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General Writing and Grammar Help: parsing, adverbial prepositional phrase, gerund phrase
adverbial prepositional phrase, gerund phrase, demonstrative adjective: Dear Rich: Sorry that I forgot the diagram. In case you lost the link . . . . http://1aiway.com/nlp4net/services/enparser/ It is difficult for me to translate this sentence. **** Rich, I want to MAKE CERTAIN THAT YOU UNDERSTAND how confusing...

General Writing and Grammar Help: parsing the participle phrase, participle phrase, proper noun
participle phrase, proper noun, direct object: Dear Rich: Dear Ted, Would you please tell me if I have understood the following correctly or not: “Holding the torch steadily, Merdine approached the monster.” holding = present participle used as a verb ***** torch = direct object of “holding”...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get [passive voice], passive voice, top shelf
passive voice, top shelf, omission: Dear Paolo: Both version are used, but only the first is correct. In this situation, get means to reach for something. [I will GET the book on the top shelf.] If you omit offered from the sentence above, you will have Mary GOT a scholarship to...

General Writing and Grammar Help: "pour in to" or "pour into", hodges harbrace handbook, correct preposition
hodges harbrace handbook, correct preposition, countryside: Dear Glen: I enjoy your comments when you rate me. It s like we have an inside joke between the two of us. **** I m not sure if I should say pour in to or pour into , or if both ways are grammatically correct. In other words, do both of the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Re: Reverend Billy Graham, reverend billy graham, bright hope baptist church
reverend billy graham, bright hope baptist church, guest organist: Dear James: Ted, I use to be a follower of Reverend Billy Graham until his age became a factor. He is not in the spot light very much anymore. I do miss his teaching. He is a great man of God. His work speaks for him. I appreciate you mentioned Reverend...

General Writing and Grammar Help: should "that" be in the sentence, englishforums
englishforums: Hello Diane, Both are correct. Here is a link to a reference that goes into more detail. Basically, if it sounds okay to leave it out, it is probably fine to do so unless that is the subject of the clause. http://www.englishforums.com/English/OmissionSubordinateConjunction/bhzhh/post.htm...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get stuck in, massive traffic jam, appian way
massive traffic jam, appian way, negative connotation: Dear Paolo: Does to get stuck in or into something mean to start doing something enthusiastically or to get trapped / caught in or into something boring, bad, negative ? *** I m going to disagree with the wording of your first definition ....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get stuck in (UK), dictionary cambridge, game day
dictionary cambridge, game day, watching tv: Dear Paolo: Thank you. I have learned something new. I have never heard this express before your message. We DO say get caught up in something. EXAMPLE: I was so caught up in watching TV, I did not notice that there was a fire in my kitchen. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: term paper, essay planning
essay planning: That sounds like a very good start to me! That s because you will be defining your terms. However, be prepared to leave it out of the final work you submit if you find that it helps you to generate further ideas for the essay. [Essay is UK for term paper...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Thi's writing, warming of the earth, controversial subject
warming of the earth, controversial subject, problem solution: Dear Thi: I understand your question now. For the first type of question [discussion], you are given or you choose a topic. What you do in writing the paragraph is give background information. That means you write about the topic in general, perhaps...

General Writing and Grammar Help: About the usage of tense., subjunctive mood, perfect tense
subjunctive mood, perfect tense, letter word: Dear Walden: I have missed hearing from you. **** I read of a sentence: If he is not happy, he would have said something. I think it is better to write: If he had not been happy, he would have said something. What is your opinion? **** I...

General Writing and Grammar Help: usage of the word "facade", oxford english dictionary, timbered facade
oxford english dictionary, timbered facade, first appearance: Dear Glen: You have used the word facade correctly in all seven examples. The word is used to describe a false or fake front, and, in reference to a person, it is the description of not only his face but also the way he presents himself to other people....

General Writing and Grammar Help: usage of the word "fraction"
Dear Glen: I m not sure if I m using the word fraction correctly in the following sentences. In other words, do the following sentences make sense and are they grammatically correct? 1. In Los Angeles, this Gucci bag costs only a fraction of what...

General Writing and Grammar Help: usage of the word "gratitude", count noun, gratitudes
count noun, gratitudes, plural word: Dear Glen: I m not sure if you say you have gratitude towards someone or you have a gratitude towards someone , or if both ways are grammatically correct. In other words, do the following sentences make sense and are they both grammatically correct?...

General Writing and Grammar Help: use of "which" as a relative pronoun, object of the preposition, relative pronoun
object of the preposition, relative pronoun, adjective clause: Dear Rich: Would you please help me to understand how the relative pronoun “which” is used in the following sentences: Translating sentence number 4, in which Piero uses the term “ma”, is difficult for me. **** You have come across one of those...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Be vs. get [assive voice], active voice, grammarians
active voice, grammarians, colloquialisms: Dear Paolo: What is the difference between get and be when they are both used as auxiliaries to form the passive of sentences such as He GOT / WAS arrested for robbery ? *** First, your use of auxiliaries is correct. Your question is a...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Go all out & go all the way, infinitive phrases, sexual expression
infinitive phrases, sexual expression, mr wilson: Dear Paolo: Happy BRAUN Day! Now you can shave! **** Is there any difference between to go all out and to go all the way ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me some examples? And when it comes to sex, do...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Got, barack obama, british parliament
barack obama, british parliament, stupid actions: Dear Paolo: I got my left leg = I put my left leg in a position so that my leg would not move. It s an idiomatic expression. People generally use it when they end up in predicaments that are NOT of their own making. When I say that I got tangled in...

General Writing and Grammar Help: He had....., preferred version, actuality
preferred version, actuality, many thanks: Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between the following two sentences? 1) He HAD his beard shaved. 2) He GOT his beard shaved. *** There is NO difference. The preferred version [as I tried to explain in a previous message] is #1. In actuality,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Age backwards
Dear Paolo: What does to age backwards mean? *** This question is very interesting. A few nights ago, I watch a movie on television. The movie starred Brad Pitt and was titled Benjamin Buttons. The plot was essentially about the reverse of a...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Go ahead - get ahead
Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between to GO ahead and to GET ahead ? *** In some instances they mean the same thing. However, each one has a specific usage. GO AHEAD -- means to proceed I plan to go ahead with my graduate studies,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: GO beyond something - GET beyond something
Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between to GO beyond something such as an impasse and to GET beyond something such as an impasse ? ** Both phrases mean the same thing in many instances. They both mean that a person CAN overcome or surpass some...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Bite the dust
Hi, Steven, Great questions! These are both somewhat or actually colloquial, or American/English slang. Bite the dust refers to death, as in ashes to ashes, dust to dust, from the English Christian /Jewish Bible service for the dead. When something/someone...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Be out of breath (opposite of)
Dear Paolo: What is or are the opposites of to be out of breath ? Also, is it possible to RUN out of breath ? What other verbs go with out of breath ? *** I can find no opposites [antonyms] of to be out of breath. I tried to search that phrase...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Call someone INTO one's office or call someone IN TO one's office
Dear Paolo: Check out this web page: http://data.grammarbook.com/blog/uncategorized/into-vs-in-to/ If you are referring to entering a place, you use the preposition INTO. Your two sentences are examples of this situation. If, however, you mean...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Have the chance TO DO sthg - have the chance OF DOING sthg
Dear Paolo: Is it to have the chance TO DO something or to have the chance OF DOING something ? If both are possible, do they have the same meaning? ** You have sent me similar questions. There is no difference in meaning, BUT there is a difference...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Check, bounce back, return
Dear Paolo: With reference to the question What other verbs or infinitive phrases go with the word check ? -- I should have written, What other verbs or infinitive phrases go with the NOUN check ? When a check is not paid, don t you use the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Christian First Name Meaning., baby names
baby names: Hi, Prashant, I can t speak for everyone in the US, but my experience is this: while many do use resources online and in books to see what first names mean, most parents still decide on a baby s name based more on family traditions (who else has had a...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Christian First Name Meaning.
Hi Prashant, That is a good question. Yes, Christian, or given names as they are sometimes called, do have meaning in our culture also. (They are sometimes called given names because not everyone in American culture is Christian). There are two...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Christian First Name Meaning.
http://www.behindthename.com/ http://www.sheknows.com/baby-names/name/christian http://baby-names.familyeducation.com/name-meaning/christian http://babynamesworld.parentsconnect.com/meaning_of_Christian.html Hope that helps Best wishe...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Christian First Name Meaning.
Hello Prashant, You are correct in that many English names originated from the Bible but some names are derived from other languages such as Hebrew. I see that you have the reference for Behind the Name. I would go back and check for the actual name...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Christian First Name Meaning.
Dear Prashant: Thank you for sending the Wikipedia article on onomastics. Several of the sites recommended in the article are new to me. I have always been curious about place names. I love geography, and I find it fascinating to learn how places...

General Writing and Grammar Help: classification of: "as much as"
Dear Rich: I am trying to understand the words - “as much as” in the following sentence: “No father has ever loved a son as much as I have loved him.” Can you please tell me how to classify “as much as”. [PERIODS GO INSIDE THE CLOSING QUOTATION MARK.[...

General Writing and Grammar Help: classification of
Dear Rich: **** MY RESPONSE -- If there were a way to rate my QUESTIONERS, I would give you 10s. You come up with questions that I almost never get from other people. The absolute adjective example is one such question. I don t think I have heard...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Collect & gather
Dear Paolo: Should I use collect or gather in the following two sentences? 1) I should have gone to bed early last night. During this morning’s test paper I wasn’t able to ........ my thoughts together at all. 2) The market researcher’s job...

General Writing and Grammar Help: What is the correct word?
Dear Walden: Happy New Year! I would like to ask you a question. Rich as he ____ ____, he is not kind. What is the correct word in each blank? Wish you health and happiness! *** Walden, there are a few options for the blanks. I am choosing...

General Writing and Grammar Help: The now-defunct drug website Silk Road
Dear Paolo: The following sentence is taken from a HuffPost article titled A Bite Out Of Bitcoin. By the way, is it A HuffPost article or AN HuffPost article ? *** Use A. The founder of a prominent Bitcoin exchange company has been arrested...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Double subject
Dear Paolo: Stakeholder pensions are available from a number of banks and other financial service providers, and it pays to shop around. Find a reputable pension provider which is registered by the Pensions Regulator. Although a well-established firm is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Drug test or drugs test
Dear Paolo: Is it drug test or drugs test ? By the *** The usual form is drug test. That term is all inclusive. A drug test may be used to find traces of many drugs, not just one. The singular expression covers ONE drug or MANY drugs. Also,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Expressions, phrases, ask, ask about
Dear Paolo: According to my books, As stubborn as a mule is an idiom or an idomatic (quaint) expression or phrase. Also, to knock on wood (to touch wood), to paint the town red, and so on are all idioms or idiomatic expressions/phrases. I always...

General Writing and Grammar Help: visual essay identity
General Writing and Grammar Help: visual essay identity

General Writing and Grammar Help: Fill in a form
Hello Bob This is standard procedure when filling in forms. What it means is that you should give yourself the right title. In you case I presume it will be Mr. If it tells you to do so, you should cross out the ones which don t apply to you (Ms,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Fill in a form
Dear Bob: Filling in a form, I came across: Delete where not applicable (Mr / Mrs / Miss / Ms). What does it mean? Does it mean: 1. We should choose the right title? 2. Delete (cross over) the wrong ones and leave the right one? 3. Delete all if we...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Fit something - fit into something
Dear Paolo: Giving some examples, would you please explain when it is correct to use to fit something and when it is appropriate to use to fit INTO something ? *** To fit something means to insert one thing into another thing. Jack tried...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Forget, forget of, forget about
Dear Paolo: Are there any differences among to forget someone, to forget of someone, and to forget about someone ? *** First, there is no phrase to forget of someone. The preposition of cannot be used in this situation. The other two mean...

General Writing and Grammar Help: He's fun or He's funny
Dear Paolo: Should I say, He s FUN or He s FUNNY ? *** You can use either, although the preferred adjective is funny. Because of common usage, fun, a noun, has become increasingly used as an adjective. The words have the same meaning. EXAMPLES:...

General Writing and Grammar Help: geography
Dear Veronika: It is good to hear from you. According to my dictionaries -- and I use the most reliable ones -- the word is NEVER hyphenated. Fennoscandia is the noun form, and Fennoscandian is the adjective form. Here is the entry from the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, usage, meaning
usage, meaning: Hi, Karen, These are tricky issues since you re talking about both connotation (meaning people perceive) and denotation (meaning derived from standard usage) and the ways they do not always coincide, especially when slang or other informal usage is employed....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Two grammar questions
Dear Walden: Thank you very much for your prompt reply each time! *** You are very welcome, Walden. I read of two sentences in the elementary school textbook and I feel a little strange. 1. The first step is ending the myth…. 2. Simple is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get a grip on yourself & pull yourself together
Dear Paolo: Does to get a grip on yourself have the same meaning as to pull yourself together or to get yourself together ? *** YES. All three mean the same thing. Another one, a little more formal, is control yourself or get yourself...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get a grip on yourself
Dear Paolo: Yours is my second question of 2014. A man in China beat you by a couple of hours. ****************** What does (to) get a grip on yourself mean? Would you please give me some examples of how to use this phrase/expression properly?...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Almost never - hardly ever
Dear Paolo: Dear Ted: Is there a difference between almost never and hardly ever ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me a few examples? *** I see no difference between the two phrases at all. By the way, is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: hat or hats
Dear Rich: The men wear their hats. The men wear their hat. I am trying to describe a group of men who are each wearing one hat. *** The men wear their hats is the correct choice. If you use the singular form hat, it sounds like they...

General Writing and Grammar Help: ON the horizon - OVER the horizon
Dear Paolo: Is it ON the horizon or OVER the horizon ? If both are possible, do they mean the same thing? If not, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me some examples? *** Paolo, both prepositional phrases can be used. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Human right activists or human rights activists
Dear Paolo: Is it human right activists or human rights activists ? *** We generally think of rights, the plural form. If we are speaking of an individual person and the right he has, the sentence makes it clear that, in this case, we use the singular...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Income source or source of income
Dear Paolo: Is it income source or source of income ? If both are possible, do they have the same meaning? *** They mean the same thing; only the sentence structure is different. INCOME SOURCE = source is the noun and income is the adjective...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Instruction book or instructions book
Dear Paolo: I HAVE BEEN WITHOUT AN INTERNET CONNECTION FOR TWO DAYS. I AM NOW TRYING TO GET CAUGHT UP TO DATE. I APOLOGIZE FOR THE DELAY. ***** Is it the instruction book or the instructions book ? *** instruction book What about instructions...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Keep off - keep out of
Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between to keep OFF something and to keep OUT OF something ? *** YES. There is a difference. KEEP OFF SOMETHING -- Its most common usage mean that a person should NOT GET ON something in the first place....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Know, know of, know about
Dear Paolo: Are there any differences among to know someone, to know of someone, and to know about someone ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me some examples? *** To know someone means that you are actually acquainted...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Lead, usage, slang
usage, slang, metaphor: hi, Hame, You ask good questions about slang, Hame! i Lead /i , in this context, is pronounced i leed /i , by the way. This type of i lead /i refers to a clue, like a piece of evidence or information, a tip given by a witness or informant, a...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Leave me breathless - out of breath
Dear Paolo: Is the following sentence correct and natural? Running on the treadmill for more than 30 minutes consecutively leaves me breathless - out of breath. *** It is correct, but it is not natural. People will question why you used the ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Make UP a list or make OUT a list
Dear Paolo: Is it to make up a list or to make out a list ? If both are possible, do they mean the same thing? *** They are identical in meaning. EXAMPLES: Please MAKE UP a list of things you need from the grocery store. I am MAKING...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Lose hold of
Dear Paolo: What does to lose hold with someone/something mean? Would you please give me some examples of how to use this infinitive phrase correctly? *** The most often used expression requires OF instead of WITH. EXAMPLES: John lost...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Have I made myself clear? or Did I make myself clear?
Dear Paolo: At the end of a statement, do you say Have I made myself clear? or Did I make myself clear? *** Both are acceptable, but, if you just MADE the statement, the present perfect form is better. I would use have made instead of did....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Over [meaning of]
Dear Paolo: Would you pleas explain the meaning of over in the passage below? The British system, by contrast, still carries the imprint of its origins in monarchy: Officially, it remains Her Majesty’s Government, not the people’s. Power still...

