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without as adjective or adverb?

Hello friends, In the sentence below, does without function as an adjective or adverb ? Either way, could you tell me why? How dare you use my bicycle without asking me ? Also, should the sentence end with a question mark or exclamation mark ? Thank you. GilbertRead More...

pen pal / pen friend

Which form is correct for British Eng? (a) Pen pal / Pen-pal / Penpal (b) Penfriend / pen-friend / pen friendRead More...

the time

1) The time will come when we elect a new leader. 2)The time had come when we elected a new leader. Can I use 'the time' this way? Thank youRead More...

torture

1)John thinks it tortures him while he reads a boring book. 2)John thinks it is torturing him while he is reading a boring book. Can I use 'torture' this way? Thank youRead More...

horror

an horror filled the audience while they watched a very scary movie. Can I use 'horror' this way? Thank youRead More...

is selling well vs. is sold well?

Which one is correct? 1) This book is sold well. 2) This book was sold well. 3) This book is selling well. a) This orange is peeled well. b) This orange was peeled well. c) This orange peels well.Read More...

draw from

"In recent years the democratic party has drawn much of its support from young people, low-paid workers,............." what does the phrasl verb "draw sth from" mean here?Read More...

as if/like

A: How should I cut your hair? B: Cut it ____ you did last time. a. like b. as if Are they both correct? Which is more natural? Thanks!Read More...

help

This thing was tremenously helped. Did I use 'helped' correctly? Thank youRead More...

the other

David has a triplet. One is called John, second Susan, the other is called Jean. Did I use 'the other' correctly? Thank youRead More...

some life

Now a team has showed some life after a general manager acquired a new point guard. Did I use 'some life' correctly? Thank youRead More...

introduce

A: Will I meet your cousin at the party? B: Yes, I'll ______ . a. introduce her to you. b. introduce you to her c. introduce her d. introduce you Are they all correct? Which is the most natural? Thanks!Read More...

not uncommon

"There are no membership dues or requirements and it is not uncommon for people to change membership or vote across party lines." 1. Does "not uncommon"="common"? 2. When can I use such construction ie double negative? 3. Does this perform a rhetorical purpose?Read More...

of which

Which are correct: 1-This will take a while. There are many wads of money here and they are looking for a bundle of banknotes of which few have been marked . This will take a while. 2-This will take a while. There are many wads of money here and they are looking for a bundle of banknotes few of which have been marked . 3-This is not the bundle of books we are looking for. Most of its books are old. We are looking for the bundle of books few of which are old. 4-This is not the bundle of books...Read More...

to be pitied than blamed

Ironically, the criminal is more to be pitied than ______ . a. to be blamed b. be blamed c. blamed Are they all correct? Which is the most natural? Thanks!Read More...

put a bug in someone's ear

Dear experts, Would you say that PUT A BUG IN SOMEONE'S EAR is not equivalent in meaning to PUT A BEE IN SOMEONE'S BONNET? Thank you, YuriRead More...

What do these symbols represent?

Sorry for this question since this is not the right place to ask but at least you can guide me to whom or where I can find an answer for my questions below: The republican symbol is an "elephant" while The democrat is "donkey". I wanted to ask the following: 1. What does each symbol represent? 2. What do the "stars" on each symbol mean?Read More...

should

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Dear teachers, Does "should" here express uncertainty? "I don't expect him to, but if he should show up, whatever you do, don't let him in." Thanks.Read More...

tenses

Can one say: We found the jewels that were lost . instead of: We found the jewels that had been lost . Can one say: We found the dog that was killed . instead of: We found the dog that had been killed . Can one say: They went to the room that wasn't cleaned . instead of: They went to the room that hadn't been cleaned .Read More...

my having seen

The Wire, which has just begun its fourth season on HBO, is surely the best TV show ever broadcast in America. This claim isn't based on my having seen all the possible rivals for the title, but on the premise that no other program has ever done anything remotely like what this one does, namely to portray the social, political, and economic life of an American city with the scope, observational precision, and moral vision of great literature. 1)Is 'my having seen' correct in the sentence on...Read More...

indicate if

The schedule indicated ______ the team would be playing in the final game. a. if b. that Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

look

That building ___________ so good after the government cutbacks. a. isn't looking b. doesn't look Are they both correct? If so, are there any differences in meaning? If possible, could you show me some other sentences? Thanks!Read More...
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