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General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, word translations, grammar
word translations, grammar: Hello, Marcas. Unfortunately, I disagree. I see no reason why the word translations cannot be placed at the end of the sentence. For example, Many translations were made for my book, none of which translations are mine. You can choose to omit...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, plural noun, singular form
plural noun, singular form, dog trainer: I think by noun adjective you mean a noun used in the attributive mode--that is, a noun acting as an adjective. Nouns used this way should always take the singular form, even when, as in these examples, the person sells shoes or trains dogs. So you...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, new pair of glasses, long walks
new pair of glasses, long walks, engagement party: Sorry for the delay in responding, Ken. 1. I would say; I recommend that he get a new pair of glasses and I recommend that he be promoted to Vice President. 2. I recommend asking him... (yes) I advise asking him ... (yes) I request asking him .......

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, self doubt, perceptions
self doubt, perceptions, mysteries: Ab, 1. His tip is the largest I have received from any customer. 2. The ideal place to live would be a compromise between a city and a town. 3. The task, helping him understand the mysteries of the subject, came to me. 4. Seems okay to me! ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, collective nouns, collective noun
collective nouns, collective noun, congress senate: Michael, Motor Vehicle Bureau is considered a collective noun; thus it is singular. It is like the Senate also singular. You are correct in using its rather than their. That would mean it is plural! Stand by your guns and teach the administrator about collective...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, great white shark, white shark
great white shark, white shark, complete sentence: Hello, Nicole. Although there is a subject and a verb in your sentence, it is not a complete sentence. Namely, what is about a great white shark? The book is about a great white shark, one of the largest ones ever caught is one way to fix the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, education impact, sustainable education
education impact, sustainable education, word education: Ben, Since Road Safety and Sustainable Education are the subjects of the sentence (and they are plural), the verb must be do impact (plural) not does impact (singular) in order for them to agree. Yes, they are referring to Sustainable Education. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, english grammar, radio four
english grammar, radio four, senate house: Tim, Words like council, government, senate, house, committee, parliament are considered as a unit and are therefore singular. If you are dealing with them as individuals, it might be used as plural. The council are 10 men and three women. Jerry...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, present tense, subjunctive mood
present tense, subjunctive mood, dear mr: Diana, You are dealing with the subjunctive mood (contrary to fact) and leaving out the vital conjunction if . Your sentence should read: A vision is a picture of the future you seek to create, described in the present tense, as if it were happening...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, dear jerry, grammar
dear jerry, grammar, ford: Sayed, If you get there before I do, save me a seat. If I had the choice, I would take the Ford. If your sister is free tonight, I d like to take her to dinner. If my mother doesn t get home soon, I ll start dinner. In each sentence if implies a condition....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, kind reply, correct expression
kind reply, correct expression, correct grammar: Sayad, There is a difference between oral and written language but correct grammar should be one of the difference. The D s are all correct whether you speak them or write them. It is I is always correct since is does not take an object. Jerry...

