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Not to decide is to decide

I wanted to know the meaning of these two sentences becuase I found them difficult to understand: Not to decide is to decide. Not to decide is a decision.Read More...

a sentence

tommy
"I know we can do better. We are a team which, when it plays to its strengths and thinks only about playing football, is able to do well. i cannot understand this sentence, especcially , when it plays to its strengths and thinks only about playing football, it plays.. what does it represent for? Can i modify this sentence as following "I know we can do better. We are a team which is able to do well when it plays to its strengths and thinks only about playing football." thank you very muchRead More...

conjunction

A better explanation is that the mother's heart is on the left side and she tries her infant to bring closer to its sound. Is the sentence correct? Does it need 'that' after 'and'? If it does, when should I add 'that' and when not? Thanks!Read More...

than / bad

"Black English Vernacular, in this respect, cannot be "bad" any more than Russian is "bad" or Arabic is "bad"." My Qs: Does the red part represent a comparison? If yes, Why wasn't the comparative form "worse" used? If Not, what is the function of "than" then? NB. The word "bad" is already punctuated in the text it was cited from.Read More...

fine aged whisky

Hi, I need help here. I would like to drink some fine, aged whisky. Should there be a comma after the word fine? Yes if it is a co-ordinate adjective. Fine is an adjective and aged is an adjective. An aged and fine whisky -- I don't think that would work. Am I right? Is it correct with a comma or without one? Thanks for your assistance. Cheers, SusanRead More...

deep structure?

There are two types of structure; deep and surface structure. For the surface structure I found it easy to understand but for the other I didn't yet do. Could you give me an example of [deep strucure]and elaborate on it a bit?Read More...

He is an English teacher?

He is an English teacher. 1. Which word should be stressed to mean that the teacher teaches English? 2. Which word should be stressed to mean that the teacher's nationality is English?Read More...

no otherwise

``Your list of the common extent of accomplishments,'' said Darcy, ``has too much truth. The word is applied to many a woman who deserves it no otherwise than by netting a purse, or covering a skreen. But I am very far from agreeing with you in your estimation of ladies in general. I cannot boast of knowing more than half a dozen, in the whole range of my acquaintance, that are really accomplished.'' Does 'no otherwise' mean 'no difference'? Thank youRead More...

an estimated

There _____ an estimated 10,000 acupuncturists in the United States. a. is b. are Which is correct? Thanks!Read More...

what

1)What did you remeber about the film? 2)What struck you? Are 'what' referred to an object?Read More...

a bunch of us; singular or plural

A bunch of us _____ going to get something to eat after class, so why don't you join us? a. is b. are Which is correct? Are they both correct? Which do you prefer? Do you think it is good as a test unit? We've talked about this kind of topic many times, and almost every time I've been given some frustration. Help me! Thanks!Read More...

from...to

Katmandu, the capital city of Nepal has everything ____. a. from souvenirs, to temples, exquisite cuisine b. from souvenirs, from temples, to exquisite cuisine c. from souvenirs, to temples, to exquisite cuisine Which is correct? Are there any rules here? Thanks!Read More...

simple future/future perfect

A: Can you turn in the paper by next Friday? B: Hopefully I ____ it by then. a. will finish b. will have finished Are they both correct? Are there any differences in meaning? Thanks!Read More...

[when] or [where]

"There are many occasion [when] or [where] one word is appropriate in a sentence........." Which one is correct [when] or [where] and WHY?Read More...

raising prices

cocoricot
Dear teachers, "The shops are cashing in on temporary shortages raising prices." I doubt about using "raising prices". I think it should be "to raise prices". Please explain. Thanks.Read More...

none taught, none learned

cocoricot
Dear teachers, "If children start from a values vacuum - with none taught, none learned - They will float at the mercy of circumstance and situation, and their lives will never be their own." Please tell me if "none taught, none learned" means "nothing to be taught, nothing to be learned". Thanks.Read More...

prefer

1)She prefers reading than playing sports. 2)She prefers reading to sports. Did I use 'prefer' correctly? Thank youRead More...

at

1)Sitting on the train, usually she would stop writting at 59th street station, started at the train station where she worked. 2)She demonstrated her skill at drawing. Did I use 'at' correctly? Thank youRead More...

his math/math

Obvioulsy, he has a problem with his math/math. Are 'his math' and 'math' correct? Thank youRead More...

"have or have had"

Dear Teachers, Many of us have or have had grandparents who remember events from their childhood with great accuracy but are unable to remember what happened yesterday. ---------------------------------------------- In the sentence above, I can't fully understand the meaning of the verb phrase "have had." What does that mean? And is the phrase "have had" necessary to the sentence?Read More...

article

It might be an unnecessary source of friction between parent and child . Why does it not have an article 'a' as 'a parent and (a) child'?Read More...
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