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1. I have seven balls. One is white, another is black, a third is blue, a fourth is green, a fifth is brown, a sixth is pink, and the other is orange. (Is this sentence grammatical and commonly used? 2. I have two balls: One is green and the other is yellow. 3. I have two ...

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posted by rfvv on Monday, August 29, 2011 at 12:18am. 1. I have three balls: one is green, another is blue, and the other is white. 2. I have three balls: one is green, a second is blue, and the third is white. (Are both grammatical?) 3. I have three balls; one is green, ...

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1. I put my many books on the desk. 2. I put many books of mine on the desk. 3. I bought the many books at the book store. 4. I don't have any those books. 5. What those books do you have? 6. What many books do you want? 7. These many books are valuable...

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1. Have a conversation with your friends. 2. Have a communication with your partners. 3. Have a chatting with your partners. 4. Have a talking with your classmates. 5. Have a speaking with your close friends. 6. Converse with your friends on the titles. 7. Communicate with ...

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1. He goes to a concert every other week. 2. He goes to a concert biweekly. 3. He goes to a musical every other month. 4. He goes to a musical bimonthly. 5. She goes to a shop every other day. 6. She goes to a shop bidaily. 7. They have a meeting every other year. 8. They have...

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1. We learned math and science. 2. We learnt math and science. (Which past do we use? Are both okay? Which one is commonly used?) 3. I went there every other week. 4. I went there every second week. 5. I went there every two weeks. (Are the three sentences the same?)

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1. He has four balls. One is white, another is blue, another is green, and the other is yellow. 2. He has four balls. One is white, another is blue, a third is green, and the other is yellow. 3. He has four balls. One is white, another is blue, a third is green, and the fourth...

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1. This is the boy whom I spoke of yesterday. 2. This is the boy of whom I spoke of yesterday. 3. This is the boy who I spoke of yesterday. 4. This is the boy of who I spoke of yesterday. ----------------------- All are correct except #4? Am I right? Why do we use 'who'...

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1. What are the languages (which are) spoken in Canada? 2. Look at the boy who (is running) in the playground.? 3. Did you see the basket (which is) full of apples? 4. I met the boy (who is) out of the classroom. ------------------------ Can we delete the expressions in the ...

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1. You don't need to go there. 2. You need not go there. 3. You don't have to go there. 4. You have not to go there. ---------------------------- They are the same in meaning. However, #4 is not used frequently, right? In British English, is #4 used these days? Where ...

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1. She wants to read the comic book. 2. She wants to read the specific comic book. ------------------------------ Does #1 mean #2? Or is 'the' used in generic use?

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1. The plan was doomed/destined to fail. 2. The plan was doomed/destined to failure. 3. The plan was to fail. ------------------------ Are they all the same in meaing? Does #3 mean #1 or #2?

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1. She had me wash the dishes. 2. I was had to wash the dishes. (X) 3. I was asked to wash the dishes.(O) 4. He bade me come in. 5. I was bidden to come in. (Is #5 correct?) 6. He made me wash the car. 7. I was made to wash the car by him. (In passive sentences, why do we have...

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1. Who wants to recite the reading text? 2. Are there any volunteers that want to recite the two pages? 3. Raise your hands if you want to recite the passage. 4. Who else can recite all the sentences on the two pages? ------------------ Can we use all the sentences? Can you ...

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1. He was sitting on a rock. 2. He was sitting on many rocks. -------------------------------- Was he sitting on a large piece of stone or on small stones? In American English, 'rock' means 'a small stone' or 'a stone of any size'? Is it right? In ...

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"In" can also mean no longer than a particular period of time: 1. Can you finish the job in two weeks? 2. Can you finish the job within two weeks? -------------------------------- The definition is from a dictionary. In this case are both the same? 3. We finished ...

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1. All the girls laughed at Wanda. 2. All the girls kidded Wanda. 3. All the girls pulled Wanda's leg. 4. All the girls made fun of Wanda. ----------------------- Are they all the same in meaning?

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You are in group.(Your seats are in groups.) You need to rearrange your seats. Arrange your seats in 6 rows. We don't have group activities today so I want you to remain quiet. Make your rows straight. Move to the left a little. Will you move to the right a little bit? ...

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1. I read the book in five days. 2. I read the book for five days. --------------------------------- Does #1 mean he finished reading the book from the first page to the last page? Does #2 mean that he read the book for 5 days but not finished reading the book to the last page?

