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  1. I was given a letter with the ending "..."

    What is the reference to the "..." and what is it called?

  2. Which is correct: The River Douro or the Douro River?
  3. When should I capitalise a word?
  4. I would like to ask you a favour, I have a personal essay to submit to a college my words choice is bad and I like to ask if you can help me with it.
  5. Why do we write "situated between the 15th and 16th parallels" with the word "parallels" after the numbers, using "ordinal numbers", and then write "standard parallels 45 North and 36 North" with the word "parallels" before the numbers, using "cardinal numbers"?
  6. What are the rules for writing a report?
  7. I have a problem, I'm 25 and I can't spell that well and my grammer must be appuling I would just like to know if there is much hope for me I mean can I still learn how to spell properly, I have a good job but they keep puting me through these courses and I sruggle at times I'm not that bad (i get by) but I'm now doing an A1 assessors course wich will mean alot more writting where my jobs is more manual.
  8. I want to write about myself. How should I start?
  9. Can you please explain to me why the writer of these sentences might have underlined the words that he had? Is it correct to select the noun instead of the word which determines what the specific subject is to use? *the words that have been put in "quotation marks" were underlined instead, in the original message. Now is the "Time". This is the "Place". You are the "Girl" to have your Photo made to-day. I happen to believe that the author of this message had additional intent/meaning behind placing emphasis on the three words he had, instead of on the words which determine what he's meaning. What do you think? Thank you for your help. This is an extremely important issue for me to resolve because if correct then it would require me to present this discrepancy to some people. My grammar skills are not the best, and when attempting to explain what I had noticed to someone else, they could not find anything a bit odd with the way that these sentences were written. I believed I need to search for a second opinion on the matter. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
  10. can you give me some suggestion about these questions: Firstly, what is your opinion of hitch-hiked? Secondly, why do young people take more risks than older people? Think of examples.
  11. What are these ... called? I mean the three points above.
  12. Is the sentence "you need not send money now" correct? shoudn't it be "you don't need to send money now"? thank you M.
  13. How can I learn English for writing letters, poems etc?
  14. How should I improve my English writing skills? Should I read lots of articles and write many articles? Or is there an easier way.
  15. Which of them is correct ? The report was submitted as early as (January first week/in January first week).
  16. Dear Ellie, Why is the personal pronoun "I" always written with capital letter? Is there any grammatical explantion for that? Thanks for the help´.
  17. please tell me:- 1> i was drunk and i caught him breaking lock. (please make a complex sentence of these .can it be like "i caught him breaking lock drunk"
  18. im currently studying higher communications4 as part of another course but im finding report writing and essay writing difficult. I just dont know where to start please help
  19. When writing a child's age, sould the year be a number or spelled out? Would she ever see 7-year old Sandy? Or, would she ever see seven-year old Sandy?
  20. Concerning the humble hyphen... Apart from compound nouns and adjectives, when should words be hyphenated (or not). Can they be optional? Is the tendency that they are disappearing (US influence)? Any enlightenment would be appreciated!
  21. I have a problem with an ambiguous sentence. Could u please explain the following ambigious sentence : "My friends left early last night" it means: Last night my friends left early and what?
  22. Hello. What is the correct way of writing this : four hour parking or four-hours parking? My friends and I would argue about it everytime we see it in public parking area. Is there a rule about it? Thanks a lot in advance.
  23. Hiya, I am studying english for get 6.5 from IELTS(accademic) exam. I think, my speaking , lissening and reading are not bad but my writings is not good enough. I would like to ask you How can i improve my writing skils. What do you suggest meand could you give me a instruction. Thank you. I am realy worry about it. Whenever I sit and try to write something I feel horrible.. Thanks for your help. Best wishes Bahar
  24. I wrote a poem in which one of the lines is: "On such a night as this I can but stare . . ." I'm now wondering whether the verb should be negative. My "but" is intended as an adverb modifying "stare". However, it cound be considered as a conjunction in which case "can" should be "can't". Your views please? Many thanks John Wood
  25. Whether we should write Expert's Comments or Experts comments or Experts'Comments if we are carrying two people comments on a particular topic.
  26. I am writing a classification essay. 1s question on titles to video games I know I need to use italics for all game titles do I also need "Street Fighter" quotation marks?
  27. How can I learn good English (written and spoken)?
  28. 1. She also had one episode of seizure for which she was placed on Dilantin. Q: Do you put a comma before for which?
  29. Please assess the following "I will be on leave from 15th to 25th."
  30. Can I say:-

    She has eaten rice

  31. what is the correct way to write the word painter in possessive form?
  32. Could you have a look at this sentence? The remuneration will be appropriately deducted by the Principal, according to the rules of income tax from natural persons.
  33. My question is that when we write computer parts in the sentences like floppy, hard disk, mouse , keyboard. we should writein capital letters or small letters. & these are common nouns and proper noun ?
  34. I'd like to know about the apostrophe.
  35. Make up a question for the sentence 1) Bob has a little pig.
  36. Differenciate between the following sentences:- a)we are pleased to inform that we would be linking nagpur and nilgiri which would be annouced shortly. a)we are pleased to inform that we will be linking nagpur and nilgiri which will be announced shortly. b)to fecilate ready recognization candidate will be given roll number which would be displayed on thier back and chest. b)to fecilate ready recognization candidate will be given roll number which will be displayed on thier back and chest. c)we are pleased you that our regular flight would resume soon from febrary 2007. c)we are pleased to inform that our regular flight will resume soon from febrary 2007.
  37. What is correct: As per your request or as per your requests
  38. change these words from singular to plural bag- cap- bed- can- head- day- year- letters- hand- desk-
  39. What is the correct way to write latitude and longitude if it is to be spelled out completely (degrees, minutes, seconds) including capitalization (or not) of the direction? Thank you! Deb
  40. What is the difference between "I will come back" and "I will be coming back"?
  41. When to use , and when to use ;
  42. When typing a name of a (board) game, does the name go in quotation marks?
  43. When is Earth capitalized and when is earth not?
  44. Of the following two sentences, which one is correct? 1. He is the senior most politician. 2. He is the most senior politician.
  45. Hi Ellie, I have a small concern regarding a sentence. The sentence can be understood in the follwing way:- 'As this call was not monitored, it is not possible to judge the call made by the advisor. Is it correct if the meaning of the above sentence is rephrased in the following way;- 'This call was not monitored to caste a judgement on the call made by the advisor'. If it is wrong can you please rephrase the sentence starting with 'This call was not monitored.... Thanks for your time.
  46. Please explain the differences between the following two sentences Item A not in our present scope of supplies Item A is not in our present scope of supplies Thank you.
  47. Please explain about the semi colon and it's use in a sentence.
  48. Dear Ellie, Is there any difference in the sentences below? Sometimes I see the definite article "the" being used and sometimes I don't. The meeting will be on December the 1st. The meeting will be on December 1. Thank you.
