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1. I was taking a bath when he called. 2. I wasn't there when he called. ================== What is the meaning of 'called'? "Shouted" or "made a phone call" or "visited"?

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1. My family moved to Australia when I was 10 years old. 2. My family moved to Australia while I was 10 years old. (Can we use 'while' as in #2?) 3. When will you come to my house? 4. While will you come to my house? (Is #4 wrong? 'When' is an interrogative ...

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1. She came at all, so they all were surprised. 2. She came at any rate, so they all were surprised. 3. She came anyway, so they all were surprised. ============================== Does #1 mean #2 or #3? Are they all the same in meaning? Which one is commonly used?

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1. How many spoonfuls of sugar woud you like? 2. How many spoons of sugar would you like? 3. Add two spoonfuls of sugar in the coffee. 4. Add two spoons of sugar in the coffee. ================= Do we have to use 'spoonfuls' or 'spoons'? Are both OK? Then, ...

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1. He stopped exercing. 2. He stopped resting to exercise. 3. He stopped to exercise. ================== Q1: Are they all grammatical? Q2: Does #1 mean that he stopped exercing temporarily or forever?

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1. The image stays a little bit longer in the brain than in the eye. 2. The image stays a little longer in the brain than in the eye. ====================== What is the difference between 'a little bit" and "a little"?

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In the movie "Like Stars on Earth," we can see the names 'Nikumbh' and ' Awasthi.' They are main characters in the Indian movie. How do you pronounce the two names? Do you pronounce 'bh' in Nikumbh'?

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He is surprised when he sees paintings in Ishaan's room. -------------------- What does "Ishaan's room" modify? Does it modify "paintings"? Is he in Ishaan's room and does he see the paintings? Or he is not in Ishaan's room. He just sees ...

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1. They are no use. 2. They are of no use. 3. They are useless. ----------------- <They refers to a plural form of a thing.> Which ones are correct? Are they all the same and grammatical?

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1. He became a president when he was 48 years old. 2. He became the president when he was 48 years old. 3. He became president when he was 48 years old. 4. He became President when he was 48 years old. 5. He became the President when he was 48 years old. 6. He became a ...

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1. I couldn't swim at all when I was young. 2. I couldn't swim at all because I was young. (Are both grammatical? Which one is better?) --------------------------- 3. My pencil is longer than you. 4. My pencil is longer than your pencil. 5. My pencil is longer than ...

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Thank you for your help. 1. Monday is the day when I am the busiest. 2. Monday is the day when I am busiest. 3. Monday is the day I am the busiest. 4. Monday is when I am the busiest. 5. Monday is the day that I am the busiest. 6. Monday is that I am the busiest...

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1. This is the house where he lives. 2. This is the house in which he lives. 3. This is the house that/which he lives in. 4. This is the house that he lives. 5. This is the house he lives. 6. This is the house he lives in. ============== Among the 6 sentences, #4 and #5 are ...

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1. I visited the house where Tom lives. 2. I visited the house Tom lives. 3. I visited the house that Tom lives. (Is #2 grammatical? Are they all right?) 4. Do you know the way how he got to the station? 5. Do you know the way that he got to the station? 6. Do you know the way...

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as reported by somebody or something ====================== This is the definition of 'according to.' What is omitted between 'as' and 'reported'? What is the part of speech of 'as'?

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1. to avoid doing or having something 2. avoid doing or having something =================== It is the definition of 'skip.' Why is 'to' put before 'avoid'? Can't we use #2 as the definition of 'skip'?

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Thank you. e.g. I don't like that restaurant because it's too noisy. (In this sentence, 'it' refers to 'that restaurant.' Am I right?) e.g. There must be a fight going on outside. It is way too noisy. (In this sentence, does 'it' refer to 'a...

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As it is too noisy, I can't hear you. ================== In this sentence, what does 'it' refer to?•English - Ms. Sue, Friday, December 25, 2015 at 5:45pm In this kind of construction, "it" represents an understood concept. Wherever the speaker may ...

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(They are talking on the phone) A: You have turned up the radio. As it's too noisy, I can't hear you. B: Sorry, I will turn down the radio. ----------------------------- In this short dialogue, doesn't "it" in "it's too noisy" refer to "...

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1. I will be busy that day. 2. I will be busy on that day. (Which one is right?) 3. I met the man that Saturday. 4. I met the man on that Saturday. (Which one is right?)