General Writing and Grammar Help: meaning of the expression "no sense of direction"
Dear Glen: HERE S AN INTERESTING HAPPENING: Allexperts sent me an invitation to test a new program they have invented. Their reasons for my being invited are these: I have consistently been the highest rated expert in the grammar and writing category....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Nuts FOR, OVER or ABOUT something
Dear Paolo: Is it to be or go nuts (crazy) ABOUT something/someone, to be or go nuts (crazy) FOR something/someone or to be or go nuts (crazy) OVER something/someone ? If all three are possible, do they mean the same thing? *** This one is easy....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get oneself into (doing) something
Dear Paolo: Does the phrase to get oneself into (doing) something exist? If so, when is it used? ** I do not recognize the phrase as you have written it. There are other variations that can be used. EXAMPLES: I really got myself into a bad...

General Writing and Grammar Help: parsing
Dear Rich: Would you please tell me if I have parsed the following sentences correctly: I have five cups. I = subject have = transitive verb five = adjective that modifies cups cups = direct object *** No errors here. How many...

General Writing and Grammar Help: parsing
Dear Rich: “How many bicycles are there?” I am wondering if “bicycles” is the subject of this sentence. ** You are correct. If you make the sentence into a declaration instead of question, you will have bicycles are how many. The throwaway word...

General Writing and Grammar Help: parsing
Dear Rich: I did answer this question, yesterday. Here is a copy of my message: Dear Ted, Would you please help me parse the following sentence: “How many bicycles are there?” I am wondering if “bicycles” is the subject of this sentence. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Part company - part ways
Dear Paolo: Is there a difference between to part COMPANY with someone and to part WAYS with someone ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me some examples? *** They mean the same thing. EXAMPLES: Although...

General Writing and Grammar Help: rather than
Hi, Hame, The rationale for my answer s correctness lies in the principle of parallel structure. Because you used to cut you have to use to in the next part to match it. See? Many would use the ing form, but it wouldn t be as correct even if it would...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: The now-defunct drug website Silk Road
Dear Paolo: In the sentence .....on the now-defunct drug website Silk Road, prosecutors said Monday, is Silk Road a noun, a name or a term? Silk Road is a proper noun. It is the name of the website. I would NOT call it a term. Te...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: Fit something - fit into something
Dear Paolo: However, another way to use fit cannot be made to use fit into. What does it mean? Would you please explain it further? *** I meant that fit can be used in some instances in which fit into cannot be used. *** the punishment...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: Almost never - hardly ever
Dear Paolo: Yes, it was a typo. See my other answer for an explanation. I am not intentionally doing this, but I just realized that I am giving you very good practice. You are clearly reading my answers carefully, which means that you are a VERY GOOD...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Re: Leave me breathless - out of breath
Dear Paolo: What about Running on the treadmill for more than 30 CONSECUTIVE minutes leaves me breathless - out of breath ? By the way, should I use breathless or out of breath in the above sentence? *** YES! And, either the single word...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: Have I made myself clear? or Did I make myself clear?
Dear Paolo: I apologize. I have had more than 20 questions today -- some left over from yesterday. My eye is bothering me. I used my eye drops, but they blur my vision. On top of everything else, we have had four MORE inches of snow, and Quentin...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, clauses
clauses: Hi Sheila I think you mean clauses - and the answer is YES - so long as grammatical logic is maintained. Here is a guidance note on clauses from our English Language program. http://www.mantex.co.uk/2009/08/31/english-language-clauses/ I hope...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get into shape or get oneself into shape
Dear Paolo: Is it to get into shape or to get oneself/yourself into shape ? If both are possible, do they mean the same thing? If not, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me some examples? *** They mean the same thing. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Suffer, suffer from, suffer with
Dear Paolo: Which of the following sentences is/are correct ana natural? 1) If you suffer sleeplessness and depression you have symptoms of a lack of vitamin B. 2) If you suffer from sleeplessness and depression you have symptoms of a lack of vitamin...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Have a thing FOR or ABOUT something
Dear Paolo: Is it to have a thing FOR something or to have a thing ABOUT something ? Also, is it possible to have a thing for/about SOMEONE ? *** YES, both are possible. EXAMPLES: Jim has this thing FOR playing practical jokes on his friends....

General Writing and Grammar Help: One thing leads to another
Dear Paolo: Does the expression/phrase one thing leads to another exist? If so, when is it used? Would you please give me a couple of examples? By the way, is it an expression or a phrase ? *** It is a commonly used expression. EXAMPLES:...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Think so= Think that?, usage, tone
usage, tone, connotation: hi, Steven, Both are correct and do mean the same thing. However, they are different in tone or formality. Most people think that has the impression, or connotation of a bit more formality and a slightly more educated tone. But, the differences...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Time is up - time is over
Dear Paolo: Is there a difference between Time is UP and Time is OVER ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me some examples? *** I can think of no situation in which the two phrases cannot be exchanged. However, the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: how is my translation/
Hi, Hame, You wrote: sometimes thinking about some people brings a smile on your lips unconsciously. How beautiful are these smiles and how lovable are these some people. I would change it in this way to make it better: Change on to to and take...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Is "undoubtful" a word?
Dear Glen: Dear Ted, Is undoubtful a word? According to some dictionaries it is. i.e. the Merrian-Webster dictionary, but other dictionaries, such as the Cambridge dictionary, don t list it as a word. And if it is a word, is it a synonym for undoubted...

General Writing and Grammar Help: usage of the word "exchange"
Dear Glen: I m not sure if I m using the words trade , exchange , pay and buy correctly in the following sentences. In other words, do the following sentences make sense and are they all grammatically correct? 1. Lisa traded sex for grades. 2....

General Writing and Grammar Help: usage of the word "expertise"
Dear Glen: I m not sure if I understand the meaning of the words expertise and know-how correctly. In other words, do the following sentences make sense and are they grammatically correct? 1. I have computer expertise. 2. I have computer know-how....

General Writing and Grammar Help: usage of the word "joint venture"
Dear Glen: This is my first question of 2014! You should get a prize. *** I know that the word joint venture can be a noun. Can the word joint venture also be an adjective? In other words, is joint venture an adjective in the following...

General Writing and Grammar Help: visual essay identity, identity
identity: Hello Jo This is a question on essay planning and structure, rather than an issue of English language and grammar. So in a very strict sense I am not really able to answer. But I can offer you some tips and guidance notes on the PROCESS. Do you mean...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get vs. take
Dear Paolo: Which of the following sentences is correct and natural? 1) GET that chicken out of the oven! It will be dried out by now! 2) TAKE that chicken out of the oven! It will be dried out by now! If both are possible, do they mean the same...

General Writing and Grammar Help: one way or another
Dear Paolo: Does the expression one way or another exist? If so, when is it used? Would you please give me some examples? By the way, is it an expression or a phrase ? *** Many times it is difficult to differentiate between a phrase and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Have a weakness for, have a thing about
Dear Paolo: If to have a thing about something/someone and to have a weakness for something/someone are synonyms, would you please give me some formal and informal/idiomatic/colloquial alternatives to these prepositional phrases? *** They are...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Would like & wish
Dear Paolo: If both of the following two sentences are grammatically correct, do they mean the same thing? If not, when or in which context should I use each of them? 1) I would like to have sex with you one day. 2) I wish I could have sex with...

General Writing and Grammar Help: The word/verb "feature or to feature", usage, word choice
usage, word choice: Hi, Vera, All three are fine English uses of the verb feature. It is used in the sense of highlights or focuses upon rather than just includes. If the website or manual doesn t make the stated component the main attraction or central section,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get back TO work - get back INTO work
Dear Paolo: Would you please explain the difference between to get back TO work and to get back INTO work with some examples? Many, many thanks for your kind help. TO GET BACK TO WORK -- means that you have been absent from your job for some...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Write out a check or make out a check
Dear Paolo: Is it to write out a check or to make out a check ? If both are possible, do they mean the same thing? If not, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me some examples? *** They are correct and they mean the same...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Now & by now
Dear Paolo: What is the difference between now and by now ? Would you please give me some examples? Also, are there any cases in which the two can be interchanged? *** They are different, and their difference is about time. NOW means at this...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Stand BY someone - stand WITH someone
Dear Paolo: Is there any difference between to stand BY someone and to stand WITH someone ? If so, when should I use each of them? *** I am almost certain I have answered this question before. STAND BY -- I will show my support for my friend...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Do or does?
Dear Eric: Thank you for the reply. 1. Thank you for pointing out that I spelled Eliot s name incorrectly -- I don t know how I missed that! 2. RE: “I will show you fear in a handful of dust.” Does Eliot’s words conger up thoughts of the fragility...

General Writing and Grammar Help: him or he
Dear Dat: Thanks Ted ! I m really bad at using words. Thanks you for recommending me at this example. Let s catch the THIEF who stole the bicycle yesterday . How can i use good english and have a better sentence in other situations ? Can you give...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get the most out of something
Dear Paolo: When should I use to get the most out of something ? *** You use this expression when you have invested something of yourself -- your time or your money, for instance -- and you are expecting some kind of return on your investment. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Make the most of something
Dear Paolo: When should I use to make the most of something ? *** This expression is slightly different from get the most. Make involves the active participation of the maker. Would you please give me some examples? *** John was born...

General Writing and Grammar Help: BY
Dear Farhad: What does BY in the following conversation mean? A: When do you usually get to work? B: BY eight thirty. **** B s answer is probably NOT what A expected. A is asking for the usual time when B s work ends. B cannot give a specific...

General Writing and Grammar Help: 2....
Hi Hame! Sorry again for the late reply! Neither statement NECESSARILY means that the subjet is still doing the action. In other words, it might be true, it might not be. We cannot know for sure based on those statements. In order to indicate that...

General Writing and Grammar Help: anpther question about "whom"
Dear Rich: Would you please also help with me with the use of “whom” in the following sentence: “Whom did you consult?” Is this a correct sentence? Can you please explain how “whom” is being used in this sentence? *** The sentence is correct. The...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Capitalization question, capitalizing common nouns
capitalizing common nouns: I would be delighted to advise you! When common nouns are used to identify something specific, they are capitalized. I saw the queen open Parliament. I saw Queen Elizabeth open Parliament. You have some common nouns that generally are not but also...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Correct word usage
You cannot begin a sentence with but. That is why your word speller is correcting you. You use but with a comma in one sentence. He imagined a time when Cryck stood by his father’s side and battled old foes in his father’s honor, but, old now, Cryck...

General Writing and Grammar Help: difference
Hi Hame! Interesting question! The simple answer is they are the same. You can use either one in the same situation and they convey the same meaning. However, technically speaking, B is clear, but A is vague. Sentence A could mean that you waited...

General Writing and Grammar Help: the difference between..., will, would
will, would: They are used interchangeably, but technically =would= is correct. =Will= in this context means because you say so, this thing is required to happen in the future. The queen said, I will it that everyone eat chocolate all week. The queen said,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Direct & Indirect Object
If you mean =that situation= as true words to be included in the sentence, then those words would be the direct object. I think what you want is something such as this: He assured them. Whatever it was that was of concern to them is not stated but...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Fonts and sizes
Hi Lee, great question, I can answer that for you, no problem. I used to own a small publishing company myself. The short answer is; there is no set standard for either fonts or sizes used in publishing. The single most common font size is 12 point. The...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Move, set, put clocks one hour back
Dear Paolo: Which of the following sentences is/are correct and natural? 1) Tomorrow evening we will have to set clocks/the clock one hour back. 2) Tomorrow evening we will have to move clocks/the clock one hour back. 3) Tomorrow evening we will...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: I would like to draw your attention......
Dear Paolo: PLEASE NOTE: I decided that, after 15 years of service and more than 15,000 questions answered, it was time to take a break from Allexperts. My eye doctor has advised me against spending too much time on the computer. I discovered recently...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentence structure
Hi Patty, I do not think it s a matter of grammar but playing around with the sentence so the context makes sense. The piles of hair doesn t make sense to me because I just cannot visualize what that would look like. However.... I bravely stepped...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentence structure
Sometimes (often) they don t let me know there s a letter waiting....until I get a hie thee to the website or thou art in big trouble. Aggravating! Argh..... Let me check the answers sent file and get back to you. I know I answered this................

General Writing and Grammar Help: How many sentences in a paragraph?
Dear Den: PLEASE NOTE: I decided that, after 15 years of service and more than 15,000 questions answered, it was time to take a break from Allexperts. My eye doctor has advised me against spending too much time on the computer. I discovered recently...

General Writing and Grammar Help: use of "whom"
Dear Rich: I apologize for the delay. I have been having some problems after my last eye surgery. **** Would you please help me with the following sentence: “Whom are you having lunch with?” Is this a correct sentence? Is it acceptable to...

General Writing and Grammar Help: use of "whom"
Dear Rich: This question also appears to be a repeat. The correct wording is this: With whom are you having lunch? Read the information on this page and then take the test! http://www.grammarbook.com/grammar/whoVwhom.asp When you receive...

General Writing and Grammar Help: use of "whom"
Dear Rich: UPDATE -- Rich, please rate the other two answers so that they will be removed from my inbox. Thank you. Ted ********************************** Maybe I m seeing things or imagining messages, but I believe that I answered this message...

General Writing and Grammar Help: use of "who" and "whom:"
Dear Rich: For example, should I always try to be proper and say - “For whom did you make lunch?” or should I say - “Whom did you make lunch for? Or, should I be completely colloquial and say - “Who did you make lunch for?” *** I certainly understand...

General Writing and Grammar Help: use of whom
Dear Rich: Can you please tell me if the following sentences are equally correct in terms of grammar (not in terms of style): With whom have you consulted? Whom have you consulted? CORRECT -- in both grammar AND style. The only difference is that...

General Writing and Grammar Help: use of who and whom
Dear Rich: Dear Ted, I hope you will not mind another question concerning the use of “who” vs “whom”. I just want to make sure that the following sentence is grammatically correct: “Who is your friend?” who = subject is = linking verb...

