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General Writing and Grammar Help: Q-8. regarding the verb 'miss', bus stop, grammar
bus stop, grammar, sentences: Yvonne, I knew I had missed the bus when I saw no one standing at the bus stop. She has missed breakfast with her father everyday this week. The little boy had been missing since Sunday. My red shirt is missing from my drawer. Jerry Leon...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Question, kate chopin, present tense
kate chopin, present tense, story of an hour: Hello, Ashley. I am sorry for taking so long to respond. 2. You are missing a verb between the words albeit and a. The woman is voicing the whisper, so you must say so. I recommend writing using, employing, or a similar word. 3. Since this...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Question, ted nesbitt, paul brians
ted nesbitt, paul brians, washington state university: Jason: It s a matter of convention. The preposition with indicates a closeness or nearness -- something GOES WITH something else. The preposition of does not have that connotation. It s really a minor distinction, but that s how our language works...

General Writing and Grammar Help: A Question on English Grammar, english grammar, lexical verb
english grammar, lexical verb, herrin: Dear Sandy, You re right; there are two things wrong with that sentence; using we ve in this context is incorrect; it s often heard in Britain (and elsewhere, such as most English-speaking European countries) as a very informal run-together word, almost...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Question about Extended Metaphors, colorful petals, extended metaphor
colorful petals, extended metaphor, summer sun: David, In its simplest form a metaphor is the comparison of two unlike object where A is a B. When like or as are used in the comparison then it becomes a simile. Since your flower is the summer sun, you have a good metaphor. Since your metaphor lasts...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Question formation, noun clause, grammar structure
noun clause, grammar structure, dependent clause: Hello, Ang. The word order for your expample is properly inverted due to the sentence being a question. One way that we show a statement is a question in our language is to change normal word order. Hence, you could not amend the sentence as you suggest....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Question about Writing, writing reports, indents
writing reports, indents, good word: Hey Jerry I can assure you I am no expert. But I ll do what I can. As you re reading what you re eventually going to summarize, you need to take notes, highlighting things things that seem important (thesis sentences in one color, supporting sentences...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Question about who and whom., object of preposition, question thanks
object of preposition, question thanks, little kids: Kaleb, Not only do I understand the question but see immediately that you understand the difference between who and whom. Just remember who (subjective) is used for subject of sentence and who (objective) is used for direct or object of preposition....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Two Questions., declarative sentence, parenthetical expression
declarative sentence, parenthetical expression, walden: Walden, Sentence 1 is a straight-forward declarative sentence where the most important thing is what I think. Sentence 3 is also rather straight-forward, but here the emphasis is on what he is. The I think is thrown on at the end as a parenthetical...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Two Questions, state of being verbs, dear jerry
state of being verbs, dear jerry, walden: Cheng, You may use Isn t he? or Is he not? Both mean exactly the same thing. Since were and felt are both state of being verbs or forms of to be , again either usage is correct. In both situations the sentences are interchangeable. Jerry...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Two Questions., reader s digest, riding horses
reader s digest, riding horses, happy things: Dear Walden: 1. The official title of the magazine is The Reader s Digest. 2. A. Use are, because you are talking about two things: reading and writing. B. Use happy things, for the same reason. Once you have established that there is more than...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Questions, political expression, word and object
political expression, word and object, faithful representation: wrote: 2) What does he mean by identifying descriptions? You wrote: Basically he means they support his claim. Can you be a bit more specific? Without being able to dechipher the technical jargon, I can t get very detailed on what he means by...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Questions, apartment building, word order
apartment building, word order, doorman: Walden: Yes, you can say, Please call a taxi for me. In this case call can mean call on the telephone or call in a loud voice, as a doorman might do outside an apartment building. There is no difference in meaning in the two sentences. One of them...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Quick Grammar Question, grammar question, parallel structure
grammar question, parallel structure, phrasing: It sounds weird because you didn t respect the parallel structure. You used the word the with human being; you should have done the same with fish, like this: The human being and the fish can coexist peacefully. or like this: Human beings and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Quick Grammar question, upper school history, grammar question
upper school history, grammar question, philosophy teacher: Hello, Rudy. 1. I would keep Upper School capitalized, but put History Teacher in lowercase. 2. History and Philosophy should be in lowercase. 3. Again, I would keep Upper School in capitals, but put Social Studies in lowercase. Regards,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Quick Question About Too, correct expression, grammarians
correct expression, grammarians, word order: Hello, Kaleb. Too has two different functions. On one hand, it s an adverb modifying the adjective following it, such as too hot, too late, too much money. This is normal word order and does not require a comma. The too involving the comma is a synonym...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Quickbasic and Microsoft Word, quickbasic, text effects
quickbasic, text effects, subscript: Paula, 1. In you tab line, choose FORMAT, then FONT and you will be able to choose from a large number of fonts. 2. At the same time you may choose your desired text color and size. 3. Also under TEXT EFFECTS you can change to super or sub- scripts....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Quotation Marks/Italics, handwritten manuscripts, handwritten manuscript
handwritten manuscripts, handwritten manuscript, quotation marks: Hi Z, Great question. This one confuses a lot of people. There is really three ways of dealing with titles: underlining, italics, and quotation marks. Underlining is the same as italics, but it is used in handwritten manuscripts (italics would not be noticeable...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Quotation Marks and Punctuation, quotation marks and punctuation, proper grammar
quotation marks and punctuation, proper grammar, apostrophe: Final question, I promise! Hey, I m here to answer questions. I d be bored without them! Please tell me the proper grammar in this phrase: I admit, that I did mess-up one time, back in the mid 90 s. or... I admit, that I did mess-up one time,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Quotes at end of sentence, using quotation marks, staples
using quotation marks, staples, heavy duty: Where does the period go when using quotation marks at the end of sentence? EX: We recommend using heavy duty staples. or heavy duty staples . ? The period belongs outside the quotes, because the quoted section is not a full sentence. Although,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Quotes in parenthesis, american literature course, english degree
american literature course, english degree, parenthesis: Hello, Christina. Your student is correct. Putting quotations inside of a set of parentheses is acceptable. However, I do not agree with the way the citation is written. I would change it to ( ...and from that moment she rose from groveling in shame...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have a question about a..., ted nesbitt, occasional feelings
ted nesbitt, occasional feelings, allexperts: Chris: Either way you write it, the sentences are correct. Here is the very subtle difference: I am lonely. Using am, the first person form of the verb to be, states your being -- or condition. It would be like saying I am a volunteer at...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have a question about the..., florist shop, o clock
florist shop, o clock, shop around the corner: In reality, how long is asking for duration. The correct answer shopuld have been eight hours per day, or something like that. Many people do respond, however, in the way you show above, and it s accepted in normal conversation. Your other questions would...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have a question about the..., relative pronoun, igor sikorski
relative pronoun, igor sikorski, main clause: Igor Sikorski was the first person ______ a modern helicopter. I know by experience that the blank should be filled with to develop , but I can t explain why developing can not fit in the above sentence. I have figured the sentence can be modified...

General Writing and Grammar Help: question, english zone, native speaker
english zone, native speaker, intonation: Luke, I m not much on linguistics, but I know it depends upon the final syllable or ending of the word whether it is pronounced as an s or z . Some endings make intonation as z impossible and vice versa. I checked this website for more information:...

General Writing and Grammar Help: question, keeping up with the joneses, sparks family
keeping up with the joneses, sparks family, possesive: First of all, it depends on whether Sparks is one person named Sparks or more than person with the name Spark (as in the Sparks ; if their names was Sparks and there were more than one, you should say Sparkses --just remember keeping up with the Joneses...

General Writing and Grammar Help: question, present continous, correct answer
present continous, correct answer: Luke: The correct answer becomes clear when you say: Whenever I see him, he s always riding a bike. But you would say: He always rides a bike when he wants to exercise. The usage depends, as it often does in English, on the rest of the context...

General Writing and Grammar Help: question, tenses, tad
tenses, tad, liking: Unless you are still a tad, either of your other sentences is incorrect because since I have been implies that you still are. I liked . . . since I have been is doubly wrong because the simple past ( liked ) implies that the liking is over, entirely...

General Writing and Grammar Help: question, ok thanks, phrasing
ok thanks, phrasing, sentences: Is there any difference between these two sentences: Must you go there tomorrow Do you must go there tomorrow Are both OK? thanks! Do you must... is incorrect. Do you have to... is the proper way of phrasing the question, and then they...

General Writing and Grammar Help: question, constructions
constructions: Hi Luke The first question is most common in English and, thus, appears most correct. We tend not to use do to emphasise things in these constructions. When a person says (2) out loud, it would probably be punctuated like this: (2) May I ask you: Where...

General Writing and Grammar Help: question, stephanie, singular
stephanie, singular: Could you tell me which is correct? The information has been announced or The information have been announced should it be have been or has been ? Information is treated as a singular, because it puts all the bits of information in one piece....

General Writing and Grammar Help: "I have a question about the..., sentences
sentences: He thought he would retire soon. Why can t I say, He thought he will retire soon ? How about He thought he would have retired ? How is that different from the above sentence? The first two sentences mean the same thing. The third sentence He thought...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have a question about the..., ted nesbitt, adjective clause
ted nesbitt, adjective clause, grammar rule: Steven: You re very astute. There is a problem with the sentence. It needs to be revised. The adjective clause [beginning with which ] should closely follow the word it modifies [ brochure ]. If it doesn t, it is a misplaced modifier. The intervening...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have a question about the..., e mail address, indicative mood
e mail address, indicative mood, present perfect tense: Martin: I wish I knew where you are from and what background you have in the English language. Do you possibly have an instant messaging program on your computer? If you do have one, we could chat about some of the questions with which you are having...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have a question about the..., couple weeks, sentences
couple weeks, sentences: Peter, Yes, both are correct. By now means that he should have been retired before the time the person is making this statement, say within the past couple weeks. Soon means at any time now. This would be around the time the person is making the statement...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have a question about the..., store managers, good job
store managers, good job, different reasons: Hello, Wendy. If there is a specific amount of cash being offered as the bonus, then you should write the cash. (This is especially in situations where the amount of cash is mentioned earlier.) If you are speaking of cash in general, then you should...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have a question about the..., grammar book, subjunctive mood
grammar book, subjunctive mood, mistake: I have a question about the sentence below: I think I might have made a mistake yesterday. According to a grammar book I read, the verb in the above sentence is in the subjunctive mood because the might have makes it conditional. In other words,it...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have a question about the..., grammar book, subjunctive mood
grammar book, subjunctive mood, mistake: Hello, Andrew. I agree with the other experts. The sentence speaks of someone who may have made a mistake, but possibly did not. The sentence says he might have made a mistake yesterday. The very fact that he believes he may have erred at least allows...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Thanks for your reply and..., subjunctive mood sentences, grammar book
subjunctive mood sentences, grammar book, o clock: Andrew: Here is the basic part of your message: The bus should have been here by eight o clock. In this case, does it mean the bus actually didn t arrive before eight o clock or the speaker who says this sentence is not sure? (My grammar book indicates...

General Writing and Grammar Help: ‘Shall I' question
Hello, Yvonne. Both responses are acceptable. What time shall I phone you? is slightly more specific, though. It asks for a specific time to call. When shall I call you does not necessarily require a time. If I say When shall I call you? my friend...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have a question about the..., ted nesbitt, adjective clauses
ted nesbitt, adjective clauses, adjective clause: Steve: The the is unnecessary because it is the first word in your sentence, AND it is not always required to have an article preceding specific nouns of this nature. Remember the general rule of writing: less is best. If you can eliminate one or...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Thanks for your reply. Here..., moods of verbs, subjunctive mood
moods of verbs, subjunctive mood, future tense: Maggie: I wish that you had a good grammar teacher who would sit down with you and explain the nuances of the word could and the use of the subjunctive mood. I have been helping/teaching students the English language for many years, and the subjunctive...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have a question about the..., sentences, appointment
sentences, appointment, parents: Ken, Can implies a certainity while could depends upon a condition. He can meet us there indicates he ll definitely be there. He could meet us there implies a conditional situation such as if his bus is on time, if his parents allow, if he doesn t have...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have a question about the..., negative sentence, adverbs
negative sentence, adverbs, placements: David: Yet and still [and one you didn t mention -- already ] are adverbs that can usually be placed where you want to place them . . . as long as the sentence retains its meaning. However, yet is USUALLY placed at the end of the sentence, or, if...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Thanks for your reply. I have..., perfect tenses, grammar rule
perfect tenses, grammar rule, perfect tense: Steve: The starting out and the concert appear to be happening at the same time -- or, at least, the concert will be going on while you are traveling to it, should you leave now. Different situation. Different rule. Here s an example of two events...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have a question about the..., ted nesbitt, grammar question
ted nesbitt, grammar question, google: Steve: This is not a grammar question. The two phrases you have given have nothing to do with grammar. You need to post your question to an expert in psychology, since the terms are related to intimacy, and they are specifically mentioned in Heslin’s...

General Writing and Grammar Help: The sentences are from a woman's..., mechanical terms, arm in arm
mechanical terms, arm in arm, bodyguard: Hi Steve, I am almost sure the woman meant a bodyguard . A bodyguard is someone who is paid to protect you. They are common in countries that have a lot of violence. Arm links means arm in arm. People are walking arm in arm. You could say, people...

General Writing and Grammar Help: question, wordiness, finishing school
wordiness, finishing school, clarification: All of the sentences are correct. However....I am a warrior against wordiness! You really do not need the words the reason for that is. Consider shifting On the other hand to Additionally, More local experience seems to be additional reason...

General Writing and Grammar Help: question, stage performer, jinx
stage performer, jinx, bad luck: It is considered bad luck to tell a performer: Good Luck. Supposedly this phrase is a jinx for any actor, musician, or other stage performer who was about to begin a performance and cause all kinds of bad things to happen. The thinking is that instead of...

General Writing and Grammar Help: question, preposition, synonym
preposition, synonym, noun: Hello Chuiya. The dictionary lists 17 different meanings for as, too numerous to retype here; but you might want to check them out. Because means for the reason that and is a synonym with since. One of the 17 meanings of as is identical...

General Writing and Grammar Help: a question, professional law, battalion
professional law, battalion, capitalization: Hello, Lucas. 1. Other than adding the article A, both phrases mean the same. The article simply signals that a noun is to follow. If this is a title, then it would be Mr. John s Uprising Memoirs. This would be in quotes if it s the title of a short...

General Writing and Grammar Help: question, herrin, best choice
herrin, best choice, prepositions: Dear Luke, In this case, of, as, or even for would work and mean the same thing. Prepositions are often interchangeable; at least enough so that it does not change the meaning of a sentence. Your version sounds fine, though honestly I think of...

General Writing and Grammar Help: question, official reciever, board resolutions
official reciever, board resolutions, official receiver: Luke, paragraph one is very confusing. First, you do not need a colon after to . Next, you need parallel construction in the body of the paragraph. What ARE the matters under discussion? 1--Disposal of fixed capital; 2--expenses exceeding 10,000 Euro....

General Writing and Grammar Help: question, university of california at san francisco, entire system
university of california at san francisco, entire system, university of california: The best answer I can come up with is that using in would imply that there is only one University of California. I mean, there s UCLA, and others as well. It s an entire system. So you d say It s the University of California at San Francisco instead of...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have a question about the..., negative sentences, negative sentence
negative sentences, negative sentence, friend hope: Hello, Kerby. Your top three sentences are fine. However, in your fourth, there s no reason to write the yet at the end of the sentence. Writing the yet in the first two sentences implies that you still plan on pre-registering. Without the yet in...

General Writing and Grammar Help: question, literal sense, metaphor
literal sense, metaphor, soil: I wouldn t say set deeply on the Puritan ground. It s sort of a metaphor (it doesn t mean literally on the ground, on the soil or the earth), and if you use a metaphor, the way you say it needs to make sense in the literal sense as well. It wouldn t make...

General Writing and Grammar Help: question, sharpening scissors, trimming trees
sharpening scissors, trimming trees, knives: Luke, I m not positive but I think casual labouring scene comes from an English (British) concept about doing work (jobs) in a casual or rural environment such as gardening, trimming trees, sharpening scissors and knives, raking leaves. Jerry Leon...

General Writing and Grammar Help: question, lecture c, sentences
lecture c, sentences, hero: b, c, d are all correct. a might also be correct if followed by what he said. For example he said about him at the lecture that he was a hero of the town (though there might be better ways of saying that). Though I would not say d is incorrect, b and c...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have a question about the..., inventors hall of fame, ted nesbitt
inventors hall of fame, ted nesbitt, igor sikorski: George: You have not used developing in your sentence! You CAN use the participial form of a verb, but when you do, you are using that participle as an adjective -- that s what participles do. In actuality, the difference between your two examples...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have a question about the..., florist shop, o clock
florist shop, o clock, shop around the corner: I have a question about the conversations below: A:How long is your bank open? B:until about four o clock. Does the above conversation make sense? I wonder if A can ask, Until when will your bank be closed? or Until when is your bank open? ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: the question phrase, writing an essay, arguement
writing an essay, arguement, merits: Sarah, You may either agree or disagree with the statement, but don t do both. Make a solid arguement either way and then prove your points with some well-thought out and well-written paragraphs. By-the-way, you need not assume the statement is true. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have a question about relative..., ted nesbitt, object of the preposition
ted nesbitt, object of the preposition, relative pronouns: Tom: The correct relative pronoun to use is whom, because it is the OBJECT of the preposition for. Limiting the number of full-time employees FOR WHOM we have to pay benefits should reduce expenses considerably and increase profits. That s the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: some question about a sentence, fair maiden, mathematical systems
fair maiden, mathematical systems, business forecasting: Hi Maggis 1. Yes. New-fangled is mildly derogatory, a word that suggests a new technology that is not, perhaps, an improvement on the old. High-falutin (falutin has various spellings) means fancy . 2. They mean that the new systems were described...

