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by McKinney
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Must in the past tense
Replies: 1
Views: 311

Must in the past tense

Hi, We knew that we must not become exhausted. I read this sentence in a book and I want to know why "We knew" is in the past but "we must not become exhausted" is in the present. I know "had to" is usually the past tense of must but "We knew that we had not to become exhausted sounds strange. I'm l...
by McKinney
Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Quantifier
Replies: 1
Views: 164

Quantifier

Hi Alan,

I can't decide what quantifier is used with "emissions". I know it is coutable and uncountable but if I had to choose in an exam, I couldn't answer.

The emissions are less.
The emissions are lower.
The emissions are fewer.

Thanks for your help. {-:
by McKinney
Tue May 15, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Using 'Anything'
Replies: 1
Views: 614

Using 'Anything'

Hi everyone,

Can anyone tell me why I can't say "I didn't sleep anything last night"? I can't find why it's wrong.

Thanks!
by McKinney
Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Subject or Object Pronoun
Replies: 1
Views: 780

Subject or Object Pronoun

Hi there, I thought I knew the difference between subject and object pronouns until this sentence: I think just her and me are going out tomorrow. OR I think just she and I are going out tomorrow. I know that the first I is the subject, but is the other two pronouns subject too or object? :~: Thank ...
by McKinney
Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Past Tense?
Replies: 1
Views: 400

Past Tense?

Hi, in the sentence below we are talking about the future, so can you tell me why "collected" is in the past?

"I'll call you tomorrow to tell you how you will be collected at the train station."

Thanks!
by McKinney
Fri May 12, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Can or Should
Replies: 1
Views: 1009

Can or Should

Hi, I did an exercise and my native English speaking friend said the correct answer is B and my teacher said the correct answer is C. Can you please tell me which one is correct? Here is the exercise:- Rarely __________ have been faced with such a daunting problem. a) a minister can b) can a ministe...
by McKinney
Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Adjective Order
Replies: 1
Views: 596

Adjective Order

Hi Alan,

Can you tell me why the word order in these sentences are different if it's: style - colour - noun? Is it because "dark" isn't a colour?

She has curly red hair.
She has dark curly hair.

Thanks a lot!
by McKinney
Thu Nov 24, 2016 4:38 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: No problem for/to me.
Replies: 1
Views: 5009

No problem for/to me.

Hi, can you tell me what the different meaning is for these two sentences or do they have the same meaning? There's no problem for me to have three people at the meeting. & There's no problem to me to have three people at the meeting. If I used "it's" instead of "there's" would it make any differenc...
by McKinney
Fri Nov 04, 2016 4:35 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Fun & Funny
Replies: 1
Views: 609

Fun & Funny

Hi, why can I say "very funny" but not "very fun" and "real fun" but not "real funny"? What choices do I have to emphasise "fun" and "funny"?

Thanks!
by McKinney
Mon Oct 10, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: More than one apostrophe S for possession.
Replies: 1
Views: 584

More than one apostrophe S for possession.

Hi, is this sentence correct?

I am going out with my friend's uncle's daughter.

Can two apostrophes be used like this? If they can, what is it called. I can't find anything on the Internet.

Thank you!
by McKinney
Sun Oct 09, 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: In spite of & Such as +?
Replies: 1
Views: 602

In spite of & Such as +?

Hi, I can't find information about what I can put after "in spite of" and "such as". Are any of the following correct? Are there any rules? In spite of having fun... In spite of her having fun... In spite of she having fun... In spite of have fun... In spite of to have fun... In spite of good night....
by McKinney
Fri Oct 07, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Grammar "inch"
Replies: 1
Views: 780

Grammar "inch"

Hi, could you please tell me what the word "inch" is in the following sentence, a verb, adjective? If it is a verb, why is "to" not used before "inch"? The Iberian lynx is the world's most endangered feline species. However, conservation measures have seen its population inch above 400. Thank you!
by McKinney
Tue Sep 20, 2016 4:48 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Passive Voice in Reported Speech - Tenses
Replies: 1
Views: 1288

Passive Voice in Reported Speech - Tenses

Hi Alan, can you confirm that when the passive voice is used in reported speech you go back a tense in exactly the same way as reporting an active voice sentence? For example:- The book was written by J.K. Rowling. Changes to She said that the book was written by J.K. Rowling. & She said that the bo...
by McKinney
Wed Jul 13, 2016 3:48 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Past Perfect or Simple
Replies: 1
Views: 800

Past Perfect or Simple

Hi, I've been told that 1 is wrong and 2 is correct, but I thought that the past perfect is used for two things in the past one happening before the other. :~: 1. My grandparents had only known each other a few months before they got married. 2. My grandparents only knew each other a few months befo...
by McKinney
Sat Jun 18, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Zero Conditional
Replies: 1
Views: 752

Zero Conditional

Hi, can you tell me if the following sentence is a zero conditional?

If you have a problem, tell me.

I'm confused because I thought I need "will" for something real/a 1st conditional. Is this like a fact, so it's zero? Is it like "If you have time, call me."

Thank you!
by McKinney
Thu Apr 14, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Need or Need to
Replies: 1
Views: 595

Need or Need to

Hi, My teacher told me that you don't use "to" in an affirmative sentence with the verb "need", but my native English friend (who is not a teacher) said I can. So can you tell me if these four sentences are all correct? No one need know about this. I need know about this. No one needs to know about ...
by McKinney
Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:08 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Would or Used to
Replies: 1
Views: 731

Would or Used to

Hi, could you please tell me why these two sentences are not correct? I remember we would go fishing every morning when I was a child. It was great. Now, I am an accountant and I don't have any free time. My grandfather would swim in this river. Unfortunately, now it's forbidden. I can't find the re...
by McKinney
Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:08 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Subjects after connectors
Replies: 1
Views: 897

Subjects after connectors

Hi, my problem is knowing when I need and don't need a subject after a connector and I can't find any rule or information on the Internet. For example do I need "we" after "but" in the following sentence? We were early, but we went home. or When do I need and don't need a subject after a connector a...