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In mid next week

When "mid" is used as a prefix, we need to add a hyphen after it, such as "mid-June", "mid-morning", "mid-thirties". But if there is an adjective in between "mid" and the noun, such as "in mid next week", "in mid next month", is the hyphen still required? Could it possibily be "in mid-next-week"? Thanks. MomoRead More...

choose/will choose

Which color do you like? 1. I will choose blue. 2. I choose blue. 3. I would like to choose blue. I wonder if the above three answers make any difference in terms of formality?Read More...

Why aren't I?

Hi, Why am I not contacted by them? Which is the correct short form of the question above? Why amn't I contacted by them? Why aren't I contacted by them?Read More...

Names starting in Small letters?

Hi, Nowadays, I have been seeing a tendency to start names with small letters in stead of the capital ones. So, Richard Firsten can be seen as richard firsten To what do you owe such tendency?Read More...

By the time

Dear Richard & Rachel Would you please tell me whether the following sentence is correct or not? Also, please tell me why? - By the time Hesham had finished work, it was very late. ** You know that " By the time " must be followed by past simple , but here it's followed by past perfect. So, I think it's wrong and should be as follows: - By the time Hesham finished work , it had been very late. ** We can also say: - By the time Hesham finished work , it was very late. *** please let me...Read More...

404 error?

Dear R & R, See the attachment. What do you think of what is written on 404 error? Is 404 is a plausible abbreviation for "file not found"?Read More...

Sentence

Dear Richard & Rachel I received the following question from someone esle. The following sentence was said in a play. - and,her attendants absent,swallowed fire ** Is this sentence grammatically correct? She askes if we should use " were "? ** As for me , I think that sentence should be as follows : - and her absent attendants swallowed fire. ( because " absent " is an adjective to " attendants " ) Am I right? I hope for your kind explanation. I also hope to have your answer to my...Read More...

Which is correct?

Which is correct to say in each set below? 1. Grammar and Morphology. 2. Syntax and Morphology. .............................. 1. Quran Readings. 2. Quranic Readings. .............................. 1. Third year Grand Point Average. 2. Third year General Point Average. .............................. 1. Director General of Education boys AT Riyadh Region. 2. Director General of boys Education IN Riyadh Region. .............................. 1. School Principal. 2. School Headmaster.Read More...

My forum rights?

I wonder whether there are certain conditions that I have to fulfill so that I can send private messages or view other member's profiles in this forum??? I still have not got the right to do so!!!Read More...

join in

Can one say: a. We joined in dancing. Does that mean we all started dancing together or does it mean some people were dancing and we started dancing as well? b. Two Democrat senators joined in clearing the bill. If this is correct, it ought to mean that they started participating in the act of clearin the bill.Read More...

comparing/compared

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Dear teachers, "But this is nothing compared/comparing to what people can do." I think it would be "comparing" but I am not sure. Please tell me. ThanksRead More...

will be ready/will have been ready

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Is it ok to use the future tense "will be" or is "will have been" better? 1.The car will be ready for him by the time he comes. 2.The car will have been ready for him by the time he comes. Thank you.Read More...

People said that

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Dear teachers, Which sentence expresses the same idea as the original one? "People said that Peter had won the first prize." a. Peter was said to win the first prize. b. Peter was said to have won the first prize. I think (a) would be correct. Please tell me if it is correct? Thanks.Read More...

Future Tense

(1) You ______ for another two years before you graduate from this University. A. will be studying B. will study Is there any difference in meaning between A and B here? The key is A.Read More...

sentenses with whose!

Which is better please: 1. These are the names of the schools whose students' parents should fill in the forms. 2. These are the names of the schools the parents of whose students should fill in the forms. Are they both correct?Read More...

correction?

Hi, Please see the attachment. I wonder what is meant by the hi-lighted word in that context. In other words, what is the author is trying to say? I also wonder if it is correct to have a completer sentence out of one word i.e. correctionRead More...

have

A typical dinner scene would take place in the dining room with the father at the head of the table and the mother at the other end of the table. The children would be seated on both sides of the table in between their mother and father. So how does this differ from reality? To start out, the nuclear family is not commonplace in American society. In fact, the nuclear family only ranks as the third most common household in America. A more common household dinner would have a father and his...Read More...

take

cocoricot
Dear teachers, I am rewriting this sentence with the words given “It won’t …” “I’ll have finished the book in a very short while” =>It won’t …. My try: =>It won’t have taken me long to finish the book. Thanks.Read More...

That clause

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Dear teachers, Please tell me if the two sentences are correct? 1. Marta, chosen as the most outstanding student on her campus, made her parents very happy. 2. That Marta was chosen as the most outstanding student on her camplus made her parents very happy. Thank you very much.Read More...

company

Is "it" or "they" the pronoun of "the company"?Read More...

prepositions at he end of a sentence

Hi, i´d like to know how I can call a sentence when this sentence finishes with a preposition.For exemple: Where are you going to?/ what´s he good at?What´s the name of this subject in English?Read More...
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