  49. Is the following sentence correct ? Peter and I went to the movie last night.
  50. Suppose, a committee wants to recommend certain rules to be followed for some procedure to a higher body. For eample, X committee recommends that an agreement has to be signed before any transaction between Party A and Party is made. Then I used the term "may be" to say the following: An agreement may be signed between A and B before transaction takes place. Is the use of "may be" correct here? Please let me know.
  51. I have written a Resignation Letter which runs on the following lines : "I tender herewith my resignation from the services of the organisation." Is the above sentence correct? Thanks Raghavan
  52. Hello Ellie! "Properties acquired by the Foundation in the course of its operating" OR MAYBE "OPERATION"? Which word is better? Also: 1.Funds obtained in result of money-collecting OR "MONEY-COLLECTION"? 2. "Purposes and rules of the Foundation's operating" or "OPERATIONS" 3. "The purpose of the Foundation is promoting (the) knowledge about the culture of different nations" SHOULD I PUT "THE" BEFORE "KNOWLEDGE" THANKS
  53. How can I learn to write English letters?
  54. "i sent my c.v one month back through Mrs.mohmed teacher who is working there---" I want to know this is correct
  55. I want to be a very good English writer, how do I go about it?
  56. i send a msg to my frd that..."MY work timings have changed".Is this wrong english?if so what then i want to be corrected please.what is the best way to tell about this?
  57. Hello again,i want to be corrected again.If this sentence is wrong or right..."I haven't heard from you for a while" i am confused that it shoud be 'for' a while or 'in' a while? which one is the correct one to use? Thank you very much for your help.
  58. How to write a letter ?
  59. Hi, I have studied in english medium schools throughout my life. In my current job i need to write many briefs and articles. I am having some trouble with grammar and spellings(with time i forgot all rules). Kindly tell me if this is the right place for me and what kind of material i can refer to. Thanks
  60. IF I write a two sentence paraphrased from a magazine and properly introduce do I have to footnote both sentences or just one?
  61. is this statement ok? My plans are a lot of. or a lot of needs complement? if it's incorrect what's the better way to say this?
  62. Could you please let me know if the following sentence is correct: "I'm writing to express my extremely/completely dissatisfaction regarding your poor service have I recieved" Thanks
  63. Whats about a writing page where I could write down about any topics and if their occured any error in the writings i.e sentence making, phrase error or anything else like this that will be marked and I would get suggestions what to do to avoid this type of mistakes. Moreover, reviewing my writings I would get suggestions if there any other better way to write down the text or any sentence. did I make u clear,sir?
  64. Hi, I have to write the title of an order (this concerns legal English). I am not sure about word order in the title sentence: whether it should be: SCHEDULE OF THE PROCEDURE FOR PROVISION OF INFORMATION REGARDING SPECIAL EVENTS IN THE NATIONAL DEFENCE SYSTEM TO THE PUBLIC or SCHEDULE OF THE PROCEDURE FOR PROVISION OF INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC REGARDING SPECIAL EVENTS IN THE NATIONAL DEFENCE SYSTEM? Thank you in advance.
  65. Hi, I am a non-native English speaker and need some tips on improving my professional writing style. My job involves writing analysis of various economic and financial events and my career growth is in jeopardy as my writing style is not as professional as my English speaking colleagues. To explain you about my level of English writing, I have easily passed exams like TOEFL and IELTS, and comfortable with different grammar rules. My problem is I get stuck with sentences which I have never constructed before. I don’t understand how to explain a situation in sentences that are easy to understand but don’t sound awkward. As for my efforts to improve my writing, I have tried two methods: 1. Writing a page on some topic everyday. 2. Noting down unfamiliar sentence constructions in whatever I read. The problem I found with the first method is the review of what I write. I don’t know anybody who can review my writing for me everyday. With respect to the second method, I have collected 70-80 pages of unfamiliar/ new sentence constructions so far ( in a Word document). However, I don’t know how to leverage this database. I can’t read all of it in one setting, and just use the collection to look up for examples. Could you please suggest me some methods that can help me in improving my professional writing? Thanks, MG.
  66. hich version of the word "Cancel" is more appropiate for an American based company to use? Canceled or Cancelled? I understand that the American spelling is Cancel and the British version is Cancelled. Is there a specific American spelling rule that proves which "Canceled" is more acceptable in American english? Thanks for you time and help! Steven
  67. Hi Ellie, I saw in a parking lot of a company here in Brazil something written like this: "Park in D", meaning park with the rear of your car. This is so because in case of having to leave the company`s parking lot fast since it`s a dangerous area. Is that correct? Shouldn`t it be "park in reverse"? Thank you.
  68. I am not a native speaker of English and I was wondering if you could help me... I wanted to start my work like this but I'm not sure if this is correct. I would greatly appreciate your comments on the sentence below. "As the world becomes smaller, and business is conducted globally and individuals travel more and more, the study of foreign languages is increasing. But what makes some learners successful and others not so successful? "
  69. In "... for the construction its premises." is "of" missing between "construction" and "its" or the original wording is correct?
  70. Hello, Are there any websites that can help in finding exercises about paraphrasing? Thank you in advance for providing me with some.
  71. Dear Ellie, Thanks in advance for answering me this question. Is the paraphrased passage correct? Original passage: Americans consider someone who looks them in the eye to be honest. A person who looks down or looks away, in contrast, is suspected of being dishonest. Paraphrased passage: For people from the US, not looking someone in the eye is an indication of not telling the truth, while meeting a person’s eyes is a sign that they are telling the truth.
  72. Is there any differences between these 2 sentences :" What are chances of Twilight 2 being a huge box-office sucess ?" and " How likely is that Twilight 2 will be a huge box-office sucess ? " ------------------- Are there any differences between these 2 sentences: "What are the chances of Twilight 2 being a huge box-office success?" and "How likely is it that Twilight 2 will be a huge box-office success?" ---Thank you so much !---
  73. What is proper usage of: country (s)? Is it country(s) or country(ies)?
  74. Hi, just a quick question: is the following sentence correct? "You thought you knew me by now" I don't think it is, but I'm not sure. It sounds wrong to me somehow. I hope you can help me with this :) Thanks.
  75. Dear Ellie: Q1)The verdit has been render from jury.(right or wrong) @2)CNN's certers are all over the world.(right or wrong) @3)Familiar saying of Martin Luther King "I have a dream". (right or wrong) Regards: Aamir
  76. he was not ready to go the school that why i given a toy to him
  77. how to you use appreciate in sentence ----------------------- How should I use the word appreciate in a sentence?
  78. 'I wouldn't have mind if you would have sent me a plastic flower'. Is this grammatically correct?
  79. rewrite it; one of my friends have gone to mumbai ------------------- Could you correct this, please? One of my friends have gone to Mumbai.
  80. Can you help me to correct the following sentences? 1.Biscuits become softer after left out at production area rather than air-con area. 2.Biscuits that exposed at air-con area(dry area)could slow down the biscuits become damp. 3.Install air-con at production area. 4.Control the air exposure time of biscuits within 30 minutes in order to prevent the biscuits become soft. Thank you very much for your help.
