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Topic: [my pet nose] or [my pet's nose]
Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 4:01:27 PM
(1) My T-shirt's logo is damaged. (my sentence)

(2) My T-shirt logo is damaged. (my friends' revision)

My non-native English speaking friends think you don't need the possessive. They give me two examples to support their answer, as shown below.

(3) Tom lent me some money to pay my January rent. (correct)

(4) Tom lent me some money to pay my January's rent. (WRONG)

Is my sentence (1) wrong? Thank you very much.
Topic: preposition: [in/for] baking and cooking
Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 3:47:45 PM
(1) I use a lot of salt in baking and cooking.

(2) I use a lot of salt for baking and cooking.

Most of my non-native English speaking friends think "in" is correct. If you want to use "for", "baking and cooking" has to be followed by a noun. For example, you can say, "I use a lot of salt for cooking meat."

Which preposition is correct? Thank you.
Topic: meaning of "one week from the date of purchase"
Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 3:33:58 PM
I have seen the sentence below somewhere.

(1) If you are not satisfied with your purchase, you're welcome to get a refund one week from the date of purchase.


Some of my non-native English speaking friends and I think "one week from the date of purchase" means within one week of the date of purchase. My other friends think it means one week after the date of purchase.

What do you think it means? Thank you very much for your help.


Topic: how do you say this in an easier way
Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 3:21:21 AM
I have made up the sentences below.

(A) Suppose that I want to have breakfast only four days every week. The four days are random. For example, the days I choose can be Mon/Tue/Fri/Sun, Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri, Mon/Thu/Sat/Sun, and so on. I want only 1 beef sandwich per day for breakfast. Here is my sentence.

(1) Every week, I go to ABC Supermarket to buy four beef sandwiches for breakfast, one for each breakfast.


(B) Again, suppose that I want to have breakfast only four days every week. I need six cheeseburgers in total. For example,
I might eat 1 on Mon, 1 on Wed, 2 on Tue and 2 on Sat;

or 2 on Mon, 1 on Fri, 1 on Sat, and 2 on Sun;

or 1 on Tue, 2 on Thu, 1 on Fri, and 2 on Sun;

and so on. The days I choose to have breakfast are also random. Here is my sentence.

(2) Every week, I go to ABC Supermarket to buy six cheeseburgers for breakfast, one for each of two breakfasts and two for each of another two breakfasts.

I hope you understand my difficulty. I am sure that the highlighted phrases are awkward. How do you revise my sentences to convey my ideas clearly? Thank you very much for your time and help. I really appreciate it.
Topic: preposition: at/on/from a bank machine
Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 2:11:27 AM
(1) I like to do my banking at a bank machine.
(2) I like to do my banking on a bank machine.
(3) I like to do my banking from a bank machine.

Which preposition is correct? Thank you very much.
Topic: preposition: from/in a box
Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 1:50:01 AM
(1) Could you get me a pencil in the white box?

(2) Could you get me a pencil from that white box?

Which preposition is correct? Thank you very much.
Topic: [Fridays] vs [every Friday]
Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 1:31:46 AM
I have heard that Fridays is the same as every Friday.

Some people have told me that the first two examples below are correct.

(1a) I usually work on Fridays. (correct)

(2a) I always work on Fridays. (correct)

(1b) I usually work every Friday. (wrong)

(2b) I always work every Friday. (wrong)


Since "Fridays means exactly every Friday", why are (1b) and (2b) wrong?

Thank you very much.
Topic: difference between [take] and [get] a flu shot
Posted: Saturday, May 1, 2021 3:12:42 AM
(1a) I got a flu vaccine yesterday.
(1b) I took a flu vaccine yesterday.

(2a) I got a flu shot yesterday.
(2b) I took a flu shot yesterday.

What is the difference in meaning between "got" and "took"? Thank you very much.
Topic: correct verb choice: [raised/brought up again] the incident and his words
Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2021 4:42:28 PM
I have made up the two scenarios below.



Scenario 1

Suppose that you and your friend, Mary, have just interviewed your ex-coworker, David, who wanted a job at your company. After he has left, Mary says something to you about him.



(1) Mary said, "Do you remember David?"

I replied, "He looks familiar."

She said, "At least fifteen years ago, we both worked with him at ABC Supermarket."

I said, "Right. I remember him now."

She said, "He was fired for swearing and spitting at our manager."

I said, "I remember that. I'm glad you brought up/raised that incident again."



Scenario 2

Suppose that you are talking to your cousin that you need money to make your mortgage payment.

(2) I said, "I lost my job six months ago. I'm running out of savings. What should I do?"

He said, "I wish I could help. I lost my last month too. Don't worry. I remember that our uncle said he's always willing to help us with anything."

I said, "I'm glad you brought up/raised his words again."



In both scenarios, which verb, brought up or raised, should I use? Thank you very much for your help.

Topic: travel (around) the world
Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2021 4:40:38 PM
(1) I want to travel around the world.

(2) I want to travel the world.


What is the difference in meaning between the two sentences? Thank you very much.