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Word orders and the meaning difference

Hello, teachers! Please help with this. 1. I bought Mark this present. I'm going to give it to him tomorrow. 2. I made him a cake. I am going to give it to him tomorrow. Do these make sense? People say they are fine, and I think so, too. However, some people say that they don't make sense because they mean that 'I' already gave 'it' to 'him' so 'I' can't give 'it' tomorrow, and say that they should be the following. 1a. I bought this present for Mark. I'm going to give it to him tomorrow.Read More...

What type of "men" or "man" ?

Which of the following conversation is more natural? I'd say 1 is, but is 2 as good? 1. What type of men do you like? I like honest and kind men. 2. What type of man do you like? I like an honest and kind man. AppleRead More...

by

Hello I'd like you check the expression of the transportation. #1 I go to school by bike and train. #2 I go to school by bike and by train. Shoud I use "by" twice ? Or are both OK? With best wishes LinaRead More...

"Would like [for] you to verb"

Hello, teachers! - I'd like [for] you to come to our home sometime when you are free. Sometimes I've seen that people use 'for' in this pattern. Is it grammatically acceptable? If it is also correct, is there any difference in nuance between with and without 'for'? Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

Initial capital letters for regions

These questions have been sent in by Susan McKenzie: Would be grateful if you could post. 1. Western or western - is it ok to say western in lower caps i.e. as an option? Most airplanes in Japan were foreign- or license-built, and even the few locally-designed planes relied heavily on western technology. 2. North Africa/northern Africa. Is it always North Africa in caps but northern Africa in lower caps.Read More...

"The" with the word "airline"

This question has been sent in by Aneeth Prabhakar : Should the definite article be used in the following: She is not willing to be appointed on THE Indian Airlines. She is not willing to be appointed on THE airlines. I am working on THE Southern Division of airlines.Read More...

"The" with compound subject

This question has been sent in by Aneeth Prabhakar: Do I have to use ˜the' in the following sentences? The boy and THE girl are playing. The king and THE queen are dancing.Read More...

"Museum" or "museum"?

This question was sent in by Susan McKenzie: Can Museum be in caps when just referring to the Museum as follows: The plane was an almost total wreck, but the pieces were gathered up and returned to Japan, where it was restored and put on display at the Kamikaze Memorial Museum in Osaka. The Museum and plane were destroyed during World War II.Read More...

The tag question

Hello, teachers! Would you please tell me if both forms are acceptable as its tag question? 1-1. I don't think it is right, is it? 1-2. I don't think it is right, do you? Thank you very much. Enjoy the evening glow! Best Regards.Read More...

'A good chance' 'little chance,' 'few chances'

The sentences 1 and 2 mean the opposite. "chance" in 1 is a count noun, but "chance" in 2 is not If "chance" is a count noun, then the sentence 3 should be possible, but it doesn't seem right. Or is the sentence 3 possible at all? At least it can't mean the same as the sentence 2, can it? I'm puzzled. 1. She has a good chance of winning. 2. She has little chance of winning. 3. She has few chances of winning. Apple.Read More...

Can I say 'Yes, it couldn't be better'?

Hello! A: It's a lovely day, isn't it? B: Yes, it couldn't be better! I know 'couldn't be better' has positive meaning, but I doubt if I can use 'yes' and 'couldn't' in the same sentence? Thanks in advance!Read More...

Wanted: examples of putative should

I need an authentic example or two like the following dialogue: A: I'm surprised that Jack should have felt lonely when he was in California. B: Well, he wasn't really lonely. He was only at bit nostalgic. The presumed fact in the eyes of Speaker A that Jack felt lonely when he was in California is not true in the eyes of Speaker B. I wonder if any participant of this newsgroup could post a similar dialogue extracted from an authentic English news story, novel, etc. Thank you. Chuncan Feng ChinaRead More...

'Wonder if' + simple past or present perfect

Hello I really thank you for your kind help everytime. Now I'd like to ask about the the following sentences. #1 I wonder if she has come home. #2 I wonder if she came home. Is #2 correct? If so, do #1 and #2 express the same meaning? Yours truly, LinaRead More...

"What kind of [a] house"

Hello, teachers! Would you please tell me whether we should use an indefinite article in this kind of expression? 1. What kind of [a] house is like this? It looks like a pig-pen. 2. He would have had to be able to read minds to see that one coming. What kind of [an] idiot would let him know in advance? Thank you very much. Enjoy the evening quiet! Best regards.Read More...

infinitives and clause

Hello I'd like to ask about rewriting of the sentence uning infinitives to one using clause. Some sentences like #1 should be changed the sentences using that-clause like #2. How about #3? Can I change #3 to #4? Do you use #4? #1 It is necessary for us to learn English. #2 It is necessary that we learn English. #3 It is difficult to explain what happened. #4 It is difficult that we explain what happened. Would you help me understand this? Yours truly, LinaRead More...

the definite article

Hello everybody, Do I have to use ˜the' in the following sentences? The boy and THE girl are playing. The king and THE queen are dancing. She is not willing to be appointed on THE Indian Airlines. She is not willing to be appointed on THE airlines. I am working on THE Southern Division of airlines. He got 75% marks in THE maths exam. Which of the animals is THE taller? Which of the animals is THE tallest? She expressed her happiness at being elected as THE president of the Coconut...Read More...

two times or twice

The sentences below are confusing. Which is correct and which is not? a) A is two times larger than B. b) A is twice larger than B. c) A is two times as large as B. d) A is twice as large as B. thanks!Read More...

BE SURPRISED BY

I know you usually say "she was surprised at the news". How about the sentence " she was surprised by the news" Is it wrong? THANKS!Read More...

'where' or 'in which'?

How should I complete the following sentence? It's a forum _____ (where, in which) experts will answer questions sent in by listeners. Are 'where' and 'in which' freely interchangeable? Or are there differences between them?Read More...

Find or finds

Hello, teachers! Long time no see! How have you been? Please tell me which is the correct choice. Some say only 'find' is correct, and some say both are correct. Would you be the judge? - My hope is that he [find, finds] something cheaper. [meaning; I hope that he finds something cheaper.] One more question, please! We can omit the ' that 's, right? Thank you very much. Enjoy the unseasonable hot weather. Best Regards.Read More...
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