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1. How long did it take for him to read the book? 1-1. He finished reading the book in 5 days. (If this is the answer to the question, #1-1 mean that it took the whold 5 days to read the book. Am I right? In that case, we can not use 'within' instead of 'in.' ...

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Posted by rfvv on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 9:20pm. 1. He read the book in 5 days. 2. He read the book after 5 days. 3. He read the book within 5 days. -------------------- In a dictionary, I found that 'in' is used as 'within' in American English. Then it&#...

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1. My hobby is chatting in a chat room. 2. My hobby is chatting in chat rooms. ------------------------------ Which one is the better of the two? Do we have to use a singuglar form or a plural form? 3. My favorite food is noodle. 4. My favorite food is noodles. 5. My favorite ...

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Thank you. Then, when it took nearly 5 days to finish reading the book, what expression do we have to use?

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1. He read the book in 5 days. 2. He read the book after 5 days. 3. He read the book within 5 days. -------------------- In a dictionary, I found that 'in' is used as 'within' in American English. Then it's confusing. Does #1 mean #3 in American English? I ...

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1. Write down four friends' names in the name column in the table. 2. You can communicate with others in groups with the five questions on the blackboard. 3. What is her mother asking of her? 4. I'd like you to introduce one of your friends in the table to the ...

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1. I can't do the science project myself. It's too difficult? What does it refer to? #2 or #3? 2. doing the science project myself 3. the science project --------------------------------- 4. I'm going to Tom's house to work on the science project. 5. I'm ...

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1. He grew 25 cm last year. 2. He grew by 25 cm last year. (Is 'by' deleted in Sentence 1? What is the meaning of 'by' here?)

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1. They are very happy. 2. They are on cloud nine. 3. They are walking on air. ------------------------------ Are they all the same in meaning? What is the meaning of 'air' in Sentence 3?

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A: He swims 100 meters in one minute. B: Really? I can’t believe it. A: Me neither. 1. Me, neither. 2. I can't, either. 3. I can't believe it, either. 4. Neither can I. 5. Nor can I. 6. The same to me. ------------------- Can we use those sentences instead of &...

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1. Are you kidding? 2. Are you kidding me? 3. Are you pulling my leg? 4. Are you teasing? 5. Are you teasing me? --------------------------- Are they all grammatical and the same in meaning? Can we use 'legs' in #3? Where can I get to know the origin of 'pull one&#...

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1. The door won't open. 2. She won't open the door. (Does 'won't' mean 'volition' of the subject? Or does each sentence have a simple future tense?) 3. She will open the door. 3-1. She intends to open the door. 3-2. She is going to open the door. (...

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1. He will go to Chicago. 2. He is going to go to Chicago. 3. He shall go to Chicago. 4. I will make him go to Chicago. ---------------------- Does #1 mean #2? Does #3 mean #4?

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1. Don't pull my leg. 2. Don't tease me. 3. Don't kid me. 4. Don't play a trick on me. 5. Don't play tricks/jokes/pranks on me. 6. Don't play a joke on me. 7. Don't play a prank on me. -------------------------- Are they all the same in meaning? ...

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1. He took a picture of me. 2. He took one picture of me. 3. He took pictures of me. (Does #1 mean #2? Did he take only one picture of me? Does #3 mean he took several pictures of me?)

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1. Are you planning to go to Australia for your vacation? 2. Are you planning to go to Australia on your vacation? 3. Are you planning to go to Australia for the purpose of your vacation? 4. Are you planning to go to Australia at the time of your vacation...

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The customer wants to buy the product at the market. What can he say? Can we use all the following expressions? Which ones are commonly used? 1. I'll take it. 2. I'll buy it. 3. I'll get it. 4. I'll have it.

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The person stopped reciting the passage for a second....So, I said ________ 1. "Go on." 2. "Go ahead." (Which one is suitable for the blank?)

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1. I want to raise a cat. 2. I want to keep a cat. 3. I want to have a cat. 4. I want to grow a cat. ---------------------- Can we use all the verbs to have the same meaning? Does 'grow' mean 'raise' here?

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1. I need a solid T-shirt. 2. I need a plain T-shirt. 3. I need a solid-color T-shirt. 4. I need a self-color T-shirt. 5. I need a one-color T-shirt. 6. I need a unicolor T-shirt. ---------------------- Are they all the same in meaning? Which ones are commonly used?

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1. I want to buy a plain bag. (What is a plain bag? Does it mean a bag without patterns?)

