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General Writing and Grammar Help: usage of the expression "speak / think ill of ", sony televisions, nike shoes
sony televisions, nike shoes, apple computers: Dear Glen: Please forgive my lateness. For the last two days, I have had disrupted service from my internet provider, AND I lost electricity while workmen installed new utility poles and wires. I know there is an expression to speak/think ill of...

General Writing and Grammar Help: the use of commas, Commas
Commas: Hello Liz, and thanks for your question. At this level of detail, the use of the comma is a matter of style or personal taste. In general, the comma isn t strictly necessary if the adjectives are of a different kind. So it would be possible to write...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Use & usage, basic dictionary, fundamental distinction
basic dictionary, fundamental distinction, english phrases: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between use and usage ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me some examples? *** The difference is very slight, and most people do not understand it. I am giving you the simplified...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Using "but" instead of "and", clauses, conjunction
clauses, conjunction, ted: Dear Paolo: Here is what I wrote: Also, how would the sentence have read if you had used but ? *** I used AND because I wanted the two clauses to be equal. I could have used BUT. Using but as the conjunction would have made a stronger emphasis...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Go about + verb, promise honesty, preposition
promise honesty, preposition, gerund: Dear Paolo: What does to go about + verb mean? *** I hope that I did not send you this formula. It s incorrect. You cannot put a verb after the preposition about. You can put a VERB FORM, such as a GERUND, after a preposition: My mother...

General Writing and Grammar Help: OF vs ON, tyres, sentences
tyres, sentences, many thanks: Dear Paolo: Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct? 1) Can you blow up the tyres ON my bike, please? 2) Can you blow up the tyres OF my bike, please? If both are possible, do they mean the same thing? *** Both sentences are...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Walk by someone, popular song, many thanks
popular song, many thanks, expression: Dear Paolo: Does the phrase/expression to walk by someone exist? If so, what does it mean? Would you please give me some examples of how to use it? *** The expression exists. It could be just a simple statement meaning that, while you were walking,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I HAD/GOT my watch broken............, passive voice, best choice
passive voice, best choice, many thanks: Dear Paolo: Are the following sentences grammatically correct and natural? 1) I HAD my watch broken while I was playing with the children. 2) I GOT my watch broken while I was playing with the children. If both are possible, do they mean the same...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get in the way, infinitive phrase, prepositional phrase
infinitive phrase, prepositional phrase, phrases: Dear Paolo: What does to get in the way mean? It means that someone is bothersome, that the person is not needed for something and whose presence is causing problems for others. Would you please give me some examples of how to use this expression/phrase?...

General Writing and Grammar Help: GET in the way - STAND in the way, budget plans, republicans
budget plans, republicans, ted: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between to GET in the way and to STAND in the way ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me some examples? Also, does to stand in somebody s way exist? *** GET IN THE WAY is most...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Welcome or welcomed, present tense, choice situation
present tense, choice situation, many thanks: Dear Paolo: Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct? 1) Your suggestions are always WELCOME. 2) Your suggestions are always WELCOMED. *** This is another choice situation. Both are used and both are acceptable. However,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Whenever - every time, irregular basis, synonyms
irregular basis, synonyms, ted: Dear Paolo: Is it correct to say that whenever and every time are synonyms? If not, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me some examples? For instance, should I say/write, Every time I come here,....., Whenever I come...

General Writing and Grammar Help: When & whenever, time occurrence, subordinating conjunction
time occurrence, subordinating conjunction, piano instructor: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between when and whenever ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me some examples? For instance, should I use when or whenever in the sentence below? You can visit us when /...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Wipe OUT - wipe OFF, dish towel, spaghetti sauce
dish towel, spaghetti sauce, middle east map: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between to wipe something OUT and to wipe something OFF ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me some examples? *** In GENERAL, WIPE OUT means to get rid of something completely....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Why did you write XYZ but you....., present tense, helping verb
present tense, helping verb, ted: Dear Paolo: Which of the following questions is grammatically correct? 1) Why did you write XYZ but you GO on to say the opposite? 2) Why did you write XYZ but you WENT on to say the opposite? *** Both are correct, depending on which tense is preferred....

General Writing and Grammar Help: ANY.........., thinning ozone layer, ocean pollution
thinning ozone layer, ocean pollution, dear teacher: It could be either. I know you are thinking: =Any means singular.= This sentence is not the same structure. The skeleton: I have had. =Question= or =questions= would be the direct object. ~~ In a general sense, use =questions=. Perhaps the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: What - which, internet questions, top ten list
internet questions, top ten list, favorite tv: Dear Paolo: Most people would say that there is no difference between what and which. We have reached the point where, in most cases, the two are interchangeable. WHAT -- usually used when there are a great number of options, such as What books...

General Writing and Grammar Help: How come....., correct question, grammar
correct question, grammar, ted: Dear Paolo: How come is a poor idiom that essentially means Why? http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/is-how-come-proper-english.aspx EXAMPLE: How come you are sitting here? This idiomatic question is acceptable in certain areas of the United...

General Writing and Grammar Help: And - to, infinitive phrase, independent clauses
infinitive phrase, independent clauses, punctuation mark: Dear Paolo: Which of the following examples is grammatically correct? 1) I want to get past this truck, then we can get into the right lane. When we get past, I ll stop AND let you drive. 2) I want to get past this truck, then we can get into the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: FOR - ON, short men, sentences
short men, sentences, interchange: Dear Paolo: Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct? 1) Life is hard ON short men. 2) Life is hard FOR short men. If both are possible, do they mean the same thing? If not, when should I use each of them? Would you please...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Let me IN - Let me THROUGH, standing in the doorway, bad car
standing in the doorway, bad car, crowd of people: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between Let me IN and Let me THROUGH ? If so, when should I use each of them? *** There is a difference. EXAMPLES: A group of people are standing in the doorway of the classroom, and you need to get inside....

General Writing and Grammar Help: What - whatever, english grammar, kind message
english grammar, kind message, christmas greeting: Dear Paolo: First, I thank you very much for the Christmas greeting e-card. Both the card and your kind message lifted my spirits. It is cold and gloomy outside, but I feel warm and sunny, as a result of your thoughtfulness. [Note: I have received...

General Writing and Grammar Help: That & which, hodges harbrace handbook, restrictive clause
hodges harbrace handbook, restrictive clause, distinction: Dear Paolo: Should I use that or which in the sentence below? The street market WHICH / THAT is held near my house. *** From Hodges Harbrace Handbook -- THAT has traditionally been used with a restrictive clause: The cup THAT is on the table...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Most, absenteeism, sick leave
absenteeism, sick leave, ted: Dear Paolo: Does the word most fit in the sentence below? The company has had ........ of its employees taking sick leave and it has decided to crack down on absenteeism. *** Most does fit, if you define most as more than 50%. If there are...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Between - in between, independent clauses, old adage
independent clauses, old adage, semi colon: Dear Paolo: What is the difference between between and in between ? Also, are there any cases in which the two may be used interchangably? If so, when? Would you please give me some examples? *** There is no difference in the meaning of the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: anyway/already & use of commas, always/already & comma usage
always/already & comma usage: Yes, necessary. I have gone to the store, anyway. ~~ Bonus! Before =already=, also. I ve gone to the store, already. ~~ If either of these words begins the sentence, use the comma after the word. Anyway, let me get back to the story....

General Writing and Grammar Help: asking questions, hodges harbrace handbook, helping verbs
hodges harbrace handbook, helping verbs, modal verbs: Dear Rich: Can you please verify for me that the category of English helping verbs known as modal verbs can be used to ask questions . For example, in the sentence: Can you give me a receipt please? The verb can (which in some grammar...

General Writing and Grammar Help: asking questiuons, interrogative sentences, tense verbs
interrogative sentences, tense verbs, english sentences: Dear Rich: I am answering your question and, at the same time, praying that we don t get hung up with your subject matter. Indicative is recognized in the English language, but declarative is the preferred choice in describing sentences. In other...

General Writing and Grammar Help: At the beginning - in the beginning, slight difference, 9 11 attacks
slight difference, 9 11 attacks, best player: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between AT the beginning and IN the beginning ? *** There is a very slight difference, because at designates a particular time [specific] and in does not. AT the beginning of the book, the author gives credit...

General Writing and Grammar Help: put the boots to the nail?, race horses, basketball players
race horses, basketball players, del piero: Dear Paolo: I have never heard the expression boots to the nail. I ve learned something new. I found it just one time through Google. That was an English search, and I have the feeling that the expression is strictly Italian. The doors of Juventus...

General Writing and Grammar Help: capitalization, proper noun, swiss cheese
proper noun, swiss cheese, parmesian: Dear Rich: I ve been thinking about this capitalization issue. I believe that English-speaking people always capitalize the names of countries AND the adjectives that are based on those names. EXAMPLES: English muffins and Chinese restaurants. Then...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Is this a correct sentence?, correct sentence, second choice
correct sentence, second choice, seth: Hi Seth, The two uses of definitely in the sentence makes them contradictory. Definitely means a positive decision that will not be refuted. So if you are definitely going to one place, you cannot definitely go to another. The one will cancel out...

General Writing and Grammar Help: dash, or comma, semi colon, novelists
semi colon, novelists, life thanks: a) I owe Oscar Wilde a lot. His An Ideal Husband has taught me what real love means. And (comma here) I m also happy that Wilde has helped me-- (No dashes, use semi-colon) as other novelists have already done-- (No dashes, no comma; nothing here) to enhance...

General Writing and Grammar Help: a dinner, anna karenina, dear teacher
anna karenina, dear teacher, dinner time: You must say a dinner because it is a function they are giving in the future, as in a party they are throwing next week or a birthday party they are having next week or a charity they are holding next week. If it were dinner time, or current activity...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Don't pick up this book if you have to get up early the next morning., page turner, next morning
page turner, next morning, expressions: Dear Glen: Can the following expressions be used to describe a book that is a page-turner? 1. Don t pick up this book if you have to get up early the next morning. 2. Don t pick this book up if you have to get up early the next morning. 3. Once you pick...

General Writing and Grammar Help: In the end - at the end, oxford english dictionary, barack obama
oxford english dictionary, barack obama, tytler: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between in the end and at the end ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me a few examples? *** There is a very slight distinction between the two phrases. Here are the references...

General Writing and Grammar Help: the use of "now" with present perfect, merriam webster, caws
General Writing and Grammar Help: the use of "now" with present perfect, merriam webster, caws, present moment

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar - Echo tags, echo tag, google
echo tag, google, tone of voice: George, Didn t they implies that you know they did but are looking for reassurance. Did they indicates that you don t know but are trying to find out. I m not positive, but I think didn t they falls and did they rises. I hope you asked the right person,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar Question, grammar question, wordiness
grammar question, wordiness, question question: The first sentence is grammatically correct, but you d need a comma: I will definitely go to Spain, or I will definitely go to Australia. You have two complete clauses and need to separate them with a comma. The sentence I will definitely go to Spain...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar: the use of "others", michelle obama, english as a foreign language
michelle obama, english as a foreign language, teacher of english: Your example: And there s First Lady Michelle Obama, well-meaning officials and doctors and all sorts of others who have tried to make America a little slimmer in recent years. Correction: And there s the First Lady Michelle Obama. In recent years,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: hyphen, irving chase, exact construction
irving chase, exact construction, grammar rules: An interesting question. The hyphen is used in adjectival structures. A noun format has no hyphen, and the two words are elided. The verb construction uses separate words. I need to make up a lesson. Let s schedule your make-up lesson. Your makeup...

General Writing and Grammar Help: influence ON, grammar book, bad influence
grammar book, bad influence, mother in law: * Hi, hope you are well. Sorry for the delay in responding. A is correct and B is incorrect. On simply isn t a word that should come after influence, when influence is used as a verb. (that is the rule, stated in my OWN words - not out of a grammar...

General Writing and Grammar Help: its, the, question thanks, everyday speech
question thanks, everyday speech, own car: Hello Hame, The use of his or my depends entirely on the meaning of the sentence. If he ate his own food because he was at home, you would use his but if he ate food in a restaurant, you would use the . If he washed his own car, he would say...

General Writing and Grammar Help: and jumped - to jump, 86th floor, slight difference
86th floor, slight difference, infinitive: Dear Paolo: I just got back from a three-day conference. I apologize for not being able to respond sooner. *** Which of the following sentences is correct and natural? 1) The man went up to the 86th floor and jumped. 2) The man went up to the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I’ll try AND work it, infinitive phrase, many thanks
infinitive phrase, many thanks, sentences: Dear Paolo: Which of the following sentences is correct and natural? 1) I’ll try AND work it so we can leave early today. 2) I’ll try TO work it so we can leave early today. The second sentence is correct, because what you are trying is expressed...

General Writing and Grammar Help: a marked progress, uncountable nouns, uncountable noun
uncountable nouns, uncountable noun, english thanks: Hello Hame, The a in all the sentences is used as an indirect article. Here are the rules: Here are the rules for when to use A, An or The : a = indefinite article (not a specific object, one of a number of the same objects) with consonants...

General Writing and Grammar Help: meaning of "oversight", math calculations, careless mistake
math calculations, careless mistake, slight difference: Dear Glen: Is there any real difference in meaning between the expressions oversight and careless oversight ? In other words, do the following sentences have the same meaning? 1. My mistake was the result of a careless oversight. 2. My mistake was...

General Writing and Grammar Help: meaning of "self-imposed limitations", expression, ted
expression, ted, audience: Dear Glen: What is the meaning of the expression self-imposed limitations and what is the meaning of the following sentence? You must push yourself beyond your self-imposed limitations. *** When we impose limitations on ourselves, we are essentially...

General Writing and Grammar Help: meaning of "well-earned", skill work, bad behaviour
skill work, bad behaviour, e mail: Dear Glen: I have been attending a conference for three days, and I am just now catching up on my e-mail. I apologize for the delay. ***** Dear Ted, I know that the meaning of the expression well-earned is the following: fully deserved, deserved...

General Writing and Grammar Help: the opposite of, strife, adjective
strife, adjective, disagreement: * My mistake, sorry. A direct opposite doesn t really come to mind, because making up or reconciling is an act that contraverts many situations of strife, disagreement and general conflict. Anything that generates strife, conflict or disagreement...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Shall I go and get the phone book?, six words, phone book
six words, phone book, using the word: Dear Paolo: Is the sentence below correct and natural or should I write, Shall I go TO get the phone book? Shall I go and get the phone book? *** In casual usage, this sentence is acceptable, although it is not grammatically correct. You can write...

General Writing and Grammar Help: please correct it, native english teachers, grammatical questions
native english teachers, grammatical questions, question thanks: Unless you are physically in Asia and speaking; addressing people such as speaking or lecturing, it is not necessary to use here as it is presumed when speaking in that country where you stand. Or, if in a different country, Asia is all that is used to tell...

General Writing and Grammar Help: punctuation, english grammar rules, introductory element
english grammar rules, introductory element, definite rule: Hame, A comma should be used with an introductory element when the comma makes the sentence easier to read and understand. Definitely a & b need a comma... c would be questionable as it is clear without the comma. So, as with many English grammar rules,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: A question, preposition, walden
preposition, walden, adage: Dear Walden: Is there some reason that you are no longer nominating me as volunteer of the month ? I do my very best to help you, so, if I am doing something wrong, please tell me. Ted ***************************************************** It...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Question about the use of, ted nesbitt, coordinating conjunction
ted nesbitt, coordinating conjunction, independent clauses: No, Seth, having two independent clauses has nothing to do with it. The reason OR is used, either for phrases or clauses, is that an option is presented: Option A OR Option B. By using or, you are implying that he will do ONE or the OTHER. If you...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Re: love2, servant leader, burning hell
servant leader, burning hell, semi colon: Dear James: My purpose is to do whatever I can to save as many people as possible from a burning Hell that includes my family [See below]. The word of God is designed to keep everyone from perishing. First of all I want you to know that I love everybody....

General Writing and Grammar Help: rule or rules, esl students, incomplete sentence
esl students, incomplete sentence, correct questions: The other day I asked Peter the following question. ....is an incomplete sentence. It is left hanging without the following question that was asked. Asked Peter what?????????? You can say: The other day, I asked Peter the following question: What...

General Writing and Grammar Help: secret, mystery, secret mystery, best choice
secret mystery, best choice, sentences: Hello Hame, Again, very little difference is made between the two sentences using at and in . We use these two prepositions interchangeably. The difference between secret and mystery is shown by these two definitions: SECRET: Something not...

General Writing and Grammar Help: secret, mystery, secret mystery, deliberate effort
secret mystery, deliberate effort, plural form: * 1) I don t know if there is an answer to this (if there is, I don t know the answer). SMS isn t really a word, it s just a modern and recently accepted acronym for text messaging technology. 2) Secret and mystery are very similar words. Secret...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Does this sentence make sense? If so, why?, standpoint, contrary
standpoint, contrary, confusion: * So are you basically asking, why not use and ? I m not 100% sure I m clear on what your confusion or question is about the current structure. But it sounds to me like the person who constructed the sentence views the 2 places as mutually exclusive;...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentence structure, confusing sentence, sentence format
confusing sentence, sentence format, complete sentence: * I think that the urge to use a comma in the first sentence is more indicative of confusing sentence structure than anything else. You want to use a comma because the meaning isn t clear and you want to make the meaning clear, but the reason the meaning...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, san francisco giants, smoking in public areas
san francisco giants, smoking in public areas, shopping spree: Dear Oppo: 1.Passengers simply swipe their smart card on embarkation. What does this sentence mean? *** A smart card is a credit or debit card of some kind. On the back of it, there is a magnetic tape with a person s card number. Swipe means...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get set for, outdoor carnival, class sessions
outdoor carnival, class sessions, diving board: Dear Paolo: When do you use the expression/phrase to get set for ? Would you please give me a few examples? *** The phrase actually means to get ready or to get prepared. To get set for the final examination, Paolo reviewed all the notes he...

General Writing and Grammar Help: stuck, physical sense, slang
physical sense, slang, expressions: Hello Maria, Both of these expressions are idioms. When you say you are stuck with someone, it implies that you really don t want to be with them, but for some reason they are attached (in a physical or non-physical sense) to you. For example, I am...

General Writing and Grammar Help: subjective/objective pronoun usage in a noun clause, pronoun usage, noun clause
pronoun usage, noun clause, predicate nominative: Hello Michael, I agree with your reasoning which is well argued, however, anytime you have a form of the verb to be --meaning verbs such as are, is, were, was, will be etc---it must be followed by a form of the nominative case. That is the rule in English...

