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Topic: [for five lunches] or [5days of lunch] or [lunch for five days]
Posted: Saturday, October 24, 2020 5:14:16 PM
I have made up the sentences below.

(1) There is enough food for us for five lunches.

(2) There is enough food for us for five days of lunch.

(3) There is enough food for us for lunch for five days.

I am not sure which one is correct. Thank you very much.
Topic: [during my available time] vs [when I am available]
Posted: Saturday, October 24, 2020 1:58:21 PM
I have made up the examples below.

(1) When I am available, I volunteer to help other people in my community.

(2) During my available time, I volunteer to help other people in my community.

I think (1) is correct. Is it okay to say "during my available time"? Thank you very much.
Topic: height vs heights
Posted: Saturday, October 24, 2020 1:20:57 PM
I have made up the questions below.

(1a) Mr. Wilson measured his students' height and used the data to teach them how to do statistics.

(1b) Mr. Wilson measured his students' heights and used the data to teach them how to do statistics.

(2a) Our height is not the same.

(2b) Our heights are not the same.

Which one is correct: singular or plural?

Thank you very much.
Topic: $100 [in/of] import duty
Posted: Saturday, October 24, 2020 4:28:36 AM
(1) I have to pay a $100 import duty on my online order.

(2) I have to pay $100 of import duty on my online order.

(3) I have to pay an import duty of $100 on my online order.

(4) I have to pay $100 in import duty on my online order.


Which one(s) is/are correct? Thank you for your time and help.
Topic: [was near] or [is near] where you were
Posted: Saturday, October 24, 2020 12:30:44 AM
I have made up the two examples below.

(1) John said, "After going on a long hike at ABC Park, I got lost. I had to call my uncle to drive me home."

I said, "ABC Station was near where you were. You could have taken the subway there."

He replied, "I completely forgot that subway station."

(2) ..... "ABC Station is near where you were." ....


Some of my friends think (1) is correct because backshifting is needed. I think (2) is correct because ABC Station is always there.

Which one is correct: (1) or (2)? Thank you very much.
Topic: [was not tall enough] or [am not tall enough]
Posted: Saturday, October 24, 2020 12:17:22 AM
(1) Yesterday, I went to ABC Supermarket and wanted to buy some soft drinks. I was not tall enough to reach them because they were on the top shelf.

(2) Yesterday, I went to ABC Supermarket and wanted to buy some soft drinks. I am not tall enough to reach them because they were on the top shelf.

Some of my non-native English speaking friends think (2) is correct because I am an adult. My height remains the same. My other friends think backshifting the verb is required.

Which one is correct? Thank you very much.
Topic: embarrassing for me to try to
Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2020 2:43:01 AM
Thank you very much, thar, for your excellent explanation. Very easy to understand.
Topic: Is "puzzle me up to dislike" the correct idiom?
Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2020 2:37:56 AM
Thank you, tautophile, palapaguy, narkom12, Drag0nSpeaker, and FounDit, for all your great suggested words and idioms.

I really appreciate all the responses you have offered me.
Topic: [you still shop] or [you are still shopping]
Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 10:22:39 PM
(1a) I'm surprised that you still shop at ABC. Its sales representatives are unfriendly.
(1b) I'm surprised that you're still shopping at ABC. Its sales representatives are unfriendly.

Which form of "shop" is correct? Thank you very much.
Topic: usage of engender
Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:19:44 PM
engender - be the source or cause of something (learnersdictionary.com)

(ex) The changes in society were engendered by the war. (idoceonline Dictionary)

(ex) Every cloud engenders not a storm. (freedictionary)

I have no questions about the dictionary examples. I have made up the example below using the verb.

(1) Scientists have been conducting research on what engendered the extinction of some sea mammals. Their recent findings might give the answer.

Am I using the verb correctly? Thank you very much.