General Writing and Grammar Help: question or statement, question the question, new bike
question the question, new bike, spoken english: Hi Karyn Tell me when I can get a new bike is an imperative - i.e. it is an instruction, and therefore not a question. The question form would be: When can I get a new bike? In spoken English, you might find an upturn in pitch at the end of a statement...

General Writing and Grammar Help: question on is/are usage, correct verb, sentences
correct verb, sentences, entities: Hello, Dustin. Both of the sentences are correct. In these sentences, X and Y are different entities. Therefore, X and Y is a grouping of two, making it plural, so you need are true. In the second sentence, only one of the entities needs to be...

General Writing and Grammar Help: A question., ted nesbitt, colloquial expression
ted nesbitt, colloquial expression, lakeside cabin: Dear Walden: Along about 1904 is a colloquial expression. The author is not certain exactly what year it was, so he writes that the renting of the lakeside cabin in Maine was along about that particular year. However, by his using that phrase, he...

General Writing and Grammar Help: two questions, preposition, sentences
preposition, sentences, cheers: Hi Cindy In the first two examples, both are correct. The important thing is to use the same pattern of determiners (i.e. the presence or absence of the ) in the first phrase as in the second. (If you twist my arm, I prefer the second variant.) In the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: questions, unnecessary repetition, implementation progress
unnecessary repetition, implementation progress, mr ted: Dear Luke: I am pasting in your questions and my responses [IN CAPITAL LETTERS]. Question: Hello again Mr. Ted! It s somethig that relates to the work in the lawyer s office. There is such a sentence: He is responsible (the employee at the lawyer...

General Writing and Grammar Help: questions, economic refugees, ms catherine
economic refugees, ms catherine, herrin: Dear Luke, 1. No, that doesn t sound smooth. Try this: The Foundation shall be responsible for its liabilities, up to and including, its whole assets. 2. Try this: The Foundation s primary functions are educating and rehousing political and economic...

General Writing and Grammar Help: questions, money collecting, money collection
money collecting, money collection, data transmission: Hello, Luke. 1. The sentence is acceptable. Using results from is okay. 2. I prefer money-collection, but I suppose both would be acceptable. 3. Both operating and operation are acceptable. 4. I like the sentence as it stands, except there...

General Writing and Grammar Help: questions, last birthday, question thanks
last birthday, question thanks, correct answer: Dear Pointer, You would say, My mother is at home, and my father is at the office, not in the office, because you wouldn t say, My mother is in the home, and my father is in the office. It just isn t good usage; I can t think of a reason for that,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have questions about some..., ted nesbitt, adverbs of frequency
ted nesbitt, adverbs of frequency, strange word: Eric: Where are you getting these questions and answers? I think that the source is very poor! 1. The boss treats everybody to lunch ( ). On occasion is all right, but the BEST way to express this idea is, The boss occasionally treats everybody...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have some questions about..., conditional sentences, perfect tense
conditional sentences, perfect tense, future tense: Sorry, Tony, but I hit the wrong button. Since ALL of the sentences are conditional, you seem to be asking what is the difference: 1. If you come before the meeting, we ll have time to talk. Answer: come - present tense; will have - future tense....

General Writing and Grammar Help: questions, companionship, resignation
companionship, resignation, sentences: All of these sentences are correct and clearly understandable. Company in this context refers to companionship. You might want someone to accompany you so that you will have company. This means that someone will go along with you so that you will...

General Writing and Grammar Help: questions, hello john, correct responses
hello john, correct responses, correct response: Hello, John. 1. Yes. D and e are the correct responses. 2. If they did not finish until morning, then they could not have finished last night. I suggest something more specific like, They were finished by 9 p.m. 3. Early and late both work...

General Writing and Grammar Help: questions, correct answers, confusion
correct answers, confusion, element: 1. A is correct, B is not The best response ( i.e., the clearest, would be E). All of the others are vague because the original sentence has both a negative and positive element, so the confusion lies in which element you are responding to. B would definitely...

General Writing and Grammar Help: questions, express train, mt kisco
express train, mt kisco, correct answer: Hello, George. 1. We is used as a general reference to the people operating the business selling the newspapers. You could also use the papers correctly in this context. 2. I agree with you. It seems like the speakers are at the train station, perhaps...

General Writing and Grammar Help: questions, express train, mt kisco
express train, mt kisco, correct answer: 1. We re represents his compnay or his store. So, in essence, this is a shorthand way of saying. My store is all sold out of papers -- or -- We have no more papers to sell. 2. They are at the station discussing whether or not to take a particular train...

General Writing and Grammar Help: questions, magic act, emergency exit
magic act, emergency exit, preposition: 1. A diversion is a general term for something that diverts your attention, or by extension, somethingn that entertains you. So a diversion could be a song, a dance, a magic act, or anything that diverts your attention from a more serious matter. the word...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have two questions as below:1.The..., ted nesbitt, rejection notice
ted nesbitt, rejection notice, riding a horse: Martin: I just clicked the wrong button, so you will be getting a rejection notice from me. Ignore it. 1.The beans are cooking in the pot. The active voice can be used, because the beans are in a process. This is an exception to the general...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have two questions as follow:1.A:..., drinking fountain, water fountain
drinking fountain, water fountain, office buildings: 1. A water fountain is a drinking fountain, the kind you might find in a school, office building or or park. You press the button on the machine and a stream of water comes out so you can have a drink. 2. all the way downtown means that it is far away...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have two questions as follow:1.He..., variance, dorm
variance, dorm, irony: Stephanie, Although both have the same meaning, there is a slight variance in that, by accident could mean he slipped, fell and knocked up against the door. Whereas, knocked on the door by chance means there were several doors ( such as in a dorm) and he...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have two questions as follow:1.Be..., playing chess, t pay
playing chess, t pay, military forces: Stephanie, If you were playing chess or checkers, you might get this advice from a friend. Or, if you were a member of a military forces, your commander might tell you this as you start a mission. You are awful: if you re cruel to animals, if you don...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have two questions as follow:(1)...
Hi, Steven, and thanks for writing. Although I would talk about putting color *on* hair, either in or on would be correct here. But you would want to say put rather than do. As for question #2, both are correct -- it just depends whether you want...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have two questions as follow:(1)..., hair color, dye
hair color, dye, sentences: Hello, Kevin. I would say, put some color in my hair. In implies a mixing, a changing of your original hair color by infusing a dye of some sort. As far as I m concerned, on my hair is not to be used. Both of your sentences in (2) are correct....

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have two questions as follow:1.The..., ted nesbitt, collegiate dictionary
ted nesbitt, collegiate dictionary, math problem: Josh: Figure out was accepted into our language as a transitive verb in 1833. Prior to that time, it had been used as a colloquial or idiomatic expression. So, both of your sentences are grammatically correct. Webster s New Collegiate Dictionary...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have two questions as follow:My..., different meaning, corner store
different meaning, corner store: I have two questions as follow: My computer is broken. My computer is down. My computer crashed. Do the all mean the same thing? yes! Does at the corner store have the same meaning as at the store on the corner ? Corner store, I think,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have two questions as follow:When..., 2pm, lunch
2pm, lunch, shopping: I have two questions as follow: When do you plan to retire? By the end of next year. Can I say, at the end of next year or in the end of year ? If not, what is the difference? In the end of next year. isn t correct. You should stay with...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have two questions as follow:..., ted nesbitt, slang expression
ted nesbitt, slang expression, neighborhood bar: Josh: In the first group, all of the sentences mean the same thing, and all are correct. Bugging, however, is a slang expression. I wouldn t use The little boy is bugging his mother. I d choose either of the other two. Use bugging for casual...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have two questions as follow:He..., extention services, persion
extention services, persion, dining halls: Brian, There is a major difference between jail and prison. Jail is a county situation where inmates usually spend no more than 30 days. Prisons are generally state-run and deal with sentences of a year or more. They have more elaborate facilities for...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have two questions as follow:a.A:Do..., ted nesbitt, proper sentence
ted nesbitt, proper sentence, sentences: Peter: About your sentences -- a.A:Do you drink coffee often? B:I don t drink much coffee. Both of these are correct. And the responses you gave are correct also. ***** b.Don t leave the office without lights off. Dont leave the office without...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have two questions as follow:..., sentences, coffee
sentences, coffee, shoes: 1. All of those questions are appropriate for thast response. For the first question,, you might want to add at all, as in: I don t drink much coffee at all. For the other two questions, ytou can leave at all out of the sentence. 2. No. The first...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have two questions as follow:Ex:..., zalewski, literal sense
zalewski, literal sense, parenthesis: Hello, Stephanie. In your first sentence, complications simply refers to the weather s extra problems that it caused. For example, suppose the wind was blowing so hard that the plane blew onto its side. The wind would be the weather, and the plane blowing...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have two questions as follow:Did..., sentences, inner office
sentences, inner office: Hi Kevin I apologise for the delay in responding to your question. I don t understand your first question; to is being used in the same sense for both sentences. I think that The inner office is John s is an adequate way to describe an office...

General Writing and Grammar Help: two questions, online forum, idiomatic expression
online forum, idiomatic expression, ins and outs: Aesculapius: You are correct. I am in an online forum would be the best way to say that. Ins and outs is an idiomatic expression. When you ask someone to explain the ins and outs of something, you are asking them to give you the basic information...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Can you do a quick critique of my work?, harsh sound, malefactor
harsh sound, malefactor, patter: Okay, you asked for a quick critique. I m basing this on the first few sentences of your first vignette, as the rest of it is too long to go through... I m going to start off with saying the worst words ever for someone to hear.. You have promise....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Can you do a quick critique of my writing?, harsh sound, malefactor
harsh sound, malefactor, patter: Hello, Dan. I like your work, but I would only be speculating as to its potential for publication. There s only one way to find out. However, I am slightly confused. If your angel is immortal, why does she fear bullets? Presumedly, she knows she cannot...

General Writing and Grammar Help: quotation marks, where have you gone charming billy, query letter
where have you gone charming billy, query letter, tidbit: Have you read A High and Beautiful Wave ? The quoted title is not a question; the entire statement is, so the question mark goes outside. On the other hand, you might comment on recently reading Where Have You Gone, Charming Billy? That is a story...

General Writing and Grammar Help: quotation marks, quotation mark, quotation marks
quotation mark, quotation marks, punctuation marks: Hi M5, It depends! Periods and commas go inside the quotation marks: He said, I am fine. Colons and semicolons go outside quotation marks: He said, I am fine ; however, I did not believe him. Question marks and exclamation points go inside the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: quotations within sentences, quotation mark, punctuation mark
quotation mark, punctuation mark, quotation marks: Hello, Tony. The rule for quotations states that the punctuation mark comes before the final quotation mark. I understand your argument, but the rule stands. For example, How do you spell receive? Don t know. I before E except after C!...

General Writing and Grammar Help: quote, ted nesbitt, groucho marx
ted nesbitt, groucho marx, comedy acts: Dear Ruth: I don t think this quotation can be attributed to anyone in particular -- because so many comedians have used it and variations of it. The actual line is this: I don t remember when I was born, I was too young at the time. Well, that...

General Writing and Grammar Help: quote, albert camus the plague, everyday wisdom
albert camus the plague, everyday wisdom, being a man: Dear Luke, He s talking about being one of the common men, not an exalted, supreme being; he appreciates the everyday wisdom of just existing and learning about life as he goes, which means he isn t always right or a superhero, but it means he goes about...

General Writing and Grammar Help: How do you quote something..., double quotes
double quotes: How do you quote something that already has quotes in it? For example, how would you quote: Bold shuddered. I wonder why they didn t leave, he said. Bold shuddered. I wonder why they didn t leave, he said. Basically, you use double quotes...

General Writing and Grammar Help: quotes and commas, professional ethics, school management
professional ethics, school management, silly questions: 1) The Standard of School Management states that The principal has knowledge, skills, and understanding of time management to maximize the effectiveness of the organization. 2) The Standard of Professional Ethics states that caring for the feelings...

General Writing and Grammar Help: quotes within quotes, double quotation marks, chanel
double quotation marks, chanel, heather: Hi there Amanda, Hope I am not too late. Here is your information: And then Dad yelled Change the channel! For a quote within a quote, use single quotation marks (as shown above) around the embedded quote. Always remember to close with double...

General Writing and Grammar Help: quoting dialoge, quotation marks, firdaus
quotation marks, firdaus, living a lie: Hi Becca, Quoting dialogue is a tricky thing. In every day life, you d write: Samantha was shocked and said kill it! and we ran away. In that piece of dialogue, Samantha was quoted within a quote, using a single apostrophe instead of quotation marks...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: APA FORMATTING, apa formatting guidelines, adobe acrobat reader
apa formatting guidelines, adobe acrobat reader, apa format: James: The APA format is so technical, there is a manual -- usually available in the reference collections of most libraries. I have put together a list of the various style guides for the students at my college. Here is the link: http://library.wlsc.edu/styles.html...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: DIDN'T RATE YOUR RETURNED ANSWER, computer problem, few days
computer problem, few days, ted: That s OK, James. Only about 10% of the people I help bother to write back to rate or express thanks. Don t worry about it. I ll be leaving Allexperts soon. It s too time-consuming and not as rewarding as it used to be. I m falling far behind in my...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: DIDN'T RECEIVE MESSAGE, questioner, tardiness
questioner, tardiness, answering questions: James: There is an ongoing problem at Allexperts. Several weeks ago, I sent you an answer to a question. About a week after that, you responded, saying that you would evaluate me at a later time -- or something to that effect. I don t know why it took...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: Grammar Techniques, grammar techniques, something about the dream
grammar techniques, something about the dream, taking medicine: Hello, Cindy. Organization of thoughts is very important. You do not want a huge block of information while writing. When the focus of the essay or story has changed, it s time for a new paragraph. For example: Dave woke up in the middle of the night,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: INJURE, moss point mississippi, dear james
moss point mississippi, dear james, byhalia: Dear James, This is the way the text should read: Pastor Smith s brother was involved in an auto accident a few weeks ago. He suffered multiple injuries, including internal damage and a broken arm, in three places. Despite his condition, he was...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: INSURANCE, true temper sports, mississippi conference
true temper sports, mississippi conference, health premiums: Dear James, Here is the corrected text: Though the pastor’s packet may appear high to you, consider the time and era in which we live these days. The cost of living has increased exponentially over the years. For the most part, it is the Mississippi...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: MEETING PLACE, district superintendent rev, parish committee
district superintendent rev, parish committee, dear james: Dear James: Here s the corrected copy: The covenant meeting is set for Wednesday, [INSERT DATE HERE, i.e., MAY 30, 2007], here at St. John s Church. In attendance will be Dr. Grubbs, the District Superintendent; Rev. William and his committee; The Pastor...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: MOVE, renting an apartment, dear james
renting an apartment, dear james, official notification: Dear James, Here is the corrected text: Pastor Smith is renting an apartment in Atlanta, GA. Because the landlord is rebuilding the apartments, Pastor Smith has received official notification to surrender the apartment by May 31, 2007. All Best,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: PAST AND FUTURE TENSE, colas, one of these days
colas, one of these days, connotation: HI James, Yes, meant does connote past tense: I meant to study more last night, but I fell asleep early. Mean connotes the present: I say what I mean. Or I mean that these two colas taste differently; I did not mean to say that they tasted...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: PRAYER3, hebrew boys, fiery furnace
hebrew boys, fiery furnace, golden image: Some suggested edits in caps: you don’t HAVE to be concernED about running OUT of refills. God like this? (question mark, not period) smile or FROWN If the choir DOESN T sing God deserve to worship! DESERVES TO BE WORSHIPPED, I think is what...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: RETIREMENT, dedication celebration, parish committee
dedication celebration, parish committee, dear james: Dear James, Here is the corrected text: I want to thank the Parish Committee for all their efforts in planning and pulling together this dedication celebration for Pastor Lowe. The Parish Committee makes my position, as Chairman, easier and affordable....

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: RUN-ON SENTENCE, ralph abernathy, comma splice
ralph abernathy, comma splice, independent clauses: Yes, James, you are absolutely correct. The problem usually occurs when you reach the end of a thought and suddenly want to add onto that same thought. Some people just tack on the additional words with no punctuation at all . . . or they don t begin a...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: research paper, paragraph essay, paper question
paragraph essay, paper question, source material: Hello again, Henry. I have no idea what your instructor s criteria are for grading. Personally, a totally quoted paper that is very well done would earn a C from me. However, other instructors are easier graders or don t bother even reading the essays...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: TIME MANAGEMENT, time management schedule, setting time
time management schedule, setting time, wordiness: James: Here s my version: I believe that setting a time management schedule can be rewarding. However, if you have a family, as I do, then it is important to get them involved with the planning of the schedule. [NOTE: If you want to add the if at...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: UNITY, spiritual unity, faithful partners
spiritual unity, faithful partners, jesus jesus: James, Try this: Jesus established and ordained unity; then he made it a commandment. The church should never be without spiritual unity. Where there is no unity, there is division. Where there is division, there is Satan, where there is Satan, there...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE:UNKNOWN, hebrew meaning, exhaustive concordance
hebrew meaning, exhaustive concordance, hebrew word: Hello, James. 120-adam means that the word man in the original Hebrew was the word Adam. When it says from 119; ruddy, it indicates that ruddy is a related word to Adam. If you did a study of the word ruddy in the original Hebrew, you would...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: WEEDS, hyphen, weeds
hyphen, weeds, question mark: James: You need three marks of punctuation. Other than that, it s fine: I have white-looking weeds growing with my grass. What are they, and how can I get rid of them? Add the hyphen in the first line, and add the comma and question mark in the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: YOUNG PEOPLE, hand clap, loving arms
hand clap, loving arms, guardians: Let’s give the ANGELS of praise a great big hand clap for lifting God s name in praise! It’s imperative that we continually pray for our young people and ask God to keep His loving arms of protection around them and keep them in all of their ways. If we fail...

