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  1. emilie's Avatar

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    I'm sorry i've been away for a month but I had exams and now I have a lot of questions here are some :
    Does the word "person" have a plural "persons" or just "people"?
    Does the expression "have/has been through" can come in another tense than the present perfect?

    A question about the website :
    How can more than one teacher answer my thread?
    How can I make my thread hot thread or another type?
    What do "tag" and "trackback" mean in this website?

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    Re: English

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    Welcome Emilie(after this long break)
    Persons or people, either can be used as a plural of person.
    For rest part of the question, wait for teachers.

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    Re: English

    Quote Originally Posted by bhagona View Post
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    Welcome Emilie(after this long break)
    Persons or people, either can be used as a plural of person.
    For rest part of the question, wait for teachers.
    "Persons" is only used in specific contexts. You will often find in a lift that there is a sign saying that the lift is limited to "12 persons". The police/legal bodies refer to "the arrest of 6 persons in relation to..."

    In most normal everyday speech, we use "people".

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    Re: English

    Quote Originally Posted by emilie View Post
    Does the expression "have/has been through" can come in another tense than the present perfect?
    Yes. "I am going through hell." "He had been through a terrible experience." "By December, he will have been through six months of hell."

    A question about the website :
    How can more than one teacher answer my thread? Lots of people can answer your thread! Some are teachers, and some aren't. It's up to you to read the responses and work out which ones to trust!! If several teachers/students all give you the same advice, then there's a good chance that it's correct!

    How can I make my thread hot thread or another type? No idea, sorry! I assume a "hot thread" is one which is generating lots of interest and lots of replies, so it's more luck than anything else. If you post a particularly interesting question and plenty of people join in with the debate, that may achieve "hot thread" status, but I'm really not sure.

    What do "tag" and "trackback" mean in this website?
    These, I'm afraid, I really have no idea about!
    See above.

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