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controlling the situation

Dear experts, Wouldn't you agree that HAVE CONTROL OF THE SITUATION and HAVE THE SITUATION UNDER CONTROL are somewhat different in meaning? Thank you, YuriRead More...

It need only take...?

Hi, Please see the attachment. 1. I wonder why s is not added to the verb need though it is preceded by the pronoun it . 2. I wonder, too, why there isn't a to after only . It need only to take...Read More...

Sixty-odd & sixty-even?

Hi, Sixty-odd Does that include the following numbers? sixty-one, sixty-three, sixty-five, sixty-seven, sixty-nine . I think it is possible to say sixty-even ?Read More...

QUIZ

Hi, In Marcella's book there is a part that divideall of verbs and add "es" , "ing" and "ed" to them. in one part add these suffixes to verbs with final sibilans and says we don't have any change e.g. push pushes pushig pushed watch quiz but if we add these suffixes to "quiz" we have a change (doubling) why?Read More...

Green = fresh?

Hi, Is it correct to use the word green to describe any thing that is not dry yet? Be careful! The paint is green.Read More...

Changing sounds

Dear all, In the following sentence, the final sound n in the word campaign is changed to m . I'd like to ask why. Is it assimilated by the next m in made ? If so, what is the rule of assimilation? The last campaign made a big splash. Many thanks.Read More...

Pronouns in short questions

Hi, Which of the questions below is not grammatically correct? 1. Is it it? 2. Is it he? 3. Is it him? 4. Are those them? 5. Are those they? Please give similar questions, if possible.Read More...

Heading

The movie is heading to DVD next month. Am I correctly using 'heading'? Thank youRead More...

Flour v. color?

Hi, In AmE, I wonder why the letter "u" in the word flour is not omitted as the one in colour BrE color AmE . My hunch is that the "u" in "flour" keeps the pronunciation as it is. If deleted, we may end up with "flor" pronounced as the word "floor". Yet the deleted "u" in "color" has no role to play. Am I right?Read More...

simplified sentence

Hello all, Do you guys find the following sentence awkward at all? Any ways to simplify it? - "Roughly how much more expensive is it compared to others in terms of percentage?" Thanks!Read More...

wh-question "how"

Hi, I wonder why how is included among the wh-questions list though it doesn't start with "wh" as it is the case with rest in the list.Read More...

order of words

1. She has sparkling brown eyes 2. JAck angrily shouted at the other driver. Are those orders of words in bold incorrect?Read More...

agreement

Can I suppose that both sentences are correct? - companies with a good reputation and strong corporate identity. - companies with good reputations and strong corporate identities.Read More...

Hot, very hot, too hot?

Hi, I wonder what is the difference in between: 1. The tea is hot. 2. The tea is very hot. 3. The tea is too hot. I know that 3 means the tea is impossible to drink. Yet I find 1 & 2 confusing in the sense that they are both hot but both are possible to drink. I think that a "very hot tea" can't be drunk though the difference between "very" and "too" says that "too" makes it impossible to do sth wihle 'very' doesn't. I hope I made myself clear.Read More...

tense

Woman : I have to see the Chief Englineer to discuss this at 2:45. Man : I forgot. He called a while ago and asked if your meeting could be pushed back an hour because he has to see the Municipal Planner at City Hall about something first. Why is the man saying has to , not had to ? Thanks!Read More...

My words

- I'll come back to work for you after I finish this project. I promise. - Is " I promise" and "I give you my words" interchangeable? Thanks a bunch to moderators! NamcoolguyRead More...

critical of/about

Hi, The newspapers are critical of the government's new economic policy. Could you please tell me the difference? why is ''of'' used instead of ''about'' ? as i know 'of' is used in 4 different ways.. 1) what smt consists of : feeling of jealousy, 2) the subject matter of smt : the idea of death, 3)possession : the pages of her magazine, 4)a special characteristic : a woman of energy and determination. According the 4 features , which one does the sentence belong to? WHY? Thanks.Read More...

restrictive/non-restrictive

Which of the following is correct: 1-The country has a high inflation rate because of its econonmy based on finance. 2-The country has a high inflation rate because of its econonmy, based on finance. It seems to me that 1 implies that the country has more than one economy; and in 2 'based on finance' is dangling.Read More...

One-syllable adjectives

Hello, dear GE members: I'm starting a new thread here as the discussion of adjectives has changed from non-gradable adjectives to one-syllable adjectives. It is true that one-syllable adjectives are usually compared using the -er ending. But not always! Please see this previous discussion: http://thegrammarexchange.info...201049654#9201049654 Please comment.Read More...

He had

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Dear teacher, "David seemed very angry" - "...." a. He had b. He was c. He did I chose "b" but the answer is "a" Please explain to me. Thanks.Read More...

Comparative and superlative

Dear Richard & Rachel Would you please tell me what is the comparative and superlative of the following adjective ? main- wrong-complete- perfect-silent I'm waiting for your kind reply. Thank you very much. SayedRead More...

time lapse

Why do we say time goes by, time passes, but time lapse, not time lapses? Weird!Read More...

Pipe dream

- We expect to be able to be middle class as far as income if we both work. We both have 4 year degrees in criminology. Do we have a chance? Or is this a pipe dream? I don't mind living in a neighborhood, as long as I can have a fenced yard. - What does "a pipe dream" mean in this context? Thanks very much to moderators! NamcoolguyRead More...
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