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by Brahman
Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Is it?
Replies: 1
Views: 15

Is it?

Dear teachers,

I heard a native speaker of American English saying the following:

"She is now the Duchess of Sussex, is it?"

Shouldn't the question tag be "isn't she?"

Thank you for your help. 
by Brahman
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Article+Police+verb
Replies: 1
Views: 14

Article+Police+verb

Dear teachers, I should appreciate it if someone could tell me why there is no definite article before the plural noun phrase "West Midlands Police", and why the verbs following it are not in the plural: "West Midlands Police is leading the project and has until the end of March 2019 to produce a pr...
by Brahman
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Grammar of a Formal Sentence
Replies: 1
Views: 154

Grammar of a Formal Sentence

Dear teachers, The following is a very formal sentence. May I know whether it is grammatical. 1. I shall forward you proofs of my expenses that I, as recently as on the 27th of Dec, have personally incurred, and have helped to defray the medical costs of someone. Thank you very much for your time an...
by Brahman
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Improve
Replies: 1
Views: 101

Improve

Dear teachers, Which of the following sentences is semantically correct? 1. This drink improves constipation. 2. This drink cures constipation. Both Oxford and Collins dictionaries define "improve" as "to make or become better". Although Sentence 1 appears to be correct, going by this definition, I ...
by Brahman
Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Tag Question: Isn't It?
Replies: 1
Views: 299

Tag Question: Isn't It?

Dear teachers,

Is the tag question, "isn't it", in the following question correct? I thought it should have been "didn't you?".

That's why you came here for, isn't it?
by Brahman
Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Refer to My Reply within Your Email
Replies: 2
Views: 199

Re: Refer to My Reply within Your Email

Thank you very much, Joe. Sorry for the late reply.

I really like your suggestions. I shall use them from now on. Thank you very much for your help, Joe.
by Brahman
Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: See to it
Replies: 2
Views: 167

Re: See to it

Thank you very much, Joe. Sorry for the late reply.
by Brahman
Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: "Will Have" Vs "Would Have"
Replies: 2
Views: 170

Re: "Will Have" Vs "Would Have"

Thank you very much, Joe. Sorry for the late reply.

By the bye, could you tell me why you think the punctuation in sentence 1 is "illogical"? I thought it is fine to enclose parenthetical expressions between commas.
by Brahman
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: What Governs a Propositional Phrase ?
Replies: 2
Views: 171

Re: What Governs a Propositional Phrase ?

Thank you very much, Joe. Sorry for the late reply.
by Brahman
Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: What Governs a Propositional Phrase ?
Replies: 2
Views: 171

What Governs a Propositional Phrase ?

Dear teachers, I found the following sentence in a newspaper headline. 1. Forgive me if I use the wrong linguistic terms, but am I right to say that the prepositional phrase (=for 5 years) is governed by the adverbial clause (=while she was asleep)? 2. If so, am I right to say, therefore that the me...
by Brahman
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: See to it
Replies: 2
Views: 167

See to it

Dear teachers,

Can the expression "see to it" be used in the following fashion?

1. The manager said that his assistant would see to it that it is implemented.


Thank you very much
by Brahman
Sat Aug 18, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Refer to My Reply within Your Email
Replies: 2
Views: 199

Refer to My Reply within Your Email

Dear Teachers, I require your advice in regard to a reply to an email: someone has written to me a long email, asking me a number of questions, and making a few observations. I am now responding to all of them. (1) Instead of addressing all of them them in my email, could I answer him point by point...
by Brahman
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: "Will Have" Vs "Would Have"
Replies: 2
Views: 170

"Will Have" Vs "Would Have"

Dear teachers,

Which of the following sentences is grammatical?

1. I reckon, by Dec 2018, I will have decided.

2. I reckon, by Dec 2018, I would have decided.


In my opinion, only 1 is correct. What do you all think? 