  81. Daily i saw you in the bus. Above sentence is correct or not? ----------------------- "Daily i saw you in the bus." Is the above sentence correct or not?
  82. which is correct? anyways thank you or anyway thank you ------------------------- Which is correct? "Anyways thank you", or "Anyway thank you".
  83. I think this sentence telling about future but past tense is use here, "when its time has come." The seed on the other hand, waits. It must mature before it can spread its influence. It must learn everything that is required of the tree so that when it's the seed's turn, the seed can also stand tall when its time has come.
  84. the teacher is standing at the table. is the sentence and usage of preposition correct. ------------------------ The teacher is standing at the table. Is the sentence and usage of preposition correct?
  85. The man says he does not like the idea. Which of the following sentence is correct. The man has stated in his letter that he does not like the idea OR The man has stated in his letter that he did not like the idea
  86. many in the medical professional have left india /is this sentence correct
  87. I wish to add my old friends to my account. Isn't this correct sentence ? ------------- I wish to add my old friends to my account. Is this sentence correct?
  88. Which one of the following is correct? "Dear friends in club "or "Dear friends from club"
  89. is this a right sentence? today iam really happy to be an aunt ------------------ Is this sentence correct? Today I am really happy to be an aunt.
  90. tomorrow is a national holiday in our country . is this a correct sentence?
  91. My question is this, Is this a proper sentence. "My art has a orginality look to it." if you could let me know. thanks
  92. Want to know if this sentence is correct:we ought to have left the before now
  93. Is it grammatically correct to abbreviate the question 'what is the value of life' to 'at what price life?' in the sense that, does the second sentence make sense in the context?
  94. How to request a senior officer to call me as per his convenience. Message to be SMS.
  95. That pen is belongs to john. Is correct sentence --------------------- That pen is belongs to John. Is this sentence correct?
  96. I have difficulty in understanding an in English paragraph please take a look at it: words are often repeated to add continuity to a paragraph. they are repeated either in their original form or in pronoun form. in the following model pragraph, note: the words eggs, bowl and mix (as well as its word form mixture); the different pronouns which mean egg. does it mean that all mentioned words mean Egg? or no they are different pronouns for different words? note that the paragraph is from the book PARAGRAPH DEVELOPMENT by Martin L.Arnaudet and Mary Ellen Barret. in the next page of the mentioned paragraph there's an example text explaining how to cook eggs using the mentioned pronouns.
  97. is the sentence correct- need friends who can teach english else dont need any.
  98. Is it legal for Patrick to plagiarize journalists work in his "News Round Up", which says that it's written by him?
  99. a paragraph in which you use need/needing and knead/kneading ------------ Could you write a paragraph in which you use need/needing and knead/kneading, please?
  100. Which one is correct - All Sundays are holidays or All Sundays are holiday
  101. He is writing in pencil. Is this sentence correct?
  102. i cannot send them every day to clean the roof nor keep it dirty as well. is the sentence above correct ? thx ------------------- Is the sentence above correct? Thanks.
  103. is my sentence" I called u up some 2 hours back" right ??
  104. I'll not arrange any party if you will not come-is it right sentence? ---------------- Is this sentence correct:- I'll not arrange any party if you will not come.
  105. In the sentence Yesterday I met Liza. She was the President of the student council so i didn't pass the opportunity to make a suggestion about my favorite activity for the upcoming Nursing Week. Are we gonna use was the President to maintain consistency of verb tense or are we gonna use is since she is still the President of the student council upto present?
  106. Thank your mom because she gave birth to an angel in this earth who is my life and to whom one day will be my wife... I read this sentence somewhere and my question is : I decided there are 2 mistakes, 1:angel on earth and not in this earth, 2: to whom will be my wife does not sound correct to me. As will be my wife needs a subject . Could you please tell me the correct form? thanks in advance
  107. Could you kindly confirm whether use of the subjective pronoun case "who" in the following sentences is grammatically acceptable: "It's he who should be blamed." "It's he who must be blamed."
  108. I would I say this in a email. please let me when you schedule the meeting with Mr. Brown. I would like to go with you.



  1. I was given a letter with the ending "..."

    What is the reference to the "..." and what is it called?
    When you see three spaced "full-stops/periods" in a row, you are in the presence of an ellipsis. What this means is that something has been left out of the sentence. Usually it means part of a direct quotation is missing, but I sometimes use it for effect to show that I haven't quite come to a conclusion about something and hence letting the reader fill in the missing information . . .

    In order to use it correctly (although many people don't) you should put a space between the periods.

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  2. Which is correct: The River Douro or the Douro River?
    Both are correct. For example you can just as easily say "The River Thames" or "The Thames River". The decision should be based on what you wish to emphasise. The fact it is a river or the fact it is this particular river. The usual form is 'the River Thames'.
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  3. When should I capitalise a word?
    You use a capital letter at the beginning of a word when it starts a sentence, names a person, place or thing or shows the important words in a title.

    I have written a guide to capitalisation here.
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  4. I would like to ask you a favour, I have a personal essay to submit to a college my words choice is bad and I like to ask if you can help me with it.
    I'm afraid I just don't have the time to proof-read large pieces of text. Lots of people ask, but I am only able to answer specific English questions. Sorry. There are some services out there, but I'm afraid they do charge. http://www.thesisproofreader.com/ is one of them.
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  5. Why do we write "situated between the 15th and 16th parallels" with the word "parallels" after the numbers, using "ordinal numbers", and then write "standard parallels 45 North and 36 North" with the word "parallels" before the numbers, using "cardinal numbers"?
    In your first example you are naming the position of the parallels within a sequence. In your second example you are describing standard parallels and giving more information - the degrees. 45° North and 36° North. So they aren't part of a sequence any longer. You could write "The 45th parallel (45 Degrees North Latitude)".
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  6. What are the rules for writing a report?
    This is a great guide Report Writing.
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  7. I have a problem, I'm 25 and I can't spell that well and my grammer must be appuling I would just like to know if there is much hope for me I mean can I still learn how to spell properly, I have a good job but they keep puting me through these courses and I sruggle at times I'm not that bad (i get by) but I'm now doing an A1 assessors course wich will mean alot more writting where my jobs is more manual.
    Dear Tom, I presume that you live in the UK and are a native speaker. There are a lot of resources for improving literacy in the UK (you are not alone, there are lots of people out there who can't spell for toffee). Try Learn Direct - http://www.learndirect.co.uk/ or visit the BBC RAW - (Reading and Writing) website. http://www.bbc.co.uk/raw/ - for Adult learners. In the meantime use the 'Tools: Spelling' facility in Word to check your writing and maybe invest in a discrete electronic dictionary that will help you look up how to spell words when you don't have access to a computer.
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  8. I want to write about myself. How should I start?
    Start with the lessons and then practise on the forum.
