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Language Questions / Re: Is 'a' needed ?
« Last post by admin on Today at 09:42:28 am »
It could be either. a makes the initiative countable... His grandfather said he would buy him a car if he passed his exam. This was a great initiative for Tom to learn.
Tom goes to the library and gets the most useful books. He has great initiative to learn.
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Language Questions / Is 'a' needed ?
« Last post by Cindy on Today at 02:09:48 am »
Dear all,

Is the indefinite ariticle 'a' needed in this sentence - 'Tom has (a) great initiative to learn.'?

Thanks in advance!

Cindy
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Language Questions / singular or plural?
« Last post by Cindy on May 06, 2021, 04:08:34 am »
Dear all,

Should 'study' be used in singular or plural form in the following sentence?

'Teachers are impressed by his conscientious and enthusiastic attitude in work and (study/studies).
 Please tell why is it so.

Thanks a lot!
Cindy
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Language Questions / Re: is it obligatory to use respectively?
« Last post by admin on May 05, 2021, 09:55:28 am »
You need respectively otherwise it is confusing - they could be job sharing etc.
And you need the plural of the verb - work not works.
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Language Questions / is it obligatory to use respectively?
« Last post by bookworm on May 05, 2021, 01:00:27 am »
I've created the following example sentence:

a) His father and mother works as a manager and a secretary, respectively, at ABC Company.​
b) His father and mother works as a manager and a secretary at ABC Company.​

I just want to confirm if the following statements are true:

1. It's not obligatory to use respectively in that sentence.​
2. If #1 is true, then we can automatically assume that the father works as a manager and the mother as a secretary in that company based on the structure of the sentence (b).​
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Language Questions / Re: relative pronoun
« Last post by Bertha on May 01, 2021, 01:08:36 pm »
Either way is commonly used, but I prefer "in which" since one enters a contest in which they may be a winner.
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Language Questions / WHICH: 'party' or 'woman'
« Last post by Nananara on May 01, 2021, 10:26:36 am »
Hi. In the following sentence (if it makes sense), can WHICH refer to 'party' and 'woman'?
(John, a bachelor, joined some parties and met some women. In every party, his friend invited some women for him.)



John wants to marry someone who his friend invited to a party, but I don?t remember which.


Thank you.
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Language Questions / relative pronoun
« Last post by Cindy on May 01, 2021, 08:47:21 am »
Hi all,

Please comment which relative pronoun is correctly used in the following sentence.

'Being outspoken and articulate, Ella was nominated to take part in the Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival (where/ in which) she was the First Runner-up in English Solo Verse Speaking.

Thank you!
Cindy
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Language Questions / Re: any person with an ulcer...
« Last post by admin on April 29, 2021, 11:21:05 am »
No
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Language Questions / any person with an ulcer...
« Last post by navi on April 29, 2021, 09:21:45 am »
1) Any person with an elderly relative in Los Angeles should know about this program.
2) Any person who has an elderly relative in Los Angeles should know about this program.

3) Any person with an elderly relative living in Los Angeles should know about this program.

4) Any person who has an elderly relative living in Los Angeles should know about this program.


But form a strictly grammatical point of view, is it possible that the person is in LA and the relative is not?

Consider:
1a) Any person with an ulcer in LA...
2a) Any person who has an ulcer in LA...

3a) Any person who has an ulcer living in LA...
4a) Any person with an ulcer living in LA...

Gratefully,
Navi
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