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There are so many anonymous posts lately! It's much more interesting for the volunteers to answer posts from people with names. Please register and pick a screen name, especially if you are going to ask several questions. Thank you! Click here to register
 
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This is a discussion in a passport bureau where English is spoken officially. We're talking about passport applications. Someone is training us on them. "Let's say someone fills out an application incorrectly. In that case . . ." "Let's look at another example. An individual filled out an application correctly, but forgot to pay. What do we do? . . ." He continues: "Let's say it takes someone more than a month to submit an application. The application is late. In that case . . ." I am using "an" before "application" in each sentence, because as the speaker moves from one example to others, he introduces the application again with each one. Is the "an" correct?
 
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Are these 2 sentences natural? The tourism sector bas been hit hard because of terrorism in the country. The number of foreign tourist has dropped by 30%. Thanks
 
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Is it correct to say "understood widely to mean"? Is this correct? Shhhhh is understood widely to mean be quiet. Thanks
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Hi, What is the difference between "be" and "to be" ? Please, explain with an example. Is "to be" taken into account in a sentence when "be" is used as primary verb ? Or Is "to be" an infinitive form of verb "be" ?
 
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Hi, A: Test conducted on babies reveal that baby girls respond almost twice as much to a loud sound than do boys. B: A new study suggests that children who often get serious ear infections are twice as likely to become overweight later in life than kids with healthier ears In the above sentences, shouldn't 'as' be used in place of 'than'? As far as I know, 'twice' is restricted to the equality type(as~as). I would appreciate an anwer. Thank you....
 
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Hi. This is a Two-Word Verbs exercise: I want to make sure my answers are correct. However, I don't have any idea of the questions #8 and #11. Thanks in advance
 
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This novel is set in a Chinese village before World War One. The protagonist lives with his wife, children, and father, his wife was a maid with very rich family. The province is suffering from a great famine. This persistence of the small life in some way won her father's affection, although if she had been round and merry as the others had been at her age he would have been careless of her for a girl . sometimes, looking at her he he whispered softly, "Poor foolㅡpoor little foolㅡ" [The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck] I'd like to know why it is "for a girl," not "being a girl." Thank you in advance for your help....
 
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I have always heard that direct objects go with action verbs. What about this sentence. I saw him. Is Him the direct object? Is saw an action verb?
 
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Hi. Sometimes I feel a little out of it saying "I'll take you up on that." Does the phrase below sound okay in this context? Katie: I hope there is anyone who could volunteer his time for helping this gentleman in a wheelchair to get to the station. I wish I could, but I have my hands full for another commitment. Scott: I could drive him there. What time should I be ready? Katie: Thanks a lot, Scott. I'll take you up on that. Does three-ish sound okay to you? Hiro...
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What if I don't or won't handle it? Is it possible to use both or is there any difference? The computer just froze/has just frozen. Considering that the computer is still jammed, would it be appropriate to use 'past simple'? I still can't work with the computer so I should probably use 'present perfect' but the first option with 'froze' sounds better to me. Any suggestions? Thank you guys.
 
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Does this need rewriting? "Criticised for long delays in responding to customer questions and adopting a cavalier attitude towards serious concerns, it's not looking good for the company's customer service team."
 
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Hi Please tell me if this sentence is correct. I think something is amiss about the underlined portion. This country treats and reuses 24% of total freshwater supplies, which is above average among all the countries in this region. Does this sound more correct? This country treats and reuses 24% of total freshwater supplies,  which is above the average in each of the countries in this region. ...
 
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Recently I read about a sentence on a test. "Men suffering anxiety are twice as likely to get cancer." I wonder if I can also use 'twice more likely' in the sentence. If not, please tell me why 'twice more likely' is grammatically incorrect.
 
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Are all expressions possible? 1. I'll check it online. 2. I'll check it out online. 3. I'll search it online.
 
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"All right, come in." she turned and I walked in behind her."
 
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Hi Everyone, I have a question about the following sentence: Jane had been driving around with her husband before being stopped by a policeman. Do we really need the past perfect continuous here based on the fact that we see the word 'before?' Thanks CC. ...
 
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Hi. He is a Christian and very intolerant of other religions, so he will not convert to Buddhism. He is a Christian and is very intolerant of other religions, so he will not change over to Buddhism. He is a Christian, and he is very intolerant of other religions, so he will not change his faith. Are all OK grammatically and in terms of vocabulary? THX in advance.
 
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I am now reading the section of 'do so.' It says: We use 'do so' to refer to the same action, with the same subject, that was mentioned before. In other cases, we prefer 'do it/that or do alone.' In which case, is it possible to interpret this explanation in the following way? A: I haven't got time to get the tickets. B: Who's going to (. )? 1. do (alone)? 2. do it? 3. do that? 1, 2,3 are all possible. For some reason, 1 doesn't sit well with me...
 
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I'm a teacher, ..................? a- aren't I b- am I not c- am I I read in a book that both (a) and (b) are right, but can (c) be right too. thanks
 
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Is the following grammatical and does it sound natural? Let's hope you'll get it cause you're like no one who deserves it. Thanks.
 
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Hi, I'm not understand because to childrean teach some sight words before that they learn grammar; for example the word "she" a child can read it but don't understand it if don't know the grammar.
 
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Hello there, whoich is the proper way of writing this? "...for such companies as Rolls Royce.." OR for companies such as Rolls Royce, Alan
 
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Hi, Is this sentence correct? Our backyard was always invaded by animals. There were raccoons, rabbits and skunks, not to mention squirrels . I did not put the definite article before 'squirrels'. Is that correct? What if I write "the squirrels"? Without mentioning any squirrels before, would it incorrect? Or would you assume that I am mentioning a specific group of squirrels - in this context, those squirrels that happened to be native to the area perhaps (if that's what I mean)?
 
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Have I correctly constructed this sentence using enkindled/kindled?Teddy's parents enkindled/kindled his passion for education/studies.
 
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Hi, can someone please give some feedback on the following writing and please select one between two options? 1. Set in the early 1990s, which is the critical period for Malaysian Indians history, who are forsaken by the estate owners and are forced to move to the cities and survive under harsh circumstances. The story follows a mischievous 12-year-old boy named Appoy and his relationships with his father, Maniam, and his uncles – former drug addict Bala and local gangster Dorai. 2. It is the early 1990s, a severely critical period for Malaysian Indians. They are forsaken by the estate owners and are forced to move to the cities, made to survive under harsh circumstances. The story follows a mischievous 12-year-old boy named Appoy, and his relationship with his father Maniam, and his uncles – former drug addict Bala, and local gangster Dorai.
 
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