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Punctuation with appositives

Hello, teachers! Could you please tell if these are correct? 1-1. Susan, a kind person, was loved by all. 1-2. Susan, being a kind person, was loved by all. 2-1. She, a kind person, was loved by all. 2-2. She, being a kind person, was loved by all. [I guess 2-1 & 2-2 are incorrect, but someone says both are correct and including "being" is better. Will you be the judge?] 3-1. Treat it in/within two days, or I, myself, will get involved. 3-2. Treat it in/within two days, or I myself will...Read More...

"None too" vs. "not too"

Is there any difference in meaning or usage between "none too" and "not too" as understatement devices? Perhaps "not too" is more American English and "none too" more British English?Read More...

Plural of "aspirin"

A question came up in class today. Our pronunciation text, Targeting Pronunciation, had a sentence (page 33), "Which is better when you have a cold, several aspirin or homemade vegetable soup?" Doing a concordancer sample with the British National Corpus, I came across both "Took seventy aspirin!" and "He flies to the aspirin bottle for everything, but I'm afraid aspirins won't cure what I've got, which is a great indigestible lump" Google produced an almost infinite number of "Take two...Read More...

Meanings of "would"

Hello, teachers! Would you please help me with this? I guess original sentences can be interpreted as [A] or [B] according to the context. Am I right? [Original]*********** 1. I would have/eat pizza with hot/chili sauce. 2. I would have/drink some wine with boiled lobster. 3. I would live in a house on the beach. [A]** the present or near-future intention expression 1a. I [will, would like to] have/eat pizza with hot/chili sauce. 2a. I [will, would like to] have/drink some wine with boiled...Read More...

Expressions of quantity

What do the sentences mean? And are they correct? 1. Some of the students in my class are a little lazy. Some students in my class are a little lazy. 2. Sam has't met any of the students in the other class. Sam hasn't met any students in the other class. 3. Most of the students in our class are very smart. Most students in our class are very smart. 4. All of the students in my class are here. All students in my class are here. 5. Both of the birds in the picture are incapable of flight. Both...Read More...

Preposition -- "on" or "for"?

Hi All, Which of the following two is correct? 1) I went for a short holiday to Cornwall. 2) I went on a short holiday to Cornwall. I read that one says " on holiday" so is " for a short holiday" also correct. Because to me it sounds right, but I might be wrong. Please help ThanksRead More...

"No matter ..."

Hello, teachers! Could you please tell me if I can use these expressions with the basically same meaning? 1. No matter what the cost [is, will/may/might be], I will get it. 2. No matter what I [pay, will/may/might have to pay] for it, I will get it. 3. No matter how much I [am, will/may/might be] charged for it, I will get it. 4. No matter how much it [costs, will/may/might cost], I will get it. 5. No matter how much it [costs, will/may/might cost] me, I will get it. 6. No matter what it...Read More...

"work clothes" or "working clothes", any rules?

What is the rule applied to compound words? I have found 169 examples of "paintbrush", 8 examples of "paint brush" no examples of " painting brush", 8 examples of "work clothes" 3 examples of "working clothes" no examples of "workclothes", which example I knew I would not find. When and how do you decide to use a hyphen or not, combine two nouns or use a present participle as an adjective? I've seen/used/heard/ "swimming pool" but not "swim pool". I've found both "swim suits" and "swimsuits"...Read More...

"Only" and "alone"

Hello, teachers! Could you please tell if these are acceptable? 1. He couldn't quench his thirst for knowledge only with books. 2. He couldn't quench his thirst for knowledge with only books. 3. He couldn't quench his thirst for knowledge with books only. 4. He couldn't quench his thirst for knowledge with books alone. Thank you very much. Enjoy the nature.Read More...

Grow up

Hello, teachers! Could you please tell if these are acceptable? 1. I want to grow up to be a teacher. 2. I want to be a teacher when I grow up. 3. I want to be a teacher when I've grown up. 4. I want to be a teacher when I'm grown up. 5. I want to be a teacher when I'm a grown-up. Thank you very much. Enjoy the nature.Read More...

Get oneself something

1)Get a good dictionary. 2)Get yourself a good dictionary. Could you tell me what is the difference between these two? Is 2) equivalent to "Do yourself a favor and get a good dictionary."?Read More...

Gerund vs. Infinitive

Hello, teachers! Could you please check my thoughts? [1] I think these are all correct. We can use the ones with the gerund ("-ing" form) only if you are actually doing (or did) the given action. We can use the ones with the infinitive ("to" form) in any case. And in any case, the infinitive forms are common. Am I right? 1-1. It is difficult to solve the problem. 1-2. It is difficult solving the problem. 2-1. It was difficult to solve the problem. 2-2. It was difficult solving the problem.Read More...