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  9. Can you please explain to me why the writer of these sentences might have underlined the words that he had? Is it correct to select the noun instead of the word which determines what the specific subject is to use? *the words that have been put in "quotation marks" were underlined instead, in the original message. Now is the "Time". This is the "Place". You are the "Girl" to have your Photo made to-day. I happen to believe that the author of this message had additional intent/meaning behind placing emphasis on the three words he had, instead of on the words which determine what he's meaning. What do you think? Thank you for your help. This is an extremely important issue for me to resolve because if correct then it would require me to present this discrepancy to some people. My grammar skills are not the best, and when attempting to explain what I had noticed to someone else, they could not find anything a bit odd with the way that these sentences were written. I believed I need to search for a second opinion on the matter. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
    I think the writer was just trying to emphasise being in the right place at the right time (a common expression in English). However, I would point out that we "take" photos also I would split the final sentence. So if I wrote it it would go:- Now is the "Time". This is the "Place". You are the "Girl". Have your Photo taken to-day!
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  10. can you give me some suggestion about these questions: Firstly, what is your opinion of hitch-hiked? Secondly, why do young people take more risks than older people? Think of examples.
    I presume you meant to say "What is your opinion of hitch-hiking?" And "Why do young people take more risks than older people?" These sound suspiciously like homework questions. I suggest you try answering them in the Let's learn Writing section of the forum and I'll give you some feedback.
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  11. What are these ... called? I mean the three points above.
    This punctuation mark is usually called an ellipsis, it has also been called a suspension point, points of ellipsis or colloquially, dot-dot-dot.
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  12. Is the sentence "you need not send money now" correct? shoudn't it be "you don't need to send money now"? thank you M.
    Dear M, It's fine to say either. However I would say "You need not send any money now." In spoken English I would also say "needn't".
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  13. How can I learn English for writing letters, poems etc?
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  14. How should I improve my English writing skills? Should I read lots of articles and write many articles? Or is there an easier way.
    Reading and thinking about articles is useful. Summarizing things you have read or putting them into your own words is a good tip too. But the most important thing is to get feedback on what you have written.
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  15. Which of them is correct ? The report was submitted as early as (January first week/in January first week).
    Neither. You could say:- The report was submitted as early as the first week in January.
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  16. Dear Ellie, Why is the personal pronoun "I" always written with capital letter? Is there any grammatical explantion for that? Thanks for the help´.
    The Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology (Wilson, 1988) says: "I" came to be written with a capital letter to avoid misreading handwritten manuscripts. The capitalized form first appeared about 1250.
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  17. please tell me:- 1> i was drunk and i caught him breaking lock. (please make a complex sentence of these .can it be like "i caught him breaking lock drunk"
    Be careful! If he was drunk:- I caught him breaking the lock whilst he was drunk. If you were drunk:- I caught him breaking the lock whilst I was drunk.
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  18. im currently studying higher communications4 as part of another course but im finding report writing and essay writing difficult. I just dont know where to start please help
    Try these sites:- http://www.plainenglish.co.uk/reportguide.html http://members.tripod.com/~lklivingston/essay/
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  19. When writing a child's age, sould the year be a number or spelled out? Would she ever see 7-year old Sandy? Or, would she ever see seven-year old Sandy?
    It's a matter of personal choice. I would write seven-year-old, because I don't like mixing words and numbers within hyphenated words. Once you have decided though, stick to it.
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  20. Concerning the humble hyphen... Apart from compound nouns and adjectives, when should words be hyphenated (or not). Can they be optional? Is the tendency that they are disappearing (US influence)? Any enlightenment would be appreciated!
    He he - the humble hyphen - tell that to the Czechs and Slovaks! There are no hard and fast rules, but there are style guides (OUP, CAE etc). Often the use of a hyphen in compounds is discretionary. You may have to decide whether to hyphenate, use a closed compound (one word) or an open compound (two words) for example: you could write world-view, worldview or world view. Any decision should be based on potential changes in semantics. Often new terms start life as a hyphenated word, such as e-mail, but they become one word over time - lots of people now write email. (Mind you I always write e-mail to prevent confusion with the German word for enamel). The general trend is to use fewer hyphens, but I wouldn't like to apportion blame.
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  21. I have a problem with an ambiguous sentence. Could u please explain the following ambigious sentence : "My friends left early last night" it means: Last night my friends left early and what?
    Well it depends on the tone of voice the speaker employs. He/she might be pleased they left early, disappointed, angry, resigned. So, if this was written the author would have to give the reader a clue. For example:- "My friends left early last night", he said sadly.
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  22. Hello. What is the correct way of writing this : four hour parking or four-hours parking? My friends and I would argue about it everytime we see it in public parking area. Is there a rule about it? Thanks a lot in advance.
    If used as an adjective you don't pluralise. For example:- There is twenty-four hour parking at the hotel. But:- You can park for twenty-four hours at the hotel.
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  23. Hiya, I am studying english for get 6.5 from IELTS(accademic) exam. I think, my speaking , lissening and reading are not bad but my writings is not good enough. I would like to ask you How can i improve my writing skils. What do you suggest meand could you give me a instruction. Thank you. I am realy worry about it. Whenever I sit and try to write something I feel horrible.. Thanks for your help. Best wishes Bahar
    Hi Bahar, You are not alone. The best way to improve is practise and receive feedback. Try the English forum:- http://p221.ezboard.com/blearnenglishonline I have written some tips and ideas on improving your written English here:- http://www.learnenglish.de/ImproveEnglish/improvewritingpage.htm
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  24. I wrote a poem in which one of the lines is: "On such a night as this I can but stare . . ." I'm now wondering whether the verb should be negative. My "but" is intended as an adverb modifying "stare". However, it cound be considered as a conjunction in which case "can" should be "can't". Your views please? Many thanks John Wood
    I think it's fine to say "I can but do something," (in a poem). It translates into ordinary English as "I can only stare". Of course I wouldn't use it in normal conversation, but it adds a certain je ne sais quoi to a poem.
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  25. Whether we should write Expert's Comments or Experts comments or Experts'Comments if we are carrying two people comments on a particular topic.
    I would write "Experts' comments". It can't be Expert's comments as that would indicate one expert. However to be fair many people omit the apostrophe.
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  26. I am writing a classification essay. 1s question on titles to video games I know I need to use italics for all game titles do I also need "Street Fighter" quotation marks?
    An interesting question that really is more a matter of style than rules, certainly you should use capital letters for all game names. Have a look at http://www.gamespot.com/, they are owned by CNet. Using italics and quotation marks isn't necessary (in my opionion), unless you've been given a style guide (along the lines of the Economist's, which says "books, pamphlets, plays, radio and television programmes should be set in italics, with capital letters for each main word, in quotation marks. Thus: "Pride and Prejudice","Much Ado about Nothing","Any Questions","Crossfire", etc".)
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  27. How can I learn good English (written and spoken)?
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  28. 1. She also had one episode of seizure for which she was placed on Dilantin. Q: Do you put a comma before for which?
    I would say:- She also had one seizure episode for which she was placed on Dilantin. (No need for a comma). Don't forget - only one question at a time.
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  29. Please assess the following "I will be on leave from 15th to 25th."
    "I will be on leave from 15 to 25 (+ the month)." Is fine as a short message. It stands for "I will be on leave from the 15th to the 25th of October." !Note - "On leave" does give the impression that you are in the forces. I will be on holiday / vacation is more natural (UK / US).