Thank you very much for your help. 
by Brahman
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: "WAS yet to be" Vs "HAD yet to be"
Replies: 1
Views: 383

"WAS yet to be" Vs "HAD yet to be"

Dear teachers, Which of the following sentences is grammatical? (Should it be "was yet to be" or "had yet to be").  1. The secretary told the meeting that the director's instruction was yet to be complied with.  2. The secretary told the meeting that the director's instruction had yet to be complied...
by Brahman
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Tomorrow the whole day
Replies: 1
Views: 202

Tomorrow the whole day

Dear teachers, I have two questions concerning the following pair of sentences: Question 1 : Between the following two sentences, I feel, the first is grammatical and natural. But I cannot say why. Could someone parse the sentences and explain to me why sentence 1 is correct? 1. I shall be free tomo...
by Brahman
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Can Vs Could
Replies: 1
Views: 217

Can Vs Could

Dear teachers,

In the following sentence, which is the correct modal verb? It will be helpful if you could explain to me your choice.

1. If you are still free tomorrow, I can/could meet you.



Thank you very much.
by Brahman
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Seems like Vs Seems to be
Replies: 1
Views: 161

Seems like Vs Seems to be

Is there any difference between the following two sentences?

1. He seems like an American.
2. He seems to be an American.
by Brahman
Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: This is my one
Replies: 3
Views: 227

Re: This is my one

Thank you for your reply. Actually, I am referring to the expression, "This is my one". Shouldn't it be "This is mine"?
by Brahman
Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: "Put Up" Representation?
Replies: 2
Views: 353

Re: "Put Up" Representation?

Sorry for the late reply. Thank you very much, sir.
by Brahman
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: This is my one
Replies: 3
Views: 227

This is my one

In the following video, between 9:52 and 9:55, and between 10:13 and 10:17, the narrator, who seems like a Britisher, and speaks British English, and has a British accent, says, "This is my one". Is it a dialectal variation?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIS1Wyxq2Ak
by Brahman
Mon May 14, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: "Put Up" Representation?
Replies: 2
Views: 353

"Put Up" Representation?

I was checking the noun "stead" in Oxford dictionary, and I found the following example sentence, in which the phrasal verb, " put up ", has been used: " An accurate representation of the facts was soon put up in its stead ." The use of " put up " to mean "submit" or "to present a proposal to a pers...
by Brahman
Mon May 14, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Oxford Dictionary has Accepted "Mention ABOUT"
Replies: 1
Views: 886

Oxford Dictionary has Accepted "Mention ABOUT"

When I looked up " or else " in Oxford dictionary, definition section 1.1 says, "1.1 In circumstances different from those mentioned; if it were not the case." And, one of the example sentences is, ‘It was a good thing she never mentioned ABOUT it, or else I would have been really hurt. ’ I thought ...
by Brahman
Thu May 10, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Wouldn't have had been
Replies: 1
Views: 303

Wouldn't have had been

Dear teachers, In the following sentence, should it be "wouldn't have been" or "wouldn't have had been"? Somehow, I prefer the second, i.e., "wouldn't have had been", but I can't explain why. Could someone help me ? If not for the government and my teachers, I wouldn't have had been cheated to this ...
by Brahman
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Rennet
Replies: 1
Views: 328

Rennet

Dear teacher, I learnt to pronounce " rennet " as " renei ", with a silent "t". I don't know how I came to learn it, however. Almost all the dictionaries I have just consulted do not have my pronunciation at all. (How embarrassing!) Is my pronunciation of the word archaic or obsolete? (By the way, I...
by Brahman
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Floor two
Replies: 1
Views: 551

Floor two

Dear teachers,

I was a hotel lift. When we arrived on the 2nd floor, the lift recorded message said, "Floor two".

I wonder whether it should be "2nd floor", instead.

Could someone tell me whether I am right?