Anyone else

Hello, teachers! I think that in these sentences We have to use "else." Am I right? 1. Don't tell anyone (else) about this. 2. He is taller than anyone (else) in his class. 3. You can play baseball better than anyone (else) in my class. 4. You've learned/learnt faster and better than anyone (else) I've ever seen. Thank you very much. Happy Saint Valentine's Day for the 14th of February - wishing you all love and success!Read More...

Family is/are

Hello, teachers! I think that in these sentences American English uses "does/is" and British English uses "do/are." Am I right? 1. Do you live alone? / Yes. / Where do/does the rest of your family live? 2. How large are/is your family? Thank you very much. Happy Saint Valentine's Day for the 14th of February - wishing you all love and success!Read More...

"Overdo myself"?

Hello, teachers! [1] I think we can't use the objects, [-self]s, because the verbs are intransitive verbs. Am I right? 1. I overate [myself] this morning. 2. I overslept myself this morning. 3. I overworked [myself] yesterday. [2] I think we have to use the object, [myself], because the verb "overdo" is a transitive verb. Am I right? - I overdid myself yesterday. [3] Do these have the same meaning? 1. I overworked myself yesterday. 2. I overdid myself yesterday. [4] Do these sentences make...Read More...

"From A to B"

Hello, teachers! Would you please tell me if these sentences are correct? 1. I don't have classes from the 23rd [to, till, through, thru] the 4th of next month. 2. Celery harvest season is/runs from the end of June [to, till, through, thru] mid-October. 3. Excuse me, how late are you going to stay open today? / Until 9. Our hours are from 11 a.m. [to, till, through, thru] 9 p.m. Thank you very much. Happy Saint Valentine's Day for the 14th of February - wishing you all love and success!Read More...

"In" or "for"

Dear All, Are the following sentences correct ? If yes, what is the difference ? 1) I've not eaten for 3 days. 2) I've not eaten in 3 days. Thank you. RickyRead More...

"Shouldn't have to"

What do the 'should's mean in the sentenses? 1.You shouldn't have to work on weekends. 2.I shouldn't have to go to the dentist again for another year.Read More...

"Will" or "going to" for future

Dear teacher I 'd like to ask about the expression of the future. Would you look at the following sentences? #1 She said, " My mother will leave the hospital." #2 She said, " My mother is going to leave the hospital." Question(1): In this case , which expression is appropriate ? Does #1 imply uncertainty of her mother's leaving the hospital? Or isn't there any difference between #1 and #2? Question(2): Is there any good expression instead of " leave the hospital"? I look forward to a reply.Read More...

For me or to me?

I'm confused with the use of for and to + objects. Do we say "It is good for you" or "It is good for me"? Thank you!Read More...

be fond of vs. like

Hello, today I want to know the difference in meaning between "be fond of" and "like".Do they have exactly the same meaning? I like playing soccer. I am fond of playing soccer. Though they would be almost the same meaning, I have seldom found the expressions with "be fond of." I've often find the sentence with "like" or "love"... Anyways, I'd like to know the difference between them. Thank you.Read More...

Does this need a yes or no answer or a right or wrong one?

Hello, teachers! A; Is this the book you are looking for? B; [______] Where did you find this anyway? Would you please tell me which is the correct reply in the place of [____], 1, 2, or both? 1. That's right. 2. Yes, it is. Thank you very much. Enjoy twinkling stars in the dark sky.Read More...

Sick to/in one's stomach

Hello, teachers! I would like to ask you about the expression "sick to/in one's stomach". [1] Does this sentence mean A, B, or both? - I feel sick to/in my stomach. A. I have a stomach ache. B. I feel nausea. [2] Do we use these expressions too? - I feel sick to/in my heart/head/back/leg. [3] Could you please check and correct my sentences? 1. I feel sick (in/to my stomach). / Take/Try this medicine. 2. Bad/Rotten/Spoiled/Stale food makes you sick (in/to your stomach). 3. I felt sick (in/to...Read More...

"How come ...?" vs. "Why don't ....?"

Hello, teachers! Could you please tell me the difference in meaning when we use 'how come ...' and 'why don't .....'? Do they have exactly the same meaning? 1. How come you don't eat/finish those left-over potato chips? / Sorry, I'm already full. I can't have any more. 2. Why don't you eat/finish ... Thank you very much. Enjoy twinkling stars in the dark sky.Read More...

"All the people," "all OF the people"

What is the difference between (1) and (2)? (1) all the people. (2) all of the people. ˜Of' in (2) seems redundant. If not, what function does this ˜of' have? If there is a situation where these two (1) and (2) are not interchangeable, what situation would that be? appleRead More...
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