General Writing and Grammar Help: use of possessive form
Dear Rich: PLEASE NOTE: I decided that, after 15 years of service and more than 15,000 questions answered, it was time to take a break from Allexperts. My eye doctor has advised me against spending too much time on the computer. I discovered recently...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Is the writing right?
Dear Walden: Thank you very much for your prompt reply last time! I read of a book whose title is A History of Taiwan for Young People:Written for a New Generation and for Countrymen Young at Heart. I think it is better to write:A History of...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Make it up to someone
Dear Paolo: Dear Ted: What does to make it up to someone mean? Would you please give me some examples of how to use the above phrase correctly? *** The phrase means to do something good for someone as a reward for something that person has done....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Make it up to someone
Dear Paolo: According to the Allexperts page, my message was sent, but you have not yet read it. If you have a new e-mail address, that would explain why you didn t receive my message. I am pasting my answer here: What does to make it up to someone...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Go after someone
Dear Paolo: Does the phrase to go after someone exist? If so, what does it mean? Would you please give me some examples of how to use the above phrase correctly and properly? Also, is it possible to go after SOMETHING ? *** Both of the phrases...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I would like to......
Dear Paolo: Are the following introductory clauses correct and natural? 1) I would like to draw your attention on the point that..... NO -- It should be TO the point. 2) I would like to draw your attention to the fact that..... *** YES ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: will/.
Hi Hame! Connotatively, she has the right idea, but denotatively she s wrong. As questions they are equivalent: they are both just making a request. However, your friend is right in that because will is less formal than would , it sounds a little...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Who or Whom?
Dear Emily: PLEASE NOTE: Emily, I did my best to answer your question, but it remains in my Allexperts inbox as unanswered, because you have not acknowledged receiving my message by completing the evaluation form. Please do so as soon as you can, preferably...

General Writing and Grammar Help: any)
Hi Hame! Sorry to keep you waiting, and thanks for your patience! Actually, the simple answer is that any can be used with countable nouns AND uncountable nouns. With countable nouns, the noun MUST be plural after any. Sorry it took so long to...

General Writing and Grammar Help: AAVE
Speech and writing are two different systems. Most people do not speak in grammatically complete sentences . Some people use dialects, and other sub-cultures have deliberately ungrammatical usages. But if they were to WRITE in the same way, they...

General Writing and Grammar Help: adverb / commas
Hello Jason, Based on the rules provided by the Purdue University Online Writing Lab -- https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/owlprint/607/ I believe that a comma could be appropriate (see #7) if you are indicating a pause in the sentence. If not, the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: close verb-adjective.
Ok! Let s try again! =Close= is one of those words that is pronounced in two different ways and thus has two different meanings. Many languages have these same kinds of words! ~~ 1. =Close= pronounced with a =Z= is a verb. As you have noted,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: countable noun+any
Hello Hame! Sorry for the late reply, but thank you for your patience. Yes, I remember telling you that. What I said was wrong: I should have been more specific. In question form, any is usually used with plural nouns. For example: Do you have...

General Writing and Grammar Help: explanatioin
Subject: Explanation --------------------- Dear Sir, This is in response to your letter no _________ dated____________ with its subject captioned as “Explanation”. Before I plunge into my core purpose, I would like to request you to kindly recalculate...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammer
Hi Josh, Restoring the passion for good taste is more grammatically correct. You can have passion, you can be passionate about something. But a thing, such as good taste, does not have passion in and of itself. Other people have passion for that thing....

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammer
Josh, You might re-post this question to an expert in marketing. Either one is correct but I guess it depends on what you want to convey. A definition of the preposition of means connected to or related to. Whereas for means the use of something....

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammer
Hi Josh! There isn t any question there, but I m going to go ahead assume you d like to know if there s any distinction between the two! The first - passion of good taste - demonstrates a relationship of derivation; in other words, passion WHICH IS...

General Writing and Grammar Help: idioms or collocation?
Hi Amirah, sorry for the delay. In my opinion I think that collocation would be more useful. There are certain phrases within English that are fairly universal for collocation; big money, strong tea, etc. Those collocation phrases are well understood throughout...

General Writing and Grammar Help: idioms or collocation?
I would probably choose to explain idioms Because these are always puzzling to non-native speakers (in any language) And collocations come dangerously close to teaching cliche so if it is a choic between the two - go for idioms but you can only...

General Writing and Grammar Help: passive or adjective
While the processes involved in computer manufacturing require ... , involved is part of a reduced relative clause, which are involved . Yes! Clever you! Maybe 1/2 of 1% of people would know what this was and what was understood to have appeared. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Last two sentences for email
I would prefer to OMIT the word DUMB DOWN because its meaning and implication is given below - from an online dictionary: The term dumb-down was coined by Ken E Smith of Colorado according to the Oxford English Dictionary, which has the official definition...

General Writing and Grammar Help: ' to show possesion
Hi Mark, that s true for some cases. It is still used for contractions; can t, won t, etc. And it is still used in conjunction with a proper nouns; Mark s question, John s Coffee, etc. This rule changed specifically regarding the use of its as a means of...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Summary of projects to help the community. Does it read well?
Hello Richard, I did read this... impressive. One suggestion is where you state: Some of the projects are [I would add another verb here so you bullet points are grammatically correct]. Some of the projects are designed: Regards, Dr....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Summary of projects to help community. Does it read well?
The suggestions seem reasonable, but the grammatical expression needs tightening up. Potential volunteers or participants would probably want more details about what was involved or expected of them. The first link returns a Page Not Found error. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: When using a colon for emphasis...
Rick does only one thing after work: sleeps. But shouldn t it be sleep, not sleeps ? I see the word form as a noun, i.e. the activity thing is referring to, and not as a verb with the implied repeated subject, as in Rick sleeps. You are...

General Writing and Grammar Help: any....
The countable noun after ANY is usually in the singular. Consider the following sentences.... i A is the best boy in the class = A is better than any other boy in the class. Did any boy come this way? Does any man wish to speak? Do you want any one to...

General Writing and Grammar Help: any+...
Hello Hame, I am doing great and I hope you are too. Consider this: Uncountable nouns are nouns which come in a state or quantity which is impossible to count; liquids are uncountable, as are things which act like liquids (sand, air) They’re always...

General Writing and Grammar Help: when, as, ....
Hi Hame! Interesting! Personally, I think they could all be correct, but the most appropriate answer seems to be A. It means that the two events (seeing Peter and getting off the bus) happened simultaneously, or almost simultaneously. B would be quite...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Assignment Service
Assignment writing services are severely frowned on in the UK. If the assignment is an academic piece of writing, it should be your own work. It should not be written by somebody else - or even based on somebody else s work. Other countries might...

General Writing and Grammar Help: is it correct?
There is no need for an apostrophe. India s flag = flag of India (not India s) Chidren s toys = toys of the (or belonging to the) children (not children s) faces of the boys (not faces of the boys ) = the boys faces friend of the ladies = the ladies...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Favorite novel.
Hi Prashant, Summarizing all of Shakespeare s works and picking a single best work is a daunting task. Of all of the books, Romeo & Juliet is certainly a good book, yes, but I am not necessarily convinced that it would be the best book. Hamlet and MacBeth...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Favorite novel.
Romeo and Juliet is a PLAY - not a novel. It is a romantic drama - but it is not generally thought of as his greatest work. Most people would argue that the tragedies are his best work With King Lear the greatest of all - in my opinion. I hope...

General Writing and Grammar Help: locked....
She still has nightmares from ......... up in a small dark cupboard for hours last year. a) locking b) having locked c) being locked d) having been locked --------------------------------------------- I would prefer (c). She still has nightmares...

General Writing and Grammar Help: must have,,,,
a It is grammatically correct, but makes no sense. It is as if we are saying that he must not / should not have studied so hard, since he was anyway going to fail. b Is correct. It is not possible that he had studied hard, since he has failed. However,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Two questions.
1. This is correct, but if you feel better having a parallel construction, add =a [truth]=. Let me note, however, that sometimes when we talk about ideas (freedom, friendship, truth, etc.) the word does not take an article. This is what is shown in the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: two questions
Hello Hame! In both questions, both examples are both correct! However, there is a distinction between the two. Must and could are both examples of modal verbs , or verbs which express a probability. Must and could are not always modal verbs,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: rather than.....
Rather than ............. his homework, Paul decided to watch TV Both DOING and DO are correct, because we require an infinitive / a gerund (a noun-equivalent after THAN). Here, in i rather than DO /i , DO is an infinitive, the TO being implied....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Sorry to have bothered you to ask a question.
Oh, my! Do not apologize for asking a question! I am volunteering because I want to answer questions! ~~ The grammar is fine! ~~ You can substitute any adjective: Stingy is as stingy does. Graceful is as graceful does. Polite is as polite...

General Writing and Grammar Help: want, want to
Both are correct sentences, but the meaning may be interpreted differently (the difference is very subtle - you may call it splitting the hair): a) Peter, I can Skype with you now if you want TO. It means: I can skype with you if you want to i skype...

General Writing and Grammar Help: a or not
In a sentence like i I have a good relation with... /i or i I have a good collection of ... /i the article b a /b does not always depend upon the nouns ( b relation / collection /b ) being count or non-count. i He has a good (or sound)...

General Writing and Grammar Help: abstracts
Hello Ian, In most cases, the abstract is written after the research is complete because the abstract does describe the findings and results. However, your professor may be using the abstract as a framework for your research so that he/she can see if...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Be around - be through
Dear Paolo: If the following two sentences are both correct, do they have the same meaning? 1) We ve been AROUND this before. 2) We ve been THROUGH this before. *** If you use around, you are suggesting a circular motion, usually one that repeats...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Come, come around
Dear Paolo: Are the following two examples correct? If so, do they mean the same thing? 1) I asked Robert when he could fix my leaking tap. He said that he would come ROUND and fix it as soon as possible. 2) I asked Robert when he could fix my leaking...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Put me down - put me in a very bad mood
Dear Paolo: Are the following sentences correct and natural? 1) The sight of my sister always puts me in a very bad mood. 2) The sight of my sister always puts me down. If both are possible, do they mean the same thing? *** #1 is a good sentence....

General Writing and Grammar Help: English Grammar
Dear Jasmine: PROJECT FOR YOU: Please send me a question to Allexperts with the subject line Learning Express and the message Please send me the link. I will send you a link that you POSSIBLY may be able to access. Thank you. Ted ********************************************************************...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Enter, get into
Dear Paolo: Is there a difference between to ENTER something and to get into something ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me some examples? **** The two phrases almost always mean the same thing, but to ENTER something...

General Writing and Grammar Help: feels like - feels as if/though
Dear Paolo: Should I use feels like or feels as if/as though in the sentence below? Social media is so much part of our lives now that it feels like / it feels as if (it feels as though) we’ve been doing it forever. *** Use as if or as though,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get a fix
Dear Paolo: What does to get a fix mean? Does it have a figurative or idiomatic meaning? Would you please give me some examples of how to use the above phrase? *** Get a fix has two meanings. 1. To pinpoint the location of something --...

General Writing and Grammar Help: GRAMMAR CORRECTION
Dear Hardie: I am an editor on a Religious magazine so I will need to brush up on my English grammar. Can you tell me what is wrong with the following sentence and how to correct it? The full article itself is on life s disappointments. ==================================...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar Help!, work knowledge, usage
work knowledge, usage: hi, David, Your question must be answered with your knowledge of the format of the documents you are sending. If you are sending these items listed all in one document, e.g., a PDF that, when opened, would allow a reader to open one file and scroll...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar Question: Usage of "Omit" versus "Exclude"
Dear Renata: What is the difference between using omit and exclude ? Example: There may be relatives who have been excluded from the will altogether. If I use the word omitted, does that indicate that the act was intentional? Or, does the use...

General Writing and Grammar Help: More than you can handle
Dear Paolo: Would you please give me some examples in which it is appropriate to use the idiomatic expression More than you can handle ? *** I soon learned that studying Greek was more than I could handle. I dropped the course and took French instead....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Have the heart
Dear Paolo: Would you please give me some formal and informal/idiomatic/colorful alternatives to have the heart in the sentence below? I didn t have the hearth [HEART] to tell the children the party had been postponed. *** I didn t want to...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get home, come home, come back home
Dear Paolo: With the use of some examples, would you please explain the differences among to GET home, to COME home, and to COME BACK home ? *** The first two are often interchanged. EXAMPLES: When will you GET/COME home? Every night,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Humpty-dumpty, Nursery Rhymes, metaphors
Nursery Rhymes, metaphors: Hi, Steven, Thanks for giving me a good laugh this morning! Happy Valentine s Day, over here, also! There is an English Nursery Rhyme, meaning a poem sung or chanted to children in the children s room, or Nursery, when they are young, that has these...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Be late - run late
Dear Paolo: Is there a difference between to BE late and to RUN late ? If so, when should I use each of them? *** RUN LATE is an idiomatic expression, used in some parts of this country. Its usage is almost always in the progressive form: ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Live the moment - live in the moment
Dear Paolo: Do you say, to live the moment or to live in the moment ? If both phrases are possible, do they mean the same thing? *** The usual saying is to live IN the moment. It means to enjoy the present time, neither looking toward the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: The meaning
Dear Walden: I read of a sentence: USA strikes gold first, crowds mixed. What is the meaning of crowds mixed? *** It means that the crowd had different reactions to the USA s winning the first gold medal. Some of the people liked the win, but other...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Miss, miss out on, pass up, pass on
Dear Paolo: Are there any differences among the phrases below? To miss an opportunity To miss out on an opportunity To pass up an opportunity to pass on an opportunity If all four are possible, do they mean the same thing? *** The...

General Writing and Grammar Help: nouns used as adjectives
Dear Rich: PROJECT FOR YOU: Please send me a question to Allexperts with the subject line Learning Express and the message Please send me the link. I will send you a link that you POSSIBLY may be able to access. Thank you. Ted *************************************...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Novel Category., Authors
Authors: Hello Prashant I don t think there is any way of measuring the level of difficulty for writing in these categories. Each one will have its own demands. But I do think it is legitimate to observe that most (great) writers generally stick to one category....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Make Oxford - make it to Oxford
Dear Paolo: My right eye is very sore, and my vision is blurred. I hope I don t make too many mistakes in my response. **** Are the following pairs of sentences correct? If they are all possible, do they mean the same thing? If so, which would you...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Paired Conjunctions, paired conjunctions
paired conjunctions: Hello Bob - and thanks for the question. 1. You would not begin a statement with Neither in normal English. 2. Appears to be the same as 1. 3. This should be as follows: Not only is that book easy, but it is also interesting. Not only...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Paired Conjunctions
Dear Bob: UPDATE: First, Bob, I hope that you will consider nominating me for volunteer of the month when I answer your future questions. The nominations are important. Second -- PROJECT FOR YOU: Please send me a question to Allexperts with...

