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Topic: in an aircraft
Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2019 7:35:27 PM
Hello,

Quote:
Are you travelling by air? = Are you going in an aircraft?
(Harrap’s Standard Learners’ English Dictionary)


Is 'on' wrong instead of the 'in'?
The latter sentence sounds like the traveller pilots the airplane themself.

Thank you.
Topic: There seems to be some chemistry ...
Posted: Sunday, January 6, 2019 6:29:06 AM
Romany wrote:

I see nothing that needs correction here. Both sentences are good.


Thank you very much, Romany, for your comment.
Topic: There seems to be some chemistry ...
Posted: Saturday, January 5, 2019 11:29:49 PM
Hello,

There seems to be some chemistry even between a cup and the drinker.
Drinking tea out of a favorite cup will really help relieve stress.

Please correct the sentences above.

Thank you.
Topic: was not yet born vs. hadn't yet been born
Posted: Friday, January 4, 2019 8:11:37 PM
Hello,

Quote:
A. Connolly was not yet born when Torrey's Islanders won their first Stanley Cup in 1980.
(The New York Times - Sports)

B. Bob Williams hadn't yet been born when the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912 but he's spent much of his life intrigued by the luxury liner and its fatal collision in the North Atlantic.
(Forbes)


In A the past simple (was not yet born) is used, while in B the past perfect (hadn't yet been born) is used.

Please explain the difference in the use of the tenses.

Thank you.
Topic: Mother cleaned the messy room ...
Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2019 8:49:48 AM
Thank you very much, Donthailand, Sarrriesfan, thar and Drag0nspeaker, for your replies.

The whole question I made is intended to clarify how to use the verbs related to perception*.
*perception [uncountable] (specialist or formal) the way you notice things, especially with the senses (Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries)

There seems to be some confusion. Please read the first sentence of the question.

Quote:
Mother cleaned the messy room before her daughter came home.


The question is about whether or not Kate notices (or whatever) the fact of the room having been cleaned.



Topic: Mother cleaned the messy room ...
Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2019 6:04:30 AM
Hello,

Mother cleaned the messy room before her daughter came home.
She wanted to make sure if her daughter would (A).

Daughter: Hi, Mom. I’m home.
Mother: Oh, hello, dear. By the way, did you (A)?
D: Yes, the room is tidy. Did you clean it?
M: Yes, I did.

Which of the below words is appropriate in the parentheses (A)?
1. notice 2. find 3. realize 4. sense 5. become aware
(self-made question)

Thank you.
Topic: Long before he had finished his tirade,...
Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 4:44:32 AM
A Happy New Year.

Would someone please answer my question?

Thank you.
Topic: a search in TFD
Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 2:59:38 AM
A Happy New Year.

I’d like to know how to search for threads posted, let us say, in 2017, 2016,... etc., by specifying the poster.
How does one do that?

Thank you.
Topic: eat off the floor like a dog
Posted: Monday, December 31, 2018 1:18:11 AM
Hello,

Quote:
... couldn't help giggling when we read lines like, "She locked me up in the bathroom like a dog". "She made me eat off the floor like a dog". Truth be told, we actually started rooting for his mother.
(The New York Times)


What does the phrase 'eat off the floor like a dog' mean?

Thank you.
Topic: Long before he had finished his tirade,...
Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2018 6:14:09 PM
Hello,

Quote:
Long before he had finished his tirade, we were sufficiently aware of the seriousness of our misconduct.
(Basic Word List, Barron’s)


I suppose that the main clause happened earlier than the subordinate clause.
Why does the subordinate clause take the past perfect?

Thank you.

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