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by simplythebest
Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:04 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: word order
Replies: 1
Views: 788

word order

Hi,
Could you tell me which of the following is OK:
a.Fill in the crossword with the missing words from the following sentences or series.
b.Fill in the crossword with the words missing from the following sentences or series.
A BIG thank you,
simplythebest
by simplythebest
Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:43 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: health food vs healthy food
Replies: 1
Views: 820

health food vs healthy food

Hi,
In a newsletter I recently received from 'Grammar Girl' ( famous for her book published by Macmillan), I found the following:
Does that make salt-and-vinegar potato chips practically a health food?
Is 'health' OK used as an adjective here ?

Thanks,
simplythebest :roll:
by simplythebest
Thu Jul 09, 2009 12:48 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: the or zero article
Replies: 1
Views: 588

the or zero article

Hi,

Tell me please if 'the' in the following is OK:
a.'He could literally walk across the water.'
or should it read:
b. '... across water.'

thank you,
simplythebest
by simplythebest
Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:37 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: adjective in the plural
Replies: 1
Views: 620

adjective in the plural

Hi,

I came across a phrase reading The Crossword Express and was wondering if 'crossword' is OK as the soft is used to make crosswords (plural).
Are there any instances where the adjective can be plural?

Thanks,
simplythebest
by simplythebest
Fri Jun 26, 2009 11:07 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: the use of 'by'
Replies: 1
Views: 839

the use of 'by'

Hello,
Could you tell me please whether or not I should use 'by' in the following:
magic is the ability to make impossible things happen by using special powers.
is the above-mentioned sentence OK without 'by'?
Thanks,
simplythebest
by simplythebest
Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:45 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: link with/to/A with B
Replies: 2
Views: 4075

link with/to/A with B

Hi again,

Tell me please which of the following is OK:
The railway links Paris and Bordeaux/ Paris to Bordeaux/ Paris with Bordeaux.

Thanks,
simplythebest
by simplythebest
Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:43 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: eat a dish
Replies: 2
Views: 2496

eat a dish

Hi there,

Could I use 'eat' with reference to 'dish' as in
We ate some exquisite seafood dishes at Nora's party.

Thanks,
simplythebest
by simplythebest
Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:40 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: 'the' or zero article
Replies: 1
Views: 632

'the' or zero article

Hi,
Could you please tell me if the article 'the' in bold is OK in the following:
The goddess of the growth of plants."
or should it be;
The goddess of growth of plants.

Thanks,
simplythebest
by simplythebest
Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:52 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: ball vs ball of(string/wool)
Replies: 1
Views: 1937

ball vs ball of(string/wool)

Hello, In an illustrated grammar for children I saw a picture of a cat sleeping on a ball of string (wool?) and one of the characters says: 'Look, Kitty is sleeping on the ball.' Could they use only 'ball' for 'ball of string/wool'? Perhaps they used only 'ball' because the illustration made it clea...
by simplythebest
Fri May 22, 2009 12:38 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: alongside
Replies: 4
Views: 5784

Re: alongside

Hi, Thank you. I'm a bit puzzled as to the comma in the sentence: first, you say: there is need for a comma to separate the introductory prepositional phrase from the rest of the sentence . then: it will be placed after 'puzzles' . My sentence reads: 'Through this type of exercise alongside word sea...
by simplythebest
Fri May 22, 2009 7:16 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: alongside
Replies: 4
Views: 5784

alongside

Hi there, I'd like you to tell me if 'alongside' in the following sentence is ok: 'Through this type of exercise alongside word search puzzles I have tried to cover a wide range of topic-based vocabulary.' Is 'alongside' here synonymous with 'together with'? Need I place any commas in my sentence? :...
by simplythebest
Thu May 21, 2009 2:43 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: complacency vs self-complacency
Replies: 1
Views: 1892

complacency vs self-complacency

Hi there,

I see that some dictionaries list both 'complacency' and 'self-complacency' (Merriam-Webster+other AE online dictionaries), whereas Oxford, Cambridge, Macmillan list only 'complacency'.
Is 'self-complacency' currently used in British English?

Thank you,
simplythebest
by simplythebest
Tue May 12, 2009 1:35 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: gerund or participle
Replies: 1
Views: 737

gerund or participle

Hi,
Could you please tell me if 'using' in the following sentence is a participle or gerund:

'Then write the sentences in the appropriate boxes, using the necessary punctuation marks.'
Hope the comma is ok... :oops:

Thank you very much,
simplythebest
by simplythebest
Sat May 09, 2009 4:48 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: 'portfolio'?
Replies: 3
Views: 2915

'portfolio'?

