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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...

thrill /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. Is it okay to say the bold sentence in this way: They wouldn't be happy to work overtime. Thanks!Read More...

who/that

Hey, Nancy. Do you know anyone in your department that's looking for some extra work? Is it okay to say the sentence above in this way: Hey, Nancy. Do you know anyone in your department who is looking for some extra work? Thanks!Read More...

tenses

mengxin2009
1. He had finished his homework at 10:00 before his mother came back. 2. He had finished his homework by 10:00 before his mother came back. 3. He finished his homework at 10:00 before his mother came back I think 2 & 3 are correct, what about1? Many thanks in advance.Read More...

finish

mengxin2009
The musical show is going to finish now. The musical show is going to be finished. Do they mean the same thing? Many thanks in advance.Read More...

searched / searched for

Can I say, (a)When Peter reached his home, he searched his pocket and bag to find the house keys, but he failed. His keys were / had lost. (b) When Peter reached the front door, he realised the door was locked. He could not find his keys in his pocket. He searched high and low but could not find it. His keys had / was gone. (c) Peter was going back home from school. He searched / searched for the keys and wanted to open the door but could not find it.He forgot to bring it out. (d) When he...Read More...

comma

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. Which sentence is more natural: 1.I have a friend over at IMG Graphics who needs some copyediting done for a project. 2.I have a friend over at IMG Graphics, who needs some copyediting...Read More...
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