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    How to transcribe this word?

    Welcome, dtommy. :hi: I don't have IPA at the moment, so I hope this will help: ear as in ear ri as in rip tay as in stay ting as in sting ly as in Lee All the best. :-D
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    Linking verbs, indirect objects...

    :hi: What confuses you? :-( Let us know. 8-) In the meantime, if you do a search on-line under the term "linking verb", you'll find that there are a great deal of sites that not only explain what they are, they provide lists, too. :-D:up: Click on the link below and scroll down to post #6...
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    :hi: Click on the link below and scroll down to post #6. As for imperative verbs: EX: Go away! EX: Eat your dinner. EX: Watch TV. Imperative verbs function as commands. There's no overt subject; you can't see it, but it's there...
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    Check Punctuation

    What about? As she promised, our friend Takara and her family were waiting for us at the Osaka airport on Monday, June 16. The underlined portion functions as the subject. In other words, EX: They were waiting for us at the Osaka airport. Please note, separate the day form the date...
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    the word "challenge"

    It was something he wanted to prove or justify. It was a challenge; something he wanted to test out.
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    to have "s" or not to have "s"

    welcome, Rou. :hi: I agree. 2. is correct. 1. is ungrammatical: 1. Rou seldom tell jokes. 2. Rou seldom tells jokes. The reason 2. sounds odd to you may have to do with the position of the ver "tells". In English, the verb usually comes directly after the subject: EX: Rou tells jokes...
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    Conditional Sentences

    Welcome, Marian. :hi: Which ones? :-( Would you list them for us? The list you've provided it rather long. :oops: It would if you could narrow down your request. :up: By the way, have you tried searching under "mixed conditionals". That might help, too. 8-)
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    passive participles

    You might want to explain "passive participles". :-) It might just attract more contributors. ;-)
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    incorrectly ~ wrong(ly)

    Now consider a similar structure, "I spelt it incorrectly." ;-) What's the difference between, [1] I spelt it wrong. [2] I spelt it incorrectly. Is [3] acceptable? If not, why? [3] I spelt it wrongly.
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    Click Here: It's a dictionary that speaks.

    Click here. :-D
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    Is spelling really all that important?

    Don't skip over this because it looks weird. Believe in yourself! Believe it or not, you can read it: I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulacity uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pwoer of the hmuan mnid aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseon't mttaer in waht oredr...
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    12-3 run

    OK all you sports fans, particularly you basketball fans, can you help us out with the answer? :D By the way, and here's my question, what does "12-3" mean :?:
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    Tom Swifties

    A Tom Swiftie is a sentence in which the description of how the speaker says a sentence applies to the meaning of the sentence itself. "Sorry those darts ended up in your face," Tom said aimlessly. "I love math," Tom added. "That squirrel stole my cookie," Tom chattered. "What an ugly dog,"...
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    month/day/year is used by: US and some traditional UK organisations. The format was traditional in England, whence it was brought to America. Since the 1900s the English have begun to use the Day/Month/Year format, imported from Europe. day/month/year:Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil ...
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    The harsh reality?

    "The plain fact of the matter is that English has been saddled with a number of rules which do nothing more than reflect the prejudices or lack of knowledge of people not trained in the scientific study of language. What is most amazing, however, is that the public still consider these rules to...
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    Idiom: "be hoist with one's own petard" means?

    There's one more: E. A term used by pirates to mean, stubborness. For extra bonus points, can you name the person who coined the phrase? :D
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    An online student asks, "Is this sentence correct or not? Please say either 'Yes' or 'No'." Tom behaves more politely of the two boys. I'm not sure, to be honest. polite can function as an adverb: politely and more can function as a comparative adverb: more easily, more politely But, can...
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    3D affect or effect?

    Can you explain why in 5 words or less?
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    "which" as the head of a restrictive clause

    I recently came across a definition for "which" that said (and I paraphrase) which can be used to introduce a restrictive clause. The example provided, see below, was cited from Oxford English: Restrictive A suitcase which has no handles is useless. (note, no commas) Non-Restrictive A...