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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...

make/do

cocoricot
Dear teachers, "John is making/doing everything by hand." I think it would be "doing" but the answer is "making". Please tell me who is correct. Thanks.Read More...

appreciate

A: I appreciate _______ packages off at the post office on your way home. B: Don't mention it. It's the least I could do. a. your dropping b. your having dropped Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

one leg is gone

This antique table made in 1927 is quite old, one leg is gone , so it definitely needs fixing. Is the part in bold correct? Shouldn't it be 'one leg gone'? Thanks!Read More...

question tags

joan
Which question tag is for the following sentence? don't you? or isn't it? I think this is the best thing,Read More...

very much

Is there a difference between the meaning of 'very much' in the following sentences: 1-I very much felt the sadness in the room. 2-I very much did feel the sadness in the room. 3-I did very much feel the sadness in the room. In which case: a-"very much" means "strongly", "intensely" b-"very much" means more or less the same as "indeed"Read More...

stain x spot

Hi! I have a doubt about en exercise using these words: stain and spot. The exercise asks to complete the sentence using one of them: "There´s a stain coffee on my shirt.".My question is why the answer is stain instead of spot or smugde? Thanks in advance!Read More...

Choose Your Moment?

Hi, I wasn't able to picture this custom. I wonder if you can elaborate or help me picture this custom. Please see the attachment.Read More...

in / on / at the concert

could i say, (a) They practise for / in / on / at the concert. (b) They practise before a concert start/starts /begin / begins. (c) We practise the singing concert in the stage. (d) They practise to dance / dancing for the concert. (e) They practise the dance, because the concert is coming.Read More...

Is it disrespectful to refer to mecca when not referring to the Holy City?

Mecca is the holiest city of Islam because the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was born there. Now this word is used to describe things that are at the centre of something - the shopping centre is a mecca for shopaholics. I would be most grateful to know whether you think this is a disrespectful use of the word mecca. I never use the word mecca in this context but I see others doing so. Grateful for your comments. Thanks.Read More...

work

cocoricot
Dear teachers, 1. My sister decided to take a job in the summer working in the local cinema to earn some extra money. 2. My sister decided to take a job in the summer to work in the local cinema to earn some extra money. The sentence (2) is not correct but I don't understand why.Please help me. Thanks.Read More...

Argument?

Hi, At the link below, I wonder what argument is being talked about. http://books.google.com/books?...newspaper%22&f=falseRead More...

beaten-up

Which are correct: 1-That man is very beaten-up. 2-That man is much beaten-up. 3-That man is very much beaten up. 4-That is a very beaten-up man. 5-That is a much beaten-up man. 6-That is a very much beaten up man. (MEANING: That man has been badly beaten up./That is a badly beaten-up man.)Read More...

by twos and threes

I'd appreciate it if someone would answer my question. Thanks in advance. Concerning the sentence, After 10 o'clock the guests began to leave by twos and threes. --- Does "by twos and threes" mean "in groups consisting of two or three people"? Does "twos" in the above sentence mean "groups consisting of two people"? If so, when we say, "Two people came while you were out", do "two people" mean a group consisting of two people?Read More...

still and yet

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Are these sentences correct and do they have the same meaning? 1. Ivan still hasn't repaired his bicycle tire. 2. Ivan hasn't repaired his bicycle tire yet. Thanks.Read More...

Just for fun: find the error

Hello, dear members: This headline appeared in the Washington Post yesterday. The headline gives an incorrect impression of what is happening, due to incorrect construction. Can you improve this headline so that it depicts the scene more clearly? Both Parties Mourn Loss of Kennedy in Health-Care DebateRead More...

how/that

1. I mean, you know how Natalie's a great writer? 2. What conerns me is how some politicians are using the issue to avoid discussion about the real problems that Americans face. Could 'how' be replaced by 'that' in the two sentences? If so, why do the writers use 'how' instead of 'that'? Thanks a lot!Read More...

paying their dues

Hi, "18 skateboarders from all over the world competed in the event held on the beach square. All athletes showed their tricks by paying their dues in sweat and blood. Each skater showed passion by disregarding personal safety. " From the bolded phrase above, does it mean like giving what the sport calls for? Thanks!^^Read More...

The service

I am confused whether by the time of reporting it, the service had already taken place (so early in the morning?): It is 9:15AM on Saturday, and Yahoo mentions: By GLEN JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer Glen Johnson, Associated Press Writer – 39 mins ago There is some inconsistency in the tenses that doesn't help in the clarification of the matter: ---- Obama to honor Sen. Kennedy at funeral Mass BOSTON – Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, oft-summoned to remember departed members of his famous...Read More...

while ... at first

Are these sentences correct: 1-While reading the book, at first I thought it was uninteresting, but the more I read, the more I liked it. 2-While going there, at first I was scared, but with time I overcame my fear.Read More...

elipsis

Can one say: 1-The attacks against him were more virulent than against the other candidates. instead of: 2-The attacks against him were more virulent than the ones against the other candidates.Read More...
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