General Writing and Grammar Help: two test, hame, blouse
hame, blouse, best choice: Hello Hame, 1. My glasses are on the table. The word glasses is plural since you have two lenses in a pair of glasses. So you will use the verb are . 2. My blouse is on the table. The word blouse is singular--there is only one blouse--so you...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Thesaurus with explanations for usage, oxford english dictionary, types of dictionaries
oxford english dictionary, types of dictionaries, synonym finder: Dear Dan: I don t know what you mean by those said offline versions. Also, I copied the OED s complete entries for the verbs solve and resolve. They are much too long to be pasted into this Allexperts box. Please send me your e-mail address....

General Writing and Grammar Help: before though, using the word, clauses
using the word, clauses, leonardo: That sentence, as is, makes no sense. You d not want to use the word though. Though is a defining word. For example, I like the color of the house, though I don t like the neighborhood. Though is a conjunction, which is a connecting word, connecting...

General Writing and Grammar Help: three questions, possessive pronoun, letter to a friend
possessive pronoun, letter to a friend, novelists: Hello Hame, hope you are doing well! 1) Yes, his is correct... a possessive pronoun showing ownership. 2) I would change this to: And, I m also happy that Wilde has helped me... 3) Using dashes calls the reader s attention to the portion set off...

General Writing and Grammar Help: uncountable nouns, uncountable noun, uncountable nouns
uncountable noun, uncountable nouns, welcome rain: Hello Hame, The definition of OCCASION is : A particular time or instance of an event. So my sentence referred to rain at a certain time or at a certain instance. Therefore, my word occasion meant that I could go back, look at a calendar,and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: uncountable nouns, uncountable nouns, learning the english language
uncountable nouns, learning the english language, dear teacher: Hello Hame, BRAVO!!! Your sentence is perfect. You used the words failure and attempt/attempts in correct usage. I am always pleased to be able to help you and admire your diligence in learning the English language which is not easy at times....

General Writing and Grammar Help: The usage of "be.", silk paintings, lacquer ware
silk paintings, lacquer ware, block prints: Dear Walden: *** I m sending another response, because I didn t explain the use of be. The use of the phrase be it is idiomatic. Most people avoid using it; it sounds obsolete, The modern preference is the use of whether -- whether they are...

General Writing and Grammar Help: usage of the word "regretful", sentence number, valentine s day
sentence number, valentine s day, five senses: Dear Glen: I know that you can say you regret doing something , i.e. I regret lying to you. Can you also say you feel regretful about something or you are regretful about something ? In other words, I know that sentence number one below is grammatically...

General Writing and Grammar Help: use of =like= , pleasure
pleasure: Shirt sentence: Seeing your shirt pleases me. I admire your shirt. I think your shirt is pretty/good-looking [a man!]. You also will find =I love your shirt=, which means I really =like= it. ~~ Eating sentence: It would please me to eat...

General Writing and Grammar Help: the use of, verbal speech, english friend
verbal speech, english friend, continuous action: here is the keyword: I have been living here for two years. So now is not necessary, however, it is correct to use now regardless. It is a choice and common verbal speech when telling someone of the current happening. Correct or not, it is proper....

General Writing and Grammar Help: the use of "now" with present perfect, continuous action
continuous action: Hame, The use of now is not correct in this situation because the verb tense (present perfect continuous [or progressive]implies something that started in the past and continues until now-a continuous action. So, now is redundant. Regards, ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: how did she like?how wa she liked?, online dictionary, preposition
online dictionary, preposition, adverb: Maria, Here are the definitions of like : like/līk/ Preposition: Having the same characteristics or qualities as; similar to: they were like brothers . Conjunction: In the same way that; as: people who change countries like they change clothes...

General Writing and Grammar Help: a, the, whole, dear teacher, glass of water
dear teacher, glass of water, generality: I ate the whole cake. You use the if referring to a particular cake being talked about. However, you use a if it s referring to generality of eating so much. I drank a whole glass of water. Same with this one; use a is speaking in generalization...

General Writing and Grammar Help: a, uncountable noun, grammar books
uncountable noun, grammar books, english thanks: Hame, I have a news flash for you--I won the lottery! You may want to submit this question to another researcher as the grammatical point is so arcane and not even taught to native speakers of English. I think I have gone as far as I can to help you....

General Writing and Grammar Help: by, grammar books, indefinite article
grammar books, indefinite article, question thanks: It is I have not traveled by a small plane, Or, I have never traveled by small plane which you prefer, and not using the article a. You cannot say We went to the park by car in that sentence structure, because it does not imply what is going on....

General Writing and Grammar Help: by, air traffic control, prayers of thanksgiving
air traffic control, prayers of thanksgiving, grammar books: =Small plane= vs. =airline= is what I had in mind when I made those distinctions. ~~ In U.S. English, small plane implies a less-than-experienced pilot, an aircraft perhaps not maintained as well as it should be or inspected by a competent official,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: the, question thanks, correct choice
question thanks, correct choice, restraunt: Did he eat the food on his own plate, or did he eat the food on someone else s plate? ~~ If he ate the food on *his own plate*, the sentence is: He ate *his* food at 4:00. If he ate food on *someone else s plate* (or the food was not identified as...

General Writing and Grammar Help: ' and ", patrick henry give me liberty, case book
patrick henry give me liberty, case book, parentheses: I think you re asking about the parentheses. They are markings used to indicate special words or a quote. You d use them in the following cases: Bill said, I am late for work. To set off a quote is probably their most common usage. You could also use...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Got through - go through, manchester united, many thanks
manchester united, many thanks, sentences: Dear Paolo: Which of the following sentences is correct and natural? 1) Manchester United GOT through the 6th round of the cup. 2) Manchester United WENT through the 6th round of the cup. If both are possible, do they have the same meaning? ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: out of , from, paper dolls, toys wood
paper dolls, toys wood, question thanks: Using out of in that context means to make something using the wood or anything, such as I made paper dolls out of construction paper. Using from can be the same since making something using the material, such as I made paper dolls from construction...

General Writing and Grammar Help: A, definite and indefinite articles, sorry english
definite and indefinite articles, sorry english, question thanks: Hame, Please go to this website and you will see why the answer to your question is not simple and will take some memorization on your part in order to correctly use definite and indefinite articles. I believe it will help. http://www.rpi.edu/web/writingcenter/esl.htm...

General Writing and Grammar Help: ask someone to do something, osbon, panic attack
osbon, panic attack, story id: Dear Soniq: On the ground, Osbon was taken off the plane in handcuffs and a wheelchair by Amarillo police. He is now in FBI custody. Once safe on the ground, passengers thanked Gonzalez and asked to take photos with him, hailing him a hero. ----------------------------...

General Writing and Grammar Help: beautiful, participation level, eager student
participation level, eager student, inappropriate questions: * Usually the word beautiful is used for a female as opposed to a male. However, sometimes people make exceptions, especially/commonly with babies or children. During some seasons of the year I have more time and I can increase my max number of questions....

General Writing and Grammar Help: You get the best-worst out of me, character flaws, many thanks
character flaws, many thanks, expressions: Dear Paolo: Do the expressions you get the best out of me and you get the worst out of me ? *** These expressions are not used in the U. S. I think you mean You BRING OUT the best IN me. If so, would you please give me a few examples of...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Brass weighing scales, weighing scales, precious gems
weighing scales, precious gems, jewelry stores: Dear Paolo: Sometimes called weighing scales and sometimes just called scales, these devices are used to determine the weight of both valuable things [gold, precious gems] and commonplace items [fruit, poultry]. Thus, they can be almost anywhere --...

General Writing and Grammar Help: "I care very much about you", sentence number, adverb
sentence number, adverb, liking: Dear Glen: I m not sure if the expression care very much is grammatically correct. I know that you don t say I very like you. , rather you say I like you very much”or I really like you. Can you say care very much ? In other words, is sentence number...

General Writing and Grammar Help: chocolate, chocolate flavors, different varieties of chocolate
chocolate flavors, different varieties of chocolate, cocoa beans: Hello Hame, In the first sentence, it implies that you like different varieties of chocolate flavors (dark, semi-sweet, etc.). The second sentence means that you like individual pieces of candy that are chocolate or flavored with chocolate. Chocolates...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Comma, dash, colon, parentheses,., question thanks, complete sentence
question thanks, complete sentence, colons: Your sentence structure was awkward; wouldn t it be nice for all friends... as friends are friends REGARDLESS of religion or culture OR they would NOT be friends to begin with! It would be Wouldn t it be nice if all people were friends regardless...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Comma, dash, colon, parentheses, religious culture, colons
religious culture, colons, parentheses: Hello Hame, First, you must say, ......no matter what RELIGIOUS culture? Next, your sentence is correct only if you write it this way, Wouldn t it be nice for all to be friends, no matter what religious culture? This is something I believe in with...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Comma, dash, colon, parentheses,.., two different things, religion and culture
two different things, religion and culture, hame: Dear Hame: Please take a look at your P.S s suggestion. As you see, you have put Peter s words within quotation marks.Also, you have put the question mark inside the quotation mark. But do not you think that the question mark should be outside...

General Writing and Grammar Help: you, in your computer, luggage rack, computer question
luggage rack, computer question, question thanks: No. on implies sitting on top of it. Onto is the same; sitting on top the object. A computer holds data inside, therefore, you use in. To use onto examples: Climb onto the roof to repair the shingles. Get onto the top of the car and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Are they correct?, front tooth, option c
front tooth, option c, dentist: Hame, Try these: A) My bicycle is broken. I have to have it repaired. B) My front tooth is LOOSE. It wiggles. I have to see my DENTIST. But I am afraid he might PULL (extract) it because it is LOOSE. C) Peter: I am going to the barber, and ask...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Depression got the best of me, preposition, many thanks
preposition, many thanks, sentences: Dear Paolo: Which of the following sentences is correct and natural? 1) Depression GOT the best of me. 2) Depression TOOK the best of me. *** The first one is the usual expression, and it is quite common. Unlike got, took demands more of...

General Writing and Grammar Help: "I died and went to heaven", sayings, sentences
sayings, sentences, heaven: Dear Glen: I m not sure if I m using the expression died and went to heaven correctly. In other words, do the following sentences make sense and are they grammatically correct? 1. Mike: How was Hawaii? Greg: I died and went to heaven. 2. Lisa:...

General Writing and Grammar Help: different ways to say "a long time", time aspect, period 3
time aspect, period 3, time 2: Dear Glen: I know you can use the expression a long time , i.e. We ve been talking for a long time. Do the expressions in the following sentences have the same meaning as a long time and are the sentences grammatically correct? 1. We ve been...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Have dropped in casual conversation, casual conversation, plurality
casual conversation, plurality, sentences: Dear Paolo: Is it true that have is dropped in casual/sloppy conversation and sentences such as I ve got a car become I got a car ? *** It is, unfortunately, true. Also, I have a car is often replaced with I got a car. If so, would you please...

General Writing and Grammar Help: About dropping "have" again, slang expression, grammar tips
slang expression, grammar tips, american expression: Dear Paolo: Why is your example I got an A on the test not correct? Doesn t it mean I received/obtained and A on the test ? Also, why is your example She has got the best student award for the past five years not correct? How should it read?...

General Writing and Grammar Help: edit, reading novels, refreshing change
reading novels, refreshing change, heavy load: Hello Hame, Recently, you ve been reading novels with complex plots and heavy dialogue so your decision to read lighter works such as Wilde will be a refreshing change. or(less formal), If you are tired of reading difficult novels, try Wilde s works....

General Writing and Grammar Help: essay, youth drug abuse, harmful effects of drugs
youth drug abuse, harmful effects of drugs, effects of drugs on the body: 1. I d say prevention is better than a cure. When you say, as we know, is this your opinion or is it a quote? Do we, in truth, know that prevention is better than a cure? You might want to explain that further. 2. How about saying it this way: ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: explanation, word questions, question thanks
word questions, question thanks, singularity: Hello Hame, Yes, in most grammatical situations, your answer is correct and the word would be explanations. However, we most likely will say, If your questions need a brief explanation, I would be glad to help you. English speaking people assume that...

General Writing and Grammar Help: essay
General Writing and Grammar Help: essay

General Writing and Grammar Help: a few questions about meaning of words, close quarters, global climate
close quarters, global climate, chief cause: 1. There is no difference, they are just synonyms that you can pick from depending on what tone you prefer. chief doesn t sound very well spoken to me and I would not recommend it personally. Primary is commonly used, and for good reason--it sounds good...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Fit in the brakes, off road tires, foreign territory
off road tires, foreign territory, 25mm: Dear Paolo: FIT IN THE BRAKES I have never heard this expression. I explored the internet, and the only reference I could find was to do with the size of tires that one uses on a motorcycle. If the tires are too big, they will not fit in the brakes....

General Writing and Grammar Help: take full adv..., s education, ears
s education, ears: Hello Hame, No, this is not idiomatic. It is saying that the teacher has much learning and the student is going to benefit from this man s education and knowledge by making it his own. In this way, it will be an advantage to him to know such a man and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: take full adva..., apples and pears, ruby murray
apples and pears, ruby murray, common phrases: Hame, I would not say that this is an idiomatic expression because an idiom is defined as: common phrases or sayings whose meanings cannot be understood by the individual words or elements. Examples of these idioms are Baker s Dozen , Funny Farm and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: take full, correct sentence structure, knowledge knowledge
correct sentence structure, knowledge knowledge, ears: No, as I am going to take advantage of him and ...... implies you are going to swindle him, assault him, or something bad as manipulate him, etc................ Correct sentence structure is: I am taking full advantage of my teachers vast knowledge....

General Writing and Grammar Help: good looking/handsome, subtle differences, short answer
subtle differences, short answer, using the word: * Hello, thanks I am well and I hope you also are. The short/easy answer is, there is almost no difference. In most situations that you might ever use them, you could use either one and have no difference at all. However, here are a few notes:...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar ques, thoughts and prayers, prepositional phrase
thoughts and prayers, prepositional phrase, indirect address: Cari, Try this: You, Debby, and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! You and your family are the subjects. Are is the verb and in my thoughts...a prepositional phrase. Debby is indirect address and thus is set off from the rest of the sentence....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammer/Sentence Structure, dioxide emissions, thesis sentence
dioxide emissions, thesis sentence, carbon emissions: Although some scientists argue that global warming (caused by human dioxide emissions) is occurring and its effects are harming our planet, they are wrong. That is incorrect. You cannot presume they are wrong by simply stating it. It must have a...

General Writing and Grammar Help: are they idio...?, dictionary definitions, shoelaces
dictionary definitions, shoelaces, pocket money: Hame, No, they re not! By definition an idiom is a phrase where the words together have a different meaning from the dictionary definitions of the individual words. For example, out of pocket money is that which you ve lost. Out of order, loose/tighten...

General Writing and Grammar Help: are they idio.....?, airplane seats, dark closet
airplane seats, dark closet, bad shape: 1) No. Several problems. The =seats= were One other possibility is this: the seat YOU were going to sit in was the only one that was that way. ~~ =Out of order= usually is applied to a toilet, although a telephone can be said to be out of order....

General Writing and Grammar Help: are they idiomatic to your ears?, question thanks, shoelaces
question thanks, shoelaces, idiomatic expressions: * on the first one, I m not entirely sure what you want to mean, but here is a correct-sounding version: The seat of the airplane was broken, and I did not feel comfortable at all. The 2nd one is already fine. This lamp no longer works. We should...

General Writing and Grammar Help: look at this letter,please, foe example, oceans of time
foe example, oceans of time, english thanks: Sorry [very idiomatic to leave out =I=; good!] for the delay in responding to your e-mail. ~~ Well, all is fine with me. I ve been doing well of late. I ve been reading several novels. And I m wondering why I wasted my time at university not doing what...

General Writing and Grammar Help: The meaning., hyperbole, figurative expression
hyperbole, figurative expression, walden: Dear Walden: I read of a sentece: Shop till you drop? Here does drop mean stop? Why don t say stop? Drop means to fall over or down because of exhaustion. Shop till you drop means that a person gets so involved in shopping that he cannot quit....

General Writing and Grammar Help: meaning of "carry on the family name", expression, ted
expression, ted, phrase: Dear Glen: Does the expression carry on the family name mean to have a child? In other words, does the following sentence make sense? My parents are pressuring me to get married because they want me to carry on the family name. *** The phrase...

General Writing and Grammar Help: meaning of "during my father's generation", e mail address, generation students
e mail address, generation students, allexperts: Dear Glen: First, my Allexperts account is not working properly. I just discovered six questions from you and another person [also in Asia]. They were dated yesterday, but they were not forwarded to my e-mail address. I wrote to the tech support people...

General Writing and Grammar Help: meaning of "frozen in time", time margaret, college days
time margaret, college days, mr snodgrass: Dear Glen: Is the expression frozen in time common, and if yes, what does it mean in general and what does it mean in the following sentence? The town today is the same as it was 200 years ago, it s like it was frozen in time. *** The expression...

General Writing and Grammar Help: meaning of "game-changer", barack obama, company switches
barack obama, company switches, business dictionary: Dear Glen: Game-changer and game-changing are relative new words. [They are sometimes written without the hyphens.] To change the game means to make a sudden and radical shift from one thing to another. For example, the United States had always...

General Writing and Grammar Help: meaning of "never say never", champion surfer, carrots
champion surfer, carrots, christie: Dear Glen: Never say never means that there is always a possibility that something will happen. When a person says that he will NEVER do something, there is always the chance that he WILL do that very thing. Never doesn t always mean never, because...

General Writing and Grammar Help: meaning of "slim pickings", semi colons, independent clauses
semi colons, independent clauses, comma splice: Dear Glen: I m not sure of the meaning of the expression slim pickings . Does slim pickings mean a small amount of something to choose from? Am I using the expression correctly in the following sentences? 1. It s hard to find a good girlfriend...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Multiple possessive nouns in a sentence?, possessive nouns, two different things
possessive nouns, two different things, nouns in a sentence: * I am always answering questions with this same mantra of, I don t care one whit about trying to memorize thousands of rules from textbooks; I just know good writing/speaking when I see it sort of approach. With that in mind (and of course, I m not...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I need help re-writing this sentence., nervous activity, stimulants
nervous activity, stimulants, climates: The sentence does not make sense. You cannot turn imperative, and you do not use the before imperative. It is adjective. And you cannot save a nation and turn it into stimulants. I really do not know what you are trying to say because it is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: the place of question mark, proper hyphenation, owl resource
proper hyphenation, owl resource, quotation mark: American punctuation places all punctuation: question marks, periods, exclamation marks, INSIDE the ending quote. Only British punctuation places it outside the ending quotes. Since I am American, I will tell you the correct way is INSIDE the quotations....