General Writing and Grammar Help: part of the lyrics, usage, colloquial
usage, colloquial : Hi, Yangkun, You have to use the whole phrase, with the negation: can t get to me, to understand it. It means can t bother me. Usually, get to me means deeply affect in some way. For this song, it means the fears can t bother this singer/writer...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Be at someone's place - be over at someone's place
Dear Paolo: Is there a difference between to be at someone s place and to be OVER at someone s place ? If so, when should I use each of them? *** The only difference is that the use of over suggests that the location is near to you. I ll...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: Have the heart
Dear Paolo: In the sentence I didn t have the HEART to tell the children the party had been postponed, doesn t to have the heart mean to have the COURAGE ? ** I don t think that courage is what is meant in this sentence. By telling the children...

General Writing and Grammar Help: REQUEST TO CHECK GRAMMAR
Hi Hardie, This sentence as it s written is rather clunky. In keeping the structure of the sentence as close to the original as possible I would write: How do you continue to smile and laugh with people and, all the while, you are saying to yourself...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Research out
Dear Paolo: Would you please look at the following passage and explain what research out mean [MEANS]? Do the two words go together? Is research out a prepositional phrase or do the two words work separately? Have I made myself clear? Subtle...

General Writing and Grammar Help: 'that's' or 'that are'?, usage, subject-verb agreement
usage, subject-verb agreement: hi, Tim, Many English speakers, even natives, struggle with this type of usage error because many speak and write incorrectly, so what sounds natural is actually incorrect. The usage error involves subject-verb agreement in number. When you have...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences
5.Although the singer passed away, his dedication to pop music will always be remembered. It was very generous of the woman to share her homemade cake with the passengers on the subway, but I think she was doing a great thing in the wrong place. Are both...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, usage, meaning
usage, meaning: Hi, Kenneth, Here are my responses, below each of your questions. The manager decided to put off sending the letter until next Tuesday. Our meeting was set on Friday, but now we want to make it happen earlier. (1.) In the first sentence, what...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get you settled, slang, usage
slang, usage, meaning: hi, Steven, In this context, get you settled refers to John s bringing the travelers (Julie and David) to their accommodations, with their luggage, to show them where they ll be staying and let them have some time to get cleaned up, unpack, rest, perhaps...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Short OF or ON ideas
Dear Paolo: Do you say, to be or run short OF ideas or to be or run short ON ideas ? In other words, which of the two prepositions should I use after the phrase to be or run short.....ideas ? Also, is it possible to fall short OF or ON ideas...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Short of something - short on something
Dear Paolo: Do you say, to be, fall or run short OF something or to be, fall or run short ON something ? If both are possible, do they have the same meaning? If not, when should I use each of them? *** In many instances, the two can be interchanged....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Simple grammar
Dear Rita: You should have mentioned the additional information, because it changes everything. I now agree WITH you. You are dealing with TWO separate entities, the totals for views AND the totals for shares. Because there are TWO items, you must use...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Sum up & summarize
Dear Paolo: Is there a difference between to sum something up and to summarize something ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me some examples? *** The two phrases, in many instances, can be interchanged, since they...

General Writing and Grammar Help: It takes some beating
Dear Paolo: Would you please explain the meaning of it takes some beating in the following sentence? As celebrity gossip goes, it takes some beating: actress and model Elizabeth Hurley has year-long affair with Bill Clinton while he was US President....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Totally, slang
slang: hi, Steven, In this context, Totally is slang and an abbreviated way to say: I totally [completely] agree with you on what you just said and the emotions you re expressing as well. I hope that helps! Best to you, and please rate my response. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: To, up to, towards
Dear Paolo: When should I use the following phrases: to walk or run to someone, to walk or run up to someone, and to walk or run towards someone ? TO WALK OR RUN TO SOMEONE -- The lost little girl saw her father in the distance and began TO...

General Writing and Grammar Help: unemployment rate
Hi Steve! Thanks for the question. This is actually a pretty common question about non-native speakers. To answer your question, unemployment IS, in fact, a noun. However, any noun can be used in this way as an adjective, specifically called a modifier...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Way off base
Dear Paolo: The idiomatic expression to be way off base comes from the sport of baseball. If a runner is at second base and moves too far toward third base, he may be picked off. That means the pitcher or some other player throws the ball to second...

General Writing and Grammar Help: word choice, usage, word choice
usage, word choice: Hi, Kenneth, Simply put, revenge is a noun, as in he took revenge on his enemy. Avenge is a verb, as in she avenged the death of her father by killing his murderer. Therefore, in your examples: b Ex 1: The man took revenge for a business...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Word Order in questions, word order, punctuation
word order, punctuation: hi, Pablo, The second choice is better, but still has one or two errors. It should be: I don t know why we are fighting. in USA English. 1) In USA English, the period goes inside the quotation marks; in Britain/UK English, it goes outside (after)....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Word "Renowned", usage, word choice
usage, word choice: Hi,Vera, Guten Tag! These are both correct regarding grammar and usage. However, natives would usually say it the second way. 1. New York is renowned for its cultural attractions. 2. New York is well-known for its cultural attractions. I added...

General Writing and Grammar Help: BE wrong, GO wrong
Dear Paolo: Is there a difference between to BE wrong and to GO wrong ? If so, when should I use each of them? *** BE -- a state of being; no action required *** GO -- an action verb; something has to be done incorrectly EXAMPLES: No matter...

General Writing and Grammar Help: FOR me - TO me
Dear Paolo: When introducing one s opinion, should I use FOR me,..... or TO me,..... ? If both are possible, do they have the same meaning? If not, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me some examples? *** They have the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Go over - go through
Dear Paolo: If the following two sentences are both correct, do they mean the same thing? 1) We need to go OVER these reports before 3:00 PM. 2) We need to go THROUGH these reports before 3:00 PM. *** English is so strange. We usually think...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get down on it - get down to it
Dear Paolo: With the use of some examples, would you please explain the difference between get down ON it and get down TO it ? *** I know of only one example for get down ON it. It is the title of a popular song by Cool and the Gang. Other rock...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Until now, up to now, up until now
Dear Paolo: With the use of some examples, would you please explain the differences among until now, up to now, and up until now ? Also, are there any cases in which the three time expressions or some of them may be used interchangeably? If...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Capitalization
Hi KC, that s a good question. My best guess is that you would write it exactly as the company does as that s the name of the product itself. You might try contacting a university writing center and see what they recommend. Kind Regards, -Johnathan...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Come close
Dear Paolo: When do you use come close and come closer ? Would you please give me some examples? *** Closer is the comparative form, so it is one degree beyond close. She didn t even COME CLOSE close to finishing the race. However,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Coming of Age
Hi, Nancy, The USA is a culturally diverse country, as you know, and coming-of-age rituals vary from religions to cultures to families. My answer doesn t change unless you get more specific. Probably you should decide what subgroup you re writing about,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: correct tense or grammatical category of statement/phrase
I m not sure what you are asking and wanting here. The tenses are: 1. I am always telling off (telling off is underlined) the children. = present tense due to I am 2. tr2I cant play (cant play being underlined) the saxaphone. = present tense...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Up to date
Dear Paolo: Does the prepositional phrase up to date exist? If so, would you please give me some examples of how to use it correctly? *** Please keep me UP TO DATE on how your project is coming. *** The new computer has all the UP-TO-DATE features...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Take a decade off your age, spelling, colloquialisms
spelling, colloquialisms: hi, Steven, First of all, dyeing is the word you want, not dying, which means to die (lose one s life) rather than to dye (change color). Secondly, your phrasing is fine and does mean what you intend. Best to you. Please rate my response. Sall...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Can somebody write me a
General Writing and Grammar Help: Can somebody write me a

General Writing and Grammar Help: Up until now & so far
Dear Paolo: Do up until now and so far have the same meaning? *** NO, their meanings are slightly different. Up until now suggests that something did not happen until the present time, which it actually did happen. So far means that the something...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Fit in the schedule
Dear Paolo: I m sorry that I did not mention this, but you ARE accessing the database through the West Virginia Library Commission. Use that option. Then enter your e-mail address and your chosen password for the database [you must remember the password]....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Keep something in the family
Dear Paolo: Does to keep something in the family exist? If so, would you please give me some examples of how to use it correctly? *** Yes, the phrase exists. To the best of my knowledge, it can be used for just two instances: 1. Something...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Keep something straight
Dear Paolo: What does to keep something straight mean? Would you please give me some examples of how to use the above phrase correctly? *** The phrase means that two people will be honest with each other. [Of course, it can also mean that one person...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Learning Express
Rich: Something s wrong. I sent you response to your message about whether I had actually sent you the message with the links. That response was sent several hours ago. You should have received it by now. I have no idea what restrictions there are...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Learning Express
Dear Lizzie: I have no idea what restrictions there are for this database. I am asking you to try to access it using either of the web addresses below. Please report your success/failure to me as a follow-up message at Allexperts. Thank you Ted...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Be mistaken
Dear Paolo: When do you use the infintive phrase to be mistaken ? Would you please give me a few examples? ** You use the phrase when someone SEEMS to have made a mistake. President Obama appeared TO BE MISTAKEN when he thought he could scare...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Go into overdrive
Dear Paolo: What does to go into overdrive mean? **** The phrase means to put forth extra effort, usually in an upbeat or excited manner. Would you please give me some examples of how to use this phrase properly? go into overdrive to start working...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Pass tests on someone
Dear Paolo: PROJECT FOR YOU: Please send me a question to Allexperts with the subject line Learning Express and the message Please send me the link. I will send you a link that you POSSIBLY may be able to access. Thank you. Ted ******************************...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get out or take out a pistol
Dear Paolo: In/With the sense of to remove something from/out of one s pocket, should I say, to take out a pistol or to get out a pistol ? If both are possible, do they have the same meaning? *** They have the same meaning. If not, when...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Please help me correct my essay
Dear Lizzie: PROJECT FOR YOU: Please send me a question to Allexperts with the subject line Learning Express and the message Please send me the link. I will send you a link that you POSSIBLY may be able to access. Thank you. Ted *****************************************************************************...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: Keep something straight
Dear Paolo: *** Yes, but in this sense, the phrase usually means that you keep the someone from drinking and/or using drugs. John has been straight for six months. My question is the following: Why did you use the article the before someone...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Sentence check
First, that is a run-on sentence that means it is too long. That, in itself, is bad grammar and hard for the reader to understand. It s like talking without ever pausing. You began talking about yourself in the third person: Young enthusiastic BE computer...

General Writing and Grammar Help: A "split" or "the splits"
Hi Mike, Great question. I had to do some quick research on this one. I have heard thise one usually referred to as the splits , but I never thought much about it before. Based on my analysis of how it s used, it seems that both are correct, under...

General Writing and Grammar Help: The splits or a split
Dear Mike: *** I just thought of something: If the cheerleader is leaping into the air, holding in each hand a dish containing a divided banana, ice cream, whipped cream, and a cherry, then should would be holding her SPLITS while doing her SPLIT. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: 'The splits' or a 'split
Mike, I was hoping to give you a simple, straight-forward answer, but there is one! This is really out of my area of expertise but as I understand it, but are correct grammatically since one can do split and one can also do the splits. The difference...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Stressed article, the
Dear Paolo: I apologize for being late in answering. I had my fourth eye surgery, and I have been unable to see clearly. ***** Where on the Internet can I find information about/on when and how to use the stressed article ? I tried a Google search...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Strong Answer Format regarding "data and warrants"
Hi Samantha, Data is also sometimes called Evidence . This is part of a three-part system; Claims, Data, and Warrants. The Claims are basically what you assert about the thing that you writing about. It s essentially your thesis statement, or your...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Up to today
Dear Paolo: Does the prepositional phrase up to today exist? *** Yes, it does exist. However, most people would use the phrase, up to now. *** UP TO TODAY, I supported Barack Obama. His recent actions, however, have changed my opinion of him....

General Writing and Grammar Help: word usage
The sentence is constructed incorrectly, and using turned implies a different context than made. That depends on the meaning and story. He sat there.......... is an incomplete sentence......You haven t followed up as to why he sat there; what...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Can somebody write me a, British story writing
British story writing: hi, 60$ per page around 250 words. You may chat with our online experts, might be you get discounts. Just click on the below link for chat with our expert story writers. click link - http://chatserver5.comm100.com/ChatWindow.aspx?siteId=20537&planId=41&visitType=1&byHref=1...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Be on to something
Dear Paolo: Would you please explain the meaning of to be on to something with the use of some examples? *** John thought he was on to something, when he discovered discrepancies in the testimony of the government s best witness. *** After Barbara...

General Writing and Grammar Help: how is it?., punctuation
punctuation: Hi, Hame, You did just fine with this translation except for the punctuation at the end of the sentence, which may not be left up to you, I realize. But, if it is within your choice to change it to be correct, it should be like this, with a i period...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Go out, get out
Dear Paolo: If the following two sentences are both correct, do they mean the same thing? 1) She thinks her brother is a nerd who doesn t GO OUT enough. 2) She thinks her brother is a nerd who doesn t GET OUT enough. *** The two sentences mean...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get through something
Dear Paolo: What does to get through something mean? *** It means to survive If you have to GET THROUGH something, that something is most likely NOT pleasant. Even though Mary struggled to keep from crying, she was able TO GET THROUGH her father...

General Writing and Grammar Help: By which Of which
Dear Dat: PROJECT FOR YOU: Please send me a question to Allexperts with the subject line Learning Express and the message Please send me the link. I will send you a link that you POSSIBLY may be able to access. Thank you. Ted **********************...

General Writing and Grammar Help: And, or
Dear Paolo: Which of the following examples is correct? 1) Where on the Internet can I find information about when AND how to use the stressed article ? 2) Where on the Internet can I find information about when OR how to use the stressed article...

General Writing and Grammar Help: ?
Dear Rich: Yes, the message is from me. I wanted you to try accessing the Learning Express Library databases at the sites I gave you. This library has an incredible number of grammar and writing tests, ebooks, etc. If you are able to register [use...

General Writing and Grammar Help: will,...
Here are alternatives and an explanation A) If my mother s food turns out to be delicious today, I WILL eat it. B) IF my mother s food WERE TO BE delicious today, I WOULD eat it. B) is what s called the SUBJUNCTIVE tense in English It is very...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Come, become unbearable
Dear Paolo: If the two sentences below are both correct, do they have the same meaning? 1) Everything has COME unbearable. 2) Everything has BECOME unbearable. *** Sentence #2 is correct. Sentence #1 is wrong. Become indicates a process,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Citation, APA guidelines for URLs
APA guidelines for URLs: Hi, KC, The newest edition of the APA guidelines tell you exactly how to cite research or information gleaned from online sources. Each type of source has its own format, so you ll have to buy the book or check their website for your type and its format....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Conjunction Question
Dear Laura: Dear Ted, I have a question about the following sentence. The soldiers do not question or are concerned about their duties in this war. In the above statement, is it correct that this sentence means that the soldiers do not...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Conjunction Question
Proper sentence: The soldiers are not concerned about their duties in the war and do not question. Or: Soldiers do not question and are not concerned about their duties in this war. Or: The soldiers do not question their duties in the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Conjunction Question
Hi Laura, The sentence that you are asking about could be written better. But, the answer to your question is yes, the soldiers do not question their duties, and the soldier are not concerned about their duties. This is a more informal way of writing this...

