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no more/not more

1.Mary said that the bag cost no more than 100 dollars. 2.Mary said that the bag cost not more than 100 dollars. Mary’s bag was 100 dollars, but sentence 1 implies that to Mary 100 dollars is a small sum of money, but sentence 2 does not imply anything about Mary’s attitude about money. It merely states that the bag was 100 dollars. It is possible the bag was a bit less than 100 dollars. Is this understanding correct? AppleRead More...

if you want; if you want to

A: Can I have that piece of cake? B: Sure, you can take this pudding as well ____ . a. if you want b. if you want to Are they both correct? If so, which is more natural? Thanks!Read More...

send

a. We'll send her a lovely suit. b. A lovely suit will be sent to her (by us). c. She will be sent a lively suit (by us). Are they all correct? I'm not sure about 'c'. Thanks!Read More...

to-infinitive and for + gerund

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Dear teachers, "She used that money to buy/for buying a new car." Please tell me if "to-infinitive" and "for gerund" express purpose. Using either this or that is fine, isn't it? Thanks.Read More...

A few prepositions

Can I say, (a) The monkey climbed the tree / climbed up the tree. (b) He picked / picked up a handkerchief on / from the floor. (c) She received email (through / on / over the Internet) from his oversea friends. (d) He writes English words / English alphabets on / in his book. (e) She serves (drinks to) passengers in / on the plane. (f) (i) They took a boat to cross / cross over the river. (ii) They took a boat to get cross the river.Read More...

should;may;might

A: Do you know what happened to Mary? B: I don't know, but she _____ be here by now. a. should b. may c.might Are they all correct? Thanks!Read More...

about chickens

I would like to ask some questions: (a) What do we say if many chickens are carried by truck in cages? (b) What do we call the place where the chickens are reared? Chicken farm? chickhen house / poultry? Eg: The truck carried some cages of chickens to the chicken house / poultry.Read More...

work with

Sentence 1. You will tap into answer to these questions in some depth through the realm of experience in the stories we tell of the companies we worked with . Sentence 2. at its root, complexity science points to the following few simple guidelines for working with organizations as complex adaptive systems. Question: "work with" means A. "work together with", or B. "deal with"?Read More...

mystery people

Hello, They want to know about mystery people . I have googled this and saw some results. I will honestly say that it is my first time to come across such phrase. Please tell if this is commonly used. And Is there any difference with 'mysterious people' ? IWTK loves GE!^^Read More...

gerund

Which is correct: 1-Readers occupy the position of having insight into unraveling the mystery which the narrator lacks. 2-Readers occupy the position of having insight into the unraveling of the mystery which the narrator lacks.Read More...

that

Does this sentence sound OK and make sense? That he no longer feels for his children is it.Read More...

the knowledge

Which is correct: 1-They had knowledge of making wine. 2-They had the knowledge of making wine. It seems to me that in '2', 'the knowledge of making wine' is considered as a whole unit and 'they' had that knowledge. To me '1' is not so clear and seems to suggest that they had 'some knowledge' about making wine. Maybe they just knew that one could make wine without knowing how (they knew others did it).Read More...

playing with

could i say, (a) They are playing with a lot of marbles. (B) They are playing a lot of marbles.Read More...

In/on calendar

"Please be sure to enter the date ___ your calendar." Which preposition -- "in" or "on" --should I use? Thank you very much.Read More...

bride and bridegrrom

Can I say, (a) The bride is cutting a cake with the bridegroom. (b) The bride and (the) bridegroom is cutting the cake.Read More...
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