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about thieving

Have you come here to accuse me of a theft? 1-No, I am not here about thieving at all . I am here about whether an innocent man has been wrongly accused of murder or not. Is "1" correct? Gratefully, Navi.Read More...

The auxiliary ver 'should' in a second conditional sentence with a subject 'I'

Hello, I'm Korean and I'm teaching English in Korea. I'm posting this to get your advice and help. Please read and share your knowledge about this thing. Your replies will be very much appreciated. In this sentence, can 'should' be used in the blank? "If I knew her phone number, I --------- call her and ask her out" ... Plus, In my opinion, 'should' can not be used in this sentence for the following reasons. 1. Unlike could, would, might, 'should' can't bear any tense, therefore 'should'...Read More...

preposition + which + noun

Hello, Are these sentences okay? I would like to know if the structure "Preposition + which + noun" is okay. 1. I remember the Friday, on which day Tom won the contest. or I remember the Friday, at which time Tom won the contest. 2. I remember the park, in which place I lost my dog. 3. Tom left yesterday, for which reason his mom is sad now. or Tom left yesterday, for which cause his mom is sad now. 4. Tom has jogged for 10years with his dog following him, in which way he keeps his health.Read More...

a discount

Do I say, All books are offered at / from 10 % to 50 % discount / discounts.Read More...

WENT VRS WAS

Hi, What's the difference? (There's one, right?) 1. She went angry. 2. She was angry. Both are correct, right? They have and convey a different idea, don't they? Could you explain them to me, please? What about? 3. She got angry. BlessingsRead More...

Punctuation

What is the correct punctuation for "This includes but is not limited to ..."? This includes, but is not limited to, ... This includes but is not limited to: ... This includes - but is not limited to - ... ... ... ...Read More...

intern job?

Hello, A. She is not getting a lot of training in her intern job . I know for sure that it should be internship . But, is the phrasing "intern job" could somehow be acceptable in informal/spoken language? Thank you Grammar Exchange! IWTKRead More...

felt walking?

Hello, Please help. A. She felt walking by herself. 1.Can the sentence be interpreted as" She likes to walk by herself/ alone/without anyone with her?" 2.How about adding "like" between "felt" and "walking"? B."She felt like walking by herself." Thank you! IWTKRead More...

punctuation/because

1-Partick is going to get a better job. I am happy, but also sad because he is leaving town. 2-Partick is going to get a better job. I am happy, but also sad , because he is leaving town. 3-Partick is going to get a better job. I am happy. But I am also sad because he is leaving town. 4-Partick is going to get a better job. I am happy. But I am also sad , because he is leaving town. Are all these sentences OK? They are supposed to mean: I am pleased that he has found a better job, but on the...Read More...

to do or not to do

1. What you have to do is to + verb 2. What you have to do is + verb 3. What you have to do is verb_ing Which one is correct? ThanksRead More...

thinking about what

1-He was thinking about what he was going to do. 2-He was thinking about what he would do. Can't this sentence mean two things: a-He was thinking what to do b-He knew what he was going to do and he was thinking about that thing Gratefully, Navi.Read More...

using past tense or present tense?

The following is what I have read recently in a magazine. -- Everyone knows recycling is good for the environment. But did you know it's also good for the economy? Americans threw away 36 billion aluminum cans in one year. That amount of cans is worth about $600 million! #1) I would like to know if that sentence 'Americans THREW away 36 billion aluminum cans IN ONE YEAR' sounds fine to you? #2) If it were talking about a fact, would it be better to say 'Americans THREW away 36 billion...Read More...

Most likely

What's the explanation of ''most likely ''?also if the usage of it is formal?and which one of the following answers is OK to use ? Did he finish his project? A1-Most likely ,he did. A2-May be he did . a3-Probably he did . Your help is appreciated .Read More...

comma

1-We need a native speaker or a non-native whose knowledge of the language is excellent to do the job. 2-We need a native speaker or a non-native with an excellent knowledge of the language to do the job. 3-The director thinks the part should be played by a woman or a man of considerable height. I think in "1" and "2" the postmodifying phrases (ie. "whose knowledge of the language" and "with an excellent knowledge of the language) would normally be understood to postmodify only the second...Read More...

independent clause

Hello, Please help. Pauline says there is nothing relaxing about chopping wood, swatting mosquitoes, and cooking over a woodstove. Is the bold part an independent clause ? Thank you! IWTKRead More...

only a few days left

Suppose it's June 27 today. There are only a few days left this month. Can you use either of the sentences below to say the same thing? 1.This month will end soon. 2.This month will end in only a few days. AppleRead More...

years her junior

1-He was five years her junior. 2-He was her junior by five years. 3a-He was five years junior to her. 3b-He was five years a junior to her. 4a-He was junior to her by five years. 4b-He was a junior to her by five years. Are all of those sentences correct and equally viable as alternatives to saying, "He was five years younger than she was"? If so, which one do you find the most elegant? I like (1) the most, personally, and recognize it as idiomatic, but its grammar mystifies me. What...Read More...

know very little

When you want to say someone doesn't know something very much, you say, 1. Ken knows very little English. Can you say, 2. Ken knows very little New York. ? Can you also say, 3. Ken knows very little Mary. ? Can you say, 4.Ken knows English very little. ? AppleRead More...

is good to

1-He is good to do this work. Can't this sentence mean: a-He is in a condition to do this work. (as in: He is good to drive.) b-He is suitable to do this work. (He can be hired.) c-He is only good for this work. He won't be able to do much else. (He is good to sit in the sun and chase away flies, but can't do much else.) d-Seeing that he does this work, one can say that he is a good person. It is kind of him to do this work. Gratefully, Navi.Read More...

Take care

Take care good of her . Take good care of her . What's the difference in the meaning? Are they both grammatical? Thanks Teachers .Read More...

article "the"

Do we say, (a) The king and queen / the queen live in a palace. (b) There is a / the king and (the) queen who live in a palace.Read More...

was actively not

Are these sentences correct: 1-He was actively not paying attention. 2-He was actively not dying. I think they work. 1a-He wasn't paying attention. 2a-He wasn't dying. "1a" and "2a" could convey the same idea as "1" or "2", but they are weaker. After all it is possible not to pay attention without doing it deliberately and "actively". 1b-He was not paying attention. 2b-He was not dying. I think "1b" and "2b" would be closer in meaning to "1" and "2" provided "not" is stressed in them. I...Read More...

open - opened

Hi, If we have an institution and this institution offers different courses about different subjects, let's say every time a new group starts, the first day is called an opening, does is sound correct? And now, when one course did not start, one teacher wrote: "the group will be not open", is tha right? Should it have been "opened"? Is "open" the right word to write on a sign to let know customers there are people working in a store? ThanksRead More...

will be used vs will be using

May I know which is correct and what is the difference? (1)Processing will be used in more mission-critical application. (2)Processing will be using in more mission- critical application.Read More...
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