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    Is this sentence correct?

    I don't like him, as much as you do. I add a comma to the sentence.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    I don't like him, as much as you do. I add a comma to the sentence.
    Interesting. :) I read it with a pause, like this,

    I don't like him, well, not in as much as you do.

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    Cas, do you mean it doesn't sound so right?


    Another senetnce,
    The machine is shut down automatically.
    The machine shut down automatically.


    I think this sentence is strange. 'Is' conveys a passive idea, but it seems to clash with the adverb 'automatically'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Cas, do you mean it doesn't sound so right?


    Another senetnce,
    The machine is shut down automatically.
    The machine shut down automatically.


    I think this sentence is strange. 'Is' conveys a passive idea, but it seems to clash with the adverb 'automatically'.
    The first one is OK if we add a time to express a fact, like this,

    The machine is shut down automatically at 9:00.

    The second one is OK.

    There's also,

    The machine was shut down automatically. (OK)

    Also,

    The machine was automatically shut down.
    The machine is automatically shut down at 9:00.

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    Thank you, Cas.

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    The top left and bottom left of the book are all dog-eared.


    Suppose this is a book, and you can view two pages here. I want to bent down the red parts. How should I say?

    ____ _____
    |xooo|oooo|
    |oooo|oooo|
    |oooo|oooo|
    |xooo|oooo|

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    Ron: I want to tell you what happened.
    Mike: That's OK. I already know.

    Question
    Why present tense? Why not past tense? Mike has known something happened before Ron was going to tell him.

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    Someone wrote a sentence that goes like this:

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    • He drinks a cup of coffee twice a day.



    It sounds funny. There is too much information in one sentence. I would rather split it into two.

    • She drinks coffee twice a day. And she drinks one cup of coffee each time.



    Does it make more sense? :wink:

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    How would you respond to this question:


    Re:
    How do you plan to do for this summer?


    [Notice] If I change the question word 'How' to 'What', the answers would be slighly different. Right?


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    I already know
    He still knows now what happened.

    She drinks coffee twice a day. And she drinks one cup of coffee each time.
    Does it make more sense?
    Well, both make sense. Actually I prefer having one sentence, but I think the best is "She drinks two cups of coffee a day". Unless she can knock back two cups of coffee in 5 minutes, this is the same meaning.

    FRC

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