General Writing and Grammar Help: RE: WILL AND WOULD
Jerry, Use will when expressing a certainty. Use would when noting that something is conditional, that it will happen if something else ... Would you come over to my house tonight for dinner? (Not a certainty but conditional to something else.) ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Reading in English, family member, bookstores
family member, bookstores, memory: Hello, Shadia. I suggest that you take a class on this subject. It may be that a friend or family member has a particular talent for reading English. They may teach you from a book (available at bookstores) or from their memory. Hope this helps. Regards,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Reading, grade daughter, d allen
grade daughter, d allen, news article: In my experience a weighted word is one that holds a double meaning. A word that is a loaded word and has more than one significant meaning in the article. That seems to be a hefty lesson for a 7th grader, but there it is. Thanks for the question,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Reference, modern language association, internet resource guide
modern language association, internet resource guide, asthma asthma: Kristy: I could give you the correct citation, EXCEPT for one BIG problem. You have not indicated what style manual you are supposed to follow. If you are doing the brochure strictly on your own, and, therefore, you have the option to choose any style...

General Writing and Grammar Help: References, harvard style, uc santa barbara
harvard style, uc santa barbara, online libraries: Hello, Pearl. I must be dense because I still do not understand what you want from me. I can recommend online libraries such as the one at UC Santa Barbara. Your university library should also have books listed under the subject heading Globalization ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Referring to the Family as a whole, christmas ornament, joneses
christmas ornament, joneses, s smith: Heidi, That depends upon what you want the ornament to say. If it represents your family, the say Joneses or Smiths. or If you want to say this belongs to us, then say Smith s or Jones . You must decide what you want it to say, not me. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Reflexive pronouns, reflexive pronouns, reflexive pronoun
reflexive pronouns, reflexive pronoun, grammar checker: Dear Danny, Thank you for your question. Reflexive pronouns are simply another form of the common pronouns that you know. They are used, for example, when the subject and the object are the same. For example, I accidentally cut myself. I is the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Regarding to Some and Few, few coins, indefinite quantity
few coins, indefinite quantity, dear sir: Revi, Some indicates an indefinite quantity. It might be 5 or it might be as many as 50. I like some of the books in my library. Few is limited to a much small number. I have a few coins in my pocket. Although both deal in quantity, some may also...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Relative pronoun, nouns and pronouns, relative pronoun
nouns and pronouns, relative pronoun, plural nouns: Hello, Benny. Both of your top sentences are acceptable, with a few changes. My neighbor has friends who like to travel means that the neighbor s friends like to travel. My neighbor, who has several friends, is now here means that the neighbor...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Reliability, competence, reliability
competence, reliability, homework: Hi Titilayo, Reliability means that something can be depended on. For example, you might say, I have to be at school every day by 8 A.M. so I need a car with great reliability. In other words, I need a car I can depend on to get me to school at that...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Request for editing of short text, german research foundation, research landscape
german research foundation, research landscape, international competitiveness: Hello, Lisa. I am sorry for taking so long to respond. I suggest the following changes: Second sentence: Put a comma after the word conditions. In the following sentence, eliminate the e.g. and insert the for example : Second, it seeks to...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Research paper, protestant reformation, writing a research paper
protestant reformation, writing a research paper, george fox: Hello, Alyson. I suggest the following: ...During the seventeenth century(,)...As with a utopia, the Quakers formed out of the bad in their society(;) The Society of Friends formed... ...Utopias focus on social, moral, and political beliefs that...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Reserves vs. Reserve, singular group, company xyz
singular group, company xyz, noun: Hi Tracia These are the present tense forms of to reserve : I reserve You reserve He/she/it reserves They reserve You (plural) reserve We reserve One reserves Since company is a singular group noun, you should write Company XYZ reserve......

General Writing and Grammar Help: Response Writing, margaret wente, western education
margaret wente, western education, strictures: Hello, Farhan. Your essay has grammatical errors. In addition, your organization of thoughts lacks skill. I think your essay would be enriched if you first explained the author s point of view. You re asssuming that people know the author s stance, including...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Resume, dear sirs, buisness
dear sirs, buisness, several times: Susan, Tell your friend to use the original name of the company in his resume. Should he get the interview, he can then point out that the company has changed hands several times. Another medthod would be to include the names of the companies and always...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Revised essay: can you check it?, chinese proverb, childrens behavior
chinese proverb, childrens behavior, hectic schedule: I still really like that apathy-evil connection you have made. The only real suggestions I would make involve this sentence: However, according to a research conducted on the behavior of people in different age groups, results suggested that apathy most...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Rules regarding the letter Y, short vowel, consonant
short vowel, consonant, unobstructed: Hi Julie, A vowel is a sound made with the breath unobstructed; in a consonant, the breath is partially obstructed. Y is a vowel when it has a sound equivalent to some other long or short vowel (in words like my, myth, hymn). Basically, Y is a consonant...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Run-on sentence, independent clauses, ample reason
independent clauses, ample reason, sentece: John, By adding a comma with the and, you eliminate the run-on situation. Here are two solutions: 1. There is ample reason to believe these guys are fake (after the D.I.C.E. keynote even more so), and I would like to point out that I am one of the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: rare earths?, rare earth elements, rare earths
rare earth elements, rare earths, misnomer: Hi Ang-sui Rare earth was originally coined as word to describe these elements because they were concerned rare. The writer of this sentence points out the irony that, in fact, these elements are far from rare. They are ubiquitous. Regards Ia...

General Writing and Grammar Help: would rather / would like, herrin, pointer
herrin, pointer, hadn: Dear Pointer, You would say, I would have rather she stayed, but she really wanted to attend the university. or, I would have liked to have had a piece of that cake, but it was too fattening. You would say, I would have liked to have had...

General Writing and Grammar Help: would rather ... than ..., infinitive, english teaching
infinitive, english teaching, plotters: Jeff: I m going to suggest that you you get other opinions as well, but here s how I see it. The second example you give (to have bowed) simply sounds awkward and incorrect. My advice is to stick with the simple infinitive form. In the second example,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Does this read well?, proof reader, temporary file
proof reader, temporary file, microsoft word: “If we could find people clearly led and helped by God the benefits would be enormous.” YES! This reads very well and is very clear. Do add a comma after God, though. (Basic rule--use a comma after an introductory dependent clause.) And I did mean...

General Writing and Grammar Help: reading, smart outfit, taxi drivers
smart outfit, taxi drivers, cab drivers: In this context, a bid is an attempt. The authorities are making an attempt to improve the city s image. Smarten up means to make smarter. Smart can relate to intelligence, of course, but in this context it could mean to make more attractive. A...

General Writing and Grammar Help: reading, reading 1, correct answer
reading 1, correct answer, eight hours: Hello, Wendy. 1. The key words here are no longer required to provide a note from their doctors. This indicates that d would be the correct answer. No longer required implies that a note used to be needed but that this is no longer the case...

General Writing and Grammar Help: reading, reading 1, consecutive days
reading 1, consecutive days, correct answer: Where does it say that employees whose illnesses last less than four days need a note from the doctor? That is not common practice. Most employers do not demand a note if the absence is less than three or four days. It is when an employee is absent three or...

General Writing and Grammar Help: reading, argentine model dorismar, turtle eggs
argentine model dorismar, turtle eggs, publicity campaign: Hello, Ken. 1. Scantily clad means that the model was not wearing much clothing. 2. Some women s rights group object to featuring women with few or no clothes on for advertising purposes. Some feel that such photographs or ads demean and cheapen women...

General Writing and Grammar Help: realize and notice, five sense, mental awareness
five sense, mental awareness, angel: Angel, Realize, sense, notice, felt all mean about the same thing...to become aware of. Noticed might be a bit more with sight (the eyes) while realized is more a mental awareness. Sense could be with any of the five sense, and felt is more tactile. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: regarding subject and predicate, interrogative sentences, subject predicate
interrogative sentences, subject predicate, allexperts: Dear Arun, Thank you for writing. This is a good question, but it does involve sentence diagramming, which I just don t get into on this website; however, I found a site that does cover sentence diagramming, and should answer your question pretty well:...

General Writing and Grammar Help: report writing, good luck with your report, format of a report
good luck with your report, format of a report, bombay india: Hello, Munmun. These questions are ones that need to be answsered by whoever is receiving the report. Formats and requirements change with the institution, the instructor, and the assignment. Hence, it would be impossible for me to know this answer. You...

General Writing and Grammar Help: research paper, aquatic plants and animals, hydrogen ions
aquatic plants and animals, hydrogen ions, ions in water: Hello, Katy. It s kind of difficult to make a paper like this more interesting. You are stating facts, not conjecture or opinion. As is, your paper is interesting (relatively speaking). It speaks the truth on the pH matter in a concise path. If...

General Writing and Grammar Help: research paper, writing a research paper, thesis sentence
writing a research paper, thesis sentence, tangents: Hello, Yelonda. When writing a research paper, I believe the best policy is to clearly state your main idea first, and then work from there. You can branch off onto tangents if you want, but you should begin the paper with your most important finding first....

General Writing and Grammar Help: research, research presentation, intense study
research presentation, intense study, research presentations: Dear Ekz, Thank you for your question. Research presentations and data analyses are used in businesses around the world. Simply put, a research presentation is used to present new information to members of a corporation. Generally speaking, the information...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Can you resend your answers?, flight traning, training flight
flight traning, training flight, sentences: Hi Albert, There have been some problems with the system. I hope you can read this. One day, during a training flight.” ALTHOUGH in panic, I tried to stay calm and MAKE a crash landing. The jet landed safely after a moment and I was relieved....

General Writing and Grammar Help: resource list, microsoft word document, types of verbs
microsoft word document, types of verbs, daily grammar: Luke: I am pasting in two items: 1. A guide that I prepared for all of the tenses used in English. You ll find the simple forms, the perfect tense forms, and the progressive forms. There are examples for each. 2. A Microsoft Word document, that...

General Writing and Grammar Help: What does "resteless" really mean?, ted nesbitt, chinatown in san francisco
ted nesbitt, chinatown in san francisco, chinese population: What Pearl Buck means by this statement is that Americans -- whether they have been in this country for generations or have just arrived -- have one thing in common: They are restless, meaning that they do not arrive in America, say to themselves, I am...

General Writing and Grammar Help: resume, experience activities, writing a resume
experience activities, writing a resume, education experience: Hi Shahrizan, Hi, There are many ways to create a resume and many things you need to know. All resumes should include: Name and address Objectives Education Experience Activities/Volunteer Work/Skills/Honors/Interests References The layout...

General Writing and Grammar Help: resume, school bus driver, operations lab
school bus driver, operations lab, toys r us: Jason, I would be more than happy to look over your resume when complete. Send it to me through AllExperts as you did this question. Use this format in putting together your resume: 1. Personal info 2. Objective (be specific, e.g. grocery manager,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: resume, character motivation, exact description
character motivation, exact description, employment history: Shahrizan, Outline: 1. Personal info: name, address, phone, email, etc. 2. Objective: exact description of the job you are seeking 3. Employment History: Chronological listing of jobs you have held that are pertinent to job you are seeking ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: returned by 20th November - meaning when?, temporal expressions, doubt check
temporal expressions, doubt check, native speaker: Hello, Basia. I agree that this can be confusing. On any deadline that says by the 20th, I make certain that the material is there by the 19th, just in case the recipient interprets the language differently from my interpretation. Usually, if the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Can you revise my essay!/?, civil war unit, proslavery men
civil war unit, proslavery men, battle hymn of the republic: Hello, Ting. Here is your essay, with my suggestions in parentheses: Who is John Brown? John Brown is an immortal figure of American history. Brown was an American abolitionist, born in Connecticut and raised in Ohio. He was also a farmer, lunatic,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: revising, simple arithmetic, math test
simple arithmetic, math test, careless mistakes: Bob: I made just a few changes -- it sounds sincere as it is. In my humble opinion,I think I did poorly on this test because I am careless at times and made dumb miscalculations(like 11-6 equalling 17 when it s obviously 5; or after doing the math,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: revising, simple arithmetic, math test
simple arithmetic, math test, careless mistakes: Hello, Bob. I suggest the following: In my humble opinion, I think I did poorly...times and (make) dumb miscalculations (for example, adding 11 - 6 to equal 17, when (it s) obviously 5; also, after doing the math, forgetting to put (an) x after the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: revising, simple arithmetic, math test
simple arithmetic, math test, careless mistakes: Jeff, Try this: I think I did poorly on this test because I was careless at times and made several stupid miscalculations. Obviously, I know that 11 minus 6 equals 5, not 17. Not being able to use a calculator also contributed to my careless mistakes...

General Writing and Grammar Help: on the right, hello george, physical position
hello george, physical position, suit jacket: Hello, George. 1. If you are on the right, it refers to your physical position, such as walking on the right of the sidewalk. To the right is a directional signal from a reference point such as to the right of the tall building is a small local...

General Writing and Grammar Help: to the right ahead, election survey, safety purposes
election survey, safety purposes, lockers: Kang, 1. The lane ahead will merge to the right. All customers must keep their bags in the lockers before shopping inside the store. Can you stop on your way home by the bank to make deposits? Small compartments at the entrance to the store where...

General Writing and Grammar Help: on the right, formal outfit, stable position
formal outfit, stable position, sport jacket: Regarding item 1, on the right suggests stable position. To the right can be used interchangeably at times, but it can also be used to mean changing position: Move the book to the right. ---movement OR, The book is to the right of the vase. ----stable...

General Writing and Grammar Help: rock bands and subject-verb blues, collective nouns, collective noun
collective nouns, collective noun, better music: Hello, Augusto. All of your questions regard collective nouns. The rule for the collective noun is that if the context is describing something the group has to do as a unit, then the verb is singular. If the context is describing something the group members...

General Writing and Grammar Help: rock bands and subject-verb blues, singular entity, plural subjects
singular entity, plural subjects, better music: Hi Augusto, In the first case, Pearl Jam is a singular entity as a band - it does not identify any plural subjects. You would say Pearl Jam needs better sound. In the second case, though, the Beach Boys are identified in the plural. As a plural, it...

General Writing and Grammar Help: rock bands and subject-verb agreement, subject verb agreement, plural name
subject verb agreement, plural name, grazes: Augusto, Pearl Jam would be considered singular, thus needs. A group with a plural name so need. I don t know the group, but since it is one guy, makes would be correct. If your talking about one it would be grazes, but if there are several sheep...

General Writing and Grammar Help: a rose for emily, first person plural, spread lime
first person plural, spread lime, william faulkner: Dear Shaina: You are an EXCELLENT reader! Everyone just assumes that she killed Homer Barron. After all, she had been seeing him and then he suddenly disappeared. There was a decaying odor around her house, so the men of the town spread lime, hoping...

General Writing and Grammar Help: What are the rules that apply..., weird one, job opening
weird one, job opening, new job: Carlie: i m not sure there are any rules to speak of. Usage dictates which you use. You apply for a job, for admission into a society or a group, for a license, visa, or a passport. I can t think of many examples for apply to. Here s a weird one:...

General Writing and Grammar Help: run on and comma usuage, team teaching, comma
team teaching, comma, sentences: Hi Terri I believe she was confused about the question on team teaching, because she responded about collaboration among teachers in a school, which is part of team teaching, but I was looking for more information about her thoughts on the process of team...

General Writing and Grammar Help: run on sentences, semi colons, adverbial clause
semi colons, adverbial clause, conjunctions: Well, the simple answer is that it is grammatically incorrect. Sentences must be separated from each other by a stronger pause than just a comma. In fact, when a comma is used as if it is a period, it s known as a comma fault. Example: The dog bit the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: SAT essay, polite manner, grammatical mistakes
polite manner, grammatical mistakes, 10th grade: Hello, Hemanth. Expounding on your belief means to write a detailed explanation. In this case, you d let the reader know exactly where you believe this policy comes from. Don t just say, human morality, etc. Explain further. Your second question depends...

