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to look for / looking for

Can I say, (a) John's mother groped around to look for candles and torches. (b) John's mother groped around looking for candles and torches.Read More...

it was / there was a blackout

Can I say, (a) Some lights flickered for a while. Suddenly, it was a blackout. (b) The light flickered for a while. Suddenly, there was / it was a blackout.Read More...

in the half?

Hi, 'In one village, we found greater differences between male and female speech in the half where girls had less education than boys than in the half where both boys or girls had more or less equal opportunity for schooling.' I don't think that I quite understand the part above. Please simplify what it exactly mean.Read More...

with usage

A man with two children came to my office. Can't this mean two things: 1-A man who was the father of two children came to my office. (Maybe he was alone when he came to my office.) 2-A man who was accompanied by two children came into my office. (Maybe he wasn't the father of the two children.)Read More...

Southern Accent?

Hi, "Regional differences in variety continue to be the characteristic of humour (a southern accent is laughed at in Tunisia just as in the USA) and prejudice ( it is not always easy to book a room in a northern US hotel by telephone if you have a black or Southern accent ). If the part in bold was true, may I ask why?Read More...

with an interview by a professor?

Hi, "A student is accepted in college either based on the score he/she gets from the College Scholastic Ability Test or by submitting her/his academic records with an interview by a professor ." Is the bolded part sounds natural? Thanks!^^Read More...

worry

What you want to worry about is your helth, not fame. Is the sentence natural? I think that 'want' is a bit awkward here.Read More...

adverbial clause and participle structure

Hi, 1-in this sentence, this part is adverbial clause or I should add adverbial clause? After I had spoken..........(adverbial cluse) 2-Which part is adverbial clause, in this sentence? The travel by plane was very long.Everybody was really tired at the end when we landed. 3-It is wrriten "participle structure" what doesit mean, in this sentence? The boy was watching his favorite cartoon.He did not want to turn off the TV for lunch. (participle structure) Thank youRead More...

it is natural

It is natural to become tired if you work more than 10 hours a day. Is the sentence correct?Read More...

feel for the former president

Hello, "I guess the people in our nation really feel for the former President who passed away. Maybe it’s because so many people hated him and blamed him for so many things in the past. " I don't get the bolded part here. Thanks!Read More...

[r] in New York English?

Hi, Please read the sentence hilighted in yellow. I don't think I quite understand what is meant by that. Please give me some examples. http://books.google.com/books?...t&ct=result&resnum=1Read More...

are asked?

Hi, Please read the sentence hilighted in yellow. Don't you think that the sentence should be in the passive form? '..., children are asked to play roles...' http://books.google.com/books?...t&ct=result&resnum=1Read More...

ceremonies/celebrations

Dear all, I wonder if both ceremonies and celebrations fit the following blank: Traditional _________ are a good source of fun and entertainment. Which is better here? Many thanks.Read More...

Word formation from Distinguish

Dear all, I wonder if both indistinct and indistinguishable fit the following blank: It is very difficult to find Mrs Burton’s shop, for it was ________ from all others in the street. (distinguish) Which is better here? Many thanks.Read More...

if

"Tell Charlie about that crazy Indian prince," said Grandma Josephine. "He'd like to hear that." Does the sentence in bold mean this: If he hear that story, he would like it. These sentences are from 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. Thank you.Read More...

times over

a. How many times does the Soviet Union have the nuclear power to destroy the world? b. How many times does the Soviet Union have enough nuclear power to destroy the world? c. How many times over does the Soviet Union have the nuclear power to destroy the world? d. How many times over does the Soviet Union have enough the nuclear power to destroy the world? I think 'over' here means 'more than is necessary' so if the Soviet Union could destroy the world 25 times, the answer here would be 24.Read More...

Negative politeness?

Hi, The British social anthropologists Penelope Brown and Stephen Levinson identified two kinds of politeness, deriving from Erving Goffman's concept of face: Negative politeness : Making a request less infringing, such as "If you don't mind..." or "If it isn't too much trouble..."; respects a person's right to act freely. In other words, deference. There is a greater use of indirect speech acts. Positive politeness : Seeks to establish a positive relationship between parties; respects a...Read More...

equal

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Dear teachers, "In the west, the birth of a girl is welcome with an enthusiasm equal to that of a boy." Please explain the position of "equal". It is an adjective so which word does it modify? I will add a relative clause to the sentence. Is it correct to explain why it has such a position? "In the west, the birth of a girl is welcome with an enthusiasm, which is equal to that of a boy" Then I will omit "which" and "is" Thanks.Read More...

the times he came to pay a visit

a. I saw him five times, when he came to pay a visit to my boss. b. I saw him five times, when he came to pay visits to my boss. Which has to be used?Read More...

times/comma

a. I met him three times when he came to our house. b. I met him three times, when he came to our house. My feeling is that in 'a' I could have met him more than three times in all. If I am not mistaken, one could say I met him three times when he came to our house. And I met him twice when he came to my office. In 'b' however, I have met him three times in all and at those times he came to our house (or those times took place at a period when he used to come to our house).Read More...
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