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like; as; as if

A: How would you like your steak? B: Rare, ______ I always do. a. as b. like c. as if Are they all correct? If so, which is the best? Thanks!Read More...

as/though/that

mengxin2009
Hello everyone, I have been "harassed" by the following sentences since I first saw them on another ESL forum. 1. Child as he was, he had a good command of English. 2. Child though he was, he had a good command of English. 3. Child that he was, he had a good command of English. 4. Clever boy as he was, he couldn’t work out the problem. 5. Although he was a child, he had a good command of English. 6. Even though he was a child, ... What I read about was:1-4 were marked wrong; 5 questionable;...Read More...

On cooking?

Hi, Here, in the Arab World, when a man or women does a delicious dish and serve it someone, that someone should say something like: May God keep your hands Keep here means something like protect or guard form cuts, burns, etc. I wonder what should say in English for such situation.Read More...

Have a shower?

Hi, A friend of mine asked: We say: Have a shower v. take a shower. We ask: Do you take a shower in the morning? But, is it OK to say: Do you have a shower in the morning? He asked because he find it a bit strange. I told him it's OK to say so as we originally say have a shower .Read More...

merge

Once _____________, the firms will reduce their personnel. a. having merged b. merging c. having been merged d. merged Are they all correct? Thanks!Read More...

when

The situation when the individual or group is requested by the committee to testify can be distinguished. Is the 'when' above grammatically the same as this one, the conjunctional one which modifies the noun in front? I can imagine his astonishment when she asked him to marry herRead More...

hanged/hung

mengxin2009
'That boy will be hung,' said the gentleman in the white waistcoat.'I know that boy will be hung.' Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist I think the normal word should be "hanged" here. why "hung" is used instead? Are "hung" and "hanged" used interchangeably historically or is it because of the personal reason of the gentleman in the white waistcoat? Many thanks in advance.Read More...

otherwise

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Can I use "otherwise" in the case? "Don't be late for the interview, otherwise people will think you are a disorganized person." Thank you.Read More...

set (to) them?

Hi, "But we think it is important that the task set them should not be beyond their ability." Shouldn't there be a "to" between the two words in bold?Read More...

she is

Hello, This statement was given at a necrological service. "I'm so lucky that I saw how wonderful person she is ". Isn't should be in the past form, 'was'? Thanks a lot!^^Read More...

mechanical

Hello, It's very mechanical. Is 'mechanical' an acceptable word to describe this world with so much of technology? Thanks a lot!Read More...

ambassador of the brand

Hi, Ambassador is a countable noun. Can the an/the be dropped in certain situations and why. For example. Sentence: He now serves as ambassador of the brand. Thanks. I look forward to hearing from you. Cheers,Read More...

Please analyse the sentence.

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Please tell me if the sentence is written correctly? "Rewards for reporting smallpox assisted in motivating removed from contact with others and treated." Thanks.Read More...

would

Kate : Hey, look at this old window. See how the bottom is thicker than the top. Jake : It's thicker at the bottom because of the way it was made. Kate : Why would anyone make glass thicker at the bottom? That seems ridiculous to me. Jake : They didn't do it on purpose. You see, in the old days, molten glass was squished to form plates. Obviously, it would not be completely even. Now when builders were installing the windows, they would stick the thicker end at the bottom. However, there are...Read More...

loud; showy

A: Look at the way Susan is overdressed. B: Isn't it too ______ for the occasion? a. loud b. showy Are they both correct? Which is more natural? Thanks!Read More...

stuck out her tongue...

Hi all, I'm trying to find ONE word (if at all it exists!) that can replace the bit in bold below: "Wicked little thing! She showed me her fist and stuck out her tongue at me!" Many thanks for your help. GilbertRead More...

can't/don't remember

Hello, I posted this question last year, and I just plainly have forgotten it. Now I came across with the same question. Jerr gave his take on this,-- thanks a lot-- , but I would like to hear more comments from our dear moderators, R&R. I can't remember. I don't remember. What's the difference? Thanks a lot!^^Read More...

hyphenating word

Hi, I would be most grateful for your assistance. Should the following be hyphenated as follows: 1. 16-month-aged Italian Parma ham 2. 16-month aged Italian Parma ham 3. boutique estate owned wines 4. boutique-estate-owned wines Also is wine preferable here to wines. Thanks for your comments. I look forward to hearing from you. Cheers and thanks.Read More...

When to NOT use commas for essential clauses

Hello, Thank you for all of your help in the past. I didn't thank you the last time you helped me. I want to verify if I'm correct in NOT using commas in some sentences below due to the information being essential to the sentence. In a letter to a doctor, ex#1: It was good to see your patient Ms. Jane Doe in my office today. (I don't think I need commas before/after 'Ms. Jane Doe' b/c it is essential for the reader/doctor to know which patient I am speaking of, correct?) ex#2: Our paper...Read More...

Focus moved forward on to the head

Hello, Richard: Taking into account your expertise in phonetics, I'd appreciate if you could confirm the following: ---- Again, where the noun-phrase object is of general reference [and thus predictable], focus may be moved forward on to the head of the verb phrase: You should always |always 'try to HELP {a 'guy / a 'fellow}. ( contrast : You should |always 'try to 'help a po LICE man|.) Compare also noun phrases of mere expletive or evaluative phrases: I've been CHEAT ed by the dirty...Read More...

None

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Please tell me if there are two mistakes in the sentence? " None of the young in the village can find jobs here." 1. None -> No one 2. the young -> the young people Thank you.Read More...

electrical

Our services cover basic construction of a building's out shell or, through use of first rate sub-contractors, complete and detailed work including all electrical, plumbing, heating and other elements. Is 'electrical' correct in the sentence? Can 'electrical' be used as 'noun'?Read More...

because of

cocoricot
Dear teachers, “Why did you do it? Was it because of what you said yesterday?” Please tell me if I use “because of” correctly? Thanks.Read More...

single storey homes

Is 'single storey homes' British English? What is it called in the U.S.? Thanks!Read More...
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