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by ETutor
Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:23 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: How to say "is no more good" ("at" or "in")?
Replies: 5
Views: 5864

Re: How to say "is no more good" ("at" or "in")?

To lose one's touch means that you no longer have the ability to do something well.
e.g I have lost my touch at cooking.

Hope that helps!
by ETutor
Tue May 18, 2010 8:18 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: American idiom for ' talking very far away from the topic'
Replies: 2
Views: 2670

Re: American idiom for ' talking very far away from the topic'

Here are some other ways to say it: A true idiom: “Now this conversation has gone off on a tangent.” You could also say “I digress.” or “Now we are off topic.” --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I love being a private ESL T...
by ETutor
Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:38 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: paragraph regarding inconvenience
Replies: 2
Views: 8630

Re: paragraph regarding inconvenience

Grammatically, the paragraph is correct. Here is a suggestion on how to word it: We understand that you may have difficulty rearranging your schedule to accommodate our invitation. We are very sorry for any inconvenience it may cause you and we appreciate your flexibility. --------------------------...
by ETutor
Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:37 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: A termite contains 36 mg of iron
Replies: 2
Views: 1888

Re: A termite contains 36 mg of iron

Here is another suggestion on how to say it: A termite contains 36 mg of iron compared to the only 4 mg contained in beef. In addition you might want to include some kind of base measure. Is it 36 mg per gram of termite/beef? As I doubt one termite has more iron than a whole cow. One could say: A gr...
by ETutor
Sun Apr 11, 2010 4:10 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: past tense
Replies: 1
Views: 1011

Re: past tense

This sentence is correct. Very nice. You may want to consider the use of pronouns in this sentence as it could be unclear who “his” and “he” are referring to (I assume they do not refer back to Dr. John). Also, the word “attend” could optionally be changed to “undergo”. You could say something like:...
by ETutor
Sun Apr 11, 2010 12:09 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: verbs with problem
Replies: 2
Views: 2741

Re: verbs with problem

The best words to use here would be “created” or “caused”. You would say: “you created this problem. This is your fault.” Or “The Bush administration caused a lot of the problems we are faced with today”. I hope this is helpful. -----------------------------------------------------------------------...
by ETutor
Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:11 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: out there
Replies: 1
Views: 1892

Re: out there

The expression “Out There” is commonly used to when you are referring to all that is available, as in “I would like to know what kind of technology is out there before I decide on one”. Also, you could use the expression, “out there” to describe something that you find crazy or very different. One e...
by ETutor
Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:16 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: What does this quotation mean?
Replies: 2
Views: 1548

Re: What does this quotation mean?

An interesting quote! On the surface it seems to not make sense. Because it appeared in a section titled “funny quotes” I believe it is meant to be funny. The speaker is saying that he does not read a book before he writes a review on it. He is saying that reading the book first would influence his ...
by ETutor
Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:41 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: also
Replies: 2
Views: 1445

Re: also

I think the way you have it written here, you should include the “to” before “retell”. Although, it would not be incorrect to omit the word “to” from the sentence, it sounds better to have it in there. Here are some other ways you could write it: He asked me to read, translate and also retell the ar...
by ETutor
Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:34 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: sentence construction help
Replies: 3
Views: 1531

Re: sentence construction help

The version with “weren’t” and “had just have lunch?” is not exactly correct. Here is how it would be written: We were not hungry. We had just had lunch. We weren’t hungry. We’d just had lunch. Here is another option for what you could put in those blanks: We were hungry, so we just had lunch. I hop...
by ETutor
Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:28 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: the or not
Replies: 2
Views: 1162

Re: the or not

You should not use the article in the sentence the way you have it written because you are referring to traffic in a general rather than specific sense. If, however, you phrased it this way: “I was held up by the traffic on Elm Street”, you could use the article. However, the article can be omitted ...
by ETutor
Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:26 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: "needs cutting" or "needs to be cut"
Replies: 3
Views: 4904

Re: "needs cutting" or "needs to be cut"

The correct way to say this would be: “His hair needs cutting” or “His hair needs to be cut”. You could also say, “He needs a haircut”. I hope this is helpful. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I love being an ESL tutor ! ...
by ETutor
Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:25 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: How to improve vocabulary
Replies: 9
Views: 10176

Re: How to improve vocabulary

Another interesting and different way to gain exposure to more English vocabulary is to watch some of the varied presentations available at http://www.ted.com. My students have found this to be a great source for varied and interesting lessons in English. In addition, you can gain knowledge of timel...
by ETutor
Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:19 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Alert: raise or sound?
Replies: 1
Views: 4392

Re: Alert: raise or sound?