Hi, Could you please tell me the English for that special notebook students use when working in groups on different projects (writing about themselves, their hobbies, writing short compositions on a certain topic, pasting different photos/illustrations, newspaper clippings,etc.). Is it 'English port...
by simplythebest
Fri May 08, 2009 8:25 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: sports vs sport
Replies: 1
Views: 754

sports vs sport

Hi, Tell me please, is there any difference between 'sports magazine' and 'sport magazine'? As far as I know, 'sports' is the adjective, so only the former is correct; on a Google search I also found 'sport magazine'... :shock: Second, in Nigel Turton's Dictionary of common errors I found that in: '...
by simplythebest
Thu May 07, 2009 3:35 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: subject in sentences coordinated by 'and'
Replies: 1
Views: 603

subject in sentences coordinated by 'and'

Hello, I'd like you to tell me if the following is OK: One year ago Jane's first crossword saw the light of day, and soon afterwards was tackled by her most brilliant students. Need I have a subject in the second sentence as well ('it')? '...., and soon afterwards it was tackled...'? Should I use a ...
by simplythebest
Wed May 06, 2009 6:22 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: rooster vs. cock
Replies: 7
Views: 12718

Re: rooster vs. cock

Hi, Thank you for your reply. I'd only like to tell you that I found 'rooster' in BE contexts at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4248987.stm Asia heralds Year of the Rooster There was a party atmosphere in Beijing on Wednesday Communities across Asia have been celebrating the lunar new year...
by simplythebest
Tue May 05, 2009 9:48 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: mixer vs food mixer
Replies: 1
Views: 2027

mixer vs food mixer

Hi, I wrote a crossword about household items, with illustrations of different items as clues; was I wrong to give them 'mixer' and not 'food mixer'? I see that the term is either 'food mixer', 'electric food mixer', or simply 'mixer'. Doesn't the context make it clear that the item is used for food...
by simplythebest
Tue May 05, 2009 5:46 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: sequence of tenses
Replies: 1
Views: 975

sequence of tenses

Hello, I'd like you to tell me if the tenses in the following sentence are OK: (In a professional meeting, I am going to address my fellow teachers after presenting and handing out some vocabulary exercises I have devised myself): 'Your feedback is greatly appreciated and will definitely help me imp...
by simplythebest
Mon May 04, 2009 6:21 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: present continuous with non-durative verbs
Replies: 1
Views: 1076

present continuous with non-durative verbs

Hi there, I'd like you to tell me if the following is correct: 'Look! She is dropping the box.' If the sentence is OK, is the subject doing it deliberately or not? In a grammar I once read that this type of verbs, i.e. drop, pass, kick, etc may be used in the simple present to refer to something tha...
by simplythebest
Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:03 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: adjectives
Replies: 1
Views: 556

adjectives

Hi there, I wrote a composition, 'A wonderful round-the-world journey' , and my teacher said that it should read 'A wonderful journey round the world' because I placed too many adjectives before the noun. I insisted that I deliberately placed both 'wonderful' and 'round-the-world' before the noun, b...
by simplythebest
Sat Apr 25, 2009 5:23 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: (re)conciliation
Replies: 1
Views: 1999

Re: (re)conciliation

Try a Google search with both 'national conciliation' - 744.000 results, whereas 'national reconciliation' returns 4.970.000 results. To my knowledge, the latter, 'national reconciliation' is used more often than the former, just as the Google search indicates. My Oxford Dictionary of Collocations g...
by simplythebest
Sat Apr 25, 2009 5:07 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: breakthrough
Replies: 1
Views: 1866

Re: breakthrough

break‧through [ countable ] an important new discovery in something you are studying, especially one made after trying for a long timebreakthrough in Scientists have made a major breakthrough in the treatment of cancer. e.g. Dr. Gabe Mirkin reports on the latest breakthroughs in Health, Fitness, Nut...
by simplythebest
Sat Apr 25, 2009 4:59 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: convince vs persuade
Replies: 2
Views: 7043

Re: convince vs persuade

con‧vince [transitive] 1 to make someone feel certain that something is true: Her arguments didn't convince everyone, but changes were made. convince somebody (that) Baker had to convince jurors that his client had been nowhere near the scene of the murder. convince somebody of something The offici...
by simplythebest
Thu Apr 23, 2009 4:37 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: write sth. in full
Replies: 1
Views: 1973

write sth. in full

Hello,

Tell me please if "write sth. in full" is OK in:
Complete the sentences with the ordinal numbers written in full.
(the numbers are given as figures, i.e. 6th, 4th, etc.)
Once i read an instruction reading "... written in full letters"

Thanks,
simplythebest :-)
by simplythebest
Wed Apr 22, 2009 4:54 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: "hidden" as adjective
Replies: 1
Views: 637

"hidden" as adjective

Hi,

Could you please tell me if "hidden" in the following instruction is correct:
Find and circle the hidden answers to the questions in the table.
( the answers are hidden in a word search puzzle)

Thank you,
simplythebest
by simplythebest
Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:29 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: "denote" in context
Replies: 1
Views: 2164

"denote" in context

Hi,

I'd like you to tell me whether "denote" is correctly used in:

The missing words denote countries, capitals, nationalities or languages.