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  30. Can I say:-

    She has eaten rice
    Yes, but don't forget the full stop at the end.
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  31. what is the correct way to write the word painter in possessive form?
    I think you mean something like: "The painter's brush."

    There's more information on how to use the possessive form here.
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  32. Could you have a look at this sentence? The remuneration will be appropriately deducted by the Principal, according to the rules of income tax from natural persons.
    I would say:- The remuneration will be appropriately deducted by the Principal, according to the rules of income tax for natural persons. !Note - the term "natural persons" appears in the GATS where it deals with the international movement of employees of firms that are providing services in another country. Persons are called "natural" to distinguish them from "juridical persons," such as partnerships or corporations, that are given certain rights of persons under the law.
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  33. My question is that when we write computer parts in the sentences like floppy, hard disk, mouse , keyboard. we should writein capital letters or small letters. & these are common nouns and proper noun ?
    The examples you use are just common nouns. If it includes the name of a particular manufacturer then it's partly a proper noun. Also if you use an abbreviation, (computing is full of abbreviations) then you use capital letters. For example:- Intel chip HDD
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  34. I'd like to know about the apostrophe.
    1 question at a time please. I've written a short explanation on how to use the apostrophe here:-
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  35. Make up a question for the sentence 1) Bob has a little pig.
    Does Bob have a pet? or What kind of pet does Bob have?
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  36. Differenciate between the following sentences:- a)we are pleased to inform that we would be linking nagpur and nilgiri which would be annouced shortly. a)we are pleased to inform that we will be linking nagpur and nilgiri which will be announced shortly. b)to fecilate ready recognization candidate will be given roll number which would be displayed on thier back and chest. b)to fecilate ready recognization candidate will be given roll number which will be displayed on thier back and chest. c)we are pleased you that our regular flight would resume soon from febrary 2007. c)we are pleased to inform that our regular flight will resume soon from febrary 2007.
    I can't choose any of them as they are not correct. I would say: We are pleased to inform you that we will be linking Nagpur and Nilgiri. The official announcement will be made shortly. To facilate ready recognition each candidate will be given a which will be displayed on their back and chest. We are pleased to inform you that our regular flight will resume soon.
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  37. What is correct: As per your request or as per your requests
    As per your request.
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  38. change these words from singular to plural bag- cap- bed- can- head- day- year- letters- hand- desk-
    Just add an s. Apart from 'letters' which is already plural. bags caps beds cans heads days years hands desks
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  39. What is the correct way to write latitude and longitude if it is to be spelled out completely (degrees, minutes, seconds) including capitalization (or not) of the direction? Thank you! Deb
    Blimey! It's been a long time since I studied geography. But I found a good example on the net. The U.S. capitol is located at 38°53'23"N , 77°00'27"W. If you write it in full you get 38 degrees, 53 minutes, and 23 seconds north of the equator and 77 degrees, no minutes and 27 seconds west of the meridian passing through Greenwich, England. I hope this helps.
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  40. What is the difference between "I will come back" and "I will be coming back"?
    There's no real difference in meaning. You can even do an impression of the Terminator and say:- I'll be back.
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  41. When to use , and when to use ;
    Use a comma (,) to separate words and word groups with a series of three or more items, to separate two adjectives when the word and can be inserted between them, to separate a statement from a question, at the beginning of sentences with introductory words or short introductory phrases such as "well", "now", or "yes", when surrounding words such as "therefore" and "however" when they are used as interruptors, to set off direct quotations, to prevent possible confusion or misreading, and near the end of a sentence to separate sharply contrasted coordinate elements in the sentence. Use a semi colon (;) to link two separate sentences that are closely related in other words to join together two independent clauses (often replacing a conjunction such as and or but), and in a list when some of the items already contain commas. Simple punctuation guide.
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  42. When typing a name of a (board) game, does the name go in quotation marks?
    I don't think there is a rule to cover this, it's more a question of style. Some publications put the titles of such things in single quotes, some use double quotes and some just italisize the words. The main thing is to be consistent. Believe it or not there is a whole book on this subject:- The Columbia Guide to Online Style by Janice R. Walker and Todd Taylor
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  43. When is Earth capitalized and when is earth not?
    As a general rule, when you are talking about the Earth, it's a proper name so, capitalise. If it is being used in a phrase such as the earth sciences, then lowercase is fine. When you are talking about the substance earth, as in soil, there's no need to capitalise, unless it's at the beginning of a sentence of course.
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  44. Of the following two sentences, which one is correct? 1. He is the senior most politician. 2. He is the most senior politician.
    Both are correct, it's just a matter of style. In a news report you would be more likely to read "He is the senior-most politician."
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  45. Hi Ellie, I have a small concern regarding a sentence. The sentence can be understood in the follwing way:- 'As this call was not monitored, it is not possible to judge the call made by the advisor. Is it correct if the meaning of the above sentence is rephrased in the following way;- 'This call was not monitored to caste a judgement on the call made by the advisor'. If it is wrong can you please rephrase the sentence starting with 'This call was not monitored.... Thanks for your time.
    I would write, "This call was not monitored in order to judge the advisor in any way." But it has a very different meaning to your first example. I hope it helps anyway.
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  46. Please explain the differences between the following two sentences Item A not in our present scope of supplies Item A is not in our present scope of supplies Thank you.
    The first version is what you'd expect to read from a database. The second version is what I'd expect a human being to say or write. PS I would write:- Item A is not in our current range.
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  47. Please explain about the semi colon and it's use in a sentence.
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  48. Dear Ellie, Is there any difference in the sentences below? Sometimes I see the definite article "the" being used and sometimes I don't. The meeting will be on December the 1st. The meeting will be on December 1. Thank you.
    It's just an issue of style. If I were to read either out loud I would say:- The meeting will be on December the 1st.
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  49. Is the following sentence correct ? Peter and I went to the movie last night.
    If you are talking about a particular film, yes. If you are talking about a cinema you would say:- Peter and I went to the movies last night.
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  50. Suppose, a committee wants to recommend certain rules to be followed for some procedure to a higher body. For eample, X committee recommends that an agreement has to be signed before any transaction between Party A and Party is made. Then I used the term "may be" to say the following: An agreement may be signed between A and B before transaction takes place. Is the use of "may be" correct here? Please let me know.
    When you say something may be done, you are predicting that it might happen. I this isn't what you mean then maybe you mean should be, which would be your recommendation:- An agreement should be signed between A and B before any transaction takes place.
