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Topic: present simple reporting verbs and time expressions
Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 5:25:21 AM
Hello, everybody!



I've got a question concerning reported speech and exactly "present simple reporting verbs". Obviously, in this case we won't change the tense of the sentence but what about "time and place expressions". I know it depends, I'm just wondering about a general rule.

e.g. "I'll meet you tomorrow", says Carol.
e.g. Carol says she will meet me TOMORROW or the following day?

e.g. "I saw Fred yesterday".
e.g. He says he saw Fred yesterday or the day before?

Thank you in advance.
Topic: effort/efforts
Posted: Monday, September 12, 2016 6:00:42 AM
Hello everyone! Long time no see!

I know that the word "effort" can be treated like countable and uncountable at the same time but somethines I really can't see any difference.

To my mind it seems like this:
- effort - the energy you put somewhere;
- efforts - a number of attempts.

But what would you put in such a sentence?

The research into protozoa was completed on schedule thanks to the effort(s)?? of a person in charge.

Topic: how to ask these questions correctly
Posted: Monday, April 04, 2016 9:23:44 AM
Thank you very much, guys!!! I've taken into consideration your advice!
Topic: how to ask these questions correctly
Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 1:51:29 PM
And I have one more question...


1. What is the purpose of this text?

I'd use this article ("the") as we are talking about a specific text and its purpose.

But then I got confused... When should I ever use "a" in such a case?

Or maybe I'm mistaken from the very beginning..
Topic: how to ask these questions correctly
Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 1:48:51 PM
Thank you very much, guys!!!! I appreciate your help!!!

Speaking about controversial #4))

It's taken from a talk: "There can be no stars in the universe that have reached the end of their life that are bigger than 1.4 times the mass of the Sun. That's a limit imposed on the mass of stars.

What happens when you have a star that's right on the edge of that mass? Blah-blah-blah..

(The answers: it explodes eventually)

I just wanted to ask the same question (What happens when you have a star that's right on the edge of that mass?) replacing the word "THAT mass"?

Topic: how to ask these questions correctly
Posted: Monday, March 28, 2016 10:21:29 AM
Hello everybody!!

I’d like to know how to form these questions correctly:

1. How much is the UK science budget? VS What is the UK science budget?
2. How does it compare to the total UK government spend?

3. To what did the quantum theory lead (afterwards)? VS What did the quantum theory lead to?
The original text: The quantum theory led to an understanding of the behavior of electrons in silicon.
Or any other ways… How would be ask this question?

4. What happens when you have a star that's on the edge of the mass (which is) “1.4 times the mass of the Sun”? Can we say so?

I’m almost sure about these questions:
1. What evidence of possible life was found on Saturn’s moon?
2. What gave rise to the beginning of this environmental movement?
Topic: on / at the edge
Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 1:53:39 PM
Ohh thank you!!! This rule seems very difficult!
Topic: to move into/to/in
Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 7:15:28 AM
Thank you very much! Wonderful explanations!!
Topic: at the expense of what
Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 2:19:29 AM
Thank you very much!!
Topic: to move into/to/in
Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 1:58:44 AM
Hello!


Which preposition would you use in such a sentence?:

We moved into/to/in a new house/cottage.


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