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if/unless

A: How much is the annual fee? B: There's no fee ____ you use a credit card. a. unless b. provided that c. if Are they all correct? If not, could you explain why? Thanks!Read More...

modals

A; Are you ready for the biology test? B: I ________ . I've been cramming for the last three days. a. shall be b. should be c. will have been d. would have been Which is correct? Could you explain some? Thanks!Read More...

little/few

Jane plans to pay off _____ more bills next month. a. a few b. few c. a little d. little Which is correct? Thanks!Read More...

It may be in a London alley

---- We are as days and have had our parents for our yesterdays, but through all the fair weather of a clear parental sky the eye of Fortune can discern the coming storm, and she laughs as she places her favourites it may be in a London alley or those whom she is resolved to ruin in king's palaces. Seldom does she relent towards those whom she has suckled unkindly and seldom does she completely fail a favourite nursling. Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh, p. 24 ------ Would it still be...Read More...

came to / approached

Can Isay, (a) John saw a boy steal a book. When John came to / approached the boy, he seemed nervous and scared.Read More...

skilled person in

Can one say: 1-The skilled person in physics must make the decision. Instead of: 1a-The person skilled in physics must make the decision. 2-The most skilled person in physics must make the decision. Instead of: 2a-The person most skilled in physics must make the decision. 3-I met a skilled person in physics. Instead of: 3a-I met a person skilled in physics. 4-I met a more skilled person in physics (than me). Instead of: 4a- I met a person more skilled in physics (than me). 5-I met a more...Read More...

comparative/superlative

Are these sentences correct: 1-This is a more efficiently working machine than the other one. 2-This machine is the most efficiently working. 3-She is a more eloquently speaking student than me. 4-That girl is the most eloquently speaking student. Don't we need a dash between 'efficiently' and 'working' and between 'eloquently' and 'speaking'?Read More...

natural

Learning a new language is natural for him. Can I say 'natural' this way? Thank youRead More...

colon

This question had been posted by Welkins, but accidentally deleted by me. THE other day I felt a cold coming on. So I decided to have chicken soup to ward off the cold. Nonetheless I got the cold. This happens all the time: you think you're getting a cold; you have chicken soup; you get the cold anyway. So: is it possible that chicken soup gives you a cold? Why is there a colon between 'so' and 'is'? http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/13/opinion/13ephron.html?scp=1&sq=chicken+soup Thank youRead More...

stars to life

"From the beginning of time, out of the silence, Snow Leopard sang the stars to life , the sun to rise and the moon to wax and wane. Is 'life' a noun? If so, why are 'rise, wax and wane' verbs? The clause seems not consistent. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/13/books/review/Navasky-...ef=books&oref=slogin Thank youRead More...

prepositional phrase

To the spiritually inclined, this is old news. Why is there no noun in the prepositional phrase? http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/13/books/review/Navasky-...ef=books&oref=slogin Thank youRead More...

simple present

The choices you make now will affect you for many years. (Longman) What would the difference be if the sentence were "... you are making now ..."? Thanks.Read More...

reported / reported to

Can I say, (a) John saw a boy stealing a book. At the end, Ali rushed quickly to the counter and reported the librarian about this incident. (b) At the end, John reported to the teacher. The boy that stole the book had been punished by the teacher. (c) He rushed to the counter and reported what he saw to the librarian. (d) John saw a boy stealing a book. He rushed quickly and reported to the librarian.Read More...

hide

Can I say, (a) He saw a suspicious boy who tried to hide a book in / into / inside his shirt.Read More...

angry at/with /about

Can I say, (a) He was very angry at / about / with Jack's bad behaviour. (b) He was angry because of Jack's bad behaviour.Read More...

noun clause

The board denied that financial considerations had influenced their choice. (Longman) The board denied that financial considerations influenced their choice. What is the semantical difference between these two sentences? Thanks.Read More...

Multiple choice questions

Dear Rachel and Richard, I wanted to ask for your permission to have this thread on multiple choice questions since I will be doing an exam soon. I wanted your heplp concerning the questions. I will have my guess for each question and wait for your reply either to confirm my answer or to correct it. I will put a question after another: Here is No. 1: Iowa..........of flat-topped hills erected by the ancient Mound Builder people as temples and burial sites. A. with a larger number B. has a...Read More...

as taxi companies go

As taxi companies go, they're quite cheap. (Longman) What does "As taxi companies go" mean in this sentence?Read More...

uncountable ?

The definition of "uncountable nouns" in LDOCE is: An uncountable noun has no plural form and refers to something which cannot be counted or regarded as either singular or plural, for example 'money' or 'happiness'. But, what about the words that have always a plural form like pliers, scissors, trousers and so on. DO they go under the umbrella of the uncontable nouns? if no, what then?Read More...

most of them/ most of whom

During the American Revolution, thousands of Loyalists returned to England, _______ in the early 1780s a. most of them b. most of whom Which is correct? And if either of them is not correct, could you explain why? Thanks!Read More...

is advancing / has been advancing

The army, which landed without any serious opposition, _________ to the capital city. a. is now advancing b. has been advancing Are they both correct? Which sounds more natural? Thanks!Read More...

times/ a time

When _____ tough, many companies lay off their employees. a. times are b. a time is Are they both correct? If not, could you explain why? Thanks!Read More...

sack

They couldn't sack me - I'd done nothing wrong. (LONGMAN) Hi, this is from Longman. The sentence is being pronounced as "... I've done ..." but in print it is like above. Which one is correct? Thanks. entry sack verbRead More...

by or from?

IS the preposition " by " was correctly used in this sentence? English has many words borrowed by other languages. if the answer is YES, what about this: English has many words borrowed from other languages.Read More...
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