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communication breakdown

Can one say: 1-"cultural communication breakdown" instead of: 2-"cross-cultrual communication breakdown" ? I googled this and the results were highly in favor of 2. In 2 'cross-cultural' modifies 'communication'. But I am not sure that 1 is necessarily wrong. In it 'cultural' would modifiy 'breakdown'. The communication breaks down for cultural reasons.Read More...

Third person addressing?

Dear R and R, Would you please tell me when to use the third person to address people whom are being talked to directly? Please give me some examples.Read More...

I'll be there in that time

Hi, I want to say that I will be probably in that certain place in that particular season. So can I say this way? I will be there in that time. Thanks a lotRead More...

for us to/ obligation vs capability

1-That apple is for us to eat . 2-Those medications are for you to take . 3-It is for us to do it. It seems to me that in 1 could either mean: That apple is an apple we have to eat. or That apple is an apple we can eat. And 2 also has the same kind of ambiguity. The sentence could be about an obligation or a capability/right (although since we are talking about medications here, one would tend to think that we are talking about an obligation.) The structure of sentence 3 looks the same as...Read More...

correction of the conditional

Hi Richard, Am I correct to make the following correction? Original: "If Zi places a little less attention toward his chatting and more toward class and homework, there's no doubt that he would be doing better." Corrected: "If Zi placed a little less attention toard his chatting and more toward class and homework, there's no doubt that he would be doing better." I'm focusing on the conditional. Thanks, JayRead More...

I'd rather

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Dear teachers, Is this sentence possible? "I'd rather you won't tell her what I said." Thanks.Read More...

of?

Hi, 'A government can attempt to control its minority groups by banning their language, as Turkey bans the use of Kurdish by one its larger minorities.' Shouldn't there be an 'of' between the two words in bold?Read More...

'good' and 'friendly'

Can I say, Peter and Ali are good and friendly. (If my sentence must use these two words "good and friendly". How do write?)Read More...

by lap I mean

Can I use: a. By 'lap' I mean swimming the length of the pool once. b. By 'a lap' I mean swimming the length of the pool once. instead of: By 'doing a lap' I mean swimming the length of the pool once.Read More...

I get access to the site?..

Hello, When I visit some site to check something in my account, How can say that I say that in a very natural sounding way? What about the following? 1. I get access to the site. 2. I visited the site. 3. I logged in on the site. 4. I got to the site to check my account. Thanks!Read More...

Adverb clause

Hi, Please add an adverbial clause The need for more job opportunities was urgent in the contry;as a result..........(adverb clause) Thank youRead More...

it was / everything back to normal

Can I say, (a) After two hours, the electricity / electricity supply came (back) on.They felt glad because it was back to normal. (b)The lights came back on. He was glad to see everything back to normal. (c) He felt glad because everything back to normal / everything was back to normal. (d) He was glad that the lights went back to normal.Read More...

" needn't " or " mustn't" ?

Dear Rachel , Would you please tell me what is the correct answer and why ? "Must I take my umbrella?" "No, you _____. It's not going to rain." needn't mustn't don't have to ** Is it " needn't " or " mustn't" ? Please tell me why ? Thank you very much. SayedRead More...

concert

A: How long does the concert ________ for? B: It runs for just eight months. a. go b. open Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

Ride

What ride do you want to go on first? What does ride mean?Read More...

in your young days

Nothing is more important than getting into the habit of reading in your young days . I've read that it is impossible to replace the part in bold with 'when you are young as: Nothing is more important than getting into the habit of reading when you are young . If so, then why?Read More...

half is/are

Hi! Half of the pupils was/were present at the lesson. Саn you help me to choose the right variant? Thanks in advance, GailRead More...

made a choice

Isn't it true that "made a choice" could count as a verb (multi-word*)here? "He's made a choice." "If you have made a choice and are happy with it,..." *multi-word verb ((MWV)Quirk et al.) a "unit which behaves to some extent either lexically or syntactically as a single verb"Read More...

up to these days

Hello, "Many people are still mourning over the death of the former president up to these days throughout Korea". Should the position of the bolded phrase be before or after the phrase "throughout Korea"? Thank youRead More...

lay over;stop over

I have to ________ at Seoul and will catch the flight tomorrow morning. a. lay over b. stop over Are they both correct? If so, are there any differences between them? Thanks!Read More...
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