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1. I was angry that the door was locked. 2. I was angry the door was locked. 3. I was angry because the door was locked. =================== Can we omit 'that' as in #2? Does #1 mean #3? In Sentence 1, Is "that the ...' an adverbial clause?

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1. Until I missed him very much, I called him. 2. Until I missed him very much, I had called him. (Which one is grammatical?) 3. That I missed her very much was real. 4. It was real that I missed her so much. (Are both grammatical?) 5. I was so tired, so I stayed in bed until ...

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As it is too noisy, I can't hear you. ================== In this sentence, what does 'it' refer to?

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1. According to a study, students who eat breakfast do better in the classroom. 2. According to a research, students who eat breakfast do better in the classroom. ============ Are both OK? Does 'study' in #1 mean 'research' in #2? Do we have to put 'a' ...

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Also, if you skip breakfast, you'll eat more later. ============== What is the part of speech of 'more'? Is 'more' a noun or an adverb?

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This morning I finally said to Mom, "Please come to the game this Saturday. It's the first play-off game, and I'll be the catcher." But Mom said, "Well... I'd like to, but I'll be busy that day. Maybe next time, Sangho." I'm disappointed...

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1. Tom is abler than Bill. 2. Tom is even abler than Bill. ============= Are the sentences grammatical?

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1. He got three times as much money as I. 2. He earned/made three times as much money as I. 3. He has got three times as much money as I. 4. He had three times as much money as I. ================== What is the meaning of Sentence 1? Is there any similar sentence among ...

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Tuesday, December 22nd, Fine, 2015 I got up early in the morning. Because I had to go to school, I washed my face quickly and drank warm water. Then with my school bag on my back, I went out. The bus stop is not far away from my apartment. However I had to walk to the bus stop...

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1. The man is twice as tall as Bill. 2. The man is twice taller than Bill. (Are both the same and grammatical?) 3. This T-shirt costs twice as much as that one. 4. This T-shirt costs twice more than that one. (Are both the same and grammatical?)

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1. He was surprised she came at all. 2. He was surprised that she came at all. 3. He was surprised because she came at all. 4. He was surprised when she came at all. 5. He was surprised she came after all. ======================= Q1: Does #1 mean #2? Are they all grammatical? ...

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Posted by rfvv on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 12:10am. 1. I didn't eat apples or pears. 2. I didn't eat apples and pears. ================ #1 mean "I didn't eat apples. I didn't eat eat pears, either." Am I right? Then, what about #2? What does #2 ...

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1. She was drying her hair with the hair drier. 2. Dry your body with this big towel. 3. After bath, you need to keep your body dry not to catch a cold. 4. Study hard, and you will get high scores. 5.Practice ping-pong hard, or you will lose the game. 6. Work hard, and you ...

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1. i didn't eat applea or pears. 2. i didn't eat applea and pears. ================ #1 mean "I didn't eat apples. I didn't eat eat pears, either." Am I right? Then, what about #2? What does #2 mean in the following three sentences? Or would you ...

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1. I leave in a day or so. 2. I leave about in a day. 3. I leave around in a day. 4. I leave roughly in a day. 5. I leave approximately in a day. ======================== Are they they same in meaning? Do we have some other expressions which mean 'about' as in the ...

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1. thirty six point five degrees Celsius 2. thirty-six point five degrees Celsius ========================== Q1. Which one is right? Q2. In which case do put a hyphen(-) between numbers?

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Dr. Green Dr. Brown Dr. White Dr. Black ================ Can they be used all? What about other colors? Can other colors be used as a family name such as Yellow and Pink...etc.?

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1. Put the turtle in the sun more often, and she'll get better soon! 2. Put the turtle in the sun oftener, and she'll get better soon! =========== Q1: Which one is right, #1 or #2? Do we have to use 'more often' or 'oftener'? Q2:Is 'better' the ...

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1. You will get paid according to your working hours. 2. You will get paid according as you work. 3. You will feel better according to the playing ping-pong time. 4. You will feel better according as you play play ping-pong. (Are they all grammatical? Would you correct the ...

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1. The turtle doesn't move or eat at all. 2. The turtle doesn't move and eat at all. (What is the difference between the two sentences?)

