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by EC
Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Brits can't speak English
Replies: 1
Views: 2618

The Brits can't speak English

The following opinion was received by email from Dennis The Menace: Your advice about "Plural Verbs with Singular Subjects" found at http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-m_plural-singular.htm is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. Singular nouns ALWAYS take singular verbs. No exceptions. The British people are...
by EC
Sun Apr 20, 2008 5:56 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: What is an idiom? What is a saying?
Replies: 2
Views: 10653

What is an idiom? What is a saying?

An idiom is a phrase or group of words with a meaning that is not obvious from the individual words (for example, "rain cats and dogs", meaning "rain heavily"). Even if you know all the words (rain, cat, dog), you will probably not understand "rain cats and dogs" if you don't know the idiom. "Rain ...
by EC
Sun Apr 20, 2008 5:35 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Idiom quizzes
Replies: 2
Views: 7724

Idiom quizzes

Check out some English idioms in categories like Animal Idioms, Body Idioms etc, and then test your understanding with the quizzes:
http://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/idioms.htm
by EC
Sat Jan 01, 2005 1:03 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: audio fill in the blank exercise for pronunciation
Replies: 1
Views: 2620

For this kind of question, please use one of the forums at:
http://www.englishclub.com/esl-forums/index.php
http://members.englishclub.com

There are many members there who may be able to help you.
by EC
Thu Dec 02, 2004 12:29 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: READ BEFORE POSTING TO GRAMMAR HELP
Replies: 0
Views: 72938

READ BEFORE POSTING TO GRAMMAR HELP

These guidelines relate to the Grammar Help forum This forum exists to answer questions from non-native LEARNERS of English about English GRAMMAR. Suitable question-types therefore consist essentially of the following: * Questions relating to the grammatical function of a word or phrase in a partic...
by EC
Tue Oct 12, 2004 1:30 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: An odd sentence.
Replies: 1
Views: 3076

Re: An odd sentence.

The magazine's decision to expand into film criticism has already proved quite popular with readers, Ms. Gilman said, though chemists are about as easy to please as movie critics. :r: Q : I think the sentence is odd to me because "though" isn't match with "easy" when it comes to the context, is it?...
by EC
Tue Oct 12, 2004 1:24 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Check next sentence...
Replies: 1
Views: 3091

Re: Check next sentence...

Sang-heui, Kim wrote:He is the manager whose powers of leadership leave a lot of to be desired.
This should be:
He is a manager whose powers of leadership leave a lot to be desired.

--Josef
by EC
Tue Oct 12, 2004 1:21 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: found converts?
Replies: 1
Views: 3113

Re: found converts?

Mr. Beene was American fashion's most paradoxical designer: a technician who stood shoulder to shoulder with the great French couturiers; a modernist who consistently defied those technical conventions; a Southern gentleman who found converts among New York's high priestesses of art and society yet...
by EC
Tue Oct 12, 2004 1:13 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: door pandemonium one?
Replies: 1
Views: 3176

Does it make more sense to you if we insert that?

door pandemonium that one...

The one is a pronoun meaning people in general, as in:

Where can one find a taxi?

--Josef
by EC
Tue Oct 12, 2004 1:03 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: (had) sent
Replies: 1
Views: 3255

Yes, basically.

--Josef
by EC
Tue Oct 12, 2004 1:01 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Past perfect
Replies: 1
Views: 3542

Re: Past perfect

I understand past perfect like this: two actions action 1: I went to Zoo action 2: I had seen animal it's correct? Sorry, not correct. Action 2 should come before action 1: - Before I went to the zoo I had never seen an elephant. - When we arrived at the station the train had already left. --Josef
by EC
Tue Oct 12, 2004 12:53 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Is it correct to say "3 sets of paper strips"?
Replies: 1
Views: 2334

Re: IS it correct to say " 3 sets of paper strips "

Is it correct to say "3 sets of paper strips Um or stripes" iN ENGLISH? i can not tell the difference between strips and stripes. thanks 3 sets of paper strips. Zebras have stripes. A strip is a long, thin piece of something physical: a strip of paper or cloth; a strip of land. A stripe is a long, ...
by EC
Tue Oct 12, 2004 12:43 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: sample stces
Replies: 1
Views: 2233

Re: sample stces

1) "Unladylike" is an adjective or an adverb? Would you please give me a stce with this word so I can guess its meaning? Adj. Although she claims to be a lady she behaves in a very unladylike way. 2) I’d like to find about 10 stces with adjectives in order to analyse the position and use of adjecti...
by EC
Tue Oct 12, 2004 12:28 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: A paragraph
Replies: 1
Views: 2268

Re: A paragraph

pdh0224 wrote:"As relatives swarmed.....household" describes the scene of the screening. "it" in "as it unfolds.." also refers to the scene, doesn't it?
The it refers to his life. The scene is only a small part of his life.

