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by Rustamsher
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Test
Replies: 1
Views: 320

Test

The students looked as though they ... out.

1) were going
2) went
3) would go
4) had been going

I'm not certain about the exact answer.

Which answer is correct?

Thanks.
by Rustamsher
Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Verb choice
Replies: 1
Views: 283

Verb choice

Hello,Alan! I read the following on some forum: '' 'He has been a successful manager in the past, that's why he got the job ," he said. I wonder if Pres. Perf. is optional there. Since his successful managerial career is obviously in the past and we have no duration specified, why not go for: 1) “He...
by Rustamsher
Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Understand
Replies: 1
Views: 498

Understand

Hi, Alan Has the verb 'understand' become 'non-stative'? On another language forum an American English teacher wrote that the question 'Are you understanding?' is perfectly correct English. What is the difference between ' Are you understanding me ?' and the standard question 'do you understand me?'...
by Rustamsher
Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: come + V-ing
Replies: 1
Views: 479

come + V-ing

1) He came hurrying up the path.
2) She came running across the field.
3) The horse came racing around the corner.
4) My dog always comes bounding out of the car.

In this case is V-ing a gerund or an participle?

Thanks.
by Rustamsher
Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Conditional
Replies: 1
Views: 494

Conditional

The following has been taken from a sports article: However, things could have been different for the Catalans if the officials wouldn’t make a mistake in the 30’th minute, disallowing the Blaugrana a clear goal. I just know that hadn't made would be correct in lieu of wouldn't make in the if-clause...
by Rustamsher
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Use of the definite article with the name of bridges
Replies: 1
Views: 527

Use of the definite article with the name of bridges

I have noticed that Americans tend to use 'the' with the names of bridges more than British do. Just one example, I often read Brooklyn Bridge (without 'the') in grammar books written by English writers whilst the Brooklyn Bridge by Americans. Is there some difference or tendency to use it? Many tha...
by Rustamsher
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: attempt to do/doing
Replies: 1
Views: 469

attempt to do/doing

Hello Alan!

1) "He is going to attempt skydiving with no parachute."
2) "He is going to attempt to skydive with no parachute."

Which one is grammatically correct (or are both of them correct)?

Thanks..
by Rustamsher
Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Article
Replies: 1
Views: 555

Article

1) The meeting was cancelled due to bad weather.
2) The meeting was cancelled due to the bad weather.

Which sentence is grammatically correct?

Thanks.
by Rustamsher
Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Verb + verb (fear)
Replies: 1
Views: 446

Verb + verb (fear)

a) Women feared to go out at night.
b) I fear flying in airplanes.

Are V + V-ing and V + V-to do with the verb fear interchangable?

Many thanks.
by Rustamsher
Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Verb + verb (neglect)
Replies: 1
Views: 372

Verb + verb (neglect)

1) He neglected to inform them of his arrival. 2) Sometimes she neglects doing her homework. 3) The man neglected to give me all the information. 4) He neglected doing his daily chores. Dear Alan,I have gathered the above sentences from different sources. However, I am not sure of this correctness. ...
by Rustamsher
Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Verb + verb (omit)
Replies: 1
Views: 437

Verb + verb (omit)

Hello Alan! (1) Oliver omitted to mention that he was married. (2) We omitted discussing the new Smith account during the meeting. (3) His new girlfriend had omitted to tell him she was married. I have seen the sentences above in various articles on the Net. Which form is grammatically correct: omit...
by Rustamsher
Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: The present continuous vs. the future continuous
Replies: 1
Views: 779

The present continuous vs. the future continuous

I'll think of you when ... on the beach next week.

a) I'll be lying
b) I'm lying
c) I'm being laid
d) I'm going to lie

My answer is #b, but the key is #a. Could you explain why I am wrong?

Thanks.
by Rustamsher
Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Conditional sentence
Replies: 1
Views: 659

Conditional sentence

Hello Alan,

Could you please help me with the following test?