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1. His method is simpler than the previous method. 1-2. His rule is much simpler than Ted's rule. 2. He is more active than Tom. 2-2. The girl is more lovable than Emily. 2-3. He is more tiresome than the boss. 2-4. He is tiresomer than the boss. 3. He is the wisest boy of...

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1. If you do it at all, do it well. (What is the meaning of 'at all' here?) 2. Do you believe it at all? (What is the meaning of 'at all' here?) 3. I don't know him at all. (What is the meaning of 'at all' here?)

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A:Sarah, have you had bibimbap before? B:No, I haven't. A: How about bulgogi? B:___________________ 1. I haven't had it, either. 2. Neither have I. 3. Nor have I. 4. Me, neither. =================== Can we use the expressions for the blank? Do you have some more ...

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1. Each woman is carrying her own bag. 2. Each woman has her own bag. 3. Each woman is moving her own back (to a place). ============== Does #1 mean #2 or #3? The expression 'is carrying' represent 'the state.' Am I right? Action of State?

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1. His face broke out in pimples. 2. His face broke out in acne. 3. His face is full of pimples. ================= Are they all the same in meaning?

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What is soda or soda pop? Is coke soda? What other drinks is soda? Could you mame them?

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1. Why don't we go to a movie? (In this sentence, does 'movie' mean 'movie theater' or 'motion picture'? 2. Why don't we go to the movies? (In this sentence, does 'movies' mean 'movie theaters' or 'motion pictures'?)

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1. The tree with deep roots is not shaken by wind. 2. The tree with deep roots is not shaken by the wind. ============= Which one is right? Do we have to put 'the' before 'wind'?

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1. I don't play computer games much. 2. I don't play computer games a lot. 3. I don't play computer games more than my brother. 4. I don't play computer games as much as my brother. 5. I don't play computer games less than my brother. 6. I play computer ...

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1. He touched me on the shoulder. 2. He hit me on the head. 3. He beat me on the back. 4. He looked me in the face. 5. He looked me in the eyes. 6. He looked me in the mouth. 7. He took me by the hand. 8. He caught me by the leg. 9. He grasped me by the neck. =========== Are ...

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I don't feel well. I think I have a fever. - Oh, no. Hope you get better soon. ============== In this dialogue, the subject "I" is missing before "Hope." Is this pattern common in everyday life?

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1. Boys often have trouble focusing in class. 2. Boys often have trouble focusing on class. 3. Boys often have trouble focusing on teaching in class. ========================== Q1: Which one is grammatical? Q2: Does #1 mean #3?

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1. People were excited by UFO appearing in the sky. 2. People were excited by UFO which appeared in the sky. ======== Does #1 mean #2?

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The normal temperature of the human body is 36.5C. ============ 1. thirty two degrees point Celsius 2. thirty-two degrees point Celsius (Which one is correct? When do we use the hyphen '-'?)

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1. Can I go home a little early? 2. Can I go home kind of early? 3. Can I go home rather early? 4. Can I go home somewhat early? ========== Are they all the same? Which ones are commonly used?

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1. National flags stand for the spirits of each country. 2. National flags stand for the spirit of each country. =============== Which one is right, spirit or spirits?

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1. He set the table for dinner. (Does 'for dinner' modify 'the table' or 'set'?)

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1. I set the alarm for 5:30 every morning. 2. I set the alarm clock for 5:30 every morning. 3. I set the alarm to 5:30 every morning. (Which one is right? Can we use all of them?) 4. The sun is setting in the west. 5. He set the table for dinner. 6. He set the stroke rate. 7. ...

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1. Tom has taken some time off focusing on developing her own collection of artwork. 2. Tom has taken some time off to focus on developing her own collection of artwork. =============== Which one is grammatical? What is the difference between 'focusing' and 'to ...

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1. I called at his house. 2. I visited his house. 3. I called on one of my friends. 4. I dropped by the bank to make a savings deposit. 5. I dropped by the bank to make a savings account. ======================== Are they all grammatical? What about #4 and #5? Which one is ...

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He ran for class leader/president. He ran for a class leader/president. He ran for the class leader/president. ==================== Q1: Which expressions are right? Do we have to put an article before 'class leader'? Q2: Which one is better, class leader or class ...

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1. He went for a drive. 2. He went for a swim. 3. He went for a bathe. 4. He went for a bath. 5. He went for a skate. 6. He went for a ski. 7. He went for a jog. 8. He went for a walk. 9. He went for a run. 10. He went for a rock climbing. 10-2. He went for a mountain climbing...

