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    Take and taking

    Hi guys, I've just been asked about the following question: I guess you are working hard these days and ______ less care of your eyes. a. Take b. Taking I suggested 'taking' as an answer, but some teachers disagree with me. They say 'take' is the right choice. It seems perfectly clear to me...
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    Which would you choose?

    This was just posted on another forum. Which answer do you think is suitable? I'm a little confused... I would say that sufficient would be a better choice myself. :)
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    Good news!

    To all my Chinese friends on here, I'd like to offer some information. The book Practical English Usage, by Michael Swan (Seen on the left of this forum) is available in Chinese language format! I was in the book shop today, and I found it. What's more, it isn't very expensive, only 35.9 RMB...
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    What's your opinion?

    This was asked by a student online (it was in his test): Which would you choose? :shock:
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    Lay in the sofa

    Is the phrase Lay in the sofa common in AE? I ask because I've never heard it used in BE, and I've been hearing it here recently. My fiancee often uses it (It amused me the first time I heard it, I imagined someone cutting a sofa open and getting inside), and yesterday someone asked me about one...
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    What's the difference?

    I've just asked what the specific difference is between these two sentences: 1.We'll be interviewing four more prospects for the posts this afternoon. 2.We'll interview four more prospects for the posts this afternoon. Can anyone help? :)
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    Can anyone help me?

    I'm trying to help someone out on another BBS, and I just need a bit of help with these three questions (just to confirm I'm doing it right!) My answers are in blue. 1 Jose de San Martin was born in _______ today is Argentina, on February 25, 1778. A which B what C that D where I would...
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    Reverse dictionary

    This might be useful to some: Try it out. :)
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    How to...?

    Since I arrived in China, I've heard many students begin a question using 'How to', for example: 'How to spell this word?' 'How to write...?' It always seemed a strange way of beginning a sentence to me, as I don't remember hearing it when in the UK. I always heard: 'How do you spell this...
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    'Takes a hand with'

    My fiancee has been asked to explain the phrase 'takes a hand with' in a simple, clear manner, using her own example sentence. She asked me for help, but I'm afraid I've never heard this phrase before! :oops: In the examples I found on Google it seems to mean 'take control of' or 'interact...
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    A student in class today told me that she read in her textbook that the word 'pace' means 'sorry'. :shock: She showed me her little electronic dictionary, and sure enough, there it was: 'Pace'; a preposition meaning sorry (my translation; it was all in Chinese). Another boy whipped out his...
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    I'll buy it

    I have a question for our American friends on here: My fiancee was in her 'translation class' at university today, and her teacher insisted that the phrase "I'll buy it" means "I don't know". I have NEVER heard it used in this way, I've only ever heard "I don't buy that" (I don't believe it)...
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    What does this mean?

    Hi all, my fiancee just asked me about this passage in her book, and I can't understand it!! "The fact is that the work which improves the condition of mankind, the work which extends knowledge and increases power and enhances literature and elevates thought, is not done to secure a living. It...
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    None of you is right

    "None of you is right" "None of you are right" Are these both acceptable? This is what I found on Google: "None of you is right" = 13 results "None of you are right" = 95 results What do you think?
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    Second thoughts are best

    I saw the proverb "Second thoughts are best" in my book today, but I have never heard it. At a guess, I'd say it means that one should think carefully - is that right or wrong? Can anyone enlighten me as to the true meaning, and the story behind it? TIA! Shane
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    You might be wrong...

    I was just asked about this sentence: "You might be wrong, mightn't you?" I'm pretty sure I've heard some people use this kind of phrase before, but I'm not 100% sure. Can anyone enlighten me on what might be gramattically correct for this? :D
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    'Study' & 'Learn'

    Whilst teaching today a question entered my mind: What's the difference between 'study' and 'learn'? A student told me "Learn is when you have a teacher, and you watch / listen to them in order to gain knowledge. Study is when you do things alone" The example in the book used this dialogue: A...
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    Get a sunburn

    My book today (Side By Side; American English) said "Get a sunburn". I was about to tell the teacher that we don't say "get a sunburn", when an American teacher nearby said that AE uses it. I've never heard this in BE; we always say "get sunburn". Is this right? Is it only used in AE?
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    Rainy; snowy

    A teacher asked me today: "Do we say rainier, or more rainy?; snowier or more snowy?" I couldn't think which one sounded better - none of them sounded right to me! However, my Oxford dictionary lists 'rainier', but not 'snowier'. I would usually say (or hear someone say) something like: "The...
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    Am I right in thinking that, generally speaking, AE says "on weekends", and BE uses "at weekends"? Before I came to China, I always said "at weekends" or "at the weekend"; but here, everyone says "on the weekend" - it's making me paranoid! :?