General Writing and Grammar Help: SAT, vocabulary tests, sundry times
vocabulary tests, sundry times, oppurtunity: Hello, Jeff. I am sorry for taking so long to respond. My grade for your essay is a 4. I chose this grade because I believe that the quality of your essay does diminish. The paragraph about studying was well-written, but the one about babysitting was...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Sarah is a friend of Paul's, ted nesbitt, high school sophomore
ted nesbitt, high school sophomore, new constructions: Tom: Here are the evauations and comment you gave me: Tom 8 9 10 8 NO Very quick and useful reply, I was very pleased, thank you very much. Tom Here is the problem I have: It is very discouraging to volunteer to help others and to receive the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Satire and Irony, adventures of huck finn, ivory comb
adventures of huck finn, ivory comb, gift of the magi: Patty, Unfortunately, Chapter 31 of Huck Finn is about 50 years behind me so I can t comment on that. But this might help: Irony is twist of fate! It is best illustrated in O Henry s Gift of the Magi. A young man was married to a beautiful woman with...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Say or Says, father and mother, cheers
father and mother, cheers, tweaks: Hi Rebecca Both are correct because: (1) can be interpreted as says his father, and his mother [too] , and (ii) can be interpreted as say [both] his father and mother . You can use either, but I would suggest making the tweaks I outlined in the previous...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Schwarzenegger, governor arnold schwarzenegger, arnold schwarzenegger
governor arnold schwarzenegger, arnold schwarzenegger, groper: Because of the role he played in the Termionator movies and the the accusations that he fondled a woman, the writers have coined new words by combining those references -- governor + terminator = governator. groper + terminator = gropenator. The fuhrer,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Schwarzenegger, governor arnold schwarzenegger, german accent
governor arnold schwarzenegger, german accent, arnold schwarzenegger: Ang-sui, Governator because of his starring roles in the Terminator movie series. Gropenator because of the several charges levied against him by various women during his campaign that he took liberties with them and their fannies. He is said the be...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Senior Paper, plaigerism, several different areas
plaigerism, several different areas, parenthetical documentation: I can t go over the whole paper, but in regard to your opening quote and not wanting to divulge her name or interrupt the flow immediately, you can credit her directly within the opening sentences: { } = omit [ ] = insert “It is not how much we do,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Sentence Construction, self reliance, sentence construction
self reliance, sentence construction, church members: Hello, Deanna. Your first sentence is somewhat misleading. Using the verb were means that the gospel no longer blesses the people. In addition, the usage of the word preached means that the people preached at one time, but no longer do. This...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Sentence Style, enraged cow, graffiti artists
enraged cow, graffiti artists, sentence style: Nicole, Try these: 1. The reason I didn t do well on my test is because I didn t have time to study. I didn t do well on my test because I didn t have time to study. 2. Suicide is when a person kills him/herself. Suicide is a person...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Sentence structure, sentence structure, sending emails
sentence structure, sending emails, first language: Hi Reggie - are you in high school? Is English your first language? (The reason I am asking is that I get many questions from students who speak other languages more fluently than English.) Please let me know if you are in school and in what way you want...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Sentence structure, complete predicate, simple predicate
complete predicate, simple predicate, verb phrase: The complete subject and the complete predicate include all the words that go with the simple subject and simple verb. Let s try an example: The tall, handsome mailman was attacked angrily by a snarling dog. Simple subject: mailman Complete subject:...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Sentence structures?, grammar book, proper word
grammar book, proper word, sentence structures: Use me -- it s simple and doesn t sound pompous. tthe reflexive pronoun is usually used for emphasis: I will take the visitor vbakc to the airport myself. Check a good grammar book for a complete explanation of the ways in whcih to use the reflexive....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Sentence writting, agoraphobia, good writing
agoraphobia, good writing, adjective: Hi, Daniel! I could answer this question with the sentences, but the assignment would not do you any good. Writing is like a sport: one must practice writing and do writing drills to get better. If I do your homework for you, your writing will not improve....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Sentence or not?, imperative sentences, proper hygiene
imperative sentences, proper hygiene, body odor: Hello, Meredith. Yes, these sentences do have you understood as the subject. They are all imperative sentences and require a period at the end of each. I do have a bit of a context issue with increase discomfort as a command sentence, though...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Sentences - Answers to Your Question(s), culinary schools in europe, mr burton
culinary schools in europe, mr burton, captial letters: Kang, below are the answers. I have provided them in all CAPTIAL LETTERS. Question 1: The owner of the restaurant told me that her new head chef, who HAD RECIEVED his training at culinary schools in Europe, would help and make her restaurant famous. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: "Serve" vs. "Suffice", online dictionaries, rule books
online dictionaries, rule books, word usage: Dear Steve, Yes, word usage does seem to take on a life of its own at times, doesn t it? I think in many cases, whatever just sounds best or more reasonable works better than using the rule books. For example, you wouldn t really hear anyone say:...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Several Questions., abstract noun, puntuation
abstract noun, puntuation, tamkang: Walden: I hope I can sort out your questions: 1. a. They simply can not understand why in a college like Tamkang, there can be so many colleges or shall we call them sub-colleges ? b.They simply can not understand why in a college like Tamkang,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Several, sanitation engineer, prevention specialist
sanitation engineer, prevention specialist, hi tim: Hi Mike Technically, you should write Hi, Tim . However, these days Hi Tim is fast becoming the norm - this might be due to the influence of Dear Tim (which has never had a comma) serving as a kind of archetype for a salutation. Jobs titles will...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Shopping on the Internet is..., grammar experts, relative pronouns
grammar experts, relative pronouns, relative pronoun: Hello, Albert. Your sentence is grammatically correct. That may not be used in place of who or whom. This practice is grammatically unsound. For example, writing He was the man that bought me a bicycle is incorrect. When referring to people,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Short question, sitting in the back seat, happy birthday john
sitting in the back seat, happy birthday john, birthday wish: Hello, Benny. In the front and in the back refer to a position inside something; in front of and in back of refer to a position outside of something. For example, I am in front of my car, means that I am standing (or sitting, etc.) by my...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Short Stories, dear bill, little sex
dear bill, little sex, term projects: Dear Bill, Thank you for writing. These days I usually work on long-term projects with repeat clients, but I maintain an account on www.guru.com, which is one of the best (in my opinion) sites that support both service providers and employers in nearly...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Short Stories, wearing levis, trucker buddy
wearing levis, trucker buddy, somers wisconsin: This does need some work, mainly for readability. For dialogue to work in a story, it has to be set apart. You can t stick two lines of dialouge from different people into the same paragraph, said Steph. You have to break them up so people can tell...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Shouldn't "afford" be followed..., gerund phrase, infinitives
gerund phrase, infinitives, bet: James: Yes, it usually IS followed by infinitives, but that doesn t mean it HAS to be. Either way is correct. There is no difference in meaning between the two. It s just that, in our language, we have different ways of expressing the same thing. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Silent N, english pronunciation guide, nursery registration
english pronunciation guide, nursery registration, correct symbols: Hello, Tracey. I just checked an English pronunciation guide and it shows no symbol for a silent n I suggest that you write on her registration, Hanan (pronounced Hana). However, I am not an expert in linguistics but in grammar. You might want...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Simile?, monorail station, literary elements
monorail station, literary elements, literal interpretation: Hello, Amy. Ant-like is being used as an adjective. It describes the pullulation of the lower-caste activity, which makes it an adjective. A simile is a comparison of two unlike objects using like or as. It is not a literal interpretation: I...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Simple question, thx, phrases
thx, phrases, lottery: Hello, Benny. The phrases mean the same thing. They are used to compare two things or events (not necessarily similar objects). For example: The man was jumping for joy throughout his house, as though (as if) he had won the lottery. Hope this helps....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Simple and Short question, chemistry questions, chemistry test
chemistry questions, chemistry test, plural word: Hello, Benny. If the math and chemistry questions compose one test, then it is okay to say, I got my math and chemistry test result back. This is because you technically got one result (one grade) for two subjects, composing one test. Most likely,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Simple subject, compound noun, elevator 2
compound noun, elevator 2, jack smith: Hi Benita, Excellent job. There are only two questions that you might want to look more closely at. #8-- Short story is a compound noun, not a noun with an adjective. It is the simple subject. #9-- the answer should be “valley”. Remember, the simple...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Single or Double Space, robert bryant, double space
robert bryant, double space, blank line: If you are looking to publish it, single or double spaced would depend on the publisher you are submitting to. Single spacing is very common, and it is my suggestion. If you are publishing it on the internet, the only real way to publish it to make...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Singular or Plural Verb, subject verb agreement, indefinite pronouns
subject verb agreement, indefinite pronouns, culinary choices: Hi Don, Most is the subject; however, it is one of those words that can be singular or plural, depending on the noun it is modifying. So flights is the key word and The most flights to Hong Kong move you to the heart of the city (plural) is correct....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Singular/plural, red cards, red card
red cards, red card: Hello, Mike. If joined with and, use plural - two blue and one red cards. (It would sound better to most people if reversed: one red and two blue cards.) If joined with or, use singular - two blue or one red card (one red or two blue cards)...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Slang, college slang, hypochondriac
college slang, hypochondriac, court reporter: Hi Cheryl, That s an interesting question! It must be difficult trying to spell all the words that are used in slang and that are just made up by an individual. Your job must be extremely challenging. I would go with hypochondriac-ing and include the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Songwriting, writing books, writing songs
writing books, writing songs, family members: Hello, LWC. I suppose writing songs is similar to writing books. It helps to write what you know about. If you don t know a lot about a subject, but you still want to write about it, you need to do research. What you need to do is some major brainstorming....

General Writing and Grammar Help: In or at the South Pole?, south pole, continent of antarctica
south pole, continent of antarctica, penguins: Nope. The South Pole is a point or area within the continent of Antarctica; it is not a continent. So you will be AT the Pole, not in it! You can be AT the border of Texas and Mexico, but not IN it. You can be IN Texas, of course. But not IN the point...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Spacing, two spaces, computer users
two spaces, computer users, time and space: Matt, Those who used the typewriter (remember those???), including secretaries skipped two spaces after a period for better sentence separation. Computer users and journalists use only a single space since it saves time and space and looks better. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Spelling, poor speller, bad speller
poor speller, bad speller, 9th grader: Danielle, The best thing you can do is keep a dictionary at your side as you write and look up any words you have difficulty with. You will find that as you keep looking up words, they become more familiar to you. Fortunately, in the computer age and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Spelling, grammar checks, plural noun
grammar checks, plural noun, rule of thumb: Hello, Barbara. I have no magic when it comes to English spelling. My practice over the years has been to look up words in the dictionary over and over until I remember the spelling. Since you have a computer, you can use the word processing spell check....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Spelling and Grammar, informal vote, quality member
informal vote, quality member, spelling errors: { } = omit [ ] = insert Don t Vote for Major Parties I would not like One Nation to become like the mainstream parties[,] as Ian Noon (3-1-04) thought I may [have been]{be} saying. I do not regard the major parties as modest and I recommend that...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Spelling and Grammar, informal vote, quality member
informal vote, quality member, spelling errors: Richard, Try this editing: Don t Vote for Major Parties I would not like One Nation to become like the mainstream parties as Ian Noon (3-1-04) thought I may be saying. I do not regard the major parties as modest, and I recommend that no one should...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Spelling help for a 9yr old, good speller, spelling demons
good speller, spelling demons, collegiate dictionary: Samantha, Encourage him or her to read. Read everything and anything: newspapers, books, magazines, pamphlets and even the mail. We learn to spell by imitation. Seeing words in print cements them in our minds. Sure, you can work with lists called spelling...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Spelling, dictionary of american slang, fellow graduate student
dictionary of american slang, fellow graduate student, slang dictionaries: I don t know how standardized the spelling of any of these expletives is. I think it s largely up to the author and editor, but obviously you want to write them so that most readers will understand. You may find some of these in a standard dictionary; I m...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Sphynxe, air cushions, paw pads
air cushions, paw pads, long toes: Celine, Several shoe manufacturers use a padded cushion of air in their insoles to making walking more comfortable. Shock absorbors in automobiles also use air to cushion the ride and make it smoother. Air, in general, is used as a softening agent to...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Staff: singular or plural?, collective nouns, collective noun
collective nouns, collective noun, word staff: Dear Dawn, The word staff, used this way, is a collective noun. In American English, a collective noun naming an organization regarded as a unit is treated as singular, so your sentence would be, You staff is outstanding. Your confusion likely...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Starting a paragraph, college admission essay, admission committee
college admission essay, admission committee, preparing for college: I am writing a college admission essay and I am not sure if it is correct to start the paragraph (first paragraph) with the word being . As long as the first sentence has a lot of bang (something that really draws the attention, there is no reason why...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Starting a sentence with "if", introductory adverb clause, personal preferance
introductory adverb clause, personal preferance, independent clause: Hello, Tiffany. I am not an expert in technical writing, but in academic writing, there is no problem starting a sentence with if as long as the sentence also contains an independent clause. I know of no reason why technical writing would have a problem...

General Writing and Grammar Help: State of the Union, term expression, google
term expression, google, state of the union: Hello, Sarah. State of the Union is the same as the condition of the country. The president gives State of the Union speeches, and this message is usually televised live on many different channels. Basically, he is telling the entire nation what he believes...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Statement about a question - subject verb order, peace corps volunteer, elements of grammar
peace corps volunteer, elements of grammar, grammar rule: Hello, Rebecca. The second statement is correct. The subordinate clause, where Olga was living, should be in normal word order with the subject first and the verb second. The first sentence does contain all of the necessary elements of grammar but is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Steretyped Messages, ted nesbitt, grammar question
ted nesbitt, grammar question, e mail to a friend: Cindy: This is not really a grammar question, but I ll give you an answer anyway. Stereotyped messages are sentences, stories, television programs, etc. They are meant to discriminate, without actually or openly accusing a person or persons of being...

General Writing and Grammar Help: "The Storm", thunder and rain, rain rain
thunder and rain, rain rain, jewel box: The line he s gone seems to indicate that the girl is mourning a lost love, someone who has left her. She s now trying to pick up the broken pieces of her relationship and move on with her life. Thunder and rain are not used with the article a because...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Structures, word processing programs, page brochure
word processing programs, page brochure, microsoft word: Karyn, Use an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet and fold it in thirds. This will give you a 9-page brochure. Most of your Word Processing programs (WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, Lotus) are set up perfectly for this configuartion. I m not sure what you mean by structure...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Student from Serbia and Montenegro. Academic Writing course., writing cv, writing a cv
writing cv, writing a cv, keen student: Hello, Branko. Due to recent problems with the website, I was unable to respond earlier to your question. I recommend you use Google.com. For example, on google.com I typed in CV composing, and several links came up. The top link simply read Writing...

General Writing and Grammar Help: More Stupid than Stupider?, ted nesbitt, adjectives and adverbs
ted nesbitt, adjectives and adverbs, right on target: Eric: Ther are many words in the dictionary that I would avoid. Stupider is one of them. Just pronouncing it is awkward. You, however, are RIGHT on target. The preferred way of expressing this idea is more stupid. The Heath Handbook has a...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Stupider than More Stupid?, oxford english dictionary, english word
oxford english dictionary, english word, jurisdiction: Hi Eric I feel that more stupid is better than stupider . I am British, and my dictionary is the Oxford English Dictionary - stupider does not appear in this book. That means that stupider is not a genuine British English word, but I can t be...

General Writing and Grammar Help: "Stupider" vs. "More Stupid"?, adjectives, objections
adjectives, objections, schoolmarmish: In the past, and perhaps still by some authorities, it has been considered incorrect to form the comparative of some multisyllabic adjectives by adding -er, but objections to words such as stupider have come to seem a bit schoolmarmish in current usage....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Subject-Direct Object Agreement, subject verb agreement, plural subject
subject verb agreement, plural subject, direct object: Hi Tom, That s a good question. I think the confusion comes from its being misused so often. Your analysis is absolutely correct. The first sentence means that more than one person returned more than one phone. The second sentence means more than one person...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Subject Verb Agreement, subject verb agreement, many mountains
subject verb agreement, many mountains, herrin: Dear Michael, Thanks for writing. One would say, We chose the name because the beach is our home, or the plains are our home, or the lake is our home, or the mountains are our home. You treat mountains in this case, and it most cases, as...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Subject verb agreement, subject verb agreement, first response
subject verb agreement, first response, typo: Hello again, Brenda. The verb would be is because whereabouts alludes to one person in this context. Their whereabouts are unknown would refer to more than one person not traveling in a group. I was quite surprised that my fingers typed are ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Subject-verb agreement, subject verb agreement, physician satisfaction
subject verb agreement, physician satisfaction, patient satisfaction: Hello, Tracy. The subject and verb must agree. Satisfaction is the subject in your first version, so the verb would need to be was. For a compound subject joined with and, the verb is always plural. Hence, Patient satisfaction and physician...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Subject/verb tense, interpreter and translator, translator services
interpreter and translator, translator services, subject and predicate: Hi Priscilla This is a tricky one because spoken language often violates this rule. In this case, however, it seems to me that your subject is Our interpreter and translator services , your main verb is to be , and your predicate is a great source of...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Subjunctive, osaka shoin, english linguistics
osaka shoin, english linguistics, english subjunctive: The second one is wrong. If you say If I had , that s referring to having enough money right now. If I had enough money right now, I would buy a car. That s not talking about the past. It s referring to something hypothetical. The first one is saying...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Submitting stories, short shorts, writing program
short shorts, writing program, creative writing: Hi Zoe, That s great that you took time out this summer to work on your writing! I know of places online where you can send your work, either as a teenager or an adult? Are you a teenager? If you let me know, I ll be better able to help you. :) Also,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Suffice vs. Serve, ted nesbitt, online dictionaries
ted nesbitt, online dictionaries, strunk and white: Steve: Your memory is correct. But, common usage changes. I have consulted several thesauri and found serve listed as a synonym for suffice. However, the CORRECT usage requires that when the words are real synonyms, there must be a suggestion of...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Syntax, adverb clause, adverb of time
adverb clause, adverb of time, comparative degree: Hello, Jusinette. I think that I addressed this sentence and part of this question before. 1. Actually, I think that like should be as since this is an adverb clause with you have understood in the comparison. (...of advanced tools as you have...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Syntax, double consonants, stressed syllable
double consonants, stressed syllable, word ends: Hi Jusinete, As you know, spelling in English is problematic. There are a million rules, a million exceptions to the rules, and variations between British and American spelling. Here are the rules for doubling the consonant with a gerund. Notice that,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Syntax, true dream, objective reality
true dream, objective reality, philosophical question: Hi Ken, I don t know of a saying like that. However, it seems to be discussing the philosophical question of whether there is a knowable, objective reality. Such a saying would go like this: Ultimately objective reality is just a dream. All we truly...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Syntax, singular reference, first person plural
singular reference, first person plural, true dream: I believe your material is correct in syntax. I think the problem I have with it is that man s is a third person singular reference, but the pronoun our is first person plural. Can that be adjusted?--- Isn t reality man s true dream that HIS senses...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Syntax, herrin, english language
herrin, english language, syntax: Dear Ken, That sentence doesn t make sense, and I m trying to figure out what you re attempting to say, but I can t. Can you rephrase it, or send me another example? I just have no idea what you mean, because it literally makes no sense. I m sorry!...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Syntax., complete sentence, capuchin
complete sentence, capuchin, puns: Ken: I m not going to say anything about the puns, but I hope everyone understands them. [I didn t, so I m glad you explained them.] The real problem is in your phrasing. Taliban s nightmare is not a complete sentence. For that matter, neither...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Syntax, adverb phrase, grammar handbook
adverb phrase, grammar handbook, level grammar: Hello, Jusinete. 1. I meant in my last answer that I do not view like never before as being in the comparative mode. 2. Yes, like never before is an adverb phrase. 3. Jusinete, I have never heard of a comparative of inequality ; and I have been...