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1. How many people are there on a team? 2. How many people are there in a team? ============= Do we have to use 'on' or 'in'? Are both OK? What is the difference in meaning between them?

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1. Ever since he was a baby, he suffered from a serious illness. 2. Ever since he was a baby, he has suffered from a serious illness. ============= Which one is correct? Are both grammatical? Then what is the difference in meaning between them? The difference between '...

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What is the use of the bear box? 1. It is for keeping travelers' food safe. 2. It is used for keeping travels' food safe. 3. It is for storing travelers' food. 4. It is for putting travelers' food. 5. It is for putting all their food in. (Are they all correct ...

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1. She was fortunate in that she had friends to help her. 2. She was fortunate now that she had friends to help her. 3. She was fortunate now that she had friends to help her. 4. She was fortunate because she had friends to help her. ================== Does 'in that' ...

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If you want to answer my questions, put up your hands....(one question)..(A boy answers the question, but not in a complete form....) 1. Try to answer the question in a full sentence/form. 2. You should answer the question in full sentences/forms. 3. Answer the question in a ...

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1. This is the hospital. He was born in the hospital. 2. This is the hospital where/that he was born. 3. This is the hospital he was born. 4. This is the hospital in which he was born. (Are they all grammatical? Can we use both 'at' and 'in' before 'the ...

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1. He spent two weeks in hospital. 2. He spent two weeks in the hospital. (Are both the same in meaning?) 3. He has spent two weeks in hospital. 4. He has spent two weeks in the hospital. (Are both the same in meaning?) 5. He has been in hospital for two weeks. 6. He has been ...

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Why don't we go to the park together? 1. I don't feel like it. 2. I'm sorry,but I can't. 3. I'm sorry I can't. 4. Sorry I can't. 5. Sorry, but I can't. 6. I'm afraid I can't. 7. I'm afraid, but I can't. 8. Afraid I can't. 9. ...

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Posted by rfvv on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 5:45pm. All the eight rowers face backward, but the cox faces forward. ======================= What is the part of speech of 'backward' and 'forward'? Are they nouns or adverbs?•English - Anonymous, Sunday, ...

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1. This is the time when a woman can also be the cox. 2. This is the place where a woman can also be the cox. 3. This is the reason why a woman can also be the cox. 4. This is what I want to buy. 4-1. This is the thing which I want to buy. =============== Q1: Are they all ...

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1. Are you busy today? 2. Not really. ======= #2 is the answer to #1? What is the full form of #2? 2-1. I'm not really busy today.

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1. Which sports club are you in? 2. I am in the ping-pong club. 3. Which sports club are you on? 4. I am on the ping-pong club. ====================== Which expressions are correct? In this case, do we have to use 'in' or 'on'? Are both prepositions OK?

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Why do you like playing badminton? 1. Because I want to be healthy. 2. I want to stay healthy. 3. To remain healthy. (Are all the answers grammatical?) 4. I want to be healthy. 5. I want to stay healthy. 6. I want to remain healthy. 7. I want to keep healthy. (Which ...

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Fifty states make up the U.S.A. 1. The U.S.A is made up by fifty states. 2. The U.S.A. is make up of fifty states. ============ Q1: Which one is the passive sentence of the first sentence? Q2: Are both grammatical? What is the difference between them in meaning?

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Thank you very much for your help.... ................................ 1. Why don't we go to the movies this evening? 2. Why don't we go to see a movie this evening? 3. Why don't we go to a movie this evening? 4. Why don't we go to see the movie this evening? 5...

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1. Each of the dogs has its own house. 2. Each dog has its own house. 3. Each of dogs has its own house. 4. Each of my dogs has its own house. 5. Each of these dogs has its own house. ========================== Are they all grammatical? Is #3 OK?

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1. How about going to see a movie? 2. Why don't we go to see a movie? 3. Why not go to see a movie? 4. Shall we go to see a movie? 5. What do you say to seeing a movie? 6. Let's go to see a movie. 7. Why don't you go to see a movie? ================ Are they all ...

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1.I'm sorry to hear that. 2. That's too bad. 3. What a pity! 4. What a shame! 5. That's a pity. 6. That's a shame. ============== Are they all the same in meaning? Which ones are commonly used?