It sounds better to say “sound an alert” or “sound an alarm” when you are talking about something that will make a noise, such as a bell or a siren. You could also say “raise an alert” if you are referring to just alerting people to a risk or danger without having a physical alarm. For example, you ...
by ETutor
Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:37 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Aiming at/Looking at
Replies: 3
Views: 2986

Re: Aiming at/Looking at

The correct phrase here would be dependent on the context around it. In general, though you would use “driving at” or “aiming at” when you have a specific goal in mind. You would use “looking at” when you are evaluating something or experiencing events. It may help to look at examples of when you wo...
by ETutor
Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:34 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Skiing tourism
Replies: 1
Views: 1886

Re: Skiing tourism

The correct way to say these would be: Ski tourism: Ski tourism is a growing market. Ski area: This is my favorite ski area Day of Skiing: We had an enjoyable day of skiing. Ski Day: How do you like to spend your ski day? Ski Resort: We will meet our friends at the ski resort. I hope this helps!
by ETutor
Fri Nov 13, 2009 8:47 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: have traveled, had traveled
Replies: 3
Views: 1636

Re: have traveled, had traveled

The way it is written is correct. Both of them could work. Here is how it would be written: ….reports from friends who have traveled there ….reports from my friends, who had traveled there last year. On another note, you have used the word, “born” many times in this short excerpt. Perhaps you could ...
by ETutor
Fri Nov 13, 2009 8:46 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: nice to see you
Replies: 2
Views: 1036

Re: nice to see you

Yes, it is appropriate to say “nice to see you”. This expression is good to use when you have been introduced to someone you’ve already met. You could also say, “Nice to see you again.”
by ETutor
Fri Nov 13, 2009 8:42 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: idiom: bore the stamp?
Replies: 3
Views: 1817

Re: idiom: bore the stamp?

The word, “which”, refers back to “The Post”. As in, “The Post bore the stamp”.
by ETutor
Fri Nov 13, 2009 8:41 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: get along
Replies: 1
Views: 831

Re: get along

I think your meaning would be clearer if you said one of the following:

Please go along with the regulations……
Please abide by the regulations…..
by ETutor
Sat Nov 07, 2009 9:20 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Verbs in the beginning of a phrase
Replies: 8
Views: 2300

Re: Verbs in the beginning of a phrase

To watch a movie is my idea of a fun Saturday night.
To stay at home is always relaxing.
by ETutor
Sat Nov 07, 2009 9:20 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Help me to understand this sentence
Replies: 2
Views: 1077

Re: Help me to understand this sentence

This sentence is difficult to understand and seems to be missing some elements around the underlined phrase above. Here are some sentences that use variations of that phrase to illustrate how it could be used properly. The $5 billion to fix the problem wound up being too much to ask of investors. Th...
by ETutor
Sat Nov 07, 2009 9:19 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: where to put the preposition
Replies: 4
Views: 1516

Re: where to put the preposition

Tukanja,

I would change all the above sentences to one of these below:

What would have cost me just a little money last year now costs a fortune.

I should have bought it last year for just a little money. Today it will cost me a fortune!

I hope this helps!
by ETutor
Sat Oct 31, 2009 7:18 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Verbs in the beginning of a phrase
Replies: 8
Views: 2300

Re: Verbs in the beginning of a phrase

Carlos: Usage of verbs at the beginning of sentences can be tricky. The correct usage of the examples above would be: Watching a Movie Formatting a Disk Staying at Home Walking around Here are some examples of various sentences: Watching a movie with friends is fun. It is fun to watch a movie with f...
by ETutor
Sat Oct 31, 2009 7:17 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: for me /to me
Replies: 3
Views: 1087

Re: for me /to me

The second one sounds a bit better. However, either one could be correct, depending on what “it” is. Here are some suggestions on how to say it: Its actually been foggy to me for a long time. Its actually been foggy for me for a long time. The view has been foggy for me. Those ideas are foggy to me....
by ETutor
Thu Oct 22, 2009 6:16 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: correct or not?
Replies: 3
Views: 1182

Re: correct or not?

