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    [Grammar] People believed he was innocent->He was believed to be innocent

    I've already mentioned this problem here. Unfortunately, I still don't get it :/ My teacher explained it this way: 1. People said he was innocent. He was said to be innocent. 2. People said he had been angry. He was said to have been angry. But it is contrary to what I've learned here...
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    [Grammar] He is hoped to win

    People hope he will win. Can I change it into a personal construction in the passive voice? He is hoped to win. Or is only an impersonal construcion possible? It is hoped he will win.
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    [Grammar] "this/that" in reported speech

    I've got a question to turn into reported speech and it's out-of-date reporting: "Who is this man?" the old lady asked her husband. According to what I've learned about "this/that" + noun in reported speech, it should be: The old lady asked her husband who the man was. Is this correct? The...
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    [Grammar] I was thinking about doing it for a long time, but then I decided not to

    I've got a problem with this sentence: I was thinking about doing it for a long time, but then I decided not to. I don't understand why the past continuous is used here? I thought that we use it when we want to show that an action was in progress in the past. But we don't use it when we have a...
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    [Grammar] Could I use it? No, you couldn't use it

    The way I know it is: You cannot answer "Can/Could I use your pen?" with "Yes, you could/No, you could't". That's according to "Grammarway 5" by Jenny Dooley and Virginia Evans (Express Publishing). But I've just found information in "Destination C1&C2" (Macmillan) that: For refusals, we can...
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    How's the ...?

    I've got a letter to complete. It's a standard letter from holidays. It's embarrassing because it's from a workbook for beginners and I have no idea what to put there :/ I'd like to ask for your help. It goes like this: Greetings from Spain. [details about my holidays] Right now I'm drinking...
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    Passive voice of "listen to"

    Is it possible to change this sentence into the passive voice: All students listened to the teacher. The teacher was listened to. "Listen" is an intransitive verb. But what about "listen to"?
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    [Grammar] Guilty about her treatment of her family

    She is guilty about her treatment of her family. Does it mean: 1. She is ashamed and sad because of the way she treats her family. or 2. She is ashamed and sad because of the way her family treats her.
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    [Grammar] 22 "twenty two"

    Is it possible to write 22 as 'twenty two', without a dash? I'm curious because I've heard from a 10-year-old child that the teacher told them that they could write such numbers with or without a dash. For me it has always been "twenty-two". Maybe it is some kind of a simplification for...
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    [Grammar] The more ...., the less ....

    The more e-books are available on the Internet, the less frequently people buy traditional books. Is the second part of this sentence correct?
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    [Grammar] The moot question

    On several Polish websites I've found such a sentence. It is used in an opening paragraph in an argumentative essay: [Ban on smoking in public places] The moot question is whether it has only positive sides, or if it is a negative trend. I'm wondering if it is correct.
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    [Grammar] I attend to agree with the opponents

    Does such an expression exist: I attend to agree with the opponents.
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    [Grammar] A family life

    Do we use "a" before "life" in the following sentences: 1. I have no time for family life. or 2. I have no time for a family life. 3. She spends all day at work so she doesn't have private life. or 4. She spends all day at work so she doesn't have a private life.
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    [Grammar] How is it with being rich?

    Is this a correct question: How is it with being rich? Does it only have positive sides?
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    [Grammar] Joe's dog has got a thick fur

    When we talk about animals do we treat "fur" as a countable noun or an uncountable noun? I've found in a book: A bear has got a thick fur. And in the same book: Joe's dog has got thick fur.
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