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hairy / hairy fruit

Can I say, The rambutans are hairy / hairy fruit.Read More...
Why don't we use "fruit"? I thought Rambutans are same kind of fruit, and we are not talking about different kinds of fruit. It's same like "fish", right? WE should say, Rambutans are hairy fruits. Am I right?Read More...

get/annoy

"Her irresponsible attitude really gets to me" Does "gets to" mean "annoys"? Would it be the same to say ".....attitude really gets me"?Read More...
It's true that 'gets me' can mean 'annoy.' It can also mean 'understand and appreciate.' I love her because she really gets me. Few people do. It's nice to be understood and appreciated.Read More...

not

Are these sentences correct: 1-He didn't like his life, the life that was ahead of him. 2-He didn't like his life, not the life that was ahead of him. 3-He didn't like his life, not the life that was ahead of him, but the one he had had until then. I think 1 and 2 mean the same. Obviously 3 means something quite different. My problem is with 2. Can't it actually mean two things? a-He didn't like the life that was ahead of him. b-He disliked his life, but not the one that was ahead of him. If...Read More...
I think (2) should be interpreted to mean (3), not (1). Sentence (2) might be informally used to mean (a), but I think it onlys means (b). He didn't like his life, but not the life that was ahead of him.Read More...

has a lot of juice in her

Hello, I think the phrase at the bottom expresses a sarcastic remark to me. I am just curious what you guys will say on this. Houston’s trademark song, “I Will Always Love You,” was performed at the end, and she definitely did not disappoint. Loud cheers from the audience didn’t stop for several minutes. Houston successfully wrapped up the concert by throwing kisses after singing an encore. It’s already been three decades since Houston entered showbiz. There’s no doubt about it. She’s still...Read More...
I don't think it's a sarcastic remark, Iwtk. The facts presented here by the writer all indicate his/her positive attitude toward Houston. What makes you think it is sarcastic?!Read More...

GE members in Chile

My deepest sympathies to the people of Chile on the loss of life and property in the recent earthquake. If there are any members on the GE from Chile, please accept my deepest condolences. We here in Malaysia are one with you in hope and prayer that you will have the strength and courage to get through this very difficult time. God bless you all. GilbertRead More...
May God bless them all!Read More...

Do or does?

Hello friends, I feel unsure about this so I need to check it: Do / does Suzie's uncle and aunt live in that house? Is do or does correct? Many thanks. GilbertRead More...
Yes, Yamotoronal is right. "Do" fits there.Read More...

reading dates --2010?

engfan
Dear moderators, Before the year 2000, we used to read dates like this: 1979....nineteen seventy-nine and so on till the year two thousand.After two thousand, we started saying two thousand and one till two thousand and nine. Can we return to the old way starting from 2010. can we say twenty ten or continue saying two thousand and ten? Many thanks,Read More...
I've watched some of the Olympic Games. I've noticed that speakers said 'twenty-ten' a lot. And, they said 'twenty-fourteen' when referring to the next Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. It's hard to know which number combination to use. That's because either 'twenty' or 'two thousand' can start the name of these years. Both are fine.Read More...

because of / for

(1)The teacher lectured the boys severely Because of being lazy (2)The teacher lectured the boys severely for being lazy No 1 is incorrect, but i don't know why!!! thanks a lot!Read More...
thank you for your helpRead More...

'brand' or 'make'?

babushka
Dear fiends, It's not clear which word must be used in the sentence, 'What ...brand/make of car does your mum drive?' Dictionaries give almost the same definitions of both words.Read More...
Dear Rachel, Thank you for your help. It's very encouraging to know that there is someone who can give you a helping hand!Read More...

adjective or adverb

babushka
I came across the following sentence. "He found a way of successful(ly) freezing food." I feel that it's right to use the word 'successfully', but I can't explain WHY 'successful'is wrong. Can you help me to clarify?Read More...
Dear friends, Thanks a lot for your explanations. They all were actually very helpful.Read More...

Susan and I are good friends/Susan and me are good friends.

Hi, I am really not sure whether it should be I or me. Grateful for enlighttenment. Thanks. Susan and I are good friends Susan and me are good friends. Warmest regards, SusanRead More...
Object pronouns (me, you, him, her, it, us, you, them) the Object is the person or thing receiving the action ex: She telephone me , i hit him , we saw her so you can't use me as subject or part of subject as sentence Susan and me are good friendsRead More...

the netherlands

dear teachers i read some documents write " the is not usually used before names of countries, the is used before groups of islands or mountains, plural names of countries" i don't know what does "plural names of countries" mean? and why we write "the netherlands" thanks a lotRead More...
Yes, but NOT the Sudan .Read More...

Passive voice

Hi, I would like to know the passive voice of the sentence "The captain expects the player to score a century" I have done it as - the captain expects the century to be scored by the player I am not sure if this is correct, so I would be grateful for your comments. Many thanks. Warmest regards, SusanRead More...
Thank you Rachel. Thanks.Read More...

worked / have worked?