General Writing and Grammar Help: please correct it, correct sentence structure, reply thanks
correct sentence structure, reply thanks, dear teacher: replies to my emails, one of which has made a lot of trouble That implies the email; itself made trouble. Emails cannot make trouble. The correct sentence structure is: Dear Teacher, I have read you replies to my emails. However, I have...

General Writing and Grammar Help: please look at this letter, foe example, oceans of time
foe example, oceans of time, e mail: Hello Hame, Dear Peter, Sorry for the delay in responding to your e-mail. Well, all is fine with me. I ve been doing well of late. I ve been reading several novels. And I m wondering why I wasted my time at university not doing what I m doing now....

General Writing and Grammar Help: About a preposition, object of the preposition, prepositional phrase
object of the preposition, prepositional phrase, word computer: Dear Walden: Thank you very much for having replied so many times! Now a question about a preposition. I have read of a sentence: He is good with computer. I think it is better to say: He is good at computer. What is your opinion? Thanks!...

General Writing and Grammar Help: punctuation,........, anna karenina, war and peace
anna karenina, war and peace, parantheses: Hello Hame, These two sentences are both acceptable.: a ) So far, I ve managed to read some of Tolstoy s works, War and Peace and Anna Karenina. ( commas are preferable to dashes. Dashes should be avoided whenever possible). c) So far, I ve...

General Writing and Grammar Help: punctuation,comma,.., anna karenina, coordinating conjunctions
anna karenina, coordinating conjunctions, transitional phrases: Hame, A dash sets off the words in a sentence for the reader. They call attention to the material and in this case, you want to call attention to the books that you read. Writers should use dashes sparingly when they write. Commas tend to be overused...

General Writing and Grammar Help: punctuation,comma,dash, anna karenina, native english speaker
anna karenina, native english speaker, author tolstoy: I am a professional editor and published author. You CANNOT use a semi-colon unless BOTH sentences (before and after the semi-colon) can stand alone on it s own. The semi-colon is often used to join together two independent clauses -- in other words,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: To read someone like a book means to know what someone is thinking, or how they're feeling, without "them / their" telling you., ted
ted: Dear Glen: Subject: To read someone like a book means to know what someone is thinking, or how they re feeling, without them / their telling you. Question: Dear Ted, I m not sure if I should use the word them or their in the following sentence,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentence clarity, correct sentence structure, sentence clarity
correct sentence structure, sentence clarity, stunning array: First, the sentence structure is all wrong. Positively breathtaking watching the sunset does not mean anything. It is incomplete; where is the noun? a stunning array of beautiful colors as you sit around does not mean anything. It also, is an incomplete...

General Writing and Grammar Help: with the subject of ...., email scam, subject heading
email scam, subject heading, dear teacher: No. You either did send it or did not. You cannot use it to presume other s will automatically know that he is forgetful. To presume evryone knows he is a forgetful person is ludicrous. You must say I cannot remember NOT suppose. To suppose ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sugar,....., count nouns, salt road
count nouns, salt road, dear teacher: Hame, Yes, we can use many of these in the plural. For example, John gave his wife a box of chocolates for her birthday. This means the box had more than one piece of chocolate in it. Another sentence, There are many sugars that you can buy: brown...

General Writing and Grammar Help: usage of the expression "dressed up", predicate adjective, linking verbs
predicate adjective, linking verbs, verb pattern: Dear Glen: I know the expression dress up is a phrasal verb and means the following: to wear clothes that are more formal than the ones you would usually wear. Is the expression dressed up an adjective in following sentences? 1. I was dressed up...

General Writing and Grammar Help: usage of hte expression "sink or swim", basketball game, foul shots
basketball game, foul shots, game jack: Dear Glen: I m not sure about the usage of the expression sink or swim . I often see the expression used in the following way: someone is left to sink or swim . For example: Newcomers are given no training - they are simply left to sink or swim. Can...

General Writing and Grammar Help: usage of the word "instill", latin word, using the word
latin word, using the word, drip: Dear Glen: Am I using the word instill correctly in the following sentences and are they grammatically correct? 1. My father instilled good values in me. 2. My father instilled in me the need to be honest. 3. My father instilled the need to be honest...

General Writing and Grammar Help: use of the word "forget", rhyming dictionaries, song lyric
rhyming dictionaries, song lyric, writing a letter: You can say, I also forget, but you need to look at the context of the song. You say, Do you remember the day we first met, then you say, I also forget. What is it that you are forgetting ? I am a songwriter myself. What is the message you want...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Using between in a certain way, objective sense, indirect object
objective sense, indirect object, dative: The right answers would be between her and Joe and also between Joe and her. She is a pronoun and her is an adjective. It can also be used in a kind of dative, or indirect object, sense, like I gave the book to her. A pronoun wouldn t be used...

General Writing and Grammar Help: is vs has been, grammar books, life experiences
grammar books, life experiences, intuition: * As usual, I reach into my intuition for this one, as opposed to grammar books (just to be honest with you). But my intuition is usually trustworthy, as developed through life experiences pretty thoroughly. Anyway, here s my feeling: completed...

General Writing and Grammar Help: You vs. yourself, world class leaders, candid discussions
world class leaders, candid discussions, action word: Hi Elaine, The use of yourself in the above sentence is not grammatically correct. It should read ....world-class leaders like you... . The use of myself and yourself is only correct in a small number of situations. The first situation would...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Walk into - walk in to, preposition, good question
preposition, good question, many thanks: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between to walk INTO a place and to walk IN TO a place ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me a few examples? For instance, do you walk INTO a room/store/etc. or do you walk IN...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Withdraw & take out, idiomatic expressions, many thanks
idiomatic expressions, many thanks, ted: Dear Paolo: Is it to withdraw money FROM a bank account or to withdraw money OUT OF a bank account? Is it to take money FROM a bank account, to take OUT money FROM a bank account or to take money OUT OF a bank account ? FROM a bank account...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Stand with someone - stand by someone, friend james, strong force
friend james, strong force, trouble makers: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between to stand WITH someone and to stand BY someone ? *** YES, there is a difference. If so, when should I use each of them? *** TO STAND BY means that you support that person. The support does not have...

General Writing and Grammar Help: What for? - For what?, ending a sentence with a preposition, grammarians
ending a sentence with a preposition, grammarians, word order: Dear Paolo: If both are possible, is there any difference between What for? and For what? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me a few examples? *** The only difference between the two is the word order. What for?...

General Writing and Grammar Help: in, over, .., correct prepositions, esl instructors
correct prepositions, esl instructors, esl students: Hello Hame, She wrote in the book, means that she took a pen and wrote something inside the book, perhaps her name or a comment about what she read. She wrote for the book, means that she either wrote to ask someone to send her the book or she wrote...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get in on the action, many thanks, thursday night
many thanks, thursday night, world cup: Dear Paolo: Does the expression to get in on the action exist? If so, would you please explain its meaning with a few examples? *** It is a very popular phrase. Get in on means to be included. Let s suppose a group of people decide to pick...

General Writing and Grammar Help: to advice, keh, bhi
keh, bhi, bna: m bhi dusro ki trh achhi english bolna chahti hu.jodr bna k sb keh du leki Please ask someone to do a translation for me. mb ~~ later: I asked a friend to help. She said the first sentence is that you want to speak English with friends. You...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Borrowed time & dig in, crossing the rubicon, living on borrowed time
crossing the rubicon, living on borrowed time, time means that: Dear Paolo: The following headline is taken from today s online edition of The Independent, a British newspaper. Hunt on borrowed time as Whitehall digs in Would you please explain the meaning of borrowed time and dig in with a few examples?...

General Writing and Grammar Help: it's cool......., autumn sky, autumn moon
autumn sky, autumn moon, slang term: The way you have it in that sentence means it s neat or it s hip or any slang use. If you mean it is a cool mean opposed to a warm moon- then you have to state it differently. Such as it s a cool blue moon and not a warm yellowish moon. It simply...

General Writing and Grammar Help: how many coordinating conjunctions....?, coordinating conjunctions, informal word
coordinating conjunctions, informal word, two thoughts: If there is a series of nouns, verbs, or clauses, the word and is usually used before the last named. Since the first two thoughts are reasons and the third is a conclusion, there are not really three similar items. Therefore, the third and should be replaced...

General Writing and Grammar Help: english, short anecdote, learning communities
short anecdote, learning communities, personal story: Hi Ingrid, Remember that the best way to start any paper is with either a personal story ( short anecdote), a quotation, or a statistic. From my point of view, a story captures the reader s attention better than any other method. So if you could begin...

General Writing and Grammar Help: english, learning communities, delayed response
learning communities, delayed response, classroom teachers: Hi Ingrid, Sorry for the delayed response. So for my opinion, I believe that both the teachers and students take responsibilities for their learning communities. Both have very defined roles in a learning community. However, I think that I know what...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Essay Introductory Paragraph, essay on to kill a mockingbird, structure characterization
essay on to kill a mockingbird, structure characterization, introductory paragraph: Hello Olivia, When writing an essay, keep in the mind the 5-paragraph structure. In your introductory paragraph, you are going to tell the reader what you are going to tell them (the thesis statement), the supporting paragraphs tell the reader what you...

General Writing and Grammar Help: use of earlier of, yes or no question
General Writing and Grammar Help: use of earlier of, yes or no question

General Writing and Grammar Help: Gerunds or Participles, What's the difference?, gerunds and gerund phrases, santa fe conference
gerunds and gerund phrases, santa fe conference, participles and gerunds: Dear Nathan: To determine the status of writing, you must analyze its function in the sentence. This statement applies to all other gerunds and participle. EXAMPLES: Writing an essay in English is very hard for me. Writing is a gerund, and ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: give ..........repl..., question thanks, hame
question thanks, hame, enjoying life: B is better because the idea is presented in fewer words. Idiomatic to my ears: I do not understand the meaning of this question. Do you mean Which sounds better? In using ears, I think it means a sentence I am listening to when it is spoken. But...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, focus story, correct question
focus story, correct question, lucky day: The correct question is Whose lucky day is it, anyway? In the first sentence, Who s is a contraction, meaning Who is? Whose is right. I don t know what your question is in the first sentence. You don t need a comma after fox . The story...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, parking lot, grammar
parking lot, grammar: Hello William, You might remember that lay means to put or place. Lie means to recline. So in this sentence you would say, It happened so quickly. One moment he was walking through the parking lot, and the next he was lying helplessly in the dark...

General Writing and Grammar Help: keep hold of, gunners, striker
gunners, striker, many thanks: Dear Paolo: It appears that you sent this message twice. After answering the first message, I have another example to add. KEEP HOLD OF the memories of your father. Although he is physically gone, you will still feel his presence by maintaining...

General Writing and Grammar Help: keep hold, doll collection, gunners
doll collection, gunners, sixty years: Dear Paolo: The following sentence is taken from a British newspaper. Gunners told they must KEEP HOLD of Dutch striker if they want to win trophies. My question is: When do you use keep hold of ? *** I believe that the phrase in the British...

General Writing and Grammar Help: meaning of "something comes easy (to someone)", crossword puzzles, grammarians
crossword puzzles, grammarians, football player: Dear Glen: What is the meaning of the expression something comes easy (to someone) ? I think it means the following: it is not hard for someone to do something or someone has a knack for something. Is my understanding of the expression correct ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: meaning of 'racing through my mind", mental processes, jumble
mental processes, jumble, confusion: Dear Glen: Racing through your mind means that thoughts or ideas enter your mind in a kind of jumble. You have no control over these ideas. Your usual mental processes are affected, most often by confusion. Something has brought about your having...

General Writing and Grammar Help: meaning of "strange look", facial expression, adverb
facial expression, adverb, clown: Dear Glen: Question: Dear Ted, I m confused about the meaning of the expression give someone a strange look , i.e. She gave me a strange look . Does it mean She looked at me and had a strange facial expression (when she looked at me she had a...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Modals and Auxiliary verbs, auxiliary verbs, modal verbs
auxiliary verbs, modal verbs, grammar teacher: Dear Nathan: I was wondering what is the difference between the auxiliary verbs and the modal verbs. One source said the following about auxiliary verbs: Auxiliary verbs are also known as common or modifying verbs. Auxiliary verbs cannot be used without...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Need your help!, great philosophers, political philosopher
great philosophers, political philosopher, education theory: I started to take an interest in politics and philosophy in grade nine. Since then, my life has changed completely. WHY? WHAT HAPPEBNED? I feel more mature ATTENTIVE when I read articles about politics and philosophy, as those articles urge me to do...

General Writing and Grammar Help: the negative .., tense verb, participle
tense verb, participle, rain: Hi Hamed, The past participle is essentially the past tense verb in the sentence. In your example have rained is the past participle. To make it negative (and indicate the absence of rain) then your example is correct. It must not have rained....

General Writing and Grammar Help: On the phone, pronoun, short story
pronoun, short story, sentences: Correction: The teacher called my mother and told her about my lessons. Or: The teacher phoned my mother and told her about my lessons. Or: The teacher phoned my mother to inform her about my lessons. The pronoun and he is not needed...

General Writing and Grammar Help: poetic licence, calling the moon, green cheese
calling the moon, green cheese, poetic licence: Hame, When a poet, painter, musician takes liberties with his craft, it is called poetic license. Calling the moon full of green cheese, raising up against a sea of troubles, or roads ribbons of sand across the landscape, he or she is using poetic license....

General Writing and Grammar Help: poetic licence, edward the longshanks, english princess
edward the longshanks, english princess, artistic license: Hi Hame, If I had to guess I think that they might be trying to give the moon a color in order to tie it to the changing of the season. During Autumn it s common for the leaves of trees to change color to yellow, orange, red and brown before falling off....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Proper punctuation, use of the semi colon, main clauses
use of the semi colon, main clauses, semi colons: Here is what THE GRAMMAR BIBLE (Strumpf and Douglas, 2004) says about the semi-colons. Some main clauses already contain commas. To avoid the confusion we might create by adding more commas between the main clauses, we separate the clauses with semicolons....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Referencing my tables and illustrations, harvard style, proquest search
harvard style, proquest search, doctoral committee: Hi Orla, First of all, congratulations on this exciting time in your life! I ll be in your shoes in a short time myself. Now, admittedly, I cannot answer this question directly. I m not familiar with Harvard Style. My school uses APA. I tried to do...

General Writing and Grammar Help: resume, grammar punctuation, finding a new job
grammar punctuation, finding a new job, occupational background: Lore, First of all, a four-page resume is too long for serious consideration. HR people with today s job market are swamped with resumes. They give the most serious consideration to those resumes that say the most in the least amount of space. A one page...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Can you say you've "grown accustomed to someone"?, my fair lady, divorces
my fair lady, divorces, sentences: Dear Glen: I know that you can say that you ve grown accustomed to something . Can you also say that you ve grown accustomed to someone ? In other words, do the following sentences make sense? 1. I ve grown accustomed to my new colleague. 2. I ve grown...

General Writing and Grammar Help: school + off, native speakers
native speakers: * Hmm...it sounds ok , but not very well. We do use the word off to describe the students, but not usually the school. It would sound very good to say students are off school in the summer , or students are off in the summer , but it would be...

General Writing and Grammar Help: send them..., present participle, auxiliary verbs
present participle, auxiliary verbs, auxiliary verb: Your friend is right that fewer words are better. Both sentences are in good English. However, there are some differences in understanding with the shorter sentences. In the first shorter sentence, we know the parents wanted the information but we do not...

General Writing and Grammar Help: yet, still, yourdictionary com, online thesaurus
yourdictionary com, online thesaurus, many different ways: Dear Hame: Yet and still are synonyms in some instances, but the two words have their own special meanings. They cannot always be interchanged with each other. INTERCHANGEABLE -- Question -- Have you finished your assignments? Answer -- (1)...

General Writing and Grammar Help: style, government recommendations, style question
government recommendations, style question, question thanks: Hello Motti, I can see what you are saying. It would be clearer if the speaker had said, People ignore regulations even though the government recommends them. The sentence does not say what the government is recommending. So I agree with you...

General Writing and Grammar Help: usage of the expression "in one lump sum", sum 4, lump sum
sum 4, lump sum, monthly mortgage payments: Dear Glen: I m confused about how to use the expression one lump sum , in the context of buying something. Are the following sentences grammatically correct? 1. I bought my house with one lump sum. 2. I bought my house in one lump sum. 3. I paid for...

General Writing and Grammar Help: usage of the word "awkward", sentence example, word choice
sentence example, word choice, spoken english: Dear Glen: Yes, you are using the word awkward correctly. Awkward can mean clumsy, as in He looked awkward when he tried to dance. Another meaning for awkward is out of place or not fitting properly. The second meaning applies to your two...

General Writing and Grammar Help: use of earlier of, chocolate bunny, best guess
chocolate bunny, best guess, casual conversation: Hi John, I must admit that I am confused by your inquiry. I will attempt to answer your question, but I m afraid that I can only do so in generalities because the example that you sent does not make sense grammatically. The easiest way to tell the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Should I use the word "I" or "me"?, object of the preposition, prepositional phrase
object of the preposition, prepositional phrase, objective case: Dear Glen: Should I use the word I or me in the following sentences? 1. One conflict that exists in my life is between my mother and me / I , she always wants me to obey her but I don t want to. 2. One conflict that exists between my mother and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Should I use the word "this" or "that", spilled milk, slight difference
spilled milk, slight difference, ted: Dear Glen: *** I AM NOW TAKING 25 QUESTIONS PER DAY. I ESPECIALLY LIKE YOUR QUESTIONS, BECAUSE THEY CHALLENGE ME TO COME UP WITH GOOD EXAMPLES. KEEP THEM COMING. Ted ******************* Should I use the word this or that in the second sentence...

General Writing and Grammar Help: You vs. yourself, intensive pronouns, pronoun
intensive pronouns, pronoun, elaine: Elaine, Yourself, myself, himself are examples of intensive pronouns because they strengthen or intensify another pronoun. You did it all by yourself. He was left in the car all by himself. Your second sentence, with you, is correct since there is nothing...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Does the word ....., merriam webster dictionary, native english speaker
merriam webster dictionary, native english speaker, rhythmic quality: Hi Hame, I m great, thanks. :) 1. Yes, rhythymless is a word in English, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary (which is a widely accepted academic source). 2. Yes, the translation makes sense as you wrote it. Being a native English speaker...

