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January 20, 2017

Posts by rfvv

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English
1. He dislikes going to school. 2. He dislikes to go to school. (Are both grammatical? Which one is commonly used?)
January 20, 2017

English
1. He thought that by the year 2000, people could fly in personal airplanes and flying police officers would control airplanes in the air. 2. He thought that by the year 2000, people could fly "on" personal airplanes and flying police officers would control airplanes...
December 22, 2016

English
1. People always imagine the future to have machines that are magically helpful. 2. People always imagine the future to have "the" machines that are magically helpful. ----------------------------- Are both okay? Do we have to use 'the' or not in this ...
December 22, 2016

English
1. Some of his pictures seem to be close to what's happening now. 2. Some of his pictures seem close to what's happening now. 3. Some of his pictures seem to be close to the thing which is happening now. 4. Some of his pictures seem to be close to the things which are ...
December 22, 2016

English
1. There's nothing good on, anyway. With hundreds of channels available, viewers can spend hours just flipping channels trying to find something worthwhile. ------------------------------ This is one of the disadvantages of Watching TV. Are there any errors? Don't we ...
December 20, 2016

English
1. He said, "Where do you live?" 2. He asked where I lived. 3. He asked where we lived. 4. He asked where he lived. 4. He asked where she lived. 5. He asked where they lived. ----------------------------- Does #1 usually mean #2? What about the others? In Sentence 1...
December 15, 2016

English
1. I said to her, "Will you close the door?" -direct narration- 2. I told her that she would close the door. -indirect narration- 3. I asked/begged her to close the door? -indirect narration- --------------------------------- #1 can be changed into #3. What about #2...
December 15, 2016

English
1. Can you finish the work by next Monday? 2. Can you finish the work till next Monday? (Is #2 incorrect?) 3. Can you wait for me till/untill seven p.m.? 4. Can you wait for me by seven p.m.? (Is #4 incorrect?)
December 15, 2016

English
1. If I had a lot of money, I could buy a car. 2. If I could buy a house, I would be happy. 3. If I were a rich person, I could buy a smart phone. 3-2. If I " was" a rich person, I could buy a smart phone. -------------------------------- Are they all grammatical? ...
December 15, 2016

English
1. I want some friends to play soccer with. 2. I want some friends that I can play soccer with. 3. I want some friends that I will play soccer with. 4. I want some friends that I want to play soccer with. ------------------------------ Does #1 mean #2,3, or 4? Which one is ...
December 15, 2016

English
1. He said to me, "You will fail in the exam." -direct narration- 2. He told me that I should fail in the exam. -indirect narration- 3. He told me that I would fail in the exam. -indirect narration- --------------------------------- #1 can be changed into #2 or #3. ...
December 15, 2016

English
1. I had rather starve to death than steal. 2. I would rather starve to death than steal. 3. I had rather starve to death. 4. I would rather starve to death. 5. I had better starve to death than steal. 6. I had better starve to death. -------------------------------- Are they ...
December 15, 2016

English
1. I would rather die than surrender. 2. I would rather fail than cheat. 3. I would rather play games than study. 4. I would rather walk to work than go to work by car. ------------------------------- Are they all grammatical? Do we have to use the base verb after 'than&#...
December 15, 2016

Engish
1. She must have been rich. 2. She cannot have been rich. 3. You should/ought to have come earlier. 4. He may have found the glasses. 5. He might have found the glasses. (They are all grammatical and talk about the past, right? By the way, what is the difference between #4 and...
December 15, 2016

English
1. She said to me that she was waiting for Tom. 2. She told me that she was waiting for Tom. -------------------------------- Is #1 incorrect?
December 14, 2016

English
1. Jake said, "I didn't like baseball when I was young." - dirct narration - 2. Jake said that he hadn't liked baseball when he had been young." - indirect narration - -------------------------------- Is the indirect narration correct?
December 14, 2016

English
1. I said to her, "Are you fond of swimming?" 2. He asked her if she was fond of swimming. 3. He asked her if she 'is' fond of swimming. ------------------------------- #1 can be changed into #2. What about #3? If we use 'is,' is it incorrect?
December 14, 2016