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  51. I have written a Resignation Letter which runs on the following lines : "I tender herewith my resignation from the services of the organisation." Is the above sentence correct? Thanks Raghavan
    It's quite formal, but if it was good enough for the President of the United States, then I guess it's good enough for your organisation. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/print.php?pid=15323 There is a site that might help you here:- http://www.i-resign.com/
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  52. Hello Ellie! "Properties acquired by the Foundation in the course of its operating" OR MAYBE "OPERATION"? Which word is better? Also: 1.Funds obtained in result of money-collecting OR "MONEY-COLLECTION"? 2. "Purposes and rules of the Foundation's operating" or "OPERATIONS" 3. "The purpose of the Foundation is promoting (the) knowledge about the culture of different nations" SHOULD I PUT "THE" BEFORE "KNOWLEDGE" THANKS
    I've rewritten them a bit:- "Properties acquired by the Foundation over the course of its operations." "Funds obtained as a result of fund raising activities." "Purposes and rules of the Foundation's operations" "The purpose of the Foundation is to promote awareness of the heritage and culture of different nations."
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  53. How can I learn to write English letters?
    It depends what kind of letter you are trying to write. However, try some of these tips. How to improve your written English.
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  54. "i sent my c.v one month back through Mrs.mohmed teacher who is working there---" I want to know this is correct
    I sent my CV to Mrs ..., in the ... department, a month ago ...
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  55. I want to be a very good English writer, how do I go about it?
    If I could answer this I would become a very rich woman. Your main aim should be to try and improve every day. Read lots, find a style of writing you like and try to emulate it. Maybe join a writing forum and ask for feedback, but be warned, you need to have a very thick skin to be able to take criticism.
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  56. i send a msg to my frd that..."MY work timings have changed".Is this wrong english?if so what then i want to be corrected please.what is the best way to tell about this?
    You need to say "My working hours have changed."
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  57. Hello again,i want to be corrected again.If this sentence is wrong or right..."I haven't heard from you for a while" i am confused that it shoud be 'for' a while or 'in' a while? which one is the correct one to use? Thank you very much for your help.
    You could use either. :)
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  58. How to write a letter ?
    What kind of letter?
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  59. Hi, I have studied in english medium schools throughout my life. In my current job i need to write many briefs and articles. I am having some trouble with grammar and spellings(with time i forgot all rules). Kindly tell me if this is the right place for me and what kind of material i can refer to. Thanks
    Hi Smiti, Sorry for the delay in replying, I've been busy, busy, busy. Really I am here for beginners and people of intermediate skill. You might find the Owl website useful:- http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/grammar/ And I'm always happy to give help on the forum:- http://p221.ezboard.com/blearnenglishonline
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  60. IF I write a two sentence paraphrased from a magazine and properly introduce do I have to footnote both sentences or just one?
    It depends. If they are from the same article, and they appear together in your paper I would use one footnote. If they are from different articles I would use two footnotes. If they are from the same article but appear in separate places in your paper I would use one footnote but two reference numbers. I hope this helps.
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  61. is this statement ok? My plans are a lot of. or a lot of needs complement? if it's incorrect what's the better way to say this?
    You should say:- I have a lot of plans. If you say "My plans are..." then you need to follow through with what they are exactly.
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  62. Could you please let me know if the following sentence is correct: "I'm writing to express my extremely/completely dissatisfaction regarding your poor service have I recieved" Thanks
    I would write:- "I'm writing to express my extreme dissatisfaction regarding the poor service I have received."
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  63. Whats about a writing page where I could write down about any topics and if their occured any error in the writings i.e sentence making, phrase error or anything else like this that will be marked and I would get suggestions what to do to avoid this type of mistakes. Moreover, reviewing my writings I would get suggestions if there any other better way to write down the text or any sentence. did I make u clear,sir?
    Try the forum. http://learnenglishonline.yuku.com/
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  64. Hi, I have to write the title of an order (this concerns legal English). I am not sure about word order in the title sentence: whether it should be: SCHEDULE OF THE PROCEDURE FOR PROVISION OF INFORMATION REGARDING SPECIAL EVENTS IN THE NATIONAL DEFENCE SYSTEM TO THE PUBLIC or SCHEDULE OF THE PROCEDURE FOR PROVISION OF INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC REGARDING SPECIAL EVENTS IN THE NATIONAL DEFENCE SYSTEM? Thank you in advance.
    SCHEDULE OF THE PROCEDURE FOR PROVISION OF INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC REGARDING SPECIAL EVENTS IN THE NATIONAL DEFENCE SYSTEM !Note - Schedule not as you wrote - shedule.
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  65. Hi, I am a non-native English speaker and need some tips on improving my professional writing style. My job involves writing analysis of various economic and financial events and my career growth is in jeopardy as my writing style is not as professional as my English speaking colleagues. To explain you about my level of English writing, I have easily passed exams like TOEFL and IELTS, and comfortable with different grammar rules. My problem is I get stuck with sentences which I have never constructed before. I don’t understand how to explain a situation in sentences that are easy to understand but don’t sound awkward. As for my efforts to improve my writing, I have tried two methods: 1. Writing a page on some topic everyday. 2. Noting down unfamiliar sentence constructions in whatever I read. The problem I found with the first method is the review of what I write. I don’t know anybody who can review my writing for me everyday. With respect to the second method, I have collected 70-80 pages of unfamiliar/ new sentence constructions so far ( in a Word document). However, I don’t know how to leverage this database. I can’t read all of it in one setting, and just use the collection to look up for examples. Could you please suggest me some methods that can help me in improving my professional writing? Thanks, MG.
    I'm afraid there are times when we can't go it alone any longer. As you say yourself it's the lack of feedback and guidance that's missing. As this is affecting your career it might be worth considering investing some money in the solution. There are many professional business writing courses that should be able to help you. In the meantime there is an excellent resource at Owl:- http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/648/01/
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  66. hich version of the word "Cancel" is more appropiate for an American based company to use? Canceled or Cancelled? I understand that the American spelling is Cancel and the British version is Cancelled. Is there a specific American spelling rule that proves which "Canceled" is more acceptable in American english? Thanks for you time and help! Steven
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_and_British_English_spelling_differences#Doubled_in_British_English
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  67. Hi Ellie, I saw in a parking lot of a company here in Brazil something written like this: "Park in D", meaning park with the rear of your car. This is so because in case of having to leave the company`s parking lot fast since it`s a dangerous area. Is that correct? Shouldn`t it be "park in reverse"? Thank you.
    I have never heard of such a thing! In an automatic car "D" normally means "Drive". Park in reverse usually means you reverse into the parking space. Usually when you're trying to instruct someone which gear to be in you would say "engage first gear" or "engage reverse" etc. I can't really answer you as I don't know enough about the situation, But you might find this interesting:- http://www.ehow.com/how_4702145_reverse-park-parking-lot.html
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  68. I am not a native speaker of English and I was wondering if you could help me... I wanted to start my work like this but I'm not sure if this is correct. I would greatly appreciate your comments on the sentence below. "As the world becomes smaller, and business is conducted globally and individuals travel more and more, the study of foreign languages is increasing. But what makes some learners successful and others not so successful? "
    I'm afraid it doesn't flow. I would write:- "As the world becomes smaller; business is conducted globally, and individuals travel more. As a result the study of foreign languages is increasing, but what makes some learners successful and others not? "
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  69. In "... for the construction its premises." is "of" missing between "construction" and "its" or the original wording is correct?
    ... for the construction of its premises. I'd need a little more context to tell you whether it's the right thing to say or not, but yes, you do need that annoying little word "of".
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  70. Hello, Are there any websites that can help in finding exercises about paraphrasing? Thank you in advance for providing me with some.
    http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/619/01/
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  71. Dear Ellie, Thanks in advance for answering me this question. Is the paraphrased passage correct? Original passage: Americans consider someone who looks them in the eye to be honest. A person who looks down or looks away, in contrast, is suspected of being dishonest. Paraphrased passage: For people from the US, not looking someone in the eye is an indication of not telling the truth, while meeting a person’s eyes is a sign that they are telling the truth.
    It's a bit of a simplistic statement, but try:- To people from the US, not looking someone in the eye is an indication of dishonesty, while looking someone in the eye is a sign of trustworthiness.
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  72. Is there any differences between these 2 sentences :" What are chances of Twilight 2 being a huge box-office sucess ?" and " How likely is that Twilight 2 will be a huge box-office sucess ? " ------------------- Are there any differences between these 2 sentences: "What are the chances of Twilight 2 being a huge box-office success?" and "How likely is it that Twilight 2 will be a huge box-office success?" ---Thank you so much !---
    Pretty much mean the same (check the corrections I've made.
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  73. What is proper usage of: country (s)? Is it country(s) or country(ies)?
    http://www.learnenglish.de/grammar/pluraltext.htm
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  74. Hi, just a quick question: is the following sentence correct? "You thought you knew me by now" I don't think it is, but I'm not sure. It sounds wrong to me somehow. I hope you can help me with this :) Thanks.
    You wouldn't use 'by now' in this way. By now refers to the time before now, as in the song:- "If you don't know me by now, you will never, never, never know me." http://youtu.be/Uv-bFQFDwRA I would simply say, "You thought you knew me..." Or maybe the writer is trying to say something a bit more complicated, like:- "You would have thought you would know me by now."
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  75. Dear Ellie: Q1)The verdit has been render from jury.(right or wrong) @2)CNN's certers are all over the world.(right or wrong) @3)Familiar saying of Martin Luther King "I have a dream". (right or wrong) Regards: Aamir
    The verdict has been rendered by the jury. (I would tend not to use the passive voice here, instead I would simply say, "The jury has reached a verdict") CNN reports from all over the world. (As far as I know, there's only one CNN center.) "I have a dream" is a familiar saying by Martin Luther King.
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  76. he was not ready to go the school that why i given a toy to him
    Hmmm - I presume you want to know if this sentence is correct, well the bad news is - no, it isn't. What you would need to say is:- He was not ready to go to school, and that is why I gave him the toy. !Note - Work on your punctuation, and try to make sure you stick to the same time frame by using the correct tense. You might find my English Lessons useful.
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  77. how to you use appreciate in sentence ----------------------- How should I use the word appreciate in a sentence?
    I presume you mean the 'appreciate it' construction, which means "be grateful for' as in, "I would appreciate it if you would punctuate your question." When you use the verb 'appreciate' with an if clause you need an object. Try Googling "appreciate it if" (with the double quotes) and you'll get loads of examples. If you want to, pop into the forum and write some practice sentences, I'll correct them for you.
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  78. 'I wouldn't have mind if you would have sent me a plastic flower'. Is this grammatically correct?
    'I wouldn't have minded if you had sent me a plastic flower'.
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  79. rewrite it; one of my friends have gone to mumbai ------------------- Could you correct this, please? One of my friends have gone to Mumbai.
    My friends have all gone to Mumbai. = Plural - all of them. One of my friends has gone to Mumbai. = Singular - just one of them. The key is "one of", it's like saying, My friend has gone to Mumbai.
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  80. Can you help me to correct the following sentences? 1.Biscuits become softer after left out at production area rather than air-con area. 2.Biscuits that exposed at air-con area(dry area)could slow down the biscuits become damp. 3.Install air-con at production area. 4.Control the air exposure time of biscuits within 30 minutes in order to prevent the biscuits become soft. Thank you very much for your help.
    1.Biscuits go soggy if they are left out in the production area rather than the air-con area. 2.Exposing the biscuits to the air-con area (dry area) could slow down their going soggy. 3. Install air-con in the production area. 4.Control the length of time that biscuits are exposed to the open air to a maximum of 30 minutes in order to prevent the biscuits going soggy. !Note - soft is okay, but we tend to say biscuits go soggy (see below). http://www.physics.org/explorelink.asp?id=4818&q=art¤tpage=1&age=0&knowledge=0&item=5
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  81. Daily i saw you in the bus. Above sentence is correct or not? ----------------------- "Daily i saw you in the bus." Is the above sentence correct or not?
    Wrong on three counts. Adverbs of time (daily) usually occurs at the end of a sentence or clause. We always say "on the bus". The personal pronoun "I" is always capitalised. In addition, I wouldn't use the word "daily" in this context, I would say "every day". So, I would say: I saw you on the bus, every day.
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  82. which is correct? anyways thank you or anyway thank you ------------------------- Which is correct? "Anyways thank you", or "Anyway thank you".
    Anyway, thank you. ("Anyways" is American slang.)
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  83. I think this sentence telling about future but past tense is use here, "when its time has come." The seed on the other hand, waits. It must mature before it can spread its influence. It must learn everything that is required of the tree so that when it's the seed's turn, the seed can also stand tall when its time has come.
    It's not strictly the past. Personally I wouldn't write it like that, but maybe the writer is trying to be poetic. For example: When his time has come, even a king must die.
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  84. the teacher is standing at the table. is the sentence and usage of preposition correct. ------------------------ The teacher is standing at the table. Is the sentence and usage of preposition correct?
    Yes, you can say that. You can also sit at the table, or stand by it, and as long as the teacher isn't standing on the table (on top of it) anyone would understand what you are trying to say.
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  85. The man says he does not like the idea. Which of the following sentence is correct. The man has stated in his letter that he does not like the idea OR The man has stated in his letter that he did not like the idea
    I wouldn't use "has stated", as the letter was written in the past, so I would say "The man stated...". As for which is correct after that, it all depends on what the man wrote in his letter. The man stated in his letter that he does not like the idea. = He still does not like the idea. The man stated in his letter that he did not like the idea. = Implies he has changed his mind, but I would expect further information. For example:- The man stated in his letter that he did not like the idea, until we explained the benefits to him.
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  86. many in the medical professional have left india /is this sentence correct
    Kind of sort of. Many in the medical profession have left India. or Many medical professionals have left India. (Don't worry, they'll be back.) ;)
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  87. I wish to add my old friends to my account. Isn't this correct sentence ? ------------- I wish to add my old friends to my account. Is this sentence correct?
    Seems fine to me. We often use "I wish to do something", in place of "I want to ...", when we want to be more formal.
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  88. Which one of the following is correct? "Dear friends in club "or "Dear friends from club"
    Try:- Dear friends from the club... I'd avoid saying "in the club" because it can be used idiomatically to mean to be pregnant.
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  89. is this a right sentence? today iam really happy to be an aunt ------------------ Is this sentence correct? Today I am really happy to be an aunt.
