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Topic: go somewhere for a while
Posted: Monday, May 6, 2019 4:24:55 AM
I am a non-native English speaker. I have other non-native speakers use "go somewhere for a while" in the sentences below.

(1) We are going to the library for a while.

(2) We are going to the park for a while.

(3) We are going to the table at the back corner for a while.


Do any of these sentences sound odd to native speakers? I think (3) does not make sense. What do you think of the sentences?

Thank you for your time and help.
Topic: next one who wins or who will win
Posted: Monday, May 6, 2019 4:19:46 AM
(1) Jack could be the next actor who wins the Best Actor Award this summer.

(2) Jack could be the next actor who will win the Best Actor Award this summer.

Which tense in bold is correct?

Thank you for your time and help.
Topic: present perfect + one more tense in the same sentence
Posted: Saturday, April 6, 2019 2:37:45 PM
I always have trouble making sentences with two different tenses. I have made up a few similar examples below.

(1) I have participated in major tennis competitions before. I am happy that I have won some awards.

(2) I have participated in major tennis competitions before. I am happy that I won some awards.

(3) I have participated in major tennis competitions before. I was happy that I won some awards.


I am not sure if any of my sentences are grammatically correct because I am using different tenses.

Please give me your opinion. Thank you very much for your help.
Topic: placement of "below"
Posted: Saturday, April 6, 2019 2:04:20 PM
(1) I have written down an important message below using different colors of ink.

(2) I have written down an important message using different colors of ink below.

Which position of "below" is grammatically correct? Thank you for your help.
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.

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