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by tamguatlay
Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Can the colon be removed?
Replies: 1
Views: 394

Can the colon be removed?

The family members are: John Smith, Joan Smith, and Peter Smith.

Can the colon be removed?

Thanks.
by tamguatlay
Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: My best friend passed away at age 45.
Replies: 1
Views: 480

My best friend passed away at age 45.

Dear Alan,

My best friend passed away at age 45.

Should it be "the age of 45" instead?

Thanks.

Ms Tam
by tamguatlay
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: They each has/have a dog.
Replies: 1
Views: 623

They each has/have a dog.

They each has a dog.
They each have a dog.

Which is the correct sentence? And why, please.

Thanks.
by tamguatlay
Sat Jun 03, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: It will be a lamp in the darkness of the netherworld.
Replies: 1
Views: 1232

It will be a lamp in the darkness of the netherworld.

“ It will be a lamp in the darkness of the netherworld and a fine horse to carry you over the mountains of death. It is like the sun and the moon in the heavens or Mount Sumeru on earth. It is a ship to ferry people over the sea of birth and death. It is the guiding master who leads all people to en...
by tamguatlay
Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: ...moved to a new house/home
Replies: 1
Views: 888

...moved to a new house/home

We have moved to a new house/home.

Which is the correct noun?

Thanks.
by tamguatlay
Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:15 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Questions numbers 1, 2 and 3 are difficult.
Replies: 1
Views: 1141

Questions numbers 1, 2 and 3 are difficult.

Questions numbers 1, 2 and 3 are difficult.

Is the sentence OK?

Thanks.
by tamguatlay
Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:48 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Is the sentence OK?
Replies: 1
Views: 886

Is the sentence OK?

Before Dad brushes his teeth, he has eaten his dinner.

Is the sentence correct? If not, how should I phrase it?

THanks.
by tamguatlay
Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:52 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: I prefer playing basketball to playing table tennis.
Replies: 1
Views: 1288

I prefer playing basketball to playing table tennis.

I prefer playing basketball to playing table tennis.

Is the sentence correct with playing used twice?

Thanks.
by tamguatlay
Sun Aug 31, 2014 5:58 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Should I use "say" or "made"?
Replies: 2
Views: 3899

Should I use "say" or "made"?

I have made/said a prayer to the Goddess of Mercy for her speedy recovery.

Should I use "made" or "said"?

Thanks.
by tamguatlay
Sat Aug 30, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Which is the correct sentence?
Replies: 1
Views: 2645

Which is the correct sentence?

Dear Alan

Could you tell me which is the correct sentence?
Could you tell me which sentence is correct?
Could you tell which the correct sentence is?

Which of the above sentences are correct? Could you please explain why?

Thanks.

Ms Tam
by tamguatlay
Fri Dec 16, 2011 8:51 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Correct choice of verb
Replies: 4
Views: 5113

Re: Correct choice of verb

Dear Josef

Could you please confirm that Sdluk has given the correct answer?

Many thanks for your help.
by tamguatlay
Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:55 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Correct choice of verb
Replies: 4
Views: 5113

Re: Correct choice of verb

Dear Josef,

Could you please help with my English question I posted earlier.

Many thanks.

Merry Christmas to you.

Miss Tam
by tamguatlay
Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:13 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Correct choice of verb
Replies: 4
Views: 5113

Correct choice of verb

Dear Josef I posted the following question at the Grammar Section, but it was disallowed on the grounds that I have asked a similar question before. However, I have checked and nowhere could I find a similar question posted. I would appreciate it very much if you could help me with the question. Tru...
by tamguatlay
Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:53 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: advertisment on/for English courses
Replies: 1
Views: 1607

advertisment on/for English courses

Dear Alan

The following is an advertisement on/for English courses.

Can either verb in bold be used?

Thanks.

Miss Tam
by tamguatlay
Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:22 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: cause of/for
Replies: 1
Views: 1266

cause of/for

Dear Alan

The presence of the common mynahs has become a cause of/for concern, now that the birds are flying into my flat regularly.