General Writing and Grammar Help: How to do Grammar, adverbs, adverb
adverbs, adverb, adjectives: Hello, Brittany. Adverbs are words that modify verbs, adjectives or other adverbs. Adverbs are often recognizable by an ly ending, but this is not always the case. For example: The boy ran the race quickly. Wrong: The boy ran the race quick....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, grammar, heather
grammar, heather, sally: Hi Sally! I want this answer sent to you quickly. I was out most of the day. The correct way is HAS. If you restructure the sentence, which is the BEST way to check for agreement, you wouldn t say: The project is begun. You d say The project...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, grammar book, pet peeves
grammar book, pet peeves, english grammar: Hello, George. Back in the 70 s, the women s lib folks wanted to change our pronouns to single words, such as him and her being combined as herm. It never caught on. I have never heard a name for changing a required him/her to their. Nor have I ever read...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, mimi, grammar
mimi, grammar, conjunction: Hello, Mimi. I do not see anything wrong with the grammar in the sentence that you sent me. I question the use of so as the best conjunction. I might subordinate the last clause with since : ...the party since she passed out before the guests started...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, subjunctive mode, professional tennis
subjunctive mode, professional tennis, grammar: Hello, Richard. 1. It is correct to write, If I were you.... After If or wish, one uses the subjunctive mode of the verb, which in this case is were. (This is a leftover from our old Ango Saxon days when English was a much more highly inflected...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, money b, time chris
money b, time chris, hi chris: Hi Chris, 1. Your corrections are right. However, part B needs to be plural only if, in reality, they have more than one brochure. 2. Better to say: “Do you have any money?” “Yes, I went to the bank yesterday.” 3. The contraction is not wrong, but I think...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, auxiliary verb, grammar
auxiliary verb, grammar, intention: Hi stn, “Ought to” is a modal (an auxiliary verb which indicates attitudes of the speaker towards the state or event expressed by another verb.) Modals express possibility, intention, obligation, and necessity. Can, could, will, would, shall, should, ought...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, word fear, man without fear
word fear, man without fear, second job: Hi Albert, 1. The difference is very subtle. With the comma, it means he had to work day and night (not necessarily as a barber—he might have had a second job). Without the comma, it means he worked day and night as a barber. 2. You’re exactly right—“who...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, adjective clauses, adjective clause
adjective clauses, adjective clause, word fear: Hello, Albert. 1. No comma is necessary after barber since the adjective clause is a restrictive modifier indicating not a rich barber but a working class barber. Only nonrestrictive adjective clauses take the comma. 2. The comma in this sentence...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, poor health, hand to mouth
poor health, hand to mouth, time jobs: Hello again, Albert. 1. Yes. 2. This is not quite the same meaning. Poor is a general expression. Deteriorating is more specific, referring to health that grows progressively worse and worse. Yes, it is more appropriate to use her poor health....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, hand to mouth, connotation
hand to mouth, connotation, tense: Hello, Albert. 1. For used to live, You could substitute, lived, once lived, previously lived, or had to live. Simply using past tense is fine. 2. Using come or came depends on agreement considerations with the tense used in the previous...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, indefinite pronoun, ivesting
indefinite pronoun, ivesting, renowned expert: Regarding item 1: Both sentences would basically mean the same thing; however, I would say that the first version, to wear it at all times is more emphatic than the second. The second wear it all the time version lacks the imperative feel to it! Grammatically,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, shopping at the supermarket, learning language
shopping at the supermarket, learning language, language skills: Ken, There s no shortcut to learning language. So, I think the best way to improve our language skills is practice and more practice. I think we can practice our English every day by thinking in English. For example, when we are shopping at the supermarket,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, low budget films, special effects in movies
low budget films, special effects in movies, film companies: Peter, 1.In my opinion, some movies are more interesting than others. These are often made by big, famous film companies. Those companies are willing to spend billions of dollars producing a film. 2.They are willing to spend much more time and money...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, learning ability, test results
learning ability, test results, grammar: Tom, Try: I d persuade him not to cheat on the test again since cheating is really not a good idea no matter what. Even if the test results showed you did a better job than the other students, they doesn t actually prove your learning ability that way...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, good habit, stylistic changes
good habit, stylistic changes, great men: The sentences are grammatically correct as written. However, usage would be more correct for composition without the second person use and a couple of stylistic changes. I would adjust these things: Drop I know that from second sentence. If you re...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, plants and trees, birds chirping
plants and trees, birds chirping, wild animals: Suggestions: Change by the mountain to in the mountains Use and instead of the comma between hiking and fresh air. Greeny should be green Instead of good for try pleasant to In the last sentence, stick to first person (I) instead of second...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, atm, sentences
atm, sentences, maggie: Hi Maggie, 1. They are both correct. 2. No, the first one is not correct. The second one is correct. “I go to the ATM once EVERY several months.” Usually, people will say “once every COUPLE of months” even if they mean more or less than two months. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, atm, sentences
atm, sentences, maggie: Hello, Maggie. 1. ...from an ATM refers to the cash coming from that particular source. ...at and ATM refers to the location where the transaction took place. Both sentences are correct. 2. No. They are not the same. The first is incorrect in...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, passbook account, iron gate
passbook account, iron gate, withdrawals: Hello again, Maggie. 1. No. The first sentence does not need the comma after but. I assume that entry must refer to the accounting notation necessary for deposits, interest, and withdrawals in a passbook account. However, I do not know much about banking....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, preposition of place, southerners
preposition of place, southerners, adverb: Checked in the book uses IN as a preposition of place. The phrase in the book tells where you checked. In To check in, the word IN is an adverb. Sometimes, this is referred to as simply a verb tag, though, because it doesn t add a particularly clear...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, clothing clothes, direct object
clothing clothes, direct object, department store: Hi Ken 1) Please check the answers in the back of your book. - The signifies the direct object. 2) I will be a doctor in ten years. -This could mean that the process for the subject to become a doctor can begin anytime within the next ten years,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, entertainment event, typo
entertainment event, typo, grammar: Hello, Steve. 1. I don t understand the phrase stood on line, but checked in this sentence means that you sought information. In the next sentence, check in means to enter as a member of a controlled audience or population, such as at a concert or...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, lunchtime, two women
lunchtime, two women, sentences: Albert, Try: 1. We can only see part of the office in this picture. So, we don t know if it s a large office. It s hard to tell what kind of job she does just by looking at the picture. So, we don t know if she works with computers a lot. It s...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, silver ore, computer etc
silver ore, computer etc, wafers: Maggie, 1. A foundry is a place where raw materials (oil, gold, silver, ore, steel, etc.) are refined or made pure by intense heating. A factory is a place where goods are made. Wafers are made in a factory, no heating is necessary. 2. An engineer...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, mechanical engineer, wafers
mechanical engineer, wafers, x ray: Hi Albert, 1. A factory is a place where something is manufactured. A foundry is a place where metal is melted and poured into molds. If the wafers are metal, the first sentence is correct; if not, the second one is correct. 2. A technician is someone...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, wafers, foundry
wafers, foundry, top of my head: A good dictionary should give you the answer to these questions. I can t find mine at the moment! But off the top of my head, I really wouldn t know how to define foundry. A factory, of course, is where some product is manufactured. A technician may...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, prepositional phrase, chance of showers
prepositional phrase, chance of showers, beautiful flowers: Ken, 1. Sadly, old people walk and talk slowly. Surprisingly, beautiful flowers grow in the garden. Poorly doesn t fit in this sentence; sad to say or sadly is more appropriate. 2. Yes, it is a good weather forecast. Partly means some of the time....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, chance of showers, prepositional phrase
chance of showers, prepositional phrase, beautiful flowers: 1. Neither is correct. I m not sure what meaning you want to convey in the first sentence, and it is surely not surprising that beautiful flowers grow in a garden. Poorly old has no meaning, as far as I know. Partly cloudy also means partly sunny. It...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, gerunds, correct answer
gerunds, correct answer, vern: 1. It should read: Can you explain all the deductions on the pay statement? (use the plural deductions ) We would not use deducting here because it is not really a noun. The -ing ending usually signifies a verb form, and while some verb forms may be used...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, teacher mom, different meaning
teacher mom, different meaning, synonym: Something that is obvious is very clear--to the point that no one would make a mistake in it. It is immediately evident. The animal in the picture is obviously a cat. Obviously, it is raining outside. He made an obvious mistake when he called the teacher...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, ly, grammar
ly, grammar, boss: 1. It s matter of making the sentence make sense. The meanings of happily and notably obviously don t fit. And don t forget the article before the word pay -- You obviously wouldn t object to a pay increase, would you? This sentence would be spoken...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, ms wang, card player
ms wang, card player, grammar: Hi, Your questions got mangled, but I ll try to answer them as best as I can. :) I ve noticed that many of these deal with the way things are said, syntax, in other words, and that tends to be more of a socially-influenced aspect of language than one strictly...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, grammar rule, rain and shine
grammar rule, rain and shine, grammatical rule: Hi Ken 1. I haven t come across that rule (at least, I don t remember it). But working from the basics, it would seem grammatically appropriate to say A period of three months is a long time because the verb attaches to period , which is singular. When...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, pep talk, beloved president
pep talk, beloved president, refrigerator: Ken, 1. Yes, and so can nearly and almost. 2. Your beloved president gave a pep talk in New York. Our sales figures are much greater than they have been for a long time. Now I ll never retrieve my ten-year pin because it rolled behind the refrigerator....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, simple future tense, verb phrase
simple future tense, verb phrase, filing system: Using the preposition under in reference to filing is just the way that is expressed, I suppose. Generally a filing system is arranged so that the label comes first, and then materials that go into that category go under that label. Using within would...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, tv at home, drama school
tv at home, drama school, typing error: The sentences in item 1 are all grammatically correct. I might suggest moving the clause as her career kept rising. It might read more smoothly if that came at the beginning of that sentence. The other sentences are correct. Perhaps this is a typing...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, reaching heights, walks of life
reaching heights, walks of life, knots: Wendy, Mary fell in love with John soon after they started dating. It wasn t long before they tied the knot. People from all walks of life contribute their parts (people is plural) to society. You can add more flash (not sure about this word!)...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, reaching heights, walks of life
reaching heights, walks of life, idiom meaning: No. The first sentence should read: Mary fell in love with John soon after they started dating. It wasn t long before they tied the knot. ( Tied the knot is an idiom meaning got married. ) The second two sentences are correct. 2. Don t foret the article...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, good answer, flu
good answer, flu, extent: 1. The first is correct. 2. the extent to which it would affect our lives..... Maggie, Im not sure I have a good answer for, other than to say that the context of the sentence determines which word to use. the extent to which is almost idiomatic;...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, interrogative pronoun, relative pronoun
interrogative pronoun, relative pronoun, subordinate clause: In item 1, you should use to WHAT extent. The word WHAT is frequently an interrogative pronoun. It is used to ask a question, which makes it appropriate in the given context. It is also classified as a relative pronoun, which means it can be used...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, assistant manger, correct option
assistant manger, correct option, coffee maker: Hello, Liv. 1. The first sentence would have to read, taken into consideration. Adding being would be unnecessary but would also be a technically correct option. I agree that the second sentence should be ...so many people having helped him.... ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, tenses of the verbs, assistant manger
tenses of the verbs, assistant manger, main clause: The first sentence should read With all things taken INTO consideration... Yes, being is understood in the first sentence. But note that that the tenses of the verbs also dictate which participle to use. In the first sentence, the main clause expresses...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, leisure activity, local park
leisure activity, local park, football game: Hello, Albert. 1. The first sentence alludes to a football game where he, a back or a receiver, caught three throws from the quarterback of the team. Outing is a general term referring to some entertainment or leisure activity, such as an outing to...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, grammar rule, grammatical rule
grammar rule, grammatical rule, singular verb: 1. It is true that numerical amounts of time, money, distance, etc. generally do take a singular verb. However, common sense sometimes does lead us to make exceptions. I too would probably say three months have passed in spite of the general rule, and I...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, unforgetable experience, speaking english
unforgetable experience, speaking english, adjectives: 1. I am ashamed of my behavior or I am ashamed to ask for help. The meaning of ashamed is feeling shame or guilt or feeling embarrassed, or reluctant because of fear or shame. He is dating a much younger woman and cheating on his wife. That behavior...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, vending machine, future tense
vending machine, future tense, future time: Kang, 1. Yes, it donates future time. 2. Yes, they both mean the machine is inoperative. Anything that breaks down (radio, TV, stereo, wash machine, car, toaster, etc.) 3. Yes, but it has in the past would be better. It happened means it took place...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, restroom stall, future tense
restroom stall, future tense, vending machine: Sometime does not have to be used with future tense. (When I was small, I sometimes sang for my grandmother. --past tense. Note that the S is added to sometime here.) Sometime is not the same as some time. Example-- I spent some time in California...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, temporary hair color, war in china
temporary hair color, war in china, oral test: Your answers are grammatically correct and very clear. I don t see any problems. I like your item two answer, particularly that last line. I use a temporary hair color a couple of times a year to cover some of that gray! So I m glad to know you agree...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, present progressive tense, world health organization
present progressive tense, world health organization, plural verb: Yes, you may. 2. Think of it this way, All of the members vote (plural); half of the members attend (plural). 3. Is the report doing the claiming or is the United States. the answer to that question helps determine which to use. The it in the phrase...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, present progressive tense, world health organization
present progressive tense, world health organization, plural verb: Half can be treated as singular or plural, depending on what it is referring to. ALL our members is clearly a plural number; HALF our members would still be plural. Half the cookies ARE gone; Half the cake IS gone. When the HALF is referring to a countable...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, wet floor, letter carrier
wet floor, letter carrier, incorrect answers: Answers: 1. The letter carrier, who was paying attention to what he was doing, accidently dropped our mail on the wet floor and made some address illegible. 2. Driving to work this morning, Greta forgot to turn off her coffee maker, so she had to rurn...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, word work, apartment building
word work, apartment building, correct choice: 1. Either is correct, depending on the meaning you wish to convey. If there is only one conference, use the. If there are manyb conference from which to choose and the police are allowed to select any one use a. 2. Yes, delete the. 3. The gerund...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, subordinate conjunction, prepositional phrase
subordinate conjunction, prepositional phrase, dependent clause: You can use A or THE before the law enforcement conference. It depends on if you mean any conference in general, or a particular conference that the listener is aware of. A and An are the indefinite articles, in that they refer to a general item. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, poor lighting, candy store
poor lighting, candy store, grammar: Albert, Try: 1. Because the boss wife loves chocolates, he s going to stop off at candy store near his home to buy them to surprise her for their anniversary 2. Company policy used to be that one had to work for the company for ten years before becoming...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, grammar rule, singular verb
grammar rule, singular verb, unit of time: Here is where English gets funny. Three months have passed is correct because you are counting the months as three things --one month after the other after the other. But Three months is a long time to be without a job. In this sentence, three months...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, poor lighting, candy store
poor lighting, candy store, bulbs: Hello again, Albert. To put it simply, the article the is optional in both sentences. It is correct to supply it or to leave it out of this particular context. You could use company policy, the company policy, our company policy. The same is true...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, blank answer, licensing bureau
blank answer, licensing bureau, going to a wedding: It s not really redundant. It simply provides emphasis. Think about a conversation that might go like this: I m going to a wedding. Whose wedding? My cousin s wedding? The cousin from Chicago? No, the one who s engaged to her boss s son, the one from...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, blueberry muffin, muffins
blueberry muffin, muffins, grammar: Albert, Try: 1. It has been raining on and off all afternoon. It rained on and off all afternoon. Let s do different exercises for change. I don t want to bore you guys to death. 2. as in means concerning or pertaining to Jerry...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, grammar rule, lost wallet
grammar rule, lost wallet, something concrete: I m glad you had another question. This evening I was listening to a baseball game on the radio and heard them using the find out phrase. I don t remember the context, but it occurred to me that a pretty good synonym for finding out something is learning....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, christian temperance union, transitive and intransitive verbs
christian temperance union, transitive and intransitive verbs, infinitive verb: Both sentences are correct. I think most readers and critics would prefer the second version-- to oppose the consumption. . . It is less wordy. Also, it is very active --someone OPPOSED something, not just were in opposition to. Using the infinitive...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, city orchestra, festivities
city orchestra, festivities, grammar: Wendy, 1. Not necessily, he is merely asking if tickets are available. There is no indication in the sentence if he will pay for them or not. They could be discounted tickets. 2. Yes, we also join the choir, the entertainment, festivities, parade, march,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, animals in africa, tv program
animals in africa, tv program, sentences: Hello, Martin. 1. Yes, these expressions are synonyms and may be used in place of by and large. In general, this TV program will.... This TV program will by and large introduce you.... This TV program, generally speaking, will.... No, in and out...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, grammar rule, count nouns
grammar rule, count nouns, singular verb: 2. are all the same. 1. ...amount of time, money, or distance used as subjects take a singular verb: ... a hurndred dollars is... and three momths has.... . I wonder if this grammar rule is correct or not because we usually say three months have passed...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, animals in africa, adverbs
animals in africa, adverbs, contexts: for the most part , in general or generally speaking Yes, these phrases are interchangeable. Because these phrases are used as adverbs modifying the sentence idea, they will work acceptably at the beginning or in the middle as a sentence interrupter....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, animals in africa, inverted sentences
animals in africa, inverted sentences, music business: 1. All the phrases you mentioned can be used to replace by and large, except in and out. In and out is used in this context: He knows the music business in and out. Or: he knows the ins and outs of the music business. The context is specific and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, hsinchu science park, synchroton radiation
hsinchu science park, synchroton radiation, independent clauses: Hello, Peter. 1. All versions are correct except that you need a space after the semicolon in number two. The best expression of the thought is number three because using and eases the use of three choppy independent clauses. 2. The sentences are correct,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, sultry night, anderson tapes
sultry night, anderson tapes, kastle: The word hot, and its variations, has so many meanings -- Paris Hilton uses Hot to indicate that something is in style or cool or contemporary. Hot can also mean sexy or erotic. A heist is a robbery; the hottest heist implies that there is a...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, merriam webster dictionary, quetion
merriam webster dictionary, quetion, participle: quote dove seems relatively rare as a past participle in writing unquote. It would confuse in composition. That makes sense--that using dove would be confusing in composition since you couldn t hear the difference! Well, I guess I shall continue...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, bedroom slippers, outdoor grills
bedroom slippers, outdoor grills, summer shoes: Hello, Ken. 1. Yes, the two sentences mean the same. Both imply ordering a series of magazines with a subscription. To simply order a magazine would imply ordering only one copy. 2. A good dictionary will give you the definition of sandals and slippers....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, afternoon temperatures, different colors
afternoon temperatures, different colors, tomorrow afternoon: Bill, 1. Clear means the weather will get better; the skies will clear up and the rain will cease. Freezing is 32 degrees F. or 0 degrees C. That means you must be there physically to make application; phone calls or emails will not suffice. 2....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, afternoon temperatures, different colors
afternoon temperatures, different colors, preposition: Hello again, Albert. 1. It means that it will stop raining and the sun will come out again. The temperature will fall below 32 degrees. You must show up personally to apply. 2. Most people would say sentence three they way you wrote it, but technically,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, shipping traffic, wooden structure
shipping traffic, wooden structure, boat owners: Hello, Albert! 1. I recommend using sleeping in place of catching some Z s. Yes, they all have pretty much the samethe same meaning. 2. Albert, you need a dictionary, not an expert. Harbor is a body of water that is a calm inlet, usually to...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, correct conjugation, grammar rule
correct conjugation, grammar rule, singular verb: Hi Kent 851 1) amount of time: Four hours is a lot. amount of money: A hundred dollars is a lot. distance: Ten miles is far to walk. -These are all in the present tense. The to be verb is singular. Each of the subjects are used as...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, types of ships, cruise ships
types of ships, cruise ships, nouns: All mean pretty much the same. Spell napping with two Ps. Yes, couch and sofa are synonymous, with sofa being the more formal term. 2. If you look these terms up in the dictionary, you ll see slight but significant differences. A harbor is a safe...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, fragments, sentences
fragments, sentences, grammar: 1. Are very much alike would indicate personality rather than appearance like the first sentence implies. The second sentence would have to state, ... look very much alike. The second sentence of this pair would have to read, He grabbed me by the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, verb tense, dangling modifier
verb tense, dangling modifier, idiomatic expression: Hello, Peter. 1. Yes. They mean the same with the only difference being the verb tense. 2. The first one has a dangling modifier and should read The protestors in front of the presidential building are.... The last sentence has a problem with agreement...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, conditional clause, present tense
conditional clause, present tense, parallel structure: 1. The meaning is basically the same. Do you mind... is present tense. Would you mind if... is a conditional clause implying future action. 2. Isn t the presidential building the White House? If you use biked, you should use lived to tell about...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, adverb phrase, comma rules
adverb phrase, comma rules, word group: Hello, Richard. The comma rules are based on the structure of a sentence and word order rather than on specific words, so there is not a rule for as well as. For instance, if as well as is used for an introductory adverb phrase or clause, there would...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, receptionist, new location
receptionist, new location, business office: 1. Yes, it could mean that the person is relocating to a new location in another city, but it could also mean that he or she is simply moving from one office to another in the same building. 2. A reservations clerk probably would be the best term. A receptionist...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, high score, grammar
high score, grammar, good luck: Hello again Ken: All the statements are technically correct. The difference between 3 and 4 is: EITHER: 1 : being the one and the other of two : EACH flowers blooming on either side of the walk plays either instrument well 2 : being the one...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, open book test, test taker
open book test, test taker, book shelf: Hello, Albert. 1. A book shelf is one shelf of books. A bookcase is a frame holding two or more shelves for books. Timed means there is a time limit on how long the test taker has to finish the test. 2. This question asks whether the test is an...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, open book tests, choice tests
open book tests, choice tests, bookcase: A bookcase is the entire unit, perhaps consisting of four or five, or more, shelves. A bookshelf is one shelf, perhaps in that bookcase or perhaps on a wall. A timed essay test demands that you finish each portion of the test in a certain amount of time,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, reading question, good answer
reading question, good answer, correct answer: It is a bit confusing. A quick reading seems to indicate that after four days is a good answer, but careful reading does confirm that d, never, is right. If a note IS required for shorter absences, however, this is quite confusing. If a note is required...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, grammar rule, reading books
grammar rule, reading books, constructions: Whether to use life or lives (singular or plural as the object of a verb, the thing or things that receive the action) often depends on the subject of the sentence, the thing or things that perform the action of the verb in the sentence. Often each member...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, correct idiom, accounting department
correct idiom, accounting department, mr ng: 1. We can say ride in a taxi or ride in a bus, but the correct idiom would be to take a taxi or take a bus to wherever you want to go. You would not ride a taxi. You would ride a horse. 2. Both are correct and mean almost the same. To send on has the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, accounting department, mr ng
accounting department, mr ng, grammar: RIDE A TAXI and TAKE A TAXI would indicate the same thing. Yes, you may RIDE in A TAXI or IN A BUS. Either expression in item 2 is acceptable. If you say sent on, however, it suggests that you looked them over or dealt with them somehow and then sent...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, ted nesbitt, direct quotation