General Writing and Grammar Help: of/s, jerusalem walls, walls of jerusalem
jerusalem walls, walls of jerusalem, foundation management: Dear Luke, You can write The Foundation s Management Board. You can t write The Foundation Management Board because the Management Board belongs to or is a part of (signifying possession) the Foundation -- so, because it s possessive, you have...

General Writing and Grammar Help: It is said.., child prodigy, sentence number
child prodigy, sentence number, passive voice: Hi Albert, 1. The first sentence places the saying in the present. The people say it now. The next one places it in the past. 2. Essentially the same as sentence number 1 above. “It is said that David WAS a child prodigy when he was young.”—same as number...

General Writing and Grammar Help: It is said.., child prodigy, infinitive
child prodigy, infinitive, tense: Hello, Albert. Your questions involve using the proper tense of the verb for the context implied. 1. Was said is implying that the information has been stated in the past. Is said is referring to the information being stated currently. 2. Was...

General Writing and Grammar Help: It is said.., child prodigy, tenses
child prodigy, tenses, contemporaries: Albert, 1. The difference is in the tenses of the two sentences. In the first sentence, he was called a child prodigy by his own people during his lifetime. In the second he is being called a prodicy now, many years after his death. 2. This means that...

General Writing and Grammar Help: saxon genitive, hi irina, saxon genitive
hi irina, saxon genitive, native speaker: Hi Irina This sentence is indeed grammatically correct. However, it does not observe the usual maxims (rules of conduct) for language. It violates the maxim of clarity. There is a clearer form for this sentence, which is: It is the sweater of Susan...

General Writing and Grammar Help: When I say,"it couldn't be..., phrasing
phrasing: When I say, it couldn t be any nicer , does that mean it is the nicest ever? So if I say, I couldn t agree anymore , does that mean I agree completely? It couldn t be any nicer does mean nicest ever. Or, the most nice, and the proper way of phrasing it....

General Writing and Grammar Help: How about "they are sitting..., close distance, roadway
close distance, roadway, post office: How about they are sitting (by) a concrete roadway? Does the by here mean close to , too? Yes, in this case, by is still referring to a distance. I can t think of any case where by when referring to a distance would not mean Close to If you have...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Do we say "flying saucer"..., coffee pots, dictionary reference
coffee pots, dictionary reference, pot: Do we say flying saucer to refer to U.F.O.? yes What is the difference between pot and bowl ? The main difference I can think of is we cook out of a pot and we eat out of a bowl. Here s what dictionary.com has to say... http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=pot...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I hear people say "stepping..., puddles, stephanie
puddles, stephanie, mud: I hear people say stepping in the puddle more often.And we step into the world of... or step into the car, right? can you give me more examples? Okay, that helps. We step in puddles and we step in mud, but we step into the car. The difference is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: We say that it is NOT UNUSUAL..., ted nesbitt, adjectives
ted nesbitt, adjectives, pronoun: Regina: Not unusual is NOT a double negative. It may sound like it is, but it really isn t. Unusual is a common adjective that means rare or not happening often. Adjectives do have have the negative or double negative capacity. Here is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: We say that it is NOT UNUSUAL..., japan
japan: We say that it is NOT UNUSUAL to see such things in my country, and it is okay to be double negative . However, we are not allowed to say that he has NOT NEVER been to Japan because it is grammatically wrong. Why? Not unusal is not a double negative....

General Writing and Grammar Help: scansion, tide time, hand on heart
tide time, hand on heart, mad day: Each syllable has a beat God s bread it makes me mad = u / u / u / I see six beats here -- so it can t possibly be penta meter -- an iamb is u / (or, as I marked it here, u=unstressed, = stressed, / division of the iamb. Here...

General Writing and Grammar Help: scansion, tide time, hand on heart
tide time, hand on heart, mad day: An iamb is an ustressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable (u /). Pentameter means that each line should consist of five feet, five iambs in the case of iambic pentameter. Generally, like most of Shakespeare s verse, this passage consists mostly...

General Writing and Grammar Help: scaring, ing verb, giving a presentation
ing verb, giving a presentation, adjective: 1. Both convberstaions make sense. 2. Scary is an adjective and used correctly in your example. Scaring has the -ing verb ending and must be used as a verb, like this: Stop scaring the children! You re making them cry. He enjoys scaring his friends...

General Writing and Grammar Help: score, further resources, topic subject
further resources, topic subject, thanks in advance: What does score mean in this sentence? Thanks in advance! --If you d like, send me a follow up request and I l see waht further resources I can find on this score.-- In this case, score means topic, subject. If you like, send me a follow up request,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: He is seeing two girls at..., two girls, time means that
two girls, time means that: He is seeing two girls at the same time. It means he is dating two girls. In this case, I doubt that at the same time means that he takes them out at the same time, probably that he takes Girl A out one weekend and then Girl B out the next. Basically,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Are you seeing someone special?What..., ted nesbitt, steady boyfriend
ted nesbitt, steady boyfriend, having sex: Brian: Are you seeing someone special? This means, Are you dating ONE particular person? OR Do you have a steady boyfriend or girlfriend? Years ago it meant Are you going steady with anyone in particular? Now, it means Are you hooking up with...

General Writing and Grammar Help: seem, roller coasters, tense verb
roller coasters, tense verb, car accident: 1. All correct. 2. Seemly is most often used in the negative unseemly, and it is used as an adjective, as in Your actions are unseemly. The meaning is improper, or inappropriate. The word seemed is a past tense verb, meaning the same as ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: seem, roller coasters, automobile accident
roller coasters, automobile accident, adverb: Wendy, 1. The objective of this test is to see how well you understand spoken English. He failed to make it to the exam the other day. What s even worse, he had a automobile accident on his way to school. Riding roller coasters is always thrilling....

General Writing and Grammar Help: semi-colon, ted nesbitt, semi colons
ted nesbitt, semi colons, prepositional phrase: Karen: You CANNOT use a semi-colon, after an introductory prepositional phrase. Here is the correct version [I ve added the word all ]: As of April 1, 2006, all medical expenses for these claims, including prosthetics, are paid by the self-insurer....

General Writing and Grammar Help: semi-colon, semi colons, semi colon
semi colons, semi colon, em dash: Dear Karen, I see what you mean now. Here s how it should be written: As of April 1, 2006, medical expenses--including prosthetics--for these claims are paid by the self-insurer. You can use the em dash or the comma, but I think it simply looks...

General Writing and Grammar Help: semicolon and comma issues, independent clauses, correct punctuation
independent clauses, correct punctuation, semicolons: Terri, The colon is used to separate two independent clauses when the second clause shows an example, a reason, evidence or justification of the opening clause. I prioritize then act: therefore, planning activities as soon as I have the opportunity in...

General Writing and Grammar Help: semicolon or comma, semicolon, comma
semicolon, comma, leadership: Hi Madison The top manager says, Being a manager is not about telling others what to do, it s managing requires leadership. or Being a manager is not about telling others what to do, it s managing requires leadership, says the top manager. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: semicolon and commas, application letter, organization skills
application letter, organization skills, organizational skills: Hi, Terri! Actually, you don t need either one because the words fiscal procedure [procedures?] and practices and human resources act as a compound subject of the phrase. To make the sentence more graceful, though, switch their order, going from short...

General Writing and Grammar Help: semicolon, main clauses, coordinating conjunction
main clauses, coordinating conjunction, punctuation marks: Hi Rosa, Good question! All three of these punctuation marks can connect main clauses. Very often it is a stylistic choice--which one sounds better. In general, we use a semicolon to connect closely related main clauses not joined by a coordinating conjunction....

General Writing and Grammar Help: where can i send my work?, foot fungi, doctoral theses
foot fungi, doctoral theses, publication experience: Hi Brianne! Well, first off I d like to make it clear how the submission and publication process works: 1. You write the greatest thing since Gone With the Wind. You edit it, get your English to look at it, and your writer friends online brutally tear...

General Writing and Grammar Help: send in, fall admission, phrasal verb
fall admission, phrasal verb, fall semester: to send something in is to submit something. 1. is o.k., but really we would say the scores should be sent out by.... 2. Is correct, but the meaning is that you are hoping to have your paperwork all submitted to the school in order to apply for fall...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sending you some positive your way?, prepositional phrase, good sentence
prepositional phrase, good sentence, indirect object: IThis is not a good sentence, Sally. I am sending something positive your way is better. In the example you have, you is an indirect object, some is an adverb modifying positive, which is an adjective your way is idiomatic, substituting for...

General Writing and Grammar Help: a sentence
Hi. Does the following sentence make sense? I wanted to confirm with you about the activity the teacher gave us in class yesterday. It doesn t quite make sense. What about the activity do you want to confirm? I don t think you need to use with...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentence, intransitive verbs, elusive creatures
intransitive verbs, elusive creatures, direct object: Branden, A grounder up the middle tends to be an elusive ball to field. Eels are elusive creatures when they get into a rocky crevice. verbs in the to be form are always intransistive. Intransitive verbs form the largest part of the list....

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentence, country hope, george w bush
country hope, george w bush, branches of government: Hello, Pointer. A dictatorship is a form of government in which the leader (dictator) has complete control. He does not need to have the permission of the other branches of government in order to pass a law, or do other things. He simply does them. In...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentence analysis, dependent clause, independent clause
dependent clause, independent clause, sentence analysis: Not complex, Aileen. A complex sentence should have at least one independent clause, and one dependent clause. Independent clause -- There once was a very large lake here. Dependent clause -- NONE the largest lake in texas simply modifies the word lake...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentence comprehension, mobile population, sentence comprehension
mobile population, sentence comprehension, census taker: It means that the people move (change residences) a lot ( a highly mobile population ) so it may be difficult to get an accurate count of the population. It maybe silly ( fond ) to think ( the fond hope ) that, with people moving (changing residences) so...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Which sentence is correct?, ted nesbitt, participle
ted nesbitt, participle, passive voice: Julie: Your choice is correct, although many people use the past participle, when they should not. The past tense [passive voice] is already expressed in was made. If you echo the past tense by using the past participle welcomed, you are being...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Which sentence is correct?, word welcome, adverbs
word welcome, adverbs, participle: Hello, Julie. I will try to weigh in. I d also use the word welcome (as most people would, I m assuming), because welcome is an adjective. It s also a noun, but it s being used as an adjective in this case. Welcomed is also an adjective, and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Which sentence is correct?, predicate adjective, active voice
predicate adjective, active voice, participle: Julie, You are both right! They both are correct for different reasons. In the first sentence welcome is an (predicate) adjective which modifies the subject I . In this sentence welcome tells how I feel now in an active voice manner. The second...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Which sentence is correct?, predicate adjective, linking verbs
predicate adjective, linking verbs, linking verb: First of all, we re not talking about an adverb here. Feel is being used as a linking verb in this case, a verb that links the subject ( I ) with what it is are is like. Linking verbs can equate a person or thing with another thing ( I am a man,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentence fluency, simple and compound sentences, home work assignment
simple and compound sentences, home work assignment, sentence fluency: Hello, William. I hope that you had a nice Thanksgiving holiday. From a grammar standpoint, I would look at passages regarding sentence type, average sentence length, use of subordination, etc. Review the difference among loose, periodic, simple, and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: This sentence regards a city..., concrete landscape, thick layer
concrete landscape, thick layer, soot: Since the soot covers the dirt and trash, the moonless starless night describes all of it. Are you writing this or analyzing it? It would be better to say that it looked the way it did on a moonless starless night: The city was a wreck, as a thick...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentence skills, ted nesbitt, sentence fragment
ted nesbitt, sentence fragment, independent clauses: Lori: You ve run them all together. I m going to try to separate them, and I hope I do it right: Which of the following is a fragment -- First of all, a simple sentence is a group of words, having a subject and a predicate [or a verb]; it must express...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentence structure, hotel names, number sentence
hotel names, number sentence, sentence structure: Sentence structure is OK, but you don t need an apostrophe with members -- it s a simple plural. I would also leave out your and write the sentence like this: Can you please email me the names of those faculty members who will be attending RSNA this year....

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentence structure, phrases and clauses, sentence pattern
phrases and clauses, sentence pattern, parallel structure: Hi Julie, This is called parallel structure. It is the repetition of a sentence pattern or a grammatical structure within a sentence. Parallel structure can strengthen the relationship between and among sentences. We can speak in terms of entire sentences...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentence structure, structural engineering department, company brochure
structural engineering department, company brochure, lsg: Dear Dawn, How about this: LSG s experienced structural engineering department produces excellent designs to suit your company s individual needs, or some such thing. Sometimes just throwing the back of the sentence toward the front can make all...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentence structure, dear jon, sentence structure
dear jon, sentence structure, pronoun: Dear Jon, The second sentence is correct. Here s a trick I learned early in life; if in doubt about which pronoun to use, separate the two objects in the sentence, i.e., I, me, and finish the sentence -- In other words, before you speak or...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentence structure, police rescue, marching bands
police rescue, marching bands, fire police: How about: Events will begin with a rally by the beach. We will then proceed through the streets of Bondi to Barracluff Park, led by themed floats (designed and created by our children) together with marching bands, representatives of the emergency services,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentence structures, high rise buildings, aisle seat
high rise buildings, aisle seat, meal selections: For you, which is the best seat when you fly? I d like an aisle seat at the back, so I don t need to bother others to make room for me when I go to the toilet. Also, flight attendants begin serving food from the back rows, so I can have more meal selections...

General Writing and Grammar Help: In this sentence, should the..., apostrophe, apostrophes
apostrophe, apostrophes, fsnet: You re quite welcome! I hope you won! :) Jennifer Hi, Betsy, and thanks for writing. No, there should be no apostrophe because the s serves only to make the name Pharr plural. But if Meg and Jim aren t going to Carla s but want to send...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, dear tony, idomatic expressions
dear tony, idomatic expressions, photo one: Aes: All idomatic expressions seem like nonsense until you learn the exact meaning. I ll try to explain. He would send for the rest of us : Let me explain with an example. Sometimes, an immigrant would come to America, but could not afford to bring...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, successful business man, car races
successful business man, car races, toxic materials: All of these sentences make sense and are worded appropriately. The two sentences about accidents do have similar meanings. From time to time is not as strong as frequently, however, so you might want to use a stronger wording for the time--often, perhaps...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, run on sentence, adventure activities
run on sentence, adventure activities, plurals: 1. Both are correct, though I m not crazy about accordingly. You don t really need it, since as far as I m concerned helps you make the transition all by itself. 2. The second sentence is incorrect. It s too wordy and is a run on sentence. Try it this...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, closed session, i cant stand
closed session, i cant stand, class meeting: Wendy, 1. No, during the next 60 minutes. Sketch a number or form. The class or meeting is taking place at this time. No one is admitted into the meeting unless they are on the committee. For example, no member of the press is allowed. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, closed session, class meeting
closed session, class meeting, i cant stand: Hello, Wendy. 1. At this hour simply means at this time of day. Draw a figure implies that he cannot draw the human figure. The class/meeting is in session simply means that the class or meeting has started and is in progress. A closed session...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, sentences, checking account
sentences, checking account, advertisement: 1.No. The first question asks the reason for your use of the computer. In other words, why did you use my computer instead of your own? Or why did you use my computer at all? The second asks what you used the computer for. Did you use it to write a letter?...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, future sales, preposition
future sales, preposition, sentences: Hello, Albert. 1. Yes. However, it is usually not appropriate in written English to end a sentence with a preposition, such as for. Yes, but you would have to finish the sentence, such as Why is this advertisement so popular? 2. Yes except for He....

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, dragon dance, chinese holidays
dragon dance, chinese holidays, unified purpose: Wendy, 1. I see a group of people doing a dragon dance by moving the dragon back and forth above their heads. I see a team of people performing a dragon dance, displaying the dragon back and forth. They mean the same thing: doing is performing....

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, noisy crowds, dragon dance
noisy crowds, dragon dance, loud music: Ken, Try: 1. People who perform the dragon dance are wearing the same costumes. 2. This picture also reminds me of the noisy crowds and loud music, when this dance is performed. Spectators would fill the streets to watch the performace of (and)...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, noisy crowds, dragon dance
noisy crowds, dragon dance, loud music: 1. Yes 2. Grammatically correct, but not really clear.What s the relationship between picture and dance? And why would a dance REMIND you of noisy crowds andloud music. It usually DEPICTS those things. The second sentence is also not clear -- Spectators...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, coldest temperatures, cold temperatures
coldest temperatures, cold temperatures, town clients: You may say either higher than ever or higher than before in your first sentence. They do not mean exactly the same thing, but are similar enough to work. Higher than ever means that the sales would go above anything achieved previously. Higher than...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, correct grammar, phd program
correct grammar, phd program, followings: 1. I can t do the five years of a PhD program without TAing or working. --should I write a five-year PhD program or a five years of a PhD program . There seems to be a lot of options for this sentence. I can not complete a five-year PhD prograom without...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, coldest temperatures, town clients
coldest temperatures, town clients, farthest north: Hello, Wendy. 1. In this context, yes. 2. Yes. Temperature or temperatures will work in the sentence, depending on if he experienced the cold once or more than once. 3. Once in a while, we enjoy.... ... at our home once in awhile, ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, adjective clause, northwest expressway
adjective clause, northwest expressway, verb phrase: Hello, Maggie. 1. Quitting time refers to the end of a job shift, end of the required work day, time to leave work and go elsewhere. 2. At the top of would mean the napkin is located just above the plate. On top of means that the napkin is located...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, grammar question, northwest expressway
grammar question, northwest expressway, quitting time: Quitting time is the time you finish work. You may work from 8:00 to 5:00, so 5:00 is quitting time. AT the top of would probably make someone think the napkin was on the table above the plate. If the napkin is ON top of the plate, it is on the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, thousand dollars, ten thousand
thousand dollars, ten thousand, sentences: Martin, Try these: 1. Give a tip of 15% of the total bill. Consult your dictionary when you see new words. I have some tips for you about how to improve your English. Can you pull over at the next block? It s the blue house. 2. The train...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, inappropriate places, thousand dollars
inappropriate places, thousand dollars, using the word: All sentences in part 1 are correct. 2. You are using the word THEN in inappropriate places. THEN cars does not make sense. Did you mean TEN? In the ten thousand dollars sentences, you used TEN the first time (correctly) but THEN the second time....