General Writing and Grammar Help: continuing the previous question
Dear Hitisi: PLEASE RATE MY ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION. IT WILL REMAIN IN MY ALLEXPERTS INBOX, UNTIL YOU EVALUATE MY ANSWER. I TRUST THAT YOU WILL RATE ME HIGHLY, AND THAT YOU WILL CHECK THE BOX FOR VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH. THESE RATINGS ARE VERY IMPORTANT...

General Writing and Grammar Help: To date, to the present day
Dear Paolo: Is there a difference between to date and to the present day ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me some examples? **** There is no difference. There is also another phrase that means the same: as of...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Dear Ted, please help me correct my essay.
Dear Lizzie: Thank you for the information. The problem I had was with the phrase golden times. In this country, golden times, golden ages, and golden years refer to SENIOR CITIZENS, such as those people who are retired or who are sixty years...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Dear Ted, please help me correct my essay.
Dear Lizzie: Good. I will continue to add my constructive criticisms when I evaluated your essays. NOW, since you sent this to me as a question, you will need to evaluation my response, so that the question will be removed from my inbox at Allexperts....

General Writing and Grammar Help: A grammatical question
Juan, The key difference between pile and stack is orderliness. Pile implies items that are randomly thrown. For example, I have a pile of newspapers and magazines thrown into a corner in the basement. On the other hand, there is a stack of files on...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hi Ted, please help me correct my essay,
Dear Lizzie: REMINDER: Lizzie, I appreciate your ratings. It is very important that you check the box for volunteer of the month, if, of course, you really value my help. Thank you. Ted ****************************************************************************...

General Writing and Grammar Help: parsing
Dear Rich: Happy Easter! I trust that you and Mrs. Rich have your eggs dyed and hidden. Watching my neighbors four-year old, running around with his little basket, has been joyful and TIRING. Four-year-olds should NOT have that kind of energy. *****************...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Make it pass - pass
Dear Paolo: Is there a difference between to pass something and to make it past something ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me some examples? *** TO PASS SOMETHING means that a person has reached a goal, such as...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Passive verb ?
Dear Keone: When you use the progressive form of the verb, with -ing on the end, you are saying that the action is in progress. Your suggestion would be correct, were it not for the fact that the sentence specifically says that the exam took place YESTERDAY....

General Writing and Grammar Help: please answer this one again
Eva, I checked my recently answered questions and my memory and didn t find anything about an again-question. Perhaps, you have me confused with another expert. To answer the question, I see no reason for a comma before again since it is strictly an...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Reading Comprehension, cliche
cliche: Hello Bob Whenever the expression that s the X in him or her is used, the term X is being employed as a sign of vigorous approval. Here Italian is being equated with passion. It is a commonplace to believe that Italians are very passionate about...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Reading Comprehension
Dear Bob: While reading a text about an Italian young violinist, I came across this sentence (Actually it s a quotation from her father about her): When she plays the violin, she s passionate - that s the Italian in her. When I see her play, I often cry....

General Writing and Grammar Help: which sentence is correct ?
Dear Keone: You are now the FIFTH Vietnamese student to contact me. That is WONDERFUL!. I have a feeling that some other Vietnamese student may have recommended my service to you. I request only two things: Please evaluated my response highly, but...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Get set for, get ready for
Dear Paolo: Is there a difference between to get SET for something and to get READY for something ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me some examples? Also, does the phrase to get set or ready for DOING something...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Is my short story any good, and how can I improve it?
Hi there, I m very sorry for the delay in responding to this question, it s been extremely busy for me. I read through this and I don t see anything obvious that I could advise you on. You haven t made many of the errors that many new authors make. Your conversations...

General Writing and Grammar Help: My sister Brandi....., my sister, Brandi,.....
Dear Paolo: If the following two sentence are both correct, what do they imply? 1) My sister Brandi has two children. 2) My sister, Brandi, has two children. *** They are both correct. Sentence #1 implies that you have more than one sister and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I and me usage
Hi Jennifer, In English language the phrasing that you are asking about is actually the correct, formal way to conduct the conversation. It is proper to say Tom and I or Melissa and I . Despite this being the proper way, most Americans use an incorrect...

General Writing and Grammar Help: vocabulary
Salam Akbar, I can see how this question would seem like a trap. I definitely understand your logic in thinking that choice 3 might be viable. In this case, the answer would be #4: Record. A researcher will gather data (by counting in this case) and then...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Word usage
Dear Data: Hi Ted, How are you !. I m confused about word usage in some situations, so i need your help. First, sometimes, i catch some phrases, such as : drought-tolerant trees, school-leaving age. I don t know how to create phrases like that. Are there...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Adjective Clause
Dear Rich: FOLLOW UP: I have found that there is a term relative adverb. It refers to the adverbs I listed in my original message. The words when, why, and where are called relative adverbs by some people: http://www.edufind.com/english/grammar/adverbs_relative.php...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Brandi and her friend Allison...........
Dear Paolo: Which of the following sentences is correctly punctuated? 1) Brandi and her friend Allison have both been getting tennis lessons from Mike....... 2) Brandi and her friend, Allison, have both been getting tennis lessons from Mike..........

General Writing and Grammar Help: call TO someone
Dear Paolo: The following example is taken from an ESL exercise. There s a cyclone coming, Em, he called to his wife. I ll go look after the stock. Then he ran toward the sheds where the cows and horses were kept. My question is this: What...

General Writing and Grammar Help: clauses
Dear Rich: Before I read your suggestions, I am going to analyze your sentence, Can you tell me who wrote the book? *********** The entire sentence is interrogative. Within the sentence there is also a clause that is also interrogative. The first...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Come close(r), come near(er)
Dear Paolo: Is there a difference between to come close(r) to something/someone and to come near(er) to something/someone ? If so, when should I use each of them? Would you please give me some examples? *** Many people would say that the two...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Confusion about meaning.
Dear Dat: i have some confusion about the meaning of a sentence. When someone says : I don t speak english very well . I understand it by two ways. First : they speak english quite well but not very well and secondly They speak english very bad...

General Writing and Grammar Help: cross out or cross off
Dear Loccao: I thought I had answered a question for you several months ago, but I checked my answers for the last year and could not find your name. I help several students in Vietnam, and they are always a pleasure. **** Can you help me to distinguish...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Draw near(er) to something/someone
Dear Paolo: Does to draw near(er) to something/someone exist? If so, does it have the same meaning as to draw close(r) to something/someone ? *** Yes, it exists and it has the same meaning as to draw close(r). EXAMPLES: Draw near/close...

General Writing and Grammar Help: English
Hello VPS Here is your message with the mistakes corrected and my comments in CAPITALS I m an Indian who has to pour English INTO my body. Should I use more adjectives in my writings or no more than it should be? NO MORE THAN NECESSARY How...

General Writing and Grammar Help: English, grammar, writing and punctuation
Hello Jenny I agree with everything you say here. Identify the type of error present in the following sentence: All doorknobs should be more than four feet off the ground. I DON T SEE AN ERROR IN THIS SENTENCE Nor do I :-) Identify the type of...

General Writing and Grammar Help: english oral bac
Here is my version with a few changes: To begin I’ll talk about positive progress. My first example will be Buy Nothing Day (BND). It’s a day of protest against consumerism. Organizers of this movement want to make people aware that overconsumption in the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, punctuation
Jenny, Try these: Identify the type of error present in the following sentence: All doorknobs should be inserted no more than four feet off the ground. Identify the type of error present in the following sentence: Some people say “ain t”, but others...

General Writing and Grammar Help: The meaning?
Dear Walden: You raise me up, to more than I can be. What does this sentence mean? *** This sentence, along with several others from the same popular song, means that the other person -- the you -- provides strength and encouragement to the person...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Meaning
Dear Dat: Hi Ted. In the last question. I ask you about the meaning of the sentence : I m not very good english. At that time, i understood it. But today, a question flash in my mind. If i said : i m not too good. The meaning will be the same the first...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Negative sentence.
Dear Dat: It seems to be that i still have some confusion about negative sentence. It is absolutely not your fault and It is not absolutely your fault . Is there any differences between two sentences ?. i think it is the same, and the meaning is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: uncountable nouns
Hello Kunga 1, Your friend is right - dread is an uncountable noun. Even dreams will contains various forms of dread - would be the nearest possible. 2. No - harm is not used in a plural form. The harm caused by afflictive mind states - would...

General Writing and Grammar Help: placement of "who" and "whom"
Dear Rich: Can you please tell me if I am correct in thinking that the interrogative pronouns - “who” (subject) and “whom” (direct object) are always placed as the first word in a sentence? *** Your belief is correct, GENERALLY. There are occasions...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Prep. & ...
Hello Bob 1. No real difference 2. Either - I would use ON 3. Go to Facebook - describes the action or motion Go on Facebook - describes the act of being engaged on FB These sentences need to be longer in order to be properly answered 4....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Prep.
Dear Bob: 1. What s the difference between Working AT my computer and working ON my computer ? 2. Search it ON / At google for more information. ON or AT? 3. Go TO / ON facebook. TO or ON? 4. AT / IN one s house/home. AT or IN? *** Bob, these are...

General Writing and Grammar Help: relative clause
Dear Rich: Can you please help me to understand the term - “relative clause”. I think that I understand correctly that a “relative clause” is a special type of “subordinate clause”. My problem is that I have learned in the past that there are three...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Does this make sense?
No, it does not make any sense. regret remains the same ...........the same to what??????????? Regret is not like anything else that can be compared to it in order to remain the same and cannot look or be seen........... This is a jibberish...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Switch into high gear
Dear Paolo: Does the phrase/expression to switch something into high gear exist? If so, when is it used? Would you please give me some examples? Also, is it possible to switch ONESELF or SOMEONE into high gear ? *** The phrase means to...

General Writing and Grammar Help: tthe
Hi Hame! Sorry for taking so long to answer your simple question! Thanks for waiting. :) They are both correct, but there is a slight distinction. A would be used if a person needed to make a distinction between certain coffee (which is from Italy)...

General Writing and Grammar Help: use of "who"
Dear Rich: Can you please help me with the use of the word “who” in the following sentence: “Can you tell me who wrote the book?” I am trying to determine if “who” is an interrogative pronoun, or if “who” is a relative pronoun in this sentence. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: use of "whom" as object of preposition
Dear Rich: Can you please help me to better understand the use of “whom” when used as an object of the preposition. I am trying to determine if “whom” is still considered to be an “interrogative pronoun”. *** Here is the general rule, to which I...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Use of the word "prior"
Dear Caitlyn: My question is about the use of the word prior in the following example: She wore the same dress her mother wore for her wedding twenty years prior. Is this grammatically correct? I ve been seeing this a lot lately and it gives...

General Writing and Grammar Help: word form
Hi Loccao, The first sentence should be well-defined and the the second sentence should be defined . Essentially, both of these words just mean specific , but well-defined means that there is more detail than just defined. Scientific processes...

General Writing and Grammar Help: the
Hello again! Thanks for your patience! The correct answer is A. Which deleterious effects are specified with the prepositional phrase (of stress on health). If a noun is specified, then the article the is usually required. Hope that helps...

General Writing and Grammar Help: apostrophe usage
Hi Patty! Thanks for the interesting question! Yes, it is not only acceptable, it is correct to use an apostrophe in that situation. That is an example of reduction , or omitting a sound when pronouncing a word. Although the correction word is riding...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Do/does and collective nouns?!
Hi Tina! B is correct, so your second sentence Wow, a lot of stuff bothers you. and A lot of stuff DOES bother me! are correct! Stuff is a collective noun, yes, but it is a non-count collective noun, which means gramamtically, it is treated as a...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar
I m sorry it took so long to respond. I didn t get the email notification. The sentence is alright, but structurally incorrect. Here is the proper sentence structure which is an active voice. The 2.4 square mile territory of Midway island of the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hang one's boots up
Dear Paolo: What does to hang one s boots up mean? Would you please give me some examples of how to use the above phrase correctly? *** Originally, the expression applied to cowboys -- old ones -- who no longer wanted to or felt like herding cattle....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hard to understand the meaning.
Dear Walden: People tend to get in, get out, and become serial entrepreneurs, rather than spending decades working on innovation, a la developed countries like the U.S., Japan, or Germany. What does a la developed countries mean? *** The complete...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Question
1) Is he going to the village? If yes, then why? 2) Mr. Jack responded to each and every argument made by Mr. bill but, Mr. Bill was not able to respond to any point made by Mr. Jack satisfactorily. 1) Yes I did.-- correct 2) Yes, I did. -- correct...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Question about comma
You said in your previous answer that however should not be written when a sentence begins. Yes. ~~ You said that if the sentences are related in any way to each other, then a semicolon should not be used. No, that is not correct. I am sorry...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Question about comma, Oxford Comma
Oxford Comma: The comma before and is sometimes considered optional However, to use it often removes ambiguities IN my opinion 1) is the correct choice here. And here s a guidance note on the Oxford comma http://www.mantex.co.uk/2011/09/19/the-oxford-comma/...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentence structure
Hi Patty! Thanks for the great question! This is one that confuses native speakers a lot. Intuitively, we want to say same as me and yet same as I feels so proper and formal we often assume it must be correct. But the truth is that same as I ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences
Question: 1. Lawmakers often debate what level of mental illness should preclude the death penalty. There have been plenty of debates whether the MRT killer suffered mental health problems before the attack. If he is proven to have been insane, he...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences
5, The currents propel the salmon forward as they swim back up to their breeding grounds. The bad smell from the sewage leakage in the building drove out all the residents. (1.) What is a substitute for “propel” in the first sentence? “Move” , “push”,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences
1.Risky behavior like sharing needles can result in the transmission of blood diseases like Hepatitis B. During these ceremonies, they would pray to the gods and ask them to protect their crew and ships from the perilous sea. (1.) In the first sentence,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: use of 'at' as preposition
=At= here tells what the address is [Downing Street]. Using =in= tells us that we are living inside something located at the address. It could be a house, it could be a car, it could be a paper box, it could be a palace, it could be a hotel, and so forth....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Weather to use a comma or not
Hi Diane, Sorry for the delay. No, there should not be a comma in this sentence. Commas are used in the following ways: After an introduction phrase To separate items in a list To separate independent clauses To separate parenthetical elements...

General Writing and Grammar Help: commas
The sentence has two verbs working on one subject. (It s not a main clause and a subordinate clause: each clause has its own subject and verb.) Unfortunately, you ve put a comma in the wrong place, and this has obscured that there is a 2nd verb working...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Commas before and after interjections and conjunctions, Commas
Commas: 1) He is, indeed, my best friend. that is technically correct 2) He never punished me. He, in fact, rewarded me. that is inelegant. A better expression would be In fact he rewarded me . 3) I was cooking, but, never finished. neither comma is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Dear Ted, please hep me to correct my essay
Dear Mai: QUESTION: Dear Ted, Thank you for spending your precious time on helping me. I will try my best to write better. Anh Thy and Lizzie are both my friends at the university. Anh Thy is a very nice girl, she has learned English very hard, I respect...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Ielts writing task 2
This service is for answering specific questions on writing and/or grammar. What you are asking for is an EDITING service. However, I have highlighted one error in each of your paragraphs - in capitals. The increasing pressure of TODAY S money driven...