    Only if you're normally not happy to be an aunt. I think you are trying to say:- Today I am really happy because I am now an aunt.
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  90. tomorrow is a national holiday in our country . is this a correct sentence?
    If you capitalise it properly and space your punctuation properly, yes. http://www.learnenglish.de/grammar/capitaltext.htm http://www.learnenglish.de/grammar/punctuationtext.htm
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  91. My question is this, Is this a proper sentence. "My art has a orginality look to it." if you could let me know. thanks
    It's not correct. Instead you could say:- My art has originality. My art has an original look to it. My art is original.
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  92. Want to know if this sentence is correct:we ought to have left the before now
    No need for an article, unless you want to say where you should have left. For example:- We ought to have left the building as soon as the alarm went off. We ought to have left before now.
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  93. Is it grammatically correct to abbreviate the question 'what is the value of life' to 'at what price life?' in the sense that, does the second sentence make sense in the context?
    My favourite answer coming up.... It depends. You say "in the context", but I don't know the context. Often when people ask what is the value of life, they want to know about the meaning of life. Whereas what price life? Can be meant literally. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/31/opinion/dowd-what-price-life.html?
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  94. How to request a senior officer to call me as per his convenience. Message to be SMS.
    Please call me at your earliest convenience. SMS? No idea. But if they are an officer, I wouldn't use short forms. PCMCIA - People Can't Memorize Computer Industy Acronyms
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  95. That pen is belongs to john. Is correct sentence --------------------- That pen is belongs to John. Is this sentence correct?
    That pen belongs to John. That pen is John's. It's John's pen.
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  96. I have difficulty in understanding an in English paragraph please take a look at it: words are often repeated to add continuity to a paragraph. they are repeated either in their original form or in pronoun form. in the following model pragraph, note: the words eggs, bowl and mix (as well as its word form mixture); the different pronouns which mean egg. does it mean that all mentioned words mean Egg? or no they are different pronouns for different words? note that the paragraph is from the book PARAGRAPH DEVELOPMENT by Martin L.Arnaudet and Mary Ellen Barret. in the next page of the mentioned paragraph there's an example text explaining how to cook eggs using the mentioned pronouns.
    I can see why you would be confused, but I think the key here is "The different pronouns which mean egg." Probably in the passage it will say something like:- Put the eggs in a bowl and beat them till they're stiff. Which could be written:- Put the eggs in a bowl and beat the eggs until the eggs are stiff. You would have to agree, no one would want to write like that, so we use pronouns. I hope that helps. http://www.learnenglish.de/grammar/pronountext.htm
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  97. is the sentence correct- need friends who can teach english else dont need any.
    Do you mean you're not interested in friends, unless they can help you learn English? Just be honest and say you're not really looking for friends, just people who can help you learn English. "The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend." Henry David Thoreau
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  98. Is it legal for Patrick to plagiarize journalists work in his "News Round Up", which says that it's written by him?
    Patrick writes the round up as a review of news in the UK. If you have read his column, he always includes the name of the publication. By writing about these stories, he is simply giving his personal take on things that he has found amusing / interesting and that he thinks ESL learners will benefit from in expanding their understanding of British English. It falls under fair use in US and fair dealing in UK law as it is for educational purposes, and it is legal to review and report current events with a sufficient acknowledgement, and provided the work being reviewed has been made available to the public. I will mention to him that, where applicable, he should include the original author's name. Here's his response:- "It might not be legal to accuse someone of plagiarism! All items are attributed to the newspaper in which they appear. I can include the journalist's name although not all stories carry them. Some carry no by-line at all or just say 'Telegraph reporters' for instance. Some stories have been in many newspapers, some stories have been in all of them." Copyright Law: Understanding Fair Dealing fact sheet from UK Copyright Service.
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  99. a paragraph in which you use need/needing and knead/kneading ------------ Could you write a paragraph in which you use need/needing and knead/kneading, please?
    I need to knead the dough because it needs kneading.
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  100. Which one is correct - All Sundays are holidays or All Sundays are holiday
    All Sundays are holidays. or Every Sunday is a holiday.
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  101. He is writing in pencil. Is this sentence correct?
    Yes. He is writing with a pencil. (That's the tool he is using.) He is writing in pencil. (That's the medium he is using.) *Medium - The materials used in a specific artistic technique.
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  102. i cannot send them every day to clean the roof nor keep it dirty as well. is the sentence above correct ? thx ------------------- Is the sentence above correct? Thanks.
    No, and this is why:- http://www.learnenglish.de/mistakes/eithervsaswelltoo.htm I cannot send them to clean the roof every day, but I can't let it stay dirty either.
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  103. is my sentence" I called u up some 2 hours back" right ??
    It's a bit weird. To call someone up, means to order them to report for military duty. Call up papers for example. Oh! Those pesky prepositions! Try: "I called you 2 hours ago."
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  104. I'll not arrange any party if you will not come-is it right sentence? ---------------- Is this sentence correct:- I'll not arrange any party if you will not come.
    If you're writing formally, use the full form "I will not". If you're writing informally "I'll not" emphasises the "I will" part a bit too much. Try "I won't arrange a party if you can't come." I've changed "won't" to "can't" in the second part of the sentence, as it's a bit friendlier to say you "can't" do something. Even though "I won't" is short for "I will not" the emphasis is slightly different. http://www.learnenglish.de/grammar/shortforms.htm
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  105. In the sentence Yesterday I met Liza. She was the President of the student council so i didn't pass the opportunity to make a suggestion about my favorite activity for the upcoming Nursing Week. Are we gonna use was the President to maintain consistency of verb tense or are we gonna use is since she is still the President of the student council upto present?
    Hey! You wouldn't do it to Obama. Well not for a few months anyway. She still is the President of the student council, so:- Yesterday, I met Liza. She is the President of the student council, so used the opportunity to make a suggestion about my favorite activity for the upcoming Nursing Week. --------------- You could say:- Yesterday, I met Liza. I knew she was the President of the student council, so I used the opportunity to make a suggestion about my favorite activity for the upcoming Nursing Week.
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  106. Thank your mom because she gave birth to an angel in this earth who is my life and to whom one day will be my wife... I read this sentence somewhere and my question is : I decided there are 2 mistakes, 1:angel on earth and not in this earth, 2: to whom will be my wife does not sound correct to me. As will be my wife needs a subject . Could you please tell me the correct form? thanks in advance
    Hi Samara, You are right, you're not in the earth until they bury you. ... and to whom one day will be my wife. Is wrong as there is no verb. I would say:- Thank your mother, because she gave birth to an angel on this earth who is my life, and will one day be my wife.
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  107. Could you kindly confirm whether use of the subjective pronoun case "who" in the following sentences is grammatically acceptable: "It's he who should be blamed." "It's he who must be blamed."
    Too clunky with the use of "It's". I would simply write:- He should take the blame. or He must take the blame.
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  108. I would I say this in a email. please let me when you schedule the meeting with Mr. Brown. I would like to go with you.
    Start with "Please let me know ... PS - an email
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