General Writing and Grammar Help: word usage, learning science, word usage
learning science, word usage, open to suggestions: Learning science through quizzes. The student learns science by taking quizzes. The implication is that there is no other method of instruction; only quizzes. ~~ Learning science with quizzes. Science learning is done in several ways, one of which...

General Writing and Grammar Help: worth, translation problem, english thanks
translation problem, english thanks, adjective: Two suggestions: Preferred: His French quotations are worthy of being translated into English. Alternate: His French quotations are worth an English translation. Problem with original sentence: worth is a noun and the order of this sentence calls...

General Writing and Grammar Help: were they not......
* Hello, I am doing great and I hope you are as well. A) is definitely not used. B) sounds correct, depending on what you want to mean. If you want to say a meaning like, they WERE playing football, correct? then use Weren t they playing...

General Writing and Grammar Help: were they not....., subjunctive verb, elizabeth english
subjunctive verb, elizabeth english, question thanks: Hi Hame, English is, unfortunately, a very complex language with lots of rules and exceptions. This particular sentence is an example of one of those exceptions. When the sentence uses the contraction weren t , then it would be correct. Weren t you...

General Writing and Grammar Help: not..., participle, johnathan
participle, johnathan, correct answer: Hi Hame, The correct answer is B. The negative participle (not) is always paired with the verb (want), unless it s a contraction like weren t. A would be correct if it was Doesn t she want to go home? . However, since the two words are not contracted...

General Writing and Grammar Help: 20 pages...., gun death, death time
gun death, death time, linking verb: Hi, I will do my best to answer your question, but I think perhaps some structure is a little different when this sentence is in your native language. Here is a similar example from Spanish: The Spanish people say I have 30 years of age when they mean...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get your act together, acceptance speech, many thanks
acceptance speech, many thanks, graduation: Dear Paolo: Get your act together means compose yourself. Your acceptance speech wanders from subject to subject in an incoherent manner. Settle down and get your act together, so you will make sense to your audience. John was too emotionally...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Admitted to or into hospital, many thanks, medical advice
many thanks, medical advice, expressions: Dear Paolo: Should I say/write, admitted TO hospital or admitted INTO hospital ? If both are possible, do they have the same meaning? If not, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me a few examples? *** These two expressions...

General Writing and Grammar Help: The best hits of Frank Sinatra, mormon tabernacle choir, rossini overtures
mormon tabernacle choir, rossini overtures, symphonies of beethoven: Dear Paolo: Should I write, The best hits/songs of Frank Sinatra, The best hits/songs by Frank Sinatra, The best hits/songs from Frank Sinatra or The best Frank Sinatra hits/songs ? If all four are possible, do they have the same meaning?...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Down, broken, not working & out of order, broken 3, fax machine
broken 3, fax machine, many thanks: Dear Paolo: If the four sentences below are all correct and natural, do they have the same meaning? If not, when should I use each of them? 1) The fax machine is down. 2) The fax machine is broken. 3) The fax machine is not working. 4) The...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get caught up, collegiate dictionary, o clock
collegiate dictionary, o clock, morning man: Dear Paolo: Would you please look at the following short dialog and explain the meaning of get caught up ? Woman: Are you still studying? It s two o clock in the morning Man: I know. I just can t seem to get caught up. Caught up means that...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Chelsea fans & Chelsea's fans, steeler fans, pittsburgh steeler
steeler fans, pittsburgh steeler, boston celtic: Dear Paolo: Should I say/write, Chelsea fans, Chelsea s fans or The Chelsea fans ? If all three are possible, do they have the same meaning? If not, when should I use each of them? *** All three are correct. Which one to use is the writer...

General Writing and Grammar Help: the conversation, conversation question, acceptance agreement
conversation question, acceptance agreement, question thanks: Hello, I would say it is not customary to say hi when speaking to a teacher for help. Here is what I would say to my student, for example. (Student approaches desk) Mrs. Reff, could you help me with....? Well, John, I am busy right now. Why don...

General Writing and Grammar Help: correct usage for a new store, abraham lincoln birthplace, abraham lincoln
abraham lincoln birthplace, abraham lincoln, hodgenville ky: I d say Lincoln s General Store. It is near the Lincoln birthplace. I live near New Salem, and I believe it was called Lincoln s New Salem. You could call it Lincoln General Store because, likely, since Lincoln owned a general store, it may have been...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Don't "lower" your goals, self confidence, sentences
self confidence, sentences, grammar: Dear Glen: Can you use the words lower and higher in reference to a person s goals? In other words, do the following sentences make sense and are they grammatically correct? 1. Don t lower your goals. If you do lower your goals, you ll never be successful....

General Writing and Grammar Help: except, but, grammatical points, personal preference
grammatical points, personal preference, dear teacher: Hi Hame, Honestly, this is just a matter of personal preference or opinion. It s not wrong or incorrect to have the same word repeat three times. In fact, it would go a long way i demonstrating that the person speaking in the poem is obsessed or infatuated...

General Writing and Grammar Help: except that which...., dear teacher, loose sight
dear teacher, loose sight, mouth to mouth: Hi Hame, It s my pleasure to be of what assistance I can. I had a thought about this as well. In dealing with translating things from Irish to English and vice versa I have found that sometimes there is an effective way of literally translating what...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Fit & fit in, glass slippers, stepsisters
glass slippers, stepsisters, bridal gown: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between to fit something and to fit in something ? *** Sometimes, they are used interchangeably, but I would not do that. to fit something -- This means that you are enclosing a thing INSIDE another thing....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Frank Sinatra discography, frank sinatra discography, yoknapatawpha county
frank sinatra discography, yoknapatawpha county, frank sinatra: Dear Paolo: Should I write, The Frank Sinatra discography, Frank Sinatra discography or Frank Sinatra s discography ? If all three are possible, do they have the same meaning? If not, when should I use each of them? Would you please give...

General Writing and Grammar Help: The full package, language learning, appetizers
language learning, appetizers, many thanks: Dear Paolo: Do you ever use the phrase/expression the full package in a figurative way? If so, would you please give me a few examples? *** I rarely use this expression. It means the total amount of something. EXAMPLE: The language learning...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Give out brains, god of beauty, italian equivalent
god of beauty, italian equivalent, vacation in the bahamas: Dear Paolo: What does giving out brains mean in the following sentence? When they were giving out brains, Bill was on vacation in the Bahamas. *** The statement is meant as a joke. Bill must not be a very bright person, so he was away from home...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar question, grammar question, job application
grammar question, job application, reply: It depends on how they are defined. For example, you can fill in for someone who is not able to come to work, or you can fill in information on a job application. We also can say that a person filled out an application or form. It depends on how...

General Writing and Grammar Help: his heart, losing face, verb agreement
losing face, verb agreement, pome: Hi Hame, Maybe it s more of regional thing. As I said in my earlier message, the first part of all three sentences are correct from a grammatical standpoint. However, no one that I know of speaks it that way in actual conversation. To my ears it sounds...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Interchange the front and rear tyres of a car, rear tyres, rubber things
rear tyres, rubber things, interchange: Dear Paolo: Are there other ways to say, to interchange the front and rear tyres of a car ? Damn British with their weird spelling -- those rubber things are TIRES. Here is the very, very common expression in the U. S -- The car dealer recommended...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Be late & run late, lateness, computer technician
lateness, computer technician, spent three: Dear Paolo: What is the difference between to be late and to run late ? Would you please give me a few examples? Also, are there any cases in which the two phrases may be used interchangeably? *** Yes, there are cases in which the two may be...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I'm over with her, many thanks, sentences
many thanks, sentences, ted: Dear Paolo: Is it correct and natural to say/write, I m over with her meaning My relationship with her is over ? *** It is correct. A more natural way [in the U. S., at least] is to say, I m OVER her. That simply means that whatever attracted...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I'm done...., predicate adjective, grammatical construction
predicate adjective, grammatical construction, acceptable response: Saying I m done is a complete grammatical construction. It is a complete sentence that can stand on its own. However, it is very basic and lacks detail. But here s why it is grammatically correct... A sentence requires both a subject and a verb in order...

General Writing and Grammar Help: meaning of "birds of a feather flock together", feather flock, birds of a feather
feather flock, birds of a feather, racial identities: Dear Glen: Welcome back to allexperts, I missed you. Now on to my question. I know that one meaning of the expression birds of a feather flock together is the following: people who have similar characters or similar interests will often choose to...

General Writing and Grammar Help: meaning of "cheat notes", pant legs, cheat notes
pant legs, cheat notes, test answers: Dear Glen: I know that one definition of the expression cheat notes is the following : a piece of paper that contains notes or information, used for cheating during an examination. Does the expression cheat notes only apply to notes written on a piece...

General Writing and Grammar Help: meaning of "vivid imagination", vivid imagination, creative imagination
vivid imagination, creative imagination, dream worlds: Dear Glen: Your two examples of vivid imagination are correct. Here s another one: A person creates a scenario and uses great detail to make the scenario seem real and alive. Although his vision is completely fictitious, the vividness provided by...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Monday..., word grammar, habitual action
word grammar, habitual action, present tense verb: Hi, Very interesting question--I like the way that people from other countries help me look at my own language in a different way. Usually when we mention the word GRAMMAR we are talking about what is correct English. The sentences you wrote have...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Pass a place - pass BY a place, jack and jill, many thanks
jack and jill, many thanks, phrases: Dear Paolo: If both are possible, is there any difference between to pass a place and to pass BY a place ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me a few examples? *** The two phrases mean the same thing. The only real...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get past, successful businessman, younger days
successful businessman, younger days, many thanks: Dear Paolo: What does to get past mean? This phrase means to get over or get beyond something that has happened. If you must get past it, you are suggesting that the it is some kind of obstacle. The usual situations in which the phrase is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get past a place, high school seniors, automobile accident
high school seniors, automobile accident, place in time: Dear Paolo: Is it possible to get past a place ? *** This phrase is not often used. When it is used, it usually refers to a place in time that is sad or devastating. If so, would you please give me a few examples? *** She always has difficulty...

General Writing and Grammar Help: perfume..., Poetry translation from another language into English
Poetry translation from another language into English: News and one do not agree; one word is singular, one plural. Suggestions: First suggestion: There is no new thing here except one, going from one being to another. News tends to refer to facts, where you are talking about a person s presence....

General Writing and Grammar Help: please see if it is..., change thanks, name implies that
change thanks, name implies that, question thanks: Hi Hame, Great questions. I m glad to see you really thinking about your word choice. In English, as with most other languages, there are many words that basically mean the same thing, but the finer nuances of the word can definitely give someone a different...

General Writing and Grammar Help: poem, a poem, dear teacher, poem
dear teacher, poem, poems: Hello, I would say that we do not use either of these choices in our normal conversation. What we would say: Peter, do you write poetry? or: Peter, have you ever written a poem? or the closest to what you have written: Peter, do you write...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Poem Translation, cigarette smoke, light breeze
cigarette smoke, light breeze, choice of words: Hi Hame, I think that for the most part it looks great. It s largely grammatically correct with the exception of the first line. If you wish to make it more artsy you could make the following changes I ve suggested below. With regards to the first sentence...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Prepositions, esl students, walk in the woods
esl students, walk in the woods, english speakers: Dear Nathan: I admit that prepositions are confusing. I was reading about them on the Perdue website (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/engagement/3/5/85/) and need help understanding the following sentences: *** Let me first say that ESL students are...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Quotation marks and periods, Punctuating dialogue
Punctuating dialogue: Hello, 1) Hey, Howard, what s up? he asked. The Q: Does the letter h from need to be capitalized? Ans: If you mean the word he, the answer is no. 2# We can do this The Q: If the conversation line was in the end of the paragraph, where...

General Writing and Grammar Help: You're pathetic - you're being pathetic, pathetic person, soccer game
pathetic person, soccer game, cheater: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between you re pathetic and you re being pathetic ? If so, when should I use each of them? **** The ONLY difference is that being refers to a specific action. If you don t use the word being, you are talking...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Re: Had been wanting, word computer, favorite store
word computer, favorite store, pronoun: Dear Paolo: I had been wanting a new computer for a long time, when, last month, my favorite store sold it computer for half price. *** Thank you for finding my error. The word computer should NOT have been in the sentence. The pronoun it refers...

General Writing and Grammar Help: read this poe.., please, cigarette smoke, question thanks
cigarette smoke, question thanks, light breeze: Hi Hame, That makes sense, and yes, I would like to ammend my answer to you. I would suggest the first sentence something along these lines: There s no news here except that which one person has told another. News, in English, is usually...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Be out of - run out of, distance race, many thanks
distance race, many thanks, phrases: Dear Paolo: What is the difference between to BE out of something and to RUN out of something ? *** Run out suggests that you are in the process of using the something, when it is completely gone. Be out means that you don t have it at all. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: screenplay format, hospital emergency room, dark movie theater
hospital emergency room, dark movie theater, screenplay format: This is, alas, outside my purview. Anything I would answer would be mere speculation and of no use at all to you. I m so sorry. Did you try the writing Experts? I think there are novelists, etc. there. Perhaps a screenwriter, too. Again, my apologies...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, fire students, sex before marriage
fire students, sex before marriage, fishing resources: 1. Correct. 2. Correct. 3. Correct. 4. Correct. 5. Correct. 6. Correct. 7. Correct. 8. Correct. 9. Correct. 10. Correct. 11. You don t need the. 12. Correct. 13. The first sentence implies that the children were evacuated by someone...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Shop, go shopping, do the shopping, infinitive phrase, mr smith
infinitive phrase, mr smith, groceries: Dear Paolo: Are there any differences among to shop, to go shopping, and to do the shopping ? *** There is no difference in meaning. The only difference is in structure. To shop is an infinitive. To go shopping is an infinitive phrase with...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Short of - short on, money food, online dictionary
money food, online dictionary, brain damage: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between to be short OF something and to be short ON something? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me a few examples? Also, which of the two phrases shoul I use in the following...

General Writing and Grammar Help: You shouldn't use physical punishment "on / with" children., object of the verb, physical punishment
object of the verb, physical punishment, direct object: Dear Glen: Should I use the word on or with in the following sentence, or are both words grammatically correct? You shouldn t use physical punishment on / with children. *** Both prepositions are correct. I would NOT use either one, despite their...

General Writing and Grammar Help: spider, present perfect tense, present prefect
present perfect tense, present prefect, spinning a web: Hi Hame, In English understood is a past-tense word. understand is present tense. If you use understood it creates verb-tense disagreement with the rest of your poem. For example: The spider is spinning a web on my body these days. is spinning...

General Writing and Grammar Help: She is standing over with..., many thanks, ted
many thanks, ted, furthest away from: Dear Paolo: What does She is standing over with that group of girls mean? The reason the word over is used is to indicate the location of the group of girls. Without over, the group of girls is likely to be close to where the speaker is standing....

General Writing and Grammar Help: steal...., poem, poems
poem, poems, job: Hi, Since stealing is dishonorable but a job is honorable, it is not wise to use these together. I would say stealing is an honorable act.... Using among equalizes the person with the poem. They are not equal since the person is more precious than...

General Writing and Grammar Help: stealing is ......., honorable profession, question thanks
honorable profession, question thanks, double entendre: Hi Hame, Yes. In this case I think that within might work better than among . As you said, among implies that the muse is hidden away in the same place as the poems, much like a stow-away on a ship steals himself amongst the cargo containers. However,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: succes..., american heritage dictionary, houghton mifflin company
american heritage dictionary, houghton mifflin company, american heritage dictionary of the english language: No. Definition: 1. Following in uninterrupted order; consecutive: on three successive days. 2. Of, characterized by, or involving succession: the government successive to the fallen monarchy. suc·cessive·ly adv. suc·cessive·ness n. The American Heritage®...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Suffer with - suffer from, mental ailment, broken heart
mental ailment, broken heart, loneliness: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between to suffer FROM something and to suffer WITH something ? *** There is no difference. They are used interchangeably. Here s a general rule to follow, although there are many exceptions. If a person...

General Writing and Grammar Help: tired,..., mile marathon, exhaustion
mile marathon, exhaustion, ted: Dear Hame: The two words are used interchangeably. There IS a different in degree. Being tired is the result of doing to much of something -- reading, gardening, writing, etc. Being exhausted is MUCH worse. Exhaustion is way beyond being tired....

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have the tires on my car rotated every 5,000 miles, phrasal verbs, car mechanic
phrasal verbs, car mechanic, tire dealer: Paolo: In your example The car dealer recommended that I have the tires on my car rotated every 5,000 miles. The rotation of the tires helps them to wear evenly, are there any phrasal verbs that may be used instead of rotated with no change in meaning?...

General Writing and Grammar Help: To top it off, ice cream sundae, whipped cream
ice cream sundae, whipped cream, brim: Dear Paolo: What does to top it off mean? *** It means to add the final item to something OR to fill a container completely full. Would you please give me a few examples of how to use this phrase/expression? *** The construction workers held...

General Writing and Grammar Help: To top it off, insult to injury, introductory clause
insult to injury, introductory clause, finishing touch: Dear Paolo: Do you ever use to top it off as an introductory clause as in And then, to top it off, it started to rain ? Yes, the phrase can be used that way. A variation is And, on top of everything else, it started to rain. The rain is the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: usage of the expression "peer pressure", peer pressure, computer technician
peer pressure, computer technician, e mail: Dear Glen: I should have mentioned, when I responded to your first question, that I have spent almost all day on the telephone/computer getting assistance from an computer technician. For most of the day, I had no access to my e-mail. Oh well, now you...

General Writing and Grammar Help: usage of the expression "peer pressure", college buddies, peer pressure
college buddies, peer pressure, undergraduate days: Dear Glen: Am I using the expression peer pressure correctly in the following sentences? In other words, do the sentences make sense and are they grammatically correct? 1. I m under a lot of peer pressure. 2. I gave into peer pressure. 3. I m under...

General Writing and Grammar Help: usage of the expression "stress out", verbal phrases, verbal phrase
verbal phrases, verbal phrase, term stress: Dear Glen: According to the freedictionary.com, the phrasal verb stress out means the following; Subject to or undergo extreme pressure, strain, or stress, as from working, etc. In the following examples, is the term stress out a verb, verbal...

