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    Exclamation Grammar

    a) Please, last night I saw the following sentence:
    * Do you like pear?
    * Which do you prefer: eggplant or cucumbers?
    ** Shouldn't the writer have said: "Do you like pears"? / "Which do you prefer: eggplants or cucumbers?
    (The sentences were seen in an English book)

    b) When we say: "She is tall."/ "They are happy". (Is there a name for this kind of structure?) I mean, the use of adjective after verb "to be"without repeating the noun, like "She is a tall woman".

    c) Is it right to say: "share the bills"?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emanuelli
    Do you like pear?
    Which do you prefer: eggplant or cucumbers?
    Shouldn't the writer have said: "Do you like pears"? / "Which do you prefer: eggplants or cucumbers?
    More context is needed. (Note, Do you like pear? could mean, do you like pear flavor?)

    b) When we say: "She is tall."/ "They are happy". (Is there a name for this kind of structure?) I mean, the use of adjective after verb "to be"without repeating the noun, like "She is a tall woman".
    Those structures are called copular constructions, or linking structures:

    Subject + Linking verb + Predicate Adjective.

    c) Is it right to say: "share the bills"?
    Depends on the context. "Share [in paying] the bills" is OK.

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