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, great exhibition, english composition
great exhibition, english composition, english grammar: All of the first set of sentences are correct. I think you could change the word exhibition, though, to exhibit--a museum has exhibits rather than exhibitions. To book a table and to reserve a table are the same, and you can book OR reserve a hotel...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, who invented the light bulb, salvadoran immigrants
who invented the light bulb, salvadoran immigrants, antecedent: 1. In this sentence four hundred thousand is an adjective. Four hundred thoussand illegal Salvadoran immigrants is a fair estimation, based on our research. Approximately four hundred thousand Salvadorans entered the United States illegally. 2. All...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, lots of money, banyan tree
lots of money, banyan tree, orphans: Albert, 1. Yes, except the the first indicates that there is a problem before you while the second is a bit more indefinite. If you are faced with or in the event that you might be faced..... 2. Yes, each set has about the same meaning. Jerry Leon...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, grammar and punctuation, microsoft company
grammar and punctuation, microsoft company, company bottom line: Yes, the pairs of sentences in your first set are correct in grammar and punctuation. They correctly illustrate how the use of a comma shifts when the dependent clause comes first and when it comes last. I meant to mention that when I answered the first...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, teaching as a career, certian
teaching as a career, certian, second nature: I hope you don t mind me asking questions in a row! Would you mind explaining the following sentences? 1. Three dog-eard issues of Science News. --What does that mean by dog-eard ? Dog-eared means that corners of the pages are folded over. It helps...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, recession, sentences
recession, sentences, comma: Hello, Albert. I am supposed to be on vacation. Your question caught me just as I am going out the door: 1. In sentence B, you need a comma before and. Yes. Yes, they mean about the same. 2. Sentence B should use ... has decreased. Yes and yes...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, gdp growth, depreciation
gdp growth, depreciation, stock market: Hello, Steve. I am supposed to be on vacation, but I caught your question just as I was about to leave. 1. Yes. These are correct. Yes, you could use still weak or still down in place of bearish. 2. I suggest using the exchange rate between...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, personal income, connotations
personal income, connotations, mean time: Hello, Ken. I am supposed to be on vacation and accidentally caught this question on my way out the door. 1. A good dictionary will give you meanings and examples of the usage of these words. You don t need an expert for this one. They mean about the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, second hand cars, four dollars
second hand cars, four dollars, pens: Hello, Regina. 1. Sentence A should read ...make us an offer. Make an offer means to name the price that you are willing to pay for the item or service in question. Four refers to four pens. To go on sale in this context means that tickets ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, doctors and nurses, lunch meal
doctors and nurses, lunch meal, christmas tradition: Hello, Liv. 1. Keeping in the spirit means honoring the Christmas tradition of giving gifts. It should be announced. Without more context, I can only guess that entry denotes introduction. Took office means that an elected official swore an...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, delivery mail, mail delivery
delivery mail, mail delivery, mail service: Hello, Maggie. 1. Yes. In the first sentence, the honor is yours; in the second, the honor belongs to the citizens. You feel honored, and the citizens are being honored. 2. Yes. however, I suggest that the first sentence read, I want to have my mail...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, semi colon, early b
semi colon, early b, high score: Hello again Wendy: The difference between the two statements is, as I said before, is that the word use in the first sentence, is wrong. The word should be used in all cases. The use of the word Did tells us that used is past tense - it happened...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, beef products, goats
beef products, goats, chickens: Change walking toward another direction to walking in another direction. The last sentence could be clearer. the goats have been enclosed in a pen or a yard by a fence. A farm usually houses such animals as cows, chickens, goats, and pigs. A rancher...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, herds of cattle, high score
herds of cattle, high score, western united states: Hello Maggie: I would say the first would be better written as In front I see a girl feeding the goats. The second sentence is fine. The third would be better written I also see some visitors walking in another direction, I would question the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, birthday boy, downside
birthday boy, downside, pros and cons: Could you tell me if the following sentence is correct? What are the pros and cons in taking the computer-based test compared to paper-based one? Yup! You might want to replace in with of 2. Could you explain what on the downside in the following...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, train coach, plural form
train coach, plural form, maggie: Hello, Maggie. 1. I do not know without more context. I can only assume that taking the coach is referring to transportation, such as a train coach or a horse-drawn coach. Reaching above his head means literally that his arms are raised above his head....

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, maggie maggie, plural form
maggie maggie, plural form, sentences: Maggie: Reaching above his head means he is raising one or both arms above his head, perhaps to grasp an apple from a tree or to reach for something high on a shelf. I don t see the example of taking the coach. You may use either term (facility...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, correct expression, hello bill
correct expression, hello bill, qustions: Hello, Bill. 1. Yes and yes. 2. Advanced age is the correct expression, and it means that he is very old. Out of place means that the copier has been moved and is not in its usual location. The electricity is off means that there is no power to the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, wind blows your hair, qustions
wind blows your hair, qustions, participle: Sentences in 1 do mean the same thing. Both responses are also appropriate. At an advanced age (add a -d to make it the past participle/adjective form) means older. A person has ADVANCED into old age. Something out of place has been moved and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, high score, personnel records
high score, personnel records, answer key: Hello John: I can t answer positively without knowing who prepared the answer key and what they might view as correct English. Among tests, teachers, etc., opinions vary. All I can do is give you mine: The first sentence would be more properly written...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, personnel records, answer key
personnel records, answer key, correspondences: It might need to be the company s client records. That clarifies that the client records (and other lost items) belong to the company. The first edition and the first issue are probably the same thing. And the final pair of sentences do mean the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, high score, second language
high score, second language, sentences: Hello Ken: Your questions are getting rather long. Please ask one question at a time. If English is your second language, I ll make an exception. 1. 1. When are we supposed to get there? (a) We should get there by six p.m. This should be used...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, hello tom, time miss
hello tom, time miss, heart of the city: Hello, Tom. 1. Yes. 2. The last sentence would read It has been too long.... or It has been a long time.... Miss seeing someone in this context indicates that the speaker has become lonely for his or her sister s company and wants to see her in...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, hello tom, high score
hello tom, high score, late arrival: Hello Tom: 1. These four sentences are gramatically correct, but awkward, by which I mean they could be more smoothly stated. For instance, the second sentence should better read: His late arrival has ruined our plan. The last is not correct,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, new year holidays, natural flowers
new year holidays, natural flowers, new medicine: You ll have bad breath if you eat too much garlic. Capitalize the P in iPods. And your sentence makes it sound like the Chinese New Year has multiple days -- like it s a three day festival or something. If that s true, your sentence is perfect...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, mr chan, s library
mr chan, s library, bad weather: Wendy, Try: 1. It is said that Mr. Chan s son-in=law was involved in inside-trading in stock. Despite the bad weather, we still decided to go on a picnic. Everyone is the office must be subject to the company s rules. 2. Of the two...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, countries of the european union, debt enforcement
countries of the european union, debt enforcement, repossessor: Dear Luke, Here are your sentences, with the corrections: 1. The term mediation comes from the USA, where many lawyers from insurance companies and managers dealing with risk management employ it regularly to settle claims and solve disputes as quickly...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, free coffee, next presidential election
free coffee, next presidential election, catering service: Hello, Oppo! I am going to copy-paste your original sentences and then comment on them. I need a cup of sugar-free coffee. --This sentence is fine. I was canoeing on the lake while I enjoyed the scenery all around. --Perhaps modify this sentence:...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, mr chan, s library
mr chan, s library, bad weather: Hi Wendy, They were for the most part correct. I made some changes. Avoid using the passive voice: it is said 1. People say that Mr.Chan s son-in-law was involved in insider trading in stock. Despite the bad weather, we still decided to go on a...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, sentences, noun
sentences, noun, revenge: Peter, 1. His determination to avenge his father s death is strong. I hope I am not boring you. Do you mind my asking where you live? The key to his success is hard work. Revenge is a noun; avenge is the verb form. 2. I was angry when I...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, sentences, revenge
sentences, revenge, divorce: Hello, Steve. 1. The last sentence would read hard work instead of work hard. Avenge is a better choice in this context than revenge. 2. There should be no = between the last two sentences. Ex is referring to a former spouse of either gender...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, translation exercise, original meanings
translation exercise, original meanings, dangerous sport: You have done a pretty good job. I might suggest changes in these sentences: Besides, the participants seem to be into such danger. (Use HOWEVER rather than besides. They mean different things. Besides suggests in addition in this context rather...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Are all the sentences below..., balanced food, killing time
balanced food, killing time, mind and body: Stephanie, Try: 1. A good diet means balanced food in your diet. You eat not only rice and meat, you also eat vegetables and fruit. Besides, you should eat your meals regularly and adeqately. Eat your meals at fixed times each day and don t each too...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Are all the sentences below..., high school classmate, time heals all wounds
high school classmate, time heals all wounds, one of my best friends: Hi Peter, These paragraphs are very well written. Here are some changes I would make. 1 Remove “together”. “One day I heard from our common friend that he was killed in a car accident.” “I couldn t get over it” “when I heard about” “I really felt...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Are all the sentences below..., public transportations, city governments
public transportations, city governments, traffic situation: Martin, Try: 1. The life of a high school student is different from that of a college student in that college students have more freedom to decide what they want to do. Most high school students must study hard to pass the entrance exam for colleges...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Which of these two sentences is correct? With Paul and Tom's help, we fixed the it. With Paul's and Tom's help, we fixed it., compound subjects, correct sense
compound subjects, correct sense, hi john: Hi John, We make only the second name possessive to indicate joint possession. For example, Have you seen John and Mary s new house? (The house belongs to John and Mary jointly). If both people are acting individually, we use two possessives: John s...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences structures, admission requirement, thesis topics
admission requirement, thesis topics, phd programs: When you ask my friend what their thesis topics are, should I ask What did you write about in your thesis? or What did you write about your thesis? Or is there any other better ways to pu it? What did you write about for your thesis? would be the best...

General Writing and Grammar Help: How to make sentences out of words, ted nesbitt, paternalism
ted nesbitt, paternalism, pater: Here are three: Paternalism comes from the Latin pater, meaning to act like a father, or to treat another person like a child. In modern philosophy and jurisprudence, paternalism is to act for the good of another person without that person s consent,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sentences, herbs and spices, semiotic system
herbs and spices, semiotic system, civil responsibility: Hi Ang-sui 1. In, the sentence you re looking at - We ate in gangs with other kids - the phrase in gangs simply means in groups . 2. She has knowledge of 3. Subject: the calm ; Verb: underscores ; Objects: the Taiwan people and their semiotic...

General Writing and Grammar Help: shedding?, coat trees, dear george
coat trees, dear george, winter coat: It means leaves falling off trees. It s somewhat metaphorical-- shedding literally refers to taking off one s clothes or an animal shedding its winter coat. Trees don t literally shed their leaves, but when they lose their leaves, it s much like when...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sheer/text, ted nesbitt, mr brooks
ted nesbitt, mr brooks, shortcomings: Carlie: In this sense, the word sheer means unqualified. That means it is extremely important. Unqualified generally means that it cannot be disputed or questioned -- it is absolutely true. The sentence means that Mr. Brooks might not have done...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Does this short description read well?, proof reader, emergency survival
proof reader, emergency survival, clicking tools: Thermal, super-light emergency survival suits OR Super-light, thermal emergency survival suits. Either one works, and I don t think people would miss the THERMAL element, no matter whether it comes first or not. I just think that I would perceive...

General Writing and Grammar Help: side to side, passport control, control windows
passport control, control windows, typographical error: Hello, Peter. 1. Meet means to rendezvous with the plane upon it s arrival. I do not understand the use of the word count in this context. Could this have been a typographical error? 2. No. Side by side indicates the two items are in a fixed...

General Writing and Grammar Help: side to side, passport control, spatial relation
passport control, spatial relation, control windows: In sentence 1, meeting a plane means that people have come to wait for passengers to leave the plane. The agents will be standing or sitting around while the plane is brought up to the gate. The second sentence confuses me. The to my count doesn t...

General Writing and Grammar Help: one-sided comparison, absolute terms, extra credit
absolute terms, extra credit, analogy: Millie, The dictionary defines analogy as is the comparison of two pairs which have the same relationship. The key is to ascertain the relationship between the first so you can choose the correct second pair. Part to whole, opposites, results of are types...

General Writing and Grammar Help: There is no silver bullet?, superstitious belief, silver bullet
superstitious belief, silver bullet, bullets: Ang, There is a superstitious belief that a vampire can be killed by burning it or shooting it with a silver bullet. Since there is no such thing as a vampire, it follows that they can not be killed by burning and that there is no such thing as a silver...

General Writing and Grammar Help: silver bullets, western lore, silver bullets
western lore, silver bullets, cowboy hero: Silver bullets were used to kill werewolves in mythology and horror/fantasy stories. In fact, werewolves could not be killed by anything BUT silver bullets. Also, in American Western lore, The Lone Ranger, a great cowboy hero, used silver bullets. They...

General Writing and Grammar Help: since, writing a resume, present tense
writing a resume, present tense, customer traffic: Dear Luke, You should write, Since 2 June 2007, I have been doing invoicing. (Or I ve been -- either one is fine) It s customer traffic because customer is a collective-singular. When writing a resume, you should use present tense for a...

General Writing and Grammar Help: singular category?, disdain, advent
disdain, advent, clarification: Would you mind explaining what singular category in the following context means? Thanks! Ang-sui ---A most singular category of men, the public excutioners, had thought that the advent of a new regime would transform that particular disdain in...

General Writing and Grammar Help: singular or plural?, subjunctive tense, plural nouns
subjunctive tense, plural nouns, plural noun: Hello, Tina. Were is used for plural nouns and in the subjunctive tense ( I wish he were at the game ). Since 15 microliters is a plural noun, use were. If you had 1 microliter, you d use was : 1 microliter of the blocking solution was used....

General Writing and Grammar Help: singular or plural, fellow volunteers, enjoyable atmosphere
fellow volunteers, enjoyable atmosphere, sara: Sara, Go with your gut; change to: Regular communication and exchange with staff and fellow volunteers create an enjoyable atmosphere. Since there are two subjects (communication and exchange) the subject is plural, thus the verb must be plural...

General Writing and Grammar Help: singular/plural, collective nouns, community committee
collective nouns, community committee, learnenglish: Yes, absolutely! Family is one of those collective nouns -- others include audience, jury, community, committee, and choir -- that can be either singular or plural. To know which verb to use, decide whether the focus is on the group as a whole...

General Writing and Grammar Help: sit or set, perfect tense, proper choice
perfect tense, proper choice, horizontal position: Hello, Guinn. Once again, you do not need an expert, simply a dictionary. Lie, lay, lain are present past and past perfect tense, respectively, of a verb meaning to assume a horizontal position, such as to lie in bed all night. Lay, laid, and have...

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many thanks, grandmother, thanks in advance: Daniel, Just remember that who is for people and that is for things, thus: She is the one who helped me across the street. That s the lamp that my grandmother gave me. So child and adult take who, not that. Simple enough!!! Jerry Leon...

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grammar question, drain the blood, dictionary: To drain someone s blood is to drain the blood from someone. Because it is draining the blood OUT OF someone, it is draining it FROM the person. But to pour someone s coffee, for example, is to pour it FOR them. If you do something as a service or assistance...

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ted nesbitt, irregular verbs, grammar book: Regina: Your grammar book should have a clear explanation of the difference. Or, you can get many examples by using this search engine: http://www.google.com In the search box, enter the words: lie lay lain -- or any other combination of them....

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half space, format button, computer expert: Hello, Trevor. I am not a computer expert by any means. Are you talking about spacing in Microsoft Word? If so, check under the Format button, then either Font or Paragraph and see if those options allow you to select a half space. That would seem...

General Writing and Grammar Help: spare no expense?, contexts, stephanie
contexts, stephanie, expression: Well, it is just as the definitions for each word would be. Spare no expense means that money does not matter. Do whatever you have to do to acheive the goal. Get the most expensive stuff, it doesn t matter. Let me know if you have any more questions!...

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ted nesbitt, rebecca solnit, amazon: Bett: I m sure that the word you are thinking of is peripatetic, which actually became a philosophical movement [no pun intended], based on Aristotle s habit of walking around, while he was thinking and delivering discourses on various ideas. Here...

General Writing and Grammar Help: speech, mid 50s, wonderful person
mid 50s, wonderful person, older sister: T, A good speech should come from the heart. Relate a couple incidents that have happened to you that show why you hold her so dear. Talk about what it has meant to you to have an older sister. Describe how you feel about losing her to b-i-l. Talk...

General Writing and Grammar Help: spelling, noun phrase, hyphen
noun phrase, hyphen, clarity: It depends on how it s used in a sentence. If it s used as a modifier that describes another noun, and it comes before that noun, it could be hyphenated: full-service restaurant, for example. But not if it comes after the noun: the restaurant was full service....

