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Would you kindly explain the structure of this sentence ( So, I decided to follow them without them seeing me) ? I mean the object pronoun ( them) followed by the gerund. I expect it to be ( without their seeing me)Read More...
Hi, Ahmed towab—Both constructions are grammatically correct, as you can hopefully tell from Ayman's spray of grammar-book quotations, some of which point out that the one with the possessive is the more formal of the two constructions. In case you'd like to conduct technical research on the syntax of the two constructions, syntacticians label the construction with the possessive the Poss-ing construction and the construction with the accusative/objective-case pronoun the Acc-ing...Read More...
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"than" and "compared"

Hi, I am in doubt the use of than or compared. I used "than" to combine it with the word "lower" and I used "compared" to combine with the word "reduced". Both grammar constructions are correct? 1-CR 18 had a lower liver weight than AL18 but a similar liver/ body weight ratio. 2-CR 18 had a reduced liver weight compared to AL18 but a similar liver/ body weight ratio.Read More...
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wish

Hi, 1-"I wish my brother would return tomorrow, my mother...... be happy." a- will b- would I think (would) is correct, yet one of the books chooses (will). I think we can use (will) if we use a fullstop instead of the comma. "I wish my brother would/could return tomorrow. My mother WILL be happy."Read More...
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must & have to

Hi, 1-"Students.......follow the school rules." a- must b- have to I think (must) is correct because it refers to a general rule or a law that ALL students must follow. But we can say: 2-"The students have to follow the school rules." Here it is specific.Read More...
Hi, Ahmed, Yes, both are grammatically correct. For a similar question, see David's opinion here: https://thegrammarexchange.inf...opic/must-vs-have-to BTW, why did you add 'the' in '2'?Read More...
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Compare A with B

Hello. I read sentence like following in in exam question. “Comparing results from rats given the positive reinforcement with those that were not given, it becam clear that ~~.” In the sentence, I think the phrase ‘results from’ is needed in front of ‘those’. What do you think of this?Read More...
Hello, Etsummer, Since your question is exactly the same as mine issued a few days ago, please refer to the previous post well explained by Mr.Gustavo ; https://thegrammarexchange.inf...6#673208087061698316Read More...
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Pronoun or Preparatory it

Irresistible: Why We Can’t Stop Checking, Scrolling, Clicking and Watching - Adam Alter Could you tell me what the pronoun, it, refers to? Does it refer to the situation previously mentioned or indicate the fact that people with similar attitudes became friends? Thank you in advance. The researchers believed that physical space was the key to friendship formation; that “friendships are likely to develop on the basis of brief and passive contacts made going to and from home or walking about...Read More...
Hi, Gustavo, I really like this explanation with great thanks.Read More...
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I spent an incredibly boring (and expensive) two weeks in "paradise.

Hi everyone, The following extract is taken from a book published by Oxford University Press (I have attached the screenshot of this part of the book. You can have a look at it if you like) Everywhere I looked, I saw couples holding hands and looking romantically into each other's eyes! The travel agent also said it was always sunny there - but the weather was terrible - it was cloudy and windy. To pass the time, I decided to take a diving course (one of my lifetime ambitions). But it was a...Read More...
Hi, Hope, Yes, you can say that because "two weeks" is like a unit. The noun "period" or "stay" is implicit: I spent an incredibly boring (and expensive) two-week period in paradise / I had an incredibly boring (and expensive) two-week stay in paradise.Read More...
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all-round / all-rounded

1. She is an excellent staff with all-round skills. 2. She possesses all-rounded human resources and administration knowledge and experience gained (obtained) from a sizable company. (a) Are the above sentences correct? (b) Are there any difference in meaning between "all-round" and "all-rounded"? Thanks. MomoRead More...
https://thegrammarexchange.inf...3#583405316546004433 It's quite incredible to find an aid for your exam nowhere else, but a forum tread from 14 years ago! Thanks, all of you, for your wisdom :^)Read More...
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Is the verb proceed followed by gerund or to infinitive

Hi, Is the verb proceed followed by gerund or to infinitive e.g. Once we hear from you, we will consider your response and proceed to making/make decision. Thanks!Read More...
Hi, Tony, 'Proceed with' means to continue with an activity that has already been started. 'Proceed to' is used with an act not previously started. See here: https://www.btb.termiumplus.gc...ge=9vWMJdUSNVaQ.html In your example, I think 'proceed to' works well.Read More...
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“compare A with B”

Hello, everyone, While working as a research fellow at Harvard, B. F. Skinner carried out a series of experiments on rats, using an invention that later became known as a “Skinner box.” A rat was placed in one of these boxes, which had a special bar fitted on the inside. Every time the rat pressed this bar, it was presented with food. The rate of bar-pressing was automatically recorded. Initially, the rat might press the bar accidentally, or simply out of curiosity, and as a consequence...Read More...
Hi, Gustavo, You're always providing us such nice explanations.Read More...
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He was jailed five years ago and can be released next year.

1) He was jailed five years ago and can be released next year . 2) He was jailed five years ago and could be released next year . Are they both correct/natural? If so, what is the difference between them?Read More...
Hi, Language learner, Both are correct. The only difference is that "can" entails more certainty than "could," which is hypothetical: 1'. He was jailed five years ago and is in a position to / is eligible to / meets the requirements to be released next year . 2'. He was jailed five years ago and would be in a position to / would be eligible to / would meet the requirements to be released next year . (You could add "presumably" to emphasize the idea that, far from being a fact, this is merely...Read More...
Last Reply By Gustavo, Co-Moderator · First Unread Post

Help or Helping?

Could the word "help" be used instead of "helping" in this sentence? Would the meaning be the same either way? This is where I found the sentence: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/18/leonardo-dicaprio-pledges-43m-to-restore-the-galapagos-islands I think both work since helping is in the future continuous form and is talking about money that will be used in the future and continue for an expected length of time. Help is a verb that can also be used for the future when used...Read More...
Hello Gustavo! I appreciate the help. I understand what you mean. Thank you very much!Read More...
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Pronoun VS Relative Pronoun

The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone - Steven Sloman, Philip Fernbach First one looks right and I understand the structure, but I wonder whether it is grammatically correct to replace ' without whom' with 'without them' in this sentence? 1. Scientists not only have labs with students who contribute critical ideas, but also have colleagues who are doing similar work, thinking similar thoughts, and without whom the scientist would get nowhere. (Original) 2 Scientists not only have...Read More...
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mustn't talk, shouldn't have talked

Hello. Which one is correct or both are? - The boy is very rude. He .......... to his mother that way. a- mustn't talk b- shouldn't have talked Thank you.Read More...
Hi, Ahmed, Yes, you are right. ' Should not ' also sounds quite natural here. Now, why is the model answer ' shouldn't have talked '? Maybe the author falsely thought that 'that way' is connected with the past and would sound better with 'should have talked'.Read More...
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In this case vs. In that case

Hi - would appreciate an explanation why 'in which case' is the correct answer. Thx Fay You may not like the new rules, in which case / in that case you can lodge your concerns with admin.Read More...
Brilliant Gustavo. Your response also prompted me to review Azar's point on how 'which' is used to modify the whole sentence. All the pieces are in place now. Much thanks. FayRead More...
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