ted nesbitt, direct quotation, google: Jon: I checked out the IBO sites and saw many in Florida. If I understand the description, your age is between 14-16, and I find it amazing that your writing ability convinced me that you were attending a university. And, you are right to be cautious:...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, computer issues, computer experts
computer issues, computer experts, grammar: Hello, Sanjaya. I am sorry to say that I do not understand your question. I am an expert in grammar, but I am not very good with computer issues. I do not understand what you are asking for or why you would test prepositions. Perhaps you can rephrase...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, common goal, using the word
common goal, using the word, verbs: Well, he is using HAS correctly, but the sentence is a bit cluttered! And if he s saying those, it should refer to plural types. So that s why you have to stop and think about whether the verbs are correct. Thus, he wins because he s right about the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, task orientated, semicolon
task orientated, semicolon, grammar: Sandy, Try this: There are the Bert’s- logical, serious, and task- orientated; and there are the Ernie’s- fun loving, mischievous, and carefree. I like the dash better than the semicolon since it is more informal and separates elements better. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, literal translation, grammar
literal translation, grammar, phrases: Hi, For your first question: used in this context, here we are is a idiom of sorts - one of those phrases that doesn t translate well. In this case, it s used more as a filler phrase - it doesn t really contribute any meaning to the sentence except to...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, ted nesbitt, verb tenses
ted nesbitt, verb tenses, esl classes: Dear Marla: You are absolutely correct. The sentence you gave is correct, and the reason [that an explanation should follow] is also correct. To me is used to express something very personal, something that affects just you, without anyone else being...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, teaching esl, russian men
teaching esl, russian men, last sunday: I know that teaching ESL is difficult. I teach two Russian men and the nuances of our language give them all kinds of problems. I could study Sunday conveys two possible meanings: 1--She is able to study the following Sunday, or 2-- she did indeed study...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, cellular telephones, mountain roads
cellular telephones, mountain roads, girl x: Hi Ken 1) In this age of e-mail and cellular telephones, business executives can communicate quickly and easily. - this implies that the age is taking place now. In the age of e-mail and cellular telephones, business executives can communicate...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, japanese student, difference in time
japanese student, difference in time, future event: Dear Marla, Thank you for writing. I think if you focus on future/past, i.e., the sense of time, she might be able to understand things a little better. For example, when she says, I could study Sunday, that implies a future event, as in, ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, spoken word, tense
spoken word, tense, grammar: Hi Marla, The correct past tense of teach is taught , so your question should read, Who taught you how to dance? However, sometimes, in answer to a question where the person is quite surprised, in the spoken word you might hear this: I had no...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, twisted sounds, cellular telephones
twisted sounds, cellular telephones, mountain roads: 1. You can use it, but this sounds better because we are currently living in this age of email and cellular, right? 2. Six-year-old is an adjective 3. The standard difference is that a couple is two, a few is three, and several is four or more. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, cellular telephones, car drives
cellular telephones, car drives, mountain roads: Hi Ken 1) Use it where? 2) Yes. 3) Yes, since couple of minutes will often mean more than two minutes. Few is a small number of something, normally between three and six. 4) Twisting is more appropriate, because this fits with the present...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, cellular telephones, mountain roads
cellular telephones, mountain roads, road surface: Ken, 1. You can use the grammatically, but this age limits it down to the one we are presently enjoying. 2. An adjective that modifys girl . 3. Couple means two while few means three or more. 4. No, twisting means a road that is full of curves...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, ms wang, plane ticket
ms wang, plane ticket, question mark: Hi, Ken, and thanks for writing. 1. No, there s no difference. 2. Yes, the two responses are the same; the second is just more concise! 3. These two sentences are essentially the same and could be used interchangeably. However, if you think you will...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, grammar rule, history of the twentieth century
grammar rule, history of the twentieth century, singular form: Hi Ken 1. No, just use calls . 2. The sentence should be Skylights allow a lot of light to enter a room . We use the plural because we are talking about skylights in general. 3. Yes, this is to miss someone as in the sentence I long for my...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, colloquial expression, quotation mark
colloquial expression, quotation mark, casual comments: Ken: 1. Here is the correct wording: You can expect the package to be delivered to you in the near future. You cannot used neared, because that word is the past tense of the VERB near, as in We were tired as we neared the end of our trip. In...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, mathematical formulas, word order
mathematical formulas, word order, punctuation: Hi Ken 1) ...in the near future... 2) Who are you? is correct. 3) He is way/far/much too tired to go out tonight. 4) The document consisted almost entirely of mathematical formulas. -This is the only common word order acceptable for...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, mathematical formulas, word order
mathematical formulas, word order, constructions: Ken: 1. This is an idiom. in the near future simply means soon. No oher construction you mentioned has that exact meaning. So we would have to say, You can expect the package in the near future. Actually, it s better, and more concise, to say ....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, mathematical formulas, adverbs
mathematical formulas, adverbs, adverb: No. Almost and entirely can t be separated because then each word modifies something different, resulting in different meanings, which in this case are nonesensical. Though generally there is flexibility in the placement of adverbs, when one modifies another...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, correct phrase, mathematical formulas
correct phrase, mathematical formulas, adverb: Kent, 1. in the near future is the correct phrase 2. question, Who are you? 3. All three are acceptible and mean the same thing, but much is preferred 4. No, your example is the only one that makes sense. The adverb should be placed as close...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, terrifying experience, oral agreement
terrifying experience, oral agreement, followings: Hi, I ll answer the questions to the best of my ability. 1.EX: Being in the earthquake was a terrifying experience. Which one of the followings can replace terrifying in the above sentence? scary/terrible/horrified/horrifying/overwhelming You...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, noun phrases, present participle
noun phrases, present participle, mountain roads: Ken, are you writing a book? :-) 1. Twisting is a present participle in this case; not precisely an adjective, not precisely a verb. 2. Yes, but in English we tend to place our modifiers before their nouns. 3. Yes, because humor and a sense of...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, psycopath, twisting road
psycopath, twisting road, mountain roads: Ken: 1. A road is twisting, a face is twisted, though a better wortd would probably be contorted. Because of the -ing ending, the word twisting implies movement, so you would have a twisting set of stairs, a twisting road, or a twisting path through...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, community health program, tickect
community health program, tickect, many different ways: Hi, Ken! For convenience, because you asked so many questions, I ll answer them in a slightly abbreviated form: 1. Sure, there are many different ways to say B (which sounds fine, by the way). You might say, I don t want to go to either of those places,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, adverbial prepositional phrase, grammar rule
adverbial prepositional phrase, grammar rule, prepositional phrases: Ken: I have a feeling that you may become a regular questioner. If so, please send new questions AS new ones, rather than as follow ups to previous questions. Adding the additional ones gets messy. I have to cut and paste your latest questions, and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, grammar rule, prepositional phrases
grammar rule, prepositional phrases, prepositional clauses: (1) Yes, that s true. When I said due to is usually reserved for certain other types of constructions, something like His success was due to was what I had in mind--I just couldn t think of the example. And the reason you mention is correct: due is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, mountain roads, sense of humor
mountain roads, sense of humor, adjective: Ken, When you talk about a twisting face, you are saying it is changing or twisting at the present time. It is and continues to twist. Twisted face, on the other hand, indicates that the face has twisted in the past and has finished all twisting motion....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, mainframe computer, applying to colleges
mainframe computer, applying to colleges, twenty first century: I am applying to colleges/college/a college at this moment. If you are applying to several, say so; a lot, say a number of: I am applying to [a number of] colleges at {this}[the] moment. or I am applying to [several] colleges at {this}[the] moment....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, ted nesbitt, roommate john
ted nesbitt, roommate john, adjective phrase: Ken: 1. If you are applying to just ONE college, you should use, I am applying to a college at this moment. If you are in the process of filling out applications to more than one, you should use I am applying to colleges at this moment. 2. You...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, filling out application forms, computer mainframe
filling out application forms, computer mainframe, applying to colleges: Hmm, this is both an issue of personal preference of word choice and syntax. The good English example works just fine from a grammatical point of view. A similar sentence could be To improve your English, you have to expose yourself to a supportive English-speaking...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, applying to colleges, mainframe computer
applying to colleges, mainframe computer, direct object: Hi Ken 1) I am applying to colleges/college/a college at this moment. -(all can be said.) 2) You cannot say fastest because you are not stating the order of slowest to fastest, you are only comparing. 3) you only need the the if you want...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, idiomatic expression meaning, colloquial expression
idiomatic expression meaning, colloquial expression, tickect: 1. You could leave out one and it would still be correct: Neither sounds good to me. 2. Yes, if you re taalking about a boat, but get on board can also be an idiomatic expression meaning go along with us. For example, an employee might say: i...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, lift ticket, lift tickets
lift ticket, lift tickets, preposition: 1) A lift ticket is a ticket you receive to use the lifting machines at ski resorts. (You sit on it, and it takes you to the top of the hill.) 2) Both sentences are fine. 3) over is a preposition that refers to the distance traveled to arrive...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, colloquial expression, top of the slope
colloquial expression, top of the slope, english tutor: Ken: You re very welcome, but YOU have earned my compliments. I think that you are doing very well. Not every one would know about lift tickets, for instance. Since English is NOT your first language, I wonder what your native tongue is! Your English...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, colloquial expression, colloquial expressions
colloquial expression, colloquial expressions, voice 3: 1. Lift tickets are tickets for a ski lift -- the little seats or handles on moving ropes or cables that take skiers to the top of the mountain 2. Both mean the same -- onehas a person doing the action; the other is the impersonal passive voice. 3. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, collegiate dictionary, sounds of musical instruments
collegiate dictionary, sounds of musical instruments, elevator: Ken: I m going to try some cutting and pasting. I hope it works. 1. How do we differentiate the phrases step in and step into ? Does¡¨ step in can sometimes refer to come in or get in ? If you step in something, you are putting your foot...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, sounds of musical instruments, musical instrument
sounds of musical instruments, musical instrument, gum: Ken: 1. This one is difficult to answer without seeing some examples... You step into a boat, for example, but you step in gum. Anytime you are entering a place use into. 2. We tune musical instruments and tune-up a car or a motor or an engine....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, defect tuning, sounds of musical instruments
defect tuning, sounds of musical instruments, grammar: Hi Ken (1) Step in can sometimes mean come in or get in . When in follows a verb, it may or may not include an object (e.g. Get in or Get in the car ), whereas a verb followed by into must always include an object (e.g. Get into the car )....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, simple tenses, simple tense
simple tenses, simple tense, channel 5: on the air. Yes. 2. How long were you living abroad? How long have you lived abroad? (you are still living abroad -- or someone is asking you to total up all the time spent living abroad in eight different countries at different times -- unlikely,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, channel 5, grammar
channel 5, grammar, broadcast: The first on is equivalent to being broadcast. But you re right: it s on Channel 5 at eight says the same thing more economically. How long were you living abroad and How long did you . . . both mean that it s understand the person no longer...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, extra room, hyphen
extra room, hyphen, e mail: Hi, Ken! I ll take your questions one at a time: 1. You could replace disturbed with bothered or interrupted. Bugged actually means the same thing, but it is a very casual word -- something that kids would say. All these words mean the same thing,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, fish response, tickect
fish response, tickect, dispenser machine: Hey Ken 1) They both don t sound good, is another option. 2) Yes, get on board is the same as go aboard. 3) Yes, you can say, it ranked as second place. 4) question: Do you want the chicken or the fish? response: I don t know, they...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, grammar question, mother tongue
grammar question, mother tongue, immediate care: Ken: Your English is remarkable. You don t want to see or hear my Mandarin! Your questions: 1.Grammar question Ex: The waves of a laser are capable of transmitting the messages carried by telephone, radio and television (combined). What...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, hannibal the cannibal, grammar question
hannibal the cannibal, grammar question, silence of the lambs: Hi Ken 1) The waves of a laser are capable of transmitting the messages carried by telephone, radio and television combined. -Using combined is incorrect here. It could mean that the waves of a laser are more powerful than the waves carried by...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, schizophrenic personality, characteristics of a sonnet
schizophrenic personality, characteristics of a sonnet, grammar question: Ken: 1.The word combined helps to clarify the meaning of the sentence. In other words, laser waves can carry the combined messages of telephone, radio and television, not just each one individually. The sentence could have been rewritten to avoid the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, involuntary muscle spasms, grammar question
involuntary muscle spasms, grammar question, slightest idea: Dear Ken I did not intend that you never ask a question again. I simply ask that you ask a single question at a time rather than a series. If you ask ten questions in a single submission, it will take me ten times longer to answer you - this means less...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, small suitcase, preposition
small suitcase, preposition, three pieces: Ken: Here are your questions and my responses: 1.Ex: Is there a matching carry-on bag? What do we mean by matching in the above sentence? Matching means a look alike bag. In other words, luggage often comes in sets. You might have...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, preposition, ving
preposition, ving, playing the piano: 1.Ex: Is there a matching carry-on bag? What do we mean by matching in the above sentence? In this case, matching refers to a carry on bag that looks just like a suitcase the person is interested in buying. 2.Ex: The figures from last quarter...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, painful emotion, first thing tomorrow
painful emotion, first thing tomorrow, timidity: Hi Ken (1) Shame: The painful emotion arising from the consciousness of something dishonouring, ridiculous, or indecorous in one s own conduct or circumstances. Embarrassment: Constrained feeling or manner arising from bashfulness or timidity. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, suffix meaning, prefix suffix
suffix meaning, prefix suffix, false witness: Ken: Transcripts of discussions on both Yahoo and MSN can be saved. Each system is slightly different, but they both have that capability. I use Yahoo all the time, because it s easier. I am going to send you an invitation to install it. You don t...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, suffix meaning, participial phrase
suffix meaning, participial phrase, irregular verbs: 1. yes, but it is have the guts to... (plural) 2. coincide? not sure. co- is already the prefix that means joined, together, in concert 3. no a One of the ten commandments is Thou shalt not bear false witness [against your neighbor?] ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, suffix meaning, prefix suffix
suffix meaning, prefix suffix, false witness: Hi Ken 1) She doesn t have the nerve to talk back. ^This means that she is not that arrogant/rude to talk back. She doesn t have the guts to talk back. ^Just make sure gut is pluralized. Yes, it is commonly used. 2) suffix: ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, yesterday today and tomorrow, today and tomorrow
yesterday today and tomorrow, today and tomorrow, dentist: Helen, Thanks for the nice feedback. I ve actually been thinking about your question some more. That usage sounded so weird to me that I couldn t imagine why people would say that. But then I realized (duh) that it must come from saying on Monday, on...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, dictionary reference, admittance
dictionary reference, admittance, doer: 1. What is the difference between admission and admittance? Can you give me a number of examples? http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=admission http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=admittance 2._____ is the awareness that people have of their...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, admittance, doer
admittance, doer, simile: 1) admission and admittance have no difference. ;-) if they do, it is very obscure, and hardly matters. 2) consciousness 3) no, the sentence is not implying a simile. it s merely describing the image. 4) specializes- present specialized-...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, admission fee, admittance
admission fee, admittance, doer: 1. You pay admission or an admission fee to attend a show. You gain admittance to a place (whether or not you have to pay is irrelevant). 2. Consciousness is the awareness people have of their actions. Conscience is what tells them they have done...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, msn instant messaging, time ted
msn instant messaging, time ted, time difference: Ken: I also checked and the time difference [until October] is 12 hours. The best time for me is about 9 p.m., which would be 9 a.m. on Thursday for you. I ll check in at 9 tonight, to see if you are online. I already have you listed in my Hotmail contacts,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, convention attendees, fortune 500 companies
convention attendees, fortune 500 companies, ample number: 1.Ex: Go ahead, have a cheeseburger, France¡¦s Constitutional Council said recently. The agency that monitors the constitutionality of laws wasn t ruling on nutrition but on linguistics. I have already looked up my dictionary and found the definition...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, fortune 500 companies, convention attendees
fortune 500 companies, convention attendees, ample number: Hi Ken 1) The agency that monitors the constitutionality of laws wasn t ruling on nutrition but on linguistics. ^This means that the law that is mentioned was a law regarding lunguistics, but not nutrition. 2) off premises means the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, fortune 500 companies, english expressions
fortune 500 companies, english expressions, convention attendees: Hi, Ken: 1. Ruling on means passing a law or regulation or making a judgment . So the second sentence means something like: The agency that decides whether something is constitutional or not was not passing a law or issuing a judgment about nutriton...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, native english speakers, gerund
native english speakers, gerund, john b: Hi, Ken. I m sorry; I received two other sets of questions from you recently but didn t receive this one until I got a check your unanswered questions message today! 1. The response No, I don t know who John is would be appropriate, but the second response...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, physical entity, condominiums
physical entity, condominiums, condominium: Both words can refer to the same type of physical entity: a residence attached to a multiunit or multipurpouse building. I believe you could say that condominiums are a subset of apartments ; that is, all condominiums are apartments (I believe that s correct),...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, right time, reluctance
right time, reluctance, time 2: 1) You ve arrived at the exact right time. or You ve arrived exactly at the right time. 2) yes 3) Students behavior... or THE student s behavior.... 4) reluctant mean hesitaiton or unwillingness 5) you can use both,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, innumerable problems, netscape address
innumerable problems, netscape address, bad time: Dear Ken: The packing is about 1/2 done. There have been innumerable problems to deal with. I m afraid that I am going to be completely overwhelmed until after my move is made. I am spending nearly four hours each day on the telephone, trying to get...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, financial consultants, phrasing
financial consultants, phrasing, right decision: 1. Ex: I recommend he do it. Can I say I recommend him doing it. ¨? I recommend him to do it. ? I advise (suggest) him to it. ? I recommend he do it is gramatically correct, but sounds rather awkward. I suggest he do it. I recommend...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, o clock, correct decision
o clock, correct decision, financial consultants: Ken: 1. I recommend that he do it or I advise him to do it sound best. 2. The bus will depart at 9 o clock sharp. Please be sure to arrive on time. 3. I don t understand your question here. Including the words aids or defense would change...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, sentence example, reluctance
sentence example, reluctance, right time: Example 1 is not correct to begin with. Exact modifies the adjective right, so it is an adverb, and therefor it should be exactly. And usage dictates that we should say exactly the right time. In #2, reluctance could be used, except that it doesn...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, dignity, grammar
dignity, grammar, singular: Ken, Students behavior are regulated (both plural) Student s behavior is regulated (both singular) I don t see why you couldn t! I think it needs to be put into context for the exact meaning. Dignity and novelty don t mean the same, obviously. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, tention, acutally
tention, acutally, permanent solution: In a general sense, cure and remedy are roughly synonymous and can be used interchangeably, but to be precise, a cure is usually a permanent solution, whereas a remedy can be permanent, but it can also be a short-term solution or a solution to a short-term...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, germs and bacteria, sherlock holmes
germs and bacteria, sherlock holmes, charles dickens: Ken: 1. Germs is a catch-all, more colloquial term that includes all kinds of disease-bearing organisms. Bacteria is more scientific and more specific. 2. The way you have written it is incorrect because a word is missing before scream. Depending on...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, dictionary reference, plural verb
dictionary reference, plural verb, grammar: I m not sure if I can acutruatly explain the difference, so check out http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=expense and http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=expenditure That would not be a meaning of entitle. Check out http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=entitle...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, case mountain, john b
case mountain, john b, noun: Ken: 1.You could say, No, I ve never even met John. 2. Actually, when you say thanks, you re really saying I thank you. 3. Yes, both sentences mean about the same. 4. This one is confusing. In A, what you re asking is whether the highway...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, government restriction, stop signs
government restriction, stop signs, publishing companies: . Ex: In cities drivers have to put up with far more restrictions (in the way) of stop signs and speed limits. What is meant by in the way in the above sentence? such as in the category of like 2.Ex:The newspaper publishing in this country...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, stop signs, inheritances
stop signs, inheritances, speed limits: 1. In the way of means the same as regarding or concerning, or even the phrase that have to do with. So the sentence would say: In cities, drivers have to put up with far more restrictions concerning stop signs and speed limits. Substitute the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, grammar question, contract doesn
grammar question, contract doesn, ken ken: Ken: You can reach me through my personal address, rather than through Allexperts -- unless, of course, you have a specific grammar question. In that case, I would prefer that you use Allexperts. I am settled into my apartment, there are boxes stacked...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, unfamiliar surroundings, hypocrisy
unfamiliar surroundings, hypocrisy, homage: 1) you can use the word alert 2) you can say any of the three. 3) yes 4) yes, you can say either, but testified usually means stated in a court of law. 5) -vice here is a noun The sentence is saying that even in striving...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, unfamiliar surroundings, drunk drivers
unfamiliar surroundings, drunk drivers, freeways: 1. you could do either 2. Be careful driving means to be that way about driving; be careful of drunk drivers is awkward, but means to watch out for drunk drivers. be cautious driving and be cautious of drunk drivers would both work to be wary...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, health care professionals, word change
health care professionals, word change, noun: Hi, Libby, and thanks for writing. Affect is a verb, and effect is a noun. Usually. As used by psychologists and health care professionals, affect can also be a noun that refers to the way people display their emotions ( She has a flat affect ),...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, correct grammar
correct grammar: Daria, Yes, it is possible for you and I to be patient while we are waiting in the doctor s office. If he finds something wrong with us, we might also wind up being patients in the hospital next door. That word has several meanings. Jerry Leon...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, sentences, grammar
sentences, grammar, phrases: We usually say, getting on plane , but I am wondering if it s the same as boarding the plane ? Yes By the way, do we say, getting aboard the plane or go aboard the plane ? Do both phrases still have the same meaning as the above sentences? ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, declarative statement, grammar
declarative statement, grammar, phrases: Correct: Getting on the plane. Correct: Boarding the plane. Getting aboard the plane sounds like you re about to step on the plane, and it sounds awkward, but it does convey the same information as the above phrases. Going aboard a plane is a...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar, tangled mass, golf 3
tangled mass, golf 3, sport golf: Hi Ken 1) Yes, but it may mean a different form of jupming. to dive is different, but one does jumps still. 2) The sport golf does involve the swinging motion. He may be playing golf, or just swining something, is swinging. 3) yes 4) ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar Analysis, grammar analysis, adjective modifier
grammar analysis, adjective modifier, linguistic explanation: Hello, Lynne Mei. 1. Making is a participle, a verb form ending in ing, used as an adjective modifier, which in normal word order modifies the nearest noun right before it. However, in this case, your participle is referring to the entire thought of...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar - Answers to Your Question(s), grammar answers, new shampoo
grammar answers, new shampoo, birthday celebration: Question 1: When the Research Department started working on a new shampoo, we received phone calls from other researchers WHO WERE WORKING on the same kind of project. *I have replaced what you had before with Who were working because your sentence around...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar check, pronoun agreement, personal pronouns
pronoun agreement, personal pronouns, grammar check: Hello, Regina. I am supposed to be on vacation, but you caught me just as I was leaving: 1. Yes, your second option is the best wording. 2. I think that everyone needs to pay attention... and to take notes.... Otherwise, the grammar looks fine. 2....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar - commas & tenses, grammar commas, old westbury
grammar commas, old westbury, prepositional phrases: Hi, Chris, Regarding tense, I would use WERE here. The entire sentence is past tense. If I were the presenter speaking to the faculty, I d say to them, My presentations ARE based on general architectural concepts and theory. Your writer, unlike the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar - commas & tenses, grammar commas, prepositional phrases
grammar commas, prepositional phrases, old westbury: Chris, 1. Since the concepts and theories are still in effect, I would say are is more accurate. Are they no longer based on those concepts? 2. I don t think the commas are really necessary since these are nothing but prepositional phrases, not used...

