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Topic: Sentence 2
Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2019 1:04:21 PM
Atatürk wrote:
He used his briefcase of some explosives to force the officials to meet his demands.

What's wrong with the highlighted part, please? And how can it be improved?


It is better to say:

- He used his briefcase containing some explosives to force the officials to meet his demands.

- He used the explosives kept in his briefcase to force the officials to meet his demands.

I prefer the latter sentence.The focus should be on 'explosives' and not on the 'briefcase'.
Topic: pages 123-4 or page 123-4
Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 11:37:08 AM
Koh Elaine wrote:
Thanks, Wilmar.

I meant page 123 - 124 or should it be pages 123 - 124?


It should be pages 123-124 (= page 123 and page 124).

Interestingly, page 123 and 124 are on opposite sides of a page.

You may come across "page 122-123" if you are referring to a single picture covering both the adjacent pages as in "the picture on page 122-123".
Topic: That
Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2019 1:12:01 PM
Atatürk wrote:
Oxford has been branded Britain’s least socially inclusive university with new data showing more than 60 per cent of its students went to private or grammar school.

Should it not be a "that" after showing? Or if is it optional?


The use of "that" is optional.Personally, I prefer using "that" before the ensuing clause.
Topic: Meaning of a sentence
Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019 2:06:38 AM

thar has correctly spotted that the sentence requires an ending.

The sentence is building up the tempo and expects the 'piece' to be a craze and that its publishing would be both impressive and successful. The expression "only to have ..." implies that the contrary happened and the 'piece' got a lukewarm and tepid response.

Perhaps an ending expressing this thought will complete your sentence:

There have been plenty of moments, after I’ve poured my blood into a piece, convinced it was my finest work, sure to be liked and shared and explode across the internet only to have it published– not impressively but with a tepid response.
Topic: on such short notice
Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019 1:39:20 AM
Fruity wrote:
on such short notice
: without knowing very far ahead of time that something is going to happen
Thank you for meeting with me on such short notice.

What would British English speakers say instead of "on such short notice"?


"At such short notice" is the usual expression in British English.
Topic: Is the comma after 'practice' needed?
Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2019 1:10:06 AM
Koh Elaine wrote:
Nichiren instructs us to exert our utmost efforts in our Buddhist practice, based on faith and studying the doctrines of true Buddhism.

1. Is the comma after 'practice' needed?
2. Should 'the study of' substitute for 'studying'?



1. The use of comma is correct. Read the first part of the sentence and see if it makes sense by itself. It it makes sense, the comma is required.The part of the sentence after the comma simply provides more information about something that is already identified.

2.Your suggestion to use "the study of" is correct.
Topic: Can 'upholding' substitute for 'to uphold'?
Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2019 1:01:45 AM
Koh Elaine wrote:
We should be willing to risk our lives to uphold our Buddhist practice.

Can 'upholding' substitute for 'to uphold'?



The infinitive "risk" can take "to + infinitive" or "-ing form". The choice depends on what you wish to communicate.

The usual expression is "risk something to do something". Here, "to" means "in order to". The original sentence is correct. In such a pattern, "to" is followed by the purpose - why the person does something.

The -ing form is acceptable if the action refers to some event in the past or some event going on.
Topic: Both sentences mean the same, don't they?
Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2019 12:40:30 AM
DavidLearn wrote:
Thank you both, for your help.
I took the sentence from the net. Don't remember where. Anxious


BTW, could you check if these ones are natural or not? These ones where taken from the same web page.
1. I’d love to visit Hawaii. It’s so expensive, though.
2. The food we ordered was really spicy. It was good, though.
3. Larry lives and works in San Diego. He has a vacation home in Mexico, though.


It appears to me that your source is teaching the use of adverb "though". "Though" is used after adding a fact, opinion, or question which seems surprising after what you have just said, or which makes what you have just said seem less true.

The three sentences mentioned by you are okay.
Topic: Both sentences mean the same, don't they?
Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2019 8:43:33 AM
DavidLearn wrote:
Hi teachers,
We got in a car accident. No one was hurt, though.

I think the sentence above means almost the same as the following one, doesn't it?
We had a car accident. No one was hurt, though.



Your first sentence is not usual. It is rather jarring to my ear. If you insist on using "got", you should use "into" instead of "in".

The following sentences are usually heard:

- We met with a car accident. No one was hurt, though.
- We had a car accident. No one was hurt, though.
- We were involved in a car accident. No one was hurt, though.

Topic: Should there be a "between 1918 and 2006"?
Posted: Friday, May 10, 2019 12:47:27 AM
Koh Elaine wrote:
Dr Tan, on the other hand, is a former ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) Member of Parliament (MP) and served as parliamentarian for 26 years between 1980 to 2006. During his time in parliament, Dr Tan became the first non-cabinet minister elected into the PAP Central Executive Committee (1987–96).

Shouldn't it be "between 1980 and 2006" instead?



Your suggestion is correct.

Say: "between ... and ..." or "from .... to ...".

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