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Topic: Is "enactment" the right word?
Posted: Saturday, September 15, 2018 3:22:46 PM
(1) In the antique club, Tom notices that one seller and one buyer are having a suspicious business deal. The buyer is spending a lot of money on his expensive merchandise. Tom thinks the transaction is an enactment to trick people into thinking that the seller's antiques are very valuable.

Is "enactment" the right word? If not, could someone give the correct word for that? Thanks a lot.
Topic: pay someone high or pay someone a lot
Posted: Saturday, September 15, 2018 3:15:03 PM
(1) The employer is paying Tom high (or a lot) for an entry position job.

Is it correct to say "to pay someone high"? Thanks a lot.
Topic: Do I need "was" twice?
Posted: Saturday, September 15, 2018 3:08:54 PM
(1) The whole event was fake and was set up by two mysterious men.

(2) The whole event was fake and set up by two mysterious men.

Is it OK or not to have "was" twice? Thanks.
Topic: Can I use either the simple present or the present perfect?
Posted: Friday, September 7, 2018 9:45:30 PM
(1) The current international music festival might be the event that causes everyone's excitement.

(2) The current international music festival might be the event that has caused everyone's excitement.

Can I use either the simple present or the present perfect? Thanks a lot.
Topic: sentences with and/or
Posted: Friday, September 7, 2018 6:03:23 PM
(1a) He doesn't have strong computer skills, own a car, eat lunch, and want to collect stamps.

(2a) He doesn't have strong computer skills, own a car, eat lunch, or want to collect stamps.

Some of my non-native English speaking friends think my sentences sound odd.

They think to fix the problem, you need two separate sentences. For example,

(1b) He doesn't have strong computer skills, own a car, and want to collect stamps. He also doesn't eat lunch.

(2b) He doesn't have strong computer skills, own a car, or want to collect stamps. He doesn't eat lunch
either.


Are my original sentences really wrong? Thanks a lot.
Topic: Do you need "that"?
Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 11:06:30 PM
(ex) On the day (that) I lost my watch, I bought a new TV.

Is "that" needed? Thanks a lot.
Topic: Can you say "events celebrate"?
Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 10:58:21 PM
(1) There are four big public events celebrating the music festival.

(2) There are four big public events designed to celebrate the music festival.

Some of my non-native English speaking friends think (1) is wrong because events don't celebrate, but people do.

I have two questions.

(A) Is (1) really wrong?

(B) Is "designed" the right word in (2)?

Thanks for your help.
Topic: my screwdrivers I always have
Posted: Friday, August 10, 2018 2:55:02 AM
I buy a lot of screwdrivers. When I buy new ones, I throw away most of the old ones. There is one screwdriver I don't want to throw away because it is very useful.


(1) To fix the door, I can use my screwdriver I always have.

(2) To fix the door, I can use the screwdriver I always have.

Which one is correct: my or the? If neither one is correct, how do you fix the sentence?

Thanks a lot.
Topic: looking for the correct adjective
Posted: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 6:55:24 PM
Sometimes, I see some husbands and wives who show a lot of love for each other. Can I use these two adjectives to describe them?

(1) Even after fifty years of marriage, Tom and Mary are still very loving.

(2) Even after fifty years of marriage, Tom and Mary are still very heart-warming.

There is a reason why I am looking for the right adjectives. Some of my relatives and friends have been married for ten to twenty years. After so many years of marriage, they don't seem to get along anymore. However, my grandparents, who have been married for almost sixty years, still love each other very much.

What adjectives are correct for my sentences? Thanks a lot.
Topic: collected or have collected
Posted: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 6:34:57 PM
(1) I said to Tom, "I came up with the conclusion based on the evidence I have collected."

(2) I said to Tom, "I came up with the conclusion based on the evidence I collected."

Some of my non-native English speaking friends and I think it's okay to use either "collected" or "have collected". We think the simple past "collected" is OK because "came up" is also the simple past. We also think the present participle "have collected" is OK because I made the conclusion using ALL the pieces of evidence I got up until now.

But, my other friends think only (1) is correct.

Which sentence is grammatically correct? Thanks a lot.

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