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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...

ground a family..??'

Hi.. can one use the following expression.." we have grounded a family"? It sounds rather old fashioned. Is there a better phrase? thanksRead More...

Sure / Surely

Hi Which of the two sentences is correct? 1) Having children while young is sure a good thing for some people. 2) Having children while young is surely a good thing for some people. 3) You sure don't go to the disco. 2) You surely don't go to the disco. ThanksRead More...

How Vs What

This morning, I and my co-worker had a discussion about the following questions: (1) How is your thesis progressing? (2) What is the (current) progress of your thesis? In your opinion, do you think the two questions above asking for the same information? In other words, what kind of answer one should respond to each question? Thank you very much for your helpRead More...

lead?

Hello I'd like to check how to use "lead." Would you take a look at #1? #1 Business took my father to New York last week. Can I interchange "took" and "led" like #2? Or should the subject of "lead" a road like #3? #2 Business led my father to New York last week. #3 This street leads you to the station. Thank you.Read More...

contaminated areas/areas contaminated?

tommy
Dear all can i write all the sentences below something like this please? 1.) After knowing the groundwater flow direction, our environmental engineers can plan to reduce some contaminated areas around the site. or 2.) After knowing the groundwater flow direction, our environmental engineers can plan to reduce some areas which're contaminated around the site. or 3.) After knowing the groundwater flow direction, our environmental engineers can plan to reduce some areas contaminated around the...Read More...

definition of 'perceive'

Hi! One of my students has written some sentences which are supposed to show that he understands the definition of 'perceive'. For the life of me, I can't explain why he's wrong! He writes: "This letter isn't obvious, but I must perceive it. It's important to me." He wants to know how he should write it, using 'perceive'. I want to suggest that it's the message within the letter that is not perceivable to him. I hope you can untangle this for me! Thanks.Read More...

So...that

tommy
So...that The sentence: The subjects of conversation are not so numerous that one can neglect an opportunity of adding to one's store. Does this usage of 'so...that' make sense? Souldn't it be The subjects of conversation are not numerous, so that one can neglect an opportunity of adding to one's store. or The subjects of conversation are not so numerous that one can not neglect an opportunity of adding to one's store. ?Read More...

I think that + infinitive

I know in the following examples, infinitive and gerund are interchangeable, although they differ a bit in register and (1) may sound a bit unnatural. They are technically correct, I suppose. (1) To know your future is sometimes scary. (2) Knowing your future is sometimes scary. But what about the following? (3) I think that knowing your future is sometimes scary. (4) I think that to know your future is sometimes scare. Doesn't (4) sound a little strange? If so, could anyone tell me why? AppleRead More...

Cure or treat

Hello, teachers! - There isn't any medicine yet that can [_____] the disease. What verb can I use in the place of [_____], cure or treat? Some say 'cure', and some say 'treat'. Which is correct? Are both OK? Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

Inversion

tommy
He is a patriot, as are his brothers. Can anyone help me to analyze the sentence? Does it equal"He is a patriot, so are his brothers" or can we say"He is a patriot, as his brothers are"? and There are some sentences in the textbooks like "A better understanding of the environment is necessary, as is the willingness to act How to analyze " ...as is the willingness to act"? Thank you very muchRead More...

About causative verbs....

Why do causative verbs have bare infinitive as a complement? I mean, in reported speech, 'She made me open the door.' we can speak like this. But, in general, like 'She told me to open the door.', we use 'to-infinivive' as a complement. And, causative verbs have to-infinitive in passive sentences. Why?... just by usage? ...thanks. p.s. ... always I get so much help in this site. I am always thankful.Read More...

cry

Hello I found the following sentences. 1) Mary gave a cry of surprise. 2) She uttered a cry of joy. Questin 1 Are these expressions commonly used, or formal? Question2 How can I rewrite 1) and 2) ? Would you give me some expressions? Thank you.Read More...

ever

Hello Would you take a look at the following sentences? 1) This is the best book I have ever read. 2) This is the most difficult problem I have ever had. In these sentences "ever" is used. A grammar book say that if the subject are "This is the first / second etc. time that ..." or "This is the only ..... that ...", " ever" is not used in that-clause. However, I found that " ever " is used in these sentences. Which is grammatically correct, with or without "ever"? Or are both correct? Thank you.Read More...

excessive/large/unrestrained

tommy
Alcoholism refers to an abnormal and persistent desire to drink excessive amounts of alcohol. 1.large 2.unrestrained please select and give supported information?Read More...

my throat ached to look at them

Could you help me with the meaning of the following sentence. The hills glowed so green that your throat ached to look at them. AppleRead More...

"Britain forward not back"

I've recently found the following news article. Just wanna hear what you think about it. **************** Where's the verb, Tony? 04/02/2005 21:54 - (SA) London - Britain's governing Labour Party stood accused on Thursday of improper English usage after it rolled out a new slogan aimed at wooing voters ahead of an expected general election. "Britain forward not back" goes the slogan, which according to Labour's election supremo Alan Milburn neatly sums up the mood and desire of the nation as...Read More...

the way how...?

hello. happy new year actually I have a question about the relative adverb, especillay "how". I know using "the way how" is wrong, but I don't know the exact reason. ex. Tell me the way. I can copy the document in the way. → Tell me the way which I can copy the document in. → Tell me the way in which I can copy the document. → Tell me the way how I can copy the document. is that wrong? why should we omit "the way" or "how"? please explane it to me. thanks.Read More...

as soon as

maria
The expression 'as soon as' can be used to refer to both future and past situations? Ex. 'as soon as she comes we'll have dinner' or 'as soon as he had gone out...' Are they both correct?Read More...
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