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very different, much different

Is there any difference in nuance, register, and other elements between the following two sentences? (1)This is very different. (2)This is much different. AppleRead More...

past simple and past perfect

mengxin2009
1A We found the jewels that were lost . 1B We found the jewels that had been lost . 2A We cleaned the jewels that were lost . 2B We cleaned the jewels that had been lost . Of these sentences, I am not sure about the state and action. The flower is red. (a state) The window has been broken. (a state, or manybe an action) The window is broken. (a state) If I my above understanding is correct, then let me have a try about the topic sentences: 1A We found the jewels that were lost . Impossible;...Read More...

recognize

Can one say: 1-I can recognize that smell from any other smell. instead of: 2-I can tell that smell apart from any other smell.Read More...

THE MISSING LINKS

Dearest Members: The 'Previous' and 'Next' links are still missing. I am sorry. I did speak with the Groupee people. Their representative told me he was notifying the technical department. I hope they restore our missing links soon!Read More...

thrill /happy

A: Hey, Nancy. Do you know anyone in your department that's looking for some extra work? B: I don't know. We're pretty swamped as it is. I don't think they'd be too thrilled about working overtime. Is it okay to say the bold sentence in this way: They wouldn't be happy to work overtime. Thanks!Read More...

who/that

Hey, Nancy. Do you know anyone in your department that's looking for some extra work? Is it okay to say the sentence above in this way: Hey, Nancy. Do you know anyone in your department who is looking for some extra work? Thanks!Read More...

tenses

mengxin2009
1. He had finished his homework at 10:00 before his mother came back. 2. He had finished his homework by 10:00 before his mother came back. 3. He finished his homework at 10:00 before his mother came back I think 2 & 3 are correct, what about1? Many thanks in advance.Read More...

finish

mengxin2009
The musical show is going to finish now. The musical show is going to be finished. Do they mean the same thing? Many thanks in advance.Read More...

searched / searched for

Can I say, (a)When Peter reached his home, he searched his pocket and bag to find the house keys, but he failed. His keys were / had lost. (b) When Peter reached the front door, he realised the door was locked. He could not find his keys in his pocket. He searched high and low but could not find it. His keys had / was gone. (c) Peter was going back home from school. He searched / searched for the keys and wanted to open the door but could not find it.He forgot to bring it out. (d) When he...Read More...

comma

A: Hey, Nancy. Do you know anyone in your department that's looking for some extra work? B: I don't know. We're pretty swamped as it is. I don't think they'd be too thrilled about working overtime. A: It's not for our company. I have a friend over at IMG Graphics who needs some copyediting done for a project. Which sentence is more natural: 1.I have a friend over at IMG Graphics who needs some copyediting done for a project. 2.I have a friend over at IMG Graphics, who needs some copyediting...Read More...

Adverbial/participial phrases

Hello, Rachel and Richard: Pls see the "Participial Phrases" section at this site: ----- Guiding the ball through the upper chutes, down a runover lane, off the slingshot bumpers to the flippers , I cradled it there, bouncing it back and forth until I had a perfect shot through the spinner . (J. Anthony Lucas, "The Inner Game of Pinball") Here, the first phrase includes a present participle (Guiding) and its object (the pinball), followed by a series of prepositional phrases. The second...Read More...

scheduled things and tenses

mengxin2009
1. My English training program finishes next month. 2. My English training program will finish next month. 3. My English training program is finishing next month. I think sentence1 is common, but I am not sure about 2 & 3. Could 2& 3 be possible? Many thanks in advance.Read More...

in / inside the papaya

Can I say, (a) There are black seeds in / inside the papaya. (b) A papaya has black seeds in it. (c) The papaya has many black and round seeds. (d) Many black colour seeds in the papaya. (e) The papaya has a lot of black seeds.Read More...

putting on

Can I say, (a) He is putting the notice (on the noticeboard). (b) He is putting on / up the notice.Read More...

Usage of As

In the following paragraph, I don't understand the meaning of "as" in red. It seems "as" is conjunctive in the sentence but it is not clear what it means. Is it good English? In the minds of most people, wedding cakes are "supposed to be" white. The symbolism attached to the color white, makes explaining this tradition rather simple. White has always denoted purity, a notion as it relates to white wedding cake icing that first appeared in Victorian times.Read More...

Last month / week

Can I say, (i) Last week was Christmas. (ii) Last month was Christmas. P/s: I'm wondering whether we can say "Last week/ month" for a festival for one day only. How about a festival for a few days or a week? Do we say, "Last week (mean: the whole week) was Deepaval." Vincent, you can definitely say, 'Last week / month was Christmas / Deepaval.' It might mean just one day, or it might mean several days. You will get the meaning from the context. -- posted by Rachel, ModeratorRead More...

Bushy tail / is bushy

Can I say, (a) A squirrel is bushy. (b) A squirrel has a bushy body. (c) The squirrel is hiding in the bushy tree. (d) The squirrel is a bushy animal. (e) A squirrel's tail is bushy. (f) The squirrel has many bushy hair /fur.Read More...

hobby

Can I say, (A) Their hobby is /are table tennis. (b) His hobby is table tennis. (c) His hobby was playing table tennis with his friends. (d) Ah Meng and Meng's hobby is playing tennis. (e) Our hobby are playing basketball.Read More...

during the night / at night

can I say, (a) The bat flies in the night. (b) The bat flies out to find some food at night. (c) The bat flies in the cave during (the) night time. (d) The bat flies during the night (time) / in the night.Read More...

invited ...into

Can I say, (i) Peter invited his guests into the living room. His family served some drinks and different variety of food. (ii) Peter invited guests to / in/ at his living-room. Mdm Lee was a good wife and (good) cook.Read More...

happen

A: Did you know that I almost hit a deer while I was driving to work? B: That's why the speed limit on that road is lower than most roads. A: That's right. It's dangerous since animals happen to come out of nowhere! What is the difference between the two sentences: It's dangerous since animals happen to come out of nowhere! It's dangerous since animals come out of nowhere! Thanks a lot!Read More...

loved eating / eating it

Can I say, (a) They love eating curry very much. (b) They love eating very much. (c) They loved eating it very much. (d) They loved eating (it) and enjoyed (it) very much.Read More...

would

Hello, "If you see a co-worker breaking a rule in the office, what would you probably do? Is 'would' correct?, If so, what is the difference if I use ' will ' instead? Thanks a lot!^^Read More...

curry paste/ curry chicken

Can I say, (a) Susan is his wife. She is a good cook. Her curry paste / curry chicken is tasty. All of the guests liked eating her food very food. (b) She is a good cook. She cooked chicken curry and it was tasty.Read More...

sat / stayed in the living room

Can I say, (a) When the guests came, they stayed at the living room and talked (happily) each other. (b) When the guests came, they sat in the living room and chatted (happily) with Peter.Read More...
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