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whose;which

We drove on to the hotel, from _____ balcony we could look down at the town. a. whose b. which Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

bad enough to kill/to be killed

That guy is bad enough to kill. That guy is bad enough to kill people. That guy is bad enough to be killed. Do these sentences make sense? If so, what do they mean?Read More...

Were they not friendly to you?

Were they not friendly to you? What would be following answers imply? (a) Yes (b) Yes, they were (c) No (d) No, they weren't (e) No, not at all Any other possible answers?Read More...

past participle Vs being + past participle

mengxin2009
Hello everyone, Today I came across a discussion on a Chinese webpage (www.putclub.com). I feel the question itself is difficult for me, but meanwhile, I think it may help me in learning participles. In order to speak briefly (but in fact, it is already too lengthy here), I have tried several sentences as following. I want to know if they are correct: 1. In order to pass the college entrance examination, I spent every day locked in my room. 2. In order to pass the college entrance...Read More...

in / at

Can I say, (a) She is teaching (Malays / Malay) in / at school. (b) She is teaching in the / at the school. (c) They are eating in / at the canteen. (d) She is swimming in / at the pool.Read More...

ignored / care about

Can I say, (a) The boy cried loudly but his mother ignored. / ignored him. (b) They boy cried loudly but his mother did not want to handle. (c) They boy cried loudly but his mother did not care. / did not care for / about him.Read More...

any new drug/drugs

Dear Teacher, :No doctor will prescribe any new drug/drugs. Could you please tell me which one is correct between "drug" and "drugs"? Thank so much in advance.Read More...

from Okaasan in Cairo

Dear Grammar Exchange members: Miraculously, Okaasan was able to send an email this morning. She said, '....My family and I are OK so far...' This is good news. We look forward to Okaasan's return to us soon, in a more peaceful world.Read More...

not any

Is this sentence correct: 1-Not any part of this website may be copied without permission. Does it mean: a-No part of this website may be copied without permission. or: b-Not just any part of this website may be copied without permission. Is this sentence correct: 2-Not any one of them has the right to come here. Does it mean: a-None of them has the right to come here. or: b-Not just any one of them has the right to come here.Read More...

Elided vs. ellipted

"He is" can be elided to "He's." "You come here" can be ellipted to "Come here." Many people would use "elided" in the second sentence, too. Is this strictly "correct"? THANK YOU VERY MUCHRead More...

a long-vowel? a diphthong?

Is the sound of the vowel in 'by' a long i sound or a diphthong(/ai/)? I'm confused a lot. Could you let me know? Thanks!Read More...

present or past

I always doubt whether I'm using the right tense when I speak English. It occurred to me today as to what tense I should use to ask someone a question like this: - "How do you know about this forum?" - "How did you know about this forum?"Read More...

Reduced Adjective Clause

Hi all, Please have a look at the following sentence from the Understanding And Using English Grammar Workbook, Third Edition, by Azar. The publishers expect that the new biography of Simon Bolivar will be bought by people _______ in Latin American history. A. who are interested B. interested C. are interested D. they are interested (page 148- chapter 13) The answer is B. My question is: Why is A NOT correct? Many thanks.Read More...

on the loop

Please keep me informed on the loop. Is the above sentence grammatically correct? And what exactly does it mean? Thanks.Read More...

About "met /had an accident"

Can I write: (a) The man injured his leg because he met an accident. (b) The man is injured because he met an accident. (c) He injured his legs, because he had an accident. (d) He was injured from / during / by the accident. (e) The man's leg had injured during the incident.Read More...

than can be imagined

The next war will be more cruel than ________ . a. can be imagined b. it can be imagined c. we can imagine d. we can imagine it Are they all correct? Thanks!Read More...

sad/sadness

What kind of difference do you native speakers detect between 'feeling sad' and 'feeling sadness'?Read More...

who;that

There is no one that I know of, ______ deserves to love you. a. who b. that Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

Abstract Nouns

Thanks Rachel for your answer on "Brisbane Streets". Are you able to shed some light on the following: Are these nouns concrete or abstract? My understanding is that they are all abstract. Can you please confirm?: Friday (He delivered the goods on Friday). stay (she enjoyed her overnight stay in the hotel.) help (there is no shame in asking for help.) Many Thanks. AnneRead More...

in two sets

Can I say, Lin Dan smashed the shuttlecock and beat Bao Chun Lai in two sets during the match.Read More...

in / at / during the match

Can I say, (a) He won a match. (b) He won a trophy in / at / during / for the match. (c) He won the 1st prize at / in / for the badminton match.Read More...

if

If you had spent all your money at that time, you ____________ on the street now. 1. would be living 2. would live 3. would have lived Could you let me know what the most appropriate answer is for the blank? Thanks in advance!Read More...

Pronounce "marked"

All my dictionaries tell me that "marked" is pronounced with one syllable ("markt"), and yet I am pretty sure that I have often heard some people refer to the "patient's marked [mark - ed] improvement" (two syllables). Your guidance, please. Thank you.Read More...
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