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'get' + past participle: get dumped

HELLO. I have a question about some expression where we use the verb get and a past pasticiple or and adjective. first, get + tired (adjective) get + bored (adjective) get + annoyed (past participle) get + mugged (past participle ) and what´s the meaning of "get dumped"? thanks in advance.Read More...

the usage of articles

joan
Dear moderators: Is the following sentence grammatically correct? Do you have art class today?Read More...

singular or plural?

Do we say: "What type of guy do you like?" OR "What type of guys do you like?" OR "What types of guys do you like?" Am I right to think that: "singular noun" of "singular noun" "plural noun" of "plural noun"Read More...

Changing sounds 2

Dear all, I don't know why all the /t/ sounds in the bold words are changed into /d/. This is not American English. It is British English. 1. They were put out of business due to the rise in oil prices. 2. Direct mailing can be a pretty effective method of advertising. 3. A lot of money is devoted to keeping the company name in the public eye. Please let me know why this occurs in British English. Many thanks.Read More...

I liked your book or I like your book?

Hello Moderator, I have always been wondering why do we have to say "I liked your book" instead of "I like your book". To me it feels like I only liked the book before when I was reading it but no longer at the time when I say that sentence. Also, is there actually a rule about not using different tenses in one sentence? Which of the following sentences are correct? 1. I chose to major in science because I think it is an interesting subject. 2. I chose to major in science because I thought...Read More...

In the wake of

In the wake of leaving the company, she traveled the world. Am I correctly using 'in the wake of'? Thank youRead More...

Implicated

He got implicated in a scandal. It rasied the question about his integrity. Am I correctly using 'implicated'? Thank youRead More...

make a halt

Let's imagine we're talking about a girl who is always sharing her things and she doesn't know when to stop doing it. 1. she doesn't know when to make a halt. 2. she doesn't know when to do a halt. 3. she doesn't know when to have a halt. or 4. she doesn't know when to get a halt.Read More...

_ ing (adjectives)

there are many examples where we use the _ing ending to create adjectives: tiring class talking bird shining day what can you tell me about "waiting"? I know verbs and gerunds forms work as nouns like in "waiting room". waiting man waiting girl waiting answers waitings ages???Read More...

subjunctive and modals

Hello everyone! Is it right for me to write meeting minutes in simple past tense? When I write, I always wonder which of the following patterns is correct or better. Most of the time I go with number 1, but I am never really sure if I am right, let alone the differences between them. 1. Mr Smith suggested that Peter send out the report by next Monday. 2. Mr Smith suggested that Peter sends out the report by next Monday. 3. Mr Smith suggested that Peter sent out the report by next Monday. 4.Read More...

Get on horse

If you did not perform well on the stage, you would need to get on horse next time. Am I correctly using 'get on horse'? Thank youRead More...

Anyone & No one (Nobody)

Dear teachers, Swan said at the beginning of a sentence, only nobody and nothing are used. It means; Anyone can't do it. (X) No one can do it. (O) This rule is always true in English? If so, is there any explainable reason that foreigners easily understand? In addition, how about the following sentences? Are they also incorrect and "any" should be replaced with "no (none)"? 1) Any of them didn't come to the party. 2) Any other girls are not as pretty as Jane.Read More...

cat fish?

Hi Richard, I have read the interesting article you have written at the link below. http://azargrammar.com/teacherTalk/blog/ 1. Please listen to my recording and tell if the four sentences were read with the correct intonation? 2. Please tell what the difference is between the last two sentences in the recording.Read More...

complete and completed

Hello everyone! Could anyone please tell me what are the differences in the following sentences and which is preferable? 1. The new building is complete. 2. The new building is completed. 3. The new building has been completed. Many thanks!Read More...

definite or not?

Which is correct please? 1. The number of students who got high marks is big. 2. The number of the students who got high marks is big. 3. (Students/The students) who passed the exam will be given prizes. It is somewhat confusing because I just feel that they are all correct with or without the definite article (the).Read More...

tenses

"Mary had worked in law firms and property development companies and has accumulated a wealth of legal and secretarial experience which is helpful to support the back office operation of the company." Have the tenses been correctly used? Thanks. MomoRead More...

meaning & structure

could anybody tell me if this sentence is correct in terms of meaning & structure, He had his layers buy for million acres. - In terms of structure, I suppose we should say bought instead of buy . - In terms of meaning, the sentence does not seem to be completely understood because of the word layers . Is such sentence common to you? could you explain the meaning? By the way, this sentence has been given to me by one of my students and he read it somewhere.Read More...

education/educational

Hello Rachel, Richard...! I'm unsure about the use of the terms "education technology" and "educational technology". As you can see from the advert quoted below, there seems to be some confusion: On Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 17 different educational technologies developed with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will be included among the exhibits in an Education Technology Showcase on Capitol Hill, in Room 902 of the Hart Senate Office Building.Read More...

Question tag?

mohamedhassan
Dear moderators, We already know that the rule of question tag is that a negative sentence is turned into a positive one and vice versa. But are there any cases where we can use a positive tag even the sentence is positive,too, or vice versa i.e a negative tag with a negative sentence? I know that this is possible when the sentences expresses ,for example, an order that must be carried out as the one below. Father to son: "You will buy the bread today, will you?" I would appreciate it if you...Read More...

Toll-free number

"This chair also comes with a three-year warranty, which covers the full cost of replacement parts and labor in the unlikely event that you have any problems with your chair. If you have any questions about assembly or the warranty, please call our toll free number" - I really don't understand the two phrases " labor in the unlikely event" and "toll-free number" here, What do they mean? Thanks so much to moderators! NamcoolguyRead More...

this isn't something.....

When “something” is used in a negative sentence, it often changes to “anything” as in the sentence below. I don’t need anything. (Not something) I don’t want any tea. (Not some tea) Then why does this sentence work? This is not something that I really want. Is this because this “something” can be replaced with “the thing?” Isn’t there a better explanation? AppleRead More...

Tarnish

1) His image was tarnished when he used drugs. 2) His image was tarnished by him using drugs. Am I correctly using 'tarnished'? Thank youRead More...

Likens

He likens himself to his brother in terms of eating habit. Am I correctly using 'likens'? Thank youRead More...
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