General Writing and Grammar Help: usage of the word "fixate", fixations, losing weight
fixations, losing weight, psychological problems: Dear Glen: Here are the correct ones: 1 - 4 - 9 Those are the ones that are best. You can also use the three about sentences, but I do not recommend them. Here are some examples for the other words: She has a tendency to fixate ON insignificant...

General Writing and Grammar Help: is versus are, plural nouns, sports broadcast
plural nouns, sports broadcast, news topic: Hello, There are some nouns in English which seem plural but are singular in construction. One is measles. We say Measles is a contagious disease. We also say The news comes on at 6:00. So since sports is a subtopic of news, I would say it is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Had wanted - had been wanting, perfect tense, cowboy jack
perfect tense, cowboy jack, baby daughter: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between had wanted and had been wanting ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me a few examples? Had wanted is the simple, past perfect tense. Had been wanting is the progressive...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Had been wanting, favorite store, expecting a new baby
favorite store, expecting a new baby, new computer: Dear Paolo: Dear Ted, Do you ever use I/you/he/she/it/we/you/they had been wanting ? Yes, I use this sentence, but I always name WHAT is wanting. EXAMPLES: I had been wanting a new computer for a long time, when, last month, my favorite...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Way too, personal story, sex life
personal story, sex life, lingo: Dear Paolo: When do you use way too ? Would you please give me a few examples? *** Way too is a rather recent idiomatic expression. Usually we say that something is too much, and that is sufficient. By adding the word way, the too much ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Way too + adjective, predicate adjective, subject case
predicate adjective, subject case, case examples: Dear Paolo: Does the structure way too + adjective exist? If so, would you please give me a few examples? For instance, is it correct and natural to say/write, This case is way too heavy ? Yes, that structure exists, and you have given your...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Why write this way?, mid pleasures, new pleasures
mid pleasures, new pleasures, fond father: Dear Walden: The phrase with be it ever so is called the subjunctive mood. The subjunctive mood was often used in literature many years ago, but it is gradually disappearing, except for cases in which it MUST be used. You are correct: Today, we use...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Which one?, plural subject, singular subject
plural subject, singular subject, plural verb: Hello, Your friend is quite knowledgeable about English. If I were----is correct. It is called the subjunctive mood and is used for things that are not yet true or may never be true. To show the subjunctive, the plural verb is used with the singular...

General Writing and Grammar Help: of, in, new york time, word football
new york time, word football, dear teacher: Hame, There is a small difference in meaning between A and B. Both could be used much of the time in communication. Sentence A talks about which people, the ones in London. They may be scattered to different cities, but they were originally from London....

General Writing and Grammar Help: an/ the, rhyme scheme, verb tense
rhyme scheme, verb tense, poetic license: Hello, You can use either word. However, I believe the is more powerful, especially in academic writing. There are other things to consider in this sentence. Get away from using -- I would change to avoid using the correct tense or purposely...

General Writing and Grammar Help: also, spinning a web, dear teacher
spinning a web, dear teacher, kindest regards: Hi Hame, You certainly can add also. The difference of that one word drastically changes the meaning of the sentence in the following way: In the original version I suggested (without also) the spider is alone in the knowledge that his prey is but...

General Writing and Grammar Help: The or not, example basketball, grammar books
example basketball, grammar books, basketball players: As I mentioned before, both are grammatically correct. Probably sentence A would be used more often. There is a slight difference in tone between the two sentences. Sentence A is more of an intellectual observance. Sentence B could have a little bit...

General Writing and Grammar Help: the, definite article, english pub
definite article, english pub, dockside: Hi Hame, In this particular context the use of the is grammatically incorrect. The sentence should read: George, whom I introduced you to last night, is a student. I ve never seen any case in American English were the would precede a name...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Be over - be over with, core courses, many thanks
core courses, many thanks, giovanni: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between to be over and to be over with ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me a few examples? *** The main difference is that to be over with requires the naming of someone or...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Be over and done with, time mary, many thanks
time mary, many thanks, phrase: Dear Paolo: To be over and done with is repetitious. If you are over something, you are also done with it, so you don t need both over and done. It is a common expression, however, because it firmly states the end of something. It s like the phrase...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Over with & over and done with, object of the preposition, prepositional phrase
object of the preposition, prepositional phrase, strange actions: Dear Paolo: Please have a look at the following links and let me know what you think. http://idioms.yourdictionary.com/over-with http://idioms.yourdictionary.com/over-and-done-with My question is: As you can see, in the examples given by the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: it, regret it
regret it: Hello, Here is what I found on the Internet by searching the Merriam-Webster dictionary: Definition of REGRET transitive verb : to be very sorry for regrets his mistakes This confirmed what I was planning to write to explain why the word...

General Writing and Grammar Help: THE #2, actor anthony hopkins, british actor
actor anthony hopkins, british actor, anthony hopkins: Dear Paolo: Which of the following sentences is correct and natural? 1) British actor Anthony Hopkins played Nixon in Oliver Stone s movie of the same name. 2) THE British actor Anthony Hopkins played Nixon in Oliver Stone s movie of the same...

General Writing and Grammar Help: THE #3, band muse, quotation marks
band muse, quotation marks, rock band: Which of the following sentences is correct and natural? 1) The song Survival by rock band Muse is the first to be released. 2) The song Survival by THE rock band Muse is the first to be released. *** I prefer #2, with one correction: The title of...

General Writing and Grammar Help: THE #4, producer george martin, quotation marks
producer george martin, quotation marks, beatles: Dear Paolo: 1) America were popular enough to attract the services of famed Beatles producer George Martin for a series of seven albums. 2) America were popular enough to attract the services of THE famed Beatles producer George Martin for a series of...

General Writing and Grammar Help: THE #5, rock legends, allexperts
rock legends, allexperts, inxs: Dear Paolo: First, I will be taking a vacation from Allexperts. I m not certain how long I will be gone. **** Are the following sentences correct and natural? 1) Experience Australian rock legends INXS live with their song By My Side. 2)...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Ab exercises - abs exercises, many thanks, exercises for the abs
many thanks, exercises for the abs, ted: Dear Paolo: Should I say/write, ab exercises or abs exercises ? If both are possible, do they convey the same meaning? *** The accepted form is ab exercises. If you want to use the plural of ab, you would have to write exercises for the abs....

General Writing and Grammar Help: agreement of "object of preposition", object of the preposition, object of preposition
object of the preposition, object of preposition, prepositional phrase: Dear Rich: My question is about the following sentence: On vacation, I met persons of different types. Am I correct in thinking the following: of different types = prepositional phrase being used as an adjective to modify the noun persons...

General Writing and Grammar Help: APA Writing, barnes noble, lampstand
barnes noble, lampstand, blah blah: Hi Harry, Okay, so here s the deal. If you re writing a book for general public reading, like something that you would find in Borders or Barnes & Noble, then you aren t necessarily confined to APA style or even MLA style, but of which are used much more...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Have someone come over - around, simple present tense, fiance
simple present tense, fiance, many thanks: Dear Paolo: If both are possible, is there any difference between to have someone come OVER for dinner this evening/tonight and to have someone come AROUND for dinner this evening/tonight ? If so, when should I use each of them? **** The ONLY distinction...

General Writing and Grammar Help: They ate dinner with their daughter Julie and her husband, David, ap stylebook, alice smith
ap stylebook, alice smith, daughter julie: Dear Paolo: Regarding the sentence They ate dinner with their daughter Julie and her husband, David -- you wrote, If it is necessary to name the husband, I would rewrite the whole sentence. Would you please tell me how you would rewrite the above...

General Writing and Grammar Help: They ate dinner with their daughter Julie, daughter julie, stylebook
daughter julie, stylebook, important person: Dear Paolo: The Associated Press Stylebook says about essential/restrictive phrases and nonessential/nonrestrictive phrases -- Example: They ate dinner with their daughter Julie. (Because they have more than one daughter, the inclusion of Julie s name...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Based on a novel by - of, john grisham, many thanks
john grisham, many thanks, sentences: Dear Paolo: Which of the following sentences is correct and natural? 1) This movie is based on a novel BY John Grisham. 2) This movie is based on a novel OF John Grisham. If both are possible, do they convey the same meaning? *** They are both...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Do something behind someone's back, campaign strategy, many thanks
campaign strategy, many thanks, variations: Dear Paolo: Does the phrase to do something behind someone s back exist? If so, would you please give me a few examples of how to use it? Yes, it does. And it has some variations. Going behind one s back using means that one person is undermining...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get behind IN - get behind WITH, preposition, many thanks
preposition, many thanks, sentences: Dear Paolo: 1) He got a bit behind IN/WITH his payments. 2) She got behind IN/WITH her mortgage and the house was repossessed. 3) He got behind IN/WITH the payments for his car. **** Again, either preposition works. However, the USUAL, COMMON...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Be behind IN - be behind WITH, mortgage payments, many thanks
mortgage payments, many thanks, sentences: Dear Paolo: Which of the following sentences is correct and natural? 1) He was terribly behind IN his work. 2) He was terribly behind WITH his work. *** The two phrases mean the same thing, and they can be interchanged. However, behind IN his...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Be behind, fall behind, get behind, action verbs, work performance
action verbs, work performance, vacation time: Dear Paolo: Are there any differences among to BE behind in something, to FALL behind in something, and to GET behind in something ? *** BE is a verb of being, a state of existence. FALL and GET are action verbs. EXAMPLES: John WAS...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Bring someone down a couple of notches, google images, sheffield university
google images, sheffield university, phrase finder: Dear Paolo: What does to bring someone down a couple of notches mean? Would you please give me a few examples of how to use this phrase? Also, what is the opposite of to bring someone down a couple of notches ? *** A ratchet is a tool used...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Bring someone over to one's place, thanksgiving dinner, many thanks
thanksgiving dinner, many thanks, roommate: Dear Paolo: Does the phrase to bring someone over to one s place exist? If so, what does it mean? *** It s not very common. Let s say that you are invited to Maria s party, and you would like to bring a guest with you. Maria, may I bring Angela...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Call the police - call IN the police, police call, missing child
police call, missing child, loud noise: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between to call the police and to call IN the police ? *** The usual phrase is to call the police. When she discovered items missing from her home, she called the police. The neighborhood objected to the loud...

General Writing and Grammar Help: My car won't start, I can't start my car, etc., infinitive, many thanks
infinitive, many thanks, sentences: Dear Paolo: If the following three sentences are correct and natural, do they have the same meaning? 1) My car won t start. 2) I can t start my car. 3) I can t get my car to start. If so, which would you use or do you prefer? If not, when...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Take a chance on someone, private tutoring, class president
private tutoring, class president, mr smith: Dear Paolo: What does to take a chance on someone mean? *** It means that you strongly believe in that person and are willing to risk helping him in some way. would you please give me a few examples of how to use the above phrase? Mr. Smith thought...

General Writing and Grammar Help: "Child Labour", readers guide to periodical literature, guide to periodical literature
readers guide to periodical literature, guide to periodical literature, professional agency: If you re looking for examples relating to child labor, I d suggest checking articles on the topic from the READERS GUIDE TO PERIODICAL LITERATURE. These books are periodically renewed, so they have very current information. Articles are listed by topic....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Child Labour, good work ethic, child labor laws in the united states
good work ethic, child labor laws in the united states, child labor laws: Hi, I am not sure I can provide what you need, because the topic child labor doesn t seem to match the statement about the government. If you are talking about children doing work in the home, yes, the parents are responsible to instill a good work...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Collect oneself - gather oneself, few moments, many thanks
few moments, many thanks, grief: Dear Paolo: If both are possible, is there any difference between to COLLECT oneself and to GATHER oneself ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me a few examples? *** There is no difference between the two. Both of...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Confused, robert altman, appositive
robert altman, appositive, daughter julie: Dear Paolo: I am a little confused. **** And, so am I! Why do you agree with the AP sentence They ate dinner with their daughter Julie (This example implies that they have more than one daughter) but you don t with my sentence My sister Ornella...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Cross the mind, starving children in africa, photos of starving children
starving children in africa, photos of starving children, shooting star: Dear Paolo: What does to cross the mind mean? *** It means that some thought has just occurred to you. The idea is not intentional; you have not been consciously thinking of the subject. For some reason, it just enters [crosses] your mind. It s...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I don't care - I don't mind, many thanks, ted
many thanks, ted: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between I don t care and I don t mind ? *** Essentially, there is NO difference. If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me a few examples? I don t CARE/MIND if you turn on the TV....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Make someone excite - get someone excited, nuance, perfume
nuance, perfume, many thanks: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between to make someone excite and to get someone excited ? If so, when should I use each of them? **** If there is any difference, it is very subtle. The verb make indicates that some action must be performed,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: FALL behind - GET behind, vacation time, 1 john
vacation time, 1 john, many thanks: Dear Paolo: Is it correct to say that fall behind in something and to get behind in something may be used interchangeably? **** YES, IT IS. If so, given your examples: 1) John FELL behind in his work, because of all the vacation time he...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Fall behind with - fall behind on, mortgage payments, preposition
mortgage payments, preposition, tax payments: Dear Paolo: Should I use with, in or on in the following sentences? 1) He s fallen behind WITH/ON/IN his school work again. *** IN 2) She fell behind IN/ON/WITH her tax payments, and the property was confiscated. *** IN 3) She s fallen...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Financially, he lives at his parents' expense, sponges, sentences
sponges, sentences, standpoint: Dear Paolo: Which of the following sentences is correct and natural? 1) Financially, he lives at his parents expense. 2) Financially, he lives at the expense of his parents. If both are possible, don t you think that financially is redundant...

General Writing and Grammar Help: "year ending" vs. "year ended", fiscal year ended march, fiscal year ending march
fiscal year ended march, fiscal year ending march, main clause: The company earned ten dollars for the fiscal year ending March, 2008. (Here year ending refers to a past year.) correct ~~ The company will earn ten dollars for the fiscal year ended March, 2015. (Here year ended refers to a future date.) I would...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Is this - is the following, many thanks, colon
many thanks, colon, ted: Dear Paolo: The question was the following: 1) Should I write, The only part of your answer I don t understand is THIS: or The only part of your answer I don t understand is THE FOLLOWING: ? 2) Should I write, My question is: , My question...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said....., england queen elizabeth, president abraham lincoln
england queen elizabeth, president abraham lincoln, former british prime minister tony blair: Dear Paolo: Which of the following sentences is/are correctly written and punctuated? 1) Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, has said..... 2) Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said..... If they are both correct, do they have...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Whatever gets you through the night, john lennon song, slang expression
john lennon song, slang expression, john lennon: Dear Paolo: I remember a John Lennon song called Whatever gets you through the night. What does it mean? Would you please give me a few examples of how to use this phrase/expression? *** The expression means use [or think about] whatever makes...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hillary Clinton, the U.S., hillary clinton, latter view
hillary clinton, latter view, cabinet member: Dear Paolo: In one of your previous messages, you mentioned the following rule: Hodges Rule #9b -- Titles that precede the name of a person are capitalized but not those that follow it or stand alone. Don t you think that, according to the above...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hook up - plug in, telephone hookup, telephone plug
telephone hookup, telephone plug, hook up: Paolo: I am not well-versed in the technology. Here is what I BELIEVE to be correct: Plug in is a very simple action. For instance, you PLUG IN your computer to an electrical outlet. Hook up is more complicated. The attachment of a keyboard,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: In & inside, prepositional phrase, adverbs
prepositional phrase, adverbs, preposition: Dear Paolo: If only I had a dollar for each time I have been asked this question! Is there any difference between in and inside when they are both used as adverbs? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me a few examples?...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Will & would instead of the subjunctive, hodges harbrace handbook, english subjunctive
hodges harbrace handbook, english subjunctive, subjunctive mood: Dear Paolo: My question is: Would you please give me a few examples in which the use of WILL and WOULD has become almost universally accepted in constructions that used to take the subjunctive ? Here are two examples that Hodges gives: I wish...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, gianluigi buffon, meani
gianluigi buffon, meani, goalkeeper: Dear Paolo: Which of the following sentences is/are grammatical and correctly punctuated? 1) Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has said..... 2) The Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has said..... 3) The Italian goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Italian news agency ANSA....., italian news agency, capello
italian news agency, capello, ansa: Dear Paolo: Are the following sentences grammatical and correctly punctuated? 1) Asked for his views on Rooney by Italian news agency ANSA, Capello said: After seeing the latest game,..... 2) Asked for his views on Rooney by the Italian news agency...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti....., mario monti, italian prime minister
mario monti, italian prime minister, appositive: Dear Paolo: Are the following sentences correctly written and punctuated? 1) Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti was elected in 2011. 2) The Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti was elected in 2011. 3) The Italian Prime Minister, Mario Monti, was...

General Writing and Grammar Help: The Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci said....., soccer team, bear in mind
soccer team, bear in mind, leonardo: Dear Paolo: If the the sentences below are all grammatical possible and correctly punctuated, do they have the same meaning? 1) The Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci said before the quarter-final that..... 2) The Italy defender, Leonardo Bonucci, said...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Join - join in, national anthem, playing a game
national anthem, playing a game, singing group: Dear Paolo: 1) If you would like to join our game, you re welcome to jump in anytime. 2) If you would like to join IN our game, you re welcome to jump in anytime. If both are possible, do they convey the same meaning? In general, what is the difference...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Keep walking - keep on walking, strict diet, candy store
strict diet, candy store, many thanks: Dear Paolo: In your examples below, is it possible to use keep walking with the same meaning as keep on walking ? *** Yes, you can. For all three sentences. 1) Janice decided to walk five miles for exercise. After she reached the five-mile...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Kill three birds with one stone, three birds, two birds
three birds, two birds, ted: Dear Glen: I know there is an idiom kill two birds with one stone . Can you also say kill three / four/ five/ etc. birds with one stone ? *** I ve never heard the expression used with more than two birds. It means that you can accomplish two things...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Leave or leaves, singular pronoun, correct verb
singular pronoun, correct verb, stool samples: Dear Paolo: Should I use leave or leaves in the following sentence? Although blood LEAVE / LEAVES a residue in urine and stool samples, it cannot always be detected without the aid of a microscope. The correct verb is leaves. Blood is considered...

