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having the light on

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Please explain the use of "have" in "have a light on". I think the verb "let" can be used instead. Please tell me the difference. "When she got sick after midterm, she blamed my typing and having a light on while she was trying to sleep." Thanks.Read More...

Let it done.

Please advise me if "Let it done" is a correct expression. Shouldn't I say "Let it be done"?Read More...

prefer

mengxin2009
I often see "would prefer", but sometimes I can also read of "should prefer". Would the latter be correct? for example, 1a. I would prefer to wait until evening. 1b. I should prefer to wait until evening. 2a. He would prefer to give her the cash and call it square. 2b. He should prefer to give her the cash and call it square. Are 1b. & 2b. correct? Many thanks in advance.Read More...

sentence structure

As babies grow older, socialization occurs more readily the more frequently they are exposed to others their age. Is it grammatically correct? Thanks!Read More...

possible

a. the only decision possible the only possible decision b. the best things available the best available things Are they all correct? Thanks!Read More...

because, I have...

Hello, "I'm really looking forward to it, because I haven't seen my grandma for a long time." Should there be comma right before 'because..? Thanks to you, dear teachers!^^Read More...

Of What

You can not have robbed him of what he never had, nor of what he had any good reason to believe he ever would have. Could you please explain of what in this sentence?Read More...

prevent

Hi, "Chatting during office hours could prevent someone from focusing her/his work." Does the word right in this context? Thanks a lot!Read More...

caught it out from the water

Hello, "A teenage girl caught a nine-foot fish all by herself." I can't believe she caught it out from the water all by herself. Does this sentence pertains to the idea that it's impossible for her to get it from the water all by herself? Thanks!Read More...

except

Take a look at the following pairs of sentences. (1)I am free except Monday. (2)I am free except on Monday. (3)He is healthy except his stomach ulcer. (4)He is healthy except for his stomach ulcer. Are they all grammatically correct? (3) sounds wrong to my ears. How do we know whether or not we need a preposition? AppleRead More...

it was very glad

Hello, " It was very glad to talk with you this morning." "It" sounds weird to me. I believe it's just a typo, right? Thanks!Read More...

another car

Hello, My father's car crashed into another car. My father's car crashed into somebody's car. Is the first sentence correct? Thanks!Read More...

star sign adjective

A person born under the star sign Libra is a Libran. The one under the Aquarius is an Acuqrius. What about someone born under the Cancer? A Canceran? or simply a Cancer? How do other signs form adjectives? AppleRead More...

Yet now she seems to have given herself to a young man

Yet now she seems to have given herself to a young man who shows as few signs of rising as anyone whom I know, and who has much, for which he is not responsible, to keep him down. Who has much what? He is not responsible for what? Where does to keep him down belong to in the sentence?Read More...

develop; contract

Distress-prone people are more likely to _____ Alzheimer's disease. a. develop b. contract Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

the same

a. This is the same mobile phone that I lost. b. This is the same mobile phone as I lost. Are both the same in meaning? If not, could you explain some? Thanks!Read More...

To Occupy

How can anyone keep a secret in a town where the people have only other people's affairs to occupy their leisure moments? Where does to occupy belong to, anyone or the people?Read More...

What do you want done to?

cocoricot
Dear teachers, I came across this question and it is strange to me. What does it mean? “What do you want done to?” Thanks.Read More...

by/with

cocoricot
Dear teachers, I am confused with "with" and "by" Please tell me which is correct. "This soup tastes good because it was made by/with a lot of spices." Thanks.Read More...

Yet

cocoricot
Dear teachers, “Yet” is put at the end of the negative sentence in the present perfect but is it possible to put it after “have”? 1. John hasn’t learned the material yet. 2. John hasn’t yet learned the material. Thank you.Read More...

get/give

What did you get Megan for her baby shower? What did you give to Megan for her baby shower? Do the two sentences have the same meaning? Thanks a lot!Read More...
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