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Why use plural verb for EACH?

Hi, 1 Each of the girls was given a cookbook. 2 The girls were each given a cookbook. 3 The girls each have to cook something different. Before I go crazy, can someone please tell me why (2) and (3) use the plural verb? Thanks. GibRead More...

pronouns

Why are "I & we" called the " first person " singlular and plural? Why is "you" called the " second person " singlular and plural? Why are "he, she, it, they" called the " third person " singlular and plural?Read More...

Would vs would have

Hello, Rachel and Richard: Could "would have" replace "would" here, especially taking into account "had held?" ----- I stood absolutely still. If they thought I was already dead, they might be inclined to leave me alone. I think I felt as I would if a doctor had held an X-Ray to the light showing a star-shaped hole at the center of my vital organs. DeLillo, White Noise, p. 141 ----- Thanks.Read More...

Interesting language site

show and tell (noun) [uncountable] [A]n activity for school children in which they bring an object to school, [show the object to the other children], and tell [them] about it: "Ramona brought in a fossil for show and tell." http://www.ldoceonline.com/ Hey, Kids! I found something pretty cool on the internet: a "chat" with David Crystal about English as Global Language: http://wordsmith.org/chat/dc.html He is a very highly regarded linguist and author, and he almost always writes in a way...Read More...

stative verbs in the progressive

Dear Gilbert, I've read two of your posts "” "Copular/ Linking Verbs/ Verbs of perception" and "Verbs of perception." This is an attempt to clarify things. This is a brief dicussion of stative verbs, and I've listed some sites that discuss stative (non-action) verbs: "Stative verbs usually refer to a state or condition which is quite static or unchanging. They can be divided into verbs of perception or cognition (which refer to things in the mind), or verbs of relation (which describe the...Read More...

Early

Hello my friends, Which is more natural? 1 They come early to work every morning. 2 They come to work early every morning. Eagerly waiting an EARLY reply... GilbertRead More...

invite me along

Hi, Please take a look at the dialogue below: A: Has Jega told you about the picnic? B: No, he hasn't . A: Hmm... I thought he had . B: No, he didn't mention it at all. Maybe he doesn't want to invite me ( along ). Could you please tell me whether: 1 I have used the positive and negative forms of the auxiliaries have and do correctly (should the didn't that is highlighted in red be changed to hasn't ?) 2 along is necessary in the last sentence? Thanks a lot. GilbertRead More...

Types of sentence

Hi, I would really be grateful if you could tell me whether what I have written below correctly explains what a sentence is: A sentence is a group of words that has at least one subject and a verb in it. It can be declarative (a statement), interrogative (a question), imperative (a command) or exclamative (an exclamation). A sentence starts with a capital letter and ends either with a full stop , a question mark or an exclamation mark . Thanks a lot. GilbertRead More...

A nine days' wonder

I hope you find time to reply. why do we say "A nine days' wonder" NOT "A nine day wonder" as in "'a three week holiday" there is nothing special in the context, it is just there. Look it up in LDOCE and you will find it.Read More...

A Brand-New Year

WE WOULD LIKE TO WISH EACH AND EVERY MEMBER OF "THE GRAMMAR EXCHANGE" A NEW YEAR FULL OF HEALTH, HAPPINESS, AND PEACE. Rachel & RichardRead More...

for/in

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Dear teachers, Which should I use "for" or "in"? "Do you realize that if the workmen are still there on Monday, they will be digging up the road for/in a whole month?" Thanks.Read More...

Making offers

Hi, ' Shall I make some coffee? ' serves the function of making an offer. Can a statement like the one below be considered an offer too?: ' I will make you some coffee. ' If not, can you tell me how I can make an offer using the word ' will '? Many thanks. GilbertRead More...

on the top of

can i say, (a) She sits on (the) top of (the )stairs. (b) There is some snow on top of / on the top of mountain.Read More...

not likely

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Dear teachers, Please explain the meaning of using "not likely" here: "It is not likely that they will succeed." Thanks.Read More...

simple past/past continuous

Hello grammar people, Kindly look at the question below. I want to know whether B is a possible answer, and if it is, could you kindly tell me why. The boys were running on the track while the girls __________ (skip) on the field. A were skipping B skipped Thank you. GilbertRead More...

will/shall

Hello, Just a quick check. We use shall with I and we , right? So in the sentence below, where there is a compound subject, would it be more natural to use will or shall? My father and I ________ travel to Taiwan next month. Thanks. GilbertRead More...

it is ..... that

A: Micheal and Mary! Are you guys really going to Paris for your anniversary? B: Yes, it was in Paris _________ we first met each other. a. that b. where Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

Adverbs of time

Hi, Are all the words that I have listed below ADVERBS OF TIME? yesterday six months ago last night just now in 2003 last Sunday last week at 10 p.m. Thank you. GilbertRead More...

seek and go

Dear Rachel , I have been told that the verb " seek " has the same meaning of " go "! Would you please explain to me with examples the difference between them ? Also , Can I always use " seek " with the same meaning of " go " ? For example : I seek to school. Waiting for your kind reply. Thank you very much. SayedRead More...

just

There's a train in now. If you run, you'll just catch it. What does "just" mean in this sentence?Read More...

when

When we'd changed the furniture around, the room looked quite different. (Longman) Why is the past perfect used here? Is it different from "When we changed ...?" Thanks.Read More...

challenge

I challenge Dr. Carver to deny his involvement! (Longman) What does "challenge" mean in the sentence above? Do I force Dr. Carver to deny his involvement?Read More...

annoyed with

She was annnoyed with Duncan for forgetting to phone. (Longman) Can "at" be used in place of "with"?Read More...

couldn't

"How much will the repairs cost?" "I couldn't say for certain." (Longman) Can "couldn't" express inability in the present time?Read More...
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