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negation

Are sentences 1, 2 and 3 correct with the given meanings: 1-I am not your employee to receive orders from you. 2-I am not your employee for you to give me orders. Meaning: I am not your employee and therefore you can't give me orders. -Why didn't the dog come in? 3-I did not open the door for it to come in. Meaning: I did not open the door and therefore the dog could not come in. Gratefully, Navi.Read More...

sign or signal

The election of a civil president surely…………the start of a new era. a- sign b- wave c- signal d- forwardRead More...

Three boys together carried a sofa up the stairs.

Hi, I've been wondering if we could put "only" right before "three boys" in (1). (1) Three boys together carried a sofa up the stairs. Does (2) sound good to you? (2) Only three boys together carried a sofa up the stairs. Thank you in advance Seiichi MYOGA If this imaginary conversation works, I think (2) might be OK: A: How many boys did it take to together carry a sofa up the stairs? B: I don't know, but I think we need (at least) four boys to together carry each sofa up the stairs. C:...Read More...

Reported speech

Please help me change this sentence into reported one. "Where have you worked since you left schools?" Many thanksRead More...

ahead

In terms of language development, he was soon miles ________ his age group. a. ahead b. ahead of Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

Solution to the problem set

Suppose there is a problem set with many problems. When we write solutions to those problems, should we say "solution to the problem set" or "solutions to the problem set"? Thank you!Read More...

for, to

What's the difference? 1. Life has been good to me. 2. To me, life has been good. 3. Life has been good for me. 4. For me, life has been good. My take: 1. Someone is dying and he is satisfied with his life. 2. He simply states that he has had a happy life. 3. Almost the same as 2. 4. I don't know about you, but for me life was good. AppleRead More...

has been ; was

About three-fourths of John's property _______ swept away due to the massive flood last night . a. has been b. was Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

ending a sentence with a preposition

Hi, The following sentence is ended with a preposition. Is it correct? It’s through Tom’s perspective that the author shows the cruelty and beauty that the humans are capable of. Thank you. PrashobhiniRead More...

Subject in this sentence

Hi all GE members and moderators, Please look at this sentence: Just because you've got your degree doesn't mean you can rest on your laurels. (from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary-third edition) The subject of this sentence is: "Just because you've got your degree." And this makes me confused. I wonder why a subordinate adverbial clause can function as a subject of a sentence. Please enlighten me. While searching for this, I saw the following sentence in Merriam-Webster Advanced...Read More...

can, may

It's cold. It (may, can) snow tonight. Can both 'may' and 'can' work in the sentence above? If so, what's the difference? AppleRead More...

the present perfect

Find and correct the mistake in the following sentence: Mahmoud gave me back my book today. It has taken him only two days to read it.Read More...

of/from/in the book

Are these sentenses all correct? Any difference in meaning? 1. Draw one of the characters of the book. 2. Draw one of the characters from the book. 3. Draw one of the characters in the book.Read More...

Myriad with mass nouns

What do you think about the use of "myriad" with mass nouns? For instance, would it be ok to say "I think we can find myriad common ground"? Thanks for your thoughts.Read More...

the use of 'where'

Dear teachers, I have a question in this sentence. -------------------------------------------- So the best thing you can hope for is 'managed contact', where you send an appropriate person to prepare the tribe for what might happen. -------------------------------------------- I don't know the meaning of it clearly because of 'where', so I want to know the same usage of 'where'. Here are some examples. 1) We came to the town, where we had lunch. 2) That’s where you are mistaken. Which is...Read More...

What is important is that you try hard.

I'd appreciate it if someone would answer my question concerning sentence A. Thanks in advance. A: What is important is that you try hard. I think sentence A can be interpreted in 2 ways. If the Mood is subjunctive, A means the important thing is to your act of just trying hard, while if the Mood is Indicative, A means the important thing is to your usual act of trying hard. (Present tense expresses here your habitual act.) Is my explanation correct? Sorry no context. Please analyze.Read More...

He got at most a B.

Hi, I'd like you to help with the interpretation of "at most" in (1). (1) He got at most a B. Assuming that an A plus is the highest grade, a B is relatively lower in the rank. Considering this, it seems that (2) and (3) could work as well as (1). (2) He got only a B. (3) He got no more than a B. Do you agree? Thank you in advance Seiichi MYOGARead More...

perfect progressive tense

In UUEG, It is said that 'The perfect progressive tense give the idea that one event is in progress immediately before, up to, until another time or event. Then, Does it also mean that one event is still in progress at that 'another time'? For example, 'I have been studying for 3 hours.' ->Is it safe to say that I'm still studying NOW? 'Amy had been studying for 2 hours when her mother came back' ->Is it safe to say that Amy was still studying at the time her mother came back?Read More...

condition

When can we use will in the condition clause. if it will be in 6 months, i will choose the job.Read More...
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