--Josef
by EC
Sun Sep 19, 2004 10:36 am
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: What is the Internet?
Replies: 0
Views: 30491

What is the Internet?

What is the Internet? The word Internet is made from the words "inter-" + "network". A network is a collection of fibres or wires connecting various points. The Internet is an international network of millions of computers linked by cable, telephone lines and satellite. It is also sometimes called ...
by EC
Sun Sep 19, 2004 10:34 am
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: What does WWW mean?
Replies: 0
Views: 25161

What does WWW mean?

What does WWW mean? WWW are initials that stand for World Wide Web . A "web" is a network of fibres or cables connecting different points. (Spiders make webs to catch flies.) The Web is one of the services available on the Internet. It lets you access millions of pages through a system of hyperlink...
by EC
Sun Sep 19, 2004 10:29 am
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: What is email?
Replies: 0
Views: 21927

What is email?

What is email?

Email is short for "electronic mail". It is a service for sending messages and files from one computer to another computer. The computers can be within one company or anywhere in the world. The messages travel almost instantaneously. Email is also sometimes spelt "e-mail".
by EC
Sun Sep 19, 2004 10:27 am
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: Internet, WWW & email. What's the difference?
Replies: 0
Views: 23235

Internet, WWW & email. What's the difference?

What is the difference between the Internet, WWW and email? The Internet is the physical system (computers, wires, connections etc). WWW (the World Wide Web) and email are services that you use when connected to the Internet. There are other services on the Internet, such as FTP (File Transfer Prot...
by EC
Sun Sep 19, 2004 10:24 am
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: What does the @ mean in an email address?
Replies: 0
Views: 29405

What does the @ mean in an email address?

What does the @ mean in an email address? The symbol @ in English means "at". (It is often used for prices: "5 pens @ $1" means "5 pens at a price of $1 each".) So example@site543.com means "example at site543.com". The symbol @ is usually called the " at sign " in English. Here is a detailed histo...
by EC
Sun Sep 19, 2004 10:17 am
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: How should I write an email address? Are capitals OK?
Replies: 0
Views: 87097

How should I write an email address? Are capitals OK?

How should I write an email address? Are capitals OK? An email address consists of: username + @ + domain name You can write an email address with CAPITAL LETTERS or with small letters, or with a mixture of the two. For example, JustAnExample@SITE543.COM and justanexample@site543.com are the same. ...
by EC
Sun Sep 19, 2004 9:19 am
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: What is a domain name?
Replies: 0
Views: 22068

What is a domain name?

What is a domain name? A domain name is a unique name used to identify and locate computers on the Internet. A domain name provides an easy-to-remember Internet address, which computers translate into numeric IP addresses (Internet Protocol addresses). An IP address like http://209.148.221.183 is g...
by EC
Sun Sep 19, 2004 9:14 am
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: What is a top-level domain? What are the gTLDs?
Replies: 0
Views: 21289

What is a top-level domain? What are the gTLDs?

What is a top-level domain? A top-level domain is the last part of a domain name. In englishclub.com, .com is the top-level domain. In englishclub.org.uk, .uk is the top-level domain. What are the generic top-level domains? The multi-letter top-level domains (like .com , .net , .org ) are called ge...
by EC
Sun Sep 19, 2004 8:56 am
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: What are the country code top-level domains?
Replies: 0
Views: 22135

What are the country code top-level domains?

What are the country code top-level domains? There is a 2-letter top-level domain for each country (for example: .fr for France, or .jp for Japan). These are called country code top-level domains or ccTLDs . Afghanistan AF Albania AL Algeria DZ American Samoa AS Andorra AD Angola AO Anguilla AI Ant...
by EC
Sun Sep 19, 2004 8:48 am
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: Full stop (period) inside/outside quotation marks?
Replies: 0
Views: 31937

Full stop (period) inside/outside quotation marks?

Does a full stop (period) go inside or outside quotation marks? If the quoted words end with a full stop, then the full stop goes inside the quotation marks. If the quoted words do not end with a full stop, then the full stop goes outside the quotation marks: He said: "I love you . " She has read "...
by EC
Sun Sep 19, 2004 8:38 am
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: What English-language radio can I listen to?
Replies: 0
Views: 25481

What English-language radio can I listen to?

What English-language radio can I listen to?

In many parts of the world you can receive BBC World Service and Voice of America on your radio. You can also listen to English radio programmes by Internet.

You'll find links to these here.
by EC
Sun Sep 19, 2004 8:35 am
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: Why are native-English-speakers so stupid?
Replies: 0
Views: 23753

Why are native-English-speakers so stupid?

