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while I worked/working?

Hi, "Finally, I again thank my family for their patience and support while I worked on this book." Shouldn't the part in bold be "while I was working"?Read More...

"Your wife’s popped?"

Hi, "Your wife’s popped?" Does this sentence have any meaning in British English and/or American English? If so, what? Grateful for your comments. Thanks. Warmest regards, SusanRead More...

seeing green

Hello, I'm seeing green What does the phrase mean? Thanks a lot!Read More...

Who did Philby know "that" Angleton suspected?

I'd like to ask about the interpretation of (1), though the author didn't mention that (1) is actually ambiguous. (1) Who did Philby know that Angleton suspected? (R. May, Logical Form ) Do you agree that (1) can be rewritten either as (2) or (3)? (2) a. Who, [of/among] those Philby knew, did Angleton suspect? b. Who did Philby know of that Angleton suspected? (3) Who, [of/among] those Angleton suspected, did Philby know he suspected? Thank you in advance Seiichi MYOGA I'd appreciate it if...Read More...

How do you mean?

Richard/Rachel, I'm beginning to think that I've been using the question, "What do you mean?" wrongly, all my life. I've been using it to respond to any situation where I wanted someone to further explain what he or she had said. For instance, if Joe said to me, "You can't trust Rick", I would say, "What do you mean?" If Bubba says, "That's silly, Gilbert!", I would also respond with "What do you mean?". If Jack says, "It's not working out between Jill and me," I would still say, "What do...Read More...

I like lonely!

Hi, would be glad if I could have an opinion on this: Ray: Well, I live on my own far away from the city with a couple of hobbies to help me pass the time... Rick:Gee, don't you feel lonely? Ray: I like lonely ! Is the bit in bold acceptable in conversational language? I'm asking this because I've heard it being used on TV. Many thanks. GilbertRead More...

as such

Is this sentence correct: Today you see me doing my turn of inspection as I do every Wednesday, on behalf of the Quartermaster's Department. As such, I am about to inspect the kitchens. What does 'such' refer to here? As far as I can see, there is no noun preceding it that it could refer to.Read More...

a preposition question

The minister gave expression to his anger ---- an attack on the government last night. Which preposition(s) would you use in the blank?Read More...

About the comments

Please help me to correct the remarks. (a) The overall results are good. There is no candidate with gred “D”. Most of the candidates obtained gred B and C. They can communicate and read but there are some who are weak in the language. (b) Encourage students to communicate in English at all time and read more English.Read More...

"took on"

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Dear teachers, Is the use of "took on" correct? "Family relationships later took on a much greater significance in his life." Thanks.Read More...

Did the lion know "who" swam in the pond?

I'd like to ask about the paraphrase when we interpret "know" as meaning "recognize" in "Did the lion know who swam in the pond?" Did the lion "know" who swam in the pond? I think normally (1) will be taken to mean (2). (1) Did the lion know who swam in the pond? (2) Did the lion know the answer to the question : Who swam in the pond? Then "know" will mean "have information." But how can we rewrite (1) if we take the interpretation of "know" as "recognize"? Supposing it is (3), then it could...Read More...

robbed

Dear teachers I often hear people say "I got robbed out of the competition." on American TV shows. What does that mean? Im sure they didnt literally get robbed..haha. Thanks for answering my questionRead More...

What's up jack?

I sometimes hear the following question: What's up jack? what does it mean? Why is the name Jack NOT Tom or Dick or any other names used?Read More...

the last thing I do...

How do you explain the structure of this sentence? The last thing I do at night is brush my teeth. Someone asked me why it isn't brushing (I guess they're looking for a gerund) or that I brush... Brushing is obviously wrong. The second choice is perhaps OK but not the usual. But how to explain the sentence? I'm not even sure where to begin to look. (Need to get some better sources here.) Thanks, all.Read More...

hate on someone?

i often hear my friends or people on American TV shows, such as American idols and America's next top model, use "hate on someone" a lot. It seems that the phrase is getting really popular. Whats the difference between "hate on someone" and "hate someone?" Thanks for answeringRead More...

Seasons?

Dear R & R, In Britain, the for seasons come in this order. spring (March - May) summer (June - August) autumn (September - November) winter (December - February) I wonder if it is the same in the US i.e spring comes in March and ends in May and the like.Read More...

Why is "cloud" a count noun?

A pen is a count noun. A man is too. Milk is not. Water is usually not. This is quite obvious and rather easy to understand. What about “clouds”? Why is “cloud” countable when “snow” is not? AppleRead More...

know as a bridge verb

Do you accept both (1) and (2)? (1)Who did you know looks like Bill? (2)What do you know is right for our future? Thank you in advance. Seiichi MYOGA I'm expecting you to interpret "know" in (1) to mean "realize" and the same verb in (2) as "are sure." I'd appreciate it if you would help us again if you feel some modifications are needed to ensure my intended readings of "know." (1) is based on this: Who did you realize looks like Bill? (M. Hegarty, "Adjunct Extraction without Traces") I...Read More...

About noun Clause

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- hello, I'm a little bit confused about something below, The decision what he has offered is positive.(is it a noun clause or appositive noun clause?) ; and also, The decision about his offer is possitive.(is it a relative clause or a noun clause?) Could you please give me some explanation?''WHY'' Thanks.Read More...

Will and will be

Dear Rachel, Would you please tell me what is the difference between the following sentences ? 1- He will be married on Sunday. 2- He will marry on Sunday. ** I know that both of them are active voice and future simple but when we can use each of them ? I'm waiting for your kind reply. thank you very much. SayedRead More...

prepositions

Which is correct: 1-He began to talk in rapid polished phrases which betrayed enjoyment at his masterly grasp of a subject put to him at a moment's notice, and of the competence of his exposé. 2-He began to talk in rapid polished phrases which betrayed enjoyment at his masterly grasp of a subject put to him at a moment's notice, and at the competence of his exposé.Read More...

Did the lion "know" who swam in the pond?

I'd like a second opinion. Let's imagine in the context given in (1), someone asks (2). (1) The lion and rooster are friends. Yesterday, the lion saw a strange dog swimming in the pond. While the lion was away, the rooster went swimming. (2) Did the lion know who swam in the pond? Now do you agree with this: (i) The answer is "No, he didn't," when we take "know" to mean "recognize" but (ii) the answer is "Yes, he did," if we take the definition of "know" as "perceive directly, have factual...Read More...

Sentence !

Dear Rachel, Here is a question from someone else. I hope you don't mind and I hope to know your answer soon. He asks whether the following sentences are correct and whatis the difference between them ? 1- when you smile you make happy . 2- when you smile you be happy . ** I think they are both wrong. Please let me know the correct answer with your kind explanation. Thank you very much. SayedRead More...
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