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Mcdonald's or a Mcdonald's

When you suggest to a friend that you go to a Mcdonald's restaurant together, what do you say: Let's go to a Macdonald's or let's go to Mcdonald's (without an "a")?Read More...

Where does the prepositional phrase end?

We had a few deck chairs on the rooftop of our apartment building. I told my girlfriend, "You can use one of the chairs that were up on the roof." She replied stating that I should have said, "You can use one of the chairs that was up on the roof," because the object of the preposition is only the very next noun (in this case, "chairs") after the preposition. I contend that the object of the preoposition stretches all the way to the end of the sentence in this case. Further to my point, I...Read More...

a different funny

1-We are playing a different funny game today. 2-He is playing a funny different game today. 3-We are playing a different , funny game today. 4-We are playing a different and funny game today. Are all these sentences correct and do they all mean the same? In which case: a-The other games we have played have been funny as well b-Some of them might have been funny but not all c-One cannot tell whether the other games we have played have been funny. Gratefully, Navi.Read More...

postmodification

Are these sentences correct with the given meanings: 1-I am thinking about the meeting tomorrow. 2-I am thinking about the doctor tomorrow. One possible meaning: I am thinking about my meeting with the doctor tomorrow. 3-I am thinking about John tomorrow. One possible meaning: I am thinking about my meeting with John tomorrow. I think "2" and "3" could also mean: I am thinking about what might happen to the doctor/John tomorrow. Is that correct? Gratefully, Navi.Read More...

Can "others" mean "the rest of" ?

We are taught that the other means "the rest of" while other doesn't. Consider the following example: a. Some people work hard, but others don't. Does the speaker divide people in the world into two groups: Group A includes people who work hard and Group B includes people who don't. Under such interpretation other means "the rest of". Or there is actually a third, even a fourth group, the speaker just neglect them ? Or this sentence is ambiguous ?Read More...

give conclusions, or describe conclusions

Part 4 of this paper (gives/describes) (the)conclusions of this study. Can you say "describe conclusions"? I would say "give the conclusions". What do you think? Should "conclusions" be singular "a conclusion"? AppleRead More...

a, the (2)

1.We visited a temple that my father loved. 2.We visited the temple that my father loved. Sentence 1 means there are more than one temple that my father loved. Sentence 2 means there is only one temple that my father loved. Correct? I tend to say "the temple". AppleRead More...

a, the (1)

1.NY is a big city where my sister lives. 2.NY is the big city where my sister lives. Which is better? I'd choose 1, because there are other big cities. I know sentence 3 is much better. 3.NY, where my sister lives, is a big city. AppleRead More...

not know many things

1-I do not know many things about my sister. Is this sentence ambiguous? Could it mean both: a-I know little about my sister. There are few things I know about my sister. and: b-There are many things I do not know about my sister. (This does not include the possibility that there are many other things that I do know about her.) Gratefully, Navi.Read More...

it ; he

A: Is this your uncle? B: ____________ . a. Yes, he is. b. Yes, it is. Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

Is using future form of must/have to necessary ?

In Understanding And Using English Grammar , 4th edition, page 164, it gives examples like a and b below: a. I have to study tonight. b. I must study tonight. A future form is not used. But we are always taught that the future form of must/have to is will have to . Is this because there's a distinction between near future and future in English ? Do people use must/have to to take about things that are closer to us in time and the other form to talk about things that are somehow not that...Read More...

missing subject

Hello, anyone interested in my question. When I read the Bible, I was interrupted by a sentence where I couldn't find the subject of it. Here is it. "They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen." I didn't know what is the subject of the phrase, "should happen", even why it is there. After trying to solve the mystery, I come to conclude that the sentence is kind of Noun-clause without starting with the indicator, "that". For my guess, the original sentence is, "That...Read More...

he ; he can

I can finish the work more quickly than _______ . a. he b. he can Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

walk into

He walked into the meal as if he hadn't seen food for days. What does the sentence mean, especially the part in bold? Thanks!Read More...

snowfall

Which is the best? I don't think sentence 4 sounds correct, but does it? 1. The road is sometimes closed due to a heavy snowfall in winter. 2.The road is sometimes closed due to heavy snowfalls in winter. 3.The road is sometimes closed due to heavy snowfall in winter. 4.The road is sometimes closed due to much snowfall in winter. AppleRead More...

"no more than" and expectation

Hi, Do you think both (1) and (2) sound good to you? (1) Everyone thinks Kim earns 100K, but she earns no more than 90K. (2) Everyone thinks Kim earns 90K, and she earns no more than 100K. Thank you in advance Seiichi MYOGARead More...

where ; which

This town is the place ________ he comes from. a. which b. where Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

Are these sentences grammatically correct?

Hi. I was wondering if it makes sense in the following sentence: "Temperatures at the South Pole average 54 °C lower than the North Pole." I think it should be "lower than at the South Pole" or "lower than those at the South Pole." Can you also explain why the following sentences are grammatically right? 1) Instead, virtual mobility and travel is growing in importance both as a form of recreational activity and as a means of promotion by places seeking to attract visitors. Why could "virtual...Read More...

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cocoricot
Dear teachers, Please tell me which is correct: 1. Let's not give them a second chance, shall we. 2. Let's not give them a second chance, shan't we. Thanks.Read More...

consider to, ~ing

"Consider" is followed by participles, not infinitives. So, I suppose sentence 2 is wrong. Or is it correct? 1.The system is considered serving as a new model. 2.The system is considered to serve as a new model. AppleRead More...

acknowledge--action or non-action?

Hello. Can someone please tell me if "acknowledge" can be used in the present progressive form? It seems that I have heard it used that way, but I don't know if it is grammatically correct or not. Thanks.Read More...
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