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    • Join Date: Feb 2009
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    Allow me to ask 4 questions

    Dear teachers,
    Please allow me to ask 5 following questions.

    Question 1:
    Sorry you can't do that. Rules are rules, you know.
    In this sentence, "Rules are rules." okay? Or should it be "The rules are rules."?

    Question 2:
    Sorry, no drinking for you because you are still underage.
    In this sentence, "you are still underage" okay? Or should it be "you are still underaged"? Or maybe better to say "you are still minor" instead?

    Question 3:
    Are these expressions equally common? Or some are strange English?
    Does that mean you agree?
    Does that mean you will agree?
    Does that mean you would agree?
    Does that mean you can agree?
    Does that mean you could agree?


    Question 4:
    Which of the following makes more sense in general terms?
    Are there any objections?
    Are there any objection?


    Thank you very much.


    • Join Date: Sep 2009
    • Posts: 422
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    Re: Allow me to ask 4 questions

    Quote Originally Posted by bouji View Post
    Dear teachers,
    Please allow me to ask the [5] following 5 questions.

    Question 1:
    Sorry you can't do that. Rules are rules, you know.
    In this sentence, is "Rules are rules." okay? Or should it be "The rules are rules."?

    It's "rules are rules", Bouji. It refers to a general condition. If someone were to point at a set of rules hanging on the wall, then they might use the definite article.


    Question 2:
    Sorry, no drinking for you because you are still underage.
    In this sentence, is "you are still underage" okay? Or should it be "you are still underaged"? Or maybe better to say "you are still minor" instead?

    underage // you are still a minor


    Question 3:
    Are these expressions equally common? Or are some [are] strange English?
    Does that mean you agree? okay
    Does that mean you will agree? okay
    Does that mean you would agree? okay
    Does that mean you can agree?
    Does that mean you could agree?
    ?? Possibly a scenario for 'can' and 'could' could be found.

    Question 4:
    Which of the following makes more sense in general terms?
    Are there any objections? okay
    Are there any objection?
    Nope, needs an 's'.

    Thank you very much.
    abc

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