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3th edition!!

mohamedhassan
Hi R&R. On the link below, I found a little typo while I was looking for new releases of Betty Azar . They wrote "3th edition" instead of "3rd edition" which is definitely wrong. http://www.longman-esl.ca/basi...21149985_t53588.html I'd be grateful if you could get in contact with those people who are responsible for that site to correct that typo. I have already contacted them to put it right but in vain. BTW: I attached a picture that shows this typo from that site.Read More...

Eliminate Sentence fragments

I have 5 sentences that had fragments in them, which I fixed. Could someone look over them to see if they are correct? Let me know if I need to send the original sentences? Thank you for your time. 1. Although most movie stars are human and created by the usual birds-and-bees process, a computer created the liquid metal cyborg in Terminator 2. One of the most popular movie stars in recent memory. 2. The technology of computer animation has developed rapidly over the past decade, making a...Read More...

subsidy

The government has issued incentives for couples and newborns. Would it be okay to write the sentence as follows: The government has offered a subsidy to married couples and newborns.Read More...

dedicate

So many people devoted to the work. Would it be okay to say the sentecne this way: Many people were dedicated to the work.Read More...

Comma before etc.

I found the following information from an Internet research: "A comma is used before etc. when it follows more than one listed item, for example, rivers, lakes, streams, etc. (comma used) but rivers etc. (no comma used)." However, there is another view on this: "The abbreviation etc., even if only a single term comes before it, is always preceded by a comma." I'm scratching my head -- How would we put a comma before "etc."? Thanks. MomoRead More...

understand, understood

When a question is asked in a past tense, it is generally correct to answer also in a past tense as the following three examples. Did you enjoy the movie? Yes, I enjoyed it a lot. Did you meet my brother there? Yes, I met him there. Did you buy the bag you wanted? No, I didnユt buy it. But in the following case, answering in a present tense is more correct or natural. Did you understand what I said? Yes, I understand. Are there any other verbs that behave like this? How would it sound if...Read More...

where;which

The Legal Services Commission has a number of offices around the metropolitan area _______ you are able to visit. a. where b. which Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

"when" followed by present perfect

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? When conflict has occurred, it has typically been between the white majority and a monority group. ApppleRead More...

clean hands before dinner / having dinner

Can I say, (a) He will clean his hands before having food. (b) We must clean hands before dinner / having dinner. (c) He goes to wash his hands before having his dinner. (d) We need to clean our hands before eating (food). (e) I clean my hands before a meal / meals. (f) She keeps her hands clean before eating her meals. (g) We have to clean our hands before we eat.Read More...

need/need to + wash

Do "this needs washed" and "this needs to be washed" sound equally grammatical to you? (Apologies to those who may have come across similar discussions.)Read More...

less than

They claim they are underpaid for what they do. Would it be okay if I write the sentence this way: They claim they get paid less than what they do.Read More...

get an education

It is more important to get an education than getting money or land. Is the sentence natural? Thanks!Read More...

A tollway?

Hi, I have read the following: A tollway is a long wide highway that you have to pay to drive on: Take the North Dallas Tollway north and exit at West Park Boulevard. A turnpike is a highway in the eastern part of the U.S. that drivers must pay to use: The Massachusetts Turnpike is the main highway leading through Boston. My question is: What do drivers pay for on such roads? Where does the collected money go?Read More...

rose ?

Hi, I was wondering if the letter [s] in a word like 'rose' was pronounced as [z] in Old English.Read More...

wake

How should I use the verb "wake" in the present perfect?Read More...

reproach/scold

Dear all, Do the following sentences have the same meaning? 1. John reproached his secretary for not having finished the report. 2. John scolded his secretary for not having finished the report. If different, which of the two is closer in meaning to: " You should have finished the report by now." John told his secretary. Many thanks.Read More...

with / from /on the radio

Can I say, (a) She is enjoying the song with a radio. (b) He is listening to the music of the radio. (c) Her radio is playing music in her room. (d) She heard the music from the radio at her room.Read More...

on an / the envelope

Can I say, (a) We have to write an address on the envelope. (b) He writes the address on an / the envelope. (c) She writes an address on an / the envelope. (d) She writes Peter's address on an envelope.Read More...

to fans of a losing soccer team

Hi, "Ahmadinejad is a known football fan, and has taken a keen interest in the national team's affairs. Last week he compared protesters in Tehran to fans of a losing soccer team. " What does the bolded part mean? Thanks!Read More...

fun adjective

Experts, what's your advice on using "fun" as an adjective?Read More...

be ~ing

Increasing divorce rates are making singles hesitant to marry. Is the sentence correct?Read More...

a must

Young generations in their teens and 20s think marriage is a choice, not a must. Would it be okay that I replace 'a must' with 'necessary'? Young generations in their teens and 20s think marriage is a choice, not necessary.Read More...

about "car tyre / car's tyre became flat"

Can I say, (a) The tyre of the car has become flat / has flat. (b) The car's tyre has flat. (c) John's car has a flat tyre. (d) The car had a flat tyre. (e) One of the tyres has flat. (f) It has a flat tyre.Read More...
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