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    [Grammar] Past Perfect VS Past Perfect Continuous: had worked/had been working

    Hello, Are these two sentences equally acceptable? a) She had worked in that company for 20 years before she retired. b) She had been working in that company for 20 years before she retired. In the Present Tense, there doesn't seem to be a lot of difference. c) She has worked in that...
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    [Vocabulary] Heart-shaped diamond

    Hello, Is this correct? "He gave her a big sparkling heart-shaped diamond on her birthday." Can we also talk about a "round" or "oval" or "square" diamond? Thank you. Nawee
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    [Grammar] Order of Adjectives: "old" and adjectives denoting condition

    Hello, Which sentences would you say? 1a) That crumbling old house is a disaster waiting to happen. 1b) That old crumbling house is a disaster waiting to happen. 2a) She always wears those torn old jeans. 2b) She always wears those old torn jeans. Thank you. Nawee
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    [Grammar] Flipping: Object - Auxiliary Verb - Subject - Main Verb

    Hello, The following sentences are part of the curriculum taught at a secondary school. Students are asked to invert a normal affirmative sentence to a Verb-Subject construction. a. I can do my homework. >> My homework can I do. b. I ate my sandwich. >> My sandwich did I eat. c. I always...
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    [Grammar] Past Perfect Continuous: before or when

    Hello, Are these two sentences correct? Is it better to use "before" or "when"? a) We had been waiting for over an hour before we decided to ask why our food was taking so long. b) We had been waiting for over an hour when we decided to ask why our food was taking so long. Thank you. Nawee
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    [Grammar] Past Perfect and until

    Hello, Is this sentence OK? I had always thought Charlie Chaplin was American until I read about him on Wikipedia. Do I need a comma before "until"? Thank you. Nawee
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    [Grammar] Past Continuous VS Past Perfect Continuous: was running VS had been running

    Hello, I have read previous posts about the difference between these two tenses and just want to make sure I have understood correctly. 1. A situation/activity in the past perfect continuous may or may not end at a particular part time in the past. Is this a fair statement? 2. Whether or not...
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    [Grammar] Past Perfect VS Past Simple: meet and "the first time"

    Hello, Is the Past Perfect tense wrong in this context? a) It wasn't the first time I met him. I had met him a few times before. b) It wasn't the first time I had met him. I had met him a few times before. Thank you. Nawee
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    [Vocabulary] Accomplish: a degree

    Hello, Is "accomplish" appropriate here? I was glad that Mom could be with me on my graduation day. She had sacrificed so much to send me to college. I wanted her to see what I had accomplished. Thank you. Nawee.
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    [Grammar] Past Perfect Simple VS Continuous: context

    Hello, Are the Past Perfect Simple and the Past Perfect Continuous used correctly in the following sentence? Joanne was overjoyed when her long-time boyfriend had finally proposed. They had been dating since college and only moved in together last year. Thank you. Nawee
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    [Grammar] Article: Ship's name "Titanic"

    Hello, Is a ship's name treated like a person's name? Do we need "the" in front of the name? Titanic is one of the most well-known ships in modern history. And do I have to italicise the ship's name? I have seen it done in print and on the net. I know that books' names are often italicised or...
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    [Grammar] Transitive or intransitive: idle away

    Hello, Do I need a time period when I use "idle away"? a) He has been idling away. In all the time that he has been here, he has done nothing. b) He has been idling the time away. Since he has been here, he has done nothing. Are the above sentences OK? Thank you. Nawee
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    [Grammar] Past Perfect Simple VS Continuous: had had/had been having

    Hello, In this situation, which tense would you use? a) The doctor asked me how long I had had this chest pain. b) The doctor asked me how long I had been having this chest pain. Thank you. Nawee
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    [Grammar] Adjective order: [traditional Irish/Irish traditional] dance

    Hello, Which sentence sounds better? a) Riverdance breathes new life into traditional Irish dance. b) Riverdance breathes new life into Irish traditional dance. Thank you. Nawee
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    [Grammar] "a red plain dress" OR "a plain red dress"

    Hello, When "plain" simply means 'no pattern', not 'simple' (opinion), should it be treated the same as "polka-dot" in "a yellow polka-dot bikini" a) a red plain dress b) a plain red dress The dress is red and it doesn't have any pattern. Best regard, Nawee
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    [Vocabulary] Flowery or floral for skirts and wallpaper

    Hello, Both words have more or less the same meaning in a dictionary. I'm just wondering if they can be used interchangeably. a) a floral skirt b) a flowery skirt c) floral wallpaper d) flowery wallpaper e) floral vase (vase with a flower pattern) f) flowery vase (vase with a flower...
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    [Grammar] Which type of adjectives are "hairy" or "spiky"?

    Hello, When we talk about the Royal Order of Adjectives (opinion > size > quality > age > shape > colour > origin > material > purpose), what category does adjectives like "hairy" and "spiky" fall into? I sometimes see "participle" too. But I'm not sure where it is supposed to go in the order...
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    [Grammar] Kimchi: side dish or side dishes

    Hello, There are many kinds of kimchi. So should we say: a) Koreans eat this vegetable side dish with every meal. OR b) Koreans eat these vegetable side dishes with every meal. Thank you. Nawee
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    [Vocabulary] Dinner or dining table?

    Hello, We say a "dining room". What does we should call the table? I have heard both "dinner table" and "dining table". Are they exactly the same thing? For some reason, I feel like "dining table" refers to the table as a piece of furniture. We have just bought a new wooden dining table. I...
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    [Grammar] Relative clause with "where"

    Hello, Are these two sentences correct? a) He reminded me where to put the document. b) He reminded me where I had to put the document. Thank you. Nawee
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