English
Thank you for your help. One more time, I'd like to post the structure 'prefer to' 1. I prefer him to her. 2. I prefer Ted to Jacob. 3. I prefer table tennis to soccer. 4. I prefer reading books to playing soccer. 5. I prefer to read books rather than (to) play ...
December 14, 2016

English
1. I prefer to play soccer with them. 2. I prefer playing soccer with them. (Are both grammatical?) 3. I prefer spring to fall. 4. I prefer palying tennis outdoors to reading books indoors. 5. I prefer to swim rather than read a novel. 6. I prefer to swim rather than to read a...
December 14, 2016

English
1. She didn't need to leave early. 2. She didn't have to leave early. 3. She needed not leave early. 4. He need not have done it. 5. He didn't need to do it. 6. He needed not to do it. ------------------------------ Are they all the same in meaning? What is the ...
December 14, 2016

English
1. She didn't need to leave early. 2. She didn't have to leave early. 3. She needed not leave early. ------------------------------ Are they all the same in meaning? What is the difference in meaning if any?
December 14, 2016

English
1. He likes growing flowers. 2. He likes growing a flower. 3. He likes growing the flower. (Are they all in generic use? I mean 'flowers, a flower, and the flower'.)
December 13, 2016

English
2-2. A flower shop is a shop where people buy the flower. (Is it grammatical? Is 'the flower' is used in generic use? I mean: Can we use 'a flower,' 'the flower,' 'flowers' here? Are they all in generic use? I think the plural form is commonly ...
December 13, 2016

English
Posted by rfvv on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 7:27am. 1. A flower shop is a shop where people buy flowers. 2. A flower shop is a shop where people buy a flower. 3. A flower shop is a shop that people buy flowers. 4. A flower shop is a shop people buy flowers. 5. A flower ...
December 13, 2016

English
6. A flower shop is a shop where people buy the flower. (What about this one? 'The' is used in this sentence before 'flower'.)
December 13, 2016

English
1. A flower shop is a shop where people buy flowers. 2. A flower shop is a shop where people buy a flower. 3. A flower shop is a shop that people buy flowers. 4. A flower shop is a shop people buy flowers. 5. A flower shop is a shop people buy some flowers...
December 13, 2016

English
1. We helped ourselves to all the food. (What is the meaning of 'helped' in this sentence?)
December 12, 2016

English
1. I believe the guilty person to be her. 2. I believe the guilty person to be she. 3. The guilty person is believed to be she by me. 4. The guilty person is believed to be her by me. --------------------- Which ones are correct? Do we have to use 'she' or 'her'?
December 12, 2016

English
1. I said, "where do you live?" 2. I asked where she lived. 3. I asked where he lived. 4. I asked where they lived. ---------------------------- Can #1 be changed into #2, 3, or 4?
December 11, 2016

English
1. She didn't need to leave early. 2. She didn't have to leave early. 3. She needed not to leave early. 4. She had not to leave early. --------------------------- Are they all the same and grammatical? Do you use #4 often?
December 11, 2016

English
1. She made herself up in front of the mirror. 2. She made up herself in front of the mirror. 3. She likes making up before the mirror. (Are they grammatical?) 4. She applied cosmetics on her face. 5. She applied makeup on her face. (Are both the same in meaning?)
December 7, 2016

English
1. The teams drew/tied the match five all. 2. The teams drew/tied the match five points each. 3. The teams drew/tied the match at five all. 4. The teams drew/tied the match at five points each. 5. The teams drew/tied the match at 5-5. 6. The teams drew/tied the match 5-5...
December 6, 2016

English
1. We went on a picnic at Riverside Park. 2. We went on a picnic at the Riverside Park. (Do you put 'the' before 'Riverside Park'?) 3. The lesson being over, we ran out of the room. 4. Because the lesson was over, we ran out of the room. 5. After the lesson was...
December 6, 2016

