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Are the following sentences right?

Here are two sentences. 1.Two days later,he took me to the factory.I imagined everyone to be friends working together and having fun.I guess I had wathced too many movies as a teenager. My questiong is:Is 'guess' right in tense? Or should we changed it to a past form 'gessed'? 2.---I didn't know you take a bus to school. ---Oh, I hardly take a bus,but it is snowing today. Are these sentences right in tense? 3.---Can I help you? ---I bought this watch here yesterday,but it doesn't work. Can...Read More...

When is it sport and when is it sports

Hi, I don't know when to use sport and when to use sports. I wonder if you could explain this to me. Sentence: Susan associates with sport titan Giacomo Agostini, Italian world champion and all-time leader of motorcycle Grand Prix victories Should it be sport or sports and why would we use one rather than the other. Thanks for your input. Warmest regards, SusanRead More...

umpire / referee / judge

Which is correct? Peter was the umpire / referee / judge for the badminton match. Can tell me the reason why do you choose it?Read More...

at any one time

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Please explain the meaning of “at any one time” to me. “A shark may have up to three thousand teeth in its mouth at any one time.” Thanks.Read More...

recently vs lately

One textbook says "We often use recently and lately to mean 'in the near past but at no definite time.' Lately means the same as recently , but is used with the negative form of the verb." Someone asked me about the difference between these two words. Not being aware of what their textbook said, I tried to find answers in dictionaries or other sources. No help in dictionaries. Another ESL/EFL discussion forum gave me some info, but now I'm being asked whether this doesn't contradict their...Read More...

Please

Dear Rachel , Here is a question from someone else . I hope for your kind reply as usual. ** Which of the following sentences is correct or much better ? please tell me why? 1) a) Come to me , please. b) Please , come to me. 2) a) please , advise . b) Advise , please . I'm waiting for your kind reply. Thank you very much. SayedRead More...

decorating ...for birthday /birthday party

Can I say, (a) She is decorating with some balloons. (b) She is decorating for her brother's birthday / birthday party. (c) She is decorating the dining room to celebrate her birthday / birthday party. (d) She is decorating her house before her birthday/birthday party.Read More...

relative clause

She's not the brilliant dancer ---- she used to be. A) who B) which C) whom D) that E) whose Which one is correct?Read More...

Owners / staff?

Hi friends, Upon reading the story at the link below, I found some cultural points, so to speak, that are difficult for me to figure out. Please help me out. http://www.britishcouncil.org/...ories-pets-story.pdf The points are: 1. What is the difference between 'staff' and 'owners' in the passage? 2. Why did Alberto want his neighbor to be staff but not owners? 3. What does 'they' refer to in: “Make sure they give you food whenever you want!” “Sit on the newspaper while B]they[/B] are...Read More...

didn't fight/fought

Hello, We didn't fight recently . We haven't fought recently . With the adverb 'recently', can I use past with it? Thanks!Read More...

Metonymy

Dear all, Does this sentence apply metonymy? He's another Einstein . If not, what literary term is for this usage? Many thanks.Read More...

exposure/exposal

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Please tell me which word is correct in this case? "Many people limit their exposure/exposal to the sun because their skin burns very easily." Thank you.Read More...

using should in untrue past conditionals

joan
Is it possible to use should in the main clause of untrue past conditionals? For example: If you hadn't made that mistake,you should have passed your test. As we know, would , could or might can be used in the main clause of untrue past conditionals.Does it hold true for should ? Thanks!Read More...

'Be covered by or with?

This is the sentence. In some countries, the ground is covered by snow in winter. Is it correct? And are there any diferences in meaning from the sentence with 'with ' instead of 'by'? THANKS!Read More...
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