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Missing "on"?

"He was the driving force behind a special election for an English-only measure in Nashville that got voted on Thursday ." http://motivatedgrammar.wordpress.com/2009/01/ Would that be less jarring and/or less ambiguous as: "He was the driving force behind a special election for an English-only measure in Nashville that got voted on on Thursday ." How would a non-AmEng speaker deal with that text?Read More...

would and nostalgia

Is there an implication of nostalgia with the first example? 1. We would go there a lot when I was a child. 2. We went there a lot when I was a child.Read More...

newscaster

Hi! Do you say that a newscaster passes the news or only reads the news? Thank you!Read More...

pot

Hi!! Do you say you burn yourself on a pot or in a pot? Thanks!Read More...

students' parents

Are these sentences correct: 1-Students' parents who would like to volunteer should go to the desk. 2- The students' parents who would like to volunteer should go to the desk. 3-The committee consists of three teachers and two students' parents. 4-The committee consists of students' parents. 5-The committee consists of the students' parents. (Does 5 imply that all the students' parents are in the committee?)Read More...

dangerous

Hi!! When you say that wild animals are dangerous, is it possible to say they are hazardous? Thanks!Read More...

got home or get home?

"If you had remote control devices you could save time because your dinner would be ready when you got home." I think the sentence is correct -- a rather hypothetical situation -- but a colleague thinks it should be "get home". Now I'm not sure and I need a reason why one or the other is correct. Any thoughts? Thanks.Read More...

makes things

Is there any suitable words to say instead of "make things"? Susan's hobby is collecting seashells. She makes things with a lof of seashells during her free time.Read More...

similes

Which is correct? (a) A sour of a lemon / vinegar / plum (b) As quick as a monkeys / lightning/ the wind (c) As hard as steel / knife / giant (d) As fast as a dog /deer / a cat (e) as friendly as gorilla / puppy/ monkey (f) as jealous as a cat / a baby / a dogRead More...

be to infinitive

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Please tell me the meaning of using "be to infinitive in these cases: 1. The army needs to change its image if more women are to be recruited. 2. In the next few years, thousands of speed cameras are to appear on major roads. Thanks.Read More...

worry

Hi!! Is it possible to say 'When we live alone, we have the worries of being an adult', or should we say 'about being an adult'? Thanks!Read More...

woke up / awaken

Is there any suitable words instead of "woke up / awaken"? Peter was drowning in the sea. Luckily he was saved but he was unconscious. Half an hour later, when Peter woke up / awaken, he thanked John for helping him.Read More...

pitch in

1) I'd really appreciate everyone pitching in. 2) I'd really appreciate everyone to pitch in. Are these sentences correct? I think No. 2 is correct but No.1 is ambiguous. Thanks!Read More...

inversion

Are these sentences correct: 1- Hated though he is, he is a powerful man. 2- Hated though he is by his family, he has many friends. 3- Hated although he is by his family, he has many friends.Read More...

he must have drank?

Dear teachers He must have drank a lot yesterday and He must have drunk a lot yesterday. Which is correct? Thanks a lot!Read More...

walk

Hi!! Is it possible to say 'I walk with my dog', or only 'I walk my dog'? Thanks!Read More...

for...?

tommy
After an excvation activity, concrete foundations, debris, and rubble encountered beneath the areas of A,B, and C were removed and crushed for a reuse backfill material . Which one, please? (A1)for a reuse backfill material (A2)for a reuse backfill material purpose (B)for being a reuse backfill material (C)as a reuse backfill materialRead More...

it wouldn't do

These sentences are from 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. 'Augustus Gloop! Augustus Gloop! The great big greedy nincompoop! How long could we allow this beast To gorge and guzzle, feed and feast On everything he wanted to? Great Scott! It simply wouldn't do! Is 'wouldn't' the past tense of 'won't' ? And does the sentence in bold mean this: It simply wouldn't do to allow this beast To gorge and guzzle, feed and feast on everything he wanted to. Thanks a lot!Read More...

would

I would apologize for being this late. Is 'would' expressing politeness for listener? And is it okay to use 'would' that way? Thanks a lot.Read More...

spend

Hi !! When we use the expression 'to spend money', is it OK to say 'I spend money with myself' or only 'on myself'? Thanks!!Read More...
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