General Writing and Grammar Help: More likely - most likely, many thanks, ted
many thanks, ted: Dear Paolo: **** THIS QUESTION REMAINS IN MY INBOX. FOR SOME REASON, ALLEXPERTS SAYS THAT YOU NEVER READ MY ANSWER AND NEVER EVALUATED THE RESPONSE. WOULD YOU DO SO NOW, SO THAT IT WILL BE REMOVED FROM MY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ? THANK YOU. TED ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Listed married couple name on donation list, grammar books, married couple
grammar books, married couple, husband and wife: Hello, Here are two examples: I would put the wife s name first so you can put the husband s extra initials after his name. Mary and Charles Bernard Hochadel III Rita and Floyd Herbert English, Jr. This is my opinion. I haven t seen anything in...

General Writing and Grammar Help: The Liverpool Manager Kenny Dalglish....., kenny dalglish, grammar books
kenny dalglish, grammar books, reading audience: Dear Paolo: How would you punctuate this sentence? The Liverpool Manager Kenny Dalglish said that his team was the finest in the world, but the Chelsea Manager Robin Hood said that the Liverpool manager was stupid. If I were to punctuate the above...

General Writing and Grammar Help: The Liverpool manager....., kenny dalglish, appositive
kenny dalglish, appositive, many thanks: Dear Paolo: Are the following sentences correctly written and punctuated? 1) The Liverpool manager, Kenny Dalglish, has said..... 2) The Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has said..... 3) The Liverpool manager, Kenny Dalglish has said..... 4)...

General Writing and Grammar Help: She'll be living in Paris for for a few months., future progressive tense, living in paris
future progressive tense, living in paris, many thanks: Dear Paolo: Is the following sentence also natural and correct? She ll be living in Paris for for a few months. If so, when would you use it? *** If you take out one of the for s, then the sentence is correct. You use it for the future....

General Writing and Grammar Help: lost iphone., leather wallet, craig list
leather wallet, craig list, iphone: I think this is what you want: LOST. [color? case color? some description] iPhone (Verizon) and blue leather wallet; probably will be found together. Lost on the [insert time] bus leaving Central Park in New Jersey and arriving [destination] at [time]....

General Writing and Grammar Help: I'm really depressed, body and soul, dumps
body and soul, dumps, many thanks: Dear Paolo: Would you please give me some formal and informal/colloquial alternatives to I m really depressed ? FORMAL: I feel very sad. My spirits are low. I feel emotionally down; my life seems to have been drained from me. INFORMAL: ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: meaning of "off with your head", alice in wonderland, queen of hearts
alice in wonderland, queen of hearts, lewis carroll: Dear Glen: What is the meaning of the expression off with your head ? Does it mean that you are in big trouble, and you will be punished? Also, am I using the expression correctly in the following sentence? If I forget my wife s birthday, it will be off...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Are we mistaken?, many thanks, insult
many thanks, insult, politician: Dear Paolo: When do you use the questions below? Am I mistaken? Are you/he/she/it/we/you/they mistaken? *** This question is asked after you [or anyone] has made a statement that is supposed to be factual. A person asks this question seeking...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Needless to say - regardless to say, google search, many thanks
google search, many thanks, phrases: Dear Paolo: When do you use needless to say and regardless to say ? *** Needless to say means that it is so obvious, you don t need to say it. But then, you DO say it. You reiterate the point for emphasis. Needless to say, everyone at work...

General Writing and Grammar Help: needs to be replaced vs needs to be replace, subjunctive mood, good question
subjunctive mood, good question, chocolate: Good question! It s because it s subjunctive mood, which is something that is desired but has not happened yet. For example: Would that I had chocolate! If chocolate were to be needed, I will bring it. Notice that all are past tense: =had= and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Nothing short of, cambridge dictionary of american idioms, dictionary of american idioms
cambridge dictionary of american idioms, dictionary of american idioms, cambridge university press: Dear Paolo: Would you please look at the following sentence and explain what nothing short of means? Nonetheless the result was nothing short of what Italy deserved. *** Nothing short of means the appropriate amount OR exactly what is necessary....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Only then #2, independent clauses, semi colon
independent clauses, semi colon, groceries: Dear Paolo: I was heading to the store to pick up some groceries, only then I realized I didn t have any money, so I stopped by the ATM. *** The sentence is natural, but the punctuation is incorrect. You have joined two independent clauses with...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Only then #3, groceries, inversion
groceries, inversion, many thanks: Dear Paolo: Don t you think that the sentence should read as follows? I was heading to the store to pick up some groceries. ONLY THEN DID I REALIZE I didn t have any money, so I stopped by the ATM. When a sentence begins with only then, doesn...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Only then, hair program, verb phrase
hair program, verb phrase, word order: Dear Paolo: Which of the following sentences is/are correct and natural? 1) Only then you will benefit most from the Restoration Hair Program. -- BAD 2) Only then will you benefit most from the Restoration Hair Program. -- GOOD 3) Only then you...

General Writing and Grammar Help: The only part of your answer I don't understand is THIS, many thanks, two versions
many thanks, two versions, colon: Dear Paolo: You forgot to answer this question: 1) Should I write, The only part of your answer I don t understand is THIS: or The only part of your answer I don t understand is THE FOLLOWING: ? *** I didn t try to find my original answer to you,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: take it upon onself to do something, library director, general idea
library director, general idea, good job: Dear Paolo: What does to take it upon onself to do something mean? Would you please give me a few examples of how to use this phrase/expression? *** First, the word is spelled oneself. It means that you are going to do something by yourself and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: parsing, direct object, infinitive
direct object, infinitive, adjective: Dear Rich: I have been wondering what has happened to you. Welcome back! *** Several reasons persuaded me to leave. reasons = subject several = adjective that modifies the noun reasons persuaded = verb me = direct object to leave...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Pay off - pay back, phrasal verbs, tuition loans
phrasal verbs, tuition loans, s university: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between to pay off and to pay back ? *** There is a difference. To pay back is more personal: You borrowed money from a friend, and you intend to PAY IT BACK. To pay off is quite general and lacks the implication...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Pick up the pieces, broken pieces, jack and jill
broken pieces, jack and jill, drawing board: Dear Paolo: What does to pick up the pieces mean? Would you please give me a few examples of how to use the above phrase? *** There are two meanings. The first one is obvious: You drop a dish on the floor, it breaks into pieces, and you pick up...

General Writing and Grammar Help: the place of .., meaning of the word, warm regards
meaning of the word, warm regards, question mark: Hi Hame, I am well, thank you. B) is correct. If you were writing a sentence in which you were showing dialogue, then the question mark would go inside of the quotations. However, since this is a narrative sentence and the quotations are for clarity...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Go by a place - go past a place, delivery route, many thanks
delivery route, many thanks, phrases: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between to go BY a place and to go PAST a place ? **** There is NO difference between the two phrases. EXAMPLES: I go BY/PAST the museum on my way to work. His delivery route takes him BY/PAST the city...

General Writing and Grammar Help: the place of the period..., question thanks, punctuation
question thanks, punctuation, united kingdom: I have mentioned this before- punctuation placement. In the United Kingdom, such as England, etc., they place ending punctuation on the outside. However, in the United States, all ending punctuation is placed on the inside. I recommend the United...

General Writing and Grammar Help: the place of the period, english periods, quotation mark
english periods, quotation mark, quotation marks: Dear Hame: Is the place of the period correct in the following sentence? Should it be inside or outside the quote? These days, I am not feeling well. *** The period, most definitely, belongs INSIDE the final quotation mark. In American English,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: the place of question mark, using quotation marks, italic font
using quotation marks, italic font, facebook: Hello, The question mark goes outside the quotation marks unless the question is part of the quotation itself. Additionally, if your keyboard has the italic font, all words, numbers, titles of publications, movies, and albums should be italicized. The...

General Writing and Grammar Help: the place of question mark.., correct question, meaning of the word
correct question, meaning of the word, quotations: B) is correct with correct question mark and quotations of the word beautiful. However, remember, when using opened and closed quotations for dialog and other circumstances, the question mark and period is before. Only in the UK is it used after. Example...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I would prefer - I would rather, perfect tenses, noun clause
perfect tenses, noun clause, subjunctive mood: Dear Paolo: 1) I would prefer that you did not mention my name. 2) I would prefer you not to mention my name. 3) I would rather he stayed home tonight. 4) I would rather he stay home tonight. *** Actually, all of them are correct and natural....

General Writing and Grammar Help: We (would) prefer..., early childhood education, degree in early childhood education
early childhood education, degree in early childhood education, degree in early childhood: Dear Paolo: Should I use have or has in the following sentence? We (would) prefer that our teacher have/has a degree in early childhood education. *** It is the subjunctive mood, indicating a wish or desire. Thus, you use the subjunctive verb...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Punctuation, single and double quotation marks
single and double quotation marks: Hello, Very interesting question. What you have written is technically correct. But for the reader s sake, for easier understanding and more rapid reading. I think I would change the format and make it indirect discourse. That way you wouldn t have to...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Is this question correct?, quotation mark, daughter julie
quotation mark, daughter julie, ornella: Dear Paolo: Is the following question correct and WELL-FORMULATED? Why do you agree with the AP sentence They ate dinner with their daughter Julie (This example implies that they have more than one daughter) but you don t with my sentence My sister...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: Bring someone down a couple of notches, notches, many thanks
notches, many thanks, notch: Dear Paolo: From your response, I see that the right verb to use is to TAKE someone down a notch or two AND NOT to BRING someone down a notch or two. Am I correct? **** Both could be used, but take is preferred. Again, many, many thanks...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: Bring someone over to one's place, thanksgiving dinner, many thanks
thanksgiving dinner, many thanks, typo: Dear Paolo: In the example below, is it possible to omit/drop over without affecting the meaning of the sentence? Maria, may I bring Angela over to your party with me? *** It is actually BETTER to omit over. Also, you didn t include over...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: Call the police - call IN the police, time ted, missing child
time ted, missing child, police call: Dear Paolo: In the examples The neighbors tried to reason with the young people about the loud noise coming from the house, but, when the noise continued, the people decided to call IN the police and The parents of the missing child went door-to-door...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: Make someone excite - get someone excited, perfume, many thanks
perfume, many thanks, comma: Dear Paolo: Would you be possible to use the verb to excite in your two examples without affecting the meaning of them? 1) Her perfume makes me excited. 2) The passion of the author s speech MADE me excited to the point that I joined his organization....

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: Former Blackburn manager....., juwan howard, ray harford
juwan howard, ray harford, adjectival phrase: Dear Paolo: 1) Former Blackburn manager Ray Harford has died, aged 58, following a lengthy battle against cancer. 2) Orlando have signed Denver free agent forward Juwan Howard on a five-year contract worth up to $38m. *** First, I simply forgot to...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said. . . ., former british prime minister tony blair, prime minister tony blair
former british prime minister tony blair, prime minister tony blair, british prime minister tony blair: Dear Paolo: The only part of your response that I don t understand is this -- Tony Blair in the second sentence is required information [thus, no commas], because Britain has more than one PM. My question is -- What do you mean by because...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: hook up - plug in, hook up, many thanks
hook up, many thanks, mathematics: Dear Paolo: Should I write/say, When it comes to technology (Television, The Internet, etc.),... or When it comes to THE technology (Television, The Internet, etc.),... ? *** You do NOT need the. Here s a similar example: When it comes to mathematics,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: In & inside, internet messages, preposition
internet messages, preposition, adverb: Dear Paolo: Can I say She is not in instead of She is not in the house or She is not at home ? **** Yes, but in in this usage is not a preposition. It is an adverb. It s like saying, She is not here. At the end of your previous message,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: Liverpool Manager & Former British Prime Minister, former british prime minister tony blair, prime minister tony blair
former british prime minister tony blair, prime minister tony blair, british prime minister tony blair: Dear Paolo: I m still confused. A few days ago, I asked you if the sentence Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said... was correctly written. You wrote that the sentence was fine because Prime Minister was Mr. Blair s title. Today...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: The Liverpool manager....., kenny dalglish, emergency session
kenny dalglish, emergency session, job title: Dear Paolo: Don t you think that in sentence #4 (Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has said.....) Liverpool Manager is used as the job title of Kenny Dalglish and therefore no article is needed? *** Yes, you have a point. But, there is another...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: Nothing short of, cambridge dictionary of american idioms, dictionary of american idioms
cambridge dictionary of american idioms, dictionary of american idioms, dictionary cambridge: Dear Paolo: Would you please rephrase the sentence below? Nonetheless the result was nothing short of what Italy deserved. **** Nonetheless, the result was exactly what Italy deserved. Also, are the dictionaries that you mentioned in the previous...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: take it upon oneself to do something, library director, good job
library director, good job, many thanks: Dear Paolo: Can I use upon with the same meaning as on in the examples below? Because John s secretary was apt to make mistakes in typing the letter, John took it ON himself to do the typing. The library director did not trust her staff to do...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: I would prefer - I would rather, grammar book, subjunctive mood
grammar book, subjunctive mood, many thanks: Dear Paolo: My grammar book says the following about would rather: Would rather someone did something When you want someone else to do something, you can say I d rather you did.../I d rather he did...etc. We use the past in this structure but the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: Is this question correct?, parenthetical expressions, daughter julie
parenthetical expressions, daughter julie, ornella: Dear Paolo: Why do you agree with the AP sentence They ate dinner with their daughter Julie (This example implies that they have more than one daughter) but you don t with my sentence My sister Ornella has a degree in law (This example, in my opinion,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: even if & even though, future tense, many thanks
future tense, many thanks, ted: Dear Paolo: I don t understand this part of your response, In the sentence I wrote, this exception does not apply, because there is no tense involved. Would you please explain further what you mean by ...because there is no tense involved ? ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has declared....., hammerhead sharks, grammatical structure
hammerhead sharks, grammatical structure, hillary clinton: Dear Paolo: You wrote, That option led to many problems, because not experts agree, especially in the matter of style. My question is this: What do you mean by not experts agree ? Did you mean to write, not ALL experts agree ? If not, what kind...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has declared....., question pool, hillary clinton
question pool, hillary clinton, mr mrs miss: Dear Paolo: According to an English language expert I asked the same question some time ago, sentence #2 is not correct. *** Many years ago, Allexperts questioners could submit their questions to a question pool, and all the expert could read the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: walk on, soles of your feet, strict diet
soles of your feet, strict diet, candy store: Dear Paolo: Does to walk on also mean to keep walking ? If so, would you please give me a few examples of how to use it? *** No. They are completely different. To walk on means that your feet must be on top of something. To keep walking...

General Writing and Grammar Help: GET revenge - TAKE revenge, hatfield and mccoy, mccoy families
hatfield and mccoy, mccoy families, tense verbs: Dear Paolo: If both are possible, is there any difference between to GET revenge and to TAKE revenge ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me a few examples? **** There is NO difference. Although get sounds stronger,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: She’s (been) living in Paris for a few months, time continuum, living in paris
time continuum, living in paris, sabbatical leave: Dear Paolo: Which of the following sentences is correct and natural? 1) She’s living in Paris for a few months. 2) She’s been living in Paris for a few months. If both are possible, do they convey the same meaning? If not, when should I...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Can you say "give someone constructive criticism", constructive criticism, constructive ideas
constructive criticism, constructive ideas, questioner: Dear Glen: Can you say that you give someone constructive criticism ? In other words, are the following sentences grammatically correct and do they make sense? 1. My father always gives me constructive criticism. 2. You shouldn t give people constructive...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Be sent packing, construction manager, lateness
construction manager, lateness, many thanks: Dear Paolo: What does to be sent packing mean? *** When one person wants to get rid of another person, the other person is sent packing. The relationship between the two is usually a boss to an employee. In other words, the boss fires or dismisses...

General Writing and Grammar Help: My sister Ornella... vs. My sister, Ornella,..., ornella, appositive
ornella, appositive, reason 2: Dear Paolo: Doesn t sentence #1 (My sister Ornella has a degree in law) mean that I have more than one sister but sentence #2 (My sister, Ornella, has a degree in law) means that I have only one sister? What do you think? 1. My sister Ornella...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Speak-talk badly of-about someone....., many thanks, expression
many thanks, expression, phrase: Dear Paolo: Does the phrase/expression to speak/talk badly of/about someone behind his/her back exist? *** Yes. All three options can be used, but the most often used is talk about someone behind his back. As soon as Jack left the room, everyone...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Stop AT a place - stop BY a place, lamb chops, travel itinerary
lamb chops, travel itinerary, slight difference: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between to stop AT a place and to stop BY a place ? *** Although the two phrases essentially mean the same, there is a slight difference in how/when they are used. AT a place suggests that the stopping was planned....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Subjunctive mood & all about clauses, independent clauses, buckets of money
independent clauses, buckets of money, kinds of clauses: Subjunctive mood is used when the situation is possible or desired but has not happened yet. Subjunctive mood appears in a dependent clause. What s important here is that although clauses have a subject and a verb, they are not able to be used by themselves...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Suffer with depression - suffer from depression, suffering from depression, slight difference
suffering from depression, slight difference, cause and effect: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between to suffer WITH depression and to suffer FROM depression ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me a few examples? *** Almost everyone uses the two interchangeably. There is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Sunbath - soak up the sun, slang expression, sunburn
slang expression, sunburn, many thanks: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between to sunbath and to soak up the sun ? *** There is no difference between the two. However, the verb form is sunbathe. Sunbath is the noun. Do you plan to sunbathe this afternoon? Yes, I intend...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I can't get my computer printer to work, computer printer, many thanks
computer printer, many thanks, dialog: Dear Paolo: Would you please look at the following short dialog and explain the meaning of get ? Man: I can t get my computer printer to work. Woman: Is it plugged in? Also, would you please give me a few examples of get used in the same way...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Thank you Ted, yahoo email account, allexperts
yahoo email account, allexperts, inbox: Dear Glen: Dear Ted, I m having trouble with my yahoo email account. I can t view the email in my inbox, I mean I can see that I had email to sent to me but I can t open them. Thus, I m unable to thank you for answering my questions and rate you. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: What do you think of this explanation?, ray harford, juwan howard
ray harford, juwan howard, language expert: Dear Paolo: A few years ago, I asked an English language expert the following question: The following two sentences are taken from BBC Sport. 1) Former Blackburn manager Ray Harford has died, aged 58, following a lengthy battle against cancer. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Even if - even though, many thanks, interchange
many thanks, interchange, tense: Dear Paolo: 1) Why ...even IF it is grammatically correct AND NOT ...even THOUGH it is grammatically correct ? 2) In general, is there any difference between even if and even though ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Time and dates, formal invitations, novel writing
formal invitations, novel writing, personal preference: Hi William, Whenever you write a date you will also include the modifier at the end of it. So, in your example; April 21st would be correct. Even if the date was reversed it would still be the 21st of April. In novel writing you have a little more...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Title or titles?, plural form, many thanks
plural form, many thanks, ted: Dear Paolo: Which of the following question is grammatically correct and well-formulated? 1) Do A and B serve as TITLE of C and D respectively? 2) Do A and B serve as TITLES of C and D respectively? **** #2 is correct; #1 is wrong. Because you...

