Results 1 to 2 of 2
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Mar 2015
    • Posts: 19
    #1

    Question about grammar

    Quoted from BBC learning english.com

    “For some people, there is nothing more exciting than expecting a baby. There is the anticipation of what it will look like and what characteristics it will have. And the big question is: will it be a boy or will it be a girl? The sex of the child will decide a number of outcomes - its name, what it wears and what it does.”

    Questions:

    1. Why use expecting but not expected?
    2. As the baby is person, why the statement use “its and it” but not “his/her and he/she”
    3. What is the meaning of “what it does”? Is that means what the baby will play?


    I try to rewrite the above statement in my own words. Please advise what wrong in the statement.

    Many people would like to guess the gender of the baby. They would like to guess what he will look and what characteristics he will have. The gender of the child will affect the name of the baby and also what he will wear.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Malaysia
      • Current Location:
      • Malaysia

    • Join Date: Apr 2014
    • Posts: 3,332
    #2

    Re: Question about grammar

    1. There is nothing more exciting than something(noun). 'Expecting' is the noun.

    2. Using it (a foetus)does away the the assumption of the gender.

    3. The things that the baby will do, its behaviour.

    Questions:


    1. Why use "expecting" but not "expected"?
    2. As the baby is a person, why does the statement use “its and it” but not “his/her and he/she”
    3. What is the meaning of “what it does”? Is Does that means what the baby will play?


    I tried to rewrite the above statement in my own words. Please advise what is wrong in the statement.

    not a teacher
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 16-Mar-2015 at 11:23. Reason: Minor typo correction

Similar Threads

  1. Grammar question
    By Lim Choon Yen in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 13-May-2014, 18:17
  2. Replies: 11
    Last Post: 15-Aug-2012, 10:35
  3. grammar question
    By ostap77 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 03-Feb-2011, 21:20
  4. a grammar question
    By shihhungchou in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-Mar-2006, 17:53
  5. a grammar question
    By curious in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05-Mar-2006, 22:31

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •