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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 for our clarification.

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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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1. What is he wearing on his head? -He is wearing a wig? 2. What is he wearing on his upper body? - He is wearing a T-shirt. 3. What is she wering on her feet? - She is wearing sandals. -------------------------------- We can divide our body into three parts. After that we can...

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1. I like pears, too. 2. I like pears too. 3. I like pears, as well. 4. I like pears as well. 5. I don't like pears, either. 6. I don't like pears either. -------------------------------- 1,2,5,and 6 are grammatical, aren't they? How about #3? There is a comma ...

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1. He got a nice gift for his birthday. 2. He gave me a present for Christmas. 3. I received a fountainpen for my birthday. 4. She got a ring for the wedding anniversary. 5. Tom gave me a nice bike for my birthday. -------------------- Are they all grammatical? They have a ...

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Thank you for your help. What about the following? 1-1. I beat him at a pingpong match. 1-2. I beat him in a ping-pong match. 2-1. We defeated them at a basketball match. 2-2. We defeated them in a basketball match. (Which ones are correct? Are they all grammatical?)

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1. I beat him at pingpong. 2. We defeated them at basketball. 3. He beat the big man at wrestling. 4. I defeated him at bowling. 5. We defeated the opponent team at basketball. 6. They beat us at soccer. 7. I was beaten at chess by him. 8. I was defeated at tennis by her...

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How are you feeling? 1. I am delighted. 2. I am thrilled. 3. I feel overjoyed. 4. I feel disgusting? 5. I feel anxious. 6. I feel dissatisfied. 7. __________ 8. ___________ ----------------------------- Are the answers all correct? What other common answers do you have? Can we...

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1. I won first prize in the English speech contest. 2. I won the first prize in the English speech contest. -------------------------------- What is the difference between the two sentences? 3. I got a nice gift for my birthday. 4. I got a nice gift on my birthday...

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1. I don't like pears, either. 2. I like pears, too. 3. I also like pears. 4. I like pears as well. 5. I also don't like pears. 6. I don't also like pears. 7. I don't like pears as well. --------------------------------- Are they all grammatical? Can we use &#...

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1. Sam is looking for his teddy bear. 2. Sam is looking for his toy bear. (Are both OK? Which one do people use frequently, teddy bear or toy bear?) 3. You are sitting on my seat. 4. You are sitting in my seat. (Which preposition do we have to use?)

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1. We are on the school baseball team. 2. We are in the school baseball team. (Do we have to use 'on' in this sentence? What about "in"?) 3. We are on the same class. 4. We are in the same class. (Can we use both prepositions?) 5. Don't be angry with me. ...

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1. We are on the school baseball team. 2. We are in the school baseball team. (Do we have to use 'on' in this sentence? What about "in"?) 3. Don't be angry with me. 4. Don't be angry at me. (Are both OK? Can we use both prepositions?)

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1. The professor stood at the lectern and gave his lecture. 2. The teacher stood at the teacher's table and began to teach. 3. The teacher stood at the lectern and began to teach. 4. The teacher stood at the lecture table and began to teach...

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1. If you want to raise a counterargument about the argument/speech, raise your hands. 2. If you want to raise a rebuttal about the argument/speech, raise your hands. 3. If you want to raise a question about the argument/speech, raise your hands. 4. If you want to raise a ...

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Welcome to the English debate. I'd like all of you to take part in this debate. The MC will preside. I'd like you, the speakers, to come to the front with desks and chairs and be seated on your chairs facing your classmates. On the right, three desks and chairs should ...

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Welcome to the English debate. I'd like all of you to take part in this debate. The MC will preside over the debate. I'd like you, the speakers, to come to the front with desks and chairs and be seated on your chairs facing your classmates. On the right, three desks ...

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1. Speaker 1 will make a speech supporting watching TV. 2. Speaker 1 will make a speech supporting the advantages of watching TV. 3. Speaker 2 will make a speech dissupporting watching TV. 4. Speaker 2 will make a speech supporting the disadvantages of watching TV. (Are they ...

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1. You can make a rebuttal against/with the speaker. 2. You can rebut against the speaker. 3. You can rebut the speaker. 4. You can rebut with the speaker. (In a debate, which one can be used when a person make a counterargument. Thank you.)

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1. She will make a counterargument to the opposing team’s opinion and give a speech in opposition to watching TV. 2. She will make a counterargument for the oppsing team’s opinion and give a speech in opposition to watching TV. 3. She will make a counterargument ...

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1. If you want to rebutt the speaker's claim, raise your hands. 2. If you want to make a rebuttal against the speaker's opinion, raise your hands. 3. If you want to raise a rebuttal with the speaker's point, raise your hands. -------------------------- Can we use ...

