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Onlynise & Onlynization

I paid him three dollars only . He only works for three days out of five. My Q: What do you think of using a new termonology for using the word " only " as follows: Onlynise or Onlynize : to use the word "only". Onlynization: the concept of using the word "only". NB I googled the word "Onlynization" and only found TWO results on the following links: http://keroarwin.blogdrive.com/archive/21.html http://www.stockmarketnigeria.com/forums/your-suggestio...laints-wanted-4.htmlRead More...

to+ infinitive or + ing

How can one determine when the "to" should be followed by infinitive form or the "ing" form? 1. I'm looking forward to seeing you. 2. I want to see you. in the above example it is easy for me since I have encountered them a lot. But is there a rule that I can apply for other sentences that I find?Read More...

the oo sound

Dear teachers a. when u pronounce words with long oo sound, such as do, two , through, rude, coop, does your tongue have to touch the molars and your jaw go up? my friends say that I dont really have to round my lips. Some of my friends say that the oo sound in do , two ,through and true is different from the one in rude, soup, mood. Is it true? b. when you pronounce words with short oo sound, such as look, foot, book and and put, does your tongue have to touch the molars? my friends say...Read More...

verb tenses

joan
Before the fire was put out,it _______ the life of three people. (A)claims (B)had claimed (C)claimed (D)was claimed Which choice is correct for the blank? Thank you.Read More...

should

cocoricot
Dear teachers, How could I interpret "should" in this sentence: "Fancy that you and I should meet like this." Thanks.Read More...

students number?

The following question may not be asked here, but at least I want a general idea. I wanted to know the average number for students per class in schools ie primary, intermidiate, secondary and also the average number of students per class in university. Here in Saudi Arabia the average number is between 25 to 40. In some cases the number may ecceed that.Read More...

the audience' information

a. 'for the audience' inforamtion' Is this the right expression? Is this idiomatic? How about these? b. 'for the audience's inforamtion' c. 'for the audiences' information' Thanks!Read More...

possessive

Are these sentences correct 1- The man whose brother escaped is here. 2- The man the brother of whom escaped is here. 3- The man of whom brother escaped is here. I use 1 , but I was wondering if the other two were grammatically acceptable (at least in formal or archaic English).Read More...

shake of/shake off

Which is correct: 1-He shook his overcoat of the cold winter rain as he enterd the building. 2-He shook the cold winter rain off his overcoat as he enterd the building.Read More...

at half one (follow-up)

Thank you, Rachel and Kafkaesque! So it's UK informal! How else could we understand the expression used in this passage from the Guardian (apparently used by an educated native speaker): But that's partly just becoming a manager - as a player you're usually home by HALF ONE, and on a golf course by two o'clock. http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/sport/2006/12/01/from_guvnor_to_gaffer.html and a whole lot of similar usages of HALF ONE as exemplified in authentic contexts here:...Read More...

close quiz

joan
A large shopping center has fifty to one hundred stores of all kinds ________ a large parking lot for cars around it,and parking in the parking lot is free. (A)without (B)which has (C)they have (D)with Which choice is correct for the blank? Thank you.Read More...

"Classic" and "classical"

"Classic" and "classical" are both adjectives. We say "classical music" but not very often "classic" music referring to Bach's music. But again we say "classic cars" not "classical cars". Are there any rules or do we learn them individually? AppleRead More...

at half one

Dear experts, Do both AT HALF ONE and HALF PAST ONE mean AT 13:30? In Russian AT HALF ONE would mean AT 12:30, that is "at the time that is only one half of one": So instead of arriving at half one in Cape Town, I was only there at half four which was just a wee bit too late to go up Table Mountain. Thank you, YuriRead More...

hard "c"+"g"

In longman Dictionary Of Contemporary English "LDOCE", under the word "hard" sense No. 31, the following is stated: 31. –¶PRONUNCIATIONâ—€ a hard 'c' is pronounced /k/ rather than /s/; a hard 'g' is pronounced /g/ rather than /dz/ 1. Don't you think there is a typo in /dz/ and it should be /d3/ as in the word "giant"? 2. Are these the only two sounds "c","g" that have hard version? 3. By the way if I encounterd such mistake in any products of Longman, Whom should I contact?Read More...

Isn't this plagiarism?

Sorry, this may not be the right forum to discuss such issue, but at least I wanted your opinion, if possible. Here is the issue: Our teacher of translation used to give us some texts written in Arabic to be translated into English. Then he gave us the suggested translation of the Arabic texts in English. In the beginning, we thought the Arabic Texts were the original texts and the English text is the teacher's translation. But later on we dicscoverd that the Arabic texts were not the...Read More...

See

when should each of the following be used? 1. see you. 2. see you later. 3. see you then. 4. see you soon. NB. If you have more phrases please add.Read More...

other

Are these all correct? a. other two books b. the other two books c. two other books d. the two other books I think 'c' is correct, but I'm not sure about the others. What do you say when mentioning all the rest? Is 'd' possible in that case? Thanks!Read More...

expect

cocoricot
Dear teachers. Could I use "expect" in the two following ways: 1. We didn't expect it to rain. 2. We didn't expect that it rained. ThanksRead More...

to have/for having lunch

cocoricot
Dear teachers, Could I use either "to have" or "for having" in the case? "If we leave now for our trip, we can drive half the distance before we stop to have/for having lunch." Thanks.Read More...

attention/paying attention

Which of these sentences are correct: 1- Your attention to what he says and not to what I say is annoying. 2- Your kindness to him and not to me is annoying. 3- Your politeness toward him and not toward me is annoying. 4- Your anger at me and not at him , while we were both equally responsible for the accident, is annoying. 1A- Your paying attention to what he says and not to what I say is annoying. 2A- Your being kind to him and not to me is annoying. 3A- Your being polite toward him and...Read More...

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...
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