Me: “Hey, why did you walk here? Did your car break down? Did you see my message? And if so, why didn’t you reply?”

Friend: “Ok, Ok, let me get a word in!”

Me: “Go on, then. I’m listening”
by ETutor
Thu Oct 22, 2009 6:15 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Plural of nouns like PDAs...
Replies: 2
Views: 975

Re: Plural of nouns like PDAs...

Aikuzo,

This is the correct way to do it. When creating the plural form of an acronym, it is best to use the “’s” at the end of the acronym as you have done here. Sometimes just adding the lowercase “s” is done, but using the form with the apostrophe is clearer.
by ETutor
Thu Oct 22, 2009 6:14 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: party planner company OR party planning company
Replies: 3
Views: 3400

Re: party planner company OR party planning company

Here are some ideas on how you could write it: We are a very friendly party planning company, which works with most types of parties. We are a very friendly party planning company, working with most types of parties. We are a company of very friendly party planners, who love working with most types ...
by ETutor
Thu Oct 22, 2009 6:13 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: was caught, had run
Replies: 4
Views: 1398

Re: was caught, had run

Yes, this sentence is correct.
by ETutor
Sun Oct 04, 2009 6:13 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: capital letters and exclamation marks???
Replies: 1
Views: 1332

Re: capital letters and exclamation marks???

When using all capital letters in a written communication, the perception would be that the writer is shouting to the reader. Also, the number of exclamation points would be used to convey the level of emotion felt about the sentence. However, in general, for written communication, I would not recom...
by ETutor
Sun Oct 04, 2009 6:12 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Difference of 'worst' and 'worse'?
Replies: 3
Views: 1071

Re: Difference of 'worst' and 'worse'?

Bad – worse – worst
Good – better – best
Young – younger – youngest
by ETutor
Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:08 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: from a person 'or' from something....
Replies: 3
Views: 997

Re: from a person 'or' from something....

Good! Another way to say it would be:

I’m not sure whether the name “Hush” refers to a person or a thing.
by ETutor
Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:07 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: What is the exact word for ...
Replies: 1
Views: 2192

Re: What is the exact word for ...

This is a tricky one, without knowing the context of what you want to say. Here are two phrases you could use: I did him a favor some time ago, so I often remind him that he is indebted to me. I owe him greatly for his help. And every time I see him, he brings it up and hangs it over my head. I hope...
by ETutor
Fri Sep 18, 2009 1:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: About listening to BBC Radio over the Internet
Replies: 11
Views: 4459

Re: About listening to BBC Radio over the Internet

I think listening to BBC or NPR is a great way to get experience with the English language. I also recommend to my students this website that has great English speakers and a variety of topics: http://www.ted.com/. Check it out and let me know what you think.
by ETutor
Fri Sep 18, 2009 1:33 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: I miss your 'old' hair
Replies: 3
Views: 1149

Re: I miss your 'old' hair

Aikuzo, In spoken English, it is more common to use “Old” in this sentence. Here are some possibilities you could say: I miss your old hair I miss your old haircut I miss your previous haircut Also, in the first sentence your friend had his hair cut yesterday (hair cut is two separate words in this ...
by ETutor
Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:11 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: "I really think an emperor should be you"
Replies: 5
Views: 1581

Re: "I really think an emperor should be you"

I agree. Any of the following sentences would be better:

I really think the emperor should be you.
I really think you should be an emperor.
I really think you should be the emperor.
by ETutor
Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:10 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: If that person saw, they would be happy
Replies: 8
Views: 2513

Re: If that person saw, they would be happy

For correct grammar, the sentence should read: If that person saw, she would be happy. You could also say: If that person saw, that person would be happy. But that does not sound good. A general rule of thumb when writing English is that if you do not know the gender of a subject, you use your own g...
by ETutor
Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:50 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Learn Some Confusing English Grammar
Replies: 3
Views: 1253

Re: Learn Some Confusing English Grammar

Alternative sentences would be: 1. I’ll meet you upon my getting home from work. 2. I’ll meet you on my way home from work 3. I’ll meet you after I’ve got home from work. It is also interesting to note that number 3 represents how the sentence would be said in British English. For American English, ...
by ETutor
Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:45 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: have down
Replies: 4
Views: 2984

Re: have down

This statement describes the buttons on the dress. There is a row of buttons that are located on the side of the dress and run from the top to the bottom. This would be a large number of buttons. Imagine the side of the dress having 50 buttons on it.
by ETutor
Sat Aug 01, 2009 3:34 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: "gambling her emotions on to win" means?
Replies: 2
Views: 2725

Re: "gambling her emotions on to win" means?