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city states of ancient greece, grammar usage, complete sentence: Hello, Mukesh. I am not certain that I understand your question. A is a fragment but the language is correct. It is more commonly heard as It is sometimes said that.... B is a complete sentence without a capital letter but is otherwise correct...

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countable noun, count noun, grammar help: Sales refers to everything that occurs in the operation of selling. It can be a non-count noun. Sales have been good this week. A sale is one particular transaction. It is a countable noun. Sales is also the plural of sale. I made three...

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herd of cows, grammar help, herd of cattle: There is one cow. There is a herd of cows. There is one cow. There is a herd of cattle Cattle remains the same form because it cannot be singular. Cattle always refers to a bunch of cows. Found guilty of means the Judge declared him guilty and...

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grammar help, secretarial duties, secretarial position: Dear Sir/Madam: I am writing in response to your recent advertisement of available positions with your company. I am interested in applying for a secretarial position. I feel that I am qualified for the position. I have two years of work experience....

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grammar help, telephone numbers: I ve never heard flat to describe a battery. The battery is full is perfect. That s exactly what I d say. Look it up means 探す。It means to do some minor research to find the answer. Check it out is a little different --...

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doings, future time, marbles: 1. Yes, it does mean every Friday, every weekday, etc. 2. Here is the entire meaning: I have three marbles, do you not (also have three marbles) ? The last part is understood, that is, an assumed completion of the thought. Thus, you are asking for...

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octopus publishing group, gerund phrase, grammar question: Dear Thomas, Thank you for writing. 1) ...which suggests could be used instead, but the sentence is grammatically correct. 2) Yes, the word appear is correct in this usage. 3) Yes, this is also correct. Often, particularly in scientific,...

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plural noun, grammar question, dialects of english: The plaintiff has one counsel, consisting of one or more men. Establish for your boss whether or not counsel is singular or plural, by giving him the following two sentences: Plaintiff s counsel is expected to submit this paperwork by Friday. Plaintiff...

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grammar questions, perfect tense, present tense: Jaehee, Since the meeting is cancelled today, we can use the present tense, thus is . If it was cancelled yesterday, we would use has been cancelled . The articles a and the are indefinite so it doesn t really make that much difference. Jerry...

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grammar questions, egpyt, correct choice: Hello, James 1. The only difference between come and came is tense. I come from Egypt is in present tense, and came is past. Since the speaker remains a native of Egypt, present tense is the correct choice. 2. The same is true for offer and...

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grammar questions, grammar book, adverbial clause: Walden, 1. This is a question of essential-non essential clauses. Watching the white cloud (adverbial clause) is essential to knowing why he stood there, so you don t use a comma. 2. College is in quotes since only that part is in parentesis not college,...

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grammar question, compound subjects, verb agreement: Hello, Susan Walker. One or more of the answers are.... This falls under the compound subject rule. Compound subjects joined by and are always plural (one and one are two). Compound subjects joined by any other word, such as or, use verb agreement...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar question, indefinite pronoun, grammar question
indefinite pronoun, grammar question, compound subjects: I m going to assume you mean One OR more of the answers __ incorrect. That s a tricky one! When compound subjects are connected by AND, it s easy--always use a plural verb. Her answer AND your answer ARE incorrect. When compound subjects are connected...

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present progressive tense, grammar questions, tenses: Hello, Steve. 1. Yes, one can board trains or planes. It is not as common to use board with taxi, but it would be grammatically correct. 2. In this context, sitting and resting mean the same. 3. Either tense would be appropriate depending...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar questions, present progressive tense, grammar questions
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grammar questions, one cigarette, receipts: 1. Both sentences are correct. Matches probably refers to the wooden, sulfur-tipped objects that we use to start fires. On the hour means beginning at exactly the hour on the clock--9:00, not 9:05 or 9:30. 2. Both are correct. When you hand out...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar questions, grammar questions, horror movies
grammar questions, horror movies, traffic jam: The sentences in set 1 are all correct. Many people would use the article the before creeps, though--give me THE creeps. Yes, you could use that phrasing. It is not a literal wording, but is quite easily understood to mean this is not my stop. No...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammar questions, grammar questions, service person
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grammar rules, slang term, law references: Amanda, Hang up is derived from the old-fashioned phone where the earpiece was suspended by a prong from the box on the wall. The connection was terminated when the earpiece was hung-up . The person who generated the call was thus the only one who...

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city states of ancient greece, grammar usage, sentence fragment: Hello again, Mukesh. I think that both are correct. Perhaps I am missing something here since I have answered this question 4 times. If the answerer is supposed to ignore the sentence fragment issue and just look at the grammar, both expressions seem...

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bling bling 2, use of quotation marks, jargon term: Hi Don It is not the case that single quotes around a word indicate that the word should be interpreted as derogatory. Single quotes indicate a specialised meaning: perhaps (1) the word is not standard English, or is (2) too informal, or is (3) a jargon...

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dependent clause, dear jerry, sentence structure: Ian, Try: X, having come to this country in the 1950s, became a monk at age 13 and retook his monastic vows in 1960. I think the dependent clause that modifies X needs to be closer to his name so the sentence makes more sense even though all three...

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word 2, home values, present moment: Massy, A. Am means that you are in the back at the present moment. Do indicates that you sit in the back as a regular habit or practice. B. Are is progressive and means that the price falling is going on and continuing to fall. Do means...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Grammer Help, overseas investments, herrin
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scarlet letter by nathaniel hawthorne, nathaniel hawthorne, short novel: I like your request. I would love to help. For a good, SHORT novel, read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. It can help you comment on things relating to man s need for friendships, duty to others in life, and more. A difficult novel, but well worth...

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lumbering in canada, entire project, herrin: Dear Nazmeen, What kind of help in particular do you need, regarding grammar? I can t help you write it, and I can t copy edit or proof an entire project, but I will certainly be glad to help you with any specific questions related to the grammar within...

General Writing and Grammar Help: gerund, present participle, base verb
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General Writing and Grammar Help: gerund, gerund phrase, object of the preposition
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outfield, verbs, noun: An example of how you replaced the gerund with a noun would have been illuminating. However, I ll give your idea a try. Getting married is terrifying. Weddings are terrifying. I love baking. I love cookies. Works for me. Perhaps you could provide...

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General Writing and Grammar Help: gerunds, battle of thermopylae, noun phrase
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hundred times, thanks in advance, gloves: The gloves are off when you no longer are going to be gentle or gentlemanly in approaching a problem. You are going to tuse much harsher means to effect the change you want to make or to come to a solution to a problem. An exmaple might be: We ve told...

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General Writing and Grammar Help: gram, future perfect tense
future perfect tense: The purpose for using them was decided upon in the past, but we won t find out if that purpose is successful until the future. If they are found useful (NOW), they will have achieved the purpose (WHICH WE HAD DECIDED UPON IN THE PAST ). But you won...

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General Writing and Grammar Help: gram, predicate adjective, predicate adjectives
predicate adjective, predicate adjectives, predicate nominative: L:uke: Looks, like the words seems, appears, and forms of the verb to be, is considered a linking verb; therefore, the word that comes after will be a predicate nominative, if it is a noun, or a predicate adjective,. if it is an adjective . ...

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correct sentence, environmental affairs, global warming: Hi, I need your professional help on changing the following sentence gramatically speaking,if there is any mistake. Thank you in advance! I have recently collaborated with my colleague to write and submitted a proposal to the Natioanl Council of Environmental...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, spelling error, word refference
spelling error, word refference, preposition: Hi Puneetkalia ...a couple of days back. is fine. I m not sure what you mean by ref. If you mean to say the word refference, you must spell it out in full. Here are your options: I am calling you with refference to your demo that was scheduled...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, native english speaker, english as a second language
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General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, grammar, treatment plant
grammar, treatment plant: Dear Carolyn, The sentence should read, The City has grown substantially, and so has the treatment plant and its collection system. In this case, you use has because treatment plant and its collection system is a collective singular. Hope...

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question pool, start a new company, lunch time: Dear Ken, I noticed that your question was in the Question Pool and had gone unanswered; please forgive me if you have already received an answer from another source. 1. Each of those phrases mean the same thing as start a new company. 2. Each...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, adjective clause, subordinate conjunction
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General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, grammar commas, two different things
grammar commas, two different things, company brochure: Dear Karen, Thank you for writing. Here are the corrected sentences: 1. Our management teams operate from both our corporate offices in Campbell, California, and onsite. (Note: Offices, in corporate-speak, is OK to use, even if you just have...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, dependent clause, proper word
dependent clause, proper word, word order: Hello, Mohua. The sentence you sent is not in normal word order due to the condition expressed. Should is actually part of the complete verb, should need of the dependent clause. It is not a conjunction. More proper word order would read, If...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, kind of sentence, different meaning
kind of sentence, different meaning, s type: Dear Pointer, Here are how these sentences should read: 1. His house used to be on Main Street, but he doesn t live there any more. (The British have a way of speaking that is called British-English, and several words do take on a vaguely different...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, kart wheels, plural noun
kart wheels, plural noun, bicycle wheels: When one says city walls , the word city becomes an adjective describing what kind of walls. Walls in this phrase is a plural noun. The same would be true, therefore, with the phrase book pages . Book becomes an adjective describing what kind of pages....

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, herrin, grammar
herrin, grammar, expression: Dear Mohua, The expression is, Place an order with you, as in a restaurant, or any place where one might purchase or order something, one would say, May I place an order with you? meaning, Will you take this order with you and do whatever you need...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, future tense, correct answer
future tense, correct answer, herrin: Dear Pointer, 1. You wouldn t say, provide fun and relaxation, but many are also educational, or provide fun and relaxation, but a great deal are also educational because you re trying to establish a difference by using the word but. You could...

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noun clause, esl student, object of the verb: Pat, Some repairs done is a noun clause, used as the direct object of the verb need (it tells what I need). Done is the verb in that noun clause. Whether an ESL student understands that syntax depends a great deal upon the level of ESL you are...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, present perfect tense, word time
present perfect tense, word time, word order: Hi, Lukas It s ten years since we have met last time. Remove the present perfect tense, and the word time. It s ten years since we met last. or It s ten years since we last met. or It s ten years since we have met. or It s been...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, california 2, western union
california 2, western union, own time: Luke, 1. Means that in the future it will be going on a regular basis (continually) to Western Union. 2. Means that it will go one time to Western Union. 4. He couldn t conceive or he had no idea. 5. Man is a thing (dice) rather than a living being...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, predicate adjective, grammar
predicate adjective, grammar, luncheon: Hello, Carolyn. Technically, either answer is correct, depending on how one interprets the grammar. Welcome would be the predicate adjective of are. Welcomed would be part of the verb are welcomed. The preferable grammar would be welcomed....

