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User Name: NKM
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Topic: Brother
Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 3:54:22 PM
English doesn't provide any formula or set sequence for this kind of family description. You just have to decide what you want to say, and provide whatever information you think is important or appropriate.

If you were writing it, you might create a carefully planned paragraph; in conversation it won't be so well organized, so you'll probably have to make corrections as you go along.

Topic: Is the part in bold correct?
Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 3:40:23 PM
I think it could use a preposition:

 "… your perseverance in enduring and overcoming all the difficulties …".

Topic: Which is the correct noun?
Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 3:34:47 PM
That would seem to depend on whether you're thinking of your shared, collective imagination or your individual (and perhaps quite different) imaginings.

Topic: a/the veteran anti-Communist
Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 3:01:14 PM
Seems to me the implication is that Father Cronin is thought of as a well-known anti-Communist, whether or not you or I have ever heard of him.

Topic: placement of "in ABC Mall"
Posted: Monday, December 17, 2018 11:42:09 PM
Version (1) is correct, assuming that you're talking about only the stores of that mall.

Topic: next vs last + a verb form
Posted: Monday, December 17, 2018 11:38:52 PM
Either form would work.

But so would "the next … to win".

Topic: jump out or jump out of
Posted: Monday, December 17, 2018 11:34:19 PM
Both are acceptable, though I suspect "jump out the window" may be less common in British than in American usage.

Technically, of course, if you are actually in the window (some windows are quite large!) then you would jump out of the window (and perhaps into the room!)

But in the more usual situation, you would initially be in the room and might leave by jumping out the window.

Topic: English Language Coach/Teacher
Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2018 8:40:04 PM
A teacher teaches you something.
A coach helps you with your particular problems.
A tutor is assigned specifically to be your teacher.

Topic: sentence
Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2018 8:29:50 PM
Depending on the exact context, you might use past progressive form in telling the story:

"I had spent six years at the university, and now I was graduating."

Topic: Not
Posted: Friday, December 14, 2018 3:54:33 PM
Sometimes DragO (like so many of us) just can't resist!

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