English
My correction is as follows. 1. There was a tug-of-war on the playground. The teams drew at 2-2. 2. They did a tug-of-war in the playing field. The game ended in a draw. 3. They played tug-of-war at the playground. Class 2-1 won the game at 3-2.
December 6, 2016

English
1. There was a tug-of-war on the playground. The teams drew at 2-2. 2. They did a tug-of-war in the playing field. The game ended in draw. 3. They played the tug-of war at the playground. Class 2-1 won the game at 3-2. (Would you check the sentences? I need your corrections. ...
December 6, 2016

English
1. The street is closed for construction. 2. The city has closed the street for construction. 3. They have closed the street for construction. (What is the suitable active voice of #1?) 4. The door was shut. 5. He had shut the door. 6. They had shut the door. (Which one is the...
December 6, 2016

English
1. Canand lost the game against/with England at 2 to 3. 2. Canada won the game against/with England at two to three. 3. Canada won the game against/with England at 2-2. ----------------- Are they correct? Would you let me know correct expressions?
December 6, 2016

English
1. Canada drew/tied the game against England at 1-1. 2. Canada drew/tied the game against England 1-1. 3. Canada drew/tied the game against England at one to one. 4. Canada drew/tied the game against England one to one. -------------------------- Q1: Can we use all the ...
December 6, 2016

English
1. She'll be coming round the mountain when she comes. 2. She'll be coming around the mountain when she comes. ------------------------ In the song, 'round' is used in #1. In British English, 'round is used with action verbs. However, what about in American...
December 5, 2016

English
Hello. Thank you for your help. I'd like to think of a stative passive and an active passive. 1. He has closed the shop. 2. He closed the shop and it is closed. (The meaning of #1 is #2. There was an action and then there was a state: an action + a state here.) 3. The shop...
December 5, 2016

English
From this morning, the rain will set in all over the country. ------------------------------- What is the meaning of 'set' in this sentence? Is 'set' used together with 'in' as in this sentence?
December 4, 2016

P.E.
Is this one a roller board? Beneath the board, there are rollers. Children like to ride on this board in the park. They can go faster because of the rollers beneath the board. Could you let me see the photo of 'roller board'? Thank you.
December 4, 2016

English
1. I fell asleep with the computer turned on. 2. It is difficult to get to the place because of bad weather. 3. It is difficult to get to the place because of the bad weather. -------------------------------- Are they all grammatical? Do we need to put 'the' before &#...
December 3, 2016

English
1. We have painted our house gren. 2. Our house have been painted green. 3. Our house is painted gren. ( #1 is an active voice sentence. #2 is a passive voice sentence of #1. In #2, action is stressed. #3 is a passive voice sentence of #1. In #3, state is stressed. Is this ...
December 2, 2016

English
1. The gate is shut at 7. 2. The gate gets shut at 7. 2-2. The gate grows shut at 7. 2-3. The gate becomes shut at 7. (Can we use all the verbs? are they the same in meaning?) 3. The gate is shut now. 4. The gate stands shut now. 5. The gate lies shut now. 6. The gate remains ...
December 2, 2016

English
Posted by rfvv on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 1:03pm. 1. The road is closed for construction. (What is the active voice sentence of #1?) 2. The city has closed the road for construction. 3. The city closes the road for construction. •English - Writeacher, Wednesday, ...
December 2, 2016

English
1. It seems that the two years was a long time for you. 2. It seems the two years was a long time for you. 3. It seems like the two years was a long time for you. -------------------------- Are they all grammatical? Which one is commonly used? Can we omit 'that' as in...
December 2, 2016

English
1. Cathy said that she would be here later. ---------------------------- In this sentence, does 'she' refers to 'Cathy' or "another female person"?
December 1, 2016

English
1. You don't have to go there. 2. You have not to go there. (In British English, is #2 the same as #1?) 3. There were five men in the room. One was old and the others were young. 4. There were five men in the room: One was old and the others were young. 5. There were five ...
December 1, 2016

