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's and of-phrase

Hi, Could you please help me ? a book says you can use of-phrase if the noun has a determiner/modifier a)the decision of some people = some people's desicion b)the hind leg of a horse = a horse's hind leg but; same book says you cannot use of-phrase like the one below c)The girl's car ;but not the car of the girl Thanks. the book is the one ''A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language, Longman,'' 5.121,p:327 and 17.39, p1277Read More...

Using " yet " !

Dear Richard & Rachel Please , I have some questions about the following sentence. - I cannot give you the exact date of my arrival yet. 1) Is it a British or American English? 2) What is the tense of the sentence? Present simple? 3) Is using " yet " correct in the sentence? Please tell me why?? 4) I know that " yet " is used with the present perfect in British English but it can be used in the present perfect or the past simple in American English.Correct? 5) This sentence is neither...Read More...

although

Jason refuses to stop riding his motorcycle,.................. having already had three serious accidents. A) although B) however C) despite D) consequently E) though Hi, The test-maker must have thought the correct answer to be C, but I wonder whether we can use "although, though, even though, while" with V-ing or having V3 in a reduced form as in this sentence or not. Thank you.Read More...

prefix EX

would you please advise me if we can use the prefix "EX" before any noun, or we can only use it with People . I can say Ex girlfriend , but can I say Ex exam or Ex job , ...?Read More...

He .......... here long

He .......... here long, but he .......... already.......... an impression on the staff. A) isn't working / is / making B) didn't work / was / made C) hasn't been working / has / made D) won't work/will / make E) hadn't worked / has / made Could you explain me why the key is C, why not E?Read More...

on or in

which is the correct sentence? 1- I live in an apartment in the second floor. 2- I live in an apartment on the second floor.Read More...

whose

Which are correct: 1-The company whose going broke caused a lot of legal debates belonged to him. 2-The contract whose drawing up took a month was signed yesterday. 3-The neighbour whose dancing about caused a lot of noise every night was told to stop. 4-The man whose beating up his neighbour caused a scandal left his appartment . 5-The man whose beating up of his neighbour caused a scandal left his appartment.Read More...

one II

Can one say: 1-Jeff said that Niles might have left with some of my books. If one is missing, I'll have to teach Niles a good lesson. or: 2-Jeff said that Niles might have left with some of my books. If one of them is missing, I'll have to teach Niles a good lesson. instead of: 3-Jeff said that Niles might have left with some of my books. If a particular one is missing, I'll have to teach Niles a good lesson. Here the speaker is worried about one specific book and doesn't care about the...Read More...

one

Are these sentences correct: 1-I have one friend, that, if he leaves this city, I'll be very sad. 2-There is one friend, that, if he leaves this city I'll be very sad.Read More...

but or and

Dear teachers, Please see the following sentence. I think the conjunctive "but" is not appropiate here. It should be "and" instead of "but." Freedom from superstition is the result of the conviction that the world is not governed by caprice, but that it is a world of order and can be understood by man if he will only try hard enough and be clever enough. If he wants to use "but" here, I think the sentence should be rephrased as follows. Freedom from superstition is the result of the...Read More...

gift

Hi!! When you do yourself something nice, is it OK to say 'when I travel, I give a present to myself'? Thanks!!Read More...

make

Which are correct: 1-He made me sad when he passed away. 2-That restaurent mede me sad when it went broke. 3-They'll make me sad if they lose the match.Read More...

fill up on bread

Hi, "Don't fill up on bread." Does this mean that don't make yourself full with only bread? Is this sentence correct? Thanks!^^Read More...

Move

The song moves me. Am I correctly using 'move'? Thank youRead More...

too vrs so

hello, from: http://thegrammarexchange.info...171053074#9171053074 Posted June 13, 2008 11:57 PM Hide Post some teachers say it´s wrong to use the structure too + adjective, I don´t think this is the case from that post, but when do I really have to write too or so?? when I said once: "it´s too hard", they told me the correct is: "it´s so hard". why? tell me please.Read More...

Reduction of Which

The book which I like is on the table. Can we leave out which in this sentence? The book I like is on the table.Read More...

The belief

The belief ---- human beings and apes share a common ancestor seems to appeal most of the scientific communities today. A) in which B) whether C) which D) that E) what Could you explain me why the key is D?Read More...

thinking

Woman : I really just want to work out now and then and maybe have a swim. What's included in the basic membership? Man : Basic membership allows use of all facilities. The main restriction is time. Evenings after 7:00 and all day Saturday is for Premium members only. Women : That's not a problem for me. I'd only be coming on lunch breaks from my office just around the corner. Men : Then Basic would be ideal. Is it okay to say the bold sentence in this way: I was only thinking of coming on...Read More...

where

Friday night when they got home, Natalie and her mom went right out again and ate at a Chinese restaurant and then caught a late movie at the local theater-one of those British movies where half the actors wear fancy clothes and the other half look like beggars. What does where indicate in the sentence? And Could I say in which instead of where like this: ...and then caught a late movie at the local theater-one of those British movies in which half the actors wear fancy clothes and the other...Read More...

any

Which are correct: 1-If any one of them can do it, it is John. 2-If any of them can do it, it is John . (Meaning: If there is anybody among them that can do it, that person is John.) 3-If any of them can do it, it is John and Harry. (Meaning: If there are any people among them that that can do it, those people are John and Harry.) It seems to me that '2' is not correct.Read More...

either II

Are these sentences correct (In all cases: 'them'= John + someone else): 1-If either of them has done it, it is John. 2-If either of them can do it, it is John. 3-If either of them can do it, it should be John. (If one of the two can do it, that one should logically be John and not the other one.) 4-If any of them can do it, it is John. (Them=John + someone else)Read More...

either I

Is this sentence correct: 1-If either of them can't do it, we are in trouble. Meaning: if one of them can't do it, we are in trouble. If both of them can do it, then there is no problem.Read More...

she or he

Hi, How can I call male who is shemale he or she?Read More...

except

Which are correct: 1-Your husband is just like the sun, without the heat! 2-Your husband is just like the sun, except, without the heat! 3-Your husband is just like the sun, except for the heat! 3-Your husband is just like the sun, except for the coldness! These sentences are supposed to be humourous. They seem at first to praise the husband, but then make fun of him and criticize him by saying that in fact, he is cold.Read More...

Some legal authorities

Some legal authorities -- that a n innovative solution for the autonomous regions -- as soon as possible. A) demanded / would find B) demand / be found C) have demanded / to be found D) had demanded / would have been found E) could have demanded / were found They key is B, why not C?Read More...
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