Aikuzo, This sentence presumes that “she” is engaging in something which could have negative consequences for her emotions. It means she is doing something that is risky and she could get hurt emotionally. The speaker does not understand why she is putting herself at risk in this way. In traditional...
by ETutor
Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:29 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: have waited, could have waited
Replies: 2
Views: 830

Re: have waited, could have waited

Tukanja,

The following sentences would be clearer:

Since I have waited until now, I guess I can wait a little longer
Since I have been able to wait until now, I guess I can wait a little longer.

I hope this is helpful.
by ETutor
Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:28 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: infinitive, present participle
Replies: 2
Views: 1168

Re: infinitive, present participle

Tukanja, The first sentence is correct. I am not sure what idea you want to convey in the second sentence. Once you are already on the trip, you could ask: Are you enjoying the trip with me? Do you like travelling with me? Do you like being with me on this trip? This would be asking the person if th...
by ETutor
Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:27 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: you didn't, didn't you
Replies: 5
Views: 1440

Re: you didn't, didn't you

Another alternative in the form of a question would be:

I can’t figure it out. Why didn’t you tell me?
by ETutor
Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:26 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: it, _
Replies: 2
Views: 750

Re: it, _

Tukanja,

The first sentence is correct the way it is written. The second sentence is also OK, but may be better written this way:

“You’ve got to forget about these bad things. If you don’t let them go, then bad memories will eat away at you and make you bitter.”

I hope this is helpful.
by ETutor
Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:34 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: How to improve vocabulary
Replies: 9
Views: 10176

Re: How to improve vocabulary

Watching movies in English is a great way to improve vocabulary. Another way I recommend for my students is to listen to English podcasts on the web. There are some great ones at the BBC or at NPR.org. There are lots of interesting programs to listen to that will give you exposure to new vocabulary....
by ETutor
Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:30 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: although vs though vs even though vs as though
Replies: 2
Views: 4514

Re: although vs though vs even though vs as though

Some other alternatives: Although she was deeply hurt by the other girl’s remarks, she didn’t say anything in reply. Though she did not say anything in reply, she was hurt by Karen’s remarks. I believe it helps to differentiate the girl making the remarks from the girl with hurt feelings by either u...
by ETutor
Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:28 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: eat a dish
Replies: 2
Views: 2455

Re: eat a dish

It is useful to note that the word “dish” referred to in this context is not the actual dish you are eating on. It is the dish that is contained in the dish!
by ETutor
Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:25 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Animals/Cats
Replies: 4
Views: 1354

Re: Animals/Cats

Yes, it is correct this way.
by ETutor
Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:16 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Save Animals
Replies: 4
Views: 3283

Re: Save Animals

Mini, I am not sure what exactly you want to say with this passage, but here is a suggestion: Ever since my beloved kitten suffered and died from illness one year ago, I have wanted to help all animals. I feel it is sad that some animals must suffer and die just because they cannot speak like humans...
by ETutor
Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:12 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Animals/Cats
Replies: 4
Views: 1354

Re: Animals/Cats

I currently have 7 cats. I have found it difficult to look after so many cats. When I previously placed cats with a pet lover, they were lost. Can you suggest a place for my cats where they can live happily? I wish for my cats to be treated kindly and live like royalty. Any help you can give me woul...
by ETutor
Tue Jun 02, 2009 9:19 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: "Won" interchangeable with "beat"?
Replies: 4
Views: 2986

Re: "Won" interchangeable with "beat"?

