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Thank you?

Dear Richard, I remembered one day you wrote that when someone says to you "Thank you" you shouldn't reply saying "thank you". But today I was listening to Wolf Blitzer talking to Hillary Clinton on the CNN. At the end of the conversation Blizer said "thank you" but Clinton Said "Thank you".Read More...

Should they know of

Charley promised willingly, for he was concerned, for Luce's sake, about what people would say should they know of what had occured. I didn't understand the bold part and its structure with the sentence.Read More...

rain/a rain/the rain

mengxin2009
Hello everyone, I find the "rain problem" is very hard. I'd appreciate it very much if you would help me with these sentences. rain noun [U, sing.] water that falls from the sky in separate drops: 1. There will be rain in all parts tomorrow. 2. Rain is forecast for the weekend. 3. heavy / torrential / driving rain 4. A light rain began to fall. 5. Drizzle is fine light rain. The definition and examples doesn't help me much. 1a. There will be rain in all parts tomorrow. 1b. There will be a...Read More...

six packs

Hi, "The fad of getting six packs on the stomach or bulging biceps to show off at poolside events, has turned chicken breast into the king of all diet foods. " What does the phrase pertain to? Thanks a lot!Read More...

short tops

Hello, "Diets and more diets, blame it on the season of short tops , but it’s a common trend in our nation. To accompany the nutritional needs of any dieter, chicken breasts which are high in protein, have become exceedingly popular." What does the term mean? Thanks!^^Read More...

accept

The City of Haliberg is accepting bids for the following projects: Is it okay to write 'receiving bids' or 'taking bids' or 'getting bids' instead of 'accepting bids'? Thanks a lot.Read More...

exceed

Canterbury constructs the safest, most rugged structures on time and exceeding the minimum requirements of all legal building codes. Is 'exceeding' correct in the sentence? I guess it should be 'exceeds'. Am I right?Read More...

In which he had

The lecturer went on in the same vein, and told of some of his own chances which he had missed, as well as of some in which he had , to use his own expression, "caught on"; and he told some stories of personal experience so well that he made a lot of people cry a little. Why was only which not used again in this sentence?Read More...

birthday / birthday party

Can I write: Mary celebrated her birthday / birthday party at the garden. Mary celebrated her birthday party at the garden which was a stone's throw away from her house.Read More...

to purpose clause

Which are correct: 1-They have undergone torture to force them to confess to stirring up unrest. 2-They have undergone torture to be forced to confess to stirring up unrest. 3-They were tortured to force them to confess to stirring up unrest. 4-They were tortured to be forced to confess to stirring up unrest.Read More...

but

a. His coke was flat, but he drank it anyway. b. His coke was flat. But he drank it anyway. Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

among

Among the topics the teams will discuss are how a combined university should be structured, the makeup of its governing board, and what to name it. I don't understand why 'among' should be in the sentence? Could you explain it in detail?Read More...

Preposition - in / from

Can I say, (a) He took some photos on/ in / during the trip. (b) He collected many stamps from / from around the world last week.Read More...

the more ~ the more

I found the following sentence on the internet. I wonder if the syntax is grammatically correct. However, the images tend to fade the longer they remain blind. I think it shall be "However, the longer they remain blind, the more the images tend to fade." I have not heard one of the comparatives can be left out in "the more ~ the more" structure.Read More...

go / go away

Can I say, The lion did not eat the mouse, so it let the mouse go / go away.Read More...

take some photos

cocoricot
Dear teachers, "He wants someone to take some photographs" Please tell me if I parse the sentence correctly? He = subject wants = verb someone = object to take some photographs = object complement of "someone" Does the sentence mean He wants someone who can take some photos of him? Thank you.Read More...

find

cocoricot
Dear teachers, I am wondering if the pattern "find+something+infinitive" is correct. "People may find the transitory quality of much American life startle ." Thanks.Read More...

open your book

cocoricot
Dear teacher, "Open your book" Can it be converted into passive voice? Please tell me how. Thanks.Read More...
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