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Dear teachers,

Would you please tell me if the following sentences are correct? Please check the underlined elements and tell me if something else should be written instead.

1) a) We could hear (a) some roars / b) bursts / c) a roar of laughter (d) coming from the corridor.

2) Different jams were exposed on the market stalls.

3) Several toothpastes were distributed to the children.

4) a) Debris of glass b) was/were (?) scattered all over the floor.

5) Millions of a) sheeps were killed on the day of the b) Aïd El Kebir (spelling? = Muslim feast).

6) These a) types (?) / b) patterns of behaviour are unacceptable in such an institution.

7) I bought a lot of fruits in the market on Sunday.
(Do we say “a piece of fruit”? When is ‘fruit’ countable and when is it not?)

8) Two a) kits (?) / b) pieces of furniture will be delivered.

9) Some a) cubes / b) lumps / c) spoonfuls of sugar should be mixed with the flour.

10) Ten a) yards / b) metres of cloth are needed to upholster my sofa.

11) Two a) soaps / b) bars of soap will be provided.

(Is it possible to put "soap" in the plural?)

Thank you in advance.
All the best,
Hela

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Hi,

Would you please tell me if the following sentences are correct? Please check the underlined elements and tell me if something else should be written instead.

1) a) We could hear (a) some roars / b) bursts / c) a roar of laughter (d) coming from the corridor.All OK

2) Different jams were exposed on the market stalls.OK

3) Several toothpastes were distributed to the children. Thi means different kinds of toothpaste. I think you mean 'tubes of toothpase'.

4) a) Debris of glass Glass debris b) was/were (?) scattered all over the floor.

5) Millions of a) sheeps sheep were killed on the day of the b) Aïd El Kebir (spelling? = Muslim feast).

6) These a) types (?) OK / b) patterns of behaviour are unacceptable in such an institution.

7) I bought a lot of fruits in the market on Sunday.
(Do we say “a piece of fruit”? When is ‘fruit’ countable and when is it not?) Use 'fruits' when you are speaking of different kinds, eg bananas and apples are two fruits.

8) Two a) kits (?)no / b) pieces of furniture will be delivered.

9) Some a) cubes / b) lumps / c) spoonfuls of sugar should be mixed with the flour. all OK

10) Ten a) yards / b) metres of cloth are needed to upholster my sofa. all OK

11) Two a) soaps / b) bars of soap will be provided. Simiilar to the situation with 'fruit'.

(Is it possible to put "soap" in the plural?)

Best wishes, Clive

Thanks Clive,

Now should I say:

10) Ten yards / metres of cloth ARE / IS (?) needed to upholster my sofa.

See you soon,

Hela
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Hi Hela,

Ten yards / metres of cloth ARE / IS (?) needed to upholster my sofa.

You'll hear people say it both ways. It depends on whether you are thinking 'How many meters?' or 'How much cloth?

Consider this. We say 'One hundred dollars is the price' not 'One hundred dollars are the price'.

I 'd say that in everyday speech, native speakers tend to automatically avoid this little 'difficulty', by saying something like 'I need 10 meters . . .'

Best wishes, Clive
Dear teachers,

Would you please correct my exercise? Would you have more exercises like these to give me?

1. Mathematics has never been my favourite subject.

2. The news printed in that paper is never accurate.

second series of books on American literature is being planned by the publisher.

4. Two gallons of paint is all we need.

5. Ten minutes is too short a time to finish this test.

6. The goods are shipped yesterday.

7. The scissors were here a few minutes ago.

8. The proceeds of the sale are going to charity.

9. Athletics has always been emphasized in this school.

10. The premises of the school have been cleared of students because of a bomb threat.

Thank you for your help,

Hela

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1. Mathematics has never been my favourite subject. Correct.

2. The news printed in that paper is never accurate.Correct.

3. A second series of books on American literature is being planned by the publisher. Correct.

4. Two gallons of paint is all we need. Correct.

5. Ten minutes is too short a time to finish this test.Correct.

6. The goods are shipped yesterday. This should be "were", Hela. The "yesterday" puts the whole sentence into past tense.

7. The scissors were here a few minutes ago. Correct.

8. The proceeds of the sale are going to charity. Correct, although I would prefer, "The proceeds ... shall go to charity" or "... will go to charity"

9. Athletics has always been emphasized in this school. Correct.

10. The premises of the school have been cleared of students because of a bomb threat. Correct.

Hope that helps,

- Joy
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Thanks Tearsofjoy. Emotion: smile
You're welcome, Hela. Emotion: smile

1) after the party bits of (?) leftover food lay scattered on the floor.

2) His clothes were covered with blades of grass and bits of (?) straw.

Thanks a lot,

Hela
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