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[Grammar] You must tell Jack what happened here.

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:30:57 GMT

Hi, "You must tell Jack what happened here". I wonder if both of the following passive forms are correct: 1. Jack must be told what happened here. 2. What happened here must be told to Jack.

[Vocabulary] Being so mean

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:21:36 GMT

What does "being" mean and role in the sentence below? Thanks in advance. "I didn't know *being *so mean would make me so angry."

convict and guilty

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:14:55 GMT

Dear teachers,Please read the following sentence:After 14-year-old Nathaniel Brazill was convicted of second-degree murder in May for the shooting death of his favorite teacher, he rode back to the Palm Beach County Jail in silence. Tried as an...


Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:12:01 GMT

Is this sentence correct? Mary will be volunteering her services at her church's annual Christmas concert in December.

It takes an hour to drive to the airport.

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:26:21 GMT

Hi, It takes an hour to drive to the airport. It takes an hour to fly to Chicago. In other words, it takes *just as much time as driving to the airport. *Is the bold part correct? If not, can you give me options? Thank you.

[Grammar] Tina not only...., but also

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:56:11 GMT

I’m unsure if the pronoun ‘she’ is necessary in the following synthesis (not only….but also) exercise. Is it grammatically correct if ‘she’ is omitted? (a) Tina *_not only_* swept and mopped the floor, *_but also_* tidied the house. (b)...

[Grammar] Direct speech: "says Cindy quitely" OR "Cindy quietly says" ?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:38:53 GMT

Hi everyone, I'm cofused about the correct way to express direct speech when there is a name involved. I always see it written like this: (My current reference is a Harry Potter book.) * "That's not funny."* *says Cindy quietly.* Would it...

Use context clues (synonym and antonym) to find meaning of unfamiliar words Lesson

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:00:03 GMT

Greetings, Hope things are going well with you and your family. I am really struggling in creating a lesson plan about the use of context clues (synonym and antonym) to find meaning of unfamiliar words. Can you please help me on this?...

could have been

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:59:44 GMT

How is life? a. It is better than it could have been. I heard something very much like (a) today, said by a native speaker. I can't tell whether she was saying it jokingly or not. It was supposed to mean: b. It could have been worse. But...

[Grammar] Europeans is difficult to learn Japanese.

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:34:13 GMT

Are the following correct? I am trying to rewrite Group B,C sentences like Group A *GROUP A *1. He's easy to please. 1.1. It is easy to please him. 1.2. To please him is easy.

Put bike in gear.

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:09:19 GMT

We put cars and bikes in gear to start them. Please check.

It doesn't snow here.

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:04:56 GMT

It doesn't snow in New Delhi. We don't have snow in New Delhi. Are you having snow in the USA? Please check.

[Grammar] John ....... (find) walking along a lane yesterday morning.

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:43:25 GMT

Hi, John ....... (find) walking along a lane yesterday morning. A farmer ..............(see) him, recognized who it was and ...........(contact) the police. Are the following answers correct? was found- had seen- contacted.

[Grammar] Monkeys ...... in this lab for many years.

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:28:10 GMT

Hi there, I wonder if both of the following sentences can be used in each of the following two exercises: 1. Monkeys ...... in this lab for many years (work). Monkeys *have worked* in this lab for many years. Monkeys *have been working...

[Grammar] As being instinct or being instict

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:25:42 GMT

"They have to be endlessly explained by the commentaries of individual lives, and they gain an added mystery in each new revelation. To me the verses of the Upanishads and the teachings of Buddha have ever been things of the spirit, and therefore...