English is not my native language. When I speak to my friends in English, they understand, but native-English-speakers sometimes don't understand. Are my friends more intelligent? This is a problem in all languages, of course, not only English. The better you know a language, the more possibilities...
by EC
Sun Sep 19, 2004 8:29 am
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: How do we say "2000", "2010"...?
Replies: 0
Views: 34168

How do we say "2000", "2010"...?

How do we say "2000", "2010"...? Some people say two thousand for 2000. But we can also say twenty hundred (just as we say "nineteen hundred" for 1900). And for the following years: 2001 two thousand (and) one or twenty-o-one 2002 two thousand (and) two or twenty-o-two 2010 two thousand (and) ten o...
by EC
Sun Sep 19, 2004 8:25 am
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: What do "FAQ" and "Q&A" mean?
Replies: 0
Views: 25112

What do "FAQ" and "Q&A" mean?

What do "FAQ" and "Q&A" mean?

The letters FAQ stand for Frequently Asked Questions, in other words - questions that people often ask.

Sometimes people say Q&A, which stands for Questions and Answers.
by EC
Sun Sep 19, 2004 8:21 am
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: What do EFL and ESL mean?
Replies: 0
Views: 77105

What do EFL and ESL mean?

What do EFL and ESL mean? EFL is an abbreviation for "English as a Foreign Language". This is mainly used to talk about students (whose first language is not English) learning English while living in their own country. (For example, a Chinese person learning English in China.) ESL is an abbreviatio...
by EC
Sun Sep 19, 2004 8:18 am
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: How many people in the world speak English?
Replies: 0
Views: 45699

How many people in the world speak English?

How many people in the world speak English? About one-and-a-half billion (1,500,000,000) people spoke English at the start of the 21st century. That was one quarter (¼) of all people on earth. More than 400 million (400,000,000) speak English as their first language. The rest speak English as a sec...
by EC
Sun Sep 19, 2004 8:15 am
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: In which countries is English officially spoken?
Replies: 0
Views: 22591

In which countries is English officially spoken?

In which countries is English officially spoken? English is officially spoken in: American Samoa Anguilla Antigua Australia Bahamas Barbados Belau Belize Bermuda Botswana British Indian Ocean Territory British Virgin Islands British West Indies Brunei Cameroon Canada Cook Islands Dominica Ethiopia ...
by EC
Sun Sep 19, 2004 8:11 am
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: What is American English?
Replies: 0
Views: 22929

What is American English?

What is American English? English is a language which originated in England and is spoken in Britain and other countries. Some countries speak what is called a variety of English, using slighly different vocabulary, pronunciation and, sometimes, grammar. In the USA, people speak a variety of Englis...
by EC
Sun Sep 19, 2004 7:20 am
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: What is the Millennium? When did it start?
Replies: 0
Views: 22066

What is the Millennium? When did it start?

What is the Millennium? A millennium is: - a period of 1,000 years - the time when one period of 1,000 years ends and another begins A lot of people around the world celebrated the end of 1999 and the beginning of 2000. This was a special occasion because it was considered to be: - the start of a n...
by EC
Sun Sep 19, 2004 7:17 am
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: Was the Year 2000 a Leap Year?
Replies: 0
Views: 21064

Was the Year 2000 a Leap Year?

Was the Year 2000 a Leap Year? A leap year has 29 days in February (normal years have 28 days in February). When the year is a century (that is, it ends in 00), the century has to divide by 4 to be a leap year. So 1900 was not a leap year, but the year 2000 was a leap year and there were 29 days in...
by EC
Sun Sep 19, 2004 7:16 am
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: What was the Millennium Bug?
Replies: 0
Views: 19881

What was the Millennium Bug?

What was the Millennium Bug or Year 2000 Problem? Whether 1 January 2000 was the start of a new millennium or not, one thing is sure: it was the cause of a major computer problem worldwide. This is because many computers and programs had to be modified to be sure that they would not think that the ...
by EC
Sat Sep 18, 2004 11:10 pm
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: What is the right order for adjectives?
Replies: 0
Views: 30527

What is the right order for adjectives?

When we use several adjectives they must follow a sequence. For example, we say "small, blue, canvas bag", but we don't say "blue, canvas, small bag". But I'm confused because, according to one CD-ROM, adjectives that describe shape come after adjectives that describe age, and, according to one boo...
by EC
Sat Sep 18, 2004 10:49 pm
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: The government have (or has?)...
Replies: 0
Views: 51087

The government have (or has?)...

The government have (or has?) decided to do something about pollution. In English, we often use singular nouns that refer to groups of people (eg government, committee, team) as if they were plural. This is less true in US English. This is because we often think of the group as people, doing things...
by EC
Sat Sep 18, 2004 10:39 pm
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: Is it not?
Replies: 0
Views: 27506

Is it not?