Thank you.
by Brahman
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Extremely seriously
Replies: 1
Views: 430

Extremely seriously

Dear teachers, Is the following first sentence semantically and syntactically right? I thought it isn't: I find the placement of two adverbs together rather jarring; maybe I am wrong: "We take  extremely seriously  any attempt to intimidate our staff either by verbal or physical abuse.  "Offenders a...
by Brahman
Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Gerund
Replies: 1
Views: 643

Gerund

I remember that the following sentences are fine in formal register: 1. I heard Jamie 's singing in the bath. 2. They remember the cast 's rehearsing for days. I was, however, told that the following types of sentences with pronouns like "someone" and "something" are incorrect; now, I do not remembe...
by Brahman
Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Adverbial Clause
Replies: 1
Views: 404

Adverbial Clause

Dear teacher, Between the following two sentences, I have been told that the second one is better than the first. Besides the fact that the first sounds awkward, may I know how I can grammatically explain that the adverbial clause in sentence 1 (=" though you...that ") is in the wrong place? 1. And,...
by Brahman
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Of Reading Vs To Read
Replies: 1
Views: 374

Of Reading Vs To Read

Dear teacher, Which of the following two sentences is grammatical and idiomatic? To me, sentence 1 sounds right but is there a grammatical rule that says sentence 2 is wrong? 1. I thought of writing in this diary, and then to read "Scarlet Letter". 2. I thought of writing in this diary, and then of ...
by Brahman
Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Would Vs Will
Replies: 1
Views: 518

Would Vs Will

Dear teachers, I have a question concerning the use of "will" and "would" when we are talking about something that is to happen in the future. For instance, in the following sentence, I am inclined to use "would" instead of "will": my reason for my choice of the modal verb is, the sentence in questi...
by Brahman
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: As much as she they
Replies: 1
Views: 484

As much as she they

Dear teachers,

Is the following sentence grammatical?

1. It seems like they don't miss her as much as she they. 

Thank you

 
by Brahman
Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:36 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Provide with
Replies: 1
Views: 450

Provide with

Dear sir, According the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, the word "provide" has the following ranges of possible collocations: provide something for somebody; provide somebody with something; provide something to somebody Do the following sentence conform to any of the above patterns of colloca...
by Brahman
Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Who/Whom in Two Similar Sentences
Replies: 1
Views: 1067

Who/Whom in Two Similar Sentences

Please forgive me for asking this question, which some people may find rather old-fashioned and maybe even irrelevant. I am just curious as my friend and I have different opinions about it. In which of the following sentences is " whom " correct? (We should appreciate it if you could give the reason...
by Brahman
Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Summons Vs Summon
Replies: 1
Views: 831

Summons Vs Summon

I am reading Steve Jobs' biography. On page 310, the writer says, "Steve would summon the team into the boardroom...". Shouldn't it be " summon s "? "Summons" as a verb http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/summons_2 https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/summons
by Brahman
Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Everyone.... his/they
Replies: 1
Views: 809

Everyone.... his/they

Would I seem very pedantic or old-fashioned if I insist on using the pronoun "he" in place of "they"?

Everyone broke up when they saw what Sally was wearing.

Thank you very much for your help.
by Brahman
Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:49 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Preposition and Ellipsis
Replies: 1
Views: 1489

Preposition and Ellipsis

In the following sentences, is there a need for a preposition before the expression "the same week". And, could the word "following" stand alone? 1. Our exams' results will be out on 27th July. Could we meet you for a consultation either the same week or the following ? 2. Our exams' results will be...
by Brahman
Fri Dec 11, 2015 12:08 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Copular Verb and Adjective
Replies: 1
Views: 995

Copular Verb and Adjective

Hello, sir! I am back. I have a question. In the following sentence, could I say that there is an ellipsis between "Corps" and "authorised"? That is, the copular verb "is" and the pronoun "who" are omitted? It is the copular verb that makes "authorised" adjectival? "A Special Police Officer or a mem...
by Brahman
Fri Aug 28, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Committed to Serving
Replies: 1
Views: 1318

Committed to Serving

1. We are committed to serving you with our very best. Can I say that in the above sentence it should be "serving" because the latter is a gerund that takes the place of a noun phrase, which is the natural complement that should follow "committed to"? By the way, is "committed to" a phrasal verb?
by Brahman
Fri May 29, 2015 1:12 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Past Tense Vs Past Perfect Tense
Replies: 1
Views: 1456

