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out

1-Out this door is the garage. Does this mean that the door opens to the garage? Is the garage necessarily immediately behind the door or could it be some way away?Read More...

compound

joan
How do you say the compound: work plans OR working plans OR plans of work OR plans of working? Thanks!Read More...

common days

Hello, I don't like my common days . Is this correct? Thanks!Read More...

pleasure have

Hello, "Do you think people who pleasure have low self esteem?" The bolded words are the verb phrase, right?, but can you please show me the sentence pattern for this. Sorry, I made some correction of my sentence. This is a question given in a textbook. I would like to know the pattern of this question. Thank a lot!Read More...

stop/stop ~ from

Hi again, I wonder if 'stop+object+~ing' has the same meaning as 'stop+object+from ~ing.' That means, if the following sentece, taken from Collins Cobuild, can the word 'from' be put in front of 'seeing'? 'I think she would like to have liked to stop us (from???) seeing each other' Thanks for help!Read More...

of

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Is it correct not to use "of"in "so much of" "It was not so much a discussion as an argument." Thank you.Read More...

Sentence

Dear Rachel Would you please tell me whether the following sentence is correct or not ? - I can't remember what I gave him = I remembered When I gave him somthing ** Please tell me why? I'm waiting for your kind reply. Thank you very much. SayedRead More...

subjunctive mood

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Please explain the usage of subjunctive in the case. "It is a federal law that children be vaccinated before entering the first grade." Thank you.Read More...

social/sociable/societal

The word 'social' has two usage, one in realtion to society, and the other in relation to forming relation with people. Regarding the former meaning, I am confused with the word 'societal,' and regarding the latter meaning, I am not clear enough to tell 'social' from 'sociable.' Could you help me distinguish them? As an example, in the following sentence, are both 'social' and 'sociable' acceptable with identical meaning? 'The Johnsons are very social/sociable people. They love giving...Read More...

previous/former

Again, In the following sentece, can 'former' be replaced with 'previous'? 'Our PE teacher,a for former mer professional basketball player, is coaching the school team.' The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Dictionary says that 'previous' should be used only before noun. Do you think that the word should come immediate immediately ly before noun without allowing any adjectives in between?Read More...

try for you to

Can one say: a. I'll try for them to enjoy themselves. b. I'll do my best for them to enjoy themselves. a. I'll try so that they enjoy themselves. b. I'll do my best so that they enjoy themselves.Read More...

a great many

Hi!!!, In the following sentence, is 'a great many' an idiomatic phrase? Can't it be replaced with 'great many'? 'We suffered from a great many troubles.' Thanks.Read More...

a pair of shoes is / are

what is the correct answer? (i) There is a pair of shoes beside the flower pot. (ii) The pair of shoes is / are next to the flower pot. (iii) There is / are a pair of shoes near the flower pot. (iv) These are shoes and flower pot.Read More...

close escape

In the following sentence, do you think the 'narrow escape' can be replaced with 'close escape'? ' He was involved in a traffic accident and had a narrow escape from death.' Thanks always!Read More...

Head to work

- Every morning I usually get up at 6:45, I do my personal hygiene, I eat a big breakfast / I have an enormous breakfast and then I head to work. - Is this sentence grammatical? Thanks a lot to Moderators! namcoolguyRead More...

Verb agreement

In following paragraph,which I quoted from the book, "Principles of economics", I think the verb in red should be were not was. Am I right? The energy crisis of the 1970s, too, was blamed on nature's niggardly supply of oil, but in fact it was the actions of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, combined with price controls, that was the main cause of the shortages.Read More...

English 2.0

Hello Can someone tell me what does English 2.0 mean ? I can across it in a business English book. ThanksRead More...

did something so that

a. I did something for John to be happy. b. I did something so that John would be happy. Do both these sentences mean the same? Do they both mean: I did something that would make John happy.Read More...

what happened with

Can one say: a. What happened with your divorce? if one wants to ask what were the causes of your divorce? Can one say: b. What happened with 9/11? if one wants to ask what were the causes of 9/11?Read More...

tag of WISH

mengxin2009
I wish to see my cousin before he goes on holiday, _______? a) don't I   b) may I c) don't you   d) do I e) doesn’t he Key B It may be a question often asked by ESL students. At least I have found these answers through google: 1. ...holiday,may I? 2. ...holiday.May I? 3. ...holiday,don't I? 4. ...holiday,wish I? Answer 2 seems to be the most accepted one, but some natives consider it to be wrong. I'd like to hear your comments. Many many thanks.Read More...

losing

mengxin2009
In order to put out the terrible fire in a high building, 20 firefighters in Hengyang, Hunan province succeeded in rushing into the building, unfortunately ____ in the fire and ___ their lives. A) caught, losing B) catching, lost C) caught, lost D) catching, losing Key A This is said to be a problematic question, and none of the answers is correct. Even so, I'd like to ask some questions here. 1. in the first blank, "caught" is a past participle, thus it forms an absolute structure. But why...Read More...
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