Can either verb in bold be used in the above sentence?

Thanks.

Miss Tam
by tamguatlay
Sat Oct 22, 2011 7:28 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: see vs watch a movie at a theatre
Replies: 3
Views: 13993

Re: see vs watch a movie at a theatre

Thanks, Josef and Stephen.
by tamguatlay
Sat Oct 22, 2011 3:31 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: see vs watch a movie at a theatre
Replies: 3
Views: 13993

see vs watch a movie at a theatre

1. I'm going to see a movie.(at a theatre)

2. I'm going to watch a movie. (at a theatre)

Which is the correct sentence with regard to 'see' and 'watch'?

Thanks.
by tamguatlay
Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:25 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Which sentence is grammatically correct?
Replies: 1
Views: 991

Which sentence is grammatically correct?

Dear Alan

1. The little boy liked some food but he did not dare to tell his father.
2. The little boy would have liked some food but he did not dare to tell his father.

Which sentence is grammatically correct?

Thanks.

Miss Tam
by tamguatlay
Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:15 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Try as she did/might...
Replies: 1
Views: 988

Try as she did/might...

Dear Alan Despite his attempts at solving the algebra equation, Joan failed. 1. Try as he did / might , Joan failed to solve the algebra equation. 2. Try as he did / might at solving the algebra equation, Joan failed. a) Should I use 'did' or 'might'? b) Which is the correct sentence in transforming...
by tamguatlay
Sat Sep 17, 2011 7:37 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Which is the correct sentence?
Replies: 1
Views: 896

Which is the correct sentence?

Dear Alan

1. Do you know who the inventor of the camera is?

2. Do you know who is the inventor of the camera?

Which is the correct sentence?

Thanks.

Miss Tam
by tamguatlay
Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:31 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Why 'will' in first paragraph, but 'would' in second?
Replies: 1
Views: 855

Why 'will' in first paragraph, but 'would' in second?

Dear Alan The Victorian authorities have already toughened laws regarding certain dog breeds and any American pitbull terrier not registered by its owner by the end of this month will be destroyed. While the new laws apply only in Victoria, national Attorney-General Robert has indicated that he woul...
by tamguatlay
Sun Sep 11, 2011 5:47 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Not only is Jeremy poor at his studies(,) but he is also not
Replies: 1
Views: 906

Not only is Jeremy poor at his studies(,) but he is also not

Jeremy is poor at his studies. He is not well-liked by his classmates. 1. Not only is Jeremy poor at his studies, he is also not well-liked by his classmates. 2. Not only is Jeremy poor at his studies(,) but he is also not well-liked by his classmates. a) The answer provided is sentence 1, but I th...
by tamguatlay
Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:12 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: How to address a doctor with and without PhD?
Replies: 1
Views: 908

Re: How to address a doctor with and without PhD?

Thanks again, Josef.
by tamguatlay
Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:10 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Which is the correct sentence?
Replies: 3
Views: 1190

Re: Which is the correct sentence?

Dear Josef In fact, this has happened in the recent election for the post of President in Singapore, one is a medical doctor and another a PhD, The other two candidates are not doctors. Coincidentally all the candidates have the same family name - Tan. In the newspapers in Singapore, they are referr...
by tamguatlay
Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:02 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Which is the correct sentence?
Replies: 3
Views: 1190

Which is the correct sentence?

Presuming, there are two candidates contesting in a political election, one is Dr Tan (a family physician) and another also Dr Tan (PhD). In such a situation, which of the following sentences describes the situation? 1. Dr Tans are the candidates for the election. 2. Drs Tans are candidates for the ...
by tamguatlay
Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:32 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Are the sentences correct?
Replies: 1
Views: 930

Are the sentences correct?

Dear Josef

1, Try hard as he might, he could not lift the heavy table.

1, Try hard as he did, he could not lift the heavy table.

Are the above sentence correct?

Thanks.