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british spellings, acceptable uses, d williams: Hi Debra, Both spellings are acceptable uses of the word cancel , as far as I know. There is a difference in the American and British spellings of the word. Americans use one L, British use two. I ve never encountered any issues with spelling it one...

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lengthy report, spelling word, provincial government: Dear Chris, Yes. For technical writing purposes, your sentences are correct, i.e., We got a 20% increase, and Twenty percent increases were received. (NOTE: percent is one word, always.) Thanks for writing -- All Best, Catherine Van Herri...

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General Writing and Grammar Help: spirit, low spirits, english idioms
low spirits, english idioms, high spirit: Hi, Naomi, and thanks for writing. Your question is kind of a tough one because the main rule in this case is that spirit and spirits are often used idiomatically, so you just have to learn them. They re essentially the same, but the subtle difference...

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crimson king maple tree, crimson king maple, hosta plant: Hello, Kayla. Big Daddy can refer to a nickname of sorts. But daddy is not necessarily always written in capitals. It is in the same class as father and dad. The only time these are capitalized (other than being the first word in a sentence) is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: staff, singular verb, custodial staff
singular verb, custodial staff, mailroom: 1. Two things are being renovated and the subject of the sentence includes both, so make it plural 2. I would rewrite this awkward construction. The mailroom is being renovated, as is the copy center... Solves the problem, right? 3. If you re...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Is "staff" plural/subject verb agreement, subject verb agreement, credit union staff
subject verb agreement, credit union staff, collective nouns: Collective nouns are always tough, and it usually depends on how you intend to use the word staff. If you mean the staff AS A UNIT, then use the singular verb form (provides). If you mean every member of the staff, use provide. You can avoid the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: staff, present progressive tense, collective nouns
present progressive tense, collective nouns, singular verb: The verb IS BEING RENOVATED is present progressive tense. This means that the renovation is still going on. From the rest of the sentence, however, it appears you should be using a past tense: The copy center has been renovated. The rest of the sentence...

General Writing and Grammar Help: stakes are high?, risk game, american friend
risk game, american friend, opening bid: When we play poker, we put money in the middle of the table, called the pot. What each person bets is a stake. Stakes are high means that an opening bid (ante) will be a high one, a minimum, and then all that follow will be larger. When someone...

General Writing and Grammar Help: start doing sth vs. start to do, gerund or infinitive, loud music
gerund or infinitive, loud music, sth: Dear Balusz, I believe I misunderstood your question in the first email. Now I understand your confusion and hope I can help. In English, we can use both forms, the gerund and the infinitive, after the verb since both are correct and mean the same thing:...

General Writing and Grammar Help: My statement needs help, formal art education, fine art school
formal art education, fine art school, time college student: Hello, Sikiu. My suggestions are in parentheses: I grew up in a small town in Venezuela having contact with many artists(,) because my father (was) a ceramic teacher at the Fine Art School in Barquisimeto. I was always around clay, tools, students and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: statue of limitations?, unauthorized absence, statue of limitations
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General Writing and Grammar Help: statute, foundation council, mr ted
foundation council, mr ted, word change: Dear Luke: These are going to be somewhat difficult, because I don t understand the meaning that you are trying to convey. 1.The Foundation Council shall be qualified to:approve the resolutions of the Management Board concerning the change of fusion...

General Writing and Grammar Help: stop over in Michigan?, dear tony, conscious decision
dear tony, conscious decision, airplane: Hi, Aes: Either one is correct, but when you say my flight is not stopping over it implies that it s not your fault or your decision to do so. I am not stopping over could mean that you have made a conscious decision not to stop in Michigan. It could...

General Writing and Grammar Help: stop by, verb tense, overtime work
verb tense, overtime work, answering the question: Each idea in the first set of sentences is expressed correctly. Both sentences in item 2 are correct. You may also correctly say I have to stop AT the bank. Now you are getting more complicated on me! The difference in She IS gone and She HAS...

General Writing and Grammar Help: street, proper noun, elm streets
proper noun, elm streets, intersection: Luke, Since Main Street is a proper noun, you must capitalize both words. If you are talking about a main street in town, you don t capitalize either word. You are on the street not at the street unless you sat at Main and Elm Streets to deal with an...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Thanks for your previous reply...., ticket stubs, gift basket
ticket stubs, gift basket, non profit organization: Regina: You cannot say each of the student because it is incorrect. It does not agree in number, because what you are really saying is each ONE of the students (students MUST be plural). You are specifying one student in a group of students -- singular,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: How to study continuously?, wasting my time, loud music
wasting my time, loud music, motivation: Chirag, The best thing you can do is to get good grades as a result of your hard studying. These grades will give you all the motivation you need to continue to study diligently. As you study more and continue to achieve, you ll learn how to study more...

General Writing and Grammar Help: study skill, grammatical rules, study skill
grammatical rules, study skill, forms of communication: Hi, Fiona I guess, to answer your question, language is more complex. When you communicate with, for example, body language, your grammar cannot be wrong, and you can t fail to pick the right word, or have a poor accent. Though language has...

General Writing and Grammar Help: study skills/spoken english, grammatical rules, forms of communication
grammatical rules, forms of communication, simple answer: Dear Fiona, Thank you for your question. There is no simple answer to this. I would guess that this is a college-level essay question. When you say, language, that can be both written language and the spoken word. It can also refer to sign language....

General Writing and Grammar Help: style guides, chicago manual of style, modern english usage
chicago manual of style, modern english usage, nonfiction works: Hi Pam Apologies for the delay in my response - AllExperts.com have had some trouble with their servers. I think this might be correct, although I have only heard the same thing second-hand. I have not used the Chicago Manual of Style. With regards to...

General Writing and Grammar Help: subject-object agreement, grammar resource, chicago manual of style
grammar resource, chicago manual of style, grammar handbook: Hello, Emily. The insect examples that you gave me are correct. Match the horse example to that, and both would be correct. All horses have manes. Every horse has a mane. You may refer to body parts of people or animals in either singular or...

General Writing and Grammar Help: subject/verb agreement, multnomah county oregon, tenses of verbs
multnomah county oregon, tenses of verbs, subject verb agreement: Dear Bailey: In the first sentence, you need has been as your verb. That is the past perfect tense of the verb. It s needed, because you are indicating an action that BEGAN in the past and CONTINUES to the present. In the second sentence, you should...

General Writing and Grammar Help: subject/verb agreement, subject verb agreement, open interiors
subject verb agreement, open interiors, singular verb: How rooms relate to one another is a clause that serves as the subject of the sentence. It is a singular unit that takes the singular verb takes. You re right, though. You re probably better off recasting the snetnce. How about the interrelationships...

General Writing and Grammar Help: subject/verb agreement, subject verb agreement, collective nouns
subject verb agreement, collective nouns, collective noun: Linda, Your premise is correct that team names are singular since they represent collective nouns and take a singular verb. When they end in s as Eagles and Dolphins they are still singular, thus Dallas is my favorite team, regardless of how it sounds....

General Writing and Grammar Help: subject verb agreement, subject verb agreement, countable noun
subject verb agreement, countable noun, prepositional phrases: Hello Peggy. In general, words of amount and time are considered singular. Also, you ignore prepositional phrases and make the verb agree with the subject. The use of the article in this context is irrelevant. A number... is The number ... is. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: subject verb agreement I think, subject verb agreement, discipline policy
subject verb agreement, discipline policy, first names: Hi Terri I maintained eye contact, and used their first names throughout each of their interviews. ^There is how it should look. I just added a comma to your second option. The word each simply further seperates the two their pronouns in the sentence....

General Writing and Grammar Help: subject verb agreement, subject verb agreement, possessive apostrophe
subject verb agreement, possessive apostrophe, pronoun agreement: oops, sorry ... typographical error: “That s my two cents worth.” is correct (note possessive apostrophe) That does not refer to the two cents; it refers to what you just said, your opinion. (CORRECTED): No rule other than simple pronoun agreement....

General Writing and Grammar Help: no subject, sentences, wendy
sentences, wendy, friendship: Wendy, Try: To have a friend, be a friend means no pains, no gains. If you really long for something, you have to work hard to obtain it. Such is it with friendship. If you want others to treat you like a friend, you have to treat them nicely first....

General Writing and Grammar Help: subjunctive tense, eric honecker, world statesmen
eric honecker, world statesmen, cable pulley: Hello, Stephen. Subjunctive tense describes an unreal situation or event. For example, If I were two feet taller, I d play professional basketball. I am not two feet taller, of course, so that makes this an example of the subjunctive tense. Any...

General Writing and Grammar Help: subjunctive, moment in time, weren
moment in time, weren, heather: Hi there! Use weren t - it shows that you are continuously there and it s not a specific moment in time. Wasn t shows just a moment in the past - As in, I wish I wasn t there when that man got shot. As opposed to: I wish I weren t living here...

General Writing and Grammar Help: suffer from, lack of time, school year
lack of time, school year, homework: Hi, and thanks for writing. When you use suffer from -- which is always followed by an object -- you are describing exactly what is *causing* the suffering. When you use suffer, you are only stating that the suffering exists. Here are some examples:...

General Writing and Grammar Help: summary essay, eighteenth century maps, method of expression
eighteenth century maps, method of expression, conceptual developments: I apologize, but I am going to decline another review of this! Sorry. It sounded pretty good as far as grammar and organization the first time I went through it, and I am trying to clear things out so I can get out of town tomorrow. Good luck with it. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: summary essay, technical writing course, method of expression
technical writing course, method of expression, conceptual developments: Hello, Katrina. I do not do proofreading on this site; rather, I answer specific questions. I did notice that other experts in this category will proofread, some only two pages, others more. I recommend that you send your essay to one of these experts....

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watching tv, dry cleaning, hollywood: When you pick someone up at the airport, you meet that person when the plane arrives and transport him or her home. When you pick up your dry cleanming, you go down to the store when it is ready, pay for it and bring it home. When you pick up English,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: suspense, semiconductor business, hello george
semiconductor business, hello george, united sates: Hello, George. 1. In the company means that the President was socializing with them or simply seen with the super-rich. 2. I suggest a comma after the introductory expression, In the first half of last year. Your driver s license will be suspended...

General Writing and Grammar Help: [ ] symbols, herrin, sentences
herrin, sentences, alot: Dear Chris, This use of bracketing occurs when the letter in the original text, which someone is likely sourcing, was not capitialized, meaning also that the word occurred in the middle of the sentence (in the original text). I hope that helps and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: syntactics?, accurate definitions, math science
accurate definitions, math science, reading education: Hello, Danielle. I can only guess that the example you gave me is graphically similar. The area you are asking about is one that I have absolutely no training in--reading! I am an arts major in English and Literature and was never required to take a basic...

General Writing and Grammar Help: syntax, imperative sentence, interrogative
imperative sentence, interrogative, preposition: Terri: The traditional rule is that you shouldn t end a sentence with a preposition, so if you wanted to be strictly correct you would say: Tell me what the grade levels were in which you did your methods courses or student teaching. It is also (even...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Ta da!, magicians, rabbit
magicians, rabbit, phrase: What does that mean by Ta da! ? I forgot in what context this phrase was used but I think it was in some pretty exciting occasion. Ta da! was orginally used by magicians.. And TA DA! I pull a rabbit out of my hat! When someone is trying on a new...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Tense, future tense, grammar punctuation
future tense, grammar punctuation, writing a novel: Hi Judy, The opening is excellent. The modal would is used for what is called the future in the past. The future in the past is used in reporting statements and questions which pertained to the future at the time they were made. You re off to a good...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Tenses, specified time period, occurence
specified time period, occurence, tenses: Yes, that s a good explanation of the difference between present perfect and simple past. To be more a bit more precise, the simple past refers to a specific occurence (it might be at a specific moment or within a specified time period, such as last year...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Term Paper, auto body shop, expound upon
auto body shop, expound upon, term paper: Leon, Simplest structure: beginning, middle and an end. Beginning - opening paragraphs on what you are going to talk about: - why you are going to start the body shop - what is involved in starting - some of the problems involved - people needed...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Thank you for your birthday wishes, writing a letter, birthday card
writing a letter, birthday card, happy birthday: Stephanie, A friend of mine sent me a birthday card in which it said, Happy Birthday . I am writing a letter to her and started it by saying: Dear Marco, Thank you for your birthday wishes. Is this sentence right? (Thank you for your birthday...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Thank you Jerry, present participle, being an actor
present participle, being an actor, being a teacher: Yvonne, Past Perfect Tense is used to show action that is past but has not been completed or is still going on. The boys have been collecting newspapers for two weeks. Being is the present participle of to be. Being a teacher is difficult. Being...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Thank you Note, happy time, baby shower
happy time, baby shower, pleasure: Hi Karthik, If you want to write a short note, you might say: Thank you so much for coming to my baby shower. It was such a pleasure having you share this happy time with us. I especially appreciate the (cute/useful/pretty)------------------you gave...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Thank you for your reply,..., singular noun, collective noun
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General Writing and Grammar Help: Thanks for your reply. Something..., preposition, adverb
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good sentence, correct answer, wednesdays: You would say, This store is open every Wednesday and Friday. If you wanted to use one of the phrases you list, you could say: Besides Wednesday, this store is also open on Friday. or In addiition to Wednesdays, this store is also open on Fridays....

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world void, war disease, hunger: Andrew, In both cases we are dealing with a hypothetical world , one that one wishes for. In the second sentence we wish for the present world void of hunger, war and disease. We want those negatives eliminated from this world. In the first sentence,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Thanks for your reply. Here..., hunger problems, pink elephant
hunger problems, pink elephant, pink elephants: Hello, Stephaine. Using the article a can imply a hypothetical situation. For example, Wouldn t it be neat to see a pink elephant? In this sentence, I am creating a hypothetical situation (seeing a pink elephant). The reader knows that pink elephants...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Thanks for your reply. I have..., grammar rule, present tense
grammar rule, present tense, example answer: Yes, you can say that. I think (RIGHT NOW), that he made a mistake (IN THE PAST). That s fine. In the original sentence, the tenses don t help the sentence make sense. The difference in I made and I ve (I have) made is just a difference in simple...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Thanks for your reply. What's..., latter phrase, taking a bath
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General Writing and Grammar Help: Theme Essay on A Separate Peace, intro paragraph, separate peace
intro paragraph, separate peace, thesis statement: Hi Zach! There is an awesome website that helped me a lot during my english classes. It outlines MLA style really well. Check it out at www.ccc.commnet.edu/mla/index.shtml. If you need brainstorming ideas, feel free to bounce them off me or send me the quote...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Thesis, king ferdinand and queen isabella, queen isabella of spain
king ferdinand and queen isabella, queen isabella of spain, king ferdinand and queen isabella of spain: Rudy, Try this: Of the several letters Christopher Columbus wrote concerning his discovery of what he believed were the Indies, his first two letters are significant in understanding his attitude and actions in what would later became known as the ...

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cigar aficionado, distribution charts, thesis statement: This is an Op-Ed piece, and looks like something that you might find from the editorial desk of a newspaper. It is not a scholarly essay, and is therefore unlikely to exhibit a well-defined thesis statement occurring in the first or second paragraph. The...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Thesis Statement, thesis statement, research essay
thesis statement, research essay, music industry: Hello, Farhan. It is easier to write about a narrower subject than it is to write about such a broad, general one. I suggest that you pick one aspect of the culture that the Internet has reshaped. The Internet has reshaped the music industry in positive...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Thesis Statement, ted nesbitt, inverted pyramid style
ted nesbitt, inverted pyramid style, kinds of paragraphs: Dear Farhan: It s difficult for me to judge the value of the sentence, since I don t know what you intend to do in the essay itself. The sentence is outstanding, IF you can follow it with a number of paragraphs -- fact-filled, of course -- about BOTH...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Thesis Statement, thesis statement, research essay
thesis statement, research essay, flesh: Hi Farhan, No, don t use that thesis statement: it is much too vague. It s a good start, but you need to flesh it out way more. What you want to think about is exactly what you plan to prove in your essay. How has the Internet reshaped our culture and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Thesis Statement, vanilla ice cream, proper thesis
vanilla ice cream, proper thesis, rebecca cole: Rebecca, The thesis (or topic) sentence indicates what the paragraph is about: Ice cream is the most popular desert among teens. Ice cream traces its origin back to the Egytian civilization. Vanilla ice cream is the most popular flavor of all....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Thesis, king ferdinand and queen isabella, queen isabella of spain
king ferdinand and queen isabella, queen isabella of spain, king ferdinand and queen isabella of spain: Hello, Rudy. Thank you for your question. It appears you are on the right track. You may want to cite specific examples how Columbus was more concerned with gold, rather than converts and spices. On the same token, reasons why Columbus viewed the natives...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Third Person?, person narratives, writing a novel
person narratives, writing a novel, third person: Neil: It s difficult to answer your question without seeing the manuscript, but as long as the points of view are clear, how you approach is largely a matter of style. First person narratives are more personal, obviously, and third person gives the benefit...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Three questions., colloquial expression, kind reply
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General Writing and Grammar Help: Title Case, working parents, title case
working parents, title case, adverbs: Hello, Kris. It Is a Wonder That There Are Any Working Parents. All pronouns, verbs, adjectives, nouns and adverbs are to be capitalized. Articles (unless beginning or ending the title) are never to be capitalized. Hope this helps. Regards, Joh...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Title in a essay, nouns and pronouns, shankara
nouns and pronouns, shankara, mango tree: Hello, Stacey. All nouns and pronouns need to be capitalized. Therefore, the book title would be Monkey and the Mango Tree, and the story in the book would be Shankara and His Disciples. The articles a, an, and the, and the conjunction and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: "Toward" and "towards", american heritage dictionary, english grammar
american heritage dictionary, english grammar, english usage: Tom, There really isn t any difference between them, both are acceptable in English grammar. However, the American Heritage Dictionary of English Usage claims that toward is used more often in American English, while towards is used more often in...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Transition words: more important vs more importantly, adjectives and adverbs, transition words
adjectives and adverbs, transition words, nouns: Austinea, Lastly, secondly, finally, next, thirdly all act as adverbs that modify the verb since they all tell when. Next, I will read the will. Finally, she threw in the eggs. Secondly, I want you to stop running near the pool. More important is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Translating to English, child support case, e mail address
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General Writing and Grammar Help: Travelin' Soldier, army camp, piccolo player
army camp, piccolo player, dixie chicks: I used to love this song, but it hasn t come on the radio in a long time. Well yea this girl works at a restaurant. This soldier comes in and sits down, and she talks to him. Then they go and chat some more, and they kind of like each other. So he goes...

