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Topic: Insertion of commas
Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 11:26:39 PM
Koh Elaine wrote:
With his coalition partner Anwar Ibrahim freed from jail and lurking in the wings, Dr Mahathir has a lot to get done before he potentially hands over the reins in a year or two.

Would it be wrong to put a comma after "partner" and "Ibrahim"?

Thanks.


Not at all. The commas are optional in this case.
Topic: at around
Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 11:23:27 PM
Koh Elaine wrote:
Mr Najib's lawyer, former solicitor-general Datuk Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden, arrived around 9.30am.

Shouldn't it be "at around" instead?

Thanks.


Yes, but it's very common is colloquial usage to drop the "at."
Topic: Is "behaviours" acceptable?
Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 12:41:05 AM
IMHO, one could substitute "behavior" in each place above where "behaviors" is used, and it would work just as well, or better. Koh Elaine asked a good question and I hope someone here can answer it. Simply reciting uses of the word "behaviors" doesn't answer the question.
Topic: details with Kim is familiar...
Posted: Monday, May 21, 2018 11:05:14 PM
It's correct. In other words, Kim is intimately familiar with the details.
Topic: God vs the god.
Posted: Monday, May 21, 2018 12:46:35 AM
Joe Kim wrote:
1. I am God.
2. I am the god.

How do they differ from each other?


#1 is absolute, authoritative, and universally understood in a religious sense.

#2 is unclear, subject to interpretation, and not necessarily religious.
Topic: Get it done
Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2018 11:19:02 AM
Joe Kim wrote:
1. I will get the chore finished.

Who is going to finish the chore, me or someone else, or possibly either?


Good question. The answer is not known. Perhaps the speaker will do the chore himself. But possibly he will arrange for someone else to do it. Emphasis here is on finishing the chore, with no attention to by whom or when.
Topic: I took it
Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2018 11:05:24 AM
Tara2 wrote:
palapaguy wrote:
Tara2 wrote:
Which meaning of "took" is used in the sentence below?
I like to bet on anything that is exciting, so when my friends tried to tempt me with an offer, I took it.


Here, "took" means "accepted." The writer accepted the offer that was given.


Thank you so much

Can you please explain in the text below which usage of "would" is used?
"The idea was for me to spend a frigid December night in a cemetery, all alone, in order to win twenty dollars. Little did I realize that they would use dirty tricks to try to frighten me to abandon the cemetery and, therefore, lose my wager."


The writer is speaking about a series of events in the past. "Last year I didn't realize that if I did A, B would follow."

Compare that to the present: "Now that I'm older I understand that if I do A, B will result."

But only twenty bucks to stay in a cemetery all night??!!
Topic: I took it
Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2018 10:25:52 AM
Tara2 wrote:
Which meaning of "took" is used in the sentence below?
I like to bet on anything that is exciting, so when my friends tried to tempt me with an offer, I took it.


Here, "took" means "accepted." The writer accepted the offer that was given.
Topic: Half and halves
Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2018 1:04:49 AM
Joe Kim wrote:
1. There is half an apple. Yes.
2. There is a half apple. Yes (but strange).
3. There are halves apples. No.
4. There are apple halves. Yes.
5. There are halves of apples. Yes.

Topic: To market
Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018 11:50:17 PM
Jigneshbharati wrote:
Abasaglar (insulin glargine) is the first biosimilar insulin to market, with others pending

http://www.practicaldiabetes.com/article/biosimilar-insulin-current-landscape/

Is "to market" a verb phrase or a prepositional phrase?"

how do we distinguish it from each other?


The sentence is referring to an action (verb) - to get to market / to reach market / to arrive at market.

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