General Writing and Grammar Help: introducing me a book to translate
Dear Ali Reza: PLEASE NOTE: When I send a response to you, you should receive an evaluation form to rate my performance. As long as you do not rate me, your question(s) will remain in my inbox at Allexperts. I am asking you to take a few second to...

General Writing and Grammar Help: matter-of-factly
Well, =matter-of-factly= could be construed as an adverb, but it is VERY clumsy. Word has given you a hint to question it, as you have done. =Fact= is a noun. =Factly=, by itself, is not an adverb, just because =-ly= has been added. Actually,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: meaning
Dear Dat: Hi Ted, long time no see, how are you ! *** I am well and I hope you are, too. I have missed getting your questions. Keep them coming! **** Today, i caught a sentence like this : Adults can easily survive on seven or eight hours sleep...

General Writing and Grammar Help: necessity of comma
Hi Paty! Sorry for the delay, but thanks for waiting! Very simply, I personally think it s inappropriate there. It seems to add a very unnecessary and even disruptive break between the noun and the verb. I suppose a case could be made for putting a...

General Writing and Grammar Help: necessity of a word
Implicit in the first sentence is that she met his eyes. It s a parallel construction. If she met something else, that would be noted after =Ralph s=. If you are writing something with a required max word count, leave out =eyes=, as the sense of the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Need opinion on article buying.
I m not sure I understand the intended distinction you are making between original and unique . Anything that is original would have been produced/written by the author, and since they are the only one who wrote it, it would also be unique. For me,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Need your opinion.
Grammatically, there are many errors. I would question, based only on this, whether the information is correct. I also see what I know are errors in fact. ~~ If you are trying to … are definitely in your best interest. However, the exercises...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Past tense and present tense in the same sentence?
That sentence is OK There is nothig to prevent the use of past and present tense within the same sentence. But the arrangement of the tenses must be logical and grammatical Version 2 above is wrong because the past tense of to lie is lay And...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Question: Comma before "and" in a sentence.
The answer is - the comma is OPTIONAL The two statements COULD be separate - but there is a logical link between them. But it would still make sense WITHOUT the comma. He is a guidance note on what is called the Oxford comma . http://www.mantex.co.uk/2011/09/19/the-oxford-comma/...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Question about joining sentences with semicolons, Semicolons
Semicolons: 1) He is having trouble bowling. However, with practice he will learn it. This is grammatically correct 2) He is having trouble bowling; however, with practice he will learn it. This is OK too - because the second clause is logically connected to...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Recruitment information
Dear Steven: 1a. I got my current job because of reading recruitment information online and on [IN, NOT ON] newspapers. 1b. I had the current job due to reading recruitment information online and on [IN] newspapers. 2a. I m starting to feel heavy when...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Search Engine Optimisation, search engine optimisation
search engine optimisation: Hello Ryo This isn t exactly what this forum is for - it s a web development question But as it is of interest to me (since I have a web site of my own - I will answer it. In general, I don t think it s a good idea to buy in content. It s much better...

General Writing and Grammar Help: subject wording
Sorry for delay. AllExperts did not send me an email that your letter was here. ~~ It seems to me that there are 3 things: waffle mac & cheese Hugo Boss perfume The waffle may be the only free thing, or all of them may be free. As you say, the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: use of
The dog was being rowdy. =Being= is a participle. It is part of the verb. Skeleton: Dog was. ~~ The dog s being rowdy caused the cat to run away. =Being= is a gerund in this case. It s an -ing word, but it functions as a noun. In this case,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: use of the noun - "milks"
Dear Rich: It has been a long while. I have missed hearing from you! ****** Can you please tell me if the non-count noun - “milk” can ever be correctly used as a count noun (milks). For example, I have heard people say “two milks” when referring...

General Writing and Grammar Help: verb-subject agreement
Dear Janet: The word there, in this sentence, is called an expletive. Many grammar books conclude that there has no grammatical relationship to any part of the sentence. In diagramming sentences, there is placed on a horizontal line ABOVE the sentence...

General Writing and Grammar Help: When to write "have had"?
1) Would you have had bought it if you were me? INVALID 2) Would you have bought it if you were me? VALID 3) Would you have had bought it, if you were me? INVALID 4) Would you have bought it, if you were me? VALID have had is used thus If...

General Writing and Grammar Help: most
Dear Dat: Sorry for asking you too many questions:) *** As long as you are learning, there is no such thing as too many questions. I m confused with the usage of most . Does the phrase the most rising share make any sense ? i m writing...

General Writing and Grammar Help: "away"
Yes, you are correct. The sentence is correct as it stands for both written and conversational use. =Away= is an adverb that tells where they lived. =Far= is an adverb modifying =away=. =Away from= is slightly different: they once lived with Mary,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: has been,..
A) looks like present tense - but in fact, it would mean that the destruction is complete if that is the case, we would only ever say B) it HAS BEEN destroyed - which is past tense if it was in the process of being destroyed, we would say The building...

General Writing and Grammar Help: has been, was
Hello Hame, a) is present tense in the passive voice. b) is present perfect tense in the passive voice. Both are correct depending on the context (meaning) that the writer wants to convey. For the present perfect tense, the writer is trying to convey...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Was/were
Dear Patricia: You are probably wondering what kind of doctor has appointments on Sunday afternoon. I was in a hurry, so I didn t explain. He is actually my dentist -- the best I have ever had. A few days ago, he re-bonded a tooth that is part of a bridge....

General Writing and Grammar Help: "while"
Hi Patty! Sorry for the wait! Well, it s acceptable , but it s not quite the same. Meanwhile means during a certain time, or at a point in time between two other events, or sometimes simtultaneously. Also, often when we use meanwhile, it means...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Comma optional or compulsory?
Dear Den: I want to apologize to you for two reasons: First, for the last nine months I have been undergoing surgery on my right eye. It is quite painful, but, the doctor hopes that his procedures will stop or slow down the process of my going blind...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Which is correct?
Dear Walden/Cheng Chang: How are you? *** I have been sad, because you haven t been sending me questions! I would like to ask you a question: Guest: Excuse me, waiter? Waiter:__________________ a. What’s the problem? b.Yes, sir? Which is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: difference among three examples
No difference. History is anything that has past. Therefore, period before........ is history. The correct sentence is: A common distinction between pre-history which is the period before written records, and history of using written evidence. (and,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar
(1) =Good= is an adjective, yes. He did a good job. =Better= is a comparison between two nouns, yes. This construction is sentence with a clause attached that is not printed, however. He did a better job [than she did]. The clause is understood....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar Help
Grammar Help Question: I have some small grammar questions that should be quick to answer. Thank your for your time in reading this question and responding if you can. What is the correct sequence of words? I have narrowed it down to a. or b. I think...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Language Devolution 4/29/2014 follow-up
Dear Mabel: I apologize for not responding sooner. I have been undergoing monthly treatments [eyeball injections] for macular degeneration in my right eye. The shots themselves are not that bad, but for several days afterward, the swelling and redness...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Literary writing (2)
Dear Ted, Many thanks for your kind help. Here is the revised version of the writing as far as my knowledge could follow your suggestions. **** Bob, mamnoon for sending your message to the writing and grammar site. I am closing my literature page...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Which preposition is correct?
1a) I will be getting enrolled AT a college. Correct 1b) I will be getting enrolled IN a college. No 2) The great wall is only a few meters wide — similar in size OF highways and airport runways. should be similar TO 3)The fact that...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Question.
Your new sentence examples are correctly punctuated. Well done. ~~ I think your question for me is that because the sentences are short, words such as =in fact= and =however= are set off by commas. Yes? Let me know, and we ll proceed from that point....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Question: Are these sentences incorrect?
Dear Den: How are you? I hope that you are fine. I am very delighted that you welcomed me to ask questions. *** I am happy that you have contacted me. It is good to hear from you once again. Thanks a lot, Ted. My question is :- Are these sentences...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Question: Are these sentences ok?
There isn t a simple right/wrong answer to this question It s a question partly of taste, partly of where pauses need to be indicated I am a researcher, and during my research, I found something very contrary to what these scholars believe. In...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences
4. Some of the victims in the city’s gas explosions were firefighters. 2014 has been a disastrous year for our country. A series of terrible events have caused great turmoil in society. Are all sentences grammatically correct? **** There is a problem...

General Writing and Grammar Help: writing
Hello Zeina, I understand your concern about wanting to improve your writing. The good news is that with practice, your writing will improve. I can recommend some sources that may help you improve. 1. The Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Writing help.....
Hello JJ, Hi Natalie, Enclosed please find my updated resume for consideration of other contract opportunities. Right now, there is no indication that my contract with XYZ will be extended. In fact, the Quality Assurance manager said in a meeting...

General Writing and Grammar Help: anticipatory 'it'
It is not required in this sentence: (2) The debate on the bill produced a tangle of arguments which required all Mr. Chamberlain s skill to untie. or this: 3) This is a thing which is easy to say. or this (5) That is a question which is very...

General Writing and Grammar Help: compound adjective
Dear Rich: Can you please help me with the following sentence: “The house is full of flowers.” Is “full of flowers” a “compound adjective” that modifies “house”? *** NO. Full is the predicate adjective that modifies the subject house. Of...

General Writing and Grammar Help: English Paper
Milly, There is no difference between summarizing and explaining, they are two words that describe the same thing. Summarizing simply means to put the story into a brief list of main points. For example, if I were to summarize the plot of Star Wars: A...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Forget, forget about, forget of
Dear Paolo: First, I continue with my eye injections each month. Frankly, I do not see any improvement. Second, are YOU all right? I have not heard from you for such a long time. I thought about writing or posting on Facebook a message about your health,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammatical question
Dear Richard: Probably a simple question, but in the years since my study of grammar I ve forgotten what I (most likely) once knew. *** It is not a simple question, because the structure of the sentence is unusual. In the sentence, I had no difficulty...

General Writing and Grammar Help: gramnar, verb, predicate
verb, predicate: There are a number of answers to this question - depending on what subject we are discussing In terms of grammar the answer is as follows In the sentence I want to shut the door want is the verb to shut the door is the predicate Hope that...

General Writing and Grammar Help: mistake, fault..,
Hello Hame, These a tricky questions. The two words in #1 are almost interchangeable except that fault is used to imply that one accepts responsibility for the error or mistake. Using the word mistake implies that I ve made an error. So, your #2...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Mistakes while writing?
I know you think I have fallen off the earth. I still have connectivity problems! Now, I don t even have wifi that works. I am working at the library. I haven t forgotten you. Be patient!! mb Nov. 7: Den, I think I answered this. Yes? m...

General Writing and Grammar Help: How poor can I write?
Contrary to what you think, your writing is just fine! Good for you! There are a few grammatical and usage notes I d like to make, however. Also a note about sources: the Internet is NOT a reliable source! If you want to use the Net, confine yourself...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Regional Grammar
I m so sorry this reply took so long-- I didn t receive my email notice! You are correct: I should be; Take a test on (subject).. not over. This must be a regional thing, like accents are; simply incorrect English. Just as the UK says bonnet for...

General Writing and Grammar Help: reported speech
1/. should i use the abbreviation ex or eg when i want to give an example in writing: - The past perfect tense can be used to describe an action before a point of time in the past. Ex: I had done all my homework before 7 p.m. last night OR e.g: I had...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Sentence Structure
No. This is not a fragmented sentence. https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/620/1/ http://www.chompchomp.com/rules/fragrules.htm http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/fragment.htm http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/fragments.htm http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/fragments-and-run-ons/...

General Writing and Grammar Help: a usage
Dear Walden: How are you? *** Eye surgery #10 is tomorrow. I am not looking forward to it! I am very grateful to you for your prompt reply each time. I read of a sentence: Are you happy that you ve entered our university? Usually we...

General Writing and Grammar Help: word meaning, parallel structure
Dear Dat: PLEASE NOTE: I decided that, after 15 years of service and more than 15,000 questions answered, it was time to take a break from Allexperts. My eye doctor has advised me against spending too much time on the computer. I discovered recently...

General Writing and Grammar Help: "and" and "but"
Never!!! Both of these words indicate there is another thought....if you start the second thought with =and= or =but= the first thought is entirely absent! If you are writing fiction or a casual piece and are writing as people speak, you will find...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Creative Writing Question
Hi Alicia, That is an interesting question. That phrase holds a halo over him , could certainly be used to describe that situation. However, it should also be noted that it is not a very common phrase and many people likely would not have heard it before....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Creative Writing- Specifically: Sci-fi
Hi Erica, if you would like you can email me directly. I do have some tools and resources that I can send you, but AllExperts does not all me to attach any files to my replies. If you would like to email me directly, you may do so by emailing Johnathan.Clayborn...

General Writing and Grammar Help: expression
I think it s an eye thing. Do you want to use a lot of =A=s or =O=s? The latter would make the word look a lot like =who= and give the idea of an owl or a Marine! I d stick with the =A=s, as you have it, because of the way the word looks with a drawn-out...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar/Direct Obj-Indiirect Obj
Well, =She served her guests royally= means she served her guests (presumably for dinner or at least for nuncheon) and did so in a fashion as befitted to king or queen (or other assorted hangers-on). We do not know who ate them royally. So, yes, =her guests=...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Preparation for ECPE
Henrique, I do not believe that this forum is meant to lengthy articles as it is very hard to make corrections since the system does not allow for redlining, etc. So, bottom line, I think I would search for an editor. Best regards, Dr. D...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Science Fiction Story - "Immortal".
Yes, the idea can be used to script a science fiction if the story is properly developed. It can also be made into a good movie / TV serial. I cannot say whether similar stories have already been written / movies already produced. However, in order...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Science Fiction Story - "Immortal".
It s not easy to say if this would make a good story - until it is written! I m fairly sure someone will have used the idea before - but there is no copyright on ideas Here s a film based on the idea http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicentennial_Man_%28film%29...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Science Fiction Story - "Immortal".
Mr. Akerkar, Since you specifically asked about immortality, I suggest that you research http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/immortality and well as other internet resources as it might provide you with the answer you are seeking. Immortallity is a...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Science Fiction Story - "Immortal".
Hi Prashant, If it was well-written I think that this could make for a very interesting story. I can think of a lot of ways to twist this dialogue, everything from the possible consequences of rebuilding human genetic material to the use of advanced technology....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Science Fiction Story - "Immortal".
That s an interesting idea about a population explosion if no one ever dies! There have been movies based on immortal existence, but I do not know if one that focuses on a population explosion has been made. I would Google immortal and population...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Usage of the phrase "sex education"
1. Schools should teach sex education. OK 2. Schools should teach sex education classes. NO - schools do not teach 3. Schools should have sex education. OK 4. Schools should have sex education classes. OK 5. Teachers should teach sex education....

