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what

When someone was asked about the allocation of his investment portfolio, I heard him say, "I always have an idea of what percentage of money should be used for what type of investment." This guy did not sound like an English speaker, and I found his answer somewhat weird. But I just can't think of any ways to rephrase what he said.Read More...

business letter

Which is correct and why? 1. I enclose a copy of the annual report herewith for your reference. 2. I am enclosing a copy of the annual report herewith for your reference. 3. I have enclosed a copy of the annual report herewith for your reference. 4. Please find attached a proforma invoice for your reference. 5. Please find attached the proforma invoice for your reference. 6. Please find attached proforma invoice for your reference. 7. Please find attached.....for your forward to the...Read More...

rotting/rotten

(1) This smells like rotting fish. (2) This smells like rotten fish. I think both participles are correct here. Perhaps it's a question of just how far along the process of rotting is? Dictionaries don't help much, and I can't seem to find a "rule". I know that this is not true of all adjectives. How to explain to a student?Read More...

independent clauses

Hello all, I wonder if the independent clauses connected by a conjunction must be in the same tense? For example, I just wrote to my travel agent regarding my unsuccessful login to the website: "I checked the reminder of my password you sent me, and I don't (or didn't?) think I got my password wrong before." Should it be "don't" or "didn't"?Read More...

Noun Clause

emma
Can we say that Adjective clause and adv clause are 2 branches of noun clause?why?Read More...

Adjective and Noun Clause

emma
Hi dear professor What's difference between adjective and noun clause..? e.g: The woman who lives next door is a doctor. "who lives next door" is adj clause? If yes, so what's a noun clause? Thanks in advanceRead More...

where does "for" go?

Are they both correct? 1. How many years have you learned English for? 2. For how many years have you learned English?Read More...

how to say it in english

There is something that I really don't know how to say in English, can anyone please help? When a colleague tell me that her only son is in college now, what I want to say to her but don't know how to put in decent and native English is: 1. Wow! In college already? He will be able to start off his life and make a living himself soon. And then, 2. Congratulations. You, as a parent, will be free again and get back your life soon. It is very weird to ask this question in English, hope I make my...Read More...

preposition

Does out in the following sentences make any difference? 1. Let's get on the boat and go to the sea. 2. Let's get on the boat and go out to the sea. 3. I like to be in the sea. 4. I like to be out in the sea.Read More...

restrictive/non-restrictive again

In this sentence, who is dressed a grey suit? 1-He is talking to the manager, dressed in a grey suit. 2-He is talking to his brother dressed in a grey suit. Does 2 imply that he has more than one brother? Is 'dressed in a grey suit' restrictive?Read More...

ask a question

If I see a middle-aged woman, and I want to ask if she has a job or she is a homemaker. What do I ask? 1. Are you working? 2. Do you has a job?Read More...

Fluency in English?

Dear all, Regarding the speaking skill, I wonder how can one speak English fluently and accurately. Please give your pieces of advice in points, if possible.Read More...

slang

Dear experts, The dictionary definition of GET ONE'S TICKET PUNCHED - 'die' or be 'killed' apparently does not cover all other meanings associated with this slang expression as demonstrated by numerous examples listed in: http://www.google.com/search?h...&as_nhi=&safe=images Could you comment. Thank you, YuriRead More...

Indefinite articles and names of jobs!

mohamedhassan
Dear Moderators, Could you shed some light on the meaning and function of indefinite articles before the names of jobs? I know that when we say, for example, I need a pen this means that I need just one pen and any pen i.e not a specific one. But what about a sentence like the one below. He is a builder . Does the "a" here have the same meaning as the "a" in my earlier sentence? I wish I could make myself clear.Read More...

ALL

I remember when I asked about "everyone" before, Rachel told me it would be better to say "everyone opens their mouth" than "everyone opens their mouths", for everyone has only one mouth. I wonder when it comes to "all" do we still use the singular forms of things like left hand? Thank you. 1. Please raise your left hand if you have any questions. 2. Please raise your left hands if you have any questions. 3. Please all put down your left hand. 4. Please all put down your left hands.Read More...

tab

Hello, "Even though pilot tests have yet to be conducted, the nation’s new test will have a significant impact on students waiting in line to write college entrance exams. The reality of the matter is one of the major illnesses ailing the nation’s students is English education. Believe it or not, out of school lessons for English take up nearly half of the tab for private lessons." What does 'tab' mean here? Thanks a lotRead More...

commas

Hello all, I was writing to a travel agency regarding my previous booking this morning, and I wrote this in the beginning of my email: "My name is Alex Wang, my email address is alexw517@yahoo.com, and my booking reference is YIKDY4." Did I use the commas correctly? I wonder if there is a simpler and better way to write it.Read More...

have to/ought to/ must

He believes that the earth is flat. 1-Then he has to be crazy . 2-They he should be crazy. 3-Then he ought to be crazy. 4-Then he must be crazy. Are all of the sentences 1 to 4 acceptable in response to the first sentence.Read More...

think president!

mohamedhassan
Hi, When I think President , I think figurehead; someone who is respected and looked up to by the masses as a leader of the people, and a vessel through which the people speak and are heard by the government. Is the part in bold above OK? I guess it needs either "of" or "about" after think .Read More...

belated

I sent him a card. 1-Yes but it was belated . 2-Yes but it was belatedly . Are sentences 1 and 2 acceptable in this context?Read More...

tidy up my bed

Hi, I don't know exactly how to express this in a very natural sounding way. I would like to say that I always put my blanket and pillows in an orderly way when I get up in the morning.I tried to come up with a sentence down here. Please give me other ways to express this. When I wake up in the morning, I always tidy up my bed. It is always quite complicated to express things sometimes, I am so happy I have you guys to help me on this, thanks a lot. Thanks a lot!^^Read More...

Mosque & Mohamed

mohamedhassan
Dear Moderators, Does the word mosque have another meaning rather than a place where Muslims perform their prayers? Because I have received an email recently saying that it can also mean a house for mosquitoes which astonished me so much. Hence that sender asked me urgently not to use such word i.e mosque again and use Masjid instead. In addition to that, the abbreviation for the Arab Muslim name Mohamed shouldn't be Mohd as it means a small dog with a big mouth . Is this true? I hope I can...Read More...

Having commutes

- We both have cars and are accustomed to having commutes. - "to be accustomed to having commutes" means "it would be pretty annoying when we don't have cars to move around 'cause we're used to having cars to move around", right? Thanks a bunch! NamcoolguyRead More...

more again?

Hi Where is the correct position of (more) in the following please please: - You care more for your pleasures than anything else. - You care for your pleasures more than anything else. - They sell more cars than they do fans. -They sell cars more than they do fans. - They sell more cars than you scored goals. -they sell cars more than you scored goals.Read More...
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