If the weather had been better, we ... in the mountains by now.

a) would be
b) will be
c) had been
d) would have been

I am hesitating between two answers: a) and d)

Thanks.
by Rustamsher
Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:43 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Article
Replies: 1
Views: 655

Article

I'd appreciate it if you would answer my question about the following sentences. Thanks in advance. A: Construction of a skyscraper is difficult. B: The construction of a skyscraper is difficult. Can I say A means that generally constructing a skyscraper is difficult. Can I say B also means that con...
by Rustamsher
Fri Sep 04, 2015 5:37 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: confess (to)
Replies: 1
Views: 1592

confess (to)

Julie to her neighbour: Yes, it was me who started that ugly rumour about you. I'm sorry. Julie confessed (to) starting an ugly rumour about her neighbour. I came across the sentences above on the Net the other day. Is the second sentence correct as written, that's, is 'to" after the verb confess op...
by Rustamsher
Fri Sep 04, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Gerund vs Participle
Replies: 1
Views: 1441

Gerund vs Participle

He immediately called the police when he found his flat having been robbed.


Is the underlined phrase the perfect passive gerund or perfect passive participle?


Thanks.
by Rustamsher
Thu Jul 30, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Grammar Help
Replies: 2
Views: 1941

Re: Grammar Help

Hello! Please help me with this test. In my opinion, the meanings of these words (either and too) are the same. What are the differences of these 2 words? Yes, in certain contexts the meanings of them are the same. Please note that the former is used in negations whereas the latter is used in affir...
by Rustamsher
Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:25 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: takes or take
Replies: 4
Views: 3793

Re: takes or take

HI!

The following link may help you:

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by Rustamsher
Thu Jul 02, 2015 1:47 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Please, help me in this strange test!
Replies: 8
Views: 2762

Re: Please, help me in this strange test!

Hello!

Perhaps it was a technical problem. What do you mean by "Sorry, I don't get it" in your previous letter.

Thanks in advance. :-)
by Rustamsher
Wed Jul 01, 2015 5:56 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Please, help me in this strange test!
Replies: 8
Views: 2762

Re: Please, help me in this strange test!

Hi, Muhayyo!

How's your getting along with your study?
Obviously, you seem not to have read my private message!
by Rustamsher
Fri Jun 26, 2015 10:57 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Please, help me in this strange test!
Replies: 8
Views: 2762

Re: Please, help me in this strange test!

Thank you! )))

I sent you a message..
by Rustamsher
Fri Jun 26, 2015 7:01 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Please, help me in this strange test!
Replies: 8
Views: 2762

Re: Please, help me in this strange test!

Hi! If you refer to some grammar books written by Russian linguists,it is (as you said) correct . I once used a number of Russsian materials. But now I prefer using the materials written by native English speakers and I recommend you use it too. If you are preparing for the test set by *'DTM' (State...
by Rustamsher
Thu Jun 25, 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Text
Replies: 2
Views: 3146

Re: Text

IMO, d)
by Rustamsher
Thu Jun 25, 2015 12:34 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Please, help me in this strange test!
Replies: 8
Views: 2762

Re: Please, help me in this strange test!

Hi, Muhayyo! Answer: (a) farms (c) in Source: http://www.google.ru/url?url=http://www.chourok.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/4_3.pdf&rct=j&frm=1&q=&esrc=s&sa=U&ei=Y_OLVbrLLMH2-AGLqID4Cg&ved=0CCAQFjAC&usg=AFQjCNErk7ihjl_J-sva_oLE--SlJmlnUA N.B.: Please help me WITH this strange test (a comma is not n...
by Rustamsher
Tue Jun 16, 2015 8:35 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Past progressive after the past perfect (follow-up question)
Replies: 1
Views: 1038

Past progressive after the past perfect (follow-up question)

(a) I had lost my keys when I was going to the post office. (b) I lost my keys when I was going to the post office. Dear Alan, as far as I know both of the sentences are grammatically correct. However, I have two questions: 1) Are they semantically identical (i.e, do they mean the same)? 2) Which se...
by Rustamsher
Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:53 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Tenses
Replies: 1
Views: 1003

Tenses

1) Who are the people who have gone on strike?
2) Who are the people who went on strike?
3) Who are the people who had gone on strike?