Is there a synonym for 'denote' in this context?

Thank you very much,
simplythebest
by simplythebest
Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:34 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: rephrasing
Replies: 1
Views: 816

rephrasing

Hi! I gave my students a test (word search puzzle) titled " Let me show you around our new house"; the subtitle reads: Rooms and buildings around the house. Isn't my subtitle correct as someone suggested? Could someone infer that there may be rooms outside the house as well (because of "and") The bu...
by simplythebest
Mon Apr 20, 2009 10:50 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: rooster vs. cock
Replies: 7
Views: 12718

rooster vs. cock

Hello, I used "rooster' in one of my tests, and my teacher of English told me that "rooster" is used only in American English. Some dictionaries say it is used mainly in AE, so I understand that it is accepted in Br.E. as well, is it not? I need to know whether in contemporary British English it is ...
by simplythebest
Sat Apr 18, 2009 9:01 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: computer studies/ information technology
Replies: 3
Views: 4876

Re: computer studies/ information technology

Dear ETutor, Thank you for your prompt reply. I totally agree with you as to the difference between "computer studies" and "information technology", and in a test I gave my pre-intermediate students titled School Subjects I used "Computer studies". A friend of mine in Kent, the UK, argued that in th...
by simplythebest
Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:42 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: construction with "swap"
Replies: 1
Views: 589

construction with "swap"

Hello! Can you tell me if the sentences are correct: Swap your test with your partner and correct the mistakes in red. or Swap your test with your partner's and correct the mistakes in red. I found the former in a textbook and I think there is something wrong about it but I'm not quite sure what it ...
by simplythebest
Thu Apr 09, 2009 8:48 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: copy-book vs notebook
Replies: 1
Views: 4060

copy-book vs notebook

Hello! I'd like you to tell me if you currently use "copy-book" with the meaning "book with blank pages on which you write notes". In our Romanian-English dictionaries, you will find both "copybook" and "notebook" defined as such. As a student, loooong time ago :-( , I used my copybook to take notes...
by simplythebest
Wed Apr 08, 2009 2:14 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: computer studies/ information technology
Replies: 3
Views: 4876

computer studies/ information technology

Hi again!

In a test on school subjects I found "computer studies", whereas in English Vocabulary in Use by Felicity O'Dell I found "information technology".Are they synonymous (perfectly interchangeable)?

Thank you very much
simplythebest
by simplythebest
Wed Apr 08, 2009 2:00 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: pencil box/pencil case, sharpener/pencil sharpener
Replies: 2
Views: 3970

pencil box/pencil case, sharpener/pencil sharpener

HI! I gave my students a test - SCHOOL OBJECTS - (a word search puzzle) . I wonder whether I was wrong including " pencil box " and " sharpener " as I have found that "pencil case" and "pencil sharpener" are used more often (at least this is what I found - rather too late! - in dictionaries). Are th...
by simplythebest
Wed Apr 08, 2009 1:53 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: constructions with "swap"
Replies: 1
Views: 528

constructions with "swap"

Hello! Can you tell me if the following sentences are correct: a.Swap your test with your partner and correct the mistakes in red. or should it be: b.Swap your test with your partner's and correct the mistakes in red. I found the former in a textbook and I think there is something wrong about it but...
by simplythebest
Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:25 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: 's genitive
Replies: 1
Views: 496

's genitive

Hello!

Could you please tell me if the following sentence is correct:
Your story is interesting indeed, but Alan's is more interesting.
or should I repeat the noun"story"
Your story is interesting indeed, but Alan's story is more interesting.

Thanks a million, {-:
simplythebest
by simplythebest
Mon Mar 30, 2009 3:49 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Expression of time
Replies: 1
Views: 2289

Expression of time

Hi!

What's the English time expression for the underlined group of words in
As they were walking back home, at a certain time Mr White stopped.
(I mean that there came a moment in time when he stopped )

Thanks a million
{-:
by simplythebest
Sun Mar 29, 2009 5:18 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: what's the english for...
Replies: 1
Views: 2412

what's the english for...

Hello again!
Could you tell me what is the English for the person who works in a zoo and looks after the animals there?
Thanks,
simplythebest
by simplythebest
Sun Mar 29, 2009 3:23 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: "halfway" expressions
Replies: 1
Views: 2042

"halfway" expressions

Hi! Could you tell me if the following sentences are correct: Halfway through their car ride back home , he pulled up the car. Halfway back home , he pulled up the car. (in this example "half way back home" does necessarily imply the means of transport used? I mean, can it be also used in relation t...
by simplythebest
Sun Mar 29, 2009 3:15 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: simple past or past continuous
Replies: 1
Views: 528

simple past or past continuous

Hello!

I'd like you to tell me which of the two tenses is correct in:
As they walked / were walking home, Mr. White stopped suddenly.
Thanks,
simplythebest