English
1. He looked at himself in the mirror. (Does 'in the mirror' modify 'himself' or 'looked'?) 2. I had my picture taken by the photographer. 3. I had the photographer take my picture. (Are both grammatical? Does #2 can be changed into #3?)
December 1, 2016

English
1. The gate is shut at 7. 2. The gate gets shut at 7. 3. The gate grows shut at 7. 4. The gate becomes shut at 7. (Are they all the same in meaning?) 5. The gate is shut now. 6. The gate stands shut now. 7. The gate lies shut now. 8. The gate remains shut now. 9. The gate ...
November 30, 2016

English
There are three teams in a classroom. 1. This question is for Team 1. 2. Only Team 2 can answer this question. 2-2. Only students in Team 2 can answer this question. (Do we have to put 'the' before 'students'?) 3. This one is for Team 3 students. 4. Team 1 ...
November 29, 2016

English
1. The fan is above the desk. (Can we use 'above' any time when the fan is on the ceiling, for example, in each corner. When the fan is directly over the desk, can we use "over" as in the sentence? Can we use 'above' when the fan is in each corner of ...
November 29, 2016

English
1. The fan is above the desk. (Can we use 'above' any time when the fan is on the ceiling, for example, in each corner. When the fan is directly over the desk, can we use "over" as in the sentence? Can we use 'above' when the fan is in each corner of ...
November 29, 2016

English
1. She put a blanket over the sleeping baby. 2. She put a blanket on the sleeping baby.
November 28, 2016

English
1. She put a blanket over the sleeping baby. 2. She put a blanket on teh sleeping baby. (Can we use both over and on? What is the difference between them?)
November 28, 2016

English
Posted by rfvv on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 11:17pm. Oh Lordy, how my heart grows weary, far from the old folks at home. --------------------------------- This is a sentence in the song "Swanee River. Q1: " What is the meaning of "Lordy" here? Is Lordy ...
November 28, 2016

English
1. It appears that there has been a mistake. 2. There appears to have been a mistake. 3. It happened that she was out when we called. 4. She happened to be out when we called. 5. It chanced (that) they were staying at the same hotel. 6. They chanced to be staying at the same ...
November 28, 2016

English
1. It seems that he is rich. (Is the that clause a subjective complement?) 2. My car is similar to yours. 3. My car resembles yours. 4. My car takes after yours. 5. My car looks like yours. 6. My car is like yours. (Are the five sentences all the same in meaning? Which ones ...
November 28, 2016

English
There is a crib next to the wall. There is a picture on the wall. In this case, do we use #1? In this case, #1 is not the same as #2. Is that right? #4 is not suitable, either. 1. The picture is above the crib. 2. The picture is over the crib. 3. The crib is below the picture...
November 26, 2016

English
1. The fluorescent lamp is over the desk. 2. An ant is beneath the table. 3. The cat is under the table. 4. A book is on the table. ----------------------- Does #1 mean that the fluorescent lamp is right above the table? If the fluorescent lamp is in the corner and the lamp is...
November 26, 2016

English
On the hill, there is a house. When we walk down a little, there is a lake. In that case, we can say as follows. 1. The house is above the lake. 2. The house is over the lake. 3. The lake is below the house. 4. The lake is under the house. In this case, #1 and #3 are right. ...
November 26, 2016

English
Posted by rfvv on Monday, November 21, 2016 at 4:44am. 1. Korea drew the game against Japan. 2. Korea tied the game against Japan. 3. Korea and Japan drew in the game. 4. Korea and Japan tied in the game. 5. The game between Korea and Japan ended/finished in a draw. 6. The ...
November 26, 2016

English
1. Raise your hands on your head. 2. Raise your hans over your head. 3. Raise yor hands above your head. ----------------------------- (What will be the right position after the listeners do as they are told? Are the following positions right?) In #1, the hands will be on ...
November 25, 2016

English
1. There used to be a traffic cop on the corner. 2. There used to be a traffic officer on the corner. 3. There used to be a traffic police cop on the corner. 4. There used to be a traffic police officer on the corner. ---------------------------- Can we use #3 and #4?
November 25, 2016

