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Topic: Comma next to "Fund'
Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 3:08:43 PM
The Fund set up by the government was based on recommendations made in the working paper "Improving Teacher Professionalism."

Should a comma be placed next to Fund?

Thanks.
Topic: Why is "would" used?
Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 2:43:23 PM
SINGAPORE: Harvey Davis, the father of Singaporean footballer Ben Davis, said in a statement on Wednesday (Jun 18) that it is "unfortunate" that the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has an impression that his son would not return to Singapore to serve his National Service (NS).
Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/ben-davis-father-unfortunate-mindef-thinks-son-will-not-serve-ns-10541392

Why is "would" when the other words except "said" are in the present tense?

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Topic: All/What I need is/are a pen and a pencil
Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 10:13:16 AM
1. All I need is a pen and a pencil.
2. All I need are a pen and a pencil.
3. What I need is a pen and a pencil.
4. What I need are a pen and a pencil.

Which are the correct sentences and why?

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Topic: Difference between sentences
Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 9:53:03 AM
Thanks, DragOnspeaker.
Topic: will vs would
Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 9:51:03 AM
NKM wrote:
No. The government has no intention of allowing deferment in such cases. It's not going to happen, so "will" would not be appropriate.

By the way, the comma after "appeal" really shouldn't be there. It separates the subject from the rest of the sentence, which (at least to some of us) is considered unacceptable.

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Topic: will vs would
Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 7:43:15 AM
They have no intention of returning to fulfill their son's NS (National Service) duties, especially if (Benjamin) is given a full professional contract after two years of his senior contract.

"To allow deferment for this type of appeal, would severely undermine the ethos and sacrifice of Singaporeans who have all put aside their personal interests to complete their NS duties."

6mins
Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/ben-davis-has-no-intention-to-fulfil-ns-duties-mindef-10541112

Could "would" be replaced by "will"?

Thanks.
Topic: Difference between sentences
Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 11:26:06 PM
Mother asked the boy, "Why did you torture the dog?"
Mother asked the boy, "Why had you tortured the dog?"

What is the difference between the sentences?

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Topic: Is the comma missing?
Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 2:27:33 PM
Thanks, DragOnspeaker.

All along I thought that journalists were also trained in English.
Topic: Is the comma missing?
Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:44:58 AM
Thanks, DragOnspeaker, I am surprised that our journalists often make mistakes.
Topic: exact same clothes
Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:30:13 AM
Thanks, DragOnspeaker, for the analytical reply.

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