General Writing and Grammar Help: the use of "because"/
Hello Hame, Actually, I disagree... According to the Longman Handbook for Writers and Readers (2nd Ed.), since is informal. In general, avoid using since in place of because, which is more formal and precise. Use since to indicate time, not causality...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Verbs, and who they're
If your question is about the answer: He represented me. Then, here is the definition of represent : transitive verb 1) to bring clearly before the mind : present a book which represents the character of early America 2) to serve as a...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Academic Paper Assistance
Hello Sarah Attitudes to this issue vary from one country to another. But I would say from the perspective of the UK - you should DEFINITELT AVOID any such services The company you mention even has mistakes on its own web site There are plenty...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Who or whom
Let s look at the skeleton: she has Get rid of =she knows=, as this is just a descriptor =four friends [etc.]= is a clause acting as a direct object new skeleton: she has four friends who/whom will stick Substitute =they= and =them= for =who=...

General Writing and Grammar Help: adverb vs adjective
If anything it s modifying the verb USE so it s adverbial If you supplement as for to the extent that it s easier to see the function of the clause other tribes did . That is: The Lakota Sioux did not use horses (as) other tribes did. Here you can...

General Writing and Grammar Help: alternative way
Yes, she is the female that killed the teacher. She the pronoun that will prove the verb, Alternate ways to write it: She will prove that she killed the teacher. She killed the teacher and will prove it. She killed the teacher and plans to...

General Writing and Grammar Help: antecedent
Here are references for you: http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/antecedent.htm http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/pronouns.htm ___________________________________________________________ I called Sally, who urged me to move in with her in Texas....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Beyond the dictionary.
He is a political philosopher -- the man is a philosopher---- as much as a playwright. -- and he is also a playwright too. He is both a philosopher and a playwright. That is a correct sentence. By the way, you cannot find sentences in a dictionary....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Comma before "but"?
Den, Leave the comma in. In all cases you are dealing with two independent clauses connected by a coordinate conjunction (but) which generally is preceded by a comma. In all cases the subject of the clause is understood. Here are my lecture notes: ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Curious
You are wrong on both accounts. Very wrong. The second is correct. You cannot reveal on to someone. Reveal is not a noun (a person, place, or thing) which can do something, but in this context, it is a transitive verb, therefore, cannot physically...

General Writing and Grammar Help: example of problem
The above sentence is a lousy one. It is way too long! (I hope you didn t write it, and I am insulting you!). ~~ When I look at a confusing sentence and try to figure it out, I find what I call the skeleton. The skeleton is the subject and the verb...

General Writing and Grammar Help: General writing and Grammar help
General Writing and Grammar Help: General writing and Grammar help

General Writing and Grammar Help: General writing and Grammar help
Hi Sidchasha, Well, you may say your writing needs to be rectified, but you are obviously involved in publication as well as passionate concerning the issues about which you write. I would like to say that, in my role, I will do my very best to remain neutral...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Indirect Objects
Hi Neldis, 1. The IO is her . I gave directions is the root sentence. I (subject) + gave (verb) = directions (DO), thus her is the IO. 2. the IO is the question . I forgot the answer is the root sentence. I (subject) + forgot (verb) = the answer...

General Writing and Grammar Help: infinitive
Because it has to be and to use to be it would need ing on the verb. Look at it the way you asked: I m so embarrassed to drive this decrepit car! --- This is good and correct. I would rather use this sentence myself. But, if the driver is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Can you parse this expression?
Dear Richard, Absolutely. A fine reason. As you know, to read is an infinitive. In this case, to read is functioning as an adjective, as in what kind of book?/the kind to read. To be precise, a demonstrative pronoun serves as an expletive (...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Can you parse this expression?
This is not the book to read. TO READ is an infinitive. An infinitive being a (verb + noun) will not qualify / modify another word - only adjectives and adverbs do. Being (in part) a noun, it can stand as a subject / an object of a verb. In this case,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: past participle
The sentence is not even constructed properly. It should be: The attack appeared TO BE aimed at weakening Hamas IN ORDER to prevent it from claiming victory. appeared is the verb in past tense, and aimed is the past participle appear is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Is "play" a noun in this sentence?
1) It is good play (NOUN) 2) Kids are happiest in good self-directed play (NOUN) 3) Kids are happiest when involved in good play (NOUN) In those context, it is a noun. A key for a verb for play is: plays, played, playing. However, if you...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Would you please explain that for me?
Hi Walden, This sentence means any of the following: Having a shopping list provides a sense of urgency to buy the items. Writing down what you want to buy will cause you to take action and go to the store. When you read the items on a shopping list,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: possessive
1. friend of my father 2. is OK 3. is WRONG 4 is OK 1 and 3 are incorrect grammatically 2 and 4 are OK grammatically the apostrophe is used to show possession Have a look at these guidance notes http://www.mantex.co.uk/2009/08/30/english-language-apostrophes/...

General Writing and Grammar Help: About the prepostition
=Stop over= is correct. I am not sure what this means: a.at b. in If you will write back with clarification, I ll comment on it! mb ~~ Oh, I understand now! The spacing was messed up, and I couldn t figure out if it was words or abbreviations...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Refering to Inanimate objects as "guy"
Alicia, I completely agree with your thinking that an inanimate object is grammatically incorrect when referred to as masculine (guy). Using guy has been quite common in the vernacular where grammatical rules do not apply. Remember this is common street...

General Writing and Grammar Help: strange sentence
First, let me say this is bad English and not a sentence but two sentences, and constructed incorrectly. 1) She had been distraught after the suicide of a fellow actor she was rumored to have pressured about a loan, police said. (You spelled distraught...

General Writing and Grammar Help: subjective case and objective case
Hi Nousher, Yes, you are correct in your understanding. while sentence 3 is technically correct, it s also a fragment, and the fragment changes the meaning. The way that is written now it looks like you are asking a woman Who is a doctor? and waiting...

General Writing and Grammar Help: taking a bus vs riding a bus
Now, here is a fine distinction if you care to draw one! ~~ =Taking a bus= means you are deciding on which mode of transportation you wish to use. It connotes something happening in the future. Note, however, that the verb is present tense because...

General Writing and Grammar Help: be verb
1) Yes, I know is absolute. 2) No, you are wrong. You cannot say: Sometimes, I will eat things I know that are unhealthy. It is unnecessary to add that. Stating are unhealthy says it all properly without using additional articles. Sometimes,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: There was
Hello Nousher, If the sentence is referring to the North Pole, then the word farthest should be used instead of furthest. The word further is not used to express distance. I am not sure that the sentence means. If it was The pole was the farthest...

General Writing and Grammar Help: has been
1) Gentleman is in vocative case. It shows to whom you are addressing when you speak. For example: Sir, I am sorry that I am late. I am sorry, Sir, I am late, In both cases, SIR is used to address the person whom you are speaking to. 2) I am not quite...

General Writing and Grammar Help: anticipatory
Gandalf was quite right; they began to hear goblins noises and horrible cries far behind in the passages they had come through. That sent them on faster than ever, and as poor Bilbo could not possibly go half as fast---for dwarves can roll along at a tremendous...

General Writing and Grammar Help: the apostrophe, apostrophe
apostrophe: This is essentially a question about the use of the apostrophe. If the students are plural, the expression should be Students Day The day belonging to the students But it is increasingly common to drop the apostrophe (in the UK) Just as you might...

General Writing and Grammar Help: awkward sentence
I have no clue what the Azar grammar exchange is, but it does not have proper English. That paragraph makes no sense. Bad, bad, English. Proper English: The direct control of Providence ceased East of Suez. Gods and Devils of Asia was influenced...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Collectives, plurals and possesives.
Lee, Although Australian animals are out of my field of expertise, I ll give it a try. The collective of brumby (feral horses) would by a herd, the plural is brumbies and the possessive is brumby s. Brolga (crane) is brolgas in the plural and brolga...

General Writing and Grammar Help: comma
A comma is optionally placed after a long phrase or dependent clause for easier reading. This rule is found in several grammar books. I had almost reached my office at five minutes to ten, when my boss phoned me. However no comma in: My boss phoned me...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Comma before "because"
Den, All three examples are the same. Because in each case is a subordinate conjunction that begins a dependent clause (because they are fun). The rule states that the natural order of an complex sentence is independent clause, followed by the dependent...

General Writing and Grammar Help: complicated sentence
The following sentence has been chosen from VOA. ***What is VOA Voice of America? And, Nousher, what does that have to do with the sentence? Did you take that out of an article? Thousands are heading back to school, making public colleges and universities...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Connotations
Den, The two Jamie sentences both show the positive side of craftiness. By his stealth, he achieved a positive result (escaping from harm). In the last quote, the words schemed against the enemies connotes a negative image so I would call it negative....

General Writing and Grammar Help: infinitive and gerund
In most cases, gerunds and infinitives are interchangeable. For example, u To steal /u is a sin & u Stealing /u is a sin are identical. Similar is the case with your examples - they are similar in meaning. It took an hour for me to get there...

General Writing and Grammar Help: killed
Yes - you could say the wicked man but you would never say the killed man there is not necessarily any logic to language for instance, you could say the big red leather suitcase but you would never say the leather red big suitcase it...

General Writing and Grammar Help: go meet him
Perhaps you are right. Although it eventually amounts to the same thing, I would prefer: b Go, meet him = Go and meet him. /b It can be tricky, and vary according to context. b Go fast, you re late = Go fast as (=because) you are late. Come,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: names
He called me names --------- he was calling me NAMES meaning making fun of me like calling him; bad names, poking fun at him (at his expense)... humiliating him, bullying him, and/or being mean to him by the bad names. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=name+definition...

General Writing and Grammar Help: noun as adjective
There is no difference in meaning. I give you a simpler example: I am a u boy /u . In the above example: The word underlined is a noun. [qualifier after the noun] The underlined word is a noun. [qualifier before the noun] The word that is underlined...

General Writing and Grammar Help: omission of -ing
1) Dhaka standing by the side of Buringanga (a river of Bangladesh) is the capital of Bangladesh. I can say this sentence in the following way. 2) Dhaka that stands by the side of Buriganga is the capital of Bangladesh. In case of second sentence,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: omission of relative pronoun
Yes, THAT can be omitted in many cases. He says he is tired = He says that he is tired. Give him food vital for his recovery = Give him food that is vital for his recovery. Factors necessary for growth = Factors that are necessary for growth. He...

General Writing and Grammar Help: 's
Hi Bob, Interesting question. Grammatically, at first glance, it might seem like one of the choices with the apostrophe is correct students day in particular makes sense if the day belongs to the student because the apostrophe denotes possession. However,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Are these sentences correct?
1. She is beautiful. --- this means she is pretty (beautiful) as in her looks. 2. She sings. -------------- this is an incomplete statement, therefore wrong. She is beautiful when she sings. ---- this means she is pretty (beautiful) as in her looks,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: A strange sentence.
Be happy being busy doesn t make any sense using present and past tense adjectives and verbs. Being busy is being happy is the correct English tenses, or Be happy while being busy. Or, Be happy being busy. Or Be happy when you are busy. Keep...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Is vs Are, agreement
agreement: As a CPA with more than five years ... exposed to a NUMBER of asset classes ... that ARE quite different ... The term RANGE is a singular term containing the plural styles - but IS doesn t sound right NUMBER soles the problem hope that helps...

General Writing and Grammar Help: as/that
Who and sometimes that refer to people. That and which refer to groups or things. Examples: Anya is the one who rescued the bird. The Man That Got Away is a great song with a grammatical title. Lokua is on the team that won first place. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Comma usage
Den, Try these: 1) Women, for how long have you made your husband who loves you, beg for sex? 2) People, who strive more, are the ones who succeed. 3) The pillow, on the left, is the one which I bought yesterday. Jerry Leone ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: complicated sentence
...which are larger (or much larger / many times larger] would make the sense. Order of magnitude is a term in science. A value like 258.27 is written as 2.5829 X 10 power 2.The 10 power 2 is called the order of magnitude. If the size of a particle is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Consider as? Also Table and Figures
Laura, 1. I don t see any grammatical reason for considered as since considered does the job. I would eliminate as in both sentences. 2. This is a bit out of my area of expertise, but I know that figure is fig. and table is one syllable so there is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: differences among appositive, predicate and absolute.
https://www.butte.edu/departments/cas/tipsheets/grammar/phrases.html http://forum.thefreedictionary.com/postst84495_differences-among-predicate--absolute-and-appositive.aspx http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=3008416 http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/phrases.htm...

General Writing and Grammar Help: expression
Using victim : http://www.thefreedictionary.com/falling+victim Using preposition of to and for : http://www.talkenglish.com/Grammar/prepositions-of-to-for.aspx The title of Young renters most likely to fall victim of ID fraud, as behaviour...

General Writing and Grammar Help: omission
This is very BAD English. I suspec t that it is either technical jargon, advertising copy, or a statement translated from another language. This makes it very difficult to answer your questions - but ... 1. Yes - there is a missing vern, and I suspect...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Sentences.
1) According to Jerry, many of his friends, including Jane, are not going to the party and will hang out at Albert s house. *** This is an inactive passive voice, and not an active voice sentence. It should be: Jerry and many of his friends are going...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Usage of the word "maintain".
Yes - all are correct The only one which isn t what a native English speaker would say is 3. I don t smoke to maintain my health. because it is ambiguous it COULD mean I don t smoke to maintain my health - but for some other reason I hope...

General Writing and Grammar Help: a versus an
James, Since the h in hour is pronounced soft, a half an hour would be correct. Rule: use a with hard sounding nouns (e.g.) knife, sword, kitchen, policeman, piano, or book. Use an with softer beginning nouns like angel, opportunity, hour, and example....

General Writing and Grammar Help: "who" vs "whom"
Hi Rich, Sorry about the delay. Who/whom is one of the more challenging nuances to figure out. In the case of your specific question, it should be you are who? . If you were to reverse the sentence Who are you? is the correct expression because the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: are having
Are having is present tense-- still happening. The sentence structure is choppy and in a passive voice. Example of correct sentences: Many companies in Korea are having labor disputes. People are unable to work. People are unable to work in Korea...

General Writing and Grammar Help: APA
Hi Brooke, APA Format is simply a way of writing papers. In other words, it s a set of rules that explains how you make citations, what goes in them, how you punctuate things, etc. The idea with paper formats like this is that it provides a level of consistency...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Comma
It is correct to use a comma because you have stated and set up the following explanation to your set up: the nouns husband and I with adjective older , then the nouns have to have an action of explanation: the more absent-minded (noun: we i.e. husband...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar
I m so sorry this reply took so long-- I didn t receive the email notice. The second sentence is the most appropriate. Suddenly, he whipped open a rarely used closet and saw the ironing board standing boldly in front of him. It reads smoother and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Might
Short answer: no infinitive. ~~ My preferred method of figuring out complicated sentences is to look for what I call the skeleton : the subject and the verb/verbs acting on it. Any other parts of the sentences will be hangers-on that just give...

General Writing and Grammar Help: paraphrase a sentence
No, sweet soy-based sauce called teriyaki sauce.... is adjectives to describe a sauce called teriyaki. I am not accepting questions from you any longer as you never rate my answers. You are the only one that does not rate. Read the sentence again....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Reviews, reviews
reviews: Here is exactly what you are looking for (I hope) http://www.mantex.co.uk/2009/09/16/how-to-write-book-reviews/ See examples of reviews of all kinds at my web site http://www.mantex.co.uk/reviews/ see in particular the section on ARTS http://www.mantex.co.uk/reviews/arts/...

