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Hello teachers,

Regarding the questions 1 & 2 in particular, I guess, I have a problem to differentiate the correct answer in such type of questions, so I'd like to understand the reason behind the answer.

1-

A. That’s a brown, attractive leather coat.
B. That’s a brown leather coat attractive.
C. That’s an attractive leather brown coat.
D. That’s an attractive brown leather coat.

I'm sure that the answer will never be "B", A doesn't seem that correct too. So I only have to choose between C and D. Frankly, I see both of them are correct. When it comes to "leather " it can be used as a noun and an adjective, and when it comes to "brown", it can be used as a noun and an adjective, too. In those sentence above they came as adjectives. Therefore, I see both of them are correct. Even when I depend on reading them, it sounds correct to me.

2-

A. She has long black hair.
B. She has black long hair.
C. She has hair, long and black.

Here, I ruled out "C", but A & B seem correct to me. I can't find any difference between them. I just feelwhen I read them that the first one sounds to focus on the hair being "long"; it sounds to me that the speakers is amazed with long hair while "B" seems to focus on the color of the hair which meansto me that the speaker is firstly amazed with black hair.

3- The book isn't on the table. It's ...... the table.

A. over
B. under

I choose "under", but after that I thought, what if there is a shelf above the table and the book was on it, I may can say:" the book is over table".

4- We can't get there by 3:00 pm. There is ...... time.

A. few
B. too little
C. too little little
D. too few

I choose "B" although "few time", when I read it doesn't sound that incorrect .

5- I haven't had lunch with my mother ...... a year.

A. for
B. -----
C. since
D. during

I chose "C" but when I read the choice (A), it sounds correct to me, too.

6- The man ...... in the corner is my boss.

A. whose
B. sitting
C. is sitting
D. sits

I chose (C) because according to me, the sentence was like this " The man who is sitting in the corner is my boss". I think we can omit "who" without affecting the original sentence. But honestly, when I read the sentence with choice B, it sounds correct to me, too. Because it seems participle, adjective clause " who is sitting in the corner."

7. If only I had had the courage to do this ......

A. years back.
B. for years.
C. since years.
D. in years.

I'm hesitant between (A) and (C), I chose (A) at the end.

anonymousRegarding the questions 1 & 2 in particular, I guess, I have a problem to differentiate determining the correct answer in such type of questions, so I'd like to understand the reason behind the answer.

to have [a problem / problems / trouble] ---ing is the pattern.

I often have trouble finding a place to park.

anonymous

A. That’s a brown, attractive leather coat.
B. That’s a brown leather coat attractive.
C. That’s an attractive leather brown coat.
D. That’s an attractive brown leather coat.

The more the meaning of an adjective is inseparable from the noun it modifies, the closer it must be to the noun.

Coats can be made of various materials, but the material (rearranged in the shape of a coat) IS the coat. You can have a fur coat, a leather coat, a cloth coat, ..., no matter what color it is. The color can often be added later. A black leather coat and a brown leather coat are both leather coats. So color is not so closely associated with a coat as the material of which it is made.

Whether a coat is attractive is a matter of opinion. It's much less connected to the coat itself.

CJ

anonymous

A. She has long black hair.
B. She has black long hair.
C. She has hair, long and black.

Hair color is an inherent property of hair. (We disregard procedures for coloring hair when dealing with the grammar.)

Hair length is much more changeable.

So "long" is not as closely related to hair as "black" is.

CJ

Students: We have free audio pronunciation exercises.
anonymous

3- The book isn't on the table. It's ...... the table.
A. over
B. under

I choose "under", but after that I thought, what if there is a shelf above the table and the book was on it. Maybe I may can say "the book is over table".

No. We wouldn't say that. Answer: B.

anonymous

4- We can't get there by 3:00 pm. There is ...... time.
A. few
B. too little
C. too little little
D. too few

I choose "B" although "few time", when I read it doesn't sound that incorrect .

"little" goes with uncountable nouns, e.g., "time".
"few" goes with countable nouns, e.g., "book".

anonymous

5- I haven't had lunch with my mother ...... a year.
A. for
B. -----
C. since
D. during

I chose "C" but when I read the choice (A), it sounds correct to me, too.

"since" + a time period (since a week, since a month, since a year) is not grammatical.

CJ

anonymous

6- The man ...... in the corner is my boss.
A. whose
B. sitting
C. is sitting
D. sits

I chose (C) because according to me, in my opinion the sentence was like this "The man who is sitting in the corner is my boss". I think we can omit "who" without affecting the original sentence. [No. You can't omit just "who". Sorry. But you can omit "whois" in these cases.] But honestly, when I read the sentence with choice B, it sounds correct to me, too. Because it seems participle, adjective clause " who is sitting in the corner."

You can do the following sentence with OR without who is.

He looks like a butler (who is) holding a large platter of cheese.

anonymous

7. If only I had had the courage to do this ......
A. years back.
B. for years.
C. since years.
D.

I'm hesitant between (A) and (C), I chose (A) at the end.

Correct. From my remarks above, you should now know that "since years" is not grammatical.