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close escape

In the following sentence, do you think the 'narrow escape' can be replaced with 'close escape'? ' He was involved in a traffic accident and had a narrow escape from death.' Thanks always!Read More...

Head to work

- Every morning I usually get up at 6:45, I do my personal hygiene, I eat a big breakfast / I have an enormous breakfast and then I head to work. - Is this sentence grammatical? Thanks a lot to Moderators! namcoolguyRead More...

Verb agreement

In following paragraph,which I quoted from the book, "Principles of economics", I think the verb in red should be were not was. Am I right? The energy crisis of the 1970s, too, was blamed on nature's niggardly supply of oil, but in fact it was the actions of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, combined with price controls, that was the main cause of the shortages.Read More...

English 2.0

Hello Can someone tell me what does English 2.0 mean ? I can across it in a business English book. ThanksRead More...

did something so that

a. I did something for John to be happy. b. I did something so that John would be happy. Do both these sentences mean the same? Do they both mean: I did something that would make John happy.Read More...

what happened with

Can one say: a. What happened with your divorce? if one wants to ask what were the causes of your divorce? Can one say: b. What happened with 9/11? if one wants to ask what were the causes of 9/11?Read More...

tag of WISH

mengxin2009
I wish to see my cousin before he goes on holiday, _______? a) don't I   b) may I c) don't you   d) do I e) doesn’t he Key B It may be a question often asked by ESL students. At least I have found these answers through google: 1. ...holiday,may I? 2. ...holiday.May I? 3. ...holiday,don't I? 4. ...holiday,wish I? Answer 2 seems to be the most accepted one, but some natives consider it to be wrong. I'd like to hear your comments. Many many thanks.Read More...

losing

mengxin2009
In order to put out the terrible fire in a high building, 20 firefighters in Hengyang, Hunan province succeeded in rushing into the building, unfortunately ____ in the fire and ___ their lives. A) caught, losing B) catching, lost C) caught, lost D) catching, losing Key A This is said to be a problematic question, and none of the answers is correct. Even so, I'd like to ask some questions here. 1. in the first blank, "caught" is a past participle, thus it forms an absolute structure. But why...Read More...

game/in the game

Hello, I lost in the game. I lost the game. Is the second one possible? If so,any difference? Thanks a million!Read More...

point/fix: V-ing or V-ed?

mengxin2009
1. --- What are you doing here? --- I'm watching the little boy making a gesture like a gun ____ at the sky. A) pointed B) pointing C) to be pointed D) being pointed KEY B Compare : 2. She sat there, with her eyes fixed on the lake. (fixing : wrong) There’re several questions here. Please see if I could understand as follows: ① Why A, B are correct in 1, while only “fixed” is correct in2 ? In the part, a gun ____ at the sky. Because I can say: a gun that is pointed at the sky. & a gun...Read More...

Satisfied / Satisfying

mengxin2009
After X-rays showed no bones broken, I stopped for some take-out food and pulled onto the highway, ___________the afternoon's appointments. A. worrying about B. worried about _______ with the boy's answer, the old lady bought him some gifts. A. Satisfied B. Satisfying herself ______ to his teaching, he is very popular with his students. A. Devoted B. Devoting himself What about these choices to the questions respectively? Many many thanks in advance.Read More...

break/broke up

Hi, When I get a haircut, my friends always think that I break/broke up with my boyfriend. Which one is correct? Thanks you!^^Read More...

before he could have been killed

Hello, Someone attempted to assassinate the president, fortunately somebody came to rescue him. "He was saved before he could have been killed ." Is the sentence right? Thanks!Read More...

had swimming

Hello, Can I say, I had swimming with my family. Thanks!Read More...

think

I was thinking more along the lines of the pay. Is it okay to say the sentence in this way: I was thinking more of how much you get paid. Thanks!Read More...

If going down the street

mengxin2009
1. Going down the street, you will find the barber shop. 2. By going down the street, you will find the barber shop. 3. If you go down the street, you will find the barber shop. 4. If going down the street, you will find the barber shop. 5. If installing from the product CD, select the Lotus_ Expeditor_instal directory. I know 1,2 & 3 are correct. 4 comes from 1 + if at the head of the sentence. My question, Are 4 & 5 correct? many thanks in advance.Read More...

a computer; the computer

..... Also, time is on your side: next year at this time you'll have even more choices and more computing power and features for the same price. On the other hand, this will probably true for many years. So, for those who need or want __________ now, it's a great time to buy one. a. a computer b. the computer Are they both correct? If so, what are the differences between them? Thanks!Read More...

any restaurant; any restaurants

A: Do you know any good Chinese _______ around here? B: Yes, there's one just around corner. a. restaurant b. restaurants Are they both correct? If so, are there any differences between them? Thanks!Read More...

Lost / Having lost

mengxin2009
1.Lost in the mountain for 2 weeks, the students were finally found by the police. 2.Having lost his way, he turned to a police officer for help. 3.Lost his way, he turned to a police officer for help. I was asked to tell whether they are correct,I don't know what is the "rule" to measure them. Could you please help me with it? Many thanks in advance.Read More...

audience; audiences

At the premiere of the movie Ocean's Thirteen , stood hundreds of ________ . a. audience b. audiences Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

a paper; some paper

Professor Jenkins wrote ________ on the effects of global warming while he was still teaching at New York University. a. a paper b. some paper Are they both correct? If so, what are the differences between them? Thanks!Read More...

tiring vs. tiresome

Hello, It was tiring. ( talking about the trip) It was tiresome. Which one is right? Thank you^^Read More...
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