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Topic: Why are these sentences grammatically wrong?
Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014 1:36:47 AM
All correct!
Topic: Is it correct to say this sentence?
Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 5:50:34 AM
It's correct. It gives a clear idea that you are talking about the strength of the wall.
Topic: All were vs Were all
Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 5:46:56 AM
They both are correct.
Topic: Use of 'Be'
Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013 4:42:08 AM
Thanks Papo!

But is this the only rule that I need to keep in mind for such use of 'Be'? Uncertainity/certainity?
Could you please spare some time to provide a few more examples?
Topic: Use of 'Be'
Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013 4:23:21 AM

When do we use 'be' instead of its other forms?
As in this sentence: "I will do it, if need be."
Why not: "I will do it, if need is."

Topic: As on date and On date
Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013 12:54:40 AM
I still think they both mean the same. Shiva, Could you please elaborate this a little more?
Topic: The doctrine of innate ideas is one of the most admirable faiths of philosophy, being itself an innate idea and therefore...
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 10:06:59 AM
MTC, great work!
That explained every bit of it.
Thanks, otherwise I would have gone bald understanding this.
Topic: A compliment?
Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013 2:29:55 AM
And so it was that one fine Sunday Franklin drew out from his safe an opulent Armenian manuscript from the 17th century, amply illuminated with gold and handed it to Kraus who said, ‘What are you doing with this thing?’ “It was the nearest thing,” Franklin writes, “I ever came to a compliment.”

What does the sentence in italics mean?

This guy, 'Kraus', is a celebrity, and hard to please. So, does it mean that the other guy, the bookseller, 'Franklin', could only get this dialogue in the form of a compliment from Kraus : " ‘What are you doing with this thing?’ " ?
Topic: have had to : for obligation
Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013 4:40:33 AM
Thanks dragon!
Your first example:
"We have changed the subject of discussion, because we had to."
suits my understanding.
Topic: have had to : for obligation
Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013 5:11:05 AM
leonAzul wrote:
ashish_schekon wrote:
We have had to change the subject of discussion.

Does this mean:
1)We had to change the subject (we were forced to do so in past.)
2)We have changed the subject before (under compulsion), many times.

Can anyone elaborate the actual/precise(considering my ESL status) meaning of this sentence?

The verb "to have" has several meanings, and these examples involve two of them.

The idiom "to have to" is a common substitute for the auxiliary verb "must," and is necessary to express the tenses that are missing in the conjugation of "must." Example #1 expresses such compulsion in the past tense.

Additionally, "have" can function as an auxiliary verb that indicates perfection, also called a perfect tense. This is how it works in sentence #2. It does not express compulsion at all.

If you want to express compulsion in the present perfect, then you would write: "We have had to change the subject before."

Thanks LA.
Your justification is undestandable.
"We have had to change the subject before."
I would translate this as: We changed the subject, recently, under force.