Which of the sentence(s) above is/are correct?

Thanks.
by Rustamsher
Wed May 20, 2015 4:10 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Questions
Replies: 1
Views: 1188

Questions

1. You must keep it secret[adj].
2. You must keep it as a secret[n].

Note:
n = noun
adj = adjective.

Dear Alan, I have two questions:

1) Are these sentences grammatically correct?
2) Do they have the same meaning?

Thanks.
by Rustamsher
Sat May 16, 2015 4:56 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: consider as
Replies: 1
Views: 1208

consider as

I have always believed that it is not correct to say "consider as", but quite recently I have googled "considered as" and got about 1 million hits from UK pages only. What about sentences like: (a) All such cases will be considered as severe plagiarism. (b) I considered him as belonging to a group o...
by Rustamsher
Thu May 14, 2015 5:53 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: An -ing verb form
Replies: 1
Views: 1311

An -ing verb form

I don't object to any of my mistakes being corrected.

Alan, is the phrase the passive gerund or participial passive?

Thanks.
by Rustamsher
Thu May 07, 2015 12:28 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Article
Replies: 1
Views: 1178

Article

Hello Alan,

“It is impossible to compare the play of a Messi to a Zidane to a Van Basten to a Maldini all of whom play very different areas.”

What do you think the author meant to express by adding the article to names?

Thanks.
by Rustamsher
Thu Apr 23, 2015 6:21 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Since-clause
Replies: 1
Views: 1352

Since-clause

Hello Alan, I have a problem choosing the right grammar tense. Context: Peter started doing something (reading a book) some time ago and still doing it. At a certain moment of time when Peter was reading a book Mike started watching TV and he is still doing it. The two actions are still in progress....
by Rustamsher
Fri Apr 17, 2015 10:39 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Article
Replies: 1
Views: 1422

Article

Hello Alan, 1a. We live on Earth , which is the 3rd planet in the solar system. 1b. We live on the Earth , which is the 3rd planet in the solar system. 2a. Yuri Gagarin (a Soviet Russia cosmonaut), the first man in outer space, completed an orbit of Earth on 12 April 1961. 2b. Yuri Gagarin (a Soviet...
by Rustamsher
Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:57 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Tag question
Replies: 1
Views: 1368

Tag question

Your father told me you were going to work abroad,......?

(a) didn't he
(b) weren't you

a) Which tag is more correct in terms of grammar?
b) Which one is the better/sounds more natural in this sentence?

Thanks a million.
by Rustamsher
Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:50 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Singular/plural
Replies: 1
Views: 1425

Singular/plural

Hello Alan, What contributes to the luxurious experience that makes the guests want to come again and again are the amazing swimming pools (yes, in plural). One is meant for fun activities and adventure, and the other for relaxation and spending some peaceful time, surrounded by 85 hectares of wonde...
by Rustamsher
Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:31 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Gallows
Replies: 1
Views: 1475

Gallows

Is the word 'gallows' singular or plural'? Gallows is/was/has ... OR Gallows are/were/have ... I read some sentences regarding this topic on the Net: • For centuries, they exercised the power of life and death; a stone stands where the gallows were formerly erected, and indicates that here they exer...
by Rustamsher
Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:47 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Being
Replies: 1
Views: 1507

Being

The Mahabharata or Mahābhārata is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, the other being the Ramayana.

1) Can I use 'is' in lieu of 'being'?
2)
a) What's the grammatical function of 'being' here?
b) What's the grammatical name for 'being' here?
by Rustamsher
Wed Feb 18, 2015 1:08 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: enjoy + object + gerund
Replies: 1
Views: 1756

enjoy + object + gerund

Thank you for the answer, Alan! In my previous query I wrote the sentence 'I enjoy others praising me' (which is,in fact, said by my non-native English teacher) I once read in some English grammar book that some verbs can't have an object before an -ing form and 'enjoy' is included in that list. Is ...
by Rustamsher
Tue Feb 17, 2015 2:15 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Enjoy + ing
Replies: 1
Views: 1587

