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gerunds

Hi people. I have this sentance: (This company) is committed to establish and maintain a system... Now, how do I explain that this is incorrect, that it should read: is committed to establishing and maintaining a system?Read More...

You''two''

1-This is a good picture of you two. 2-This is a good picture of both of you. 3-This is a good picture of you both. 4-This is a good picture of you together. Are they all grammatical? Also, which one sounds natural? Thanks to all. (teachers and members).Read More...

past tense vs. past participle

1-I had met John when I had gone to Rome. 2-I had met John when I went to Rome. 3-I had met John after I had gone to Rome. 4-I had met John after I went to Rome. Does "1" mean that I had met John before I went to Rome? Does "2" that I had met John in Rome? Is there any difference between the meanings of "3" and "4"? Gratefully, Navi.Read More...

when and present perfect

She was the world No.1 in 2008 when she has won Roland Garros. Is the sentence above grammatical? "When" is used in a present perfect tense. http://whoandwhom.com/ana-ivanovic/ AppleRead More...

some occasions

1-On some occasions , , when I am tired, I take a break from work. 2-On some occasions when I am tired, I take a break from work. 3-On some of the occasions when I am tired, I take a break from work. I think in '1' it is clear that I take a break every time I am tired. In '3' it is clear that there are occasions when I am tired and I do not take a break. But what about '2'? I think technically it should mean the same as '3', but isn't it sometimes used instead of '1'? Gratefully, Navi.Read More...

to help her get ready

Can one say: 1-To help her get ready for the exam, she hired a teacher. instead of: 2-She hired a teacher to help her get ready for the exam. Gratefully, Navi.Read More...

every time

Can one use: 1-I do not make the slightest sound every time he needs peace and quiet. instead of: 2-Every time he needs peace and quiet, I do not make the slightest sound. Can one use: 3-I do not make the slightest sound on all occasions when he needs peace and quiet. instead of: 4-On all occasions when he needs peace and quiet, I do not make the slightest sound. Can one use: 5-I do not make the slightest sound whenever he needs peace and quiet. instead of: 6-Whenever he needs peace and...Read More...

fact, a fact

That supposed nonsense is now hard fact. The sentence above is from one of the British newspapers. It's part of the news of Andy Murray's Wimbledon triumph. Why is there no "a" before "hard fact"? Isn't "fact" a count noun? AppleRead More...

Inversion with Pronouns as subjects

Hello all GE members I would like to discuss Inversion with pronouns as subjects in the following cases: The earth is closer to the moon than is the sun. --> In this case the inversion IS THE SUN is correct. However, inversion is not correct in the following: She is closer to Lan than is he. --> HE is a pronoun. I would like to ask if it is OK to invert the subject and verb in the following: Her problem is more complicated than is mine. Many thanks.Read More...

be surprised at/by

Everyone was surprised _____ the result of the World Cup. a. at b. by Are they both correct? Are there any differences between them? Thanks!Read More...

Combined words dictionary.

Are there any dictionary links for combined words? Words, such as, cutting edge, pit stop, fast food, and so. I appreciate you.Read More...

psychology

Let's say we have this group of people in advertising business. They really know how we feel when we see their products and they make use of such knowledge when making ads for them. Does "They use/make use of our psychology" make sense here?Read More...

picnic on/at/by the beach

Hi, Does a family have a picnic: a) on the beach b) at the beach, or c) by the beach? For no apparent reason, I have suddenly become confused about the correct preposition to use. Thank you. GilbertRead More...

There was/were fried chicken...

Hello again. Should I use was or were in the sentence below? My first impulse is to use 'was' and not 'were' (although a list of things follow). Mary had packed some delicious food for the picnic. There __________ fried chicken, pizza, sandwiches and fresh fruits. Thank you so much for your help.Read More...

How to Use Correct Punctuation in Writing

Hello everyone! This is the title of a power point presentation: "How To Use Correct Punctuation In Writing" I wonder if it might be wrongly worded... Perhaps it should be: 'How to use punctuation correctly in writing' OR 'How to correctly punctuate in writing' Or just: 'Punctuation in writing' (without the word 'correct') Many thanks for your help. GilbertRead More...

Last holiday...

Hi Friends! Is it correct to say, " Last holiday Joe went to Devil's Cove with his family." I am concerned about the use of the word 'Last'. Thank you many times over. GilbertRead More...

Hyphenation

First, I want to thank you, David and Rachel, very much. I need to know when to hyphenate and when not to, for two words. Would you please help me. Is there a rule for it? Or if you give me a site name, I can look it up my self, but your explanation would be much appreciated. Especially David, I feel like you have a magic way to explain things, very smoothly, where a person can easy grasp the point. In other words, You were naturally born A great teacher, seriously. Thanks a lot.Read More...

People, or persons.

Can you please help me choose which one is grammatical? 1-I am one of the people who don't\doesn't like to eat fast-food. 2-I am one of the persons who don't\doesn't like to eat fast-food. Please note, that we always have been taught the plural of 'person' is 'people'.Read More...

2 errors in one sentence?

Hello all GE members, There is a test item which is about error identification. Please have a look. Different fourteen crops (A) were grown (B) 8,600 years ago (C) by some of the world’s earliest farmer (D). In my opinion, there should be two correct answers. 1- A. Different fourteen crops --> Fourteen different crops (word order) 2. D. Farmer --> Farmers (some of + countable plural noun) What do you think about this? The test asks the students to choose only ONE answer. Many thanks.Read More...

Why "on" ?

Attack on titan That's a Japanese manga series' name, but why not instead of "on" "against"? Does it have to do with Japanese Language? Can someone who speaks and writes this amazing language help me or tell me how (and where -links -)to learn more about it? ThanksRead More...

happy conversation?

Hello, I had a happy conversation with my friends. Is the phrasing in bold letters acceptable in informal setting? Thank you! IWTKRead More...

cutting

e.g a drinking man (drinking=present participle) a smoking room (smoking=gerund) Now, grammatically, what is "cutting" of "cutting edge"? A present participle or a gerund?Read More...

as many times/as often

Are these sentences correct: 1-You have been to New York four times as much as he has. 2-You have been to New York four times as many times as he has. 3-You have been to New York four times as often as he has. Isn't "3" about the frequency of visits while in "2" only the sheer number of visits is taken into consideration? Gratefully, Navi.Read More...
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