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What's the meaning of self-deficiency?

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 04:43:30 GMT

Oh, I’m so sorry! *I didn’t see your bag*- I hope nothing’s broken Among different strategies for apologizing, one is an acknowledgement of responsibility. one way to acknowledge the responsibility is 'expressing self deficiency' like ''*I...

[Vocabulary] Adjectives "Spriteful/sprightful" for a society...

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:12:20 GMT

Hi, Is either adjective ever used to describe a lively and energetic society? Will you please suggest me a commonly used adjective for this?

concession stand

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:46:26 GMT

Is a concession stand called "concessions ("?

[General] to be a mess vs to be in a mess

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:01:08 GMT

1. I'm in a mess. I dont' know what to do. 2. I'm a mess. I don't know what to do. 3. She's in a mess. We have to talk to her and help her. 4. She's a mess. We have to talk to her and help her. Are the sentences above correct and natural? If...

Meet resistance

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:46:25 GMT

Hi, What does "meet resistance" mean? You can read this book—or any business book—and get excited for a moment. But being obsessed is not a small idea, and you _will meet resistance_. From the book "Be Obsessed or Be Average" Thanks

Depression to English

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:50:25 GMT

I have already learnt a lot of Grammatical structures and vocabularies. indeed, my writing skills and vocabularies horribly improved a lot. But when I speak to someone else, especially for Foreigners as I am studying oversea, and I can not really...


Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:52:22 GMT

Can I say these in English? 1. He seems to become frightened. 2. She seems to become scared. 3. He seems to become frightened that the matter couldn't work properly. Thanks.

Is it the same to say compared to and comparing to?

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:48:13 GMT

For instance: Your result are positive compared to the results of the past year. Your result are positive comparing to the results of the past year. Which one is better to use?

- ed Adjective problem

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:04:28 GMT

Hello this is mark i have just learnt The -ed Adjective structure but i am still confused between the passive voice and -ed form For example - Strained, the meaning of adjective is similar to " nervous", in passive voice, it will be...

[Grammar] but I knew before I went that I didn't really want to have a serious relationship wit

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:50:31 GMT

Hello all, Can we use "know that" in the following way? Is it kind of a grammar rule to put an independent clause between "verb + that", such as think that, see that. ? I can't figure it out. "It was a really terrible vacation.It was m y...


Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:53:31 GMT

How could I say it otherwise? I would not adverse to taking a drink.

there wouldn’t even be any wild hogs except we pen up so many pigs to eat

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:49:17 GMT

Hi, I do not understand what she's trying to say... Wild hogs exist whether we pen up other pigs or not, don't they? Thank you. "Katrina ... refused to hunt on moral grounds. She was, she told Colin..., a vegetarian. “I think it’s right criminal,”...

hold it!

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:29:52 GMT

A : You said you had something terrible to tell me. What's up? B : It's not that bad, but I heard Phoebe cheated on her boyfriend. A : _Hold it!_ Did you say Phoebe cheated on Brian? How come? _Hold it! _Let me see your hands! Like in these...

Lingonberries, part five

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:45:11 GMT

Would you please correct the mistakes in the fifth part of my short story? I had strange visions. The disembodied voice asked me, “Sune, who are you?” I felt moving deep into my past. I was in the womb, touching the soft tissue of the placenta...

[Grammar] He stared at the ceiling, trying

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:39:25 GMT

Hello. Is the following sentence grammatically correct? "He stared at the ceiling, trying to make some sense of what he heard a few days ago" Thanks.