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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...

sale

can i say, (a) Many people go to the shopping complex when it was on sale. (b) Many people are at the sale. (c) Many people buy things in the shopping complex because it is sales / it is having sales. (d) Many people buy things in the shopping complex because it is big sale. (e) Many people buy things in the big sales. (f) The market has many people because there has the sales.Read More...

preposition+that

Hi, could u please help me? a-My remarks about his failure to reach an agreement are known by everybody. b-My remarks that he failed to reach an agreement are known by everybody. 1)Can i write that sentence in the way above -b- without any difference in meaning? 2) should i put a preposition before 'That' in the second sentence 'b'. ThanksRead More...

verb, or verb + preposition

Hi, Could you please help me about the difference between two sentences below? She asked what he wanted. She asked about what he wanted. and also; is there any simple way to understand the distinction where to put a preposition before a conjunction( that and wh-clause)? for instance, he has to decide on/- where his children will study. Thanks.Read More...

hear/listen to

I hope you have an explanation for being late because you cannot into the classroom until I hear it . Is it okay to say 'listen to' instead of 'hear'? And what does the bold word 'it' indicate? Thanks!Read More...

Hasan /s/ or /z/?

Hi, As was requested by Richard, I have moved this discussion from my inbox to the GE. I asked Richard: Would you pronounce Hasan as / hæsən/ or /hæzən/. In Arabic, as you may know, it is pronounced with [s]. Yet, a friend of mine told me that if we wrote the name with one (s), a native speaker will pronounce the (s) as [z] unlike if the (s) was doubled i.e Hassan. And if we doubled that letter, as my Friend suggested, we will end up with a different name. That is حسان but not حسن.. Now, I...Read More...

people

If I say: People do strange things. Does that mean that ALL people do strange things or that SOME people do strange things or is the sense unclear?Read More...

in the person of

Can one say: a. They hired a new lawyer in the person of Harry O'Connell. b. They hired a new lawyer in Harry O'Connell. They hired Harry O'Connell as their new lawyer.Read More...

A part of vs. part of

Hello teachers, The article "a" I am proud to be a part of a group that... OR I am proud to be part of a group that... Is there a rule? Thanks in advance!Read More...

as in/like/as

Hello Could you please tell me when I should use as in,as and like ? is it OK to replace the three with each other in the following sentences? 1- large carnivores, as/like/as in the bear or lion. 2- I like flowers like/as in rose.(in this case why as is wrong). 3- As in/like previous year, we assume that you are not making any contribution to the society so that we are not seeking your contribution this year. 4- Repeat these five steps, as in/as/like the last exercise. 5- He has a lot of...Read More...

Indirect Object and Wh question

I try to convert the following sentence to a wh-question replacing both direct and indirect object with wh-pronoun. Tom gave him a book. 1) What did Tom give him? The direct object is replaced with "what" and this sentence seems fine. 2) Who(m) did Tom give a book? The indirect object is replaced with "who(m)" and somebody claims this sentence is not correct. If they are right, please let me know the reason. Thank you.Read More...

Comma usage correct?

Hello, I have been reading some journals and I have no idea why they put commas in these sentences. If the commas should be used, please tell me why, e.g., the grammar rule, etc. 1) She also reported a case of lice, for which she had been taking medicine during that time. (Is this b/c 'for' is one of the FANBOYS and 'she had been taking....' is a complete sentence?) 2) The lips were treated to minimize swelling, which may account for the incomplete clearing of sores in this area. 3) This...Read More...

weather

Which is correct: 1-This is not weather to go swimming in. 2-This is not a weather to go swimming in.Read More...

Question about "beyond"

Yesterday I said "This is beyond the limits" and a teacher reproached me for having used "the" in that sentence; but I've found two books, a movie and a text with that sentence as a title, so I'm quite puzzled ... Is it a mistake or not? Thanks in advanceRead More...

in the last few years

In these sentences: 1-In the last few years I have known her, she has been depressed. 2-In these last years I have known her, she has been depressed. 3-In the last years I have known her, she has been depressed. a-Have I known her only in the last (few) years. or: b-Have I known her for a period stretching back beyond the last (few) years.Read More...

the ball was taken / had been taken / took the ball

Can I say, (1) They laughed at the monkey because the ball was taken by it. After a few minutes, the monkey had joined the game. (2) Its action was funny. They laughed at the monkey. Later, it took the football and gave it to Peter. it joined them to play the football game. It was an unforgettable day. (3) They laughed the monkey after it took / had taken the ball. After that, it joined / joined in (the) football game with them. Then, they continued playing happily. (4) They laughed at the...Read More...

About "football game"

Can I say, (1) Peter and John's hobby is playing football. One day, his friends decided to play in the park, so Peter brought along the football with his friends. They played together delightedly. (2) Peter's hobby is playing football with his friends. One day, they decided to the park to play. (3) Peter's hobby is playing football during his free time. Last Sunday was sunny and fine, Peter played it with his friends in the park. (4) Peter and John have a hobby / have same hobby, playing...Read More...

suppress sth

Hello Would you please tell me if is it OK to use suppress instead of repress in the following sentences? 1- But, how incomplete is our political system today; does it satisfy or repress its citizens? 2- The government repress the people/peasants. 3- So, after practicing lifting her bed with the powers of her mind, she is ready to face anything or anyone who tries to repress her. 4- UN banned him from repressing his people. 5- Turkish kurds have been repressed for decades by the Ankara...Read More...

jumped down from/ jumped out from

Can I say, (1) Peter and his friends were playing happily. Suddenly, a monkey jumped out from / jumped down from the tree. He grabbed the football and ran away. They felt surprised to see the monkey. (2) While they were playing, a monkey jumped from a tree and grabbed the football suddenly.They were surprised of it. (3) When they were playing football, suddenly, a monkey jumped out of the tree and grabbed the ball / football. They were surprised to (see) the action of the monkey. (4) When...Read More...

with the tittle

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Is it correct to use "with" in the sentence? "It is easy to find a book with the title." Thanks.Read More...
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