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might have meant

If we did not have a Moon, there would be no lunar tides, but we would still have tides caused by the sun, about 1/3 as great as the current tides. We might get hit more often by asteroids, as the Moon probably took some that would otherwise hit us, so that might have meant that life couldn't have developed so well. The parts in bold just seem strange to me. Are they all correct? If so, could you explain some? Thanks!Read More...

bakery / shop sold the bread

Can I say, (a) Mrs Lim's shop sold out all the bread. (b) The bakery sold the bread to the customers. (c) The shop has / had sold the bread at the low price.Read More...

as

Can one say: a. This text is a lot better as it has been rewritten. b. This text is a lot better as you have rewritten it. (Basically meaning: The rewritten version of the text is a lot better (than the orignal version.)) c. This text is hard to understand as it has been rewritten. d. This text is hard to understand as you have rewritten it. (Basically meaning "The rewritten version of the text is hard to understand.")Read More...

The people

Can I say, (a) The people are waiting at the train station. (b) The people are waiting for the train to stop.Read More...

to, too-cute?

Hi, 1. Please have a look at the line 14 in the book found at the link below. And please tell me if there should be a to after the word paid . 2. In the very book and on the same page at the end of line 23, I don't think the hyphen is needed after too since they are separate words unlike the one above too . http://books.google.com/books?...resnum=1&safe=activeRead More...

whom

Are these sentences grammatical: 1-There is no official bribing whom will change things. 2-There is no official the bribing of whom will change things. (No matter which official you bribe, things won't change.) 3-There is no rule breaking which is impossible. 4-There is no rule the breaking of which is impossible. (Every rule may be broken.)Read More...

eat each other up

Hello, "The two enemies that were dying to eat each other up during the presidential election have joined forces for mutual benefits What does the bolded part mean? Thanks!Read More...

so long?

Hi, I would like to understand what is meant by the part below. "After all, discussion of the weather, the upholstery, and one’s favorite brand of mustard can only last so long .' What's the problem if those last so long? Isn't that what is wanted to kill the time, for example? Or 'so long' has a different meaning?Read More...

have; make

He went to the garage to ______ his car repaired. a. have b. make Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

in front of / near the junction

Can I say, (a) The temple is in front of / opposite / near a junction. (b) The temple is at / beside the junction. (c) The temple is at / in front of the T-junction.Read More...

would have been

A: Now that I think about it, it's obvious that Devin would have been a candidate for a nervous breakdown. B: Just because he smokes and drinks coffee? Is 'if clause' omitted in the sentence in bold? Why does 'speaker A' use 'would have been'? And is it wrong if I said it's obvious that Devin might have been a candidate for a nervous breakdown. ?Read More...

will; would

Exercising too much on the same muscle group _____ cause fatigue. a. will b. would Are they both correct? If so, are there any differences in meaning? Thanks!Read More...

cannot have lied

He _____ have lied about his age. a. cannot b. couldn't Are they both correct? If so, are there any differences in meaning? Thanks!Read More...

there was nobody

Which are correct: 1-There was nobody there that we could get to help us by paying. 2-There was nobody there that we could get to help us by paying them. 3-There was nobody that we would help us even if we paid them. 4-There was nobody there that we could pay to help us.Read More...

before going back to /to go back to

Hello, After my military service, I had five months before going back to college/before I went back to college. I guess the first one sounds better than the second one. But, is the second one possible? If so, any difference? Thanks a lot!^^Read More...

whom again

Which are correct: 1-Last night the group was joined by Jane, seeing whom perform is a divine experience . 2-Last night the group was joined by the only dancer seeing whom perform is a divine experience . 3-Last night I ran into Harry, meeting whom is always a pleasure for me . 4-Last night I ran into the only person meeting whom is always a pleasure for me .Read More...

Mickey's house's garden / house garden

Can I say, (a) There will be hi-tea followed by dinner. It is held in Mickey's house's garden / house garden. (b) It is held in the garden of Mickey's house. P/s: Do we say, "There will be" or "There is "? Normally, we use "There is / are", I seldom and don't know how to use "There will".Read More...

through /on / in the internet

Can I say, (a) He loves to play Internal games. (b) He loves playing games on /in the Internet. (c) He loves to look for information through /on / in the internet.Read More...

Oh you shouldn't have!

Hi, At 5:42 of the clip on the link below, you will hear 'Oh you shouldn't have! . What does it mean i.e. you shouldn't have What ? http://www.youtube.com/user/du...ploads/1/K6m8_MRgfrsRead More...
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