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1. I was wondering, what's the best way to travel around Europe? 2. I was wondering what's the best way to travel around Europe. (Which one is gramatical?) 3. Hello? - Hello. It's Mark. - Hi, Mark. How are you? ------------------------------ This is a telephone ...

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Can we use #3? In the past tense, we can use 'after' as in #4? What about #3 in the future tense?

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1. He will come back in five days. 1-2. He will come back at the end of five days. 2. He will come back within five days. 3. He will come back after five days. 4. He came back after five days. -------------------------------- Does #1 mean #1-1? What about #3? I think #4 is right.

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Thank you for your help. Then, what is the difference betwen #4 and #5? Can we use #4, when it took one day for him to read the bok? 4. He read this book in five days. 5. He read this book within five days.

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1. He read this book in a day. 2. He read this book within a day. 3. He read this book at the end of a day. ------------------------------ 'In' means 'within' or 'at the end of' according to a dictionary. Q1: Does #1 mean #2? Q2: When he read the book ...

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1. Give her a big hand. 2. Let's clap for her. 3. Put your hands together for her. (Are they all the same? Do you have some more similar expressions?) 4. Have a conversation with him. 5. Talk with him. 6. Speak with him. 7. Communicate with him. (Can we use all the ...

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W:Hello. May I speak to Mr. Johnson? M: Speaking. 1. Who's calling, please? -------------------------- 2. Who's talking, please? 3. Who's speaking, please? (Can we use #2 and #3 instead of #1 in telephone conversation?)

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A Foreign Service Officer (FSO) is a commissioned member of the United States Foreign Service. --------------------------- Does "the Foreign Service" mean "the Diplomatic Office" or "the US Foreign Ministry?" Are they the same in meaning?

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1. Sure. Here, take a look. 2. It's a picture of rocks, right? 3. Not only rocks, Tom! Look closer. There are eggs. 4. Wow, I can't believe it. --------------------------- Q1: What is the full form of "Not only rocks'? a or b? a. They are not only rocks. b. ...

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How are you doing? I'm fine. I'm okay. I?'m good. I'm great. I'm doing fine. I'm doing okay. I'm doing good. I'm doing great. ---------------------- Are the answers all fine? ============================== How is it going? 1. I'm terrible. 2...

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1. Are there any volunteers who can recite all the sentences on the page? 2. Are there any volunteers that can recite all the sentences on the page? (Are both OK? Do we have to use 'who' or 'that' in the sentences?)

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1. My hobby is watching a musical. 2. My hobby is watching musicals. 3. My hobby is watching a baseball game. 4. My hobby is watching baseball games. --------------------------------- Which ones are commonly used? Do we have to use the singular form or the plural form?

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1. Lunch is on me. 2. I'll buy you lunch. 3. I'll take you out to lunch. ------------------------------- Are they all the same in meaning? Is 'lunch' in #3 used as a verb? 4. Long time no see. 5. It's been a long time. 6. I haven't seen you in ages. 7. ...

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1. Lunch is on me. 2. What do you mean by "lunch is on me"? 3. I mean I will pay for the lunch. 4. Thanks a lot. I really enjoyed the lunch. Then ice cream is on me. ------------------------ In #3, why is 'the lunch' used? In #4, 'the lunch' is used. ...

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1. The drinks are on the house. 2. Beer is on the house. 3. You meal is on the house. 4. Dinner is on the house. 5. The pie is on the house. --------------------------- Are they all grammatical? Why do you use 'house'? Don't you use 'restaurant'?

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1. Are you happy with your school uniform? 2. Are you satisfied with your school uniform? 3. Are you happy related to your school uniform? 4. Are you happy because of your school uniform? -------------------------- Does #1 mean #2? What about the other sentences? The meaning ...

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1. How many ballpoint pens do you have? 2. How many ballpoints do you have? 3. How many ball pens do you have? --------------------------- Is #3 incorrect? 4. It's close to my house. 5. It's near my house. 6. It's by my house. ---------------------- Do you use the ...

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1. From whom did you get the bike? - I got the bike from my father. 2. Whom did you get the bike from? - I got the bike from my father. 3. Who did you get the bike from? - I got the bike from my father. ========================= Which question is commonly used?

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1. She went to the hairshop. 2. She went to the hairdresser's. 3. She went to the beauty shop. ........ Can we use all the expressions? What other expressions can we use?

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1. Write about you and introduce yourself taking turns in groups. 2. Write about yourself and introduce yourself taking turns in groups. ----------------------- Do we have to use 'you' or 'yourself' after 'about'?