General Writing and Grammar Help: transitive verb LIVE, ted nesbitt, adverbial prepositional phrase
ted nesbitt, adverbial prepositional phrase, object of the preposition: Dear Patricia: It is exciting to get your question. About ten years ago, I helped a young man from Buenos Aires, but I have had no questions from Argentina since then. I do have regular students from Brazil who contact me almost daily. I hope I can...

General Writing and Grammar Help: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has declared....., hillary clinton, secretary of state
hillary clinton, secretary of state, commas: Dear Paolo: 1) U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has declared..... 2) The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has declared..... 3) The U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has declared..... If all three are possible, do they convey...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Ukraine fume as England make last eight of Euro 2012, euro 2012, singular verb
euro 2012, singular verb, ukrainians: Dear Paolo: The following headline is taken from a British newspaper. *** It is obviously British. American papers would write Ukraine FUMES. In this country, Ukraine is considered ONE county -- a single entity requiring a singular verb. Ukraine...

General Writing and Grammar Help: use of "did", tense verb, present tense
tense verb, present tense, auxiliary verb: Dear Rich: It would probably be less confusing if I just wrote the correct response to your question. When you offer all the possibilities, you are showing to me that you have tried to work out the answer on your own. However, all of those possibilities...

General Writing and Grammar Help: use of "to do" as an auxiliary verb, present tense verb, verb tense
present tense verb, verb tense, auxiliary verb: Dear Rich: *** I think this is the answer you mean. If not, let me know. Ted To test my understanding, would you PLEASE tell me if the following is all correct or not: to do is used as an auxiliary verb in the following 3 ways: [1] ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: use of, modal auxiliaries, helping verbs
modal auxiliaries, helping verbs, negative sentences: Rich: You are very welcome. I added that information about transformational grammar, because those people came up with a name for everything, even if it didn t make sense. You may want to muddle through the chapter listings of the book I suggested,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: 'is' vs. 'are', object of preposition, prepositional phrase
object of preposition, prepositional phrase, structure of sentences: Piece of cake. All you have to do is find the subject of the sentence and then make the verb match. The problem is the prepositional phrase. Here s the skeleton of the sentence: Use is. =Use= is singular. (=Uses= is the plural form.) It requires...

General Writing and Grammar Help: that vs. who ("The person who" vs "The person that"), grammar rule, stock broker
grammar rule, stock broker, phone calls: Nope, not a choice. =That= for animals and things. =Who= for people. Always. (Isn t it nice to have a hard-and-fast grammar rule for a change?) The stock broker kept me waiting while he took phone calls from others WHO were scheduling appointments. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Walk by, footpath, new addition
footpath, new addition, waterfall: Dear Paolo: Would you please give me a few examples of how to use to walk by ? **** I plan to walk by the festival on my way home from work. [I do not intend to go into the festival itself to view whatever is there; I am just going to pass by the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Walk by - walk on by, buying jewelry, sore feet
buying jewelry, sore feet, jewelry store: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between walk by and walk ON by ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me a few examples? *** There is no difference. EXAMPLES: She walked by [on by] the jewelry store; she had...

General Writing and Grammar Help: My wife Grace...., hodges harbrace handbook, nonrestrictive element
hodges harbrace handbook, nonrestrictive element, esl teachers: Dear Paolo: One of my ESL teachers once wrote, Here is how I explain the difference: My wife Grace is a good cook. Without the commas (as in the original sentence that you had), this says that I have other wives. My wife Grace is a good cook, ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Word contractions, word contractions, writing an essay
word contractions, writing an essay, negligence: Dear Bernard: (1) I will for I ll. (2) Will not for won t. (1) I ll not tolerate negligence. or (2) I won t tolerate negligence. *** YES. Both of your examples are correct. Here s a point to consider when you use contractions: In casual...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Is the word "page-turner" a noun?, predicate nominative, page turner
predicate nominative, page turner, object of the verb: Dear Glen: I know that the definition of the word page-turner is the following: A very interesting, exciting, or suspenseful book, usually a novel: In the following sentences, is the word page-turner a noun? 1. This book is a page-turner. 2....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Worked up the nerve, lady macbeth, sticking place
lady macbeth, sticking place, nerve: Dear Paolo: Would you please look at the following sentence and list some alternatives to worked up the nerve ? What about to find the courage ? Bob wanted to go on a date with Jane. Yesterday he finally worked up the nerve to ask her out. ***...

General Writing and Grammar Help: On his worst enemy, alan shearer, chemotherapy treatment
alan shearer, chemotherapy treatment, worst enemy: Dear Paolo: Would you please look at the following sentences and explain what on his worst enemy means? Alan Shearer says he would not wish taking a spotkick for England on his worst enemy. *** On his worst enemy means that something is so bad...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Writing a Book, psalm 50, thousand hills
psalm 50, thousand hills, formal applications: Yes, partly on APA style, and also because it flows better because you are putting the speaker next to what he said in the sentence structure. Putting it the way that you originally had it separates the speaker from his words and makes it more confusing. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Be sure & make sure, emergency package, tornado warning
emergency package, tornado warning, action verb: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between to be sure and to make sure ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me a few examples? *** Be is a verb of being. Make is an action verb. To be sure doesn t really...

General Writing and Grammar Help: So & so that, definitions of words, footpath
definitions of words, footpath, glossary of terms: Dear Paolo: There is a small footpath SO visitors can walk by the waterfall. There is a small footpath SO THAT visitors can walk by the waterfall. In general, is there any difference between so and so that in sentences like the one(s) above? ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: So much so, relative pronoun, sentence fragment
relative pronoun, sentence fragment, independent clause: Dear Paolo: What does so much so mean? *** My dictionary defines the phrase as meaning even or to the extent that. You cannot use this phrase without first stating a clear reference, something to which the phrase refers. EXAMPLES: The...

General Writing and Grammar Help: The, jennifer nicole lee, fitness guru
jennifer nicole lee, fitness guru, slang expression: Dear Paolo: Which of the following two sentences is correct and natural? 1) Health and fitness guru Jennifer Nicole Lee definitely has everything it takes to pull off a bikini. 2) THE health and fitness guru Jennifer Nicole Lee definitely has everything...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Yesterday I had ....., hello paolo, comma
hello paolo, comma, commas: Hello Paolo, These two sentences are correct but the difference is one of choice. Keep in mind that commas are used for clarity of meaning. You cannot deduce from such a short sentence that the speaker has more than one sister. There is not enough information....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Yesterday I had an argument with. . . ., comma, many thanks
comma, many thanks, sentences: Paolo, You re right on! This is a question of restrictive and non-restrictive information. The comma indicates added or non-restrictive. Oh, by the way, my sister s name is Ornella and we had an argument. In the first sentence the lack of comma indicates...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Yesterday I had an argument with my sister Ornella, many thanks, sentences
many thanks, sentences, ted: Dear Paolo: If the following two sentences are correct, what do they imply? 1) Yesterday I had an argument with my sister Ornella. 2) Yesterday I had an argument with my sister, Ornella. In my opinion, sentence #1 implies that I have more than...

General Writing and Grammar Help: "Accuracy" or "Precision"?, accuracy and precision, precision time
accuracy and precision, precision time, accurate time: Ashish, Let me use an analogy or two to make the difference clear. Being able to hit the target with an arrow is accuracy; being able to hit the bull s eye is precision. A watch with two hands will give you an accurate time (2:17); add the third hand (seconds)...

General Writing and Grammar Help: ever, already, ...., assignment c, war and peace
assignment c, war and peace, time limitations: Hello Hame, All three of the sentences are correct. There is a distinction in the time frame. For example, A asks a general question about the book that could have been read at any time in the past. B could mean two things: 1--that the person is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: The car pulled out of the driveway., circular driveways, many thanks
circular driveways, many thanks, ism: =Pulled= is the problem. It may be an American-ism and has nothing to do with putting pressure on two sides of something. It means moving but is restricted to cars/buses/trucks (and sometime bicycles). The sentence means: The car backed out of the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: comma before "too", choice of words, keystroke
choice of words, keystroke, comma: I guess I should have put a comma after Hi. yes! ~~ I like you, too. yes ~~ I suppose if it were very informal writing, you could omit it. Still, I would not. The better your grammar - even in an informal setting - the more intelligent...

General Writing and Grammar Help: which is correct?, objective case, informal letter
objective case, informal letter, letter to a friend: Yup, still here! I am flattered you are pleased to see I haven t left! ~~ Now, then.... There are three problems. ~~ Is this formal writing? If so, you should not put =even= between the two parts of the verb (=don t know=). Solve this by...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Correct usage of hope, slant, tutor
slant, tutor, proper wording: It depends on what you want the sentence to say. You can give the same (or similar) meaning with different wording. I ve always hoped to find an excellent tutor is perfectly acceptable and is correct grammatically. It means that you ve wanted a tutor and,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: What's the difference ?, walden, intensity
walden, intensity, martha: The meaning is the same. ~~ I looked for some difference, and the only one I can find is one of intensity. By setting off =desperately= in commas (sentence #1), there is slightly more emphasis on the direness of the situation. You are welcome!...

General Writing and Grammar Help: ellipsis, ellipsis
ellipsis: Hi, To be exact, letter b is correct; but letter a is what we might call an ellipsis, which means that the rest of the wording is understood. I will Google ellipsis to be sure that is what it is called. Definition of ELLIPSIS a: the omission...

General Writing and Grammar Help: a/the/..../ fire, warm thanks, indefinite article
warm thanks, indefinite article, question thanks: Hame, Yes, it could be B. For example, perhaps the destruction of the building occurred during an earthquake and many things could have destroyed it--ground opening up, other buildings falling on it etc. But in this case, THE fire acutally was the cause...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, grammar, satisfaction
grammar, satisfaction, job: Hello, When you ask Were you..., the task has already occurred and the person is to tell whether it was completed to your satisfaction. If you ask Are you able to..., this is a request to see if the person is capable of doing what you ask. The task...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammer, corporate entity, grammer
corporate entity, grammer, grammar: You could use either their or its. A company, being a group of people, could give their employees a bonus. Also, a company, as a corporate entity, could give its employees a bonus. I checked my GRAMMAR BIBLE and couldn t find any rules either way....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Infinitive or prepositional phrase?, prepositional phrase, expert counsel
prepositional phrase, expert counsel, superficial knowledge: It s an infinitive form. The problem is there are words missing but understood to be missing. This means: The doctor asked him [presumably another doctor or some other potentate with whom a medical doctor would deign to ask for help] to work with...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Misplaced modifiers, pontiac buick dealers, pontiac buick gmc
pontiac buick dealers, pontiac buick gmc, chevrolet oldsmobile: The only Chevrolet MPV sold in Canada was available through Chevrolet-Oldsmobile-Pontiac-Buick dealers (i.e. no other General Motors brand of MPV) No. Of the MPV Chevrolet makes, there was just one of them available through Chevrolet-Oldsmobile-Pontiac-Buick...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Subject-verb agreement, subject verb agreement, baby cow
subject verb agreement, baby cow, grammar questions: Hello Flo, Hello Fio, When as sentence starts with there is or there are it is called an EXPLETIVE sentence. The pronoun there is just filling up space---an oddity of the English language. It is pointing to what s going on in the other...

General Writing and Grammar Help: What is the patron 'actually' entitled to?, apple compote, buttermilk pancakes
apple compote, buttermilk pancakes, bacon strips: You are correct- not the waitresses. The customer is entitled to (including in the breakfast as advertised): 1. two eggs 2. two bacon strips 3. two pork sausage links 4. two buttermilk pancakes 5. cool strawberry topping 6. warm blueberry OR (customer/your...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Do all phrases need predicates?, chinese fortune cookie, night dinner
chinese fortune cookie, night dinner, good evening: Grace, Yes, the original is grammatically correct with the the second verb (does) omitted or understood. Often, rather thn repeat a word, a comma is used or it is merely understood, thus your variant is correct. I hope that clears things up, Jerry...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Punctuations (commas), oxford comma, serial comma
oxford comma, serial comma, independent clauses: William, Try these: The bar tender walked to the end of the bar, filled a cold mug with draft beer, and with a single motion he had perfected through years of practice, slid the beer twenty feet. It happened so quickly, and like he said, he heard...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Question, shirley jackson, softness
shirley jackson, softness, short stories: Come Along With Me is one of her short stories- not a novel. She is stating the character likes big stores sometimes, and the carpeted softness under her feet.... and pressing against the sides of your head is meaning the thoughts and images one sees...

General Writing and Grammar Help: rain....., singular form, plural form
singular form, plural form, appropriate response: Hi Hame, That depends on whether or not you want the tone of the piece to be formal or informal. Formally, the rain is the most appropriate response. However, informally it is quite common to leave out the preceding the when referring to rain. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: The car pulled out of the driveway., bicycles, many thanks
bicycles, many thanks, ism: The bicycles might be acting as a car acts on the road. Perhaps the bicycle is pulling out into traffic. The bicycle is unlikely to =pull into a driveway=, however, because the driveway is much bigger than the bicycle. The bicycle doesn t need all that...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Relative Pronouns, object pronoun, subject pronoun
object pronoun, subject pronoun, relative pronouns: Hello Mark, I admire you for trying to understand all of these intricacies of the English language. 1. Let s look at the last examples for a minute. The easiest thing to do is to isolate the main clause: The apples are bad. Next, write the dependent...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Is this sentence correct?, correct sentence structure, word professor
correct sentence structure, word professor, active voice: That is the most incorrect sentence structure I ve seen in awhile. I agree, the you wrote is an afterthought. It is also written in a passive voice and not the desired active voice. It is miss constructed, and does not sound native English. The...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Set the clock....., clock, many thanks
clock, many thanks: 1) To set the clock/watch one hour back. yes 2) To set the clock/watch one hour forward. yes 3) To set the clock/watch one hour ahead. yes 4) To set the clock/watch back one hour. best 5) To set the clock/watch forward one hour. best (#4...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Subject-verb agreement, subject verb agreement, clock on the wall
subject verb agreement, clock on the wall, prepositional phrase: FiO, There is an expletive or space filler, is is the verb, clock is the subject (modified by a and triangular, on the wall is a prepositional phrase. Toys is the subject (modified by the), are put is the verb and on the shelf is a prepositional phrase....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Subject-Verb Agreement, subject verb agreement, grammar error
subject verb agreement, grammar error, meaning of sentence: Hello Sharie, All three sentences are grammatically correct. I will explain the reasons for this. 1. The subject and verb in sentence one are The cost is . The word respectively at the end means that $10.00 goes with Book A and $15.00 goes with...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Title for essay, irish catholic family, highschool sweetheart
irish catholic family, highschool sweetheart, wonderful marriage: Hi Dorothy, For some reason I didn t get this message until this morning, and it s obviously too late now. :( The title that you had come up with is catchy and witty. I think it will do well. Good luck on your paper! Kindest Regards, -Johnathan...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Understanding sentence structure, adjectival prepositional phrase, noun phrase
adjectival prepositional phrase, noun phrase, light of the silvery moon: Hello Mark, In the first part you asked about the phrase, begged for forgiveness. You can ask yourself the question, begged for WHAT . In this case the answer is forgiveness. The following is taken from a grammar review and can help explain this...

General Writing and Grammar Help: use of contraction: "isn't", correct grammar, balliett
correct grammar, balliett, subtle difference: Is there a restaurant in town- is the correct usage/question. The usage of isn t means: is not and put in the sentence: Is not there a restaurant in town- is ridiculous. As you can see, it is incorrect English and misused in ignorance of correct...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Me vs. I and punctuation, tombstone az, dick and jane
tombstone az, dick and jane, john doe: First, you don t capitalize me. It is a pronoun, not a proper name. Second, put a comma after Tombstone. You put a comma to separate a town from the state, like Chicago, IL or Tombstone, AZ. You might not want to put and in front of John Doe. You...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Can the word "should" mean "deserve to"?
Hi Glen, Should means there is a a strong possibility that something will happen. So in this case, yes, your sentence is correct. I would however put the should before the will to show a progression. .....thus you should and probably will fail the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: word order, stative verbs, word order
stative verbs, word order, many thanks: Hello Hame, First, both sentences are grammatically correct but the word order depends on emphasis. If you want to point out to your reader that the question is ON THE WEBSITE, put that first. If you want to stress that the question is about STATIVE VERBS,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I will ...., directionality, warm regards
directionality, warm regards, mindset: Salâm my friend, The second sentence is definitely missing a word. It should read; Perhaps I will find you there. The first sentence is good. The word towards seems a little off to me. Towards implies directionality; that you are facing a particular...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I will ..., literary word, english thanks
literary word, english thanks, question thanks: Hi, 1) why do you say the use of toward love is wrong and that it should be TO love ? It is because when we use toward, we are moving closer to an object, such as a door. Since love is abstract, toward would not work. However, we do say we work...

General Writing and Grammar Help: how is it?, johnathan, vernacular
johnathan, vernacular, belive: Salaam my friend, I would suggest a few minor edits. The first part of sentence should be changed. It should be either I was your life s biggest lie or your life s biggest lie was me . Also, from a standpoint of vernacular while this is technically...

General Writing and Grammar Help: "'SHE'', american slang, automobile engine
american slang, automobile engine, recruitment: When you use the word she , you are referring to a person. Sometimes in American slang we might refer to a company (or object) as she, but it is not commonly done. For example, referring to their automobile engine, some may say, She is low on oil. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: SEE, present participle, stative verb
present participle, stative verb, present tense: It s a stative verb if you mean =see= as it s my opinion, as in: I see you as an honest person. (It s my opinion that you are an honest person.) ~~ I suppose you could use the -ing form (present tense with the present participle): I m seeing you...

General Writing and Grammar Help: SEE., conjunctive adverb, stative verb
conjunctive adverb, stative verb, conjuction: Salaam my friend, I am well, thank you. Yes, see is considered to be a stative verb. In it s conjunctive adverb form it does take the ing , yes. Here are some examples: Are you seeing what I m seeing? What are you seeing? I am...

