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understand, understood

When a question is asked in a past tense, it is generally correct to answer also in a past tense as the following three examples. Did you enjoy the movie? Yes, I enjoyed it a lot. Did you meet my brother there? Yes, I met him there. Did you buy the bag you wanted? No, I didnユt buy it. But in the following case, answering in a present tense is more correct or natural. Did you understand what I said? Yes, I understand. Are there any other verbs that behave like this? How would it sound if...Read More...

where;which

The Legal Services Commission has a number of offices around the metropolitan area _______ you are able to visit. a. where b. which Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

"when" followed by present perfect

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? When conflict has occurred, it has typically been between the white majority and a monority group. ApppleRead More...

clean hands before dinner / having dinner

Can I say, (a) He will clean his hands before having food. (b) We must clean hands before dinner / having dinner. (c) He goes to wash his hands before having his dinner. (d) We need to clean our hands before eating (food). (e) I clean my hands before a meal / meals. (f) She keeps her hands clean before eating her meals. (g) We have to clean our hands before we eat.Read More...

need/need to + wash

Do "this needs washed" and "this needs to be washed" sound equally grammatical to you? (Apologies to those who may have come across similar discussions.)Read More...

less than

They claim they are underpaid for what they do. Would it be okay if I write the sentence this way: They claim they get paid less than what they do.Read More...

get an education

It is more important to get an education than getting money or land. Is the sentence natural? Thanks!Read More...

A tollway?

Hi, I have read the following: A tollway is a long wide highway that you have to pay to drive on: Take the North Dallas Tollway north and exit at West Park Boulevard. A turnpike is a highway in the eastern part of the U.S. that drivers must pay to use: The Massachusetts Turnpike is the main highway leading through Boston. My question is: What do drivers pay for on such roads? Where does the collected money go?Read More...

rose ?

Hi, I was wondering if the letter [s] in a word like 'rose' was pronounced as [z] in Old English.Read More...

wake

How should I use the verb "wake" in the present perfect?Read More...

reproach/scold

Dear all, Do the following sentences have the same meaning? 1. John reproached his secretary for not having finished the report. 2. John scolded his secretary for not having finished the report. If different, which of the two is closer in meaning to: " You should have finished the report by now." John told his secretary. Many thanks.Read More...

with / from /on the radio

Can I say, (a) She is enjoying the song with a radio. (b) He is listening to the music of the radio. (c) Her radio is playing music in her room. (d) She heard the music from the radio at her room.Read More...

on an / the envelope

Can I say, (a) We have to write an address on the envelope. (b) He writes the address on an / the envelope. (c) She writes an address on an / the envelope. (d) She writes Peter's address on an envelope.Read More...

to fans of a losing soccer team

Hi, "Ahmadinejad is a known football fan, and has taken a keen interest in the national team's affairs. Last week he compared protesters in Tehran to fans of a losing soccer team. " What does the bolded part mean? Thanks!Read More...

fun adjective

Experts, what's your advice on using "fun" as an adjective?Read More...

be ~ing

Increasing divorce rates are making singles hesitant to marry. Is the sentence correct?Read More...

a must

Young generations in their teens and 20s think marriage is a choice, not a must. Would it be okay that I replace 'a must' with 'necessary'? Young generations in their teens and 20s think marriage is a choice, not necessary.Read More...

about "car tyre / car's tyre became flat"

Can I say, (a) The tyre of the car has become flat / has flat. (b) The car's tyre has flat. (c) John's car has a flat tyre. (d) The car had a flat tyre. (e) One of the tyres has flat. (f) It has a flat tyre.Read More...

About "using the umbrella"

Can I say, (a) The umbrella protects us from rain. (b) The umbrella is to protect people from rain. (c) He used / is using the umbrella in the rain. (d) He opened his umbrella when it is raining. (e) He used the umbrella during the rain.Read More...

it has been said

Space projects are considered highly risky. Would it be okay to write the above sentence this way: 1) It has been said that space projects are highly risky. 2) It is said that space projects are highly risky. 3) People[They] say that space projects are highly risky. Thanks a lot.Read More...

More and more ?

Hi, Knowing more and more about less and less until you know everything about nothing Does that mean that one has to be specialized in one area and knowing a lot about?Read More...

isn't this double verb?

One of the areas of multimedia that is growing quickly yet is easily overlooked is sound What's the meaning of the sentence? And isn't it double verb "is overlooked" and "is sound"?Read More...
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