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1. I have two dance classes on Monday. 2. I have two dancing classes on Monday. (which one is correct as a subject, dance or dancing?)

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1. Math is complex but useful. 2. Math is complicated but useful. (Are both okay? Which syllable is stressed in 'complex'? First syllable or second syllable? There seem to be two ways in the dictionary.)

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1. What day is your birthday? - It is June 14th. - It is the second Monday. 2. When is your birthday? - It's this Friday.? - It is on January 10th. - It is January 10th. 3. What date is your birthday? - It is January 10th. - It is on January 10th. ----------------------- ...

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1. His salary is the same as mine. 2. Middle school is not the same as elementary school. (What is the part of speech of 'as' in each sentence?)

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Thank you. What about the follwing explanation? 1. I need two dollars which can be used for the bus. 2. I need two dollars used for the bus. 3. I need two dollars for the bus. (If we explain in this way, can't 'for the bus' modify 'dollars'?)

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M: It's 100% silk, ma'am. W: But I don't have enough money with me now. M: How much do you have? W: Thirty dollars, but I need two dollars for the bus. -------------------------- In this dialogue, what is the part of speech of 'for the bus'? Is it an ...

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1. What did you learn in math class today? 2. She is a music teacher. She is very strict. 3. He is a career teacher. He is kind-hearted. 4. He is a Chinese characters teacher. He is humorous. ---------------------- Are they all correct? Do we have to capitalize "career&...

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1. What did you learn in math class today? 2. She is a music teacher. She is very strict. 3. He is a career teacher. He is kind-hearted. 4. He is a Chinese characters teacher. He is humorous. ---------------------- Are they all correct? Do we have to capitalize "career&...

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1. You are a farmer. 2. Thou art a farmer. (Is #2 the old English forms?) 3. You are farmers. 4. Ye art farmers. (Is #4 the old English forms?) 5. He is your son. 6. He is thy son. (Is #6 the old English form? Was 'is' used as a verb at that time?)

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1. We'll be home for Christmas. 2. We'll be home on Christmas. 3. What would you like to do for Christmas? 4. What would you like to do on Christmas? ----------------------- Thank you for your help. What is the difference in the use of the prepositions, for and on?

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1. You are a farmer. 2. Thou art a farmer. (Is #2 the form of Old English?) 3. You are farmers. 4. Ye art farmers. (Is #4 the form of Old English?)

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1. Today is my birthday. One of my family members knew that. I have a sister. She gave me a watch for my birthday. (Is this passage grammatical? Does it mean that she didn't give the watch on my birthday. She gave me a watch yesterday for my birthday. Am I right?) 2. She ...

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1. She looked at the person on the table.(When the person is on the table, 'on the table' is an adjective phrase.) 2. She looked at the person on the table.(When she is on the table, 'on the table' is an adverbial phrase.) (How can we distinguish the two ...

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4. He gave me a fountain pen for my birthday. (adverb phrase?) 5. I'm looking for a present "for her birthday." (adjective phrase?) 6. Tom got a nice gift "for his birthday." (adverb phrase?)

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Posted by rfvv on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 6:51am. What is the part of speech of "for my birthday" in each sentence? An adverb phrase or an adjective phrase? Would you check them, please? Can a phrase be either an adjective phrase or an adverbial phrase? Thank ...

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1. Middle school is the same. 2. Elementary school is the same. 3. Middle school is not the same as elementary school. 4. Middle school is different from elementary school. ------------------ In each sentence, Is 'same' an adjective or a pronoun? #3 is the same as #4 ...

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What is the part of speech of "for my birthday" in each sentence? An adverb phrase or an adjective phrase? Would you check them, please? Can a phrase be either an adjective phrase or an adverbial phrase? Thank you. 1. What do I want for my birthday? 2. This gift is ...

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1. I'm looking for a present "for my daughter's birthday." (Is 'for my son's birthday' an adjective phrase or an adverbial phrase? What does it modify?) 2. I got a nice gift "for my birthday." (Is 'for my birthday" an adjective ...

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9. I'm thinking of buying a present for my son's birthday. (Does 'for my birthday' modify 'bying' and is it an adverbial clause as well? Or is it an adjective phrase modifying 'present'?)) 10. I need two dollars for the bus. (Does 'for the ...

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1. I got a nice gift which is for my birthday. 2. I got a nice gift for my birthday. (Can we use #1? In #1, "which is for my birthday" is an adjective clause. In #2, doesn't 'for my birthday' modify 'gift'? Isn't it an adjective phrase?) 3. I...