General Writing and Grammar Help: became vs. has been
=Since [whatever]= is something that has happened at one point in time and is on-going. I don t think you have to differentiate between the few seconds of commission and the long-term effect. =Since= is ok here. (If you re talking about the Big Bang Theory,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: What's wrong with this sentence?
1. These folks are wrong. Some of the verbs you list here are singular; some are plural. Some change according to tense. That s the inconvenient problem with irregular verbs. ~~ =To do= is one of these irritating irregular verbs. ~~ ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: additional part, Syntax
Syntax: 1. This is poor English 2. The construction of the sentence obscures its meaning 3. It does not follow the pattern of good English syntax http://www.mantex.co.uk/2009/09/14/english-language-syntax/ 4. It sure is awkward 5. Avoid writing of...

General Writing and Grammar Help: difference between 'so' and 'or so'
Nousher, So the pigeons said indicates that Mollie was having a good time, according to the birds. Conversely, Mollie might not have been so happy as we think, considering that the pigeons were the ones doing the evaluating, or so they said. I hope that...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Obscure word
Well - you ve got me on that one Tony I can t think of a specific term But I know what you mean You might do a bit of research starting from the terms - synechdoche and metonymy http://www.mantex.co.uk/2009/09/09/english-language-metonymy/ ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Placement of Either in a Sentence
I m sorry it took so long to reply as I did not receive my e mail notice. Joseph realizes he must abandon either Tessa or everything he believes. This is good but, it could be more clarified as: Joseph realizes he must abandon either Tessa...

General Writing and Grammar Help: A strange structure
It is very long-winded and what is considered a run-on sentence. It is better as: Favored solutions limiting cardholders with known credit risks would decrease the debt carried by Americans abusing the credit card industry. But, to answer the American...

General Writing and Grammar Help: AT vs. IN
Hi Paolo I ve just finished watching it on steephill.tv !! it s AT, because the mountain is considered as a whole thing it is a location it is the PLACE where he won and yes, Porte beat Quintana into second place it was a great race and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: 3.I am trying to predict another..., long time, clock
long time, clock, radio: Hello, Brian. There are nearly countless possible questions to fit appropriately for B s response. Your question is just one of many that are acceptable. For your second question, When will your bank close? or Until when is your bank open? are...

General Writing and Grammar Help: 4. (Rabbit) is a wonderful..., adjective clause, count noun
adjective clause, count noun, noncount noun: Hello, Jasmine. For your first question, I would agree that rabbit is being used as a non-count noun. You shouldn t write a rabbit because it puts a proverbial choke-hold on the sentence. It then makes it sound like all of your rabbit dishes are composed...

General Writing and Grammar Help: 5 paragraph essay about love., 5 paragraph essays, paragraph essay
5 paragraph essays, paragraph essay, many other types: Hello, James. Love is a broad subject. Many different types of love exist. There is the love between family members, love between spouses, and the love a pet has for his owner, among many other types. The first step in any writing exercise is to brainstorm....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Additional to OR Additional compared to, kind guidance, eq 3
kind guidance, eq 3, new year wishes: Hello, Aram. I think the word additional is misplaced. The way you have it makes the sentence sound uncomfortable. Consider this rewrite: ...and the variables yi denote the additional unknown functions in Eq. (4), compared to Eq. (3), which reads......

General Writing and Grammar Help: Adjective or Adverb, adverb, thanks in advance
adverb, thanks in advance, adjective: Hey Stephanie, I m editing a print ad that declares in part ... for virtually maintenance-free riding. I m 99.6 % sure it should be virtual. What say you? Thanks in advance! In this case, it should be virtually . In this context, virtually means...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Adjective clause in conditional sentences, adjective clause, conditional sentences
adjective clause, conditional sentences, conditional sentence: Sang, I really see it both ways; it s not altogether an unreal situation or condition that you would meet a girl who had lots of money, but insofar as it being conditional, of course I have to agree with that, as in under this condition [that she had...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Two African terms in Alexander McCall Smith, alexander mccall smith, ladies detective agency
alexander mccall smith, ladies detective agency, letter designations: Hi, Jerry Mma is pronounced as ma, and Rra is pronounced as ra. Mrs./Miss Ramotswe, but in this case, Mma. Ramotswe, Mma pronounced as Ma. ;-) Rra is the masculin equivalvent. These words are from the language Setswana, spoken in Botswana. -They...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Agent, spiritual victory, small publishers
spiritual victory, small publishers, christian publishers: Hello, Phyllis. I am a published author but went the traditional route with a publisher without an agent. Hence, I am not an expert in this category. However, an e-list at pub-forum@pub-forum.net is a group of experienced, mostly small publishers who...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Alphabetical Order, ted nesbitt, saint arnaud
ted nesbitt, saint arnaud, saint claire: Dear Nelson: What a GREAT question for a librarian, who remembers the OLD days when cards had to be manually inserted in the proper place in the drawers of the wooden card catalog! The only one that is correct is #3, because [even though it s abbreviated,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: ANTHOLOGY COVER, backcover, anthology
backcover, anthology, creative writing: Hello, Jake. I don t have much knowledge when it comes to anthologies, but I know that books typically have summaries written on the back cover. Since an anthology is a collection of literary works, you may want to summarize two or three of the more notable...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Answers to Grammar!, white water rafting, advanced algebra
white water rafting, advanced algebra, introductory physics: Hi Barb, The uses of may or might are often interchangeable. But there are shades of meaning involved. For example, look at the following sentence. You should go to Pennsylvania for white water rafting, because that MAY become your ultimate life...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Anymore and any longer, dear jerry, stoppage
dear jerry, stoppage, thx: Benny, The word longer deals with time while more deal with quantity or amount. When I think of no longer or any longer, which mean about the same thing, I think of a stoppage in time. No Longer: You may no longer use my car. They no...

General Writing and Grammar Help: AP Style of State Abbreviations, postal abbreviations for states, u s postal service
postal abbreviations for states, u s postal service, state abbreviations: Hello, Gina! The AP state abbreviations were standard long before I was born. I do not know why they vary in length, but I surmise that the style guide simply formalized what was originally common practice. I am not an expert in this area, though, so...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Apologizing to Client, public relations coordinator, acceptable service
public relations coordinator, acceptable service, criterion: Hi Jessica Apologies for the delay in my response - AllExperts.com have had some trouble with their servers. It s difficult to give advice on these matters without knowing more about the detail, but I would suggest that you outline your problems from...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Apostrophe Question, eons, herrin
eons, herrin, presidents: Dear Debra, You are right; you would normally write, Past Presidents Association -- that is the correct usage. However, sometimes companies start off with a certain phrase or word, etc., that isn t quite grammatically correct but that they ve used...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Apostrophe question, apostrophe protection society, valentine s day
apostrophe protection society, valentine s day, happy valentine: Hi, Nancy! Maria Yunez s group is correct. Wow, that *was* quick! :) Just for fun, here s the URL for the Apostrophe Protection Society, which includes apostrophe rules plus what they call examples of real-life apostrophe abuse. Happy Valentine...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Apostrophe question, experience thanks, nancy
experience thanks, nancy: Hi, Nancy! Yes, it s appropriate to put an apostrophe after the s in years experience. Obviously, the years don t really possess the experience, but using the apostrophe this way is considered correct. An alternative would be to add of -- 160 years...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Apostrophe, smiths, family members
smiths, family members, alice: Hello, Alice. The Smiths is correct. The apostrophe is used for ownership. If you are referring to the family s home, or the family s mailbox, then you would write The Smiths . However, since you are not referring to ownership, and simply to...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Apostrophes, coach mel, pitching coach
coach mel, pitching coach, apostrophe: John, Actually they should use the apostrophe to show ownership as you describe, e.g. Yankees pitching coach Mel.... But to make pronunciation easier, ESPN makes the Yankees a simply adjective and drops the apostrophe. You will note that teams not...

General Writing and Grammar Help: ARTICLE USAGE, coordinating conjunctions, article usage
coordinating conjunctions, article usage, interdisciplinary character: Hi Kris, LEGAL ASPECTS of an ACQUISITION of REAL ESTATE PROPERTY by FOREIGNERS This is correct (and sounds interesting!). Remember, when writing titles, minor words such as articles, prepositions, and coordinating conjunctions are not capitalized unless...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Around and about, bad habits, thanks in advance
bad habits, thanks in advance, expressions: Sue, Many expressions that have become popular practice nowadays don t make them correct grammatically e.g. everyone...their, etc. I m not sure I have heard discuss...around. We discuss about something, meaning concerning it. If you discuss around...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Auxillary/copula, copula, language development
copula, language development, tenses: Hello, Alannah. Good question. As far as I can tell, an auxillary is used largely to change tenses; whereas a copula is used to add a bit of meaning. We have sent the letter. (Auxillary) We should have sent the letter. We might have sent the letter....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Awkward smell
Kevin, I don t think that awkward (clumsy, inept, uncomfortable) fits well with smell. Perhaps, pungent, if it is unpleasant, or fragrant, if pleasant, would work. Acrid (bitting smell) or putrid (also unpleasant) are applicable. The simpliest word I can...

General Writing and Grammar Help: in absentia, court trials, dictionary
court trials, dictionary, absence: You should try www.m-w.com, which defines it as in absence. Maybe that s not much help, though. Basically it means something is done to or for someone when that person is not present. Most often it s used with reference to court trials: if a person has escaped...

General Writing and Grammar Help: abstract improvement, reconfigurable components, heterogeneous architectures
reconfigurable components, heterogeneous architectures, prefetching technique: Hello, Florent. My suggestions are in parentheses: Reconfigurable computing is certainly one of the most important emerging research (topics) over the last few years, (for) digital processing architectures. The introduction of run-time reconfiguration...

General Writing and Grammar Help: adaptable books, scarlet letter, mice and men
scarlet letter, mice and men, romeo and juliet: Those books deal with a great range of themes and situations. You should be able to fish up a connection from one of them to a vast number of quotations. For example, I had kids writing an SAT practice prompt just Friday that dealt with achieving happiness....

General Writing and Grammar Help: adopted parents, parent child relationship, orphanes
parent child relationship, orphanes, biological parents: Mick, The answer I gave you was strictly technical or legal. You know who you real parents are....blood does not makes parents. Only love and caring can forge a parent-child relationship. Shed the terminolgy adapted . Obviously, you know where the love...

General Writing and Grammar Help: adverb or not, type constructions, adverb of place
type constructions, adverb of place, meaningless word: In the there is, there are, there will be type constructions, there is an expletive. It has no grammatical value or connection to the sentence. You can rearrange the sentence, leaving it out, and change the meaning not a bit. Many flowers are in...

General Writing and Grammar Help: adverbs of frequency, adverbs of frequency, separate office
adverbs of frequency, separate office, high score: Hello Maggie: Occasionally would replace On occasion at the beginning of the sentences. Or, once On occasion has been removed, occasionally may be placed at the end. In the second sentence, never-ending should go before increases, because...

General Writing and Grammar Help: adverbs of frequency, adverbs of time, adverbs of frequency
adverbs of time, adverbs of frequency, english adjectives: Forgive my delay in replying. I am a high school teacher, and we returned to school a couple of weeks ago. I have a lot of other people asking me questions in person now! I will try to make sure I get to these web questions in time to be helpful. Occasionally...

General Writing and Grammar Help: advise, office job, shirt and tie
office job, shirt and tie, business end: All item 1 sentences have the same meaning. He suggests selling the stock. No change in suggest needed. If you want the I to remain an element of the meaning, you should say He suggests MY selling the stock. We use a possessive before a gerund. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: advise/recommend, intricacies, herrin
intricacies, herrin, instances: Dear Luke, Question 1: They usually, but don t always, mean the same thing. Example: You would say, I recommend this person for the job, not I advise this person for the job. Likewise, you would say, I advise you to stay inside during the storm,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: advise, learned professions, managerial responsibility
learned professions, managerial responsibility, high score: Hello Oppo: No, they do not. A suggestion is milder than advice or a recommendation. In this context, the last two sentences have more or less the same meaning. I can t think, in the time I have, of any occasion where you would want to use suggest...

General Writing and Grammar Help: affect and effect, predisone, cortisol level
predisone, cortisol level, dolores: Hello, Dolores. Affect is a verb; effect is a noun. For example, The effect of my missing the bus was that I was late for my test. Or, Tests don t affect me in a negative way. I don t get nervous about them. To answer your questions, something...

General Writing and Grammar Help: affect vs effect, dampness, noun
dampness, noun, adjective: Tonya, Effect is a noun and affect is a verb. How does noise affect your ears? (verb) I hope the war does not affect the stock market. (verb) Dampness will affect your knees adversely. (verb) Will inflation affect our economy? (verb) What effect...

General Writing and Grammar Help: agreement, noun verb, true status
noun verb, true status, nouns: Hi Scott I think the first is correct on the basis of noun-verb number agreement. If we were to rewrite the sentences thus: (1) A couple of years makes the difference. (2) A couple of years make the difference. Couple (singular) agrees with makes...

General Writing and Grammar Help: agreement, persuasive essay, apostrophe
persuasive essay, apostrophe, intention: seventh grade - persuasive essay ...it is the parties intention... or ..it is the parties intentions... or ...it is the parties intention... If you mean parties (plural) and not party s (singluar) then parties intention... Intention...

General Writing and Grammar Help: agreement, prepositional phrase, typo
prepositional phrase, typo, submission: Sorry for the typo in the last submission -- here it is corrected. Normally, you would remove the prepositional phrase (of years) to find the correct agreement -- a couple makes. But in this case, a couple of years should be considered a unit, a group...

General Writing and Grammar Help: alternate/alternative, oxford english dictionary, ted nesbitt
oxford english dictionary, ted nesbitt, collegiate dictionary: Dear Dustin: I just received your evaluation, which was a long time in coming. Being the highest rating volunteer in this category at Allexperts, I have earned the respect of many people, who return to me for help on a regular basis, some of them daily....

General Writing and Grammar Help: amortize, principle and interest, example sentence
principle and interest, example sentence, sinking fund: Ang-sui, Amortize means to liquidate by paying up a loan. As each monthly payment is made, including both principle and interest payment, the loan is further amortized. John was able to amortize his home loan in 20 years without affecting his life style....

General Writing and Grammar Help: An annoying thing my husband says :), dictionary reference, proper word
dictionary reference, proper word, kids activities: I m hoping you can clear something up for me. My husband frequently says keep tract, as in We need to keep better tract of our spending, or It s hard to keep tract of the kids activities, etc. I know this is trivial, but it does kind of bug me. Shouldn...

General Writing and Grammar Help: antique book, susan skinner, comparative values
susan skinner, comparative values, book vendors: I do not have any expertise in the field of book values. Have you done any searches on-line for book vendors? You could possibly find another copy of the book for sale at a place such as alibris.com for comparative values. Try searching for antique book...

General Writing and Grammar Help: apostrophe, ted nesbitt, random house dictionary
ted nesbitt, random house dictionary, word masters: Wendy: You really have a choice, because different style manuals offer different suggestions. In other words, there is little uniformity in how the word masters/master s is handled. I have had this question many times, so from my past research, I...