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Topic: At her side on a leash trotted a small grey dog.
Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 9:53:05 AM
Yes.
Yes.
Topic: must not be
Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2020 5:08:23 AM
Ivan Fadeev wrote:

2 That must not be Fred!


We rarely use the negative of must in that sense in BrE. We use can't.
Topic: Help needed
Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2020 5:03:27 AM
A.
1) If only she would stop talking.
2) If only she stopped talking.

1 - My regret is that she will not stop talking.
2 - My regret is that she does not stop talking.

In practical terms, there may not be a significant difference in meaning.


B
1) Mason wishes he hadn't spoken yesterday because he's embarrassed.
2) Mason wishes he didn't speak yesterday because he's embarrassed.

Compare:

1a. If he had not spoken yesterday, he would not be embarrassed now. CORRECT
2a. If he didn't speak yesterday, he would not be embarrassed now. INCORRECT
3. If he didn't speak tomorrow, his guests would be disappointed. CORRECT.

The backshifting of tenses in 'if only' sentences is the same as in hypothetical conditionals.

Topic: must with the continuous infinitive
Posted: Friday, October 16, 2020 2:38:22 PM
It is possible.
Topic: I hope it won't rain on Saturday, ...
Posted: Friday, October 16, 2020 10:56:26 AM
Elmmosa wrote:
I hope it won't rain on Saturday, we want to go out with the children


You have a comma splice there. You need either a semi-colon instead of the comma, or a conjunction (such as 'because') after the comma.
Topic: I hope it won't rain on Saturday, ...
Posted: Friday, October 16, 2020 10:54:35 AM
Wilmar (USA) 1M wrote:
Look up the Subjunctive Mood in the Farlex Grammar lessons presented here in TFD.
It explains why "I hope it doesn't rain" is proper.

I can't find anything on 'hope' there.

I see no reason why we should even think of the subjunctive in that sentence
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Topic: transpired
Posted: Friday, October 16, 2020 10:50:38 AM
Have you looked up the two words in a dictionary?
Topic: Why You Couldn’t Able to Speak English Fluent?
Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 9:21:19 AM
As Drag0 said about another post of yours:


I don't know whether you are intending to ask for corrections to your passage (there are many corrections needed - it looks like it was written in another language and translated literally, word for word), or if it is just a discussion point.
Topic: Incoming
Posted: Sunday, October 11, 2020 5:18:46 AM
In what context have you heard/seen these sentences?
Topic: Alice talks as if she were/was rich.
Posted: Saturday, October 10, 2020 2:16:46 PM
You're welcome.