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[Grammar] I study/I am studying law

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:25:55 GMT

Hi. I have another question, which is a bit confusing. I'm going to give you 2 examples. - I study law at Harvard or I'm studying law at Harvard? Some English people use the first option and the others use the second one. Which one is more...

say for sure

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:03:08 GMT

"Never used it, so cannot say for sure, but a quick search found this post" Would you please explain the part say for sure. It is somehow confusing to me. It does not make much sense to me but somehow I understand that it means "I am not sure." ...

[Grammar] I had to pay __ for the equipment than I expected to.

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:53:47 GMT

I had to pay __ for the equipment than I expected to. A) the most B) far more C) very much D) too many E) fewer My answer is C. Key depicts B. Why my answer is incorrect? Thanks in advance.

[Grammar] she (has) lent me her convertible

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:33:53 GMT

Hi. I'd like to ask a question linked with the Present Perfect and the Past Simple. I know that if we want to say that something has recently happened or has an outcome in the present we use the Present Perfect. And I know the rules of the Past...

has finished or finishes

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:00:38 GMT

Please advise which of the sentences is correct? 1. The management grants John special allowance until his project has finished. 2. The management grants John special allowance until his project finishes.

His actions could lead to him losing his job.

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:37:15 GMT

Is the underlined part mandatory or optional? His actions could lead to _him _losing his job. His volunteer work in the hospital led to _him _becoming a nurse.

[Essay] Birch

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:02:21 GMT

Hi, I'd appreciate any comments on the below essay's grammar and related things. I wanted to make it short, but the topic did not let me do it: though the essay is rather general and lacks detail, it's 500 word long. In future, I'll try to keep...

Can "everything" and "more" be used at the same time?

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:16:44 GMT

Can these words --"everything more" be used together at the same time??


Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:57:22 GMT

I sometimes hear people pronounce the 'th' at the end of a word like an 'f'. E.g. in words like 'smooth'. Is that OK or poor style or maybe a regional dialect?

Describing anxiety following huge disappointment using the word "hands" in an express

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:34:46 GMT

Hello, I am looking for an expression in English describing a person's action with their hands, after hearing a very disappointing news. I read it once but forgot what it was. For example, following a very disappointing and totally...

[Idiom] Trade or Trading

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:26:12 GMT

Hello everyone, Please I need your help, I need to know how to use a noun "trade" or "trading " using it this way "Crypto Trading House" or Crypto Trade House", it is a web site to buy and sell Crypto currencies. Which one sounds better for...

[Application] Need Advice for Statement of Purpose for Master's Degree in Strategic Communication

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:53 GMT

Hi! I would like to seek advice on how to improve further my Statement of Purpose (SOP) to be submitted to the University of Canberra. I am from the Philippines and I would like to pursue a Master of Strategic Communication in Australia. I have...

[Grammar] RE: Ellipsis Spaces (Question)

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:39:14 GMT

Hi again, I have been adding some more ideas to a short story I have nearly finished. Mostly punctuation amendments. And so, I have a slightly new (with respect to an earlier thread) ellipsis question to pose if you don't mind:I also felt a...

[Grammar] The ad glamorized life in the army, emphasizing travel and adventure.

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:04:21 GMT

Is the bold part a non-defining adjective clause that describes "life" in a sentence? The ad glamorized life in the army, *emphasizing travel and adventure. How about my analysis? *The ad glamorized life, which emphasizes travel and...

My best friend

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:57:38 GMT

This is my third attempt at writing in English. Please correct any mistakes. *My best friend* Joe and I, two have played together since they learned at high school . Up to now/ untill now, Joe has been still my best friend and understood me...