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Topic: I couldn't believe
Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 11:05:14 PM
a. They made an mistake I couldn't believe.
b. They made an error I couldn't believe they had made.
c. They made an error I couldn't believe they had made it.


Which of the above sentences are grammatically correct?

Many thanks

Topic: those are vs. that is vs. it is
Posted: Monday, August 5, 2019 10:34:40 PM
A says: Some people jog in our neighborhood late at night.


B replies:
a. Those are young people.
b. That is young people.
c. It is young people.


d. Those are young people who do that.
e. That is young people who do that.
f. It is young people who do that.



​Which of the sentences a-f are grammatically correct in this context?

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Topic: doing something
Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2019 6:51:25 PM
Thank you both so much!

A special thanks to Romany!

I love it when I learn something I didn't know that I didn't know! And I didn't know that 'task' was not a word that was used often! It would have never crossed my mind to ask a question about that! I got two answers with the price of one!

Topic: can't only teach them French
Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2019 10:29:40 PM
a. I don't only teach French. I teach math as well.
b. I can't only teach French. I can teach math as well.


I think (a) works, and (b) does not.

However these two seem fine to me

c. I can't only teach my students French. I have to teach them math as well.
d. I can't just teach my students French. I have to teach them math as well.



Would you say that I am correct?
Is (b) wrong?
Are (c) and (d) grammatically sound?

How about
e. I can't only play the guitar. I have to sing as well.
(that's what expected of me)
f. He can't only type. He has to speak the words he is typing as well.
(he's a weird person!)
?

Many thanks.
Topic: doing something
Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2019 3:02:40 PM
a. There are so many things to do. Even when I am not doing something, I have to keep an eye on the clock for the next task.

b. There are so many things to do. Even when I am not doing something, I have to keep an eye on the clock for the upcoming task.

c. There are so many things to do. Even when I am not doing something, I have to keep an eye on the clock so that I won't miss the next task.


Are the above sentences all grammatically correct? Are they natural?

The idea is that every task has to be performed at a specific time, and even when I am on a break, I have to watch the time.

Many thanks.

Topic: supposed to teach
Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 10:39:53 PM
a. I am talking about the man whom you are supposed to teach to dance.
b. I am talking about the man whom you are supposed to teach dancing to.


Are both of the above sentences grammatically correct?
Are they both natural?

Many thanks.
Topic: few people
Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 11:05:27 PM
a. Not many people have won the Nobel prize. John happens to be one of the few people who have done it.
b. Few people have won an Oscar, and he is one of those few.


Are the above sentences grammatically correct?
Do they make sense?

I think they are fine, but I was thinking about the word 'few' and was suddenly seized by doubt about such sentences. There are quite a few people who have won the Nobel prize and even a greater number have won the Oscar. But all in all, few people have had those achievements, so I guess one can legitimately use 'few' here.

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Topic: some stories from
Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2019 11:22:57 PM
a. I found this book I think you will like some citations from. I am writing them down for you.

b. I found this collection of short stories I am sure he will appreciate some stories from. I am sending the book to him.


Are the above sentences grammatically correct?


Many thanks.
Topic: after
Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 11:05:17 PM
a. I used to have a good relationship with him, but after, when I realized he was not a reliable person, I broke all ties with him.
b. I used to have a good relationship with him, but after I realized he was not a reliable person, I broke all ties with him.
c. I used to have a good relationship with him, but after when I realized he was not a reliable person, I broke all ties with him.


I don't know if 'after' works in (A). I think it does, but 'afterwards' would be more natural. Not sure, though.

I don't know if (C) works at all. 'After when' sounds strange, but it could be interpreted as 'after the time when I realized...'

So, the question is: do (A) and (C) work?

Many thanks.
Topic: she knows from the office
Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2019 8:45:43 PM
a. The rice, they will let you have, but not the fruit.
b. The rice, they will let you eat, but not the fruit.

c. Tom, she knows from the office, and Jeff, she knows through me.
d. Tom, she sees at the office, and Jeff, she sees at the gym.



Are the above sentences grammatically correct?

Many thanks.

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