Hello.Originally Posted by weiqun ding
Try, Could I trouble you to solve two questions (for me)?
1. That is ________________for you to understand.
D. is incorrect. It should be 'an easy enough book'.
C. is incorrect. It should be 'an easy enough book'
B. is correct.
A. is incorrect. It should be 'an easy enough book'
It should be an easy book. (adjective)
It should be an easy enough book. (adverb post-modifying 'easy')
2. It ______that he will not be able to solve the problem without help.
A. is incorrect. Try, It looks as if he will not...
B. is incorrect. 'if' and 'that' are near synonyms; use one or the other.
C is incorrect. 'appeared' is past tense; Try, present tense 'appears'
D. is correct.
On a final note, what's with all the SHOUTING below?
Try,Originally Posted by weiqun ding
I'm an ESL teacher at a vocational high school and when I'm teaching English and even when I am studying English on my own, I come across a lot of problems, for example the difference between the usage of similar greetings such as "How is everything with you?" and "How are things?", which often confuse me and my students. Could you help? Thank you.
In response, "How are things (with you)?" and "How is everything with you?" mean the same thing, so don't let them confuse you or your students anymore:
How's everything? (How's this, that, and everything else?)
How are things? (How's this, that, and everything else?)
The grammar is different (i.e., is/are) because the words they agree with are different. Singular 'is' agrees with singular 'everything' and plural 'are' agrees with plural 'things'.
everything has a synonym: all things. If we delete "all", we are left with plural "things".
Input: How is everything?
[b]Change 'everything' and Contract: How's things? (OK; informal)
Change 'is' to 'are': How are things? (OK)
Output: How are things?
So you see, "How are things?" is short for "How is everything?" They mean the same thing. 8)
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