Miss Tam
by tamguatlay
Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:56 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: One or two full stops
Replies: 1
Views: 834

One or two full stops

Dear Alan

The sentence is "He is charged with murder.".

Is the second full stop necessary?

Thanks.

Miss Tam
by tamguatlay
Sat Aug 06, 2011 12:46 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Food and/or drinks
Replies: 1
Views: 814

Food and/or drinks

Dear Alan Food and/or drinks purchased outside these premises is/are not allowed. Is the sentence natural? If so, which word in each case should I use? If not, how should it be reworded? The same question was asked before and you said 'are' for the second part. What about the first part: Is it 'and'...
by tamguatlay
Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:12 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Which word in bold should I use?
Replies: 1
Views: 771

Which word in bold should I use?

Dear Alan

Food and/or drinks purchased outside these premises is/are not allowed.

Is the sentence natural? If so, which word in each case should I use? If not, how should it be reworded?

Thanks.

Miss Tam
by tamguatlay
Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:23 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: drink or drinks stall
Replies: 1
Views: 750

drink or drinks stall

Dear Alan

Is a stall selling drinks a 'drink stall' or 'drinks stall'?

Thanks.

Miss Tam
by tamguatlay
Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:40 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: American/British English
Replies: 1
Views: 910

American/British English

Dear Alan

1. Have you seen my pen?

2. Did you see my pen?

I was told that sentence 1 is BrE, while 2 is AmE. Is this so?

Thanks.
by tamguatlay
Sun Jul 31, 2011 3:13 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: there was/were only a handful of people about.
Replies: 1
Views: 1459

there was/were only a handful of people about.

Dear Alan

An hour before soccer coach Avramovic led his soccer team onto the field, there was/were only a handful of people about.

Which word in bold should I use?

Thanks.

Miss Tam
by tamguatlay
Sat Jul 30, 2011 6:24 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: need (to) seek
Replies: 1
Views: 781

need (to) seek

Dear Alan

This is the only glory that you need (to) seek in your present lifetime.

Is 'to' needed?

Many thanks.

Miss Tam
by tamguatlay
Tue Jul 26, 2011 4:28 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: dare/dares/dared not
Replies: 1
Views: 1035

dare/dares/dared not

Dear Alan

1. Paul dare/dares to fight with John although the latter is much bigger.

2. Paul dare/dares/dared not fight with Tony, who was a coward.

In each case, which verb should I use?

Many thanks.

Miss Tam
by tamguatlay
Mon Jul 25, 2011 2:32 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: call Jack at/on
Replies: 1
Views: 736

call Jack at/on

If you are interested in being an estate agent, you can call Jack at/on 62883372.

Which word in bold should I use?

Thanks.
by tamguatlay
Thu Jul 21, 2011 5:00 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: It's time we leave/left.
Replies: 1
Views: 1540

It's time we leave/left.

Dear Alan

I was told by a friend of mine that we can say "It's time we leave" instead of "It's time we left." Is she correct to say so?

Many thanks.

Miss Tam
by tamguatlay
Wed Jul 20, 2011 6:07 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Peter does not like any (other) activities except singing.
Replies: 1
Views: 1035

Peter does not like any (other) activities except singing.

Dear Alan

​Peter likes to sing. He does not like any other activities.

In joining the above sentence, which of the following sentences is correct?

1. Peter does not like any other activities except singing.

2. Peter does not like any activities except singing.

Many thanks.

Miss Tam
by tamguatlay
Fri Jul 15, 2011 4:16 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Is the sentence correctly phrased?
Replies: 1
Views: 763

Is the sentence correctly phrased?

Dear Alan

One of my friends David's father is a lawyer.

Is the above sentence correctly phrased? If not, how should it be phrased?

Many thanks.

