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At / in public

Can I say, (a) We must not burn the rubbish in / at public. (b) Do not burn rubbish in public / in public places. (c) We must not burn the / our waste in the public. (d) Do not burn in public. (e) Do not burn in an opening place. (f) Please do not burn rubbish in open place.Read More...

can make / can be made

Can I say, (a) Some paddy husks can make construction materials. (b) Paddy husks can be made to / into construction materials. (c) The paddy husks are / is good for construction (materials). (d) The paddy husks can make construction (materials of houses) (e) The paddy husks can be used to do/ make construction. (f) The paddy husks can make different kinds of construction (materials) (g) We can use paddy husks for construction materials.Read More...

to get / to earn / to make money

Can I say, (a) The man sells newspapers for (some) money. (b) He sells newspapers to earn (some) money. (c) Recycle newspapers can earn money. (d) He sells newspapers to get (the) money. (e) He recycled the newspapers and got the money. (f) we could recycle newspapers to make/earn money.Read More...

rain / rainwater

Can I say, (a) The rain dropped into /in the pail. (b) The rain water / rainwater was collected in a pail. (c) We collected the rain / raindrops in a pail. (d) The rain / rainwater is in the pail. (e) The rain fell into the pail. (f) We can collect rain / rainwater using (in) a pail. (g) We can collect rain with / in a pail. (g) The rain is dropped into /in the pailRead More...

learn

joan
Which is correct? Alice learned from the TV news ____ Nora Jones was coming to Taiwan the next day. a.that b.where c.which d.whether Thanks!Read More...

finding

mengxin2009
FIND: think/feel to have a particular feeling or opinion, or to have a particular feeling or opinion about someone or something : Will Gary and Gail find happiness together? find something/somebody easy/useful/interesting etc She found the work very dull. Lots of women I know find him attractive. I found them quite easy to use. find it hard/easy/difficult etc (to do something) Hyperactive children find it difficult to concentrate. My google sentences: 1. Our young Mr. Smith, who was finding...Read More...

About "suggested / suggested that"

Can I say, (a) He suggested to hang the bell on the cat's neck when it was sleeping. When the cat came, the mice would know to run away. (b) The head mouse suggested to get / take a bell. it hung around the cat's neck. When the bell rang, they knew that the cat was / came near. The mice had agreed for the idea.Read More...

thought of/ discuss about

Can I say, (a)Long ago, There lived four fat mice (in a small hole).The mice thought of / about ways to escape from the cat. (b) Long ago, there lived a group of mice in a small mouse hole of a house. One day,the head mouse gathered the other mice. They wanted to discuss about / thought of the ways to escape from the scary cat. (c) Long ago, there lived a group of mice. The mice gathered together and decided to have a meeting. (d) Long ago,.there were many cats. One day,a head mouse gathered...Read More...

I hope so

A: Have you gotten any news? B: _____________ . a. I'm afraid not b. I hope so. Do they both make sense? Thanks!Read More...

rather than

mengxin2009
He watched TV rather than ___ his homework. (A) did [correct] <parallel; Last night, he watched TV rather than did his homework.> (B) do [wrong] <but, Rather than do his homework, he watched TV.> (C) doing [wrong] <but, He watched TV instead of doing his homework.> It's said that the problem with verb froms following rather than is a controversial one. The basic argument is that some people think "rather than" is a compound preposition while others think that "than" is a...Read More...

like; as; as if

A: How would you like your steak? B: Rare, ______ I always do. a. as b. like c. as if Are they all correct? If so, which is the best? Thanks!Read More...

as/though/that

mengxin2009
Hello everyone, I have been "harassed" by the following sentences since I first saw them on another ESL forum. 1. Child as he was, he had a good command of English. 2. Child though he was, he had a good command of English. 3. Child that he was, he had a good command of English. 4. Clever boy as he was, he couldn’t work out the problem. 5. Although he was a child, he had a good command of English. 6. Even though he was a child, ... What I read about was:1-4 were marked wrong; 5 questionable;...Read More...

On cooking?

Hi, Here, in the Arab World, when a man or women does a delicious dish and serve it someone, that someone should say something like: May God keep your hands Keep here means something like protect or guard form cuts, burns, etc. I wonder what should say in English for such situation.Read More...

Have a shower?

Hi, A friend of mine asked: We say: Have a shower v. take a shower. We ask: Do you take a shower in the morning? But, is it OK to say: Do you have a shower in the morning? He asked because he find it a bit strange. I told him it's OK to say so as we originally say have a shower .Read More...

merge

Once _____________, the firms will reduce their personnel. a. having merged b. merging c. having been merged d. merged Are they all correct? Thanks!Read More...

when

The situation when the individual or group is requested by the committee to testify can be distinguished. Is the 'when' above grammatically the same as this one, the conjunctional one which modifies the noun in front? I can imagine his astonishment when she asked him to marry herRead More...

hanged/hung

mengxin2009
'That boy will be hung,' said the gentleman in the white waistcoat.'I know that boy will be hung.' Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist I think the normal word should be "hanged" here. why "hung" is used instead? Are "hung" and "hanged" used interchangeably historically or is it because of the personal reason of the gentleman in the white waistcoat? Many thanks in advance.Read More...

otherwise

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Can I use "otherwise" in the case? "Don't be late for the interview, otherwise people will think you are a disorganized person." Thank you.Read More...

set (to) them?

Hi, "But we think it is important that the task set them should not be beyond their ability." Shouldn't there be a "to" between the two words in bold?Read More...

she is

Hello, This statement was given at a necrological service. "I'm so lucky that I saw how wonderful person she is ". Isn't should be in the past form, 'was'? Thanks a lot!^^Read More...

mechanical

Hello, It's very mechanical. Is 'mechanical' an acceptable word to describe this world with so much of technology? Thanks a lot!Read More...
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