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night

Hi !! Is it possible to use the word 'night animals' to refer to those animals that go hunting at night? Thanks!!Read More...

You Would Never

'You cannot love him, Estella.You would never marry him?' Why not you will never marry him?Read More...

Shell Noun

Hi, Could you please help? what is the evidence that he is innocent? a)The evidence that he is innocent is that he was in hospital at that time. ....... b)the speculation when he will be a doctor is widespread...; or, The speculation of when.....is widespread? is this sentence grammatically correct? Thanks.Read More...

anyone

Are these sentences correct: 1-He expects me to help anyone. 2-He expects me to help just anyone. 3-He expects me to marry anyone. 4-He expects me to marry just anyone. To me, 1 and 2 and 4 seemm correct but I am not sure about 3. I think it does not sound right to me because I can marry only one person.Read More...

Can I help the following customer?

I am trying to figure out whether I am cringing for no reason when I hear the phrase 'May I help the following customer?' used in retail stores (notably Starbucks) to mean 'May I help the next customer on line'. As far as I understand, 'following' in that context does not mean 'next'; following refers to the information following the phrase itself, e.g. 'Bob Smith', 'ticket holders in rows 1-10', etc. For some reason the phrase has spread to almost every retail major retail establishment so...Read More...

Dangling participle?

I wonder if the following sentence is grammatically correct. The solution is to organize your things, devising a system for storing them and knowing where they are. I think it shall be re-written as follows. "The solution is to organize your things, (to) devise a system for storing them and (to) know where they are." If the verb+ing form is used as a participle clause, it is a dangling participle which is not considered acceptable in standard English.Read More...

Of Where

I have no more idea than you have of where I was born. Could you explain of where here?Read More...

more than

cocoricot
Dear teachers, I think both of the sentences would be correct. Am I right? 1. An excellent hairstylist can make a man seem to have more hair than he actually has. 2. An excellent hairstylist can make a man seem to have more hair than it is actually. Thanks.Read More...

three quarter of eleven weeks

cocoricot
Dear teachers, "The academic year, September to June, is divided into three quarters of eleven weeks each beginning in September, January and March" Please tell me if "three quarters of eleven weeks" means three quarters last eleven weeks. But it seems incorrect. Please clarify it to me. Thanks.Read More...

Are To Be/Will Be

I want to know how you are to be kept out of danger. Why not, I want to know how you will be kept out of danger?Read More...

before getting dark, not correct

(1) She had dinner before taking a shower. (2) She came home before getting dark. (3) She came home before dark. I have trouble accepting sentence (2) as grammatically correct, because the subject of the sentence (1) is “she”, while the subjects of sentence (2) are “she” and “it”. Sentence (2) should be written as (3). Am I correct? AppleRead More...

subject

1-My legs don't have enough energy to go anywhere. Is the subject of 'to go anywhere' in this sentence 'my legs' or is the sentence equivalent to: 2-My legs don't have enough energy for me to go anywhere.Read More...

word choices

Can I say, (i)Peter used the lawnmower to cut /clear the weeds. (ii) The king and queen live / stay in the palace. (iii) The fire brigade / firemen are putting out the fire. (iv) The sea is rough /course when the wind blows.Read More...

Preposition

Can I say, (1) He put a bait on / at the hook. (2) Peter flew to Singapore to have a / on /for holiday. (3) He waved her hand to /at Lisa at the bus stop. (4) The vase was placed at / on the edge of the table.Read More...

crowd

________ holding their pickets demonstrating their voice. a. The crowd was b. The crowd were c. The crowds were Are they all correct? Thanks!Read More...

audience

After the show, _________ gave a standing ovation for a long time. a. touched audiences b. the touched audiences c. touched audience d. the touched audience Which is correct? Could you explain some? Thanks!Read More...

Because + SV as subject of sentence

Here is a sentence from a newsletter I periodically receive. Just because I have every right to be angry, doesn't necessarily mean it's the best choice. Is the sentence above grammatically acceptable? Can the phrase “just because SV” serve as a subject? Would the sentence sound better if I add “it” before “doesn’t”? AppleRead More...

apply

Interested in fashion, she applied for this firm. Is the preposition in bold correct? Shouldn't it be 'to'? Thanks!Read More...

realize

Since he studied hard and got a good grade, he realizes that hard work can be a good thing. Is it wrong to write 'realized' or 'has realized' instead of 'realizes'? Thanks!Read More...

look like

Hi, I wonder if the sentence below is grammatically incorrect. It doesn't look like she will show up for dinner.Read More...

prepositions

cocoricot
Dear teachers. Please tell me if my comments about the two sentences are correct? Thanks. 1. This is a rare opportunity. You should take advantage of it to get a better job. => a. This is the rare opportunity which you should take advantage of to get a better job. => b. This is the rare opportunity of which you should take advantage to get a better job. Only sentence (a) is correct. 2. This is the result of our work. I'm pleased with it. => a. This is the result of our work which...Read More...

rumor of/ rumor about

Hi, Could you please help me? a)The rumor of/about your resignation from your job is shocking. b)The rumor That you resigned from your job is shocking. 1)the problem of where he will stay is not answered. 2)the problem where he will stay is not answered . is there any difference in meaning? Thanks.Read More...
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