General Writing and Grammar Help: The Tuesday-night toot lasted..., using hyphens, toot
using hyphens, toot, hyphen: Hello, Kayla. I consider the top sentence to be correct. Using hyphens is sometimes tricky; however, noun-adjective combinations are allowed (sometimes) to be connected with a hyphen. In your sentence, Tuesday is clearly a noun, and night is being used...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Turn it off., sh kim, english people
sh kim, english people, variability: Hi SH, Kim The verb to turn off may sound cumbersome to some English people, and they like to separate turn and off . This accounts for variability in its use. I would suggest that the second version is more elegant, though there is no real difference...

General Writing and Grammar Help: Twins, twins
twins: If you are only referring to two people, this sentence would be incorrect. Two twins is redundant. You would simply say, Yesterday, I met twins or I met a set of twins. If you wanted to say that you met four people, you would say, Yesterday, i met...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I can't find "the" Simpson..., indefinite article, definite article
indefinite article, definite article, conversely: Josh, It is a definite article which means it points to a specific thing...in this case THE Simpson Will as opposed to the Franklin Will or the Madison Will or the Simpson wallet. Conversely, I don t ANY Simpsons, do you? Which is an example of an indefinite...

General Writing and Grammar Help: tag question..., tag question, spoken english
tag question, spoken english, contractions: Hi, I m pretty smart, aren t I? is used in spoken English, although grammatically incorrect. Without the contractions, it would read: I am pretty smart, are not I? A better way to write the sentence is: I m pretty smart, am I not? I hope that helped....

General Writing and Grammar Help: the taking?, correct choice, sally
correct choice, sally, phrase: Sally: Depending on the context, it could mean that the SAT problems are free of charge or it could mean that the SAT problems will be very easy (probably the correct choice here). Another way to use the phrase is like this: Perhaps you have some...

General Writing and Grammar Help: teen writing markets, free poetry contest, contest search engine
free poetry contest, contest search engine, international library of poetry: Hi Amanda, First of all, remember that in freelance writing, the publisher pays you, not the other way around. A lot of publications and literary groups tend to target teenagers and scam them, usually by charging a reading fee such as in contests or when...

General Writing and Grammar Help: how do I tell the difference..., bus tour, tour bus
bus tour, tour bus, sentences: There really is no difference between the two. Are you going on a bus tour makes the bus tour the most important part of the trip, while Are you travelling on a bus tour makes the travel the most important part, as in, they want to get somewhere, and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: tense, english tenses, perfect tense
english tenses, perfect tense, airplane ride: Hi Cindy. For this sentence: Doug quoted it back in chapter two, these sentences are from chapter ten. It sounds better if you include had in the past tense. Doug had quoted it... This is called the Past Perfect tense. In French, you must...

General Writing and Grammar Help: tense, cardiologist, dollar bill
cardiologist, dollar bill, bad idea: Hi, Cindy! Different publications handle this in different ways, but because No isn t really set up as a full-fledged bit of dialogue, you don t need to capitalize it. But I suggest leaving out both the quote marks and the capital: Saying no to her...

General Writing and Grammar Help: tense, present perfect tense, auxiliary verbs
present perfect tense, auxiliary verbs, irregular verbs: Hello, Kathleen. The irregular verbs here bring up another issue since your students are misusing the root verb as well as the auxiliary verbs. I should have eaten, have gone, have given, etc. All of these verbs are in present perfect tense. ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: tense/the, reflexive pronouns, object pronouns
reflexive pronouns, object pronouns, perfect tense: Hi Luke, These sentences depend on the situation in which they are used. The first sentence, It was only after some time that he realised he loved her. , would be used if the subject still loves the other person. The second sentence - with past...

General Writing and Grammar Help: the/tense, tense question, mr ted
tense question, mr ted, perfect tense: NOW I understand! This poor grammar is supposed to be excused, because of poetic license. I think the meaning of the words is this: The door to my heart or my soul is open to you, IF you will be truthful to me. I will be truthful to you. The me is...

General Writing and Grammar Help: tense, conjunctive adverb, muhammad ali
conjunctive adverb, muhammad ali, independent clauses: Luke: ...even if he hadn t done boxing (or hadn t boxed) he would suffer from the same illness today. I used HADN T DONE/HADN T BOXED because it refers to the past. He s not boxing any more. However, I used he would suffer from the same illness...

General Writing and Grammar Help: tense/periods etc., quotation marks, question mark
quotation marks, question mark, six days: Hi Luke, The shades of meaning are interesting. In the first sentence, you would probably use commas around which was to have lasted for two weeks and that would show the reader that this was additional information for him. If that part between the commas...

General Writing and Grammar Help: tense: present perfect and past, simple past tense, native speaker
simple past tense, native speaker, point in time: It s not really correct that have is used to describe a recent event. Have can just as well be used to describe a not-so-recent event, and the simple past should be used in many cases of the very recent past. You made it! or You won! you might say,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: tense, host sister, sequence of tenses
host sister, sequence of tenses, main clause: I had not known she was a Bosnian until five yeas ago which also involves a specific time (unti five years ago)? this is incorrect, unless you are trying to say that the person was not a Bosnian until she became one five years ago. I didn t know until...

General Writing and Grammar Help: tenses, american history 2, moral reason
american history 2, moral reason, practical reason: The first four all mean exactly the same thing. Should is different: it means the thing is expected but not certain. To be precise, should is best used to indicate there is a reason the thing needs to happen or be done, either for a practical reason (...

General Writing and Grammar Help: tenses, tenses
tenses: Since i began teaching I (have) always had problems with my throat I d like to know whether i should use the present perfect or the past simple in this case i.e. I have always had or I always had If you are still having problems with your throat...

General Writing and Grammar Help: tenses, simple tense, perfect tense
simple tense, perfect tense, exact moment: Hello, Luke. Using the past perfect tense indicates that the author died before the moment you got halfway through the autobiography. If the sentence said ...when I heard he died, you wouldn t be able to tell if the author had died thirty years earlier,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: tenses, present perfect tense, simple past tense
present perfect tense, simple past tense, perfect tenses: Luke: I m afraid that this response is going to get very confusing and cluttered. I have a large amount of material to send to you. Would you mind sending me a completely NEW question at Allexperts, just stating that you would like my resource list?...

General Writing and Grammar Help: tenses, predicate adjective, personal motivations
predicate adjective, personal motivations, informal applications: Hello, Luke. 1. Beautifully is an adverb modifying look, which makes no sense. Beautiful is a predicate adjective referring to the subject, you. This is the only correct option. 2. Using the contractions instead of writing out word not ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: tenses, simple present tense, present continous
simple present tense, present continous, tenses: Luke, He always rides a bike is simple present tense. Could be used when you want to say: He always rides a bike when he goes to the supermarket. He is always riding a bike is present progressive and show action that is going on over a long period of...

General Writing and Grammar Help: term/expression, single family houses, church collections
single family houses, church collections, high rise apartments: Sarah, Public housing was established by governmental agencies such as HUD to provide decent, safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Public housing comes in all sizes and types from scattered, single-family...

General Writing and Grammar Help: terms, dear tony, decent profit
dear tony, decent profit, investing in real estate: A fixer-upper or flipper is a property that is in run-down condition. It needs fixing-up, that is, extensive repair and renovation. The price is often low on these properties, but the assumption is that money will have to be spent to repair damages....

General Writing and Grammar Help: In text citations., nuclear fallout, text citations
nuclear fallout, text citations, mail programs: Hello, Sam. Thanks for writing. Write the quotation (without a period at the end), and write the citation immediately afterward. Insert the period after the citation. For example: Not all people tend to agree with this hypothesis. Mike Sheitoll,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: in text citing, cheese search, several different types
cheese search, several different types, 43a: Hey Mallory There are several different types of citing. There s the way that psychologists do it, the way that MLA does it, the ALA. I don t know. There are several ways. I have always done it the MLA way. For a website, put the author name in (...

General Writing and Grammar Help: thank you for previous answers.please..., battery case, engineering service
battery case, engineering service, grammar: Yvonne, Try this: The battery case had been damaged before we received it in the engineering service department for repairs. It seems that this camera had been fallen to the ground and hence the battery case might have been damaged. The locking clip...

General Writing and Grammar Help: thesis statement, thesis statement, history of internet
thesis statement, history of internet, internet privacy: Hello, Jenny. Perhaps you could write about an aspect of Internet privacy, and not the entire subject at once. Or maybe you could focus on the history of Internet privacy, things that have changed and/or eliminated, etc. Hope this helps. Regards,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: thesis, personal fears, thesis statement
personal fears, thesis statement, word hope: Hello, Jessica. It depends on how many of the characters overcome their personal fears. Your statement says that both demonstrate that it is possible for one to overcome their personal fears. If both characters demonstrate, but only of the characters...

General Writing and Grammar Help: think about/of, vicky, verge
vicky, verge, distinction: Vicky, If you say I m thinking about you or I m thinking of you, I don t think there is any difference between them. In your example about the job, they also mean about the same thing. If there is any distinction, thinking about means I haven t yet made...

General Writing and Grammar Help: What do you think?, good sentence, mutual friend
good sentence, mutual friend, email: I would include the word already after the word it, like this: You may have heard it already from Emily, but I m coming to see her and stay with her in New York. Here s a question, though -- are you only coming to see Emily or are you going to see...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have three questions as..., mainframe computer, adverb
mainframe computer, adverb, adjective: Hi, Regina 1. Yes, both mean the same thing. 2. We do not have to leave out the in your sentence. I don t believe that the second option of expression is acceptable. 3. Yes, newest is a superlative. We cannot use the fastest, because...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I have three questions as..., mainframe computer, sentence states
mainframe computer, sentence states, venture 3: Regina: Yes, both sentences mean approximately the same thing with some slight differences. The first sentence states that no children are allowed INSIDE the restaurant. They can enter, but once inside they will be asked to leave. The second sentence states...

General Writing and Grammar Help: thumb?, rule of thumb, aesculapius
rule of thumb, aesculapius, average man: Aesculapius, Applies to a principle that is widely accepted but not necessarily strictly applied. For example, the rule of thumb for a good hitter is that he should get three hits for every tens times he comes to bat. Another is that an average man should...

General Writing and Grammar Help: tilt against windmills?, miguel cervantes, medieval knights
miguel cervantes, medieval knights, spanish novel: Don Quixote has been a famous hero of world literature since the Spanish novel of that name by Miguel Cervantes was published in 1605. The senile old Don had read too many stories about medieval knights, and he came to believe that he was one. One of his most...

General Writing and Grammar Help: By the time, file cabinet, tenses
file cabinet, tenses, file folder: 1. Just idiomatic-- think of a file cabinet, we file a certain piece of paper under the tab of a file folder. Payment pending means that the process for payment has begun, but hasn t been completed yet. In other words, you re still waiting for payment....

General Writing and Grammar Help: By the time, accurate representation, upper case
accurate representation, upper case, invoices: David, 1. Under the heading. No, because under is a more accurate representation of where it is place...under. Payment Pending means Money to be received. It is upper case because it is a heading. 2. Yes, both depend upon the time the message is read....

General Writing and Grammar Help: Until - By the time, grammar help, dear tony
grammar help, dear tony, home parents: By the time I arrived home, parents had gone out. This means: you were out, then you returned home. While you were out, your parents also went out, so that when you arrive home they weren t there. Until doesn t make sense in this sentence. Until John got...

General Writing and Grammar Help: By the time, future perfect tense, quotation marks
future perfect tense, quotation marks, future tense: Hello, David. 1. Payment Pending should be in quotation marks since you are quoting the name of a file. Under is commonly used with titles of files. Within would not be standard usage. Payment Pending is capitalized because it is the title of...

General Writing and Grammar Help: all those times, all these times, all that time etc..., easter holidays, distinctions
easter holidays, distinctions, excerpt from: I would use all that time in this example. the second week of April followed by the Easter holidays seems like a very wordy way to show the time period -- try to shorten it. Why not just say the second week of April? The second part of your question...

General Writing and Grammar Help: title for the book, subconsciousness, unconscious state
subconsciousness, unconscious state, conscious mind: Dear Luke, The best title would be the one someone suggested: The Power of the Subconscious. Subconsciousness is a state of being; therefore, though you COULD call it The State of Subconsciousness, it would literally mean the state of a state...

General Writing and Grammar Help: titles, coordinating conjunctions, double space
coordinating conjunctions, double space: Hi M5, Title: capitalize all major words but not minor words (articles, prepositions, coordinating conjunctions) unless they begin the title. MLA Format: Left Justify & Double Space: Your Name Professor s Name Course Date Double space and...

General Writing and Grammar Help: my toefl composition, fast paced society, forum pieces
fast paced society, forum pieces, travel brochure: Hello, Mengta. Here is your composition, with my suggestions in parentheses: Some people hold the opinion that knowledge gained from books is superior to that obtained from experience. Others, however, have opposite views (take this out of the sentence---on...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I took~~~, sh kim, sentences
sh kim, sentences, peace: Hi SH, Kim In this instance, both sentences mean essentially the same. The second is a slightly expanded version of the first. However, I would suggest that the second version implies, if only slightly, the person whose hand is taken will be led somewhere....

General Writing and Grammar Help: on the top, beef noodle soup, beef noodles
beef noodle soup, beef noodles: Peter, 1. You are making an order of one bowl of beef noodle soup. 2. No, stopped means the bus made a brief pause and then continued on. Is stopped means the bus made a pause and then did not continue but is still there. Yes, at and on mean the same...

General Writing and Grammar Help: tossed b ?, complete sentence, stephanie
complete sentence, stephanie: Hello Stephanie, What does a tossed b mean in this sentence? I d appreciate your help, thanks. --His description of methods for getting students to contact a tossed b -- This is not a complete sentence. First off there is no verb. Without the...

General Writing and Grammar Help: trademark symbols, ted nesbitt, modern language association
ted nesbitt, modern language association, american psychological association: Kathy: I know that it looks strange, but the superscripted number or letter is ALWAYS follwed by the end mark of punctuation, whether it is a period, question mark, or exclamation point. I don t know if you must use a particular style guide, but I have...

General Writing and Grammar Help: transferring, atlanta office, correct interpretation
atlanta office, correct interpretation, new contract: In this context, I am not sure that looking is the appropriate verb. It seems that the sentence should say you are LOOKING OVER the contract or REVIEWING the contract. The verb LOOKING is not transitive--it cannot take an object. (I cooked pasta.--subject-transitive...

General Writing and Grammar Help: translation, home army, word camp
home army, word camp, quotation mark: Hi, Luke! 1. I already felt better. I saw a doctor. It was calm, maybe the calm before the storm. (It s not all that clear what it refers to in the last sentence, though.) 2. I m not sure I understand the AK (the Home Army) part of this one. But...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I try to rephrase the following..., translation exercise, dangerous sport
translation exercise, dangerous sport, original meanings: Hello, Chris. My suggestions are in parentheses: Car racing is a highly dangerous sport. For one thing, the sport itself is dangerous because its major goal is the pursuit of high speeds. Besides, the participants seem to be (in) such danger. To...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I try to rephrase the following..., translation exercise, original meanings
translation exercise, original meanings, car races: Chris, Try this: To make matters worse, accidents caused by car races occur from time to time and often lead to major injuries. Every year drivers lose their lives in accidents. The accidents sometimes even injure servicemen and onlookers. Therefore,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I try to rephrase the following..., translation exercise, dangerous sport
translation exercise, dangerous sport, original meanings: Chris, Try: Car racing is a highly dangerous sport. For one thing, the sport, itself, is dangerous because its major goal is the pursuit of high speed. Beside, the participants, themselves, seem to relish (or crave) such danger. Jerry Leone ...

General Writing and Grammar Help: I am trying to create sentences..., ted nesbitt, landmark tower
ted nesbitt, landmark tower, highest buildings: Dear Regina: I did not get a response from the last answer I sent you. I hope you got it. I will be on vacation for the next month. I will not be available to questions until October 1. Sentence #1 is fine. The next two sentences are not correct....

General Writing and Grammar Help: I am trying to revise the..., political unrest, committing suicide
political unrest, committing suicide, political chaos: Hi Maggie, All three of these paragraphs are very well-written! Both revisions have some good corrections in them. Here are some suggestions. Specify which Korea you are talking about: North Korea or South Korea. Also, Korea is a peninsula, not an island....

General Writing and Grammar Help: turn it?, car brakes, frined
car brakes, frined, car repairs: This is an email from my frined and I am not understanding what she means in her last sentence, especially the part turn it . Any clue what she means by it ? Thanks! Hey Mick, I m sorry that there was such a delay in me responding to your message,...

General Writing and Grammar Help: tutoring session, tutorial session, word tutorial, mariko
word tutorial, mariko, adjective: Mariko: I think you could use either, but I would prefere tutoring session. We norrmally use the word tutorial as a noun, not as an adjective, as in this example. The software came with a tutorial on disc, so that users could learn the program....