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I don't like pears. 1. Neither do I. 2. Nor do I. 3. Me, neither. 4. I don't like pears, either. I like pears. 5. So do I. 6. Me, too. 7. I like pears, too. ========== Are the answers all grammatical? Can you see any awkward answers?

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1. If you answer the question right, you will get a point card. 2. If your answer is right, I will give you a point card. 3. If you say the correct answer, you will receive a point card. 4. If you respond to the question right, you will get a point card. 5. If your response to...

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1. What day is July 22? - It is Sunday. 2. What day is on July 22? - It is Sunday. ============== Which one is right? 3. On July 22, Sunday, what did they do? 4. On Sunday, July 22, what did they do? 5. On July 22, on Sunday, what did they do? 6. On Sunday, on July 22, what ...

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1. He caught a big fish, but he put it back. 2. He caught a big fish and he put it back. 3. He caught a big fish and put it back. ============ Can we use both 'and' and 'but'? Which one is common?

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Thank you for your help. What about 'across'? 3. He skipped stones across the lake.

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1. He skipped stones over the lake. 2. He skipped stones on the lake. ============ When the stones are jumpping on the surface of the water, what preposition can we use?

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1. He is an early bird. 2. He is a morning person. (Are both the same in meaing, right?) 3. She is a late bird. 4. She is an evening person. 5. She is a night person. (What about these sentences? Can they be the opposite of #1 or #2? Do you have some other expressions?)

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1. She works as a cleaner in/at a hospital. (Which preposition do I have to use?) 2. She spent two weeks in hospital/ in the hospital. (Are both OK? Do you use 'in hospital' in th UK? Do you use 'in the hospital' in the USA?) 3. I had to go to hospital. 4. I ...

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1. The Beatles is the most famous band in the world. 2. The Beatles were not happy at all. ================= Are both grammatical? In Sentence 1, the singular verb 'is' is used. In Sentence 2, the plural verb 'were' is used.

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1. Don't hang up the phone. 2. Don't hang up on me. 3. Hold on the phone. 4. Hold on the telephone. ============= Are they all grammatical?

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1. He broke his legs, and he's at the hospital now. 2. He broke his legs, and he's at hospital now. 3. The boys are playing at the hospital. 4. The boys are playing at hospital. ======================== I changed 'in' into 'at.' Which ones are correct? ...

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1. He broke his legs, and he's in the hospital now. 2. He broke his legs, and he's in hospital now. 3. The boys are playing in the hospital. 4. The boys are playing in hospital. ======================== Which ones are correct? What is the difference between them?

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1. I like pears. - Me, too. - Me too. - I like pears, too. 2. I don't like pears. - Me, neither. - Me neither. - I don't like pears, either. ================= Are the answers all grammatical? Do you have some more common answers? Do we have to put commas after 'Me...

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3. I didn't see the movie Star Wars. - Me neither. - I saw the movie. It was great. - Really? Everyone in my clas saw the movie. You have to see it. It's great. - You don't need to see the movie. It's not so good. - I saw the movie with my family last week. - I...

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1. I have a lot of work to do. - Why don't you ask your brother to help you? - You should ask your brother to help you. - So you can't go out to play soccer, can you? - (Somethine else) 2. I am going to Vietnam this winter. - Really? Congratulations! - Good for you! - ...

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1. It was close to 1:15 a.m. 2. It was near 1:15 a.m. 3. It was about 1:15 a.m. 4. It was around 1:15 a.m. 5. It was roughly 1:15 a.m. 6. It was approximately 1:15 a.m. ================= Are they all grammatical and do they have the same meaning?

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1. The house is close to the river. 2. The house is near the river. 3. the house is by the river. 4. The house is next to the river. ====== Are they all the same and grammatical? Do we have some more similar expressions?

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Is your house close to your work? ============ What is the part of speech of 'close' here? An adjective or an adverb?

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1. I am too tired to focus on the teaching. I am too tired to do the laundry. I am too tired to mop the floor. I am too tired to iron my uniform. I am too tired to clean the living room. I am too tired to arrange the things in the living room. 2. I am too young to use the ...

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1. This summer, what did Hajun do? He went camping with his friend John¡¯s family. 2. Where did they go? They went to Yosemite National Park. 3. What is Yosemite famous for? It is famous for its natural wonders. 4. On July 20, what did they do? They arrived at ...

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