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Yet

cocoricot
Dear teachers, “Yet” is put at the end of the negative sentence in the present perfect but is it possible to put it after “have”? 1. John hasn’t learned the material yet. 2. John hasn’t yet learned the material. Thank you.Read More...

get/give

What did you get Megan for her baby shower? What did you give to Megan for her baby shower? Do the two sentences have the same meaning? Thanks a lot!Read More...

detach

mengxin2009
The chief product of some parts of Laos, a province of Siam, is lac. This is a resinous gum exuded by a red insect on the young branches of trees, to which the little creatures have to be attached by hand. All who engage in the business of gathering the gum abstain from washing themselves and especially from cleansing their heads, lest by removing the parasites from their hair they should detach the other insects from the boughs. http://www.bartleby.com/196/6.html What does "lest...the...Read More...

collective nouns

Which one is correct? (a) a nest / brood of birds. (b) a troop / a posse of policemen a posse of soldiers (c) a herd / a flock of buffaloes (d) a host of stones / a host of sparrows / a host of camelsRead More...

extracting the teeth (out)

Can I say, (a) The dentist is extracting the boy's tooth out. (b) The dentist is extracting out the boy's tooth. (c) The dentist is extracting the boy's tooth.Read More...

being hung

mengxin2009
The picture________on the wall is painted by my nephew. A. having hung B. hanging C. hangs D. being hung Key B I always feel unsure about "being + past participle" structure. On an occasion similar to this question, can I say "The picture is being hung to or onto (?) the wall?" Or simply, why D is wrong? Many thanks in advance.Read More...

We have rains..

Hello, When it is raining for days we say; It's been raining for days. OR It's raining these days. But, can I say; We have rains these days. Thanks!^^Read More...

wears ... on her pigtails

Can I say, (a) She wears two ribbon on her pigtails. (b) She wears (two) pigtails. (c) She wears hair in two pigtails. (d) She wears a pair of pigtails on her head. (e) She put on / wears ribbons to make pigtails. (f) She wears two ribbons in her pigtails.Read More...

Covers / put on the blanket

Can I say, (a) She put on blanket / put the blanket on because she felt cold. (b) She covers the blanket because it is cold. (c) She uses the blanket to cover his body because she is cold. (d) She covers (herself) with a blanket because she is cold.Read More...

Divided focus

Hello, Richard: Back to your expertise in phonetics:-) I wonder if it would be too time-consumming for you to create an audio file so I could hear the right intonation in: - sentences [1]-[6], but esp [5]-[6], p. 1373, section 18.17 on Divided Focus - sentences [3]-[5] on p. 1376, section 18.19 on Marked Theme, esp the "fall-rise on 'lazy'" and "simple rise on 'lazy'" in Quirk. If not too much of a trouble, I would very much appreciate having your rendition of them in audio files posted as...Read More...

That/Failing

You ought to do just what I have done, determining, as I did, that whatever else had to be done afterward I would do with all my might, or make a better man of myself while failing . Could please explain the bold parts?Read More...

all right/alright

Dear Rachel/Richard, Has there been an earlier discussion on the words all right / alright on the GE? I looked in the archives (up to page 10 only...) but couldn't find it. There are 44 pages and it will take me forever. Can you be so kind as to direct me to the link, please? Many thanks. GibRead More...

suchness

Hi friends! Is the word ' suchness ', as used in the text below, common to native speakers of the English Language? It's not in my dictionary. As Buddhists, truth and acceptance are the pillars of our faith, we practice and in time achieve suchness , which is a term, used to describe life as it is, the truth as it is, a flower is a flower. Without the knowledge of suchness we find ourselves trying to make things or life itself something that it is not. Would appreciate some help. Many thanks...Read More...

on the whole / as a whole

mengxin2009
These rules and regulations not only apply to the graduate students, but to the school_____. A.on the whole B.as a whole I will choose B, but I am not sure. I often get confused about "on the whole","as a whole" and "in general". Let me make up some sentences here, please correct me if I am wrong: 1. On the whole, he is a good student; 2. As a whole, the mission will be cleared satisfactorily. 3. In general, he is a good student. (But could these phrases be interchangeable?) Many thanks in ...Read More...

practise / learn archery

Can I say, (a) They learn archery / learn to play archery. (b) They practise archery every week. (c) They go for archery every week. (d) They have / do archery every week. (e) The man teaches the boy archery. (f) The man teaches the boy (how)to play archery.Read More...

Given

cocoricot
Dear teachers, "Given the strong determination of the new principal, cheating will expectedly be stopped." Please tell me what kind of the word "Given" is. - a prepostion? - a past participle? Thanks.Read More...

should

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Please tell me if they are the same. 1. "If you should get caught doing this. You will go to prison." 2. Were you caught doing this, you would go to prison. Thanks.Read More...

scribble something / on

Can I say, (a) He scribbled (on) the table. (b) He scribbled something / scribbled flowers on the table. (c) He scribbled all over the table.Read More...

change trains

I changed _________ on the way. a. trains b. the train c. my train d. a train Are they all correct? Could you explain the differences between them? Thanks!Read More...

two pincers

Can I say, (a) The crab has two pincers. (b) The crab has many pincers (on its body). (c) The crab has a pair of pincers.Read More...

weak sentence?

Hi, "When new words such as America, china, banana, or algebra were adopted into English, there was in these accents therefore no problem." I feel that the word order of the part in bold strange and weak. I think the sentence should have been re-ordered as follows: 1. there was, therefore, no problem in these accents. OR 2. there was no problems in these accents, therefore. OR commas could have been added 3. there was ,in theses accents, therefore no problem. What do you think?Read More...
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