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Topic: Time
Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 1:26:25 PM
Atatürk wrote:
Did you hold the meeting.

Yes it was held at.....

I'm looking for a phrase which would mean "at the time it was supposed to be held".

What would be my options?

"It was held on time." Or "It was held at the intended time."
Topic: This is the closest we can get to the lake by car.
Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 11:55:18 PM
Yes, #3 is also very common.
Topic: what is good
Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 11:49:46 PM
Ivan Fadeev wrote:
What is the right position?

I don't know what a car is. Correct.
I don't know what is green. Wrong, but maybe correct depending on context.


I don't know what is a car. - wrong? Wrong.
I don't know what green is. - wrong? Correct.

Topic: Do multitasking
Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 11:01:54 PM
FounDit wrote:
Joe Kim wrote:
Can you do multitasking?

Is this sentence correct?

I wouldn't say it is wrong, but a native would probably say, "Can you multitask?" or, "Are you good at multitasking?"

FD is correct. "Can you multitask?" is very common.
Topic: winds and rain
Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 10:46:33 PM
onsen wrote:

As winds and rain pound surface layers of sediment, they slowly expose any dinosaur fossils encased within, which are made of more hardy material. Here, a two-foot-long section of the tail of a duck-billed hadrosaur emerges from sandstone. Some of the world’s best fossil-hunting locales are badlands, where surface sediments are rapidly eroded by weathering.
(New species of incredible 'living tank' dinosaur unveiled, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.)

1. Please explain that the noun 'wind' is in the plural while the noun 'rain' is in the singular. Common usage. I have no better explanation.
2. Are the following combinations possible in different contexts? Yes to all.
a. winds and rains
b. wind and rains
c. wind and rain

Thank you.
Topic: This is the closest we can get to the lake by car.
Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 10:40:01 PM
Reiko07 wrote:
1) This is the closest we can get to the lake by car.

2) This is the closest to the lake we can get by car.

Which is more common?

IMHO they're both very common. But if I have to vote, I'll choose #1.
Topic: Spell / spelling
Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2019 11:35:01 PM
srirr wrote:
'Spell' is verb while 'spelling' is noun.
What's the spelling of your name?

To use spell in the sentence, Hedy's suggestion is perfect.

You may also hear, "How is your name spelt?"

Or "How is your name spelled?" in AE. Whistle
Topic: conducted classes at Chinese YMCA at Palmer Road
Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2019 9:23:13 PM
thar wrote:
Koh Elaine wrote:
The history of the Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Association of Singapore can be traced back to 1968, when our first chief instructor, H.Maekawa Sensei, introduced Goju-ryu karate to Singapore and led/gave classes at the Chinese YMCA on Palmer Road. Over the years, Goju-ryu karate has continued to grow in Singapore and there have been many excellent students/practitioners/fighters who have emerged from years of disciplined practice with ______, and promoted the ways of Goju-ryu. These members have represented their Goju-ryu clubs and also Singapore, competing in national, Asian regional (in any other country, the region is less than national, - that is why I changed this, but it depends what they mean) and international karate-do tournaments and competitions.

Shouldn't the bold part be conducted classes in Chinese YMCA at Palmer Road instead?


I made a few other changes I considered essential, and left a few things that just felt slightly odd.
I haven't explained why, but I can if need be.

Agree. It reads better now.
Topic: verb
Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2019 12:43:06 PM
FounDit wrote:
Atatürk wrote:
Recently you've become so weak; you should have some high-protein food to sustain yourself.

I suspect it 'sustain' is not the right verb here. What would be the right one then?

You could think of it as merely keeping the person alive in a weak condition, so in that sense a better word can be used such as "improve your condition", or "to improve your health".

"... to strengthen you." could work as well.
Topic: off/out
Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2019 11:26:45 AM
FounDit wrote:
Put off the light is correct.
But you don’t really put out the light but you put out a candle or a fire.

In AmE, we would never say, "Put off the light". We say "put out the light", or "turn the light off".


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