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Topic: The unusual low traffic
Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018 9:52:39 PM
Just a quick addition: Traffic isn't "low"--it is "light" or "heavy," so the proper usage would be "The light traffic between the two cities..."
Topic: usage of the verb "to abominate"
Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2018 1:46:32 AM
robjen wrote:
The online dictionary www.thefreedictionary.com defines that to abominate means to dislike intensely.

I think it's a very strong word. I am going to make up two sentences below.

(1) Farmers abominate heavy snowfall and strong wind because they destroy their crops.

(2) Heavy snowfall and strong wind are abominated because they destroy farmers' crops.

Am I using the verb correctly? Thanks for your help.


The Spanish equivalent of this word is used far more often than the English version.

One of the listings for this shows it started being used about 1840-50. I cannot shake the feeling this must be an antiquated usage because I never hear it said, as I hear some of the following used instead:

1) loathe
2) abhor
3) detest
4) intensely dislike
5) hate
6) despise

Really the usage might seem to have more of a Biblical usage/application than anything else.
Topic: ran out of copies of these books, the book ...
Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018 5:33:21 PM
robjen wrote:
I have written down four sentences below.

(1) I ran out of copies of this book.
(2) I ran out of copies of these books.
(3) I ran out of these books.
(4) I ran out of this book.


I think (1) suggests I don't have any more copies of one specific book.

(2) means no more copies of all the books I am talking about.

(3) can be interpreted in the same way as (1) or (2).

I think (4) is grammatically wrong.

What is your opinion? Thanks a lot.


I see nothing grammatically wrong with any of them. ¨When you use this book,¨ the ¨ẗhis¨ is a demonstrative adjective. You use the proper singular or plural forms of each and the ¨distances¨ that the demonstrative adjectives require are correct too.

Turns out this is covered in today´s on-site grammar lesson. :)
Topic: What's wrong with the verb forms?
Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018 5:26:21 PM
robjen wrote:
(ex) John is going shopping for a while and plans to visit his uncle after that.

Some of my non-native English speaking friends think there is a problem with the verb forms. They say "planning" should be used.

I think they are wrong. What do you think? Thank you for your help.


Yes. Ideally you should employ the same type of verb for consistency.

It could be ¨John went shopping for a while and visited his uncle after that.¨

You would use this in the case of reported speech--shift the tense one step back into the past.

or

¨John is going shopping for a while and is planning to visit his uncle after that.¨

The last one is better if youŕe talking about plans John has to do this in the near future or even that same day.
Topic: There are no facts only interpretations
Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018 7:20:52 PM
Jigneshbharati wrote:

"There are no facts, only interpretations" - Nietzsche

What does the quote mean in simple or layman' terms?

Thanks


This is also known as "relativism," where it is simply considered an opinion and not an absolute truth. The danger to such a belief is that no one can ever be right, so it encourages anarchy.
Topic: in the distance, in the end, at a distance, at an end
Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 10:15:43 PM
onsen wrote:
Hello,

Common phrases:
1. in the distance--"in" satisfies the purpose of "place" (distance)
2. in the end--in refers to time here (the "end"....of time)

3. at a distance--at points to the distance and hence speaks of a "place."
4. at an end--"at" points to "time."

The definite article is used in 1 and 2 with the preposition 'in'.
The indefinite article is used in 3 and 4 with the preposition 'at'.

Is this phenomenon merely by coincidence?
Is there any inevitability for the phrases to be as they are?

Thank you


Remember that prepositions can be used in more than one way, so you have to allow the context of the phrase or sentence to dictate the proper meaning. See brief explanations above.

Both in and at can be used for both "time" and "place" purposes, so keep this in mind. Refer to the explanations here to help you.

Topic: Do the scopping
Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 10:08:28 PM
Joe Kim wrote:
You can do the scooping.

A boy wants to get some ice cream, so his mom hands out the ice cream container, saying the sentence above. Is "the scooping" correctly used?



It is correct, but it can also be rephrased more efficiently a few ways:

1) You can scoop what you want
2) Scoop what you want
3) Scoop your own.

Reason is "scoop" already implies the material will be taken "out" or removed by this action. See the definition here.
Topic: Is it OK to start a sentence with lower-case letters?
Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2018 3:39:16 AM
Koh Elaine wrote:
"about" is the correct choice. We use "excited at" when we refer to something more specific or punctual. "about" can work with a more general complement.

Is it OK to start a sentence with lower-case letters as in the two "about's"?

Thanks.


No. First letter of each sentence should be capitalized.
Topic: to vs for
Posted: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 11:09:53 PM
yummyspringroll wrote:
When to use to and when to use for? Or are they just interchangeable?

Example:
1. For/To me, this is the best comment so far.
2. You are the only one for/to me.
3. She is like an angel for/to me.
4. For/To me, their performance was a complete trash.


For is generally used in relation to time and purpose whereas to is movement in a certain direction or purpose, although it can express a link to something. See the preposition charts here.

1) For me, this is the best comment...because it's for the purpose of helping you learn or for encouraging you.
2) You are the only one for me--for the purpose of having a girlfriend/boyfriend
3) She is like an angel to me--expressing that personal connection
4) To me, their performance was complete trash--the connection to your opinion and way of thinking.

You have to sometimes use these in context because their meanings can shift, but checking the categories and explanations will help you understand more.
Topic: Business being
Posted: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 1:17:04 AM
Jigneshbharati wrote:
The preposition at is completely unnecessary here. It had no business being in the sentence at all. Simply get rid of it and move on.
https://www.shmoop.com/grammar/prepositions/ending-a-sentence-in-a-preposition.html

Please explain to me the use of "being" here?

is "had" a main verb?


Being is a gerund and in this sentence's context means "present" or you could say it includes an ellipsis (omission) of "being [used]" in the sentence at all.

You are correct in thinking had is the verb.

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