Enjoy + ing

I enjoy being praised . Is the verb form in italics passive gerund or passive participle? My non-native English teacher told me that the passive sentence 'I enjoy being praised (by others)' comes from the active sentence 'I enjoy others praising me' in which 'praising' is a participle, and not a ger...
by Rustamsher
Sat Dec 13, 2014 8:49 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Except/except for
Replies: 1
Views: 1796

Except/except for

1a. Except Bobur all the invitees turned up. 1b. Except for Bobur all the invitees turned up. 2a. Except the C in geometry, he made all A's this term. 2b. Except for the C in geometry, he made all A's this term. 3a. Nobody helped me except you. 3b. Nobody helped me except for you. Which of the sente...
by Rustamsher
Sat Nov 15, 2014 1:33 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Prone to do/doing
Replies: 1
Views: 5055

Prone to do/doing

Hello Alan, When I looked the word up in the dictionaries, I got two different results: (1) In the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English: prone to do something Kids are all prone to eat junk food. *While in the Cambridge Dictionaries Online: be prone to sth/doind sth He's prone to forgetting th...
by Rustamsher
Wed Nov 12, 2014 12:38 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: can't stand doing and can't stand to do
Replies: 1
Views: 3307

can't stand doing and can't stand to do

Hello Alan, Since I began to conduct a little research into 'Gerund and Infinitive', I have been learning this issue thoroughly and I'm still doing research. :-) My observation (through many grammar books and Net pages) is as follows: So many American (English) linguistics say that the verb can't st...
by Rustamsher
Thu Oct 23, 2014 11:45 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Article
Replies: 1
Views: 2176

Article

Dear Alan, I once asked the same query but did not received any reply and the reason was sent to my e-mail. However, I'm asking this question again, because I have had two different answers. In fact, this was a test: If you don't get better, I will take you to ... hospital. (a) - (b) an (c) a (d) th...
by Rustamsher
Tue Jun 10, 2014 3:13 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Article
Replies: 1
Views: 1405

Article

Hello, Alan! I would like to know which sentence is correct: (a) 'If I were mayor , I would follow the expression: 'Less talk, more work.' or (b) 'If I were a mayor , I would follow the expression: 'Less talk, more work.' Should we use the article 'a' in this case? Thank you for your time!
by Rustamsher
Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:49 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Comma
Replies: 1
Views: 1425

Comma

I played a fun game, making me happy.

Is the comma optional or obligatory?

Thanks.
by Rustamsher
Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:34 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Questions
Replies: 1
Views: 1285

Questions

(1) I played a fun game, which made me happy.
(2) I played a fun game, making me happy.

#1. Are sentences #1 and #2 interchangeable?
#2. Is the comma in (2) optional or obligatory?


Thanks.
by Rustamsher
Sun Apr 27, 2014 3:41 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: count/non-count
Replies: 1
Views: 1237

count/non-count

Hello, Alan: 1 (a) Please apologize if what I said is a nonsense . (b) Please apologize if what I said is nonsense . 2 (a) Whatever he talks is a nonsense . (b) Whatever he talks is nonsense . 3 (a) The government's housing policy is a nonsense . (b) The government's housing policy is nonsense . 4 (...
by Rustamsher
Mon Apr 21, 2014 3:27 am
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Modal
Replies: 1
Views: 1577

Modal

- I have eaten far too much
- Oh, it. . . . . all that exercise.

a) must be
b) has to be

Which of the option(s) is/are correct? If both are correct, is there a difference in terms of formality?

Thanks.
by Rustamsher
Fri Apr 11, 2014 3:12 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Just now (Present perfect vs. Past simple)
Replies: 1
Views: 2946

Just now (Present perfect vs. Past simple)

(1) I've eaten my breakfast just now.
(2) I ate my breakfast just now.


Which of the sentences above is/are grammatically correct?

Thanks.
by Rustamsher
Tue Mar 18, 2014 2:25 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: possessive vs. objective
Replies: 1
Views: 1857

possessive vs. objective

1. Did you hear of his being killed?
2. Did you hear of him being killed?

Are both grammatically correct?

Thanks.