Miss Tam
by tamguatlay
Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:38 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Transformation of sentence
Replies: 1
Views: 819

Transformation of sentence

Dear Alan The house of one of my neighbours has been robbed. In transforming the above sentence, which of the following is the correct sentence? If neither, how should I phrase it? Thanks. One of my neighbours' houses has been robbed. One of my neighbours' house has been robbed. Many thanks Miss Tam
by tamguatlay
Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:03 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Are the commas needed in the sentence?
Replies: 1
Views: 554

Are the commas needed in the sentence?

Dear Alan

Eileen(,) whose dog is lost(,) is depressed.

Are the commas optional?

Many thanks.

Miss Tam
by tamguatlay
Sun Jul 10, 2011 6:45 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: sitting on the edge/edges of their chairs.
Replies: 1
Views: 748

sitting on the edge/edges of their chairs.

Dear Alan

The spectators were excited and sitting on the edge/edges of their chairs.

Which word in bold should I use?

Many thanks.

Miss Tam
by tamguatlay
Sat Jul 09, 2011 6:07 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: The reporter said that I must/had to...
Replies: 1
Views: 774

The reporter said that I must/had to...

Dear Alan

"You must report for work at nine o'clock next Monday," the supervisor said.

The supervisor said that I must/had to report for work at nine o'clock the following Monday.

Can either verb in bold be used?

Thanks.

Miss Tam
by tamguatlay
Sat Jul 09, 2011 6:03 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Reported Speech
Replies: 1
Views: 916

Reported Speech

Dear Alan "Who is the boy you are playing with?" Mrs Brown asked her daughter. In reported speech, which of the following sentences is correct in relation to the above sentence? 1. Mrs Brown asked her daughter who the boy she was playing with was. 2. Mrs Brown asked her daughter who was the boy she ...
by tamguatlay
Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:11 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Usage of 'As such'
Replies: 2
Views: 2648

Re: Usage of 'As such'

Thanks, Josef.
by tamguatlay
Sat Jun 11, 2011 7:21 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: prefer playing the drums to (playing) the piano.
Replies: 1
Views: 773

prefer playing the drums to (playing) the piano.

Dear Alan

1. I prefer playing the drums to playing the piano.
2. I prefer playing the drums to the piano.

Which is the correct sentence, the first one with 'playing' or the second without 'playing'?

Many thanks.

Miss Tam
by tamguatlay
Sat Jun 04, 2011 1:14 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Usage of 'As such'
Replies: 2
Views: 2648

Usage of 'As such'

Trade and Industry Minister of State Lee Yi Shyan - in response to Member of Parliament Mdm Ho Geok Choo's queries - said Singapore's national productivity data is obtained by aggregating output of industries and dividing it by the workers employed. As such , the ministry is unable to obtain separat...
by tamguatlay
Fri Jun 03, 2011 5:39 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: correct prepositions
Replies: 1
Views: 741

correct prepositions

Dear Alan I would like to know which preposition to use in each of the following sentences. 1. I am good at/in English. 2. I am strong at/in English. 3. I am poor in/at English. 4. I am weak in/on/at English. Where I live, 'in' is the usual preposition for all the sentences. Thanks. Miss Tam
by tamguatlay
Sun May 22, 2011 9:37 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Is 'next time' correctly used?
Replies: 4
Views: 2763

Re: Is 'next time' correctly used?

Many thanks, Sweethuman and Josef.
by tamguatlay
Wed May 18, 2011 4:58 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Is the sentence correct?
Replies: 1
Views: 758

Is the sentence correct?

Dear Alan

The seminar has been scheduled from 1 June to 5 June (inclusive).

Is the above sentence correct? If not, how should it be rephrased?

Many thanks.

Miss Tam
by tamguatlay
Fri May 13, 2011 2:33 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Are the verbs in bold correctly used?
Replies: 1
Views: 968

Are the verbs in bold correctly used?

Dear Alan Fairness for all: Anwar was only calling a spade a spade. In any case, I can understand Anwar's anger after how Najib keeps trying to frame Anwar for one offence after another. I don't blame Anwar. If I were in his place and someone did that to me, I would have used even worse words to cal...