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worry

Hi!! Is it possible to say 'When we live alone, we have the worries of being an adult', or should we say 'about being an adult'? Thanks!Read More...

woke up / awaken

Is there any suitable words instead of "woke up / awaken"? Peter was drowning in the sea. Luckily he was saved but he was unconscious. Half an hour later, when Peter woke up / awaken, he thanked John for helping him.Read More...

pitch in

1) I'd really appreciate everyone pitching in. 2) I'd really appreciate everyone to pitch in. Are these sentences correct? I think No. 2 is correct but No.1 is ambiguous. Thanks!Read More...

inversion

Are these sentences correct: 1- Hated though he is, he is a powerful man. 2- Hated though he is by his family, he has many friends. 3- Hated although he is by his family, he has many friends.Read More...

he must have drank?

Dear teachers He must have drank a lot yesterday and He must have drunk a lot yesterday. Which is correct? Thanks a lot!Read More...

walk

Hi!! Is it possible to say 'I walk with my dog', or only 'I walk my dog'? Thanks!Read More...

for...?

tommy
After an excvation activity, concrete foundations, debris, and rubble encountered beneath the areas of A,B, and C were removed and crushed for a reuse backfill material . Which one, please? (A1)for a reuse backfill material (A2)for a reuse backfill material purpose (B)for being a reuse backfill material (C)as a reuse backfill materialRead More...

it wouldn't do

These sentences are from 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. 'Augustus Gloop! Augustus Gloop! The great big greedy nincompoop! How long could we allow this beast To gorge and guzzle, feed and feast On everything he wanted to? Great Scott! It simply wouldn't do! Is 'wouldn't' the past tense of 'won't' ? And does the sentence in bold mean this: It simply wouldn't do to allow this beast To gorge and guzzle, feed and feast on everything he wanted to. Thanks a lot!Read More...

would

I would apologize for being this late. Is 'would' expressing politeness for listener? And is it okay to use 'would' that way? Thanks a lot.Read More...

spend

Hi !! When we use the expression 'to spend money', is it OK to say 'I spend money with myself' or only 'on myself'? Thanks!!Read More...

have a square meal of roast chicken and rice?

Hi, Here is the excerpt from our textbook: In the evening, my family are at home and we have dinner together. We have a square meal of roast chicken and rice, or stake and vegetables. I can only find "meal of the day" on google. Is the excerpt correct? Thanks!Read More...

difficulty

Hello!! Is it OK to say that 'there are many difficulties to live alone', or only 'in living alone? Thanks!Read More...

to be

Hi!! When you say, 'if I want to pass, all I need to do is to study', or should we say 'is study'?} Thanks !!Read More...

Possessive Pronoun or Possessive Adjective?

Yesterday, one of my students pointed out a possible discrepancy in the new Azar Understanding and Using English Grammar (4th ed) blue textbook. On page 118 (Sect. 7-8) the book says that a singular count noun (e.g., car) is always preceded by a possessive pronoun. However, on page 136 (Sect. 8-1) the book makes a distinction between possessive pronouns (mine, hers) and possessive adjectives (my, her). A possessive pronoun cannot precede a singular count noun--as in "hers car". Is this a...Read More...

splurge

Hi!! Is it OK to say 'I love to go shopping with a lot of money and spend it all with splurges', or should we say 'and splurge it all'? Thanks!Read More...

work

Hi!! When we say 'when we work, we have a lot of responsibilities with the work, is it OK, or should we say 'with the job', in this case? Thanks!Read More...

Pariciple phrase

Hi, The boy was studying his lesson. He did not notice that the bell had rung. (Use participle phrase) Am I right? The boy, studying his lesson, did not notice that the bell had rung.Read More...

trimester

Hi!! You refer to a period of three months as a trimester, so if at a school students have tests every trimester, is it possible to say they are 'trimestral tests'? Thanks!!Read More...

TV show

Hello!! When I say 'I work in my own TV show', is it correct, or should we say 'on my own TV show'? Thank you!Read More...

by / with a truck

Can I say, (a) Many baskets of fruit are sent to the factory by / with a truck. (b) A basket of fruit is delivered / carried/ taken / fetched to the factory by / with a truck.Read More...

up through a few days ago

Until today, I'd never heard the expression "up through a few days ago". is it common in your variant/neck of the woods? "Up through a few days ago, I operated under the assumption that (1b) was the more proper form, but that many people would say (1a) because of the rarity of stanch." http://motivatedgrammar.wordpr...unch-prescriptivism/Read More...

one fewer/less

Which would you recommend using here? One fewer player than last season. One less player than last season.Read More...
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