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Are or is?

Hi, Sentence: The presence of billionaires from China, Russia and India is changing the face of the art market. Is the subject "presence" and therefore a singular verb ie 'is' is the right verb to use? or is the subject "billionaires" and therefore the verb should be "are." Grateful for your input. Thanks. Cheers, SusanRead More...

definition of the general public

1)We must differentiate between the scientific definition and the definition of the general public. 2)We must differentiate between the scientific definition and the general public definition. Is there any difference between the sentences above? Thank youRead More...

fall for

1)She wished he could see the tears that fell for him. 2)She wished he could see the tears that she fell for him. Did I use 'fall for' correctly? Thank youRead More...

that

Anything can happen on Nim's Island, a magical place ruled by a young girl's imagination. It is an existence that mirrors that of her favorite literary character, Alex Rover - the world's greatest adventurer. Why is the second 'that' necessary? Thank youRead More...

when or where?

In the "Fundamentals of English Grammar, Third Edition, by Betty Azar. Longman. 2003" page 405, the following is stated: A. Where does Jim go to school? B. I don't know where Jim goes to school. Isn't the meaning of the question a bit ackward since the "wh" used is "where" and the answer is in the question ie "school"? shoudn't the Q be re-written as follows: A. When does Jim go to school? B. I don't know When Jim goes to school.Read More...

X v. ink pad

In LDOCE states that the letter "X" is used: –¶WHEN SIGNING YOUR NAMEâ—€ [countable] a mark used instead of a signature by someone who cannot write. In my home country people who are unable to write and cannot sign using their names, they can use "ink pad". They use thier thumb being pressed aganist the "ink pad" and then copy thier thumb print on the paper or document wanted to be signed. So, is "X" in the definition given above used for the same purpose I mentioned? If so, Why isn't "ink...Read More...

conversation quiz

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Which answer is correct ? Helen: Sean, are you coming with us tonight? Sean:__________, but something happened to my dog. Helen: I hope there is nothing serious. (A) I wish I could (B) I'll just go anyway (C)There you go again (D) Maybe later tonight Thank you.Read More...

numbers

English is a language of ascendancy which is measured by numbers of speakers in various activities. About the 'numbers (of)' in red, does it mean 'the data of how many people'? Or does it just ambiguously mean 'many'?Read More...

news and infomation is singular?

It's a sure way to keep up with news and informaiton that affects your life. As far as my grammar knowledge is concerned, news and information looks plural, so the sentence should be written like this "news and informaiton that affect your life. Can you explain to me why the words are singular? thank you in advance.Read More...

as

As I get older, I feel more and more that it's important to work hard. If the 'more and more' in red were removed as: As I get older, I feel that it's important to work hard. would the sentence still retain the sense of synchronization, the sense of a gradual change?Read More...

present perfect versus simple past

Chloe has behaved abominably... (Collins Advanced Dictionary) Chloe behaved abominably... What is the difference between these two sentences? When do you one and when the other? Thanks.Read More...

provide cover

Dear experts, Would you agree that PROVIDE COVER FROM SOMETHING may replace PROVIDE COVER AGAINST SOMETHING in its literal meaning only: The patios could be surrounded by porches that would provide cover against the rain... This will cover all the risks that are listed, but is extended to provide cover against accidents in the home. John was soaked before he reached the first brick building that provided cover from the rain. Thank you, YuriRead More...

possessive

Can you please tell me if the possessive of Chris is Chris' or Chris's? Or can it be both? Thanks!Read More...

amount, quantity and number of

Can you help me with these three words, please? Can I say: ....mobile phones increase the number of those waves? And I`m not sure about the following sentence: So, I try not to spend all the day long with my mobile phone. Is it correct? Thank you in advance, Anna.Read More...

ooglety-booglety

All this mystical ooglety-booglety is handled straightforwardly and completely without camp. What does 'ooglety-booglety' mean? Thank youRead More...

too clever

I sent a message to one of my pen-pals about a topic we were discussing . Then he replied, but at the end of his reply he wrote: " You are too clever for me ." I wanted to know what does "You are too clever for me" mean? since the word "too" sometimes changes the meaning from being positive to neagative.Read More...

break into a note

Dear experts, Will you agree that BREAK INTO A NOTE may replace BREAK A NOTE only in the second context below: Once you are inside Cambodia and reach a town like Battambang, you can break a $100 note easily. You may even be able to get one hundred $1 notes... They decide against making everyday purchases such as newspapers, sweets or sandwiches, because they don't have the change and don't want to break a note. Thank you, YuriRead More...

Had been demolished

Hello Rachel and Richard: ------ She wouldn't remember that at a certain corner I had stopped to pick up her hairpin, or that, when I bent down to tie her laces. I remarked the spot on which her foot had rested and that it would remain there forever, even after the cathedrals had been demolished and the whole Latin civilization wiped out forever and ever. Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer, p. 179 ------ Could Miller have equallly written a) "would have been demolished" or b) "will have been...Read More...

home edition

I watched a TV show entitled "Extreme Makeover, home edition" I wanted to know what does "home edition" mean?Read More...

late

Which are correct: 1-Yesterday I was late to go to my dentist. 2-Yesterday I was late for going to my dentist. 3-Yesterday I was late in going to my dentist. 4-Yesterday I was late to have lunch with Sally. 5-Yesterday I was late for having lunch with Sally . 6-Yesterday I was late in having lunch with Sally. Is there a difference in the meanings of these sentences? Does 5 imply that I didn't have lunch with Sally because I was late?Read More...

lack

1)Thomas criticized Curry for lack of defence. 2)Thomas criticized Curry lacked of defence. 3)Thomas criticized Curry who lacked of defence. Did I use 'lack' correctly? Thank youRead More...

Heartburn 2

Hi, there! Which sentence is correct "I am with a heartburn" or "I have a heartburn"? Thanks!Read More...

Leftovers

Hi!! When we talk about leftovers,is it possible to say "the rest of the food"? Thanks!Read More...
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