English
1. Can you imagine people can fly to mars in the future? ------------------- Can we use "believe, guess, suppose, think, and consider" instead of 'imagine? 2. Put on the helmet for safety. 3. Wear the helmet for safety. (Are they all the same in meaning? Can we ...
November 25, 2016

English
1. You should draw water from a well. 2. You should draw water out of a well. (Are both the same?) 3. The man magically pulled a bird out of his hat. 4. The man magically pulled a bird from his hat. (Are both grammatical?) 5. I don't have a lot of money in the present. 6. ...
November 25, 2016

English
1. famous: be known by many people in many places. 2. famous: be known to many people in many places. ------------------------ word: definition Do we have to use 'be known by' ot 'be known to'
November 25, 2016

English
1. Yosemite is famous for its natural wonders. 2. We arrived at Yosemite in the afternoon. ===================== In the sentences above, what does "Yosemite" mean? Is it Yosemite Valley or Yosemite National Park? - Anonymous, Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 1:05am ...
November 25, 2016

English
When did they arrive at Yosemite? 1. They arrived at Yosemite in the afternoon on July 20. 2. They arrived at Yosemite on the afternoon of July 20. ----------------------- Which answer is right?
November 25, 2016

English
3. The restaurant is a long way from here. 4. The restaurant is far from here. (Thank you...I made a mistake. There is no 'away' in #4. What about Sentence 4 without "away'? 'Far off' and 'Far away' seem to be used in a positive sentence, don&#...
November 24, 2016

English
Thank you for your help. I have one more similar set related to 'a long way' and 'far.' Which one do you use frequently?In a grammar book here, #2 and #4 are regarded as incorrect sentences because 'far' is used in a positive sentence. Is that ...
November 24, 2016

English
1. The store is far away from here. 2. The store is far off from here. 3. The store is a long way away from here. 4. The store is a long way off from here. --------------- Are they all grammatical? Far is used in a negative sentence and in a question. A long way is used in a ...
November 24, 2016

English
1. We went far. 2. We went a long way. 3. The restaurant is far from here. 4. The restaurant is a long way from here. 5. The restaurant is not far from here. 6. The restaurant is not a long way from here. 7. How far is it from here to the restaurant? 8. It is 100 meters...
November 24, 2016

English
Thank you. How do you read " March 29" 1. March twenty-nine 2. March twenty-ninth
November 23, 2016

English
Q1. Does a recipient's address mean a receiver's address? Q2. Are the following all correct? They are for the date under the sender's address? 1. 29/4/92 2. 29th March 1992 3. 29 March 1992 4. 4/29/92 5. March 29th, 1992 6. March 29, 1992 (#1,2, and 3 seem to be ...
November 23, 2016

English
Thank you. I corrected errors. The Personnel Manager Cratex Ltd. 21 Firstside Road Birmingham B15 2RX
November 23, 2016

English
The Personal Manager Cratex Ltd. 21 Firside Road Birmingham B15 2RX --------------------------- This is a recipient's address for a formal letter. What is the meaning of "B15 2RX"? This one is from the UK for a formal letter sample.
November 23, 2016

English
I corrected some errors. 80 Green Road Moseley Birmingham B13 9PL -------------------------- This is a sender's address. What is the meaning of 'B13 9PL'? This address for a formal letter is from the UK?
November 23, 2016

English
80 Green Road Mosely Birmingham B13 9PL -------------------------- This is a sender's address. What is the meaning of 'B13 9PL'? This address for a formal letter is from the UK>
November 23, 2016

English
I understand your explanation. I found my mistake. You could delete this posting.
November 23, 2016

English
Posted by rfvv on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 12:22pm. An airplane is a vehicle with wings and one or more engines that enable it to fly through the air ----------------------- In this sentence, what does 'it' refer to? Does 'it' refer to 'an airplane'...
November 23, 2016

