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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...

just so

Just so we're absolutely certain, can I check these figures? (Longman) What does "just so" mean in the sentence above? Thanks.Read More...

released the dolphin in/into the sea

Hello friends, 1 The fisherman released the dolphin in the sea. 2 The fisherman released the dolphin into the sea. Is 1 or 2 correct? I think 2 is and yet the sentence somehow seems incomplete. Would inserting the word 'back' after dolphin help make this sentence better? Thank you. GilbertRead More...

What it looked like

I've been reading "The Hobbit," and I've come across a sentence that doesn't seem correct to me: But all night he dreamed of his own house and wandered in his sleep into all his different rooms looking for something that he could not find nor remember what it looked like. Or, more simply, He was looking for something that he could not remember what it looked like. Forgetting the interpretation, can someone explain whether or not this is grammatically correct and why? The 'it' seems awkward...Read More...

Green pair of shorts?

Hello, Which is correct? I wore a green pair of shorts. OR I wore a pair of green shorts. Thanks GilbertRead More...

not since

I found this sentence in a dictionary and I wanted to know your opinion about it" "She does not sleep around any more, not since she met Jack" Does it mean that "she stopped sleeping around before she met Jack"? MY problem is with "not" that preceeds "since".Read More...

Verbs of perception

Hi Rachel, Tell me if I'm right or wrong, please. 1 The flowers smell sweet. (Linking verb) 2 I can smell something sweet. (Verb of perception) In other words, the verbs of perception ( see, smell, taste, hear, and touch/feel )are used in sentences like other normal/full verbs, since they can take an object, except that they cannot take the progressive form. (What about: I am tasting the wine now/I am feeling tired) ? But if the sentence is constructed so that there is no object in it, but...Read More...

South Africa v. Africa

Africa is a continent. South Africa is a country. when I want to say that something is in the south of either the continent or the country, how would I say that?Read More...

by\ at

which is correct to say and why? If both are correct, is there a difference in meaning? 1. This animal always hunt by night. 2. This animal always hunt at night.Read More...

short answer; be or do

A: Ted seems to be very shy. B: He _____ , but only in front of strangers. a. is b. does I think 'a' is correct. How about 'b'? Is it also correct? Thanks!Read More...

advise

a. I advise you not to smoke. b. I advise you not smoking. Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

tense

Near the finish line of the marathon _______ thousands of spectators. a. stand b. have stood Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

have been to/have gone to

a. Have you ever gone to the art museum? b. Have you ever been to the art museum? c. I have gone to the art museum. d. I have been to the art museum. Are they all corrrect? I think 'b' and 'd' are, but I'm not sure about the others. Can you help me? Thanks!Read More...

satisfied vs. unsatisfied vs. unsatisfying

joan
Because people often have illusions that we can see ourselves in the biographies of famous people,screen biographies tend to be dramatically ______ . (a)satisfy (b) satisfied (c) unsatisfied (d) unsatisfying Which choice is correct for the blank? Thank you.Read More...

Clauses, Phrases, & Punctuation

Dear R&R (Rachel & Richard), The following is an entry from the "Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Online." non-restrictive (adjective) A non-restrictive relative clause gives additional information about a particular person or thing rather than saying which person or thing is being mentioned. For example, in the sentence 'Perry, who is 22, was arrested yesterday', the phrase 'who is 22' is a non-restrictive clause. Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Online...Read More...

joke about Putin

Can anyone explain the joke at the end of this paragraph? Experts generally believe that Putin won Yeltsin's endorsement because he was competent, because he wasn't part of any of the major Moscow factions competing for power and because his KGB past gave him a source of authority. But they also widely assume that he made a deal with Yeltsin and his family: in return for Yeltsin's endorsement, Putin would not pursue corruption charges against the outgoing President and his relatives, despite...Read More...

in / from

I bought a jar of pickles in / from the market. Are both correct and natural? Which is used more? Thanks.Read More...

have to / must

Do you think these two should be thought in a contrastive way as in below? What do you think? must 1 - the authority speaking or a written rule MOTHER: You must wear a dress tonight. You can't g oto the opera in those dreadful jeans. EMPLOYER: You must use a dictionary. I'm tired of correcting your spelling mistakes. DOCTOR: You must cut down on your smoking. RAILWAY COMPANY: Passengers must cross the line by the footbridge. OFFICE MANAGER: Staff must be at their desks at 9.00. must 2 -...Read More...

telephone conversation

joan
John:May I speak to Tom,please? Tom's Mom:He's not home._____________ John:No,thanks.I'll call him later. (A)Can I have your phone number? (B)Will you hold on for a moment? (C)Would you like to leave a message? (D)Will you call him thirty minutes later? Which answer is correct for the blank? Thank you.Read More...
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