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, ted nesbitt, holt handbook
ted nesbitt, holt handbook, grammar books: Anderly: Since you didn t find my response to be very helpful [an 8 is a B-], here is further information quoted from The Holt Handbook, one of the best grammar books. It s found on page 476 of the second edition: The ellipsis mark [three spaced periods]...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, random house unabridged dictionary, intonation patterns
random house unabridged dictionary, intonation patterns, indirect speech: Dear Mustafa, 1. I don t understand your question on this one. 2. Yes, one word can be used as a sentence, such as, Yes. or Hello. or Goodbye. or Absolutely. 3. A sentence is, as stated in the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2006,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, kinds of sentence, grammatical analysis
kinds of sentence, grammatical analysis, continous: Hi Lukas I would argue that, in both cases, the simple past versions read better. It just doesn t feel right to have both parts of the sentence sharing past continuous. Possibly, a grammatical analysis will reveal why these kinds of sentence don t work...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, mutton sleeves, blue skirt
mutton sleeves, blue skirt, pink roses: Gloria, Sentences of this length are generally ungainly and difficult to read and write. Try this: She wore a white shirtwaist with starched mutton sleeves and a high tight collar that cupped her face in white lace. Her navy-blue skirt had pink roses...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, tenses, existance
tenses, existance, sentences: I ve got two questions they are very similar. 1)a. I have waited for 5 hours to get this information b. I ve been waiting for 5 hours to get this information. Is there a big difference between these two tenses. a. would sound like you have gotten...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, ted nesbitt, good sentence
ted nesbitt, good sentence, grammar: Dear Lukas: I m not sure if I understand your question. If you mean to write, I m wondering if you will answer my question, because I know that you are busy, then the answer is yes. You can also reverse the order of the words: Because I know...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, good sentence, grammar
good sentence, grammar, sentences: Lucas, 1)I haven t been going to the church for 25 years. Good sentence but when I lived there makes no sense! 2) I haven t gone to the church for 25 years. Good sentence but when I lived there. makes no sense! 3) I hadn t been going to the church...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, correct sentence, would make sense
correct sentence, would make sense, grammar: Dear Lucas, The first sentence would make sense if you said it aloud, although in writing, the sentence doesn t work. To be more correct, it would be better to say Tell me, is it a nice car? Could you tell if it is a nice car? is a correct sentence....

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, conditional sentence, good question
conditional sentence, good question, grammar: Hi Lucas This is a good question. For me, the difference between the two comes down to certainty. The When I see her... sentence implies (to me) that the woman will be seen. The If you do it sentence implies (to me) that something may or may not...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, mla guidebook, regular period
mla guidebook, regular period, lysander: You ll have to track down a MLA guidebook for the most correct and up-to-date answer, but since you have non-quoted text at the beginning of the sentence, the question mark would stay inside the quotes and the period would go at the end. Best thing to...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, working with colleagues, apostophe
working with colleagues, apostophe, few suggestions: 1. Does this sound ok? Home and classroom activities prepared me for the mock interviews: writing interview questions, working with colleagues, practicing interview quesions and techniques with a peer, and watching a video. My only comment, do you...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, simple past tense, present tense
simple past tense, present tense, indirect speech: Lucas, Direct address is present tense. You are speaking NOW so what you are saying is NOW (present). When you speak of something that happened yesterday, you use the simple past tense. It happened and it is over with. If that action is continuing into...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, grammar
grammar: Hello, Luke. Technically, if you wanted to read it word-for-word, you would read it as is: 22 April. Of course, this is not the way most people talk. Additionally, without changing the meaning, you may read, the twenty-second of April, or the twenty-second...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, present tense verbs, verb tense
present tense verbs, verb tense, future tense: Luke, Won t is the contaction for will not and is future tense. Wouldn t and couldn t (would not and could not) are both present tense. The sentence tells us that the manufactures have made the taps very stiff NOW so that young children won t be...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, predicate nominative, subjective case
predicate nominative, subjective case, objective case: It is him who is incorrect, because of the way the sentence is constructed. If you know what the predicate nominative is, you know that the subject of the sentence is linked to its predicate nominative with a linking verb (usually a form of the verb ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, restrictive clauses, grammar
restrictive clauses, grammar, thesis: Luke, Here, you are dealing with restrictive (essential) and non-restrictive clauses. If you place the clause in parenteses, that makes it non-essential so you don t know which students you are talking about. In this sentence you must refine which students...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, verb tense, taps
verb tense, taps, grammar: Hi, Luke, and thanks for writing. Actually, I think if you were to use wouldn t instead of won t, most readers probably wouldn t even notice. :) But the reason won t ( will not ) is better in this sentence is that you re talking about the future:...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, continuous tense, perfect tense
continuous tense, perfect tense, grammar: Luke, Yes, I think either simple past or the past perfect tense makes sense in this sentence. We got here at 6 o clock this morning. More than forty people were already standing here waiting for tickets when we arrived. or We got here at...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, american visas, american authorities
american visas, american authorities, grammar: Hello, Luke. Sentence one is fine, but you could also rewrite it as, If the American authorities didn t require the possession of American visas from our citizens, many people would emigrate. The extra the is not really needed, though it doesn...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, two weeks in spain, greatest dream
two weeks in spain, greatest dream, preposition: Hi, Luke These are the people whose greatest dream is to spend two weeks in Spain. -To use whose, we must delete the article the. or These are the people of whom the greatest dream is to spend two weeks in Spain. -To use whom, we must...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, time luke, grammar
time luke, grammar, long time: Luke, She had been waiting (past perfect) indicates that she is no longer waiting. Perhaps she got tired and left or perhaps she went in without us. She was waiting (simple past) indicates that she is still there. Your choice depends upon the exact meaning...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, singular verb, plural verb
singular verb, plural verb, rule of thumb: technically, the first is correct, as None is a long-ago contraction of Not one. However, the second is accepted as correct now also. FOLLOW-UP: I had the same dispute with my mom, and I had to run to my grammar bible to point to an authority,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, subject verb agreement, kakapos
subject verb agreement, kakapos, plural verb: Hello, Jeff. Subject-verb agreement is a touchy issue, and not always followed. Consider I. I have a car, vice I has a car. I am unsure why such circumstances exist, other than perhaps the developers of the English language thought these derivations...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, subject verb agreement, google search
subject verb agreement, google search, kakapos: 1. In the sentence, Does she have a ride, if she is singular and have is plural then there isn t subject-verb agreement. So why is that grammatically correct? I am not sure about this. I think this is something that most native English speakers just...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, singular case, christian science monitor
singular case, christian science monitor, singular and plural: Hello, Jeff. You need to use passes because the word herd is singular. There may be several animals within the herd, but it is still just one group, one herd. Therefore, The herd passes. Another example: The teachers pass through the parking lot....

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, singular verbs, herd country
singular verbs, herd country, diamond industry: Jeff, Herd, country, world, crowd, etc. are singular although made up of many parts. As such they take singular verbs: the herd passes, the crowd ran toward, the earth is nearer to, my country is my home........ Economics, mathematics, physics, phonics,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, grammar book, dr jones
grammar book, dr jones, easter sunday: In hospital is a British, not American usage. Americans always say. He is in the hospital or Mary had to go to the hospital. Church is the only one that is used without the article. We all go to church on Easter Sunday. or He is in church right...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, two weeks in spain, greatest dream
two weeks in spain, greatest dream, pronoun: Hello, Luke. It is incorrect to use the pronoun who in any of these sentences. Sentence two and five are correct, but sentence four appears to be missing an of. To figure out how to differentiate between who and whom simply substitute he for...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, grammar
grammar: Is there any difference between it , and this for example: It will be better and This will be better Thanks! ; There s really no difference. One would work better than the other in different cirumstances, but that s pretty much a case by case...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, st francis xavier, francis xavier church
st francis xavier, francis xavier church, st francis xavier church: Luke, The adjective the limits the noun to one specific place such as St. Luke s Hospital, or not in the clinic, but rather the hospital. In hospital would be used from within, people saying that he is within the limits of the building. To the church...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, space measurement, time measurement
space measurement, time measurement, race horses: Luke, Eating this kind of food, you will get fat quickly. Here you need an adverb that modifies the verb fat. I did it quickly. Same reason. Quick is a time measurement while fast is a space measurement. Cats are quick, race horses are fast....

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, distance races, halfback
distance races, halfback, subtle differences: Luke: Both can be used as adjectives, and both mean ALMOST the same. However, A runner who is fast is not quite the same as a runner who is quick. A fast runner might do very well in distance races -- he is fast over a period of time. A quick...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, patient confidentiality issues, governmental standards
patient confidentiality issues, governmental standards, hippa: Hi, Madison, and thanks for writing. This sentence has an error, but you need to know the sentence s intended meaning to know how to fix it. These are the possibilities: 1) If the phrase that addresses patient confidentiality issues applies to certain...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, grammar, london
grammar, london, prepositions: Hi, Luke The prepositions in and to would specify the manor in which the receiver of the question was in London. Have you ever been to London? - Have you ever TRAVELED TO London? Did they ever go there? Have you ever been in London? ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, grammar exercices, restrictive clause
grammar exercices, restrictive clause, english grammar: Walid, Try these: Compound sentence Simple sentence Restrictive clause Non-restrictive clause Dependent clause Independent clause Interrogative sentence Declarative sentence Exclamatory sentence I have more if you need them. Jerry Leon...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, present perfect tense, time luke
present perfect tense, time luke, grammar: Luke, I should like to point out that two months elapsed since you promised to come and repair my television. You might get away with putting it before since as above but putting it after makes no sense at all. Why not leave out the elapsed idea...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, cousin, grammar
cousin, grammar, sentences: Hello, Luke. The two sentences are similar. Use He couldn t do it when the he tells you firsthand that this is so. Suppose I call my cousin to ask if he s available to fix my car. He declines, saying he s busy with whatever. I hang up the phone,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, idiomatic expressions, general idea
idiomatic expressions, general idea, bricks: Hi, Luke! This is just one of those idiomatic expressions that doesn t necessarily have a good reason behind it! But most people would say made out of bricks (or simply made of bricks ) because the bricks are individual pieces that make up the building....

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, luke luke, hi thanks
luke luke, hi thanks, last question: Luke, He couldn t do it.......is simple past tense, meaning he couldn t do it just now, earlier this afternoon or this morning. He couldn t have done it.....is past perfect tense, meaning he couldn t do it yesterday, last week or last spring. And to...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, grammar
grammar: When can i say It is too much of it and when There is too much of it . Is there any difference between there is and It is ? It is too much of it is incorrect. You can say It is too much of a good thing. But you can t have It in there twice like...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, present tense, parallel structure
present tense, parallel structure, fracas: Luke: 1. the whole sentence needs revision. You use the present tense begins in the first part of the sentence. You must maintain the parallel structure and use the presente tense wears off in the second part. To use the past tense you should say:...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, correct verb, polite person
correct verb, polite person, sentence structure: 1 and 3 are fine. One might say they are all grammatically correct in the most general sense--the sentence structure is grammatically acceptable and the correct verb forms are used. In most cases, though, it would be better not to include being because...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, new houses, eighties
new houses, eighties, boom: Hello! During the building..........of the eighties, many new houses were built in Docklands. a)boom b)surge I know it should be a , but why b is incorrect Is there a big difference between boom and surge ? Thank you! I can t really...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, patient confidentiality issues, ted nesbitt
patient confidentiality issues, ted nesbitt, governmental standards: Dear Madison: I think it would be improved with a minor change: The software company is also driven to follow certain governmental standards in healthcare, such as HIPPA, a 1996 law that addresses patient confidentiality issues. [Note: Unless your...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, oil spill, gas leak
oil spill, gas leak, peril: Luke: They are all synonyms, but which ones you use depend on the context of the sentence. Peril, for example, is a much more formal word than danger, and a hazard could be anything from an oil spill or a gas leak to a pool on a golf course. Ton...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, different meaning, grammar
different meaning, grammar, sentences: None of these are incorrect, just slightly different meaning. will have in 2 and 3 implies that the event will already have happened by then. 1 and 4 imply that it will not happen before ten years, but only when ten years have passed. 4 and 5 mean the same...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, grammar
grammar: Let me offer another interesting approach of Hirschenson s, which I have recently discovered or Let me offer another interesting approach of Hirschenson, which I have recently discovered The first one is correct. The approach belongs to Hirschenson....

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, word differences, grammar
word differences, grammar: Luke: Neither is correct. The second one would be correct if you removed the word the before the word differences. You could say: I would like to ask you what differences there are, or I would like to ask you what the differences are....

