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summer days

Rain in hot summer days is like an air conditioner to me. Rain on hot summer days is like an air conditioner to me. Which one is correct? 'in hot summer days' or 'on hot summer days'? Thanks!Read More...

quick thinking

can i say, (a)They praised her because she is quick thinking. /a quick thinking girl. (b)They praised Susan who is a quick thinking girl. (c)They praised her of her quick thinking.Read More...

Comma Splices

I'm working through a exercise on fixing comma splices. I'm posting below the finished sentences. Could someone take a look at them and tell me which sentences are wrong? Thank you, Randy 1. At one time the walls in many Philadelphia neighborhoods were covered with graffiti; however, they are covered with murals today. 2. Since 1984 a city-sponsored program has been teaming young graffiti writers with professional artists. The result is the creation of over a thousand works of public art. 3.Read More...

who/whom everyone

Hi All. Which is correct and why? I'm talking about a woman who everyone seems to think is an angel. I'm talking about a woman whom everyone seems to think is an angel.Read More...

adjectives I

Which are correct: 1-Tall, Jane managed to reach the top shelf. 2-Tall, she managed to reach the top shelf. 3-Jane, tall, managed to reach the top shelf. 4-She, tall, managed to reach the top shelf.Read More...

that far since

cocoricot
Dear teachers, “I did 20 lengths of the pool today. I haven't swum that far since I was at school.” Please tell me if “that” is a pronoun? Does it replace the whole sentence “I did 20 lengths of the pool”? What about “far since”? Does it mean “far into the time when …” Thank you.Read More...

adjectives III

Which are correct: 1-Tall and beautiful, Jane was walking up and down the corridor. 2-Tall and beautiful, she was walking up and down the corridor. 3-Jane, tall and beautiful, was walking up and down the corridor. 4-She, tall and beautiful, was walking up and down the corridor. I have used a longer adjectival clause here. There is no causal relation between the adjectives and the her walking up and down the corridor, but I think some of these work better than the sentences in my previous...Read More...

likely to be depressed

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Is this sentence correct? “Married woman are twice as likely to be depressed as married men.” Thanks.Read More...

Right Noun?

Work permit or working permit? Which one is the correct word? Can you give some examples on how to use that word?Read More...

adjectives II

Which are correct: 1-Tall, Jane was walking up and down the corridor. 2-Tall, she was walking up and down the corridor. 3-Jane, tall, was walking up and down the corridor. 4-She, tall, was walking up and down the corridor. These are like the setences I posted in my previous post, but here there is no causal connection between Jane's tallness and her walking up and down the corridor (while her being tall and her reaching the top shelf do have a connection.)Read More...

such as it is

Which are correct and it there a real difference in the meaning of these sentences: 1- Such as it is , we have a lot of trouble. 2- As it is , we have a lot of trouble. 3- Such as things are , we have a lot of trouble. 4- As things are , we have a lot of trouble.Read More...

Using " a " before uncountable noun

Dear Rachel , Would you please tell me whether the following sentences are correct or not ? 1- What A beautiful weather today ! 2- What A bad weather! ** You know that " weather " is uncountable noun . So, is it correct to use the indefinite article " a " ? .Normally, it should't be used . Right? ** Please tell me why ? ( Whether the sentences are correct or wrong ? I'm waiting for your kind reply. Thank you very much. SayedRead More...

to / for?

Hi, On the first page of their book, an author wrote: To Colleagues Another author wrote: For Colleagues Is there a difference?Read More...

rather + hope

Which is correct here? I rather I hope he won't come. I rather hope he won't come.Read More...

Mea culpa

In all my dictionaries, except Longman , "mea culpa" is defined as "a formal acknowledgment of personal fault or error," but on LDOCE, the definition is "used humorously to admit that something is your fault." Well, if mea culpa is a formal acknowledgement, then how can it be used humorously?! Which definition do you find closer to the common use of the word in daily life? Thanks!Read More...

was cheated by someone

Hello, When someone wants to deceive me over the phone. Is is right to say; "I was almost cheated by someone." Thanks!Read More...

shade/shadow

I know that they have been dicussed, but I couldn't find what I wanted. How do you say? I was staying in the shadow/shade of the gate. Is there a diference between an object having a shadow (?!) and a person cooling in the shadow (?!) ? ThanksRead More...

conceal vs hide

Hello Could someone tell me whether there are occasions in which conceal and hide cannot be interchanged? Thanks a lotRead More...

Being informed

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Please tell me if this sentence is correct? "Being informed by Sandra, the contract was quite normal." Thanks.Read More...

difficult to

Which are correct: 1-He has principles difficult to apply. 2-He has difficult principles to apply. 3-That is an idea difficult to grasp. 4-That is a difficult idea to grasp.Read More...
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