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Topic: with only one copy that exists ...
Posted: Saturday, March 9, 2019 3:10:23 PM
(1) John has a postage stamp with only one copy in the world.

(2) John has a postage stamp with only one copy that exists in the world.

I am not sure which one is correct. Please help me. Thanks a lot.
Topic: placement of "some day"
Posted: Saturday, March 9, 2019 2:36:31 PM
Suppose that I finished volunteering in an office last month. I am now talking to my friend about my possible plan. I have written down two similar sentences below.

(1) I might go back and volunteer there some day.

(2) I might go back some day and volunteer there.

Which one is correct? Thanks for your help.
Topic: Where do I put the comma?
Posted: Saturday, March 9, 2019 2:28:28 PM
Suppose that I challenged John to a 2km walking race. Our race started at noon. I finished it at 1:15pm. He finished it after I, but he did not look at the time when he was finished. I have written down a sentence below.

(1) John finished the race, after I did at 1:15pm.

(2) John finished the race after I did, at 1:15pm.

Some of my non-native English speaking friends think (1) is correct because the comma clearly separates the two clauses, making it easy to see when I finished the race. Some of my other friends think (2) is correct because the comma between "I did" and "at 1:15pm" shows they are related.


In this scenario, I finished the race first at 1:15pm. John came in second. I am not sure where the comma is supposed to go.

What is your opinion? Thanks a lot for your help.
Topic: my memory of .... or a memory of ...
Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2019 1:57:25 AM
I have made up two pairs of similar sentences below.

(1a) My old shoes brought back my memory of the time someone stole my watch.

(1b) My old shoes brought back a memory of the time someone stole my watch.

(2a) The song brought back my memory of my dad who passed away ten years ago.

(2b) The song brought back a memory of my dad who passed away ten years ago.

If I am talking about one specific incident, do I use "my memory" or "a memory"? Thanks for your help.
Topic: have asked for a long time
Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2019 1:56:33 AM
My non-native English speaking friend made up a sentence and asked me if it was correct. I have written it down below.

(1) People have asked me for a long time how to make ice cream at home.

It sounds OK to me. Does it make sense to say "ask for a long time"? Thanks for your help.
Topic: Do you need "by"?
Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2019 1:55:26 AM
I have made up two sets of similar sentences below.

(1a) The easiest way to add a design to your hat is embroidering.

(1b) The easiest way to add a design to your hat is by embroidering it.


(2a) One common technique for making woolen clothing is knitting.

(2b) One common technique for making woolen clothing is by knitting it.


Most of my non-native speaking friends think the "b" examples are wrong. I don't understand why. Please explain why they are wrong. Thanks for your help.
Topic: I don't know how to ask a question.
Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 10:58:57 PM
I have a lot of trouble trying to formulate a question for this.

When one of my friends shops for canned foods, he checks the expiry date like most people do.

Most of the stores in my city sell canned foods of the same type that have different expiry dates.
For example, in one store, some canned tuna expires six months from today, some nine months from today, some one year from today, some one and a half years from today, some two years from today, and so on.

He likes to choose those that expire at least one year from the date of purchase.


I have tried to formulate a question below.

(1) I ask my friend, "Within what period from the date of purchase do you usually choose canned foods that are safe to eat?"

The answer I expect from him is:

(2) He replies, "I usually choose those that expire at least one year from the date of purchase."

Could someone help me formulate a question correctly?

Thank you very much for your help.
Topic: in the bath
Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 9:24:22 PM
I have made up two similar sentences below.

(1) The people upstairs usually make a lot of noise when I am taking a bath.

(2) The people upstairs usually make a lot of noise when I am in the bath.

Is it correct to say "in the bath"? Thanks a lot.
Topic: bottles of Coke or Coke in bottles
Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 2:44:59 AM
(1) At the last event, I spent a lot of time looking at bottles of Coke.

(2) At the last event, I spent a lot of time looking at Coke in bottles.

Which one is correct? Thanks a lot.
Topic: Do you need the definite article?
Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 2:16:45 AM
(1) According to our company's policy, non-members have to pay more for additional services they request for cleaning their cars.

(2) According to our company's policy, non-members have to pay more for the additional services they request for cleaning their cars.

Do you need "the'? Thanks a lot.

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