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User Name: Konstantin Frolov
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Topic: Particulars of 2nd conditional
Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2018 1:32:41 AM

There's an example sentence:
It occurred to me that were I in possession of a very sensitive document I'd take it with me wherever I went.
I haven't been able to understand the exact reason why it's 'I went' but not 'I go' at the end. Would it still be 'I went' weren't it a reported speech, i.e. without 'it occurred to me' at the beginning?

Thank you!
Topic: One more question about the usage of 'would'
Posted: Saturday, September 15, 2018 12:54:54 PM

There's a fragment from GBS's Pygmalion where I can't seem to comprehend the proper meaning of would:
I would decipher a sound which a cockney would represent by zerr, and a Frenchman by seu, and then write demanding with some heat what on earth it meant. Sweet, with boundless contempt for my stupidity, would reply that it not only meant but obviously was the word Result, as no other word containing that sound, and capable of making sense with the context, existed in any language spoken on earth.
The whole context can be found It looks like it's not a repeated or habitual action which is described by would here, and it doesn't seem to be one of other standard usages of would usually mentioned in grammar books either. So could anyone please be so kind to clarify which precise meaning the word conveys here, and possibly provide a couple of similar cases?

Thanks a lot!
Topic: Which usage of would is it?
Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 1:02:20 AM

In Downton Abbey, episode 6, the following dialogue took place:
A: I told you something that wasn't true.
B: Why would you do that?

Could anyone please clarify which meaning of would it is here? It's not a past habit, for person A did it only once (which is quite clear from the context of the episode). It is obviously not future in the past and it doesn't seem like subjunctive mood either. I will then profoundly appreciate it if anyone could say which grammar rule it relates to, or provide a couple of similar examples.

All the best,

PS. How would it change the meaning if B's response was: why did you do that?
Topic: Colloquial English
Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 3:22:57 AM
Hi, all!

Could anyone please help me with picking a correct phrase in certain circumstances. For example, you're sitting in a room with light on, and somebody (like your mate) comes in and puts it out. What'd you tell them if you'd like them to switch it back on? In my native language, Russian, a natural informal phrase would literally be: leave it. So what's the English equivalent?

Topic: Describing past events
Posted: Monday, March 26, 2018 3:01:04 AM

In this clip, if I've not misheard that, the guy says '... from then on I've made sure I've done up my trunks extra tight ...'. The story is that once, after a dive during an important competition, he had his trunks slip off. So my question is: is the quote I've mentioned above grammatically correct? Can express the same by saying 'from then on I [always] make sure I've done up my trunks extra tight'?

Topic: listening comprehension
Posted: Friday, February 23, 2018 2:38:54 AM
Hi everyone!

The piece of the video is quite weird, but I'm really curious to hear all the words in it. Could anyone please tell me what exact words the guy on the left in this video said before '... it's crossing a line'?
Topic: Possessive case with the gerund
Posted: Sunday, January 7, 2018 10:17:13 AM
Oh, I'm terribly sorry, what I actually meant to write is 'stories about people mysteriously disappearing' and 'the President's mysterious disappearing'. As I'm writing this, however, it's getting clearer to me: in the first clause disappearing is a verb and a noun in the second. Am I right?

PS. The original sentence which aroused my question is 'Read on for 3 bizarre stories of people disappearing'
Topic: Possessive case with the gerund
Posted: Sunday, January 7, 2018 2:45:18 AM

I'm feeling confounded about the absence of the possessive 's in the sentence 'the stories of people mysterious disappearances', whereas it's incorrect to omit it in 'the president's mysterious disappearance'. Could anyone kindly explain to me the difference and give a couple more examples on both cases?

Kind regards
Topic: Plural subject with singular verb
Posted: Saturday, November 18, 2017 3:25:47 AM
Thanks to both authors for very helpful answers!
Topic: Plural subject with singular verb
Posted: Friday, November 17, 2017 4:57:35 AM
Thank you for answering.

I'm afraid, however, the question still remains: what I was asking about is 'the short twenty years ... has taught me'

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