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phrasal verbs v. verbs

which is better to learn, phrasal verbs or verbs that mean the same as phrasal verbs. eg. I ran into my teacher at the movies last night. run + into = meet or I meet my teacher at the movies last night. There could be some differences in meaning between the two sentences. But generally speaking Which is better to be learnt?Read More...

a visit + preposition

All the arrangements have been made for your visit _______ our head office in Shanghai. a. to b. at Are they both correct? Here are some expressions from my dictionaries: I'll pay a vist 'to' the hairdresser's while I'm in town. I decided to pay him a visit 'at' his office. Thanks!Read More...

3rd person singular

Hello friends, Can noun phrases (My father, the elephant, etc.) and names of people, animals and things (John, Dolly, King Kong, etc.) be categorised together with the pronouns he , she and it as the third person singular subjects ? If that doesn't make sense, then perhaps these examples will help clarify what I'm trying to say/ask: 1 He sells fish at the market. ( He - 3rd person singular subject) Thanks a lot. Gilbert 2 Jennifer washes her hair every Saturday.(Jennifer - 3rd person...Read More...

the + comparative, the + comparative

The more I wanted to see her, _______________ . a. the less interest I took in my study. b. the less I took interest in my study. I think 'a' is correct, but I'm not sure about 'b'. Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

only when

(1) Only when you have received enough affection can you love others. (2) Only when you have received enough affection, you can love others. Are they both grammatically OK?Read More...

be being paid

A: How's your new job? B: I can't complain. I'm much better ______ than before. a. paid b. being paid I think 'a' is correct, but I'm not sure about 'b'. Are they both correct? Thanks!Read More...

break up

There several meanings for the phrasal verb break up but, Can the phrasl verb "break up" be used when talking about the problem with sound quality? eg. when calling someone. when listening to the radio, and so on.Read More...

which or that

Hi! In the following sentence which one is better: "I will write about what I think makes me happier, that is traveling" or should we say "which is traveling" Thanks!Read More...

lie in bed or lie on bed

Dear experts, Which of them is/are correct? 1.lie in bed 2.lie on bed 3.lie in the bed 4.lie on the bed I used to say lie in bed but I came across an article which says: "Joanna became very ill with pneumonia. She lay on her bed, looking throught the window at the side of the next brick house." Well, please tell me why. Thank you.Read More...

Hot

Hello!! When you want to say that you are nervous, do you use this expression "I was with hot head"? Thanks!Read More...

Acid

Hi! Is it correct to say 'I feel heartburn after eating something very much acid" Thanks!Read More...

Illness V. Disease

I'm putting this answer to a question I perviously asked and got the answer from before I knew that she is the Moderator The Grammar Exchange. PS I'm posting the Q and the A for others who may get new information from the answer that I think is wonderful. Here is the Q: In her book "Understanding and Using English Grammar" labeled 'International Edition Not for sale in the U.S.A' third edition, Betty Schrampfer Azar wrote in chapter 6 page 92 under "subject-verb agreement some...Read More...

watch DVD, a DVD, DVDs

which is the most common and natural when talking about the activity in general? watch DVD watch a DVD watch DVDs AppleRead More...

Trip

Hi!! Is it correct to say "I am doing a lot of trips"? Thanks!Read More...

much more

cocoricot
Dear teachers, In recent years, this world crisis has caused innovative scientists to discover new concepts of using space, develop new styles of industries, and create much more productive varieties of seeds and fertilizers. Could you please tell me if "much more" is used correctly? Thanks.Read More...

Are you missing a suit?

Dear experts, I wonder if this sentence is correct. "Are you missing a suit?" I found it in an English storybook published by HAMPTON-BROWN (printed in U.S.A.)called "The Missing Suit" Here is a part of the story: Flaming and Heron were out flyng one day. Heron saw a suit hanging from a tree. Whose suit is this?" said Heron. "Flamingo, are you missing a suit?" "It might be mine," said Flamingo. "Let's see if it fits."...Heron and Flamingo went running up to Monkey. "Monkey, are you missing a...Read More...

of course

hi everybody I wonder if we should pronounce"of" in 'of course' as,/av/or /af/.one of my teachers says that,/af/is correct and the other one says,/av/ is right.what do you say? sorry,my keyboard has no key for phonetic symbols.Read More...

by

Ann's got two children by her previous husband. Is there any other preposition which can be used instead of "by" in the sentence above without changing the meaning? Thanks.Read More...

Days & Months

When the days or months are used in plural form, eg: 1. I work on Monday s . 2. We work in December s . etc. For NO.1 does it mean every and only Monday and likewise for NO.2 ie every and only December?Read More...

tenses

Are these sentences correct: 1-When I arrived the doors had been closed and I couldn't get in. 2-The doors had been closed when I arrived and I couldn't get in. 3-The doors had been closed when I had arrived and I hadn't been able to get in. I think to make 1 clearer one could say 'the doors had already been closed' (they had been closed prior to my arrival), and to make 3 clearer one could say 'the doors had been closed right when I had arrived'. But isn't 2 ambiguous as it is? Can't it...Read More...

the & of

1. Jake's birthday is on December 6th. 2."BrE", The event was to take place on 6th December. 3."ArE", Her letter arrived December 6. a. when reading the above examples, should we add the to the date? ie 1. Jake's birthday is on December the 6th. 2."BrE", The event was to take place on the 6th December. 3."ArE", Her letter arrived December the 6. B. If "the" should be added when reading, why isn't it written though? C. Souldn't the preposition "of" be added in the second sentence? ie 2."BrE",...Read More...

travel as far

Dear experts, I have trouble differentiating between TRAVEL AS FAR and TRAVEL SO FAR (or are they interchangeable?): They opened new University campuses and more clinics since people couldn't travel as far for medical care and education. It really makes you think about how different things are and how amazing it is that you can travel so far in one day. Could you help? Thank you, YuriRead More...

to do/doing

cocoricot
Dear teachers, "A teacher should suggest suitable tasks for parents to do/doing with their children." Please tell me if I could use both "to do" and "doing" in this case? Thank you very much.Read More...
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