English
1. He was flying above the clouds. 2. He was flying over the clouds. (Are both the same in meaning?) 3. The bird is flying to the south above the clouds. 4. The bird is flying to the south over the clouds. (Is there any diferences between them?) 5. The balloon is moving above ...
November 23, 2016

English
1. Spring is still a long way off. 1-2. Spring is still a long way away. 2. Spring is still far off. 3. Spring is still far away. ------------------------------- Can we use all the sentences?
November 23, 2016

English
1. I still could not understand him. 2. I still don't understand. 3. He was still waiting for her . 4. He has still been looking for the kid. ----------------------------- Is the position of 'still' correct? Are they all acceptable in terms of grammar?
November 23, 2016

English
1. I happened to meet he on the sidewalk. 2. I chanced to meet her on the sidewalk. 3. I met her on the sidewalk by chance. 4. I met her on the sidewalk by accident. 5. I met her on the sidewalk by happen. ------------------- Are they all the same in meaning? What about #5? Is...
November 23, 2016

English
1. The helicopter is flying over the clouds. 2. The helicopter is flying above the clouds. ----------------------------- What is the difference between them?
November 23, 2016

English
They are closings at the end of a letter 1. Yours sincerely 2. Sincerely 3. Sincerely yours 4. Faithfully yours 5. Faithfully 6. Truly yours 7. Truly ------------------------ I know that 'Sincerely' is used. What about #5 and #7? Can they be used as closings? Are #2, #...
November 23, 2016

English
1. He raised his arms above his head. 2. He raised his arms over his head. (Can we use both over and above? Do they have the same meaning?) 3. The sun's coming up above the mountain. 4. The sun's coming up over the mountain. (Can we use both over and above? Do they ...
November 22, 2016

English
1. She looked back on the past without regret. 2. She recalled the past without regret. 3. She recollected the past without regret. ------------------------------ Are they all the same? What other phrases do you frequently use instead of 'looked back on'?
November 22, 2016

English
An airplane is a vehicle with wings and one or more engines that enable itself to fly through the air -------------- Thank you for your help. If 'it' refers to 'a device', don't we use 'itself'?
November 22, 2016

English
An airplane is a vehicle with wings and one or more engines that enable it to fly through the air ----------------------- In this sentence, what does 'it' refer to? Does 'it' refer to 'an airplane' or 'a device'?
November 22, 2016

English
1. She wears light makeup that looks natural. 2. She puts on light makeup that looks natural. 3. She is wearing light makeup that looks natural. 4. She is putting on light makeup that looks natural. ----------------------- Are they all gramatical? Any diferences?
November 22, 2016

english
7. He follow me wherever. 8. He follows me everywhere. (Is #7 grammatical? #8 is right.)
November 22, 2016

english
-------------------- 1. Everywhere you go, you will find the same thing. 2. Wherever you go, you will find the same thing. 3. No matter where you go, you will find the same thing. Are they all the same in meaning? Which one is popuplar? •English - Writeacher, Sunday, ...
November 22, 2016

English
You will see what kinds of things you can do in each city. ------------------------- Does 'see' mean 'understand' or 'take a look at with eyes' in this sentence?
November 21, 2016

English
1. He has written this novel in easy English. (active) 2. This novel is written in easy English.? (passive) 3. This novel has been written in easy English.(passive) 4. He has lost his pen.(active) 5. His pen has been lost by him.(passive) 6. His pen is lost by him.(passive) 7...
November 21, 2016

English
1. I am already late. 2. I have already been late. 3. It was already late. 4. It had already been late. 5. It has already been late. ---------------------------- Can we use all the expressions?
November 21, 2016

English
1. Their mother dressed the children every morning. => The children were dressed every morning by their mother.? 2. He had dressed himself in the latest fashion. => He was dressed in the latest fashion. ------------------------- active voice => passive voice Was the ...
November 21, 2016

English
1. He wrote this novel last year. => This novel was written last year. 2. He has written this novel in easy English. => This novel is written in easy English.? 3. He lost two pens last week. => Two pens were lost last week.? 4. He has lost two pens . => Two pens ...
November 21, 2016

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