can a clause follow a preposition "for"? I used to think only nouns or noun phrases can follow prepositions, as in " a plan for the future" or "a plan for the party". appleRead More...

Past participle vs. "being" + past participle

Hello, teachers! [2] I think that #1 and #2 have the same meaning, but #3 is incorrect. Am I right? 1. I have two books that will be published next week. 2. I have two books being published next week. 3. I have two books published next week. Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

Plural or singular verb with "who"?

Hello, teachers! Which is correct, the plural or singular verb? 1. Who are/is living in the buildings standing over there? 2. Who on earth are/is driving all the cars filling that road? Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

Past participle vs. "being" + past participle

Hello, teachers! [1] The difference in meaning; I think that the simple passive forms mean "When I saw, the behavior is finished, and/or I saw the entire procedure." And the progressive forms mean "When I saw, the behavior is progressing." Am I right? 1-1. I saw the boy carried to the ambulance. 1-2. I saw the boy being carried to the ambulance. 2-1. I saw him beaten by his father. 2-2. I saw him being beaten by his father. Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

Difference in word order in restricted clauses

1. The secular story that The LOTR is, could never be a religious story. 2. The secular story that is The LOTR, could never be a religious story. What is the difference between the restricted clauses italicized above.Read More...

Parallels

It will be sent to us for repair or________ at no cost. a)replace b)replaced c)to replace d)replacing I can't understnd why the correct answer is replaced. Personally, I will use replacement instead. What do you think about this?Read More...

What is the antecedent of "it"?

This question is from Lina _______ Hello Woud you help me get the meaning of the following paragragh, which is in the translation exercise? I'd like to ask what two "it"s refer to ( I capitarized "it" ). Here is the exercise paragraph: My mother accepted things as they were and was determined to make the situation work out well. Her love and devotion for my brother and me made our lack of material possessions seem insignificant. Even today, if I were given the choice between having wealth...Read More...

is made / was made ?

Hello All, 1) This chair is made by Tom. 2) This chair was made by Tom. When does one use "is made" and when does one use "was made" ? Because "made" is past, and both the sentences are in the passive form.From the present point of view the chair is already made so which sentence would one use..so explanation would be highly appreciated as usual ThanksRead More...
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