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Fueled

The leader's comment on the event fueled his counterpart with anger. Am I correctly using 'fueled'? Thank youRead More...
Yes, but the last part of the sentence needs to be tweaked: The leader's comment on the event fueled his counterpart's anger .Read More...

Remained

Leaving the town for a mile, the dog remained following us. Am I correctly using 'remained'? Thank youRead More...
For this idea, we use keep , Welkins ( the dog kept following us ). But I'm afraid that the first part of your sentence doesn't make sense. Think about it: You cannot "leave a place for a mile." What does that mean? I think what you're trying to say is Even though we'd gone a mile out of town, the dog kept following us.Read More...

while/progressive or simple?

Hi Which is the correct tense in the following as I see that both are correct? - - One clown was juggling while he (was balance/balanced) a glass of wine on his head.Read More...
Rachel, this is what an advanced grammar book has to say about this: When two actions happen simultaneously and each of them doesn't affect the other the progressive can be with the two verbs, with either , or with neither: - He was watching TV while his wife was washing the dishes. - He watched TV while his wife washed the dishes. - He watched TV while his wife was washing the dishes. - He was watching TV while his wife washed the dishes. That what made me choose both answers in my previous...Read More...

Need and delay

1)The case need further investigation before the district attorney took it. 2)The case delayed because the detective was overwhelmed with work. Am I correctly using 'delayed' and 'need'? Thank youRead More...
Nope. Here are the corrections: 1)The case need ed further investigation before the district attorney took it. 2)The case was delayed because the detective was overwhelmed with work.Read More...

noun clause (2)

___________ is true. (add noun clause) what i said what i have done everything she said i need realy that which kinds of noun clause we can here? is (boiling water in 100 degree) a noun clause?Read More...
No, I didn't say that. In your original, boiling is NOT a gerund, my friend. It's a participle, but, as I said, the sentence doesn't make sense the way you have written it. Here's an example with a gerund: Boiling water at sea level is easier to accomplish than boiling water at high altitudes.Read More...

purpose clause

Are these sentences both correct: 1-I brought the documents for you to examine. 2-I brought the documents for you to examine them . I think there is a slight difference in their meanings. In 1 'for you to examine' postmodifies the noun 'the documents' and tells us what documents we are talking about and in 2 we know what documents we are talking about but 'for you to examine them ' is a sentence adverbial and shows what my purpose was in bringing those documents (I brought them so that you...Read More...
You are so kind Richard. Thanks.Read More...

venue, time, date

Am I correct to arrange the venue, time and date like this? "The next meeting will be held at conference room 101, 3:00pm, on Friday, December 4, 2009."Read More...
Yes, but I'd say in conference room 101 at 3:00 p.m. ... The periods on pm are optional by some standards. I prefer to use them. Conference room could be capitalized.Read More...

Landscaped patio

- This four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is ready for your family. Features include a new roof, a new hot water heater, a new air conditioning unit, a landscaped patio. - I know the meanings of "landscape" and "patio", but what does "landscaped mean in this situation? Thanks a lot to moderators! NamcoolguyRead More...
Nice photo there, Richard! I wouldn't mind having a place like that! Namcoolguy, a yard and a patio are not the same. A yard is the land around (and belonging to) a house. A patio is usually paved and is usually adapted for dining outdoors. So it is a part of a yard (unless you have a very small yard that is all patio). Since the patio is designed for dining, it is usually in the back so that it is more private. A patio (like a yard) may or not be landscaped. It might be just a paved area...Read More...

/r/ sound?

Hi, I would like to check if this is correct. While examining a number if words where the sound [r] occurs in the middle or at the end of a word , at least in the BrE, I noticed that it is not preceded by a short vowel. Rather a long vowel or diphthong precedes. examples: sir, dear, power, beard, bird, bear, occur, tear, air, ceremony, ear, fear, gear, hear, ire, etc. I wonder if that's true. If not, please give me some examples that prove that opposite.Read More...
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one

Have you seen the atheist ads on all the buses? I just came to work on one and it seems the ads have sparked raging debates about religion. Does the bold one mean one of the buses ? I just came to work on one of the buses and... Thanks!Read More...
Yes, Jey.Read More...

which

Are these sentences correct: 1-When, which happened all the time, they forgot to do what they had to do, they came up with strange excuses. 2-First of all, which might seem strange, they never talked about their families.Read More...
I don't think so. I think these clauses beginning with 'which' are sentence modifiers. They should go at the end of the clause they modify, as in the first sentence, or at the end of the sentence, as in the second sentence: When they forgot to do what they had to do, which happened all the time, they came up with strange excuses. First of all, they never talked about their families, which may seem strange.Read More...

Is the e in mother and father considered a silent letter?

Is the e in mother and father considered silent? How about the i in first? What about the a in arm? How about the e in personRead More...
Hi MaryLynn The e in mother, father and person is a schwa sound. The i in first is also a schwa sound. The a in arm is not silent either (but it is not a schwa sound). Words with a silent e would be "house" and "nice", for example.Read More...

because of that

Is this construction ok? This fact is understood because of(due to)that the education is a field increasingly in need of other sociological sciences.Read More...
thank you so much.Read More...

Noun clause

Hi, the old lady to the next house have a lot of cats. I don't know how many _______________ 1- cats she has 2- cats she must have 3- cats she should have 4- might she have I think these are the best answers. Do you agree with me? the forth one (without cats) is O.K? Thank youRead More...
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Steppingstone

If she becomes a senator, it will be her steppingstone to run for president in 2012. Am I correctly using 'steppingstone'? Thank youRead More...
Yes, but 'stepping stone' is a phrase composed of two words.Read More...

-ing OR -ed form of verb

This question is from Elham. The..............car ran recklessly along the..............mountain road. a.speeded/twisted b.speeding/twisting c.speeded/twisting d.speeding/twisted Why the answer is not (b) and is (c)?Read More...
You're right, Amy. I meant (d). Thanks a lot.Read More...

since ... ago

Is a sentence like the following ever acceptable? Someone told me it was in Swan, page 30, but it's not there in my edition (3rd). (1) I have lived in LA since ten months ago. I think it must be (2) I have lived in LA for ten months. or possibly (3) I have lived in LA since I came here ten months ago. Is (1) a possible ellipsis for (3)?Read More...
Thanks a lot.Read More...

Poem

1) Here are my favors of 300 Tang poems. 2) Here are my favor poems of 300 Tang poems. Is a word 'poem' necessary? Thank youRead More...
My half-penny: I would phrase things a little differently. I'm afraid I find no. 1 above awkward: Here are my favorites among/from/out of the 300 Tang poems.Read More...

Apology letter

please correct me: Dear Mr. Mohebbifar, I apologize for not atending in your class and delaying in sending my emails.Unfortunality I had the flue and I lost all of my classes.Thats nice of you if you accept my apology and my emils. Best regards Thank youRead More...
Hi, Elham. Even though the GE is not an editing service, I'll make an exception this once. I apologize for not attending your class and not sending you my e-mails sooner . Unfortunately , I had the flu and missed all of my classes. I would appreciate your accepting my apology and my belated e-mails. Sincerely,Read More...

help..up

Crossing the street, she fell. A pedestrian helped her up. Does 'help..up' sound right? Thank youRead More...
It's perfect, Welkins. It means that person helped the one who fell down to get back up.Read More...

Trigger

It was necessity that triggered him to learn English. Am I correctly using 'trigger'? Thank youRead More...
Yes, that's fine, my friend.Read More...
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