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Urgent : Verbs !

Dear Rachel, Would you please write this sentence correctly? ( correct the verbs ): - They ( insist ) that he ( go ) alone. ** Please give me all the possible answers(tenses) with explanation . ** Also, is this sentence a conditional sentence? Please tell me why? I hope for your kind and urgent reply. Thank you very much. Sayed N.B: I hope that Richard will be kind enough to share with his opinion / answer too! He always ignore answering my questions in particular !!!Read More...

which/that

They could enter the army and fight in a war they thought was wrong. Is the sentence correct? I think there should be which or that before they : They could enter the army and fight in a war which/that they thought was wrong. Thanks a lot.Read More...

??

Hi, Is this sentence correct? and What does it mean? Joy is not in things, it is in us MahdiRead More...

understood to arrange

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Please tell me if I am right when I interpret this sentence like this: "He undertood to arrange the matter at once." => He undertood that he had to arrange the matter at once. Thank you.Read More...

Due for

Dear Richard / Rachel Would you please tell me what does " due for " mean in the following sentence: - The car is due for its annual service again? ** Also, the meaning of the sentence as a whole? ** Does it mean that the car is expected to arrive for the annual service again? I'm waiting for your kind reply. Thank you very much. SayedRead More...

To Rachel

Hi Rachel, I think there is still a technical problem with our GE. That is, as you know, one's posts are counted and shown below each posts they send. I remember that I have about 4000 posts. Yet they are not shown there anymore. What's wrong?Read More...

ask something to someone

Dear teachers, I understand the verb "ask" is used in the structure of "ask someone something." Then how about the form of "ask something to someone?" Is it acceptable? For example, is the following sentence correct? Great Teens asked that question to American teenagers.Read More...

much the?

Hi, "In Chapter 6, we noted that much the most common kind of compound in English is the compound noun, whether primary (e.g. hairnet) or secondary (e.g. hair restorer)." Shouldn't there be an "of" between the two words in bold?Read More...

Don't end a sentence with a preposition?

Hi, There is a traditional grammatical rule says: Don't end a sentence with a preposition I wonder why the prescriptivists say so and insist on it. I mean, from their view, what's wrong with ending a sentence with a preposition.Read More...

car?

Hi, As you know that a company like TOYOTA manufactures cars like CAMRY, COROLLA, YARIS, to name but a few. If I want to know what car some body has, what would the question be for A ? A: B: I have a CAMRY.Read More...

to thank with

Dear teachers, What do you think of the following two sentences? Which one sounds more natural? I could not find the words to thank. I could not find the words to thank with.Read More...

Have you found out how wide the ditch was?

mengxin2009
1. Have you found out how wide the ditch is? 2. Have you found out how wide the ditch was? 3. Have you found out how wide the ditch will be? 4. I have gone to New York, and you will write you as soon as I get there. 5. If I blow the conch and they don’t come back, then we have had it. Except for 1, I feel all of the rest are somewhat strange. Are they(2-5) commonly used? Many many thanks in advance!Read More...

comma

China has the world's biggest tobacco habit: 220 million cartons of cigarettes are sold every day. The country's 300 million smokers are growing by 300,000-400,000 a year. That's good news for the Chinese government, which profits from the stateowned tobacco monopoly. Is it okay to omit the comma before which: That's good news for the Chinese government which profits from the stateowned tobacco monopoly.Read More...

a heck of job

Hi, Although at 62, the all time legend is a tad old to be a coach, he says he is up to the task. He is more than convinced that he would do a heck of job if given the opportunity. What does the bolded phrase mean? Thanks! ^^Read More...

a second or the second?

Dear teachers, Please advise me which of the following examples is (are) correct. Thank you. 1) I won second prize. 2) I won a second prize. 3) I won the second prize.Read More...

whom again

Are these sentences correct: 1-He is a man everybody loves the company of. 2-He is a man whose company everybody loves. 3-He is a man of whom everybody loves the company. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 4-He was a man to see whom I had travelled hundreds of miles.Read More...

whatever; whichever

A: How did you do on the literature exam? B: I passed but just barely. How about yourself? A: I got a C. I was hoping to make a B, though, so I was a bit disappointed. B: As tough as that exam was, I'd take ______ I can get if I were you. a. whatever b. whichever Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

who

Are these sentences correct: 1-The man whom it scared Jane to see was actually the doctor. 2-The man Jane was scared to see was actually the doctor. if the intended meaning is: A-The man whose sight scared Jane was actually the doctor. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Are these sentences correct: 3-The man whom it scared Jane to see go up the stairs was actually the doctor. 4-The man Jane was scared to see go up the stairs was actually the doctor. if the intended meaning is: B-Jane...Read More...

Far-sighted

Brian: Now I have to save a lot of money so that I can have a much better life when I'm retired. Owen: Why are you always fore-sighted / far-sighted? Brian: That's the real me. - Is Owen's sentence natural? Thanks so much to moderators! NamcoolguyRead More...

Urgent help ! : Being

Dear Rachel , Would you please help me with this question: - He gave an accurate depiction to the crime. It took place in front of his eyes. ( Join the sentences with : Being ) ** I think the answer would be as follows : - Being the crime took place in front of him , he gave an accurate depiction to it . *** Is my answer correct?. Please tell me why? I'm waiting for your kind explanation. Thank you very much. SayedRead More...

tag question

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Are they correct? -I am late, aren't I ? -I am not late, are I? Thank.Read More...

interested

cocoricot
Dear teachers, "Never before have so many people in the United States interested in soccer." Please tell me if "interested" is an adjective or a verb? If it is a verb, is the sentence correct? If it is an adjective, should "have" be changed to "are"? Thanks.Read More...

did have seen?

Hi, To emphasize , is this sentence grammatically correct or whatsoever? I did have seen him steal your pen. instead of: I did see him steal your pen.Read More...

for me

Which are correct: 1-John, who is a pleasure for me to meet , was at the party. 2-The man who is a pleasure for me to meet was at the party. 3-John, who is a pleasure to meet for me , was at the party. 4-The man who is a pleasure to meet for me was at the party.Read More...

anyone

1-Wouldn't that annoy anyone? Can't this sentence have two meanings: a-Isn't there anyone who would be annoyed by that? b-Wouldn't that annoy just anyone?(There's nobody who wouldn't be annoyed by it.)Read More...
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