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Topic: Is it because of the difference between British and American English?
Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 2:22:51 AM
I have seen the following sentences written either with or without an article.

(1a) After completing high school, he will enter university.
(1b) After completing high school, he will enter the university.

(2a) Next September, Mary will attend high school.
(2b) Next September, Mary will attend the high school.

(3a) She has just been admitted to university.
(3b) She has just been admitted to the university.

(4a) Tom was accepted into college last week.
(4b) Tom was accepted into the college last week.

Some of my friends heard from some native English speakers that the use of an article is something that makes British and American English different.

Which country's English speakers use an article? Thanks for your help.
Topic: travel with people, which include
Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 1:48:45 AM
I am going to make up a sentence and then revise it.

(1) I am going to travel with at least twenty people, including Tom, Mary and John.

Next, I want to change the form of the word "including".

(2) I am going to travel with at least twenty people, which or who include Tom, Mary and John.

Some of my friends think you have use "which" because it refers to the group of people. My other friends suggest that you have to use "who" for people because "which" applies to objects, places and animals.

I am not sure who is correct. Thanks for your help.
Topic: who has which nationality
Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 1:42:07 AM
I am not sure how to say this about people's ethnic backgrounds or nationalities. Let me try it.

(ex) In this group, the people are French, British, Mexican or American.

(1) I cannot figure out who has which ethnic background.

(2) I cannot figure out who has which nationality.

Does it make sense to say "who has which ethnic background or nationality"? Thanks for your help.
Topic: to death
Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 1:23:01 AM
I have heard "to death" in the sentences below.

(1) Last night, the man was beaten to death by a group of criminals.

(2) He was shot to death.

(3) They laughed to death.

Does "to death" means to get killed? Thanks.
Topic: to be devastated
Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 1:19:52 AM
My friends and I asked our other friend about how he felt when his dog passed away last week.

He said, "I am devastated."

Is it correct to say "devastated" meaning sad? Thanks.
Topic: a container of something
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 4:13:09 AM
I am going to write down a few examples below.

I would like

(1) a box of chocolates.

(2) a pail of paint.

(3) a pack of cigarettes.

(4) a bag of chips.

(5) a bottle of Coca Cola.

Can you say: I would like a large container of "something" if you that something is not put in any of the things I have mentioned above?

Something like "a large container of soil" if it is not sold in bags, boxes ... but in "containers".

I am not sure if you understand what I am trying to say. Thanks.
Topic: disapprove one's comments
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 4:02:12 AM
Suppose that you disagreed with someone's comments on your writing about the dangers of cycling without a helmet and you wanted to prove them wrong. Can you say:

"I disapproved their comments with some supporting real-life examples."

Can you use the verb "disapprove"? Thanks.
Topic: as quickly as
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 3:30:57 AM
Which one is grammatically correct?


(1) I cannot read on a computer screen as quickly as in print.

(2) I cannot read as quickly on a computer screen as in print.

Thanks.
Topic: as little as or as low as
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 3:24:32 AM
Which one sounds more natural?

(1) The televisions in the store's sale are as little as $400.

(2) The televisions in the store's sale are as low as $400.

Thanks.
Topic: What do you call this type of house?
Posted: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 3:29:59 AM
Last year, I traveled to my home country and took a photo of the house my ancestors lived. It's very old. I think it's at least 120 years.

I am going to show my friend the photo. I am not sure what "type" of house it is.

Do you call it:

(1) my ancestors' house

(2) my ancestor house

(3) my ancestry house

What do you call it? Thanks a lot.

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