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    [General] responding to someone's regards

    If someone says: 'My mother says hello' are the following responses both correct? 'Say hi back to her' 'Tell her I said hi back' Thank you.
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    [Grammar] Pronouns

    On the horns of a dilemma - yet again, I might add - as to which pronoun is correct or sounds better in the following sentence: 'I had a friend over for dinner last night. IT/HE was an old friend from high school'. Instinctively I'd go for IT (as it could be the answer to 'Oh, really, who was...
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    [General] alternatives

    Are the following phrases both acceptable? to practise making conversation to make conversation practice
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    [General] money

    If specific amounts of money are to be treated as uncountable nouns like the word 'money' itself, could you let me know if the following sentences are correct? Where IS the ten dollars I lent you? Here IS the fifty dollars I owe you. There IS ten pounds on the table. IS IT yours? I can't get...
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    [General] at the table

    Hello, I'd like to know if the phrasal verb TAKE OFF is okay in the following context. I'm sitting at the table and my host has just given me a huge portion of rice, but I can only manage half of that. Could I say: 'Oh, that's too much. Could you take some off?' Feel free to suggest any other...
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    [Grammar] BESIDES

    Here's another doubt originating from the somewhat 'liberal' use that some native speakers of English make of their own language. Any grammar book will say that the preposition BESIDES must be followed by the -ing form..... And sure enough, I have found besides followed by the...
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    [Vocabulary] TEACHER (used vocatively)

    Hello everyone A few years ago I was told that the word 'teacher should not be used when addressing a high school teacher. However I have recently come across no fewer than ten examples on Google containing, among other things, the phrase, 'Excuse me teacher!'. I understand that the word 'sir'...
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    [Grammar] Use of possessive pronouns

    Which of the following alternatives is more correct and/or common? I showed them my and your pictures I showed them mine and your pictures. Needless to say I've been doing a Google research all day only to find very confusing examples :-(. Your help will be much appreciated, as ever.
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    [Grammar] He or it

    Which pronoun would you use to answer the following question? ''Who's that girl?'' - 'IT 's / SHE's Mary.' I know I would use SHE in the following example: 'Who's Mary? - 'SHE is my teacher's daughter'. Thanks for your help.
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    [General] What to say...

    Hello everyone! I know it is not customary in English to wish someone good luck with their work, but what's the closest thing a native speaker would say to, for example, a group of students who are about to do a test, or someone about to start a day's work? Does 'work well' sound odd? I remember...
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    Reading numbers

    Hi everyone! How would you read the street number in the following addresses? 3121 Aberdeen Street (thirty-one twenty-one or three one two one?)* 341 Norman Close ( three forty-one; three four one, or..?) *(I would definitely not say 'three thousand one hundred and twenty-one') Thanks!
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    amn't I

    I understand that AMN'T (which has a long recorded history) is only used in some dialects of Scotland and Ireland, even James Joyce used it in his Ulysses- chapter 15. It was never as popular as another contraction an't (most probably because people disliked putting an M and an N Not that I...
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    This thread may have already been posted so I apologise in advance for repeating the same question. How do you pronounce 2011? Two thousand (and) eleven or twenty eleven? I suppose this is just a matter of preference. Those who find the former a bit of a mouthful will opt for the latter...
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    [Grammar] HE or IT?

    Which pronoun would you (native speakers) use in the following examples? SITUATION: A is talking to a pregnant girl who is being secretive about the father of the child she's expecting. A: Who is the father? B (1): Oh, IT's/HE's a boy from out of town. ( I would opt for IT) B (2): Oh...
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    [Grammar] BESIDES

    I understand the preposition BESIDES precedes a gerund: BESIDES doing the cooking I look after the garden. Yet, I recently came across a sentence in an American website containing the preposition BESIDES followed by a bare infinitive: What else do you do besides take care of the children...