The first sentence should read: “We just beat them 10-5 in the football match!” “Beat” and “won” cannot be used interchangeably. You are correct in saying that using “won” in the previous sentence would imply that your opponents were the prize. You understand it correctly: one beats an opponent, and...
by ETutor
Wed May 20, 2009 6:24 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: simile
Replies: 4
Views: 6254

Re: simile

As red as a rose
As violet as a plum
As orange as a carrot
As blue as the ocean
As indigo as a grape

Hope this helps!
by ETutor
Wed May 20, 2009 6:22 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: 'portfolio'?
Replies: 3
Views: 2882

Re: 'portfolio'?

“Portfolio” would be the correct term to use for a book that contains samples of your work. It would typically be used to showcase your accomplishments and skills for a potential employer. Another term that you may use could be “journal” or “work journal”. This would be a more informal collection of...
by ETutor
Wed May 13, 2009 9:55 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Now, everybody! I really need your help
Replies: 2
Views: 1692

Re: Now, everybody! I really need your help

Popinet, You have a great advantage with this exam in that you love studying and practicing English. I tell my students the key to success on the IELTS exam is to practice. The most productive practice is to find tasks similar to those that you will see on the exam. Then you should actually do the w...
by ETutor
Wed May 13, 2009 9:52 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: I need some help with IELTS
Replies: 1
Views: 1640

Re: I need some help with IELTS

Studying online is a great way to prepare for the IELTS exam and allows you to prepare from home. There are many resources available to you, including online tutoring. When I am preparing a student for the IELTS exam, I recommend they practice as much as possible and to find practice materials from ...
by ETutor
Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:15 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: I need your advice about IELTS learning strategy
Replies: 1
Views: 1344

Re: I need your advice about IELTS learning strategy

To be successful in the IELTS exam, it is key to familiarize yourself with the format of the exam and to PRACTICE as much as possible. When doing IELTS preparation, I advise my students to practice as much as possible. Also, the listening and speaking portions of the exam can be challenging for the ...
by ETutor
Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Do you want to learn English with podcasts?
Replies: 14
Views: 9511

Re: Do you want to learn English with podcasts?

Hi Thanks for your help.I need listening about different topic because I going to give IELTS exam in near future.please help me every day. Thanks Hi, Listening to podcasts is a great way to improve your English abilities and greatly improve your IELTS band score. When doing IELTS coaching, I always...
by ETutor
Wed Apr 08, 2009 6:35 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: computer studies/ information technology
Replies: 3
Views: 4838

Re: computer studies/ information technology

These two terms have become almost synonymous in English use. A small distinction could be made between the two in that computer studies would be an area of study or subject in school and information technology is considered more a career field. For example, computer studies could be your major in s...
by ETutor
Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:41 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: beat and win
Replies: 2
Views: 8085

Re: beat and win

Most simply, the difference between these two words is that one can beat a person or a team and can win an argument or a game. “Beat” refers to what you have done to your opponent. “Win” refers to what you gain for yourself. When you beat your opponent, you win a trophy!
by ETutor
Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:40 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: got caught up vs were stuck ...
Replies: 2
Views: 3313

Re: got caught up vs were stuck ...

There could also be other choices that would work. For example, the phrase “got stuck” would work well here. Also, the phrase “were trapped” might be appropriate.
by ETutor
Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:39 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Come to grips with vs Get to grips with
Replies: 4
Views: 2717

Re: Come to grips with vs Get to grips with

The term, “Come to grips with a problem”, is the one commonly used in the U.S. We would not use the term, “Get to grips with a problem”.
by ETutor
Sat Mar 21, 2009 12:19 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: What's the good word?
Replies: 6
Views: 18183

Re: What's the good word?

Your response would depend on the situation with the person making the greeting. A quick response to the question would be “Nothing much, what’s the good word with you?” Or if you and your friend have been working together on something, you could respond with a word that communicates a result of wha...
by ETutor
Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:31 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: "the monkeys have hit the button"
Replies: 1
Views: 2418

Re: "the monkeys have hit the button"

The term “the monkeys have hit the button” usually means that a process has been set in motion that cannot be stopped. In most cases, the expected outcome will be bad. But in either case, it means the process has started. I hope this is helpful in your understanding of the statement you read. Do you...
by ETutor
Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:39 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: What's the good word?
Replies: 6
Views: 18183

Re: What's the good word?

What’s the good word is an informal greeting, a way of asking “how are you?” It implies a positive attitude toward life and anticipation of good news from you. Isn’t this a fun way to greet a friend? It communicates a feeling of camaraderie and happiness.