Hi, In a CV, which is correct and why? 1. I have worked for X comapny for 10 years from 1995 to 2005 . or 2. I worked for X comapny for 10 years from 1995 to 2005 . 1. Does the part in bold make it neccessary to have the sentence in the past simple? 2. In CV writing, should the part in bold be included within parantheses as in? 1. I have worked for X comapny for 10 years (from 1995 to 2005) . 2. I worked for X comapny for 10 years (from 1995 to 2005) . Please feel free to make any tweaks to...Read More...
Thank you very much for the help Okaasan.Read More...

Of?

Hi, What is the difference between: University of Oxford. Oxford University.Read More...
According to Wikipedia, the University of Oxford and Oxford University are the same institution: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Oxford In the US, we have similar names for universities that are different universities. For example, the University of Pennsylvania is a large prestigious university in Philadelphia, and Penn State (Pennsylvania State University) is located elsewhere. The same is true for universities in other states: the University of Florida and Florida State...Read More...

a report on the accident

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Which is the better choice? "Jack has got to make a report on the accident for the police." a. Jack has sent a report on the accident to the police. b. Jack must describe what happened in the accident to the police. I chose (b) but the answer is (a). I don't know why.Read More...
Hi Coco I agree with your answer. "Has got to" means "must" in that sentence. The answer key you have is incorrect. I don't think even a Brit would interpret "has got to send" to mean "has had the opportunity to send" in that context. (Note that for the meaning "has had an opportunity to do something", an American would write "has gotten to do something".) Another way of rewording the sentence would be to simply remove the word "got". The meaning is in essence the exactly same: - Jack has to...Read More...

from you

-I couldn't accept such a gift from you. 1-Nor I from you. 2-Nor I you. Are sentences 1 and 2 acceptable replies to the first sentence?Read More...
Hi, Sssamy, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange. I don't think that 'neither' can be used in this same way. Have you found any examples of the construction with 'neither'?Read More...

Present Tense in Subordinate Clause with Past Matrix Verb

What is an interpretation of "He doubt ed that she is crazy"? 1) At the time of doubting he didn't believe it was true, but now he does. 2) At the time of doubting he didn't believe it was true, but the author thinks this is an unchanging fact throughout from a long time ago, perhaps, into the future. 3) Either of the above, depending on the situation it is uttered. 4) None of the above. (Please specify) Any and all comments would be very much appreciated.Read More...
The interpretation of this sentence is your sentence (2). He doubted -- at that time -- that she is crazy. Without context, I would think that the speaker was not speaking or thinking about a long past history, but rather about a situation around the time of his doubting. There is nothing specific about the future, either, although the implication is that the speaker has not changed his mind up to now. The speaker just doubted at the time that he spoke -- let's say, January 14, 2010, that...Read More...

Present perfect or present perfect continuous?

Dear Rachel & Amy Would you please correct the verb in the following sentence? - I ( stay ) in Grand Hotel for the last two days ** Should I say " I have stayed " or I should Say " I have been staying " ? ** I think they are both correct but the second is better.Correct? Please let me know your comment. Also, please tell me why? I'm waiting for your kind reply. Thank you very much. SayedRead More...
Hello, Sayed: Although one of the addressees was me, I couldn't have answered more clearly than Amy and Mehrdad. Our team is top-notch.Read More...

all in all

Are these sentences correct: 1-This winter, all in all we had fifty five hours of snow. (it snowed for fifty five hours) 2-This winter, altogether we had fifty five hours of snow. (it snowed for fifty five hours) 3-This winter, all in all we had fifty five inches of snow. 4-This winter, altogether we had fifty five inches of snow.Read More...
I don't think that 'all in all' fits here. 'All in all' doesn't measure anything; what it does is make a summation or describe the prevailing feeling. 'Altogether' is OK, but the position of the word should be changed: 2-This winter, we had fifty five hours of snow altogether / in total. 4-This winter, we had fifty five inches of snow altogether.Read More...

much/many

Are the below sentences correct? Which of them sounds more natural? 1. I'm kind of bored. I don't have much to do here. 2. I'm kind of bored. I don't have many things to do here.Read More...
It seems to me that efficient use of language might have at least a little to do with it. In addition, the use of "(not) much" in this context is not only a bit more vague, but also more suggestive of "nothing" than "(not) many things" is.Read More...

strange structure [relative pronoun + verb + verb]

Dear teachers, Would you please tell if the following sentence is correct? * People who think might get sick can take medicine beforehand. I think it should be re-witten as follows. People who think they might get sick can take medicine beforehand.Read More...
Thank you very much, Amy.Read More...

Is this sentence correct?

Dear teachers, Please see the sentence in blue. Did you see that the pencil remained in the same position with one eye open and seemed to move to the side when your other eye was open? Whichever eye was open when the pencil lined up with the object on the wall is your dominant eye. Is it a complete and correct sentence? I don't know what is the subject of the verb ...on the wall is your dominant eye. I am sorry that I was mistaken. Now, I noted the subjective is the subjective noun clause...Read More...
Thank you very much, Rachel. I found your answer just after I edited my post.Read More...
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