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seek; find

Thank you for making yourself available for interviews while _______ employment with us. a. seeking b. finding c. looking for Are they all correct? If not, could you explain some? Thanks!Read More...

"Had me"

I just heard the following sentence in the movie The Green Mile . The man is narrating a past memory, starting with "had me a young wife ..." Is it possible to use such a structure in conversational language? Or is this maybe dialectal or etc? BTW, the setting is around 1950. 468 00:41:19,600 --> 00:41:22,751 Had me a young wife when I was 18. 469 00:41:23,440 --> 00:41:27,877 Spent our first summer in the mountains. Made love every night.Read More...

of what

The one hundred seventeen men, women and children were not the first white people to try to live on the island. A group of more than one hundred Englishmen had arrived two years earlier, in fifteen eighty-five. But they arrived too late in the year to plant crops, and their supplies nearly ran out. They also fought with Indians. The Englishmen returned home the following year. Then came the families of what would become the Lost Colony. Is it okay to say the bold sentence in this way: Then...Read More...

whatever

Roanoke Island is off the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States, in North Carolina. In fifteen eighty-seven, more than one hundred people arrived from England to live on the island. Three years later, they were gone. Today we revisit the mystery of whatever happened to America's "Lost Colony." Is it okay to say the bold sentence in this way: Today we revisit the mystery of what in the world happened to America's "Lost Colony." Thanks!Read More...

each type of ~ singular or plural

In the following sentence, a plural noun came after "each of." Each of the companies supports a local charity. However, I heard only a singular noun can come after "each type of." Could you give me a logical explanation why it is so? In addition, I would like to know the case of "every type of." What kind of noun can come after it, singular or plural or even both?Read More...

their end will be soon

Can one say: a. Their end will be soon. b. Their end is soon. c. The end of them will be soon. d. The end of them is soon. Meaning They will soon die/ be destroyed/ be defeated etc.Read More...

Is this sentence correct?

Would you tell me if the following sentence is correct? She runs a school for blind children in Tibet and plans to open much more around the world.Read More...

stand

She placed the paper in a teapot and stood it on a large cupboard in the sitting-room. What does stood mean in this sentence?Read More...

cultivate

He hopes to cultivate a relationship with IMG. Is it okay to say the sentence in this way: He wants to make a relationship stronger with IMG. Thanks a lot!Read More...

happy

A: Hey, Nancy. Do you know anyone in your department that's looking for some extra work? B: I don't know. We're pretty swamped as it is. I don't think they'd be too thrilled about working overtime. A: It's not for our company. I have a friend over at IMG Graphics who needs some copyediting done for a project. She needs someone for a part-time gig. B: I'll ask around, but I'm not sure I'll get any takers. Besides, I don't know if the boss would be happy with us moonlighting. Is it okay to say...Read More...

be informed

Which one is correct? 1. You would(could) get someone appropriate if I could be informed more. 2. You would(could) get someone appropriate if I am informed more. Thanks!Read More...

plan

A: What do you plan to do after graduation? B: I ______ to study abroad. a. plan b. am planning Are they both correct? If so, which is best? Thanks!Read More...

ourselves

In the sentence, 'Our Earth is supporting us,' can't we say 'Our Earth is supporting ourselves'?Read More...

maps line?

Hi, In maps, sometimes one finds two types of lines. One is like this: - - - - - - - - - or -> -> -> -> -> and one like this: _________________________________ Is it OK if I call the first like 'cut line' and the other 'continuous line'?Read More...

present simple used for simple past.

mengxin2009
1. I come to apologize. 2. What wind blows you here? 3. Bill says he is a good doctor. 4. He is long dead. 5. The story is set in the spring of 1934. 6. In that later she tells why she was up there. I think they are all "present simple" sentences that express "simple past". But I have recently met such a question: --- Good morning, I ____ to see Miss Mary. --- Oh, Good morning, I'm sorry, but she is not in. A) came B) come C) had come D) have come The answer is D) <and A works too>; B)...Read More...

learn about / of

Can I say, (a) We learnt many about the plants and animals. (b) We learnt of / about a lot of plants and animals. (c) We learnt many plants and animals.Read More...

told ... about /that

Can I say, (a) After a few minutes, Peter's mother returned home. He told his mother about/that his key was lost. She quickly opened the house, and let him go in the home together. (b) When Peter's mother came back, he told his mother about losing the keys. Then they went in their home together. (c) When his mother returned back from work, Peter told her (that) / told her about what happened just now. (d) Peter's mother (had) finally returned home. Peter told her (about) the story / the fact...Read More...

There you are

Bank teller: Good morning. May I help you? Customer: Yes, I'd like to make a withdrawal, please. Teller: Certainly. Just fill out this form and sign here please. Customer: OK. Is that all? Teller: Don't forget your account number. Customer: Here you are. Teller: Thank you. That's $100. How would you like that? Customer: Twenties will be fine. Teller: Very well. There you are, sir. Have a nice day. Customer: You, too. Thanks. - I think "Here you are", "There you go" or "Here you go" are much...Read More...

of how long

Which are correct: 1-A hospitalisation of how long is necessary for the patient to recover completely? 2-A stay of how long is normally necessary for the trainee to get acquainted with the workplace?Read More...

noun clause

There's a rumour abroad that she intends to leave the company. There was news abroad that a change was coming. Are the bold parts noun clauses? Thanks.Read More...
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very different, much different

Is there any difference in nuance, register, and other elements between the following two sentences? (1)This is very different. (2)This is much different. AppleRead More...

past simple and past perfect

mengxin2009
1A We found the jewels that were lost . 1B We found the jewels that had been lost . 2A We cleaned the jewels that were lost . 2B We cleaned the jewels that had been lost . Of these sentences, I am not sure about the state and action. The flower is red. (a state) The window has been broken. (a state, or manybe an action) The window is broken. (a state) If I my above understanding is correct, then let me have a try about the topic sentences: 1A We found the jewels that were lost . Impossible;...Read More...

recognize

Can one say: 1-I can recognize that smell from any other smell. instead of: 2-I can tell that smell apart from any other smell.Read More...

THE MISSING LINKS

Dearest Members: The 'Previous' and 'Next' links are still missing. I am sorry. I did speak with the Groupee people. Their representative told me he was notifying the technical department. I hope they restore our missing links soon!Read More...
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