All Forum Topics

Have a lot to say

Dear experts, Will it be right to assume that the expressions below are not strictly speaking synonymous: have a lot to say for oneself have nothing to say for oneself Is the following sentence grammatically correct (considering inversion at the end): As for that bland man... he really annoys me, he's so dull and has nothing to say for himself, not bad looking though is he! Thank you, YuriRead More...

"While + participle"

Hello, teachers! Would you please tell me if these are all acceptable? I think 1 to 3 are correct, but 4 is ungrammatical or at least uncommon. Am I right? 1. While going to school, I stopped by the stationery store. 2. Going to school, I stopped by the stationery store. 3. I stopped by the stationery store while going to school. 4. I stopped by the stationery store going to school. Thank you very much. Enjoy the start of the rainy season. All the best.Read More...

As such ...at the beginning of the sentence

I have seen quite a few sentences using the phrase as such . Perhaps I misunderstand something here but I believe such in as such is in fact a pronoun and, as a result, it should have an antecedent.The sentence with As such in the beginning of the sentence can be quite confusing. Let's look at one example below: "As opposed to international practices, as well as practices followed in the Asian region, Pakistan delayed the re-basing of the national accounts for two decades. As such , many...Read More...

'Hawaii beach' or 'Hawaiian beach'

Hello, teachers! Which is the correct expression, 'Hawaii beach' or 'Hawaiian beach'? A Google search showed me the same number. If both are correct, is there any difference in meaning or nuance? Ex; I will be swimming on the Hawaii/Hawaiian beach by this time the day after tomorrow. Thank you very much. Have a nice weekend. Best Regards.Read More...

A.M./ P.M. or AM/PM

This question has been sent in by Susan McKenzie: A.M./P.M. - as a matter of style can it be ever ok to write as - AM/PM as follows: He set out at 3:35 AM, 5 February 1939, Henshaw arrived safely at Capetown as 8:58 PM, Many thanks for your assistance.Read More...

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...
×
×
×
×