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1. I was wondering, what's the best way to travel around Europe? 2. I was wondering, what's the best way to travel around Europe. 3. I was wondering what's the best way to travel around Europe. 4. I was wondering what's the best way to travel around Europe...

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One more question related to 'for' goes as follows. Thank you for your explanation. 11. The nice gift for my birthday was a dictionary. 12. A nice gift for my birthday was a dictionary. (Q1: Do we have to use 'the' or 'a' before 'nice gift' in ...

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1. Listen and write a number the boy that each dialogue describes. 2. Listen and write a number "over" the boy that each dialogue describes. 3. Listen and write a number "above" the boy that each dialogue describes. --------------------------------- Which ...

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Thank you! 9. I'm thinking of buying a present for my son's birthday. (Does 'for my birthday' modify 'bying' and is it an adverbial clause as well?) 10. I need two dollars for the bus. (Does 'for the bus' modify 'need' and is it an ...

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Thank you for your help. 8. This is a gift for your birthday. (In #8, 'for your gift' modifies 'gift'. So 'for your gift' is an adjective phrase. Is that right? What is the difference beterrn #7 and #8 in terms of 'part of speech'? Is it because...

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English - rfvv, Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 2:32pm Thank you for your help. One more question... 6. I got a nice gift on my birthday. 7. I got a nice gift for my birthday. (In #6, I received a gift on the date of the birthday. Is it right? In #7, is it different as you ...

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Thank you for your help. One more question... 6. I got a nice gift on my birthday. 7. I got a nice gift for my birthday. (In #6, I received a gift on the date of the birthday. Is it right? In #7, is it different as you mentioned before? What about the part of speech of 'on...

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Thank you. What about the following? 4. He gave me a book on my birthday. 5. He gave me a book for my birthday. (In #5, Did he give me a book on my birthday? Or did he give me a book before or after my birthday? Are both OK? What is the meaning of 'for' in #5? Does &#...

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1. They held special services for Christmas. 2. They held special services at Christmas. 3. They held special services on Christmas. -------------------------- Q1: Are they all correct? Q2: Were special services held on Christmas Day in #1? Or were special services held on ...

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1. We usually take them to the hospital using an ambulance. 2. We usually take them to the hospital as/while we use an ambulance. 3. We usually take them to the hospital which use an ambulance. 4. We usually take them to the hospital, using an ambulance...

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1. He is wearing shoes. 2. He is wearing shoes for gentlemen for formal meeting. 3. He is wearing sneakers or sports shoes. -------------------------- Does #1 mean #2 or #3?

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1. The student who is closest to the doll should pick it up and introduce himself or herself to the other students. 2. The student who is nearest the doll should pick it up and introduce himself or herself to the other students. 3.The student closest to the doll should pick it...

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Thank you for your help. 1. He's a book. 2. He has a book. (Does #1 mean #2? Can't we contract "He has"?) 3. He's my uncle. 4. He is my uncle. (Here, the contracted form is correct,isn't it?)

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1. He's very busy. 2. He is very busy. 3. He's never been to New York. 4. He has never been to New York. 5. He's sad yesterday. 6. He was sad yesterday. 7. They were happy. 8. They're happy. 9. They are happy. 10. They're scared yesterday. 11. They were ...

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1. I had a book. 2. I'd a book. 3. You had a pen. 4. You'd a pen. 5. He had a car. 6. He'd a car. 7. We had many pens. 8. We'd many pens. ----------------------- Are the contracted forms all grammatical?

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1. If you drop the doll to the floor, the student near the doll should pick it up. 2. If you drop the doll onto the floor, the student near the doll should pick it up. 3. If the doll drops to the floor, the student near the doll should pick it up. 4. If the doll drops onto the...

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1. How are you doing? 2. How are you feeling? 3. How is it going? 4. How are you? 5. How do you feel? 6. How are you today? - I feel delighted. - I feel happy. - I feel satisfied. -------------------------------- Are the questions all the same? Can we answer as in the above?

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1. He is happy as well. 2. He is not happy as well. 3. He likes apples also. 4. He doesn't like apples also. 5. He also doesn't like apples. 6. He didn't sing, too. 7. He didn't sing, either. -------------------- Can we use 'as well', 'also', ...

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1. Jenny's friends're not angry. 2. Your friends're generous. (Are the contractions grammatical?) 3. Middle school is not the same as elementary school. 4. Middle school is not the same as elementary school is the same. (Does #3 mean #4? Is #4 the full form of #3? ...

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