English seems to make use of the phrase "Is it not" in questions, as in "Is it not a nice day?" - to which most would reply "Yes". Is this a proper use of the language? Does it have a name? Firstly, "Is it not a nice day?" is a proper use of English, although it is often contracted to "Isn't it a n...
by EC
Sat Sep 18, 2004 10:29 pm
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: Where should "not" be placed?
Replies: 0
Views: 13950

Where should "not" be placed?

Where should "not" be placed? What's the difference between: 1. I will try not to do that. 2. I won't try to do that. 3. I will try to not do that. To create a negative sentence, not is normally placed between the auxilary and main verbs (do not like, can not see, will not go). Let us look at each ...
by EC
Sat Sep 18, 2004 10:20 pm
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: Which of these sentences is correct?
Replies: 0
Views: 14523

Which of these sentences is correct?

Which of these sentences is correct and why? 1. From the top of the building, tourists are able to clearly see Bangkok. 2. From the top of the building, tourists are able to see clearly Bangkok. 3. From the top of the building, tourists are able to see Bangkok clearly. 4. He slowly walked to the do...
by EC
Sat Sep 18, 2004 9:57 pm
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: I saw a bird fly ... Past or present?
Replies: 0
Views: 14996

I saw a bird fly ... Past or present?

In the sentence "I saw a bird fly in the yard", why is "fly" used in the present form? Why is it not past? What is the structure? Is there a rule? Verbs following the verb "to see" are in the base form ("do") or the -ing form ("doing"). You see somebody do something. You see somebody doing somethin...
by EC
Sat Sep 18, 2004 9:53 pm
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: Which language are these words from?
Replies: 0
Views: 14228

Which language are these words from?

Can you tell me which language the following words come from? These words, which are all widely used in English, originate from the following languages: mattress, algebra Arabic yoghurt [yogurt], tulip, jackal Turkish bazaar, caravan, taffeta Persian shampoo, dungarees, pyjamas [pajamas] Hindi fjor...
by EC
Sat Sep 18, 2004 9:50 pm
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: Is it "centre" or "center"?
Replies: 0
Views: 13582

Is it "centre" or "center"?

Why do I sometimes see "centre" and sometimes "center". Is it a mistake?

The spelling in English is centre, but in US English it is center. This is one of several differences between English and US English spelling. Other examples are:

theatre/theater
colour/color
catalogue/catalog
by EC
Sat Sep 18, 2004 9:40 pm
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: Seven or 7? Words or numerals for a number?
Replies: 0
Views: 14922

Seven or 7? Words or numerals for a number?

Do we write words or numerals for a number? There are two rules that people follow: 1. The basic rule is very simple: - use words for numbers from 0 to 9 - use figures for numbers from 10 on There were six people at the meeting. There were 12 people at the meeting. 2. Some people use a slightly dif...
by EC
Sat Sep 18, 2004 9:34 pm
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: Nothing's gonna change my love... What's "gonna"?
Replies: 0
Views: 10870

Nothing's gonna change my love... What's "gonna"?

Nothing's gonna change my love for you. What does "gonna" mean? "Gonna" is an informal contraction of "going to". So the sentence means: "Nothing is going to change my love for you." There are several other informal contractions like this, especially: gimme = give me Gimme your money. gotta = (have...
by EC
Sat Sep 18, 2004 9:31 pm
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: Do we write "spelt" or "spelled"?
Replies: 0
Views: 14378

Do we write "spelt" or "spelled"?

How do we write the past tense for the word "spell"? Is it spelt or spelled? The past and past participle of "spell" is "spelled" or "spelt". The "spelt" version is mainly used in England. Several regular verbs have two ways or spelling the past and/or past participle, for example: learn > learned/...
by EC
Sat Sep 18, 2004 9:27 pm
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: What is the name of the £ sign?
Replies: 0
Views: 10777

What is the name of the £ sign?

What is the name and origin of the £ sign? The £ sign is called a "pound sign". It is a currency symbol for pounds sterling (GBP) and other pounds. It is basically a capital letter L, written in old-fashioned roundhand, with one or two crossbars added to indicate that it is being used as a symbol. ...
by EC
Sat Sep 18, 2004 8:46 pm
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: What is the name of the $ sign?
Replies: 0
Views: 10141

What is the name of the $ sign?

What is the name and origin of the $ sign? The $ sign is called the "dollar sign". People used this sign long before the introduction of the American dollar. It was probably an adaptation of the figure "8", representing the Spanish "piece of eight" or eight-real coin. Today the $ sign typically rep...
by EC
Sat Sep 18, 2004 7:17 pm
Forum: English Language FAQ
Topic: General Questions about the Internet
Replies: 0
Views: 10720

General Questions about the Internet

What is the Internet? The word 'Internet' is made from the words 'inter-' + 'network'. A network is a collection of fibres or wires connecting various points. The Internet is an international network of millions of computers linked by cable, telephone lines and satellite. It is also sometimes calle...