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Topic: Our staff has/ have worked hard.
Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 5:53:59 PM
Koh Elaine wrote:
Our staff has/ have worked hard.

Which verb should I use?

Thanks.


"Staff" is a collective noun, like "town" is collective noun that represents many people (in theory) but is considered grammatically singular. Therefore, "our staff HAS worked hard" is correct.

Even the quiz over "collective nouns" here at Farlex states that collective nouns are usually considered singular, although it leaves a brief note for British usage.
Topic: strike out
Posted: Sunday, September 03, 2017 10:37:32 PM
D00M wrote:
Hello respected teachers,

What does 'strike out' mean in the following sentence?

He managed to control his natural inclination to strike out.


It again appears part of the sentence or context is missing, because this is a phrasal verb and hard to determine what its meaning is without more data. See the following meanings:

Phrasal Verbs:
strike out
1. To begin a course of action.
2. To set out energetically.
3. Baseball To pitch three strikes to (a batter), putting the batter out. To be struck out.
4. To fail in an endeavor.
Topic: would versus would have been
Posted: Sunday, September 03, 2017 10:33:54 PM
D00M wrote:
Hello respected teachers,

What's the difference between the following sentences?

However, my natural inclination would have been to say no.
However, my natural inclination would be to say no.


These sentences are only completely grammatically correct provided you have an IF before each of the "however" statements, since using "would" implies a conditional and none is seen here.

If this is the second half of a statement, please include the full statement you referred to so it will clarify this meaning.
Topic: look like versus seem
Posted: Sunday, September 03, 2017 10:20:18 PM
D00M wrote:
Hello respected teachers,

Are both the followings correct?

It looks like that he has bought a new car.
It seems that he has bought a new car.


Both of the following sentences are correct, although you can omit "that," given many times it is a word easily omitted in English. Therefore

"It looks like he has bought a new car"

and

"It seems he has bought a new car" are both correct; in fact, they are both considered stative/sense verbs. Check the list here.
Topic: followings
Posted: Sunday, September 03, 2017 10:15:07 PM
D00M wrote:
Hello respected teachers,

Is the following sentence grammatical?

Are both the followings correct?


It is unclear if the sentence is grammatically correct, since it appears you need more context. Usually one employs "following" when you are about to list many items afterward or "following" in the sense of a "group of believers."

If you quoted this from a reading or a text, please provide more context from that.
Topic: Do I need an indefinite article?
Posted: Sunday, September 03, 2017 1:29:54 PM
robjen wrote:
I am going to make up three sentences below.

(1) The employer wants to change the title of (an) accountant slightly in the job ad.

(2) In his capacity as (an) accountant, he is required to travel abroad.

(3) He wants to apply for the position of (a) cashier.


As non-native English speakers, my friends and I think the sentences are all OK with or without an indefinite article.

Please give us your opinion. Thanks a lot.



In this explanation about using a/an, a profession requires the use of the indefinite article.
Topic: you're the bastard
Posted: Sunday, September 03, 2017 10:06:34 AM
Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1 wrote:
https://youtu.be/0xUrzzRWmNY?t=50s

Why the definite article?



See the explanation here.

The impression that I immediately got would stand in stark relief if you were in a room full of guys and singled this one out, since every guy can act like a bastard, but this one is the DEFINITE one, being worse than all the others. The other impression I get is that this guy's behavior is so obviously bad on a regular basis that it leaves no doubt he is THE one.
Topic: Nonfake vs unfake
Posted: Sunday, September 03, 2017 9:44:48 AM
Jigneshbharati wrote:
I was watching a video on YouTube and came across a phrase "non fake person".

how do I know that only "non" is correct and we can't use unfake ?

Is there any logic or some rule to decide when to use non and not un?


There's actually a good enough explanation of the difference, explained here. Check it out.
Topic: coquet
Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017 7:22:59 PM
Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1 wrote:
I have just misspelled this:

https://ahdictionary.com/application/resources/wavs/C0634000.wav

I wrote 'coquette' and it was 'coquet':

https://ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=coquet

Quote:
co·quet (kō-kĕt)

intr.v. co·quet·ted, co·quet·ting, co·quets
1. To engage in coquetry; flirt.
2. To trifle; dally.

Why doesn't it follow the familiar pattern as in 'croquet', 'crochet'?


I did a fair amount of boolean searches and only found ones that were partially helpful. The difference with "coquet" and "coquette" appears similar to "blond" (male) and "blonde" for a female; both derive from French.

I found no definite article with "coquet" as I could with "blond vs. blonde," however.
Topic: Do you want the cooking
Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017 10:25:43 PM
Joe Kim wrote:
You have house chores like cooking, mopping, and cleaning. And you are asking someone to choose which chore he want to do.

Do you want the cooking or cleaning?

Is this correct?


One would say "do you want cooking or cleaning?" or one could say "do you want to cook or to clean?" Many times like in this instance the definite article proves unneeded.

You effectively omit "the" since both cooking & cleaning are considered "uncountable nouns," or nouns that can't be divided into quantities; see the explanation and examples here.

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