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  1. Matthew Wai

    I cannot overcome your sympathy vote here. I won't try.

    Matthew said, "Thanks for the kind feedback. My English wording leaves much to be desired." Tomcat replied, "I cannot overcome your sympathy vote here. I won't try." Source...
  2. Matthew Wai

    Not even. Not all. Not because.

    Is it correct to say the following? 1. "Even a child will not believe that" can be written as "Not even a child will believe that". 2. "All people are not honest" can be written as "Not all people are honest". 3. "The earth rotates not because it is a sphere" can be written as "The earth does...
  3. Matthew Wai

    [Grammar] I had downloaded Puppy 4.1.2 and burned it to a DVD, but it could not be installed on

    "I had downloaded Puppy 4.1.2 and burned it to a DVD, but it could not be installed on a USB stick because it could not detect any of my USB devices."—quoted from another forum. Grammatically, what do the three "it"s refer to? Should "it" refer to the closest noun?
  4. Matthew Wai

    [Grammar] I have been learning English for decades but still have no confidence in my reading.

    1. I have been learning English for decades, but I still have no confidence in my reading. 2. I have been learning English for decades but still have no confidence in my reading. I think #1 is correct. How about #2? Does the auxiliary verb "have" attach itself to the main verb "have"?
  5. Matthew Wai

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  6. Matthew Wai

    [Grammar] He would have discovered the truth + 'even if'/'if'/'whether' clause.

    1. He would have discovered the truth even if he had not read the letter. 2. He would have discovered the truth whether he read the letter or not. 3. He would have discovered the truth if he read the letter. In 1 and 2, he actually discovered the truth. In 3, it is unknown whether he...
  7. Matthew Wai

    [Grammar] Assuming she was his ex, is 'had' optional in 'He said he (had) left her'?

    Assuming she was his ex, is 'had' optional in 'He said he (had) left her'? I think the sequence is clear without the past perfect.
  8. Matthew Wai

    [Grammar] A transitional event verb used in 'Last week the work stopped for three days'.

    1. The work has stopped for three days. :cross: 2. The work stopped three days ago. :tick: 3. Last week the work stopped for three days. :?: As 'stop' is a transitional event verb, I think 1 is not correct but 2 is. How about 3? Is it correct?
  9. Matthew Wai

    What I want is/are a calculator and an electronic dictionary.

    https://www.englishforums.com/English/IsOrAre/bgzmxp/post.htm On the above forum, a teacher told me that 'are' was preferable in 'What I want are two apples and two bananas'. http://thegrammarexchange.infopop.cc/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/340600179/m/8402937427 On the above forum, I found this...
  10. Matthew Wai

    Without googling, do native speakers know what 'joss paper' is in the joke below?

    Without googling, do native speakers know what 'joss paper' is in the following joke, which was sent to me by WhatsApp? Last night, after dinner, I was taking a walk on the road. When I walked past a convenient store I thought of going in to buy something. Then I realised that I didn't have...
  11. Matthew Wai

    Can I use 'marked' as an adjective in '"Mark" is marked as a verb in dictionaries'?

    Can I use 'marked' as an adjective in '"Mark" is marked as a verb in dictionaries'? Mark verb 7 [transitive, usually passive] (formal) to give somebody/something a particular quality or character──quoted from Oxford. Can I use 'marked' as an adjective below? 'Mark' is marked as a verb in...
  12. Matthew Wai

    Dripping from aside

    I have not installed a spell checker, but the red lines still appear, as shown below.
  13. Matthew Wai

    [Grammar] It is where I lived. It was when I lived alone. I don't know why I failed.

    1. It is (the place) where I lived. 2. It was (the time) when I lived alone. 3. I don't know (the reason) why I failed. 4. He is the person who I saw. The bracketed text can be omitted, while the underlined text cannot. Am I right?
  14. Matthew Wai

    Could 'Only Peter did not do so' mean 'Not only Peter did so'?

    According to this post, 'All (verb) not' could mean 'Not all (verb)'. Then, could 'Only (verb) not' mean 'Not only (verb)'? For example, could 'Only Peter did not do so' mean 'Not only Peter did so'?
  15. Matthew Wai

    [Grammar] If he went there, he saw/will/would/could/might/may see her.

    1. If he went there, he would see her. 2. If he went there, he will see her. 3. If he went there, he saw her. 4. If he went there, he could see her. 5. If he went there, he might see her. 6. If he went there, he may see her. I think 'went' in 1 is the past subjunctive, while the ones in 2 and 3...
  16. Matthew Wai

    I don't know whether Tom turned left or right. If he bore right after he reached ...

    I am starting this thread because this long thread is confusing me. Assuming I don't know whether Tom turned left or right and whether he arrived or got lost, can I say the following? 1. 'If he bore left after he reached the fork, he got lost.' 2. 'If he bore right after he reached the fork...
  17. Matthew Wai

    [Grammar] She ran to a church because a ghost had been running after her.

    1. 'He was tired because he had been exercising so hard. It is possible that he was still exercising at that moment OR that he had just finished.'── quoted from this page. 2. 'She ran to a church because a ghost had been running after her.'── written by me in this post. Piscean and GoesStation...
  18. Matthew Wai

    [Grammar] If the OP intended to back up the operating system, s/he would have said so.

    I am starting this thread because I don't want to hijack this thread. 1. 'If he thought it was important, he would have told you.'── written by Barb_D in this post. 2. 'If the OP intended to back up the operating system, s/he would have said so.'── written by me in this post. Both are mixed...
  19. Matthew Wai

    [Grammar] Should 'the' be omitted from 'I have installed the Firefox recommended by Peter'?

    1. I have installed Firefox. 2. I have installed the latest Firefox. 3. I have installed the Firefox recommended by Peter. Should 'the' be omitted before 'Firefox', a proper noun?
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