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    couldn't help/stop oneself laughing?

    Please help me to check my exercise below.
    5. Andrew couldn’t _____ himself laughing at the expression on Maggie’s face.
    Help stop escape avoid
    I chose A but my teacher chose B
    It took a few days after the cheque had arrived for me to realize that our life would never be the same again – it was a dream (1) _____ true. Like everyone else, I had often (2) _____ what it would be like not having to worry about paying the bills and just making ends meet.
    1. A made; B come; C being; D become
    I chose A but my teacher C

    2 A planned; B predicted; C imagined; D enjoyed
    I chose C but my teacher D
    The following is a piece of an exercise whose task is to conjugate the verbs in bracket:

    In recent years on the bog screen we (1_SEE) ______Lukas Haas play the boy who (12_WITNESS) _______ a murder in the film "WITNESS".
    Me: 1.have seen; 2.witnesses
    My teacher: 1.have seen; 2.witnessed
    The following is a piece of a gap-filling exercise:

    Even in our own times, researchers have tried to prove that a person’s character is somehow connected (1) ______ the way they look.
    Me: with
    My teacher: to

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    Re: couldn't help/stop oneself laughing?

    I am not a teacher, but I guess I can have a go:


    Quote Originally Posted by linhtho0211 View Post
    Please help me to check my exercise below.
    5. Andrew couldn’t stop himself laughing at the expression on Maggie’s face.
    Help stop escape avoid
    I chose A but my teacher chose B
    It took a few days after the cheque had arrived for me to realize that our life would never be the same again – it was a dream (1) come true. Like everyone else, I had often (2) imagined what it would be like not having to worry about paying the bills and just making ends meet.
    1. A made; B come; C being; D become
    I chose A but my teacher C

    2 A planned; B predicted; C imagined; D enjoyed
    I chose C but my teacher D
    The following is a piece of an exercise whose task is to conjugate the verbs in bracket:

    In recent years on the big screen we (1_SEE) have seen Lukas Haas play the boy who (12_WITNESS) witnesseda murder in the film "WITNESS".
    Me: 1.have seen; 2.witnesses
    My teacher: 1.have seen; 2.witnessed
    The following is a piece of a gap-filling exercise:

    Even in our own times, researchers have tried to prove that a person’s character is somehow connected (1) to the way they look.
    Me: with
    My teacher: to

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    Re: couldn't help/stop oneself laughing?

    Quote Originally Posted by stefan_kar View Post
    I am not a teacher, but I guess I can have a go:
    It took a few days after the cheque had arrived for me to realize that our life would never be the same again – it was a dream (1) come true
    But I think it should be coming rather than come. It likes "it was a dream which came true".
    Last edited by linhtho0211; 22-Feb-2009 at 08:24.

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    Re: couldn't help/stop oneself laughing?

    Quote Originally Posted by linhtho0211 View Post
    But I think it should be coming rather than come. It likes "it was a dream which came true".
    It's a phrase. See dream come true - Wiktionary

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    Re: couldn't help/stop oneself laughing?

    Quote Originally Posted by linhtho0211 View Post
    Please help me to check my exercise below.
    5. Andrew couldn’t _____ himself laughing at the expression on Maggie’s face.
    Help stop escape avoid
    I chose A but my teacher chose B
    You're both right. "Help" means you tried to stop yourself but didn't manage.
    It took a few days after the cheque had arrived for me to realize that our life would never be the same again – it was a dream (1) _____ true. Like everyone else, I had often (2) _____ what it would be like not having to worry about paying the bills and just making ends meet.
    1. A made; B come; C being; D become
    I chose A but my teacher C

    2 A planned; B predicted; C imagined; D enjoyed
    I chose C (Emphatically.) but my teacher D (No excuse.)
    The following is a piece of an exercise whose task is to conjugate the verbs in bracket:

    In recent years on the bog screen we (1_SEE) ______Lukas Haas play the boy who (12_WITNESS) _______ a murder in the film "WITNESS".
    Me: 1.have seen; 2.witnesses
    My teacher: 1.have seen; 2.witnessed
    You're both right again. You're teacher is being more exact; you are being more natural (historic present - often used, especially in the context of film, where the audience know that they're really watching an artefact depicting events in the past - and made by actors in the past - but that the illusion is that the images appear in their present).
    The following is a piece of a gap-filling exercise:

    Even in our own times, researchers have tried to prove that a person’s character is somehow connected (1) ______ the way they look.
    Me: with
    My teacher: to
    On this last one I'm with you, but your teacher's usage is common. There used to be a strong prescription in favour of "with" for words starting "com-/con-/coll-/corr-" because of their etymology (Latin cum - "with"), and my usage probably reflects this. But 'to' is quite common, and even preferable in a few cases.

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    Re: couldn't help/stop oneself laughing?

    5. Andrew couldn’t stop himself laughing at the expression on Maggie’s face.

    5. Andrew couldn’t help laughing at the expression on Maggie’s face.

    In recent years on the bog screen we (1_SEE) ______Lukas Haas play the boy who witnesses a murder in the film "WITNESS".
    When recounting the plot of a film or play, we most often use the Present tense.

    Even in our own times, researchers have tried to prove that a person’s character is somehow connected with the way they look.
    There is no physical contact, as in a wire connected to an electrode.
    'connect' in this sentence means 'associated with'.

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    Re: couldn't help/stop oneself laughing?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    ...
    There is no physical contact, as in a wire connected to an electrode.
    'connect' in this sentence means 'associated with'.
    I knew it was better in some cases, but couldn't think of an example.

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