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smart/as a smart coach

1)The commentators depicted him smart. 2)The commentators depicted him as a smart coach. What is the difference between the above? Thank youRead More...

has been/is

The team has been playing better with John Smith. The team is played better with John Smith. What is difference between the above? I think the first is described the action and the second, the existing situation. Thank youRead More...

inject

He injected John B12 vitamins. Does 'inject' take direct object and indirect object? Thank youRead More...

as/when/while

John remebers being more or less nine years old as/when/while he was almost drown under rafter in the middle of the pond. 1)Can I use 'as/when/while'? 2)Can I use present tense the word 'remeber' here? Thank youRead More...

What is the proverb used?

What is the proverb used to describe the following situation? "when try to explain something but you go back to the first point without adding anything". In Arabic we say "in the end he says water is water".Read More...

ask sb if / whether

The phrase is "ask sb if/whether". Would "ask if / whether" be wrong as in "He asked if I was coming" ? Thanks.Read More...

Where would they find ...

Hello, Rachel and Richard: Do you feel that the would s in the middle section here make sense? I mean, all this is in the past. I'd have expected did instead, thus an indicative, not a subjunctive mood. The got bit shows that the whole story took place in its entirety. ------ [This guy pretends he can survive with venomous snakes around him] "They found a public notary who said he would certify a document that said that Orest Mercator spent so many days incarcerated with these venoumous...Read More...

little

________ his patient would come back alive. a. Little did the doctor think that b. The doctor little thought that Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

1+1=3

when listening to an interview with David Beckham and his wife the interviewer said to them "one plus one equals three" and what she ie the interviewer meant was "SUCCESS". Is "one plus one equals three" a proverb or an idiom or what?Read More...

next or coming night?

what is the correct adjective used infront of the word "night" to indicate the future? He is going to arrive next night. or He is going to arrive the coming night.Read More...

inversion

cocoricot
Dear teachers, "At no period in human history has there been a population explosion of the magnitude as the one in the twenty century." Could you please explain why "has" was placed before "there"? Is it an inversion? Why using "inversion" in this case? Thanks.Read More...

If you won the election

cocoricot
Dear teachers, "If you won the election, what is the first thing you would do?" Can I say: "Did you win the election, what is the first thing you would do?" Thanks.Read More...

outpace

Soil and wetland losses _______ the gains for the past two decades in the region. a. have outpaced b. have been outpaced by Are they both possible in opposite meaning? Thanks!Read More...

author as a "verb"

In longman Dictionary Of Contemporary English, the word "AUTHOR" being used as a "VERB" was defined as follows: Author: to be the writer of a book, report etc. I think the definition is completely wrong, since the definition defines it as if it is a noun. I think a better definition for the word as a "VERB" is the following: Author (V): to write a book, article, etc.* What do the other members think? http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?key=4939&dict=CALDRead More...

sell

The little toy fiugres ________ better than ever. a. are sold b. are being sold c. sell d. are selling Are they all correct? Thanks!Read More...

sound omission in real-life conversation

Dear experts, Sound omission seems to occor in certain last sounds of words when said fast, especially when there are other words following behind. 1.Students may admit that they need exams to push them to study harder. 2. His disabilities has inspired the greatest talents in him. 3. He joined a movement that tried to set free black people. 4. Some people were refused the right to vote. 5. This is the second time that I have seen him. 6. He is a symbol of courage around the world. 7.clothes,...Read More...

up till then

She had not had a very impressive school career up till then. (Longman) Well, "up till then" seems to require the past perfect. Is any other tense possible at all? Thanks.Read More...

which

Are these sentences correct: 1-What you said got on his nerves, which was a normal reaction. (Meaning: His reaction was normal) 2-What you did annoyed him, which was a normal reaction. (Meaning: His reaction, ie. getting annoyed, was normal.) I think people might say things like this, but I think it would be better just to say: 'which was normal' .(That unambiguously would mean: The fact that what you did annoyed him was normal.) It seems to me that 1 and 2 are saying: The reaction of 'what...Read More...

hope and wish

Are there differences between the following two sentences in regard to the register or the degree of his "wish"? I have an impression "wish" expresses a stronger conviction yet with less possibility. "wish" sounds a little more formal than "hope". (1) He hopes to be a scientist. (2) He wishes to be a scientist. AppleRead More...
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