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, chemist shop, clothes shop
chemist shop, clothes shop, mr ian: Hi Luke In some cases, such as butcher s shop , I think this has been historically associated with shop belonging to a butcher . This could not be the case with clothes shop . In Britain, we say chemist s , which I guess supports this rule. Regards...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, relative pronoun, dr ian
relative pronoun, dr ian, nouns: Hi Luke When you use who/whom/which/that as a relative pronoun, you might want to observe a common distinction in English: that will often be used to introduce an inaminate noun (1); who can only be used to introduce animate nouns (2). (1) The...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, present tense, god thanks
present tense, god thanks, adam and eve: Whether you use try or tried in this sentence has nothing to do with whether you say having committed. Either way, the committing comes before the trying. You could say try or tried depending on the general perspective you are taking. Usually...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar again, rough neighborhood, john hope
rough neighborhood, john hope, dear john: Hello, Benny. There is no real difference between your sentences. Future tense doesn t necessarily have the have in the sentence. For example: He will eat before you re home. Future perfect tense has the have. For example: He will have eaten...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, present continous, dr ian
present continous, dr ian, grammar: Hi Luke I think the appropriate tense depends on your context. If you say I see him everyday. He s always riding a bike. - that should communicate your meaning. You might get the same interpretation for He always rides a bike , but I feel that this suggests...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, raw timber, cut trees
raw timber, cut trees, immoral activity: Wood and timber are somewhat synonymous, but timber is usually used to refer to trees that might be cut and used for lumber ( There s a lot of timber on the property ), or trees that have been cut but not completely processed into boards or some other...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, school thanks, grammar
school thanks, grammar, community schools: I would ... Do it this way: I agree that community schools must provide opportunities for families and for the community in order to strengthen involvement with each other and to recognize the roles each plays in helping students succeed in school. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, grave mistake, protection money
grave mistake, protection money, illegal activity: Both are correct, but a grave mistake is even more serious. Just a note on the second sentence. You wouldn t say in other case. You would say Otherwise, they would beat me up. You could say, I always have to pay them off, but protection money...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, dear sir or madam, grammar rule
dear sir or madam, grammar rule, human resources manager: Hi Donna I think I agree with the capitalization rule for a job title (1), but I think it would be better to write Dear Sir or Madam . (2) - generally speaking, yes. Only capitalize if your job title is a special case that is not captured by the normal...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, verb agreement, technical reason
verb agreement, technical reason, dr ian: Hi Luke I liked listening to the music since I have been a tad - this is an interesting sentence, because I can see how it might make sense. However, the problem arises from verb agreement: I [have] liked must agree with I have been , and it does not;...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, informal speech, phrasing
informal speech, phrasing, comma: 1)I d like to ask you who is that guy? 2)I d like to ask you who that guy is? Should the word is be put in the middle or at the end of the sentence? Should i put comma before who in the first sentence? First off, the phrasing is awkward. Do...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, sentences, grammar
sentences, grammar, stephanie: Are all these sentences correct? 1. Thank you for making things much more clearer. 2. Thank you for making things clearer. 3. Could you explain it more clearly? 4. Could you explain it clearly? I believe these should all be correct. Thank...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, ming vase, phrasing
ming vase, phrasing, true love: Could you tell me please why we say The vase is genuine instead of saying for example The vase is true we can say true love which means that it s real so why can t we say that the vase is true implying that it s real? Can i say genuine love ? ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, nice job, adverb
nice job, adverb, adjective: Luke, No. 1 is correct as a question. No. 2 would make sense if you added another clause like: is beyond me! In a. excellent is an adjective that tells what YOU are. In b. excellently is an adverb that tells how it is done. Therefore you have used...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, tomorrow person, sigular
tomorrow person, sigular, american word: Hello! So how to say or write to indicate that i m talking or writing about one hair only. How it should look like? Thanks! There is a hair in my soup! You have a hair on your sweater. The context of the sentence is usually enough for the listener...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, subjective case, objective case
subjective case, objective case, asnwer: The best way to figure out which is the correct answer is to remove the and and test each asnwer separately. Telephone Joe. Telephone she? (That doesn t sound right) Telephone her. (Yes, that sounds right) So -- Telephone Joe and her. Her is an...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, peace corps volunteer, american taboo a murder in the peace corps
peace corps volunteer, american taboo a murder in the peace corps, correct spelling: Dennis, Although the possessive of most noun is the addition of s, words that end in -s are difficult to pronounce like Dennis s. Although not technically misspelled, Dennis is preferred. With certain words that end in -ss, the s is definitely omitted,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, everyday work, luke luke
everyday work, luke luke, grammar: Luke: Note that there is a space between every and day. 1.Tom works in the garden every day 2.Every day Tom works in the garden 3. Incorrect 4.Incorrect 5.Tom doesn t work in the garden every day 6 Incorrect And the last case: 7.Incorrect...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, o clock, grammar
o clock, grammar, sentences: Hello, Benny. I go to my class (at 10 o clock) is more preferable than I go for my class (at 10 o clock), but I think both are acceptable. 1. Correct 2. Although I have done, in this context, is technically acceptable, I prefer I have taken...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, nominative case, preposition
nominative case, preposition, adverb: 1. Whoever is the subject of the verb is, not the object of therpreposition for, so we would use the nominative case. For becomes part of the verb vote and is not really used here as a preposition. 2. What you want here is an intensive adverb (really,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, ted nesbitt, engineer education
ted nesbitt, engineer education, business executive: Liz: You ve got three subjects in the sentence: engineer, educator, and business executive. If you reverse the word order, changing the sentence from a question to a statement, you will end up with this: An engineer, an educator, and a business executive...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, abstract nouns, abstract noun
abstract nouns, abstract noun, grammar: Luke, It depends exactly what your talking about. In the context of taking a specific risk like climbing a mountain, then you would need the article. If, however, you re talking in the abstract then you don t need the article. For example, to take risk...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, devotion, grammar
devotion, grammar, confusion: Sorry, I accidentally hit send before editing the answer. Here s what it should say: You don t need both he s in the first sentence. In the second sentence, be careful. There is some confusion about who he is in the second part. Who did everything---...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, heating plumbing, work job
heating plumbing, work job, plumber: Luke, 1. That would mean that you were dealing in the past tense rather than the past progressive. The sun shone but was no longer shining. The birds sang but were finished with their songs. 2. Although they mean about the same, occupation is more a...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, writer friend, adverbs
writer friend, adverbs, adverb: Excellent cannot modify speak, since an adjective very rarely, if ever moifies a verb. An adverb modifies a verb. Excellent is an adjective modifying English. You could say All of the staff speak English excellently (BLAH -- quite awkward) or All of...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, african parrots, earliest convenience
african parrots, earliest convenience, zookeepers: I would agree with that explanation. The tense that you use is dependent on the time frame you intend to convey. My original answer was too simplistic -- unfortunately, in this forum it is hard to be thorough. Often, the only thing that makes an tense or...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, witch, grammar
witch, grammar, homonym: Hi Karen There is some dispute about this, but a homonym is generally considered a word that is pronounced the same as another (e.g. witch and which ). This is the sense in which homonym is used: Witch is a homonym of which . Regards Ia...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, shiek, tenses
shiek, tenses, publishing company: Hello, Andrea. The sentence does appear to be grammatically incorrect. The tenses do not agree throughout. I agree with you in your belief that the sentence should read ...they were saying. Perhaps the editor missed it, or maybe there s a quirky reason...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, journalism teacher, using the word
journalism teacher, using the word, grammar: Madelyn, The teller isn t listening to his teacher. You are absolutely correct in asking permission to make the deposit at this time. May I...... There is no question that you are able physically to make the deposit so that is not in question Can...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, benson hedges, part of speech
benson hedges, part of speech, watching tv: Alexis, 1. some advice (singular) 2. I have been watching (past progressive) 3. B I saw him last week (past) 4. getting me a pack of.... (wrong words) 5. I don t go to college everyday. I go on Mondays and Fridays (wrong tense) Jerry...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, dependent and independent clause, independent clauses
dependent and independent clause, independent clauses, english sentence: Ahmed, 1. Simple - a subject and a verb The boys play in the park. 2. Complex - dependent and independent clause The boys play in the park if it doesn t rain. 3. Compound - two independent clauses connected by coordinate conjunction The...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, biology lab, terrariums
biology lab, terrariums, terrarium: Hello, Rafal. I am sorry for the delay. Sentence one is correct. The word is is used because each of the objects in the sentence are singular. If one or both were plural, you d use are : There are two small aquariums and three enormous terrariums...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, grammar book, subjunctive mood
grammar book, subjunctive mood, clauses: Hi Aravind, I suspect the grammar book you were looking at was an old one. The sentence above uses with the subjunctive mood, a mood which is no longer very common in English. The sentence employs the subjunctive mood when it shouldn t. You are right: ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, adjective clause, relative pronoun
adjective clause, relative pronoun, objective case: Hello, Edwin. It would be good to obtain a good dictionary and look up the words there since the dictionary shows both definitions and examples. Whom is a relative pronoun in the objective case. It is usually the first word in an adjective clause and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, object of a preposition, prepositional phrases
object of a preposition, prepositional phrases, veriety: A variety IS. Without restaurants, that is very clear. The rule is that you must make the verb agree with the subject of the sentence, no matter what might intervene. Restaurants is the object of a preposition. Ignore prepositional phrases in deciding...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, parenthetical information, puncutation
parenthetical information, puncutation, college professors: The correct answer is . . . it depends! If what you are putting in parentheses is added information (such as I might throw in here), the punctuation (like that comma I added) got OUTSIDE. Notice that no punctuation is needed after the word punctuation...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, grammar, synonyms
grammar, synonyms, expressions: Hello, Alessandra. The answer required is much too long for this format since both expressions have multiple meanings. Besides, you don t need an expert for close to and near. A good dictionary will give you the definition and examples of the many...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, conjection, oh goodness
conjection, oh goodness, heteronyms: Karen, An interjection is an exclamation or statement of surprize: wow, ouch, really, no way, oh, goodness, God. They are generally followed by a comma or exclamation point. Wow, I can t believe you got here so soon! There is no such thing as a conjection!...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, aryan race, dark depression
aryan race, dark depression, adolf hitler: Katie, I did not say you looked in World Book or any other reference book but was giving you an idea of how to handle quoted material from another source. There is no way that your teacher or anyone else is going to believe these words came directly...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, simple past tense, perfect tense
simple past tense, perfect tense, grammar: Maria, The simple past tense is used when an action is completed and not likely to happen again: I moved my car out of the garage. The past perfect is used when the action is past but likely to happen again and/or another time: I ve moved...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, climate in taiwan, tropical depressions
climate in taiwan, tropical depressions, southern taiwan: All fixed: The climate in Taiwan is overall warm and humid, which is good for living. Located in the subtropical zone, some areas in Taiwan can enjoy spring WEATHER all year round. However, the weather in Northern Taiwan is fairly different from that in...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, ted nesbitt, singular noun
ted nesbitt, singular noun, plural word: Oppo: I WAS NOTIFIED THAT YOU HAVE NEVER READ THE ANSWER I SENT TO THIS QUESTION, SO I AM SENDING IT AGAIN. TED Of the three sentences, the only one that is close to being correct is the third one. However, I see two problems: The third sentence...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, ground staff, salary range
ground staff, salary range, staff member: Hello, Ken. 1. Use ...so that I .... Expand means to increase in this context. Yes, you could substitute use. A better way to state the idea might be: ...so that I can better utilize my ability. 2. Yes, use a ground staff member. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, ted nesbitt, dear abby
ted nesbitt, dear abby, daylight savings time: Cari: I hestitated about trying to answer your question, since it appeared to be a Dear Abby kind of question. I was stunned to see the ratings you gave me for trying to help you. If you were expecting me to be sitting in front of my computer, just...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, extreme temperatures, simple present
extreme temperatures, simple present, ditto: Simple present in English is habitual. Therefore, the sentence you provided makes it sounds like this is an event that occurs regularly -- perhaps the person who said this sentence is talking about a particular race in a certain place. Therefore, because...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, grammar question, plural verb
grammar question, plural verb, singular verb: I see why you re thinking that now. Instead, you should think of it like this: a company s sales is every sale the company has made all added up together. So in a given year, a company might make 140,000 different sales. Each sale happens independently....

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, subject verb agreement, plural verbs
subject verb agreement, plural verbs, plural verb: Jon: You are a SERIOUS student, proven by the fact that you have examined your paper for similar incidents. Here is the sentence you sent me: At the same time, however, there is complexity and depth, and Dylan is constantly negotiating between the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, ted nesbitt, complete sentence
ted nesbitt, complete sentence, phrasing: Imogen: The sentence is strange. I think I know what you are trying to say, but you don t word your not contacting explanation very well. If I may suggest another way -- I wanted to contact you weeks ago, but I did not want you to think I was bothersome....

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar/diagram, noun clause, predicate noun
noun clause, predicate noun, subject complement: Hi hc, Unfortunately, I am not able to make a diagram with the software I am using. The best I can do is explain to you how to do it. I hope this helps. In this sentence you have a relative clause introduced by “who” attached to a main clause. The relative...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar help, grammar corrections, fall downs
grammar corrections, fall downs, physical impact: Yvonne, Try this: Dear Sir: City Tek (Model: T-L95S Serial No: 0229) City Tek (Model: T-L95S Serial No: 0232) City Tek (Model: T-L95S Serial No: 0236) Mr. Abhinav handed over the above battery packs to our Service Department,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar help ., subject verb agreement, grammar mistake
subject verb agreement, grammar mistake, grammar error: Elijah, 1. She needs to go to the dentist. Subject/verb agreement 2. Yuki doesn t feel well. Adverb 3. Some parents have too much expectation of their children. 4. What do you want? Needs auxiliary verb 1. Sometimes I feel confused. Needs...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar help, award winning design, independent clauses
award winning design, independent clauses, grammar help: Dear Dawn, I m really so glad you asked these questions, because I see these mistakes so often, and they re one of my pet peeves! First question: You are correct: We are a firm with over forty years experience does indeed have an apostrophe after...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar help, grammar help, indicative mood
grammar help, indicative mood, subjunctive moods: Yvonne, Indicative Mood The boys play very well when rested. (simple present) They are playing well in this series.(present progressive) They will play better after their rest. (simple future) We will be getting along better next week. (future prog.)...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar mistakes, subject verb agreement, common grammar mistakes
subject verb agreement, common grammar mistakes, intensive pronoun: Andrea, Everyone has their favorite....advice and advise....affect and effect.....principal and principle...subject verb agreement....farther and further...good and well...bad and badly...to mention only a few. He plays baseball better than me. Yes,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar -- number and being verbs, correct measurement, singular verb
correct measurement, singular verb, unit of time: Since you are using three days to designate one unit of time, you should use the singular verb--is. This is the usual rule with nouns the indicate amount: Two cups is the correct measurement for this recipe. (ONE measurement, named by the two cups....

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar- present perfect or past perfect, african parrots, earliest convenience
african parrots, earliest convenience, dear jerry: Geraldine, 1. Since you are talking about a past event (realized yesterday) that means that the disappearing is also over or past so had disppeared is better than have disappeared since it is past perfect rather than present perfect. 2. Too hard indicates...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar/punctuation, grammar and punctuation, gloria 1
grammar and punctuation, gloria 1, grammar punctuation: 1. This sentence is incorrect becasue it sounds as if his mouth managed to land on the wagon wheel instead of the juice. The clause that begins with which needs to be placed closer to the word juice. 2. Striped should be stripped and you should place...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar/punctuation, one pair of shoes, grammar punctuation
one pair of shoes, grammar punctuation, brown shoes: Sorry for the delay in answering -- here s the rule: To show individual ownership, add an apostrophe and -s at the end of each noun in a series. To show joint ownership, add an apostrophe to the last noun in a series. So -- If Bob and Jim own one pair...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar/punctuation, grammar and punctuation, comma usage
grammar and punctuation, comma usage, gloria 1: Hi, Gloria 1. John walked into the room with his legs held unusually close together, and carrying a cup of coffee. or John walked into the room with his legs held unusually close together, carrying a cup of coffee. or John walked into the room....

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar question, grammar question, quality paint
grammar question, quality paint, preposition: I still like it a lot better with the at, but Quality paint starting under $15 per gallon is BETTER than Quality paint starting about $15 per gallon because under is a preposition. As long as there s a preposition before $15 its ok. But at under...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar question, modal auxiliary verbs, verb tenses
modal auxiliary verbs, verb tenses, grammar question: pat, 1. “Is cleaned” = present passive? 2. “Is being cleaned” = present progressive passive? 3. In present perfect, how is “before, ever, never” used and what are these words called? Adverbs because they tell when. 1. I wanted/meant to go...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar question, grammar question, teaching esl
grammar question, teaching esl, apostrophe: Hi Fanja, Let s look at the two phrases without the apostrophe first. Hadn t is the short form for Had not and didn t have is the short form for did not have. Now lets look at two sentences using the unshortened form. John had not entered...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar question, grammar question
grammar question: Hey, I moved is used as the simple past form of the verb to move . You would use I moved when talking about the past at a later time (i.e. telling a story), or discussing something you did. I ve moved is the present perfect form of to move ....

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar questions..., passive sentences, grammar questions
passive sentences, grammar questions, active passive voice: A direct object can never be a subject. If you invert the sentence (turn it around), the direct object becomes the subject. I am going to direct you to this website for a full explanation of inverted sentences and active/passive voice: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/grammar/g_actpass.html...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar questions, grammar questions, possessive form
grammar questions, possessive form, correct sentence: he dislikes the supervisor s nagging him so much sounds unnatural. The reason is probably because if you said this, you couldn t tell if supervisor s was plural or possessive. In written form, you can tell the difference, but it still doesn t sound right....

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar questions, grammar questions, romantic relationships
grammar questions, romantic relationships, logical flow: There s a difference between grammaticality and the logical flow of language. For question 1, your book says D is correct because a speaker who was describing his friends opinion of him using positive adjectives would be unlikely to call himself greedy,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar questions, grammar questions, power failure
grammar questions, power failure, infinitive: All of your sentences are correct, except: I prefer radio *to* TV because TV stimulate*s* your eyes directly, which can hurt your vision. And to my ears, I ll send you an e-mail and I m going to send you an e-mail are pretty much the same thing....

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar questions, grammar questions, plenty of fish
grammar questions, plenty of fish, fish in the sea: Thank you for helping me get over the difficulties I had in life. Forget her. There s plenty of fish in the sea. -- I m not sure what you mean when you ask if all get over s mean the same thing. There s not much difference between remedy and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar questions, picassos paintings, grammar questions
picassos paintings, grammar questions, little kitty: Can you help me locate my little kitty? She¡¦s probably hiding somewhere in the house. -- GOOD If you buy two bottles, we¡¦ll throw in a small bottle for free. -- GOOD A local business funded the gallery for his wife. -- GOOD The movie is opening...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar questions, count nouns, grammar questions
count nouns, grammar questions, use of prepositions: This is a tough one. It s intuitive for me. Let me give you a whole bunch of sentences to see if a rule emerges. BAD: * I m disappointed at myself. * I m disappointed at you. * I m disappointed at your performance. * I m disappointed in your performance....

