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will vs simple present

A patient will usually listen to the doctor's advice and act on it. (Collins) What is the difference of the sentence above from the one below? Thanks. A patient usually listens to the doctor's advice and acts on it.Read More...

How to understand literature

I wanted your opinion and help on the follwoing: My mother tongue is Arabic. I'm trying to read novels but I can't understand them. I found the way novels are written is complicated and different from daily English. They contain lots of new words to me. Each and every time I need to look them up. I find that boring. So would you please suggest some tips for me to start exploring literature especially novels? NB. I'm infatuated with linguistics but have no interest in literature.My friends...Read More...

tense;derive

A: I heard that the expression "so long" has a foreign origin. B: Probably. Many believe that it ______ from the 'Arabic, salaam'. a. derived b. derives c. was derived d. is derived e. has been derived Are they all correct? Which is the most natural? Thanks!Read More...

manuel or manual ?

joan
Dear moderators:Merry Christmas! Does the term Computer Manuel make sense ? I think that manuel is spelled wrong if the term means Computer Manual .But a Google search of Computer Manuel still gives some examples like these : http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Computer-Manuel-RS-6000-Series-44...yZ3519QQcmdZViewItem http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/mares-just-add-water/2...computer-manuel.html http://sg.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070719142136AAtQB2c&show=7 Then I have a Christmas greeting...Read More...

How do you decide what's right?

Dear Grammar Exchangers, Whether you are a native English speaker, a nonnative speaker, a teacher, a student, or other, I would love to hear your response to this question: How do you decide what's right? IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO GIVE AN INCORRECT ANSWER. I just want to hear from as many people as possible. Sincerely, Kafkaesque ------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------- This is my answer, but this much detail is NOT NECESSARY...Read More...

All politicians are not honest.

Dear Grammar Exchangers, I haven't checked if this topic was ever posted before, so I hope that this post isn't redundant. I would be interested to get some feedback on the following. We all know that while many "” a few? "” politicians are the epitome of virtue, at least SOME politicians lie, cheat, and steal "” that is, they are dishonest, and I believe that while a lot of grammar IS interesting, SOME topics in grammar are as exciting as watching paint dry (assuming that you're not into...Read More...

action

Most officers and men acquitted themselves well throughout the action. (Collins) Without further context, what does 'action' mean in the sentence?Read More...

Are these sentences correct ?

Dear Rachel , Would you please tell me your opinion about the following sentences ? 1- He wake up from sleeping . ** I think we should say " woke " , not " wake " as the sentence is in the past tense or should be so . Also , What about the preposition " from " ? Is it correct ? 2- Feeling tired, went to bed early * I think this sentence is wrong too because there is no subject before the verb " went " . We should say for example " ... I went to bed early" . Waiting for your kind reply. Thank...Read More...

sentence analysis

How am I supposed to analyze the following sentence in Los Angels Times? What is the main verb of the relative clause beginning with "who"? I'm not sure of the meaning either. While I was practicing, I saw someone who when I saw what he was doing was the first time I ever see something like this. AppleRead More...

'could have' for something true in the past?

The ancient Maya Kingdom once occupied a vast area in Central America. ...... Looking at its ruins, it is hard to imagine how such a society _________ . a. could have collapsed b. could collapse c. could have been collapsed d. could be collapsed Which is the best of the answers? I think 'a' is. Are there any better answers? Thanks!Read More...

tense

A: Have you seen Jane today? B: I _____ her in the hallway. A: When was that? I need to talk to her. B: About half an hour ago, I think. a. have seen b. saw Are they both correct? Are there any differences in meaning? Thanks!Read More...

articles/'to' in short answers

A: Hey, Mike. How about a drink? B: Thanks, but not tonight. A: Wouldn't you care for just a glass of wine? B: I'd like, but I'm the designated driver tonight. Is the last line correct? How about this below? I'd like 'to', but I'm 'a' designated driver tonight. Thanks!Read More...

dress

We leave little Jimmy's clothes beside his bed, ans he ________ . a. dresses b. dresses them c. dresses himself d. gets dressed e. gets dressed himself Are they all correct? Thanks!Read More...

San Jose

In "San Jose" why is "JOSE" pronounced as /hozay/ not /jozay/ ie the "J" is substituted by /h/?Read More...

Being fatty ?

Dear Rachel , Would you please tell me whether the following sentence is correct or not? Please tell me why? - Because eating too much you being fatty . ** It seems to me that " you being fatty " is not correct and should be " You are fat " or you " you are being fat " . I hope for your kind opinion/ explanation . Thank you very much. SayedRead More...

past particple as adjective

Which are correct: 1-If a pushed car reaches a downward slope, there might be trouble, unless someone is behind the wheel. 2-If a car pushed reaches a downward slope, there might be trouble, unless someone is behind the wheel. 3-If a car being pushed reaches a downward slope, there might be trouble, unless someone is behind the wheel. 4-If a car that is pushed reaches a downward slope, there might be trouble, unless someone is behind the wheel. 5- The pushed car was approaching a downward...Read More...

while/when

Are these sentences correct: 1- While repaired , the car made a strange sound. 2- When repaired , the car made a strange sound." Does 2 mean that the car made a strange sound: a- After it was repaired; b- While it was being repaired; or could it mean both.Read More...

in which

Officials say the options will offer investors a longer time in which to accrue profits. (Collins) Does the absence of 'in which' in the sentence make much difference? Thanks.Read More...

accent and class

In Britain, the way someone speaks ie "ACCENT" determines which class they belongs to. As you already know there are three classes in Britain ie high class, middle class and lower class. Is that applicable to you in US?Read More...

tenses, pronouns

Whereas the philosopher 'had regarded' the feelings as an obstacle to clear thinking, to the romantics 'it was' the human essence. a. Does the expression 'had regarded' have to be 'regarded'? b. Does the expression 'it was' have to be 'they were'? Thanks!Read More...

say

A: ________ what's right or wrong? B: Me, of course. a. Who's to say b. Who's to say about c. Who says d. Who says about Are they all correct? Is 'about' needed? Thanks!Read More...

two-thirds of respondents

Moreover, 'two-thirds of respondents' said health coverage was a primary factor in their employment decision. Is the expression 'two-thirds of respondents' correct? Does it need 'the' before 'respondents'? Thanks!Read More...

tag Q

if I wanted to seperate the negating article " not" from the helping verb in the tag question, would I write it as follows: You saw him, did you not? if not how can I do it?Read More...

can/could

A: How about going skating this Friday? B: I'm sorry, but I _______ make it that day. a. couldn't b. can't I think 'b' is correct, but I'm not sure about 'a'. Sometimes 'could' is used to indicate the present or future possibility. Can[or Could] the rule be applied here? Thanks!Read More...
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