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    A few questions on Grammar

    I'd like to ask you a few questions. Here they are:

    1. What's the American equivalent to the British verb 'swot (up)'?

    2. Is it right that you normall say:
    -this is the usual way of doing smth
    BUT
    -this is a usual way of doing smth?

    3. When should I put a definite article before a proper noun and when not? I've got a couple of examples.
    -London's theatres or the London's theatres

    Russian Literature or the Russian Literature

    I would put no article before them.

    4. How would you say the following phrase:
    -the closest Pushkin's friends
    OR
    Pushkin's closest friends

    5. The last one.
    How should I pronounce '200' in this sentence:
    A.S.Pushkin's 200 jubilee

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: A few questions on Grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by Flash
    I'd like to ask you a few questions. Here they are:

    1. What's the American equivalent to the British verb 'swot (up)'?
    Dunno.

    Quote Originally Posted by Flash
    2. Is it right that you normall say:
    -this is the usual way of doing smth
    BUT
    -this is a usual way of doing smth?
    Say: "This is the usual way of doing it." (There can't be more than one usual way.")

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    3. When should I put a definite article before a proper noun and when not? I've got a couple of examples.
    -London's theatres or the London's theatres

    Russian Literature or the Russian Literature

    I would put no article before them.
    You've got it right. What was the question again?

    Quote Originally Posted by Flash
    4. How would you say the following phrase:
    -the closest Pushkin's friends
    OR
    Pushkin's closest friends
    Pushkin's closest friends

    Quote Originally Posted by Flash
    5. The last one.
    How should I pronounce '200' in this sentence:
    A.S.Pushkin's 200 jubilee
    Say two-hundredth. Also, if you use numerals, spell it 200th.


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    Re: A few questions on Grammar

    1. Do you understand what this verb means?
    2. To tell you the truth, I just misprinted. The second sentence should look as follows:
    This is a common way of doing smth
    3. All right, the question was - should I put a definite article before such expressions as:
    -London's theatres or the London's theatres

    Russian Literature or the Russian Literature
    4-5. Thank you.

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    Re: A few questions on Grammar

    I've been swotting all week. = I've been cramming all week. AmE
    I'm swotting up on German. = I'm cramming for my German exam. AmE

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: A few questions on Grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by Flash
    1. Do you understand what this verb means?
    2. To tell you the truth, I just misprinted. The second sentence should look as follows:
    This is a common way of doing smth
    3. All right, the question was - should I put a definite article before such expressions as:
    -London's theatres or the London's theatres

    Russian Literature or the Russian Literature
    4-5. Thank you.
    No. Do not use the definite article ("the") in such a case.


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