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south of France - should south be in caps?

Hi, Should south of France be in caps in this sentence and if so why? This time of year the south of France is a wonderful place to appreciate the joys of topless motoring. Thanks. Siva.Read More...

many/a lot of

tommy
i had [many/a lot of] letters yesterday. 1.) many or a lot of? we had [many/a lot of] rain yesterday. 2.) many or a lot of? please help and very thank youRead More...

an optimal/optimum point?

tommy
Dear, Teachers i am designing something and calculating by using computer programming to achieve an optimum/optimal point. i am still doubtful. please help me what's difference in deeply detail of them? Very thank youRead More...

have been/are and of/in?

tommy
Hi, Teachers I had read some books and i saw something like this "Tom and Jim are in the room." Later, i have seen this sentence Tom has agreed that Jim's performances "have been of" the highest standard recently. - What's difference between have been and are ? - What's difference between in and of ? please take a look at these sentences. Set A. 1.) Tom has agreed that Jim's performances "have been of" the highest standard recently. 2.) Tom has agreed that Jim's performances "are of" the...Read More...

for/to ?

tommy
ABC Company made an offer of $1,000,000 for/to XYZ Company's Tom. for/to ? very thank youRead More...

natural or not

Hello I'd like to know whether these following sentences, whose subjects are not person, are naturally used or too formal. 1) This road will lead you to the city hall. 2) A twenty-minute walk will take you to the station. 3) The typoon prevented us from going out. 4) Your help enabled me to finish this project sooner. 5) The weather forecast says that it will rain tomorrow. Thank you.Read More...

nominate, select, and appoint

Hello, teachers! Would you please tell me which is the correct choice? 1. President Carter nominated him [nothing, to be, as, for] Secretary of State. 2. President Carter selected him [nothing, to be, as, for] Secretary of Defence. 3. President Carter appointed him [nothing, to be, as, for] Secretary of Commerce. Thank you very much. Best Regards.Read More...

waiting/awaiting

tommy
Tom has to postpone his transferring for two weeks waiting/awaiting a decision to grant a work permit. waiting or awaiting? very thank youRead More...

about "and"

Hi teachers, I was taught to use "and" when I needed to connect a serious of things. I don't understand the following sentences. Why is "and" not used in these sentences? (1)You could hear women lamenting, children crying, men shouting. (2) Some were calling for parents, others for children or spouses.Read More...

Exam result or exam results

Hi, I have finished four papers already, and took the fifth paper in Decembre last yeaer. I am waiting for my result. I think it should be results. Is it ok to say result or results? When do you say result and when do you say results and why. I asked someone and they said we say results because there is more than one person taking the exam and so it is results collectively. My response - well is it result if only one person is taking the exam and there is only one paper? Thanks. Siva.Read More...

have, make, a causative verb

Please take a look at the two sentences below. (1) What made you think so? (2) What had you think so? Are they both correct? I know (1) is correct and can be rephrased as "Why do you think so?" What about (2)? It sounds a bit awkward to me. But in the following site, there is a sentence (3). (3)I don't think I've yet read a book that had me think so much on life before. http://216.239.57.104/search?q=cache:JQUL8nFBVewJ:www.brandewyne.com/titles/...Read More...

'Either' with 'or'

This question has been sent in by Ricky. "It's always my mum or my brother who annoys me." "It's always either my mum or my brother who annoys me."Read More...

Magistrate(-s / 's / s') Court?

This question comes in from Esme : I would like to know whether you think there should be an apostrophe after the word Magistrates in the description of Magistrates Court i.e. should this be Magistrates' Court or Magistrates Court?Read More...

Help with adjectives and adverb constructions

Hi, I would be grateful to know if the following sentences and phrases are ok. 1. Arguably the town's swankiest restaurant i.e. is swankiest used correctly here. 2. The shop has a service counter out front. Is out front or in front best? Thanks for your help. Siva.Read More...

Commas and a hyphen

These questions have been sent in by Siva 1. A grilled skewered fowl -- i.e. no comma needed after grilled? 2. Is there are colon or a comma after gratifying: For I-Ming it is gratifying: "A place that serves up really good sushi and sashimi is not easy to find; I think it boils down to the technique and the way raw seafood is cut as well." 3. (quite over zealously at time). Is over zealously two words, one word or a hyphenated word in this situation?Read More...

Difficult sentences

These sentences have been sent in by Siva . Hi, I would be grateful to know if the following sentences and phrases are ok. 1. When leaving, Yoshida cermoniously bids us farewell with hearty Japanese gestures and bows at the door, and we do muse if he notices the show of rounder bellies that we now feel we have." We do muse if - can you say this - like this? 2 . Is this quote ok "Although it is surprising that no matter how much we don't always have the same craving for a particular type of...Read More...

Which tense ?

Dear All, When do we use: A. "Let me know how you get on. " and "Let me know how you got on." Many thanks. RickyRead More...

'a bank' or 'the bank'

Hello I'd like to check which article to use, "a bank" or "the bank." Would you take a look at the following sentences? #1 My sister works for a bank. #2 My sister will have worked in a bank for ten years by next year. #3 My sister will have worked in the bank for ten years by next year. Question 1 If I don't think of a specific bank, is #1 OK? If the persons who are talking this topic know the bank, should I say "My sister woks for the bank"? Question 2 How about #2 and #3? Which is better?Read More...

Where'sthe error? (#2)

This question was sent in by Mick, who wants to know where the error is in the sentence. Separation of today's five major continents occurred somewhat more recently than 180 million years .Read More...

Where'sthe error? (#1)

This question has been sent in by Mick, who wants to know what the problem is in the sentence. 1. Only within the last several decades new laboratory techniques have unlocked the mystery of the specific design of protein.Read More...

regarding/concerning/with relation to

tommy
Hi Rachel, How do you do Tom is seeking immediate assurances [1.regarding/2.concerning/3.with relation to] his future. which one is exactly fit with the sentence? please let me know what difference. very thank you.Read More...

should use of ?

tommy
Tom is likely to accept offers of around $1,000,000 for the player. what's difference between of and without of please help very thank youRead More...

Which meaning is correct?

Hello Would you help me to understand this sentence? #1 Scolded by her father, Mary got angry and went out of the room. Which meaning is appropriate? #2 Because Mary was scolded by her father she got angry and went out of the room. #3 When Mary was scolded by her father she got angry and went out of the room. Does #1 have another meaning? Or can #1 be read in many ways in some contexts? Thank you.Read More...
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