Results 1 to 5 of 5
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Jul 2007
    • Posts: 812
    #1

    Grammar

    You might ask before you borrow my car.
    I.When should I say this sentence, after somebody borrowed my car or in case somebody will borrow my car ?
    II. If it is "sb has borrowed the car", why not use the past tense " borrowed"?

    The unemployment statistics are/is disturbing.
    Either "are" or "is" is right in this case. Right?

    Please.


    • Join Date: Nov 2007
    • Posts: 5,409
    #2

    Re: Grammar

    You might ask before you borrow my car in future! I'm really annoyed. I thought it had been stolen.

    in case somebody will borrow my car
    Please ask me first if you want to borrow my car.


    The unemployment statistics are disturbing.

    Why did you think that 'is' would also be correct?

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

    • Join Date: Jul 2007
    • Posts: 812
    #3

    Re: Grammar

    David L.Re: Grammar
    You might ask before you borrow my car in future! I'm really annoyed. I thought it had been stolen.

    If someone has borrowed my car without my permission,can I blame he "you might ask before you borrowed" ?

    The reason I use "is" because I take "The unemployment statistics" as a whole. Why can't it be?

    Please.


    • Join Date: Nov 2007
    • Posts: 5,409
    #4

    Re: Grammar

    "You might have asked before you borrowed my car."

    The unemployment statistics

    Statistics is plural.

    Why should it be taken as singular??

    Take:
    "The undecided voters will swing this election."

    Equally, why should "The undecided voters" be regarded as singular and not plural????

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

    • Join Date: Jul 2007
    • Posts: 812
    #5

    Re: Grammar

    So, "The unemployment statistics is ..." is definitely wrong. Right, David?

Similar Threads

  1. Is there a grammar of spoken English?
    By M56 in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: 09-Feb-2009, 01:58
  2. Suggest a name for grammar book
    By Dawood Usmani in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-Apr-2008, 08:44
  3. May Might Can Could
    By beachboy in forum Teaching English
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 23-Jan-2008, 20:20
  4. Complex english grammar
    By shivam in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 12-Oct-2007, 04:57
  5. Complex english grammar
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 17-May-2007, 08:03

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
  •