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    still have a riddle....

    Dear teachers, However, I still have a remaining riddle regarding short action in reduced relative clause. For instance: 1. Many teachers attended the meeting yesterday 2. They have decided to go on strike. Many teachers attending the meeting yesterday have decided to go on strike. is...
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    2 questions, please

    Dear teachers, Hi, long time no see. Am I still welcomed? I hope so. The forum is so essential to me, I cannot do without it. It has been a lot of changes in this forum since I last visited it. I have 2 questions in which I need your help, please & thanks. Are they correct? 1. I am pleased...
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    as much as she/her

    Do you usually say so? 1. I love you as much as her. 2. I love you as much as she. First one: I love you as much as I love her. Second one: She and I love you. are they what they meant? Thank for you help.:-)
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    participle as adverb

    Dear teachers, As we know present and past participles can be adverbs, just like: 1. She ran screaming out of room. May I have an example of past participle functioning as adverb? I am much obliged to you for your guidance. Thanks:-)
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    preposition before wh-clause

    Dear teachers, I wonder whether I can use a preposition before a wh-clause. For example: 1. Be careful of/about what you say to her. 2. Be careful what you say to her. Which one sounds natural to natives ? I am much obliged to you for your guidance. Thanks.:-)
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    for & to

    Dear teachers, Are the 2 sentences below the same ? 1. It is like a crying sound to me. 2. It is like a crying sound for me. I am much obliged to you for your guidance. Thanks.:-)
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    Absolute & Participle phrases

    Dear teacher, 1. Their hats burning, the clowns ran in circles(absolute phrase) 2. Her soup flavored with hemlock, Mary sat down to her last meal. (absolute phrase) 3. Removing his coat, Jack rushed to the river. (present-participle phrase) 4. Surrounded by the police, the robber...
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    Emphasis at the end of a sentence

    :-)Dear teachers, I have found something, but I don't know whether it is correct. When an adjective modifying a noun needs to be emphasized, can I shift it to the end of the sentence ? just like the following sentences. 1. From this: After all my intense care in packing them, the broken...
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    Normal verb + subjective complement

    Dear teachers, Is the sentence below correct, even if the verb "arrive" is not a linking verb/copular verb ? 1. After all my intensive care, the ceramics arrived broken. Is "broken" above still regarded as subjective complement ? Is the sentence correct ? I am much obliged to you for...
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    omission of starting prepositions

    Dear teachers, Is it a good practice to omit the starting preposition, just as the following sentences ? 1. (After) Three minutes in pitch, he was carried out of the pitch on a stretcher, injured on the head. 2. (With) Sword in his hand, he lunged at his adversary. This type of ellipsis...
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    tired of simple sentence pattern

    Dear teachers, I have been writing simple sentence patterns in my essays many times. For example: Subject + verb + object. Subject + linking verb + complement. All my sentences start with subject. I am very fed up with them already. Therefore I try something new such as starting my sentence...
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    Progressive to-infinitive

    Dear teachers, For general sense, I would say 1. I fear to walk alone at night. and it will do. However, in my grammar book, it states : 2. I fear to be walking alone at night. I know it is progressive to-infinitive, but I do not know what it wants to highlight. Does it mean that it...
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    Present Participle as an Adverb ?

    Dear Teachers, 1. The book is easy reading. Is the above sentence correct ? If so, does the present participle, reading, modify the adjective, easy, and function as an Adverb ? 2. It is easy reading the book. Since the present participle cannot be used as a noun, so the underlined...
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    Guide to Preposition

    Dear Teachers, I have something to share with you. Certain verbs are always followed by a certain preposition, just as the "to" always follows the verb "guide" in the sentence below: 1. An usher guided me to my seat. However, sometimes I realize that it is not always the case. For...
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    Present Participle

    Dear Teachers, My English textbook states: The following sentences have the same meaning and can be converted to each other without changing the meaning. 1. To read the book is easy. (to-infinitive functions as Gerund) 2. It is easy to read the book. (to-infinitive functions as Adverb) 3...
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    Preposition "Against"

    Dear teachers, Could you tell me the difference between the following sentences ? 1. I dash the cups to the wall. 2. I dash the cups against the wall. I am much obliged to you for your guidance. Thanks :-)
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    Guide on/in Preposition

    Dear Teachers, I know prepositions in time and space can be used metaphorically in showing abstract relation between two entities. Frankly speaking, I am totally confused about it. For example, I do not know which one of them I should put in the phrase below: Guide (on/in/at) preposition...
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    Preposition "ON"

    Dear Teachers, 1. I will phone you in Sunday morning. I know I should use "on" instead of "in", just like: 2. I will phone you on Sunday morning. However, I write it by intuition because my mother tongue is not English and I really phone you sometime inside that period, may be just for...
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    the verb "beat"

    Dear teacher, I know the sentences below are correct. 1. I beat him. 2. I beat a drum. 3. The rain beat against the windows. Could you tell me why I have to put the preposition "against" in the last sentence ? How should I interpret the last sentence since its sense of beat is different...
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    IN or ON :) Interesting Question

    Dear teacher, I understand preposition "in" has the meaning of during a period of time. for example: 1. I phoned you in the morning. I also understand preposition "on" has the meaning of indicating when sth happens. for example: 2. My birthday is on Tuesday. I also know I must use...