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Shouting to Somebody?

Hi, 1. Say that I would like to shout to someone whom I don't know. What should I say? 2. Say that I would like to draw someone's attention. Yet that someone is about 20 meters or so ahead. What should I say?Read More...

me either, me neither

I don't want to go. (1)Me either. (2)Me neither. Are they both (1)(2) correct? Any difference? (1) is more informal? AppleRead More...

pill

Hi, guys!! when you refer to a pill to make people love you, do you call it a love pill, or a loving pill? Thank you!Read More...

tyger?

Hi, Was the word 'tiger' written as 'tyger' in OE or ME, for example? http://www.britishcouncil.org/...tral-poems-tyger.pdfRead More...

hot

Hello! If a person tells us 'you look hot in these clothes', is OK to say 'I think this too' or should we say 'I think so'? Thanks!Read More...

minutes?

Hi, In the attached file, the answer key says that the answers to the points number 6 and 8 are as follows: 6. three minutes past one. 8. seventeen minutes past four. While for the other points like the point 5, it says: 5. twenty-five past eight. My questions are: 1. Why was the word 'minutes' used in points 6 & 8 and not in 5? 2. Is it possible to say 6 & 8 without 'minutes' as follows? 6. three past one. 8. seventeen past four. 3. Is it possible to say 5 with minutes? 5.Read More...

none of this or these?

Dear Richard, In your blog of the recent topic you discussed you wrote: "Now what about the terms used for black Americans? The following terms, which were considered acceptable in their day, were Negro, black, Afro-American, and now African-American, although black is still used. Why was there a need for those changes? None of this would bother me if it weren't for the fact that I'm still called white, not European-American. Shouldn't "none of this" be "none of these? if not, then why? ...Read More...

because / as

Can I say, (a) The match was postponed because / as it was raining. (b) Wendy's parents bought a puppy for her as /because she was getting good results.Read More...

Get is Bre or Ame E?

Hello I know "fetch" is a British word and "pick up" is common in U.S.Could someone tell me whether "get" is common in British or U.S.? (the words mean going a place and bringing back them ) - I got my sister from the station. Thank youRead More...

the most recent footage we have

Are these sentence correct: 1-This is the most recent footage we have of the events. 2-This is the latest footage we have of the events. Do they mean: a-they are the ones that we received most recently or b-the ones that were taken most recently?Read More...

Aunt

Do you say aunt for both father's and mother's sister?Read More...

Than was I myself

Hello, Rachel and Richard: Is the inversion in "than was I myself" something usual in such contexts? ---- ... I had always thought of Templer as a far closer and more established crony of Stringham's than was I myself ; and it had never crossed my mind that Stringham might share all the want of confidence that, at least in the earlier stages of our acquaintance, I had sometimes felt towards Templer. Anthony Powell, A Dance to the Music of Time, p. 44 ---- Thanks.Read More...

with all

1- With all his warring and ruling, ruling and warring, he seemed slightly aged since the last time those warriors had seen him. Does this mean: a- In spite of all his warring and ruling, ruling and warring, he seemed slightly aged since the last time those warriors had seen him. or: b- Because of all his warring and ruling, ruling and warring, he seemed slightly aged since the last time those warriors had seen him. or it could mean either.Read More...

Meat loaf or meat loaves

What is the plural of 'meat loaf.' I think it would be plural in this sentence -- "I make three different meat loafs every weekend" -- but I am not sure why. Thank you.Read More...

if possible?

Hi, Say that I was asked to write an essay on the topic below. 'Investigate and discuss the biology of 'handedness'. Describe the possible causes of right- vs left-handedness. Discuss the history of discrimination against left-handed people and, if possible , compare to discrimination generally against such groups as women, homosexuals, or ethnic minorities.' How do you interpret the use of 'if possible' above? I mean, Am I given the choice to write on the part that follows 'if possible' or...Read More...

common-sex pronoun?

Dear Richard and Rachel, Since English has no singular common-sex pronoun to be used to avoid sexism, I was wondering why it hasn't yet borrowed or invented a pronoun that works the problem out. I know that some solutions are there like: they, their, he or she, s/he , etc.Read More...

Dear members, please return

Dear Grammar Exchange Members: We notice that some of our regulars have not been posting lately, perhaps due to the posting of aggressive, unpleasant members. We have removed these members from our newsgroup. Please come back, you dear polite old members.Read More...

"only dead fish go with the flow"

Have you ever used, heard or seen this expression? "only dead fish go with the flow" It was used by Sarah Palin recently, but has a longish history( see: http://www.visualthesaurus.com/cm/wordroutes/1910/ )Read More...

economy

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Dear teachers, “We couldn’t fly economy because all the tickets have been sold out.” Please tell me if “economy” is the object of “fly” Thanks.Read More...
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