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What's up jack?

I sometimes hear the following question: What's up jack? what does it mean? Why is the name Jack NOT Tom or Dick or any other names used?Read More...

the last thing I do...

How do you explain the structure of this sentence? The last thing I do at night is brush my teeth. Someone asked me why it isn't brushing (I guess they're looking for a gerund) or that I brush... Brushing is obviously wrong. The second choice is perhaps OK but not the usual. But how to explain the sentence? I'm not even sure where to begin to look. (Need to get some better sources here.) Thanks, all.Read More...

hate on someone?

i often hear my friends or people on American TV shows, such as American idols and America's next top model, use "hate on someone" a lot. It seems that the phrase is getting really popular. Whats the difference between "hate on someone" and "hate someone?" Thanks for answeringRead More...

Seasons?

Dear R & R, In Britain, the for seasons come in this order. spring (March - May) summer (June - August) autumn (September - November) winter (December - February) I wonder if it is the same in the US i.e spring comes in March and ends in May and the like.Read More...

Why is "cloud" a count noun?

A pen is a count noun. A man is too. Milk is not. Water is usually not. This is quite obvious and rather easy to understand. What about “clouds”? Why is “cloud” countable when “snow” is not? AppleRead More...

know as a bridge verb

Do you accept both (1) and (2)? (1)Who did you know looks like Bill? (2)What do you know is right for our future? Thank you in advance. Seiichi MYOGA I'm expecting you to interpret "know" in (1) to mean "realize" and the same verb in (2) as "are sure." I'd appreciate it if you would help us again if you feel some modifications are needed to ensure my intended readings of "know." (1) is based on this: Who did you realize looks like Bill? (M. Hegarty, "Adjunct Extraction without Traces") I...Read More...

About noun Clause

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- hello, I'm a little bit confused about something below, The decision what he has offered is positive.(is it a noun clause or appositive noun clause?) ; and also, The decision about his offer is possitive.(is it a relative clause or a noun clause?) Could you please give me some explanation?''WHY'' Thanks.Read More...

Will and will be

Dear Rachel, Would you please tell me what is the difference between the following sentences ? 1- He will be married on Sunday. 2- He will marry on Sunday. ** I know that both of them are active voice and future simple but when we can use each of them ? I'm waiting for your kind reply. thank you very much. SayedRead More...

prepositions

Which is correct: 1-He began to talk in rapid polished phrases which betrayed enjoyment at his masterly grasp of a subject put to him at a moment's notice, and of the competence of his exposé. 2-He began to talk in rapid polished phrases which betrayed enjoyment at his masterly grasp of a subject put to him at a moment's notice, and at the competence of his exposé.Read More...

Did the lion "know" who swam in the pond?

I'd like a second opinion. Let's imagine in the context given in (1), someone asks (2). (1) The lion and rooster are friends. Yesterday, the lion saw a strange dog swimming in the pond. While the lion was away, the rooster went swimming. (2) Did the lion know who swam in the pond? Now do you agree with this: (i) The answer is "No, he didn't," when we take "know" to mean "recognize" but (ii) the answer is "Yes, he did," if we take the definition of "know" as "perceive directly, have factual...Read More...

Sentence !

Dear Rachel, Here is a question from someone else. I hope you don't mind and I hope to know your answer soon. He asks whether the following sentences are correct and whatis the difference between them ? 1- when you smile you make happy . 2- when you smile you be happy . ** I think they are both wrong. Please let me know the correct answer with your kind explanation. Thank you very much. SayedRead More...

x times lower

Is "seven times lower" grammatical?Read More...

Telling the time?

Dear R & R, A book entitled 'Oxford Word Skills' states at unit 2 the following: 'Use minutes with to and past when the number of minutes is not five, ten, fifteen, twenty or twenty-five, e.g. three minutes past six Not three past six . Is that true? if it is true, is it always true? http://www.amazon.com/Oxford-W...id=1227793997&sr=8-1Read More...

(at /in)?

Hi, Sabbatical a period of time when sb, especially a teacher in / at a university, is allowed to stop their usual work in order to study, write or travel. In the above context, which is correct to use (at /in) and why?Read More...

I take turns..

Hello, 1. "I take turns with my husband on driving." 2. "I and my husband take turns on driving." Are these sentences correct? Thanks a lot!Read More...

ate some egg soup

Hi, I ate some egg soup . Is is OK to say that way instead of; I had some egg soup . Thanks!Read More...

Reports him as demanding who

Hello, Rachel and Richard: Do you find this rare or perhaps obsolete: "reports Sir Magnus as demanding who" instead of "reports that Sir Magnus demands/is demanding who?" ----- [Talking about the use of degrees] 'What about a degree?' 'Bill Truscott reports Sir Magnus as demanding who the hell wants a degree these days; and saying all he needs is men who know the world, and can act and think quickly." 'Strong stuff.' Anthony Powell, A Dance to the Music of Time: Spring, p. 142. --- Thanks.Read More...

In general or In detail

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Which choice can complete the gap? Both men and women are living longer these days in industrialized countries. However,women, on the average,live longer._______ , they can expect to live six or seven years more than men. (A)In general (B)By no means (C)In detail (D)As a result Thanks!Read More...

List of Chunks?

Hi, I am teaching teaching English for beginners. I would like you to help me find a list of chunks that are suitable for beginners. I did some search but didn't find what I want. You can give whatever chunks that you think beginners should learn. And I will select the most suitable for my students.Read More...
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