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    [Idiom] To singe their ears

    One of my students asked me about what appears to be an idiom. source: All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes What does "to singe their ears" mean?
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    A question on a sentential structure

    The annual carbon dioxide emission rate has more than tripledI have hard time explaining this sentence structure to my students. I know it has the present perfect form of 'triple'. The difficulty lies in 'more than'. If it is simply 'more', it is a sort of adverb. Having thought about it for...
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    What little bread....

    Thank you for your reply. Do you consider 'what little' to be a collocation? Where is this use of 'what' derived from? Could it have come from "What little bread I have!, exclamation mood?
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    What little bread....

    In the two sentences below, can I replace 'what' with 'whatever'? Is 'whatever' preferable to 'what'? If not, what does 'what' mean?
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    Grammatical term for omitting the subject

    In the examples below, the subject is missing in the subordinating clause highlighted in blue. I would like to know the grammatical explanation or term for omitting the subject. Can you help me? It was three-quarters empty, as was usual at this hour. The 1930s saw several policy changes...
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    How do I change it to an active voice?

    OK, so there is no equivalent active form of ''He is said to be a smart man.'. I was just wondering how and where this particular passive form came to be?
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    How do I change it to an active voice?

    I must have difficulty explaining my question. He is told to speak to his dad. Someone told him to speak to his dad. You believe him to be an honest person. He is belived to be an honest person by you. [They say him to work hard.] He is said to work too hard by them. [They say him to...
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    How do I change it to an active voice?

    Thank you for your help. I was looking for some other explanation. Let me explain what I am looking for with a rather long statement. I saw him speak to my dad. He was seen to speak to my dad. In the above example, one can clearly see the close and predictable fomula or relationship...
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    How do I change it to an active voice?

    Can you tell me how I can chage the following sentence to an active voice? French face-transplant recipient is said to be doing well.
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    fool you from doing something...

    Hi, I've come across a particular usage of 'fool' as illustrated in the following sentences. It appears that 'fool you from doing something' means 'deceive you and stop you from doing something'. Is it a correct assumption and is this usage common? I've not been able to locate any...
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    Is 'have' used as a causaative verb?

    I will have my homework done by Monday. Do you think I mean I will have it done by someone else? I don't think so.
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    Is 'have' used as a causaative verb?

    Thank you for your response. I was referring to the passive causative structure in 410 Grammar: Causatives
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    Is 'have' used as a causaative verb?

    In the following sentence, is 'have' used as a causative verb? I have ten more years left. Thank you for your help. Jay
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    except or except for..

    I have the following two sets of statements. Are they different from each other in the meaning? I wouldn't have accepted anything except a job in Europe. I don't take any drugs whatsoever, except aspirin for colds. I wouldn't have accepted anything except for a job in Europe. I don't take...
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    ... different in that ...

    I've been taught that one can't use a that~ clause after a proposition. But I often come across the following construction. How do you explain this discrepancy? Links in hypertext are new in that they can be followed automatically. SQLite is different in that copyright law simply does not...