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"Fail" and "succeed"

Hello, teachers! Would you please tell me if we can use the verbs, 'fail' and 'succeed', both as transitive and intransitive verbs? (Example sentences) 1. He failed (in) the exam. 2. He failed (in) his attempt to break the record. 3. He succeeded (in) the exam. 4. He succeeded (in) his attempt to break the record. * Please tell me which is common, using or omitting 'in', too. Thank you very much. Enjoy the howling wind!Read More...

Articles

I often see these expressions : 'go to the beach' 'go to the bank' 'go to the post office' etc , as in 'Our children enjoyed going to the beach yesterday.' Can we say 'go to a beach' ' go to a bank' or 'go to a post office'? Can we say 'our children enjoyed going to a beach yesterday'?Read More...

"Less" and "fewer"

Could anyone tell me whether (1) is acceptable? I think (2) is but not (1). (1) There were no less than 3000 people at the concert. (2) There were no fewer than 3000 people at the concert. appleRead More...

Passive structures of verbs with two objects

Is this sentence correct? We were all bought little presents. I think 'Little presents were bought for us all.' or 'They bought little presents for us all.' are more appropriate. To the best of my knowledge, when verbs like 'buy, make, get, find, bring' are used in passive structures, the subject is the thing which is bought, made, etc. , not the person who receives something. I'd appreciate your reply.Read More...

"Assume" and "suppose"

Hello, teachers! Would you please check my thoughts and tell me whether they are correct or not? 1-1. I assume/suppose he is a blackguard/scoundrel. 1-2. I assume/suppose him to be a blackguard/scoundrel. 1-3. I assume/suppose him a blackguard/scoundrel. [I guess all are correct, but 1-2 and 1-3 are not used at all. Am I right?] 2-1. I assume/suppose what you say is true. 2-2. I assume/suppose what you say to be true. 2-3. I assume/suppose what you say true. 2-4. I assume/suppose it true...Read More...

"Worked" or "have worked"

Finest Bank, the firm I worked for the last seven years, was sold at year-end and mergered with another financial institution. Is it okay to use 'have worked' instead? Is there any difference in meaning? thanksRead More...

Direction and place names

Hello, Would you please tell me which is the correct expression? 1-1. Robert lives in a flat in South/south London. 1-2. Robert lives in a flat in Southern/southern London. 1-3. Robert lives in a flat in the southern London. 1-4. Robert lives in a flat in the south of London. 2-1. Robert lives in an apartment in South/south France. 2-2. Robert lives in an apartment in Southern/southern France. 2-3. Robert lives in an apartment in the southern France. 2-4. Robert lives in an apartment in the...Read More...

"Live to"

Hello, Would you please tell me if these sentences make sense? 1. Can I live [to be one hundred, to one hundred, until (I'm) one hundred]? 2. [An old man says to his grandson leaving a long journey.] Can I live [to see you again, until I see you again]? 3. Can I live to see the church finished building? It has been building since I was fourteen, but people say that there is another 30 years left to complete the church/construction. Thank you very much.Read More...

Articles

A: You have only yourself to blame for the broken window! B: But it was Tom who talked me into playing the soccer in the first place. Is the expression 'playing the soccer' correct? Is 'the' necessary here? Be sure to clean them with damp cloth. I think 'damp cloth' should be 'a damp cloth'. I don't know whether I'm wrong or the sentence. thanksRead More...

"Just now"

My school grammar has taught me that "just now" indicates a very near past and so the tense should be a past, not present perfect. Thus sentences (1)(2) are possible. (1) Jane has just finished the work. (2) Jane finished the work just now. My question: Is it acceptable (looks so to me) to add "now" at the end of (1) forming (3)Jane has just finished the work now. If this is acceptable, what's the difference between (1) and (3)? I mean actual time-wise. Suppose Jane finished the work 2...Read More...

Exclamations with "how"

There are two ways to make an exclamation sentence with "how" from a sentence like "I love him.", aren't there? 1)How much I love him! 2)How I love him! Are there any differences in meaning between them?Read More...

Adjective + "as/though"

Hello, Would you please tell me if these are correct? 1. Though he is poor, he is quite happy. 2. Poor though he is, he is quite happy. 3. (As) Poor as he is, he is quite happy. 4. Being poor, he is quite happy. 5. Though being poor, he is quite happy. 6. Though poor, he is quite happy. Thank you very much.Read More...

"Continuously," "continually"

I don't seem to see the difference between continuously and continually . In many instances they are safely interchangeable, I suppose, but if you show me some cases where these two are not interchangeable I may see the picture more clearly. Thank you. appleRead More...

Present Simple or Present Continuous

Hi All, Which of the following two are correct? 1)We leave Zurich next Friday. 2) We are leaving Zurich next Friday. I thought that one uses the Present Continuous with a future meaning for arrangements. an expalantion would be appreciated.The Present Simple for the future is used for timetables etc. ThanksRead More...

"Will" in if-clauses

In the following sentence written by Malcom X, I am puzzled by the "will" in 'if' clause. It must not indicate future as future "will" is not allowed to be used in time and conditional clauses. But, in this case, I don't know what the "will" means. Please kindly help. Quote: If the Americal black man will start thinking about his human rights, and then start thinking of himself as part of one of the world's great peoples, he will see he has a case for the United Nations.Read More...

"Can" and "may"

- *(The)* Bamboo is the fastest growing plant there is. Bamboo shoots *may/can* grow up to 90 centimeters a day! This plant reaches its highest, which is 40 meters, in just a few months. [3] Another question! What is the difference when we use 'may' or 'can'? HogelRead More...

Definite article or not for generalization?

Hello, I'd like to ask you some questions. Would you please help me? [1] I've learned that when we generalize a species, we use 'the' like the following sentences. Here, I'd like to know if these sentence are well-formed. - The rose has been appreciated for its fragrance and beauty since ancient times. - The rose is the most popular and widely cultivated garden flower in the world. [2] Some days ago, I saw the following sentence in a book, and the book says that in this case, we generally...Read More...

"No man but would.."?

How does the verb phrase, would recognize, fit in the sentence 1? 1. There is no man but would recognise that he was beautifulRead More...

"Where" as contrastive subordinator?

Is where introducing a contrast or place? 1. Where once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members by supporting the imposition of an alien tax on immigrant workers, after 1897 the United Mine Workers made a determined effort to enlist Italian and Slavs in its ranks.Read More...

"If only because"

Does "if only because" introduce hypothesis or cause? It's a memorable experience, if only because it is so frustrating.Read More...

"If not more so"

1. The use of chemical pesticides in this country is as extensive as it was ten years ago, if not more so . What is the role of "if not more so" in 1?Read More...

Negatives in questions

Hello All, Could someone please tell me the difference between the following two sentences. Do you not understand what I am saying? Don't you understand what I am saying? I am sure it is a simple explanation but I feel unsure about it. Thnxs a lotRead More...
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