General Writing and Grammar Help: can, could, future tense, present tense
future tense, present tense, conversational english: Hello Hame, In conversational English we use these two verbs interchangeably. I have, however, attached a definition that might help you. ___________________________________________ CAN Can generally refers to one’s ability to do something. By definition,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: can, could., modal verbs, line of thought
modal verbs, line of thought, subtle differences: Salaam Hamed, In this case I mean will to be in the same type of context as God s Will , or if you were to say that I bent them to my will . Will doesn t imply future tense, I mean it in the context of desire , plan . You might say something like...

General Writing and Grammar Help: can, could.., correct answer
correct answer: Can you please give me.... means are you able to give me which would be incorrect. Of course they are able to. Could you please give me.... means will you give me... which is correct. You can also say: Will you please give me.... which is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: How to address a thank you note to a dr. office, james byrne, orthodonic
james byrne, orthodonic, orthodontic office: I think you could address the envelope in several possible ways. Assuming that Dr. James Byrne did the work, you could address it to Dr. James Byrne, in care of their office address. In the note, you could include the staff. Another way would be to...

General Writing and Grammar Help: APA Format, owl resource, doctoral coursework
owl resource, doctoral coursework, purdue university: Greetings Mary, I recommend using the Purdue University web site. This is the link -- http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ If you want to spend a little money, I recommend PERRLA software that is an add-on to Microsoft Word. I used it...

General Writing and Grammar Help: APA Format, webster commnet edu, owl resource
webster commnet edu, owl resource, csus edu: Here are some links to help you: http://webster.commnet.edu/apa/ http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ http://www.apastyle.org/ http://psychology.about.com/od/apastyle/ig/APA-Format-Examples/ http://library.csus.edu/guides/rogenmoserd/general/apa.html...

General Writing and Grammar Help: APA format, e mail address, owl resource
e mail address, owl resource, computer wit: Dear Mary: Congratulations to you for returning to college. My advice: Don t be intimidated by the younger students. You know much more than they do -- it s called life experience. **** There are problems with the APA format, mainly because...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get back = avenge?, hatfield mccoy feud, mccoy family
hatfield mccoy feud, mccoy family, hatfields: Dear Paolo: Does to get back mean to avenge ? *** Yes, one of the meanings of get back is to return [back] to someone what you think that person has done to you. A similar phrase is to get even with that person. I intend to get back at him...

General Writing and Grammar Help: bare infinitive, grammar book, prepositional phrase
grammar book, prepositional phrase, infinitive: Dear Rich: *** At the end of this message, you say that you are discouraged. Don t be. Remember that the kinds of questions you ask are not run of the mill. If you could easily find the answers in a grammar book or online, you wouldn t be sending me...

General Writing and Grammar Help: base on, ted nesbitt, hand anatomy
ted nesbitt, hand anatomy, participle phrases: Dear Hossnieh: which item is correct and why? would you please explain the grammar about base on? how can we use it? a)designed base on hand anatomy b)design based on hand anatomy C)designed based on hand anatomy Here are some correct versions: ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Go to bed - get to bed, english essay, cartons
english essay, cartons, many thanks: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between I can t GO to bed and I can t GET to bed ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me a few examples? *** I can t GO to bed usually means I can t SLEEP. Sometimes, it means...

General Writing and Grammar Help: The best way for your son to learn responsibility is (for him) to have a part-time job., part time job, careful reader
part time job, careful reader, health related issues: Dear Glen: First, I want to welcome you back to allexperts.com. I hope your time away wasn t due to any health-related issues. Seeing your name on the list of experts available to answer questions made my day, actually it made my week. *** Thank...

General Writing and Grammar Help: "the big three-O", 90th birthday, 30th birthday
90th birthday, 30th birthday, turning 30: Dear Glen: I know there is an expression the big three-O , which means a person s 30th birthday. Can you also say the big two-O / the big four-O / the big five-O / etc ? *** Turning 30 is considered a milestone. Many years ago, there was a...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Cancel, delete, erase, computer key, word sentence
computer key, word sentence, computer usage: Dear Paolo: Are there any differences among cancel, delete, and erase ? If so, when should I use each of them? *** In some instances, the three words can be interchanged. However, each of them has a distinct meaning. I would be very careful...

General Writing and Grammar Help: My car....., miles per gallon, miles per hour
miles per gallon, miles per hour, sentences: Dear Paolo: Which of the following sentences is correct and natural? 1) My car does about 50 miles per gallon. 2) My car does about 50 miles to the gallon. If both are possible, do they have the same meaning? If so, which would you use or do...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Commas, comma usage, descriptive phrases
comma usage, descriptive phrases, compound sentence: The foundation rule is that a comma appears in a sentence that is made up of two other sentences ( compound sentence ). She ran, and I walked. Note use of a comma before the conjunction (=and=). ~~ 1. The skeleton of your sentence is: Judge...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Confusing Grammar, papaya plant, sailing on the ocean
papaya plant, sailing on the ocean, rain 14: Hello Fio, 1) a. She cleans the room herself. b. She cleans the room by herself. # When to use BY ? The use of by is idiomatic, and often used in conversation. 2) a. I cycle in the park. ( Since a person rides within a park, we say,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Day by day - day from day, woodworking classes, woodworking skills
woodworking classes, woodworking skills, rule of thumb: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between day BY day and day AFTER day ? If so, when should I use each of them? *** The two phrases are nearly synonymous. In many cases, they can be interchanged. However, there is one significant difference....

General Writing and Grammar Help: What's the difference ?, walden students, college choices
walden students, college choices, correct spelling: Dear Walden: Students confirm, loudly and clearly, that thier college choices are more than ever being driven by prices. Why put two commas between loudly and clearly? *** The usual word order is Students loudly and clearly confirm that their...

General Writing and Grammar Help: "eachother", free online dictionary, odd manner
free online dictionary, odd manner, merriam webster: Eachother is incorrect. She is wrong and misspelling it. I haven t seen someone misspell it as such- this is my first. It is each other two separate words. You can type it in Word and it will be underlined as misspelled. When in doubt, use your...

General Writing and Grammar Help: exclamatory adjective, oxford english dictionary, classification of adjectives
oxford english dictionary, classification of adjectives, types of adjectives: Dear Rich: Ken Ward has a list of ALL the types of adjectives at his website. You ll find an explanation of exclamatory adjectives with examples. http://www.trans4mind.com/personal_development/writing/grammar/parts_of_speech/adjectives.htm#mozTocId565389...

General Writing and Grammar Help: exclamatory adverb, google search, beautiful flower
google search, beautiful flower, adverbs: Dear Rich: Here s the result of a Google search: Exclamatory Adverbs : These adverbs express the feelings associated with the action. Examples : HOW tall the tower is! WHAT a tall tree it is! BRAVO! Well done. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: exclamatory adverbs, classification of adverbs, grammar books
classification of adverbs, grammar books, grammarians: Dear Rich: In my question about exclamatory adverbs - I mean to ask if exclamatory adverb is one of the classification of adverbs. *** I just sent you a message about exclamatory ADJECTIVES. I will say the same thing about exclamatory...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Starting the introduction and conclusion of essays?
General Writing and Grammar Help: Starting the introduction and conclusion of essays?

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, automation processes, irand
automation processes, irand, german company: Hi Hossneh, Your sentence is very close. However, there are a few minor changes that I would suggest. Produced in Iran using the latest technology, know-how and automation processes with the cooperation of the German company, Sonnheim Medikal. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, carton, pairs
carton, pairs, gloves: Hello, Both are very close. From what I understand from the first sentence; 12 pairs are bundled together in packs. Then, each carton is filled with 12 packs which gives 144 total pairs. If that s correct, then your sentence works perfectly. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: "illigitimate excuse", is this word combination correct?, legitimate excuse, unacceptable excuses
legitimate excuse, unacceptable excuses, word combination: Dear Glen: The expression is correct, but I have rarely heard it used. The most frequently used terms are good and bad excuses OR acceptable and unacceptable excuses. The dog ate my homework is a really bad excuse. The teacher would find this...

General Writing and Grammar Help: "line your own pockets", expression line, pronoun
expression line, pronoun, charities: Dear Glen: Line one s own pocket is a gentle way of saying stealing. I m not sure if I m using the expression line your own pockets correctly. In other words, do the following sentences make sense and are they grammatically correct? 1....

General Writing and Grammar Help: meaning of "the be-all and end-all", oxford english dictionary, dictionary of cliches
oxford english dictionary, dictionary of cliches, ballantine books: Dear Glen: The expression, be-all and end-all, means EVERYTHING, from the beginning to the end. Here is the explanation from The Phrase Finder from Sheffield University in England: : : BE-ALL AND END-ALL - The dominant factor. In Shakespeare s...

General Writing and Grammar Help: meaning of "give and take", sentences, expression
sentences, expression, boss: Dear Glen: What is the meaning of the expression life is give and take ? I think give means following: to do what other people want you to do, to give them what they want you to give them, to do them favours, to bend over backwards to please them....

General Writing and Grammar Help: meaning of "a suicide kills two people", arthur miller, dead person
arthur miller, dead person, marilyn monroe: Dear Glen: What is the meaning of the expression A suicide kills two people ? I know it was said by Arthur Miller. Also, could you use the same expression, without the word people , in other words could you just say a suicide kills two ? ***...

General Writing and Grammar Help: meaning of the word "connect", meaning of the word, 1960s
meaning of the word, 1960s, 19th century: Dear Glen: Can the word connect mean the following: to touch base with someone, establish communication with someone, make contact with someone, to communicate with someone, to call someone or get in contact with someone.? In other words, could ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Near to, head on my pillow, hymn
head on my pillow, hymn, young girl: Dear Paolo: Does near to exist? If so, when is it used? Would you please give me some examples? *** Yes, it does. I asked the usher if he would seat me NEAR TO you. The young girl was NEAR TO finishing the race, when she fell and twisted...

General Writing and Grammar Help: GET online - GO online, many thanks, e mail
many thanks, e mail, ted: Dear Paolo: I answered this question yesterday. Here is the answer I sent you. Dear Ted: Is there any difference between to GET online and to GO online ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me a few examples?...

General Writing and Grammar Help: GET online - GO online, many thanks, e mail
many thanks, e mail, ted: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between to GET online and to GO online ? *** There is no difference at all. Get/Go online to read your e-mail. I intend to get/go online this afternoon to do some research. Every time I tried to go/get...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Proper spelling of plural noun, risk management services, reinsurance industry
risk management services, reinsurance industry, proper spelling: Go with =insured=. Earlier in the document you will have identified that you are speaking of a group of people who are insured. You are welcome to share this answer with your colleague! Note: Don t know if this verbiage appears in your doc, but:...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Punctuation, Punctuation, brackets
Punctuation, brackets: Hi Laura I think this might be a better solution The value ranges from 0 (worst score) to 30 (best score). [Folstein et al, 1975.] But it very much depends upon the conventions of both the subject you are studying and the institution s style guide...

General Writing and Grammar Help: qualifying adjective, qualifying adjective, descriptive adjective
qualifying adjective, descriptive adjective, types of adjectives: Dear Rich: The reason that you are confused by the information at various sites is because different people use different terms. Here are two more good sites: http://ebooks.cambridge.org/chapter.jsf?bid=CBO9780511800221&cid=CBO9780511800221A038 http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/adjectives.htm...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: now & by now, italian vacation, many thanks
italian vacation, many thanks, sentences: Dear Paolo: IN your answer regarding the difference between now and by now, you gave the following examples: As of now, I have saved $300 TOWARD my Italian vacation. By now, I had hoped to save $300 TOWARD my Italian vacation, but I missed...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: Cancel, delete & erase, virginia library association, west virginia library
virginia library association, west virginia library, west virginia library association: Dear Paolo: I am entertaining a student from China, trying to help a student from Brazil [with legal matters that began in the U. S.], and dealing with the West Virginia Library Association in attempt to save an annual conference that is in just six weeks...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: near to, object of the preposition, gerund phrase
object of the preposition, gerund phrase, head on my pillow: Dear Paolo: 1) I asked the usher if he would seat me NEAR TO you. 2) The young girl was NEAR TO finishing the race, when she fell and twisted her ankle. 3) When I got to bed and put my head on my pillow, I always feel NEAR TO you. My questions...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: To vs. and, final attempt, go upstairs
final attempt, go upstairs, message thread: Dear Paolo: I am getting very frustrated with not being able to express myself clearly to you. Here is my final attempt: When you first started this message thread, you used the example of going upstairs to get a pillow. There are TWO actions mentioned...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Recharge, weakened immune system, extra time
weakened immune system, extra time, many thanks: Dear Paolo: Do you ever use the verb to recharge figuratively? If so, when? Would you please give me some examples? *** A frequently used expression is recharge my batteries. It means taking the time to rest and restore one s energy. It has...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Run upstairs and-to get a pillow, infinitive phrase, adverb
infinitive phrase, adverb, many thanks: Dear Paolo: Which of the following sentences is correct and natural? 1) Run upstairs AND get a pillow. 2) Run upstairs TO get a pillow. *** Here we have a problem. Technically, sentence #2 is correct, because TO get a pillow is the reason...

General Writing and Grammar Help: GET a seat - TAKE a seat, restroom, many thanks
restroom, many thanks, lecturer: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between to GET a seat and to TAKE a seat ? *** Sometimes they mean the same thing. The teacher says, Everyone, please get/take a seat. *** In most cases, however, they have different meanings. If so, when...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Set the clock......, unnecessary words, english speakers
unnecessary words, english speakers, preposition: Dear Paolo: Which of the following is/are correct and natural? 1) To set the clock/watch one hour back. YES 2) To set the clock/watch one hour forward. YES 3) To set the clock/watch one hour ahead. YES 4) To set the clock/watch back...

General Writing and Grammar Help: How to start an introduction and conclusion of an essay?, addison wesley longman, longman handbook
addison wesley longman, longman handbook, concluding paragraph: Elleana, Here are some strategies that may help you: For an introductory paragraph --Provide background on the topic or problem; present an issue or give the history of the subject --Tell a story --Outline a problem --Explain an issue --Present...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Starting the introduction and conclusion of an essay?, introduction paragraph, paragraph structure
introduction paragraph, paragraph structure, thesis statement: I hope that I m answering the question fully to what you are asking... u Introductions: /u Generally for academic and professionally written short essays, an introduction will have a one paragraph structure that will consist of around five to ten...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Starting the introduction and conclusion of essays?, rush limbaugh, inspector gadget
rush limbaugh, inspector gadget, thesis statement: I was talking about more popular writing. A SAT essay would need to be more formal. The style should be more conventional. The examples I used were from more popular works (i.e. Lionel is a radio personality). Likely, in an SAT essay, you might want to...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I can't help myself - I can't stop myself, mr brown, vow
mr brown, vow, many thanks: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between I can t HELP myself! and I can t STOP myself! ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me a few examples? *** In most cases, the two are synonymous and can be used interchangeably....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Can you use first person on an SAT essay?, personal pronouns, personal examples
personal pronouns, personal examples, expository essay: Hello Elleana, If you are writing a personal essay, relating to your life or experiences, you should use I, us, and we. If the essay is a descriptive or expository essay, it will be more acceptable to avoid personal pronouns. Keep in mind that the reader...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Can you use first person on the SAT essay?, personal examples, personal example
personal examples, personal example, college essays: Hi Elleana, In general, in any academic writing, 3rd person is preferable over first person. However, if you have a specific personal example that you need to discuss it is acceptable to write it in first person. But, if you can try to use 3rd person for...

General Writing and Grammar Help: To vs. and, online dictionaries, indicative mood
online dictionaries, indicative mood, imperative mood: Dear Paolo: I don t know if I CAN explain it further. I want you TO GO to the store TO GET some bread. This sentence contains two infinitives, when only one is needed. I want you TO GET some bread at the store. The overuse of infinitive phrases is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Ways to start a concluding paragraph?, conclusion paragraph, concluding paragraph
conclusion paragraph, concluding paragraph, blackboard: Hi Tina, Your question is an excellent one since conclusions are difficult for any writer. I have attached here two websites, one from Harvard, with excellent advice. If you want to talk about any of these ideas after you have read them, please let me...

General Writing and Grammar Help: at/in..., hello my friend, correct choice
hello my friend, correct choice, many thanks: Hello my friend, I am well, thank you. A) is more grammatically correct. The office is usually a building and perform work inside of the building so in makes more grammatical sense. For example, when you turn on your away message in your email, or...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Go and see - go to see, infinitive phrase, preferred usage
infinitive phrase, preferred usage, business trip: Dear Paolo: Which of the following sentences is correct and natural? 1) Of course he couldn t go AND see Steve - his wife had just returned home from a long business trip. 2) Of course he couldn t go TO see Steve - his wife had just returned home...

General Writing and Grammar Help: And & to (again), adverbial phrase, intersection
adverbial phrase, intersection, two steps: Dear Paolo: Which of the following sentences is correct and natural? 1) If you pull out of an intersection you leave one road AND join another. 2) If you pull out of an intersection you leave one road TO join another. *** I interpret these directions...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Now & by now, math assignment, italian vacation
math assignment, italian vacation, preposition: Dear Paolo: Depending on how they are used, there could be a big difference between now and by now. NOW -- indicates the present, this very instant. I have just NOW completed my math assignment. NOW that each party has selected its nominee,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: THE, singular noun, examples of injustice
singular noun, examples of injustice, human suffering: Hame, A is correct. The reason is that the helps the reader know that you are writing about a specific, singular noun. In this case it is misery caused by human action or inaction as opposed to misery cause by something else. Take care, Dr. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: That's got your back, brother jimmy, mobile browser
brother jimmy, mobile browser, android: Dear Paolo: What does that s got your back mean in the statement below? Fast. Smart. Safe. Get the mobile browser that s got your back. Get Firefox for Android. *** First, got your back means that someone is willing to support someone else....

General Writing and Grammar Help: GET someone down - PUT someone down, good sentence, passive state
good sentence, passive state, bad weather: Dear Paolo: If the following two sentences are both correct, do they have the same meaning? 1) Don t let the problems of everyday life GET you down. 2) Don t let the problems of everyday life PUT you down. If not, what is the difference between...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Citation, psychological association style, american psychological association style
psychological association style, american psychological association style, kristen schaal: The way you cite a source depends on the style rules required for your essay. For example, some articles require a University of Chicago style, and more scientific articles require a American Psychological Association style. If depends on your publication,...