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    [Grammar] Always singular?

    We've learned that words like somebody, everybody, nobody and so on are used in a singular context. But what if a sentence is designed like this: If everybody just ________ as they are told, everything will work out. Do we use 'does' or 'do' on the empty spot? Singular or plural? Here we...
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    [Grammar] Future - Will and going to

    I'm having some trouble figuring out the rules for the use of will and going to when talking about the future. I have learned that one of the most important distinctions between the two is that "will" is used in spontaneous situations, whereas "going to" is used in situations where one already...
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    [Grammar] happy New Year or happy new year?

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all users of this forum! Or is it a happy New Year?? In some dictonaries, I found that the expression: "Happy New Year" is written with initial capital, whereas "I wiah you a happy new year" is written with lower case initial. In "Merry Christmas!"...
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    [Grammar] s' or s's in possesive forms?

    As I have come to understand, today it's equally legal to use the s' and s's solution when dealing with possesive forms. For example: Chris' dog / Chris's dog. But what about the situations where we are not dealing with a name? In this case, I would definetely go with the s' option - but is...
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    [Grammar] -ing or not?

    I stumbled upon this sentence which in my oppinion isn't correct: "The dog barked when the neighbour walked by the garden gate". I'd say that the correct sentence would be: "The dog barked when the neighbour was walking by the garden gate", according to the rule of one action interrupting...
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    [Grammar] To do - which form?

    Which would be the correct answer in this case? Why would he not come with us? He a) doesn´t / b) didn´t know we left. Could you use both? a) meaning that we have just left, he didn't know it at the time and he still doesn't because nobody has told him? This is happening right now...
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    [Grammar] Put or lay?

    Hello! Which is the more correct alternative? To put the keys on the table or to lay the keys on the table. Kind regards Thomas
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    [Grammar] Near here or nearby?

    I've seen some examples of people using "near here" while I find it more correct to use "nearby". For example: My friends live near here / nearby Can you actually say "near here"?
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    [Grammar] Future

    I recently stumbled upon an internet test concerning English grammar. One of the questions had 4 different choises to select from. Two of those were: 1) One of my friends is coming to meet us here. 2) One of my friends will come and meet us here. Wouldn't the more correct sentence be: 3)...
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    [Grammar] that or which?

    Anyone who can help me with this one? Which is the more correct sentence? I had never heard of the movie that he gave me I had never heard of the movie which he gave me And why?
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    Older / Oldest?

    I have two cats. The white one is the older / oldest. I have two toothbrushes. The blue one is the older / oldest. Which one would be the correct one to pick? Do we use 'older' when talking about two and only two animals/items, although they're not human beings who are not relatives (in...
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    [Grammar] Will or going to? Three examples

    Hello! Could anyone help me out with the following three sentences: 1) The mall will / is going to open next week. 2) The next Olympic Games will / are going to be held in China. 3) The new highway will / is going to connect City A and City B. What would be the correct choise(s) in...
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    [Grammar] Will or going to - The rule of evidence?

    I've learned that when predicting the future without having ant evidence indicating that the prediction will come true, we use 'will' in stead of 'going to'. Let's use this sentence as an example: 'Johnny's sister is going to have a baby'. Using the argument above, wouldn't the correct...
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    Do we use 'elder' only when talking about family?

    I'm aware that we use 'elder' in stead of 'older' when talking about family relations, e.g.: My elder brother my eldest sister But does this rule apply only when dealing with family? How about a relationship between friends? Would the correct sentence be: a) My oldest friend (as in my...
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