All Forum Topics

last year/in the last year

Someone has asked me about these two sentences and I'm trying to formulate a clear answer. Prior to this, I had said that the present perfect is not used when a time is specified. So now the person is challenging me with these sentences: (1) Alice went to Taiwan last year. (2) Alice has been to Taiwan in the last year. So far I have come up with this much explanation: In (1), "last year" is conceived of as a point in time. And, in contrast to (2), if I say this sentence today (Sept 17,...Read More...

of vs. of it

Can one say: a. This is something that if you drink one drop of, you'll sleep for 14 hours. b. This is something that if you drink one drop of it, you'll sleep for 14 hours. c. Faith is something that if you have one grain of, you can move mountains. d. Faith is something that if you have one grain of it, you can move mountains.Read More...

if ever, if any

Hi, Could you guide me how I can choose the expressions, 'if any' and 'if ever'? The expressions are often used with negative expressions and I feel that they emphasize the negative connotation (is it right?). But I am not quite clear about the usage, I mean, when I should choose 'if any' and when 'if ever.' Thanks.Read More...

during/in

Hi friends! Which is correct, "During the past decade..." or "In the past decade..."? Thank you. GilbertRead More...

ever get sick/ never sick

Hi, Please tell me if the first one is right, if so, what is the difference between the two? 1.I wonder if they never get sick. 2.I wonder if they ever get sick. Thanks GE! ^^Read More...

hadn't replied/didn't reply

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Please tell me if the two sentences would be possible and when I use them. 1. I was wondering why you hadn’t replied to my last letter. 2. I am wondering why you didn’t reply to my last letter. Thank you.Read More...

promised her...to call her

Hello, I talked to my cousin on the phone, but I suddenly remembered that I had to do something important. Can I say this? I promised her to call her back. I promised to call her back. I promised her to call back. Which sentence is correct here? Thanks a lot GE!^^Read More...

subjunctive

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Please tell me why subjunctive can't be used in the case? "It is important to remember that she thinks different from you." ThanksRead More...

succeed

If she had succeeded to have a certificate of FT, she could work in the bank industry now. Is the part in bold correct? Shouldn't it be 'in having'? Thanks!Read More...

pants , scissors ?

Hi, As we already know that pants and scissors are always in a plural form. Yet I wonder if they would remain as they are when used as adjectives. e.g pants factory or pant factory. I think they should be singular as adjectives always are. What do you think?Read More...

I look forward to seeing you soon.

I'd appreciate it if someone would answer my question. Thanks in advance. What's the difference between A and B? A: I look forward to seeing you soon. B: I'm looking forward to seeing you soon.Read More...

at where / where

Hi, Could you please help me? i will stay at/- where you stayed in İstanbul. which one should i use? Thanks.Read More...

along

Hi, guys!! Is it correct to say 'jewlry loses value along the time' or should we say over the time? Thanks!!Read More...

calculating person

Hello Rachel! Greetings from Korea, again! Rachel, is a stingy person ( where money is concerned, as well as never wanting to go the extra mile for any reason )someone who is CALCULATIVE or CALCULATING? Thank you for answering this very odd question. I'm just confused as I hear both versions being used. Thanks a lot. GilbertRead More...

The time had been when~

Dear Rachel, Would you help me once again? I can't figure out the syntax of the following sentence. Could you analyze the sentence structure? The time had been when a few kicks from Boxer`s hoofs would have smashed the van to matchwood.Read More...

now & simple future tense

1)I have been busy in the last few months, but now I will be in contact with you. 2)A: Have you phoned John? B: Oh, no. I will phone him now . - In sentence 1, can we use with the simple future tense if he speaker wants to say that in the past he was not able to be in contact with the person whereas now he can? - How we compare now in sentences 1 & 2?Read More...

So vs Very

Please advise me which sentence is correct or more natural. 1) The Egyptian museum was filled with very precious relics of the past. 2) The Egyptian museum was filled with so precious relics of the past.Read More...

wished

When I was in college, I wished I ______ a friend like you. a. had had b. had Which is correct? Thanks!Read More...

every year

Elivis Presley has become a legendary figure, and every year there ________ rumors that he is still alive. a. are b. have been Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

got it solved (by someone else, or myself)

(1) I got my purse stolen. The sentence above, in general, means that someone stole your purse. (2) I had a difficult math problem, but finally I go t it solved. This sentence can mean someone else solved it for me, but it can also mean I myself solved it. Whether the problem was solved by someone else or by yourself depends on the context? AppleRead More...

may;could

If you keep a close relationship with your financial manager, you _____ get reliable source. a. may b. could Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

at first / first of all

Hello 1) At first thank you for your enquiry. 2) Firstly I would like to thank you for your enquiry. which one is correct? Thank youRead More...
×
×
×
×