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1. Speaker 1 is going to make "a" speech about drinking alcohol. 2. Speaker 1 is going to make "the" speech about drinking alcohol. (Do we have to use 'a' or 'the'? Are both okay? which one is commonly used?) 3. When he makes a speech, the ...

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1. We are going to start/begin the class debate contest. 2. The school debate contest will be held soon. 3. Let's begin the school debate contest. 4. We'll have the school debate contest. ---------------------- Can a student use all the directions when he begins the ...

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1. We are going to start/begin the class debate contest. 2. The school debate contest will be held soon. 3. Let's begin the school debate contest. ---------------------- Can a student use all the directions when he begins the debate as an MC? Do we have to use 'contest...

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It's difficult to pronounce 'p' and 'f' together. Any ideas?

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How do you pronounce 'hopeful'? Can we omit 'p' in rapid reading?

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* Mattie’s first wish came true in 2001. -------------------- 1. in two thousand one 2. in two thousand and one (Can we read 'in 2001' in both ways?)

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1. At the age of ten, he went abroad. 2. At age ten, he went abroad. 3. At aged ten, he went abroad. 4. When he was ten years of age, he went abroad. 5. At ten, he went abroad. ---------------------------- Can we use all the eapressions?

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Thank you. Have a great weekend.

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Thank you for your help. Would you check the following passage? I’d like the fifth speaker to come to the podium to give a speech in favor of watching TV. She will summarize her team’s argument. Thank you. Next, the last speaker will come to the podium and make a ...

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1. The other student should make a counteragrument for the speaker's points after the argument. When the debate between the apeaker and some students finishes, the next speaker should come to the podium to deliver a speech. 2. The pros team is composed of three persons and...

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1. The guests talked about a lot of topics on the talk show. 2. The guests talked about a lot of topics in the talk show. --------------------------- Which one is correct? Do we have to use 'on' here? 3. First speaker, come to the podium, please. And deliver a speach ...

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I cannot find the example sentences with the structure "not ...a hundred percent" on the Internet.

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1.I didn't finish the work a hundred percent. 2. I didn't finished the work completely. 3. I finished the work in part. 4. I didn't finished the work at all. -------------------- Are #1, #2 and #3 the same?#4 is not the same, right?

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1. I don't like him a hundred percent. 2. I like him in part (partly). 3. I don't like him at all. (Does #1 mean #2 or #3?) 4. I dislike him a hundred percent. 5. I like him partly. 6. I don't like him at all. (Does #4 mean #5 or #6? It is a little confusing in the...

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Thank you for your help. One more similar question goes as follows. I have summarized a little. 1. I disagree with you a hundred percent. 1-1. I don't agree with you at all. (Are both the same?) 2. I don't agree with you a hundred percent. 2-1. I agree with part of ...

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Posted by rfvv on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 7:59pm. 1. I totally disagree with you. 2. I completely disagree with you. 3. I entirely disagree with you. ( Do they mean that I don't agree with you at all?) (Are they grammatical? What is the difference in meaning? 4. I ...

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1. Yes, that’s a good argument, but there needs to be a limit to how much money is awarded. ---------------------------- Is 'there needs to be a limit' grammatical? What toehr expressions can we use instead of it? 2. There is a limit to how much money is awarded. ...

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1. As a smoker, you’re not only harming yourself, but also those around you. 2. As a smoker, you’re not only harming yourself, but also those who are around you. -------------------- Are both grammatical? Do you use Sentence 1 frequently?

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1. I totally disagree with you. 2. I completely disagree with you. 3. I entirely disagree with you. ( Do they mean that I don't agree with you at all?) 4. I totally don't agree with you. 5. I completely don't agree with you. 6. I entirely don't agree with you...

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Thank you.What about the following one? 2. I disagree with you a hundred percent. ------------------------------ Does #2 mean:_______? a. I cannot agree with you at all. b. I agree with part of what you said/believe, but not everything.

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I can’t agree with you a hundred percent. ------------------------------ What does this sentence mean? 1. I cannot agree with you at all. 2. I agree with you, but not one hundred percent.

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1. I agree with you that watching TV is a waste of time. 2. I agree with you about the statement that watching TV is a waste of time. 3. I agree that watching TV is a waste of time. ----------------------------- Q1: Are they all grammatical? Do they have the same meaning? Q2: ...

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1. I totally disagree with you. 2. I totally don't agree with you. (Are both the same? Or are both different in meaning?)

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1. I don't agree with the statement that ..... 2. I don't agree with the first point that .... 3. I don't agree with the first step that .... (Can we use all the expressions? Which noun should we use? After the opponent speaker made a speech, s speaker of the other...

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1. They can offer skewed or biased view of events. 2. They can offer skewed or biased view about events. -------------------------------- (Can we use both 'of' and 'about'?) 3. I don't agree with you on/about the fact that ..... 4. I don't agree with ...

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