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As did not...

As most people rather enjoy the spectacle of a man making a fool of himself the town hall was absolutely jammed on Friday night, half an hour before the usual time for the appearance on the platform of such strolling entertainers as did not know of the impecuniosity of the natives. What does as function in this sentence?Read More...

Is

I bet a dollar to a doughnut that the chance an' the only one -- that every man in this room is simply achin' for, so that he won't look at any other, is the chance to make a lot of money! Where does is belong to in this sentence?Read More...

cohesion and coherence?

Hi, I was reading about cohesion and coherence. And I have come to the conclusion that a coherent text is necessarily a cohesive text but the opposite is not true. Am I right?Read More...

got off / off his car vs house

Can I say, (a) Last Sunday was sunny. Mr Tan was going (out)to work early. He drove his car and got out from /of his house. (b) He drove his car out and then got out to close the gate. (c) Before he drove (his car), he got out and closed the gate. (d) When he got out (of his house), he closed the gate of his house. (e) He drove his car out and got out / off his car and went to closed the gate.Read More...

crucial vs critical

Hello Would you please tell me if crucial and critical are interchangeable in the sentences below and generally interchangeable in all contexts of course both in the sense of " of the greatest importance of the greatest importance" : -Price will be a crucial factor in the success of this new product. -The motif of betrayal and loss is crucial in all these stories. -The President's support is critical ( to this project). Thanks a lotRead More...

possessive

Dear Rachel, Would you please tell me which of the following expressions is correct? 1- The ship arrival. 2- The ship's arrival. Please tell me why? *** By the way , it's said that with word " ship " the two above ways is possible to express possessive . Do you agree? I'm waiting for your kind reply / explanation. Thank you very much. SayedRead More...

Lastly / At last / Finally

Can I say, Lastly / At last / Finally/ Last, the robbers had been arrested by the police. The police returned Peter's car and he thanked them. P/s: How do I use " Lastly / At last / Finally," ? Are there same in meaning?Read More...

One man / another man

Can I say, Two men jumped out of the bushes. One of the men / One man pushed Peter away / down. Another man / His partner jumped into Peter's car and sped off. P/s: do we use "the other man"? why?Read More...

desirous; desirable

It is desirous that you take a walk every day for your health. Is the word in bold suitable here? I think it should be desirable . Am I right? Thanks!Read More...

might have meant

If we did not have a Moon, there would be no lunar tides, but we would still have tides caused by the sun, about 1/3 as great as the current tides. We might get hit more often by asteroids, as the Moon probably took some that would otherwise hit us, so that might have meant that life couldn't have developed so well. The parts in bold just seem strange to me. Are they all correct? If so, could you explain some? Thanks!Read More...

bakery / shop sold the bread

Can I say, (a) Mrs Lim's shop sold out all the bread. (b) The bakery sold the bread to the customers. (c) The shop has / had sold the bread at the low price.Read More...

as

Can one say: a. This text is a lot better as it has been rewritten. b. This text is a lot better as you have rewritten it. (Basically meaning: The rewritten version of the text is a lot better (than the orignal version.)) c. This text is hard to understand as it has been rewritten. d. This text is hard to understand as you have rewritten it. (Basically meaning "The rewritten version of the text is hard to understand.")Read More...

The people

Can I say, (a) The people are waiting at the train station. (b) The people are waiting for the train to stop.Read More...

to, too-cute?

Hi, 1. Please have a look at the line 14 in the book found at the link below. And please tell me if there should be a to after the word paid . 2. In the very book and on the same page at the end of line 23, I don't think the hyphen is needed after too since they are separate words unlike the one above too . http://books.google.com/books?...resnum=1&safe=activeRead More...

whom

Are these sentences grammatical: 1-There is no official bribing whom will change things. 2-There is no official the bribing of whom will change things. (No matter which official you bribe, things won't change.) 3-There is no rule breaking which is impossible. 4-There is no rule the breaking of which is impossible. (Every rule may be broken.)Read More...

eat each other up

Hello, "The two enemies that were dying to eat each other up during the presidential election have joined forces for mutual benefits What does the bolded part mean? Thanks!Read More...

so long?

Hi, I would like to understand what is meant by the part below. "After all, discussion of the weather, the upholstery, and one’s favorite brand of mustard can only last so long .' What's the problem if those last so long? Isn't that what is wanted to kill the time, for example? Or 'so long' has a different meaning?Read More...
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