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar questions, grammar questions, bachelors degree
grammar questions, bachelors degree, bachelor degree: The most natural way to write the sentences you re looking for: I will finish college this year. I will graduate from college this year. I will drop out of college this year. (This means quit and get no degree. I received my bachelor s degree two...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar questions, grammar questions, academic performance
grammar questions, academic performance, conversations: 1 is perfectly fine, but sounds very... formal to the point of being almost robotic. I can make it sound a little more conversational: How d you do at school? Pretty well ... my grades were above average. 2 is awkward. People don t refer to grades...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar questions, grammar questions, triad
grammar questions, triad, sentences: The first and second conversation are fine. The second sounds really really unnatural (part B). I d just say, Sure, I m happy to help. In your triad of sentences, 1 and 2 are the same (benefactive), but sentence 3 sounds a little different. You bought...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar questions, grammar questions, japanese men
grammar questions, japanese men, japanese women: Hello, C. The word one is part of the sentence, but clauses separated by a colon can begin with a capitalized word. Whether or not the second clause starts with a capitalized word depends on whether the second clause can stand by itself as a complete...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar questions, auxiliary verbs, grammar questions
auxiliary verbs, grammar questions, english grammar: Hello, Chris. Afford is a transitive verb. It may be used with any tenses and any auxiliary verbs. He afforded me the opportunity for a job. This affords me the chance to go to Las Vegas. Mary could afford the dress. I cannot afford a new car...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar questions, count noun, grammar questions
count noun, grammar questions, life on other planets: We traveled to Italy to see the relics of the Roman Empire. (not the Rome Empire) Everything else is fine. Producing is better than in production of . As to does mean about in the fourth sentence. Many cartoons have been made into animation...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar questions, new shopping mall, grammar questions
new shopping mall, grammar questions, local color: Everything in 1 is perfect! The first conversation is a little formal, but still ok. In 2, the top two sentences are pretty much the same. Bulldozed means to use a bulldozer on. Bulldozers are large machines that can knock over buildings. In this...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar questions, characteristic colors, grammar questions
characteristic colors, grammar questions, red and gold: He has a strong character -- GOOD. He has a strong characteristic -- GOOD, but the meaning is different (it means he has some trait which is very pronounced ... like this: He has a strong characteristic; his nose is huge! ). This project is aimed at...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar questions, grammar questions, internship report
grammar questions, internship report, class question: Hi, Salim 1.) He tries avoiding... He tries to avoid... These are fine. 2.) It is especially useful for people with disabilities who cannot make it to the service point. 3.) USA is correct, without periods. I want to go to...

General Writing and Grammar Help: One grammar rule says: if..., stative verbs, grammar rule
stative verbs, grammar rule, stative verb: Hello, Stephanie. Stative verbs are any verbs which require no action : remaining in one state, thus, the word. All of the words which you have noted above are stative verbs. Feeling doesn t really require any action on my part. It (the emotion)...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, specific, handyman projects, orthopaedic operations
handyman projects, orthopaedic operations, residency position: Hello, Chad. Here is your personal statement, with my suggestions in parentheses: “I can see Chaddie in Urology,” said Uncle Mark, drawing from his experience as a counselor and professor to medical students. He had matched my quest for (a) challenge,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar/usage, reflexive pronoun, grammar usage
reflexive pronoun, grammar usage, reverie: Laura, The reflexive pronoun myself is used as follows: I will take care of this matter myself. I, myself, have a different opinion of her. I was able to eat an entire pizza by myself. I was left on the porch all by myself. The estate...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar and usage help, present progressive tense, simple present tense
present progressive tense, simple present tense, grammar and usage: Hello, Yvonne. The sentences with the word come are in the simple present tense; the sentences with the word coming are in the present progressive tense. The verbs may and will have different meanings. Will is a promise, meaning you fully...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar/usage, proper sentences, grammar usage
proper sentences, grammar usage, walking to school: The jug is empty of water is correct, though you don t need of water to make it so. The jug is empty is fine. If you want to say what was in it you might say: There is no water in the jug. Come to my house tomorrow is correct. At means you are...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar - verbs, participial phrase, english idiom
participial phrase, english idiom, linking verb: Hello, Rebecca. Shopping at the mall is a participial phrase, an adjective modifying the subject. It is like crazy in the sentence, I went crazy. Went is the verb of the sentence. This sentence is an American English idiom. The standard way...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar: she verses her, correct pronoun, predicate nominative
correct pronoun, predicate nominative, school juniors: What does a senior in high school know! Actually, I teach very bright high school juniors, and they know a lot--but they have a lot to learn. Here s the lesson you can teach her: She is the correct pronoun to use as the subject OR as the predicate nominative...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar workbook?, ted nesbitt, grammar books
ted nesbitt, grammar books, highscool: Mike: Go to this website: http://www.dailygrammar.com The owner of the site has all the grammar exercises arranged according to subjects -- in the LESSON ARCHIVE. Start at the very beginning and do a couple of units each day. Some will be very...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar workbook?, grammar books, highscool
grammar books, highscool, highschool students: Hi, Mike! The only grammar workbook I can recommend is Grammar That Makes Sense. However, it might be out of print. I might suggest checking online for available grammar workbooks and seeing which one seems to suit your needs. I have not worked with a...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar/writing, physical education area, phy ed
physical education area, phy ed, sorry jerry: Lucas, Gymnasium in the USA is a recreation or physical education area. Middle schools here are 6-8 grades. Obviously they do not mean the same thing to Americans. Yes, you can be going to the gym for a phy ed class, but you can not call it a middle school....

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammar, manzanar, questioner
manzanar, questioner, typographical error: Hi Naomi In (1), if nothing else means at least - i.e. they will be certain of at least a room. In (2), but as important as the documents are means because the documents are important In (3), so to speak means that the questioner has not...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Are these grammatical and idiomatic?, psychology studies, psychology study
psychology studies, psychology study, study psychology: Mike, Since psychology is a science, it cannot study. A psychologist can study. So the proper sentence should read: What does a psychologist study? or What does one study in psychology? The same arguement applies to your second statement. I would...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammer, ted nesbitt, hanna
ted nesbitt, hanna, several ways: Dear Edotic: Although you have listed two questions, I can find just #1. There are several ways to express this idea: Hanna is less tall than Andy. Hanna is shorter than Andy. Hanna is not as tall as Andy. I think that the one you should...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammer, english language classes, english grammar
english language classes, english grammar, native speakers: Hello, Razin. I do not understand you specific question. English grammar needs an entire class to teach and is impossible in this short format. However, check with your local college or community center for English language classes for non-native speakers....

General Writing and Grammar Help: grammer, nouns adjectives, english grammer
nouns adjectives, english grammer, common conjunctions: Enayat, A conjunction is a word that connects two elements or parts of speech such as nouns, adjectives, verbs, clauses or phrases. e.g.: high and low Spain and Portugal running and jumping in the park and near the lake the boys rode their bikes...

General Writing and Grammar Help: "You are a great help"?, countable noun, idiomatic expression
countable noun, idiomatic expression, acceptable use: The only explanation I can give, Carlie, is that this is an acceptable use of the word. It s simply an idiomatic expression that means the same as You have given me a great deal of help, or, more colloquially, You have helped me a lot. You re right...

General Writing and Grammar Help: grmmar help, battery case, engineering service
battery case, engineering service: Hello, Yvonne. I suggest the following revision: (The) (battery case) (had) been damaged before we (sent) it to (an) engineering service department for repairs. It seems that this camera has (omit been ) fallen to (the) ground and hence the (battery...

General Writing and Grammar Help: ground, comprehensive exams, american literature
comprehensive exams, american literature, bar exam: Clara, Ground here means area, material, or subject matter. Perhaps this person is dealing with comprehensive exams or the Bar Exam. The adviser is saying that he should review the complete area of study so that he knows where to concentrate on his...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Who is your guest?, attractive woman, making every effort
attractive woman, making every effort: Chi, I m assuming that you were the person who was invited to the party so that your friend would be considered your guest in that she was not invited. A guest is someone who accompanies another that is invited or expected to attend. Jerry Leon...

General Writing and Grammar Help: guided bird walk, bird walk, bird expert
bird walk, bird expert, species of birds: Pointer, I am guessing that a guided bird walk is one where a bird expert points out various species of birds as you meander along a path or road. That s a red-breasted finch, there s a purple grosbeak and there s a yellow-crested nuthatch, etc.... ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hadn't we better go now?...
Hadn t we better go now? Shouldn t we better go now? What s the difference between these two? What does had not better mean? They mean the same thing. Hadn t we better go now? can be rephrased to say, Isn t it in our best interests to leave...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hard breaks in headlines, verb phrases, prepositional phrases
verb phrases, prepositional phrases, hard breaks: Scott, The rule of thumb that I use is not to break natural elements (clauses, phrases, subject and modifers, verb phrases, prepositional phrases etc.). So you are correct in making the hard return before the in so as not to interupt the phrase. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: HELLOI know that we use..., apostrophe, constructions
apostrophe, constructions, possession: Hello, Luke. It does not matter whether you write leaves of the flower or the flower s leaves. Both constructions are acceptable and show possession. In addition, there is no rule in the English language that states that things may not use an...

General Writing and Grammar Help: My Hebrew Friend, explantion, new computer
explantion, new computer, groceries: Eric, The only explanation that comes to me here would be a purchase-delivery realtionship. You buy the computer on Wednesday, but on Monday of the next week it is yet to arrive already. I m not sure I m on the right track, but that s all that comes...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello1."Good to see your..., misunderstanding, slang
misunderstanding, slang, sentences: Hello, Luke. Both sentences are grammatically incorrect. Your in sentence one should be you re ; there in sentence two should be they re. Anyone who uses these words improperly is probably doing so because they have a misunderstanding of this...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello, there, here are my..., causative verbs, stock shelves
causative verbs, stock shelves, mr watson: Hello, Jasmine. Both of your sentences in your first example are correct. They mean the same thing. However, I believe that stock shelves is more prominently used than stocking shelves. Your Mr. Watson sentences do not mean the same thing. The...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello!"I was going to..., simple past tense, sentences
simple past tense, sentences, lunch: Hello, Luke. There s nothing wrong with your sentences, but it may be simpler to use simple past tense. We had lunch and then we did some shopping. I went to primary school in France. Should and ought to are used in the same way. Regards,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello! "If they are..., future perfect tense, message boards
future perfect tense, message boards: Sorry, I have retired from Allexperts. The site does not allow me to remove my name, so I have just extended my vacation (which expired today) to Dec. 21, 2010. To ask me a question, please register for the message boards on my website: http://www.grammarmudge.cityslide.com...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hi.Doesn't matter the delay...., new question, chickens
new question, chickens, time one: Hi Luke, I like answering your questions because I feel like you re trying to really understand and not just get answers to homework assignments. One more question connected with much and many If I ask How much fish do you sell everyday? Can I...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello! I'd like to ask..., english modal verbs, packed lunch
english modal verbs, packed lunch, infinitive: Luke, The English modal verbs are will, would, can, could, may, might, must, should, ought (to) and the now rare shall. The forms and grammatical usages of modal verbs differ in several important ways from those of non-modal verbs --- e.g. modals are...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello!I'd like to ask..., modal verbs, modal auxiliaries
modal verbs, modal auxiliaries, packed lunch: Hello, Luke. I do not know what your instructor is defining as a modal verb. According to my reference, modal auxiliaries are used to indicate a wish, prabability, capability, permission, requirement, etc., using auxiliaries like could or would, should,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: HelloWhat's the difference..., breast plate, chest piece
breast plate, chest piece, terminus: Luke, End is the terminus or extremity. Finish is the surface or completion while over means something has come to an end or terminated. I would use finish. I would use ended with war or it was over. A chest piece is a plate worn over the breast...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello Heather!There's..., present perfect tense, mental gymnastics
present perfect tense, mental gymnastics, teacher days: Luke, I love this question. Thanks for some mental gymnastics and a few minutes to reflect back on my stringent English teacher days, as well as my French training. Let s keep this short and sweet. I am working my proverbial butt off today! They...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello Jerry!What's the..., tooth ache, lack of water
tooth ache, lack of water, occurance: Luke, Cause is what must exist for an effect to logically occur while reason is the explanation of that occurance. A lack of water will cause the flowers to die. (cause) I don t know why he threw the bat that way. (reason) When the dam breaks,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello Jerry!there is a..., gambling addiction, egotism
gambling addiction, egotism, selfishness: Luke, The person is lamenting that despite prayer he or she is in a bad state. Perhaps, it is illness or deformity that is plauging him or her, or maybe an evil like drink or dope, selfishness or egotism. He might even be obcessed with gambling, addiction...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello Jerry!What does..., aerial acts, heights park
aerial acts, heights park, high altitudes: Luke, People who perform aerial acts, high-wire stunts or those accustom to performing or working at high altitudes are said to have a head for heights. There is a Head 4 Heights Park in England with bungee jumping and other aerial experiences. Jerry...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello Jerry!Which is correct:..., consonant, adverb
consonant, adverb, drinks: Luke, I like to put the adverb in front of the verb, but there are times when the adverb sounds more logical behind the verb; it all depends upon the context of the sentence. I don t know of any such rule but if there is a voiced constantant in the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello Jerry!What's the..., questioner, grandparents
questioner, grandparents, sentences: Luke, Question #1 refers only to this weekend. The questioner is trying to determine if John will be at his grandparent s house just this weekend. Question #2 implies that John does not stay at home on weekends and the questioner is trying to find out...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello John!What does this..., time john, time thanks
time john, time thanks, short time: If only for a short time is a comment used to indicate that something is not long-lasting. For example, suppose your friend allows you to play your favorite CD, but he says you may only play the music for five minutes. You could respond, Thanks for letting...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello John!Actually when..., playing tennis, reading books
playing tennis, reading books, watching tv: Hello, Luke. Me too and So do I are used when agreeing. For example, I can say I hate onions. If my friend also hates onions, he can say Me too, or So do I. Or, Susie wants to go to the movies. Me too, Brian said. Me neither ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello JohnCould you check..., team deals, main objective
team deals, main objective, x team: Hello, Luke. 1. Write the words this is at the beginning of the second sentence. 2. Write the words to them at the end of the second sentence. 3. Eliminate the hyphen between the words highly and qualified. 4. Change the word focused...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello John!Which is correct..., christmas holiday, thanksgiving
christmas holiday, thanksgiving, holidays: Hello, Luke. Your last two selections are okay, depending on how many holidays you are speaking of. If you are referring to the past Christmas holiday, you d use the last sentence. If you are speaking of more than one holiday (Thanksgiving and Christmas,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello John!What do you..., hero of the story, pronoun
hero of the story, pronoun, hawthorne: Hello, Luke. 1. You can use also if you insert it after the word We : We also did not know... You may use either, but I prefer also after the pronoun. 2. I don t see anything wrong with this sentence. 3. I would rewrite this sentence...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello Kelvin!As far as..., two beers, singular noun
two beers, singular noun, fish two: Hi Luke! I completely understand what you are asking me. It depends on what you are trying to use the indefinite articles ( a and an ). In this case you are wanting to use the article a . From the example you stated, two beers, please is telling someone...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello Larry!I'd like to..., present perfect tense, simple tense
present perfect tense, simple tense, tenses: Hi Luke, You are correct. You should use the past tense with “since” when it is combined in a sentence with the present perfect. The present perfect is used with for and since when the actions have not finished yet. The simple past is used with for and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello! Aren't the "jeans"..., direct object, passive form
direct object, passive form, passive voice: Hi Luke, That s an interesting question. Wash in this sentence means to undergo laundering. When we say These jeans wash well we mean that they hold up well during laundering. So jeans is the subject: The jeans launder well. Jeans that are well...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello Larry!I'd like to..., abstract nouns, abstract noun
abstract nouns, abstract noun, exaggeration: Hi Luke, 1. You do put articles before abstract nouns. For example: I had a dream last night. So the sentence above ( His insight is an exaggeration of the truth. ) is correct as written. 2.In general, you should use who only for people. That and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello Larry!I was wondering..., future perfect tense, sentence number
future perfect tense, sentence number, conditional statement: Hi Luke, The first sentence is a predictive conditional statement. It predicts a possible outcome in the future. For example, “If I find a wrench, I will fix the car.” The second sentence, as you point out, uses the Future Perfect tense. In my opinion,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello Larry!These are..., gravel bar, convent school
gravel bar, convent school, bread wheat: Hi Luke, These phrases are very rarely used. What have you been reading? Triticum is a type of wheat (Bread wheat) Skittles is a game played on a small table with 9 pins and a ball. Alder tree is a tree or shrub (of the Birch family) that usually grows...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello A.M. Roher!As far..., countable nouns, uncountable noun
countable nouns, uncountable noun, plurals of nouns: Regarding a lot of and lots of, these are slang expressions, so I find it surprising that they are covered in your manual at all. (Exactly what is a lot, anyway?) You must be covering conversational English because in formal writing, these expressions...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello Mr John!Is it correct:..., apostrophe, possessive s
apostrophe, possessive s, stevens book: Hello, Luke. If Steven is the boy s name, you d write Steven s book. If Stevens is his last name, you could write Stevens book or Stevens s book. The same goes for Doris, or any other name that ends in s. Both forms are acceptable, though...

