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    Exclamation Grammar

    Noun + Preposition / Adjective + Prep

    It was very kind of all of you to answer the questions I sent last night. I have a question: Is everybody who answers the questions, teachers??? (please, let me know if my structure in the question was correct.)

    1. With the adjective "happy", I can use the prepositions: with, about, that, at depending on the sentence. Is it right?

    2. Is the expression: "on account of" formal or informal???

    3. In the sentence: "The first thing she has to do is listen to any new CDs." Why didn't the writer use "to" or "ing" before the verb "listen"? I mean, I have "verb to be" before it, so I guess I'd say: "The first thing she has to do is to listen/listening to any new CDs. Would it be possible? Why (not)???

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: Grammar

    1. With the adjective "happy", I can use the prepositions: with, about, that, at depending on the sentence. Is it right?

    You can also use the infinitive marker- happy to see you- for- happy for him.

    2. Is the expression: "on account of" formal or informal???

    It's more formal than informal

    3. In the sentence: "The first thing she has to do is listen to any new CDs." Why didn't the writer use "to" or "ing" before the verb "listen"? I mean, I have "verb to be" before it, so I guess I'd say: "The first thing she has to do is to listen/listening to any new CDs. Would it be possible? Why (not)???

    I would say 'to listen' there.

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    Re: Grammar

    It was very kind of all of you to answer the questions I sent last night. I have a question: Is everybody who answers the questions, teachers??? (please, let me know if my structure in the question was correct.)


    Is everybody who answers the questions a teacher?

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    Re: Grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by Dandelion

    Is everybody who answers the questions a teacher?
    I am not a teacher, but a learner.

    And I know the moderators of this forum. So, what I can tell about them so far is they are damn good at English. I'd even say they are experts.

    Not to forget: they are very nice and sometimes funny, too.
    Last edited by tuangpi; 15-Feb-2005 at 18:28. Reason: added 'so far' and 'nice and funny'

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    Re: Grammar

    Sorry, I wasn't asking a question.
    I noticed that Emanuelli's first question had gone unanswered, so I am telling her how to make her question grammatically correct.

    And yes, you are right. You don't have to be a teacher to post a reply.

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    Re: Grammar

    Thank you, Dandelion.




    See you round,

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    Re: Grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by Dandelion
    Is everybody who answers the questions a teacher?
    Yes we do have English teachers here, but many others reply too. If you click on the author's name in a message you can view their profile just to check their occupation.


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    Re: Grammar

    You're welcome, Tuangpi.

    See you!


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