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    not awfully serious

    What do you call a video of pedestrians?
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    -gry

    How many words do you know that end in '-gry'?
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    difficult to pronounce

    I am making a list of English words which are hard to pronounce, or whose pronounciation may be uncertain. If you have any likely candidates, please send them or post them. I already have all the words with *ough in the list! Thanks
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    just checking my spell checker :)

    I find this quite fascinating. All due respect for your heroic efforts. You've nearly written a book! I want one of the candies that is/are red! You read this and see: candies that are red. I read it and see: I want one that is red. The bit I don't like is that the sentence should be...
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    just checking my spell checker :)

    3. The apple is one the group of plants that are called fruits. Correct (except for the missing of) No problem with that. You may have noticed that there is a slight difference between: 1) 'This is one (of the activities) that is not suitable for everyone.' and your sentence 3) above? Those...
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    just checking my spell checker :)

    1) 'This is one (of the activities) that are not suitable for everyone.' is not a correct sentence. It is ungrammatical. The problem lies in knowing what the antecedent of the pronoun 'that' is. It can have only one antecedent, as this is not an ambiguous sentence. To the untrained eye, it is...
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    just checking my spell checker :)

    *This is one of the activities that are not suitable for everyone. Lets assume, just for fun, that 'This' refers, from earlier discourse to 'reading'. *Reading is one of the activities that are not suitable for everyone. Still want to stick with are? Of the activities is an adjunct, because I...
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    just checking my spell checker :)

    Yeah, got that wrong, must still be jet-lagged ( he said lamely). That as a relative pronoun can be plural. It does however refer to one, not to activities. 'Activities', as the complement of the preposition 'of' is part of an adjunct, can be left out, and is not the noun to which the pronoun...
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    just checking my spell checker :)

    This is one of the activities that is not suitable for everyone. That is a singular pronoun. Its plural is those. So if it were the pronoun form of activities, you would have to write: '* This is one of the activities those are not suitable for everyone.' Which is not good!!! 'that' refers to...
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    what is a simple sentence?

    "The students I teach have made better grades in the past few weeks." This sentence contains a zero relative clause: '(that) I teach' It could be written: "The students that I teach have made better grades in the past few weeks." It contains a main clause and a dependent clause, and is...
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    none/neither

    You probably know that verbs are inflected for person and number. Take the verb 'have'. He [ 3rd Person, singular ] has They [ 3rd Person, plural ] have So, all you have to decide is: How many people does the pronoun 'none' represent? One, or more? You see the difficulty now? 'None' is no...
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    "He was to... "

    He was to have been sentenced yesterday. There is no 'was to'. A sentence is composed of one or more clauses. A clause consists, at least in a declarative clause, of a subject and a main verb. In addition, a clause may or may not contain an auxiliary verb or verbs. Auxiliaries, when present...
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    Functions of participial phrases

    I thought the idea of descriptive grammar is to explain natural language, not tell it what it should be. Are you saying playing football is a semantic null?
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    Will Vs Would

    'I will' is the present tense of 'will', 'I would' is the past tense of 'will'. If you use will before another verb, although it is the simple present tense, it is used in English to indicate the future tense, as English has no 'future tense'. This is probably what Raymott means. Would...
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    singular or plural value

    The quality is singular, or it would be the qualities. The PP modifier doesn't change this fact.
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