General Writing and Grammar Help: HelloWhat does it mean..., slang word, bar tab
slang word, bar tab, drek: Hello, Luke. The word drek is not in the dictionary. Dreck, however, is a slang word which means trash, most especially when referring to bad merchandise. A bar tab is a record of what a person owes to the bar, instead of that person having to pay...

General Writing and Grammar Help: HelloWhat does it mean..., default security, security level
default security, security level, default level: Hello, Luke. Default settings are the programmed settings of a particular device. For example, when you buy a new computer and turn it on, you might notice that the computer s security settings are initially placed at a high security level. This is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hi. Last question.“Since..., factual conditionals, present tense
factual conditionals, present tense, factual statement: Hi Luke, I hope it s not your last question! Ask as many as you like. You can change should to would , but it will slightly change the meaning. To express duty or obligation, you use should as the equivalent of ought to : I should go. You use...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello!I have a question..., fresh food, conditionals
fresh food, conditionals, antecedent: Hi, Luke! I recommend wording your sentence like this: If people know that someone is going to bring some fresh food, they will get up early and stand in a queue. They as used in the original sentence has an indefinite antecedent; hence, I changed...

General Writing and Grammar Help: HelloSometimes I'm wondering..., gin martini, harvey wallbanger
gin martini, harvey wallbanger, coffee tea: Hi Luke :) You re my best customer! Anyhow, let s start with the article question. Yes. You could say I d like a Coke. or I d like a coffee/tea. This is how most would say it in a restaurant or at an event. However, it is also fine in coversation...

General Writing and Grammar Help: HelloHow should i say..., internet site
internet site: How should i say on my mind or in my mind ? also: on the internet site or at the internet site thanks! Both depend on the sentence. What s on your mind? I m working on something in my mind. I saw something interesting on the internet...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello!Are these sentences..., english math, math science
english math, math science, sentences: Hello, Luke. The first sentence is okay, but the second sentence is a little confusing. If you are talking to a friend, and you say I was absent in these classes, then you are speaking about more than one class. So unless you clearly show which classes...

General Writing and Grammar Help: HelloIt's a sort of technical..., hotel elevator, upstairs apartment
hotel elevator, upstairs apartment, business profits: Hello, Luke. Over in America people generally use the terms floor and story interchangeably. A house with one floor (or story) is one that has no upstairs. Apartment buildings, hotels, etc. generally have more than one floor (story). This is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello, Ted. I have two questions..., kinds of diseases, conditional statement
kinds of diseases, conditional statement, jetlag: Dear Martin: I have been in student presentations all day, so I just came across your two messages, one to my personal account and the other to allexperts.com I will reply to this message, but, tomorrow, I ll send you another message to your Hotmail...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hi. Sure i will leave a comment..., grammar exercise, bedtime story
grammar exercise, bedtime story, grammatical explanations: Hi Luke! I tried to send my answer many times yesterday but the site kept timing out. I am trying again. I really hope this works! Unfortunately, there are no simple answers here. This is one of the difficult parts of the English language. Here...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello Tony!Is it OK to..., food technology, faculties
food technology, faculties, hyphen: Sorry for the delay -- Normally, when you use the word oriented as you do, you would connect it to the word preceding it with a hyphen, like this: food technology-oriented class, military-oriented class. I m not crazy about the construction in general,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello Tony!There is a..., perfect tense, having a baby
perfect tense, having a baby: Actually, Luke, either construction is fine. The have had construction implies the following: They will need something bigger when they have had the experience of having a baby and have begun to understand what that means. The past perfect tense fits...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Subject/verb concord, using relative clauses, angeline julie
using relative clauses, angeline julie, third person singular: Hi Jusinete, 1. We treat collective nouns as singular unless the meaning is clearly plural. For instance, “The committee has made its decision.” However, “The committee have signed their names to the document.” Logic requires treating the second sentence...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hello, there, here are my..., causative verbs, stock shelves
causative verbs, stock shelves, causative verb: Hi, Jerry, and thanks for writing. The sentences in #1 mean the same thing. The first version, had him stock, is considered better grammar, though, simply because the causative verb had should be followed by the noun/pronoun and then the base form of...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hellow Ms,How do you do?..., max shulman, word order
max shulman, word order, whay: In most languages, writers are confined to a certain strict word order. That is not true in English and that is part of what makes our language hard to learn. He could have said, Cool and logical was I, but he chose not to. That is part of his style...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Help, creative writing club, young writers
creative writing club, young writers, grammar: Dear Jason, Besides trying to get good grades in English class, there are plenty of ways that you can improve your grammar and writing. I would suggest that you read books from authors that you really love--reading other people s writing helps you with...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Help me.., indirect speech, losing weight
indirect speech, losing weight, cindy: Hello, Benny. I don t recommend your two suggestions. However, you may say long time no see. It s informal, but it s commonly used. Or, simply, I haven t seen you in a long time. Indirect speech is writing what someone said in your own words. For...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Help me..., painful experiences, present tense
painful experiences, present tense, painful experience: Hello, Benny. If you are speaking of one rejection, or rejection in general, you can write, Rejection is bitter and a painful experience or A rejection is a bitter and painful experience. If you are speaking of two or more rejections, you may say,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Help, roommate, yearbook
roommate, yearbook, new friends: Somaa, Try: 1. What are you taking this semester 2. Who is your roommate and what is he (she) like 3. What are you doing outside the classroom (sports, yearbook, cheering, clubs, newspaper etc.) 4. Will you be working at any type of job 5....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, beggining, ebay
beggining, ebay, capitalization: Hello, Kyle. When you are this desperate and pressed for time, I suggest looking in the back of a good college-level dictionary rather than waiting on an expert s answer. The rules for capitalization are often listed in the back. The required capital...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Help with article, cicero ave, midway airlines
cicero ave, midway airlines, rush hour: I was just wondering what they meant, because they said that this wasn t down to the development of the airport, but clearly it was? Or were they being sarcastic as they didn t agree with the article and were being naive like the person? The airport was even...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Help for my boyfriend- a slow writer, slow writer, family stress
slow writer, family stress, writing project: Hi Grace, Not knowing your boyfriend, this is a rather tough question. I have had students over the years who had similar problems bringing a writing project to an end. The advice that I gave to them and that might work for your boyfriend is to set up...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Help with Editing, cedar point trip, driving permits
cedar point trip, driving permits, watching the game: Hello, Leah. My suggestions are in parentheses: Waiting for their mothers to get out of the (weekly) PTO meeting, Lila and Kara waited in the school lobby. Having only driving permits, they had to wait to go home. Hey, Kara, do you know if Kevin s playing...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Help with editing, bye mom, oh my word
bye mom, oh my word, bright sun: Hello, Leah. My suggestions are in parentheses: The next morning was Saturday. After Lila hurried to get ready she excitedly threw her bags in the car and drove to church with her mother sitting in the seat beside her. As she got out of...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Help with editing, bye mom, oh my word
bye mom, oh my word, bright sun: Hello, Leah. I was wondering if you could resend your work. Every place you have a mark of punctuation it is replaced with foreign symbols. I had to replace all of the symbols in your last work with the appropriate punctuation. I am not sure what is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Help with grammar., vancity credit union, stephanie bell
vancity credit union, stephanie bell, comma splices: Stephanie, Dear Mrs. Caldwell: We appreciate your contacting us regarding the possible error on your last bank statement. You and your husband are valued customers at VanCity Credit, and we take any concerns or mistakes very seriously. As you may...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Help Needed Regarding Grammar Rules, grammar rules, o clock
grammar rules, o clock, happy birthday: Hello, Victor. Most people officially designate 12 midnight as the moment they turn the next age. In this instance, you would use turned (unless the statement is made at precisely midnight). If the person doesn t celebrate until 8 o clock, for example,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Help with phrase (again, ignore all my messages prior to this), prerogative, typo
prerogative, typo, number 1: Hello, Alastair. 2) above reflects your original statement: Prerogative is a right or priviledge...So it is my right to say what I wish... If they meant 1), then it was because they didn t think the other person knew the meaning of the word prerogative....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Help with phrase, civilized society, painless death
civilized society, painless death, correct word: So baisically it s saying if a more civilized site was made it would kill it/be better than it? No, a more civilized society than ours would kill the people who visit the site. In the description, the writer never mentioned the site itself, only the people...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Help understanding discussion, intuitive design, affordance
intuitive design, affordance, square hole: Al, If you know the expression place a round peg in a square hole , then you know what forcing into a hole it shouldn t go means. Trying to force something into a place where it doesn t belong probably will cause it to break. The same thing can be said...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Help with understanding a passage, chinese state, definite answer
chinese state, definite answer, literati: Hi Michael, It seems to me that in this case, one to represent the other means the literati, Chinese state, and emperor each being able to represent one another. If you d like a more definite answer, I would need to read more of the passage. Feel...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Help with understanding a passage, chinese state, literati
chinese state, literati, antecedent: Hello, Michael. The sentence is vague with the antecedent of the pronoun one. I can see why you were confused. One to represent the other could refer to the order of the literati, the chinese state, and the emperor being tied to Confutius. The...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Help with understanding a passage, ted nesbitt, phrase one
ted nesbitt, phrase one, literati: You point out that there are THREE and not TWO. I was mislead by the use of the phrase one to represent the other. In other words, bad grammar led me astray. If the writer actually means THREE, then it should be one to represent the OTHERS. Ted...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Help with understanding a passage, chinese state, gentry class
chinese state, gentry class, literati: Order of the Literati (one) = Confucius (other) Chinese state (one) = Confucius (other) Emperor (one) = Confucius (other) ONE represents the OTHER. The Emperor represents Confucianism, as does the Literati (the Scholar-Gentry Class) and the Chinese State...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Help, sorry to hear about your loss, poem
sorry to hear about your loss, poem, avatar: Hi Maizee Very sorry to hear about your loss. How about: O - [can t think of one] R - She was Radiant throughout her life A - She was the Avatar of how to live I m not sure there s a word for this kind of poem - but, then, I m not a poet. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hi again., unrealistic dreams, mba programs
unrealistic dreams, mba programs, business men: Eunice--That is another nice job. Don t mistakenly think I consider your papers too short. The SAT essay is not expected to be very long. The best papers fill up at least a page and can get to a full two pages--handwritten. Yours probably easily meet that....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hi AliMcj,1. If I want..., employment section, costs money
employment section, costs money, assistant professor: 1. that s perfectly natural. 2. in the Employment section of a newspaper, one would write: now accepting applications for Assistant Professor of ... However, in conversation and in introducing yourself the way you have written it above is correct. ...

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grammar books, rules of grammar, informal letters: Hi, Jesse! Unless the rules of grammar have changed considerably, the accepted construction is to use the comma. The no-comma look is decidedly modern, but decidedly incorrect, at least according to all the grammar books I consulted. In exampls of direct...

General Writing and Grammar Help: HiWhat is the difference..., greenpeace
greenpeace: What is the difference between I might go and work for Greenpeace and I can go and work for Greenpeace What s the difference between might and can in this case? I might go... means I am trying to decide if I will or not.. I can go... means...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hi, George.Could you give..., noun phrase, grammatical explanations
noun phrase, grammatical explanations, prepositional phrase: Of is always a preposition. A preposition is usually followed by a noun or noun phrase, forming a prepositional phrase. Prepositional phrases act as modifiers, functioning like either an adjective or adverb. In sentences with to be or a similar verb...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hi, I am a graduate student...., poor table manners, public intoxication
poor table manners, public intoxication, help me think of one: Social problems take many forms; some are very apparent and therefore embarracing to those who exhibit them. Others are less apparent but still very annoying. The excessive use of alcohol or drugs is probably the most common. Public intoxication can be...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hi Heather, how are you?I'd..., abstract nouns, countable noun
abstract nouns, countable noun, uncountable nouns: Dearest Luke, A, an and the are all articles. Articles help us understand nouns; they tell us whether a noun is specific (fully identified, named as the only one of its kind) or non-specific (just one of many such nouns). We use THE to show that a noun...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hi, I would like your help..., traditional morals, james baldwin
traditional morals, james baldwin, friend joey: Hello, Trang. I suggest the following: James Baldwin s first novel (was)...David, the main character and narrator of the story(,) was raised...In the beginning of the book when David was a teenager, (he) first started...temptation of his (lust)...(who)...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hi, Jennifer. Thank you..., cigarette lighter, grammatical classification
cigarette lighter, grammatical classification, example sentences: Hi again! In the first set of sentences, they are all correct except for #2. In that one, light functions the same way as in sentence #5 in that you re talking about the light in the sky, not individual lights as in lightbulbs or lamps. In fact, that...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hi, JerryPerhaps you can..., grammatical skills, work situation
grammatical skills, work situation, going back to school: Ian, Try writing the way you talk for awhile; get used to putting your ideas down on paper. Don t be too wordy or complicated at first! The simpler you state things, the easier they are to make grammatically correct. As you become more proficient at this,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hi John!I have two questions:1...., case writers, type of government
case writers, type of government, apostrophe: Hello, Luke. It is not wrong to write United States Government. The government does belong to the United States. However, in this case writers have traditionally written United States without the apostrophe, using it as an adjective instead of...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Hi John!I have two questions.1...., editorial section, phrases
editorial section, phrases, heading: Hello, Luke. I m not sure if I answered your question, so I ll resend an answer. There is no difference between the phrases near me and near to me. If you are speaking figuratively, as when referring to loving or caring for someone, you would...