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"The same" + ???

Hello! I have a question about grammar; is the following sentence grammatically wrong? "I live in the same building with some native workers" instead of "I live in the same building as some native workers." Thank you in advance. OznelRead More...

Concept of (the) world

A student of mine recently produced the following sentence: "Regarding the average citizen, if the television, the radio or newspapers do not forge his concept of world , what will do that?" Is the phrase "concept of world" appropriate, or would it be better to include the definite article before the noun "world" - "concept of the world"? If both are correct, which one sounds better? Thanks. Gisele Sรƒยฃo Paulo, BrazilRead More...

Future tenses -- differences?

Hello, What is the difference in the following sentences please : a) We are having a grammar lesson next Friday. b) We will be having a grammar lesson next Friday. c) We will have a grammar lesson next Friday. Also, are they all grammatically correct ? Many thanks. RickyRead More...

"Whose" as relative pronoun

I have a doubt concerning the usage of "whose". After the noun which the relative pronoun refers to is mentioned, I believe it is possible to use the personal pronoun "it", in reference to the same noun; at any rate I think I have seen sentences (in supposedly reliable sources) where this kind of structure happens. However, pondering on the question, Iร‚ยดm now not so sure - using a personal pronoun would seem to be wrong; it sounds like a repetitive reference to the noun being qualified.Read More...

"To" + verb or "of" + -ing"

Hello, What rule is applied to choosing between "to" and "of-ing" in the pairs? What is the difference between each sentence in the following pairs? (1)That is the way to understand it. (2)That is the way of understanding it. (3)I have the responsibility to do the job. (4)I have the responsibility of doing the job. (5)He has the ability to finish the work in time. (6)He has the ability of finishing the work in time. appleRead More...

Past conditional

Hello, Is the following reasoning grammatically correct? 'You wouldn't have guessed that her father is Chinese.' = 'Even if you tried, you wouldn't have guessed that her father is Chinese.' Thank you. RickyRead More...

A Want / A Wish

Hello, Could some please formulate the difference between "a want" & " a Wish". ThanksRead More...

Greetings !!! (How do you do?)

Hello, When you are greeted with" How do you do?" what is the reply? Is it also "How do you do?" Is there much difference between: How are you? How do you do?Read More...

A Want / A Wish

Hello, Could some please formulate the difference between "a want" & " a Wish". ThanksRead More...

Tense sequence

Hello, Scenario : A , having just arrived from abroad, meets up with B in a cafe. A has a train to catch later in the evening. A saying to B," The only difficulty was to know where to put the luggages till my train left." Question 1 - Is the past tense 'left' used to show tense sequence ( ie keeping the whole sentence in one tense ) ? If it is, then can we also use 'leave' to show a 'present situation' ( ie The only difficulty was to know where to put the luggages till my train leaves this...Read More...

Double negative

I accidentally read an advertisement of a thesaurus saying that... This all-new edition of the classic reference work is the one thesaurus no home or office should be without. To me, the sentence soulds natural, yet, on the secound thought, I found no and without in the sentence which makes me think that this sentence might have a double negative problem. Is it really a double negative? If so, is it acceptable as allowed to appear on the back cover of a quite well known thesaurus?Read More...

"Was planning" vs. "is planning"

Hello, Please take a look at the following sentence : For more than a year, Canadians have known that 69-year-old Mr Chretien was planning to resign in February 2004. Question - Mr.Chretien is still planning to resign in February 2004, so why not 'is planning' instead of 'was planning'? Or, is the past tense here used to suggest Mr Chretien's reluctance to resign as 'was planning ' suggests to me that he might change his mind? Many thanks. RickyRead More...

Transition vs. conjunction

Azar (in Understanding... ) makes the following distinction: It was hot. Therefore, we went swimming. (Transition) It was hot, so we went swimming. (conjunction) q1: Are 'therefore' and 'so' not conjunctions? q2. Can we use both commas and full stops to introduce the second sentence in both examples?Read More...

"There is "or "there are"

According to the traditional grammar,when a plural noun follows "there" the verb is "are or were" and when singular "is or was"is used, but this doesn't seem to be so these days. Especially when speaking, we tend to add items after we begin speaking with "there is...." But what about in writing? Is it still acceptable to use "is" for plural nouns following "there"? One sentence I have recently come across on the web is; (1)Here's a few guidelines to go by when making your decision. What is...Read More...

Past participle of "clean"

Hi.. She has cleant her room. She has cleaned her room. Is "cleaned" the past participle of "clean"? I have many native speakers use "cleant". I could be wrong. ThanksRead More...

"Unless" and "if ...not"

Please look at the following sentences. (4)(7) aren't correct, are they? (1)I'll go if it doesn't rain. (2)I'll go unless it rains. (3)I'll be quite glad if Mary doesn't come this evening. (4)*I'll be quite glad unless Mary comes this evening (5)You can't come in if you don't have a ticket. (6)You can't come in unless you have a ticket. (7)*Please ask me unless you understand. (8)Please ask me if you don't understand. (9)Don't ask me to explain if you understand. (10)Don't ask me to explain...Read More...

"Would" in conditionals

Hello, Please take a look at the following sentence : Sony is so far behind in the market that it has been forced to strike a joint venture with Samsung under which the South Korean company - and rival - would provide it with a steady stream of LCD panels for TVs that should make it competitive with market leaders. Question - why is 'would' used instead of 'will'? Thank you. RickyRead More...

"Different from, than, to"

My Longman dictionary says different from/ that/ to / are all good, but that teachers prefer "from" and that "to" is BrE, and "than" AmE. My other English-Japanese dictionary says "than" can be used when a clause follows "different" as in "He is different than he used to be". But recently I have an impression I hear/see/read "than" more than I used to even when just a word or a phrase follows "different" as in "My opinion is different than yours". Another grammar site states as follows.Read More...

"Run around (in) the zoo"

Please look at the following sentence (1): (1)Don't tease the monkeys running around the zoo. We can easily assume that the monkeys are kept in the zoo and they are running around in the zoo, not running, around the zoo, which is pretty dangerous. So what's the difference between "running around the zoo" and " running around in the zoo"? Is "in" not necessary to make the meaning clearer? appleRead More...

"Population" -- can be replaced with "one"?

Please look at the following sentence. The prison population in this state, now at an all time high, is higher than any state. One of the questions on the Longman TOEFL book asks which part is incorrect. The answer key says that the part "any state" should be "than the prison population in any state." I understand that the sentence is not correct because the prison population and any state are being compared The reason "the prison population" can not be replaced by "one" or "that of" is that...Read More...

Brewer

Hello, Is the word brewer used both for male and female? or is there a female name for it too? I would like to know. ThanksRead More...

This, it, that

Someone gives me some information that I didn't know. I say, "That's interesting. I didn't know that." How would the nuance differ if I said "It's interesting. I didn't know it." It sounds like "that" sounds you are more impressed than when you use "it", carring a stronger tone. Am I correct? Mitsuko mitsukoRead More...
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