Past Tense Vs Past Perfect Tense

Please take a look at the following sentence.  "Previously, when Mary and her friend, who were regular customers at MAC Cosmetics, did what Mary DID on 12th September 2014, the Store had not taken issue with them." Should the first "did" be changed to "had done" to read, "Previously, when Mary and h...
by Brahman
Thu May 07, 2015 4:59 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Sympathise (with)
Replies: 1
Views: 1505

Sympathise (with)

I found the following sentence in an article that appeared in the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/06/these-cops-are-tired-of-white-people-getting-freaked-out-by-their-black-neighbors/): 1. Other forum users sympathize. I have always thought that the verb, " s...
by Brahman
Tue Mar 24, 2015 4:04 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: I wish I can/could
Replies: 1
Views: 2623

I wish I can/could

In the following sentence, should it be "could" instead of "can" after the expression "I wish"?

"I wish I can meet my wife in the hereafter, but I don't think I will."
by Brahman
Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:19 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: I am/have yet to receive a reply
Replies: 1
Views: 10588

I am/have yet to receive a reply

I goggled the following two sentences, and it seems like many forums have debated about the usage of " am / have yet to ", but none has given a conclusive answer as to which of the two is correct: 1. I am yet to receive to a reply from you. 2. I have yet to receive a reply from you. Someone has even...
by Brahman
Wed Jan 14, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: It has been years since+Past Tense or Present Perfect
Replies: 1
Views: 2794

It has been years since+Past Tense or Present Perfect

Dear Sir, I have four sentences in mind: 1. It is years since I swam . 2. It is years since I have swum . 3. It has been years since I swam . 4. It has been years since I have swum . I feel, sentences 1, 2, 3 are correct. Personally, I should, however, say only sentence 2. Could you please tell me w...
by Brahman
Sat Mar 22, 2014 1:25 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: pair of eyes is | on the ocean
Replies: 1
Views: 1735

pair of eyes is | on the ocean

Australian Deputy PM has been reported to have said, "It is more likely that a pair of eyes are going to identify something floating in the ocean."

I wonder, shouldn't it be "a pair of eyes is" and "floating on the ocean"?
by Brahman
Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:49 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Parse an English Sentence
Replies: 1
Views: 2083

Parse an English Sentence

I am learning to parse English sentences. Could someone tell me whether I have parsed the following sentence correctly? "Taking time off from work can be a good idea for those who are stressed." “Taking time off from work” , which is a gerundial phrase, serves as a noun and complete subject of this ...
by Brahman
Fri May 03, 2013 1:49 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: might or need?
Replies: 1
Views: 1256

might or need?

Is there anything wrong in saying, "Excuse me, I might need your help." ? When I said this to an officer at an Underground Station in London, he said, "You might or you need." I am not sure whether he was being churlish or cheeky. (He was, by the bye, an immigrant, i.e., not a Caucasian).
by Brahman
Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:24 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: A Notice
Replies: 1
Views: 1103

A Notice

Are the following sentences grammatical? "Overseas bookings will also be posted, although if the booking is made three weeks before the performance the tickets will be held at the Ticket Office for collection. If you wish to collect tickets from the Ticket Office please select the below box."
by Brahman
Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:47 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Telephonic Conversation
Replies: 1
Views: 1721

Telephonic Conversation

I did a search on Google, and " telepho nic conversation " got 200,000 odd hits, and "telephone conversation" got about three million hits. It looks like both expressions are in use. In point of fact, Mark Twain has written a book entitled " Telephonic Conversation " (http://www.goodreads.com/book/s...
by Brahman
Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:07 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: "Pay by Cash" Vs "Pay in Cash"
Replies: 1
Views: 1200

"Pay by Cash" Vs "Pay in Cash"

Is it true that "paying by cash" is now acceptable? Someone has explained that when the verb "pay/paying" does not have any complements, i.e., the person to whom we paying, or what we are paying for, it fine to say "paying by cash".

Is this true?
by Brahman
Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:41 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Message in a Passport
Replies: 1
Views: 2752

Re: Message in a Passport

Can someone help me with this?