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word choices

Can I say, (i)Peter used the lawnmower to cut /clear the weeds. (ii) The king and queen live / stay in the palace. (iii) The fire brigade / firemen are putting out the fire. (iv) The sea is rough /course when the wind blows.Read More...

Preposition

Can I say, (1) He put a bait on / at the hook. (2) Peter flew to Singapore to have a / on /for holiday. (3) He waved her hand to /at Lisa at the bus stop. (4) The vase was placed at / on the edge of the table.Read More...

crowd

________ holding their pickets demonstrating their voice. a. The crowd was b. The crowd were c. The crowds were Are they all correct? Thanks!Read More...

audience

After the show, _________ gave a standing ovation for a long time. a. touched audiences b. the touched audiences c. touched audience d. the touched audience Which is correct? Could you explain some? Thanks!Read More...

Because + SV as subject of sentence

Here is a sentence from a newsletter I periodically receive. Just because I have every right to be angry, doesn't necessarily mean it's the best choice. Is the sentence above grammatically acceptable? Can the phrase “just because SV” serve as a subject? Would the sentence sound better if I add “it” before “doesn’t”? AppleRead More...

apply

Interested in fashion, she applied for this firm. Is the preposition in bold correct? Shouldn't it be 'to'? Thanks!Read More...

realize

Since he studied hard and got a good grade, he realizes that hard work can be a good thing. Is it wrong to write 'realized' or 'has realized' instead of 'realizes'? Thanks!Read More...

look like

Hi, I wonder if the sentence below is grammatically incorrect. It doesn't look like she will show up for dinner.Read More...

prepositions

cocoricot
Dear teachers. Please tell me if my comments about the two sentences are correct? Thanks. 1. This is a rare opportunity. You should take advantage of it to get a better job. => a. This is the rare opportunity which you should take advantage of to get a better job. => b. This is the rare opportunity of which you should take advantage to get a better job. Only sentence (a) is correct. 2. This is the result of our work. I'm pleased with it. => a. This is the result of our work which...Read More...

rumor of/ rumor about

Hi, Could you please help me? a)The rumor of/about your resignation from your job is shocking. b)The rumor That you resigned from your job is shocking. 1)the problem of where he will stay is not answered. 2)the problem where he will stay is not answered . is there any difference in meaning? Thanks.Read More...

sale

can i say, (a) Many people go to the shopping complex when it was on sale. (b) Many people are at the sale. (c) Many people buy things in the shopping complex because it is sales / it is having sales. (d) Many people buy things in the shopping complex because it is big sale. (e) Many people buy things in the big sales. (f) The market has many people because there has the sales.Read More...

preposition+that

Hi, could u please help me? a-My remarks about his failure to reach an agreement are known by everybody. b-My remarks that he failed to reach an agreement are known by everybody. 1)Can i write that sentence in the way above -b- without any difference in meaning? 2) should i put a preposition before 'That' in the second sentence 'b'. ThanksRead More...

verb, or verb + preposition

Hi, Could you please help me about the difference between two sentences below? She asked what he wanted. She asked about what he wanted. and also; is there any simple way to understand the distinction where to put a preposition before a conjunction( that and wh-clause)? for instance, he has to decide on/- where his children will study. Thanks.Read More...

hear/listen to

I hope you have an explanation for being late because you cannot into the classroom until I hear it . Is it okay to say 'listen to' instead of 'hear'? And what does the bold word 'it' indicate? Thanks!Read More...

Hasan /s/ or /z/?

Hi, As was requested by Richard, I have moved this discussion from my inbox to the GE. I asked Richard: Would you pronounce Hasan as / hæsən/ or /hæzən/. In Arabic, as you may know, it is pronounced with [s]. Yet, a friend of mine told me that if we wrote the name with one (s), a native speaker will pronounce the (s) as [z] unlike if the (s) was doubled i.e Hassan. And if we doubled that letter, as my Friend suggested, we will end up with a different name. That is حسان but not حسن.. Now, I...Read More...

people

If I say: People do strange things. Does that mean that ALL people do strange things or that SOME people do strange things or is the sense unclear?Read More...

in the person of

Can one say: a. They hired a new lawyer in the person of Harry O'Connell. b. They hired a new lawyer in Harry O'Connell. They hired Harry O'Connell as their new lawyer.Read More...

A part of vs. part of

Hello teachers, The article "a" I am proud to be a part of a group that... OR I am proud to be part of a group that... Is there a rule? Thanks in advance!Read More...

as in/like/as

Hello Could you please tell me when I should use as in,as and like ? is it OK to replace the three with each other in the following sentences? 1- large carnivores, as/like/as in the bear or lion. 2- I like flowers like/as in rose.(in this case why as is wrong). 3- As in/like previous year, we assume that you are not making any contribution to the society so that we are not seeking your contribution this year. 4- Repeat these five steps, as in/as/like the last exercise. 5- He has a lot of...Read More...

Indirect Object and Wh question

I try to convert the following sentence to a wh-question replacing both direct and indirect object with wh-pronoun. Tom gave him a book. 1) What did Tom give him? The direct object is replaced with "what" and this sentence seems fine. 2) Who(m) did Tom give a book? The indirect object is replaced with "who(m)" and somebody claims this sentence is not correct. If they are right, please let me know the reason. Thank you.Read More...

Comma usage correct?

Hello, I have been reading some journals and I have no idea why they put commas in these sentences. If the commas should be used, please tell me why, e.g., the grammar rule, etc. 1) She also reported a case of lice, for which she had been taking medicine during that time. (Is this b/c 'for' is one of the FANBOYS and 'she had been taking....' is a complete sentence?) 2) The lips were treated to minimize swelling, which may account for the incomplete clearing of sores in this area. 3) This...Read More...

weather

Which is correct: 1-This is not weather to go swimming in. 2-This is not a weather to go swimming in.Read More...

Question about "beyond"

Yesterday I said "This is beyond the limits" and a teacher reproached me for having used "the" in that sentence; but I've found two books, a movie and a text with that sentence as a title, so I'm quite puzzled ... Is it a mistake or not? Thanks in advanceRead More...
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