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Topic: second day/second game + correct tenses [are collecting] and [are going to play]
Posted: Friday, July 23, 2021 1:58:41 AM
I have made up the sentences below.

(1) Today is the second day we are collecting donations for our organization. (say that while you are doing it)

(2) Today is the second game we are going to play at ABC Stadium. (say that an hour before the game starts)

Most of my non-native English speaking friends think the present progressive (are collecting) in (1) and the future tense (are going to play) in (2) are correct.

A few of my friends think I should use the present simple.

Which tense in each sentence is correct? Thank you very much.
Topic: correct phrase: [which will in effect increase] and [doing so will in effect increase]
Posted: Friday, July 2, 2021 10:12:04 PM
I have made up the sentences below.

(1) I don't want to work more than eight hours a day every day, which will in effect increase my anxiety.

(2) I don't want to work more than eight hours a day every day. Doing so will in effect increase my anxiety.


Which one is clear and correct? Thank you very much.
Topic: preposition and noun agreement: [in my/his generation] and [most of the people/us]
Posted: Friday, July 2, 2021 9:59:41 PM
I have made up the sentences below.

(1) Jack told me that in his generation, most of the young people liked the Beatles.

(2) I told Bill that in my generation, most of us finished only primary school.


Most of my non-native English speaking friends think "in" is the right preposition. The noun agreement is OK. They think in (1), "the young people" refers to everyone from his generation. In (2), "us" also refers to everyone from my generation.

Do you agree with my friends? Thank you.
Topic: [thereby increasing] or [which will in effect increase]
Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 9:34:26 PM
I have made up the examples below.

(1) I don't want to borrow any more money, thereby increasing my financial burden.

(2) I don't want to borrow any more money, which will in effect increase my financial burden.

(3) I don't want to borrow any more money. Borrowing it will thereby increase my financial burden.

(4) I don't want to borrow any more money. Doing so will in effect increase my financial burden.


Which one is correct: thereby or in effect? Thank you very much.
Topic: usage of livelihood
Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 9:33:59 PM
According to Cambridge Dictionary, livelihood is (the way someone earns) the money people need to pay for food, a place to live, clothing, etc.:

I have made up a few sentences using the word below.

(1) A full-time job supports a steady livelihood.

(2) Your clerical skills provides a steady livelihood.

(3) Teaching provides a good livelihood.

(4) Working as a construction worker is your livelihood.

(5) Our new training program supports a good livelihood.

Most of my non-native English speaking friends think (1) is wrong and (2) to (4) are correct.

Which of the sentences am I using the word in correctly? Please help me. Thank you.

Topic: [any colour clothing] or [clothing of any colour] or [clothing in any colour]
Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 10:01:58 PM
(1) I like to wear any colour clothing. I'm not picky.

(2) I like to wear clothing of any colour. I'm not picky.

(3) I like to wear clothing in any colour. I'm not picky.

Which one is correct? Thank you very much.
Topic: What does "with us" mean?
Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 9:48:51 PM
Last week, I submitted my resume to a company. They replied to me and said:

(1) Thank you for submitting your resume with us.

I thought it would be: (2) Thank you for submitting your resume to us.

What does 'with us' mean? Thank you very much.
Topic: [what colour of clothing] or [what colour clothing]
Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 9:46:01 PM
(1) What colour of clothing do you usually wear?

(2) What colour clothing do you usually wear?

Which one is correct? Thank you.
Topic: [late tonight] vs [late at night]
Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 9:36:04 PM
(1) I'm busy with my work right now. I'll see you late tonight.

(2) I'm busy with my work right now. I'll see you late at night.

Which one is correct? Thanks.
Topic: Is it OK not to backshift the tenses in my example?
Posted: Friday, June 11, 2021 11:01:00 PM
I have made up the example below.

(ex) This morning, the receptionist said to me that many people have signed up for the workshop. She's not sure if there are any more spaces left. She's going to put me on the waitlist now. She hopes there'll be a spot for me. She'll give me a confirmation the day before the workshop.

Is it okay not to backshift the tenses in my example when you are reporting someone's speech from this morning?

Thank you very much.