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Topic: believe, accept, are certain about, ...
Posted: Thursday, June 4, 2020 8:58:59 AM
Hello,

A. Some people believe UFO-related TV programmes.

B. Some people believe in UFO-related TV programmes.
(self-made sentence)


About the use of the verb 'believe':

Q1.
Are A and B idiomatic?

Q2.
Are 'accept', 'are certain about', 'endorse' and 'trust' preferable instead of 'believe'?


Thank you.
Topic: The jelly is/has not set yet.
Posted: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 11:10:29 AM
Hello,

A. The jelly is not set yet.

B. The jelly has not set yet.

Quote:

set vt, vi
16 (cause to) become firm, solid, rigid (from a liquid or soft state):
The jelly is/has not set yet.
(Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary of Current English)


Q1.
Do A and B mean the same or not?

Q2.
Is A in the passive voice?
Is A’s tense the present?


Thank you.
Topic: Specifically, a delusion of grandeur is a person’s belief that ...
Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 9:58:22 PM
Hello,

Quote:

Specifically, a delusion of grandeur is a person’s belief that they are someone other than who they are, such as a supernatural figure or a celebrity.
healthline


Is the phrase 'they are someone' grammatical or not.
Is the 'someone' in the singular or in the plural?


Thank you.
Topic: The wine bottle has become empty.
Posted: Sunday, May 31, 2020 10:32:45 AM
thar wrote:
The bottle didn't undergo a change, so it didn't become something different. That is not natural.


The verb is 'to empty', but that is transitive when about a bottle and it didn't empty itself.

It was full, now it's empty. Someone drank the wine. You might say someone emptied the bottle but that could include both emptying it into glasses and emptying it down the sink.
It would work if you drink straight out of the bottle like with water or beer.


Thank you very much, thar, for your reply.

Please explain the difference between the following quoted sentence and my sentence.
They seem to be of the same construction (i.e. they both use that of 'become' + 'empty'), though the tenses they use are different. What makes my sentence not work?

Quote:

As it got later, the streets became empty.
empty

Topic: The wine bottle has become empty.
Posted: Sunday, May 31, 2020 2:24:44 AM
Hello,

If a wine bottle is drunk up, it will be empty.

How does one express the process of the bottle being from 'full' to 'empty'?

My try:
The wine bottle has become empty.

Is it idiomatic or not?


Thank you.
Topic: I have a little money (0/to) put by.
Posted: Saturday, May 30, 2020 1:11:56 AM
Hello,

Quote:

A. I have a little money put by.
(Harrap’s Standard Learners’ English Dictionary)


B. I have a little money to put by.
(self-made sentence)

I think A means I have already put by a little money while B means I haven’t yet put by a little money.

Q1.
Am I correctly interpreting A and B?

Q2.
Does B sound natural?


Thank you.
Topic: A crazy idea took hold of him.
Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2020 9:27:47 AM
Hello,

Quote:

A crazy idea took hold of him.
hold


Instead of the 'took' in the above sentence, how does one use the following verbs in blue properly, including 'took'?

got
caught
grabbed
laid
seized

took

Explanations in terms of frequency in use, formal, informal, colloquial, written, etc. appreciated.


Thank you.
Topic: The dog has taken a liking you.
Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 10:59:28 AM
Hello,

The dog has taken a liking you.

Quote:

liking
n.
1. A feeling of attraction or love; fondness: The dog has taken a liking you.
liking


Why doesn’t the quoted sentence need 'to' between 'liking' and 'you'?


Thank you.
Topic: I realized I’d put on weight when ...
Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 8:19:28 AM
Hello,

Quote:

BRAD: I realized I’d put on weight when my trousers started to feel a bit tight.
omitted
(A healthy eating plan, Oxford Learner’s Pocket Phrasal Verbs & Idioms)


Does the following sentence A make sense, with the 'I’d' meaning 'I would' and the 'tight' in the quoted sentence changed to 'loose'?

A. I realized I’d put on weight when my trousers started to feel a bit loose.


Thank you.
Topic: Such a person may be ordered to ...
Posted: Friday, May 22, 2020 10:36:46 AM
Hello,

Quote:

A. Such a person may be ordered to make restitution in whatever way the court thinks appropriate.
restitution


I placed 'is' between 'thinks' and 'appropriate' and obtained the following sentence B.

B. Such a person may be ordered to make restitution in whatever way the court thinks is appropriate.

Is B possible?
If possible, what is the difference between A and B?


Thank you.