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    Are lack of /exctra commas are considered as mistakes in tests for English as a second language?

    Could you tell me whether mistakes in commas lower the score in the written section of exams (like IELTS, TOEFL or the like)?
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    Assess my essay (recent news story)

    I'm preparing for the writing section of TOEFL. English is my hobby, I don't have a teacher and I am not a student of any university. Could you assess my essay? It is question 2 (independent writing). Could you score it 0-5. What recent news story has affected you the most? In what ways has...
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    Education(al) supplement

    This is Upstream Proficiency by Virginia Evans and Jenny Dooley. Could you tell me whether it is education supplement or educational supplement.
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    Complex object with "can't stand"

    Could you tell me whether this construction is psible: I can't stand him to speak like that.
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    We all listened with great interest to the speaker criticizing the new book.

    Grammar by Golitsinskij (ISBN 978-5-9925-0587-0). We all listened with great interest to the speaker criticizing the new book. I answered that this is a gerund. But the answer key states that this is a participle. This is strange to me. As I consider this case: 1. Similar to this: We all...
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    Indefinite Gerund to express previous actions

    In a textbook I've read that after some verbs Indefinite Gerund is often used to express previous actions instead of Perfect Gerund. Examples: remember, punish, mention. I remember reading about it in a newspaper (instead of having read). I consulted some dictionaries in the hope of finding...
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    If one haven't caught something while doing a training for IELTS.

    Let it be a preparation for IELTS (reading, listening). But the question is relevant to any test. There are cases of choosing one variant or of multiple choice. In a real exam if you have no idea of what to write as an answer, you write just anything. Because with certain probability you may be...
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    Upload content from the Net

    The textbook is Upstream Proficiency by Virginia Evans and Jenny Dooley. Could you tell me why it is "upload from"? I would say "download from the Net". Or "upload to the Net". But this confuses me.
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    As soon as I have done my homework, I will go for a walk.

    Future and participles substituting finate verb forms Examples from a textbook Grammar by Golitsinsky (ISBN 978-5-9925-0587-0). 1. Could you tell me whether Perfect Participle Active can refer to the future? In other words do these examples convey the same information? As soon as I have done...
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    ... dried off thoroughly in a towel robe during the twenty minutes or so he was on his knees

    HOTEL BY ARTHUR HAILEY As he did most mornings, Curtis O'Keefe showered first and prayed afterward. The procedure was typically efficient since he came clean to God and also dried off thoroughly in a towel robe during the twenty minutes or so he was on his knees. I can't understand what is...
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    Asterisks in a TV programme

    Upstream Proficiency by Virginia Evans and Jenny Dooley Could you tell me what the asterisks mean? In the teacher's book there is nothing on this subject.
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    They must be an entity

    Upstream Proficiency by Virginia Evans and Jenny Dooley Could you tell me is it a mistake or not? I mean the correspondence of the subject and the verb. Mayb entities and without 'an'? If everything is correct, why?
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    A direct source of information

    Upstream Proficiency by Virginia Evans and Jenny Dooley. Could you have a look at the screenshot. Could you explain the word 'direct' to me? The source of information is direct. Does it mean that the person will always take inforamtion only from official sites or official newspapers? For...
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    Historic vs historical

    Upstream Proficiency by Virginia Evans and Jenny Dooley Isn't it a mistake here? Maybe historical is correct? These are ordinary newspapers. All the newspapers of that time wrote about that. I would understand a newspaper front page as historic if for example an official government's...
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    With any luck, by the time their grandchildren are pensioners...

    Upstream Proficiency by Virginia Evans and Jenny Dooley With any luck, by the time their grandchildren are pensioners that figure may have reached the magic 100. Could you help me understand why 'any' is used here. I'd say 'some'. It is a positive declarative sentence. As far as I remember...
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    Heart plant operation

    Upstream Proficiency by Virginia Evans and Jenny Dooley Could you tell me whether this is a correct phrase or not? Maybe heart transplant operation?
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    An avalanche of surveys - show that

    Upstream Proficiency by Virginia Evans and Janny Dooley An avalanche of surveys, polls and expert commentaries show that we all work too long, too hard. Isnt't there a mistake here? An avalanche ... shows. No?
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    Enter, stage right

    Upstream Proficiency by Virginia Evans and Jenny Dooley Enter, stage right, the prime suspect - work. As far as I understood a command by a director in a theatre is mimicked here. The question is why not 'enters'? Is it a mistake, imperative mood or what?
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    Number One

    Upstream Proficiency by Virginia Evans and Jenny Dooley In an exercise on listening: And if you were to ask me the best way of assuring job satisfaction, I’d say it’s to be Number One. I think it’s the only sure-fire way of getting that feeling. I never want to play second fiddle to anyone...
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    On Sunday (Monday, Tuesday etc.) in reported speech

    "When you come to see me on Sundsy, I will show you my new dress", she said to me. What troubles me is on Suday. Analogy with 'next'. Next Sunday is only related to the present moment. In reported speech is the next Sunday. Or the following Sunday? Is "on Sunday" is related to the present...
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