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Forum: English Questions Jul 1st, 2012, 06:54 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 2,589
Posted By wendy3
Re: the hero in the novel is ...

OK thanks.

In fact, I got that idea from a famous writer who had been working in the department of English at Western Michigan University. Maybe he had got a bias.

thank you susan
Forum: English Questions Jul 1st, 2012, 06:50 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 2,743
Posted By wendy3
Re: the past perfect tense

thank you~~very detailed
Forum: English Questions Jun 27th, 2012, 09:35 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 1,879
Posted By wendy3
Re: will be / is

mmmm agree agree

thank you~~
Forum: English Questions Jun 26th, 2012, 10:12 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 2,743
Posted By wendy3
the past perfect tense

A sentence:

"he told me that I won that day."

of course the meaning is clear: winning precedes telling.

I read a book written ten years ago by a university teacher, and he said the sentence is...
Forum: English Questions Jun 26th, 2012, 10:10 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 1,879
Posted By wendy3
will be / is

A candidate in an election says:

"it is an honour to be elected"

of course the present tense can be used to talk about future:

eg the train departs at 7:00 am

but I think the red sentence is...
Forum: English Questions Jun 26th, 2012, 10:02 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 2,435
Posted By wendy3
Re: is this sentence structure often used?

Zero Hits.

but I wonder why this can be used? On what does this website based?

Internet users' tying?

(it is a good tool. but to recommend to other non-English users maybe I have to explain to...
Forum: English Questions Jun 26th, 2012, 12:10 am
Replies: 2
Views: 2,435
Posted By wendy3
is this sentence structure often used?

several sentence I found in 18-century essays:

It was observed of the ancient schools of declamation, that the more diligently they were frequented, the more was the student disqualified for the...
Forum: English Questions Jun 25th, 2012, 09:38 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 2,620
Posted By wendy3
Re: the strange OF and FOR

I'll go and see it.

thank you very much for your recommendation.
Forum: English Questions Jun 19th, 2012, 09:58 am
Replies: 11
Views: 2,620
Posted By wendy3
Re: the strange OF and FOR

but... maybe I was unclear in stating the question

let me rewrite it:

could you tell me what's the most usual or common way Englishmen learn English?
(eg The Chinese study articles written two...
Forum: English Questions Jun 19th, 2012, 09:50 am
Replies: 6
Views: 8,680
Posted By wendy3
Re: THE before an adjective

ignore my question; I've found the answer in your replies.

thank you vey much indeed.
Forum: English Questions Jun 18th, 2012, 10:37 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 2,620
Posted By wendy3
Re: the strange OF and FOR

an answer can't be better. thank you very much.

(by the way, susan you said it's no good way to learn English by reading something written in 18th c.; then what's the usual or most common way for...
Forum: English Questions Jun 18th, 2012, 10:32 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 8,680
Posted By wendy3
Re: THE before an adjective

then should should THE be deleted in "the southern United States"?

(in "Flash flood warnings for southern England", which is a headline, articles are usually deleted; could this be used as...
Forum: English Questions Jun 17th, 2012, 11:57 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 8,680
Posted By wendy3
Re: THE before an adjective

mmm...it gives food for thought.

in wiki, I've found a sentence:

A similar situation is "ink pen" instead of just "pen" the southern United States, where "pen" and"pin" are pronounced similarly....
Forum: English Questions Jun 17th, 2012, 11:53 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 1,649
Posted By wendy3
Re: grammatical?

thanks~~
Forum: English Questions Jun 13th, 2012, 11:47 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 1,649
Posted By wendy3
grammatical?

a sentence:

His reign was much shorter than the reigns of both his father and his son.

to rewrite it:

His reign was much shorter than the reign of his father.

so, usually I write it :
Forum: English Questions Jun 13th, 2012, 11:32 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 8,680
Posted By wendy3
THE before an adjective

HI

I've got a sentence here:

The formulation of the Grand Council began, an institution which have an enormous impact on the future of imperial China.

This sentence gives me the doubt whether a...
Forum: English Questions Jun 13th, 2012, 08:24 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 2,620
Posted By wendy3
Re: the strange OF and FOR

In the discussion of grammar, one thing has sprung to my mind.

Hamlet: sleeping in mine orchard, a serpent stung me.
of course the subject doesn't agree with the action SLEEPING.
Two non-Englishmen...
Forum: English Questions Jun 11th, 2012, 09:19 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 2,620
Posted By wendy3
Re: the strange OF and FOR

very detailed answer. Thank you very much.

(I will have to think about this problem. In fact, my job is to teach grammar only, and I asked that question because a senior student fond of Johnson...
Forum: English Questions Jun 9th, 2012, 09:39 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 2,589
Posted By wendy3
the hero in the novel is ...

A student wrote, 'the hero in the novel is ...'

I said that in should be replaced by of. But he said an English teacher had taught him so.

My native language is not English. Do you think the quoted...
Forum: English Questions Jun 7th, 2012, 07:14 am
Replies: 11
Views: 2,620
Posted By wendy3
Re: the strange OF and FOR

I was wondering whether there was grammar (when did it actually start?) in johnson's times?

your answer is absolutely reasonable; but I simply can't use such an answer to tell a student (probably I...
Forum: English Questions Jun 5th, 2012, 03:42 am
Replies: 11
Views: 2,620
Posted By wendy3
the strange OF and FOR

in PREFACE TO A DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE



from what I have learnt, OF can always be traced and put to another place when used at the beginning of a sentence; so the above sentence can be...
Forum: English Questions May 28th, 2012, 06:45 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 5,376
Posted By wendy3
Re: Politics and the English Language

very clear

many thanks.
Forum: English Questions May 26th, 2012, 12:18 am
Replies: 3
Views: 5,376
Posted By wendy3
Politics and the English Language

hi,

George Orwell: Politics and the English Language (http://orwell.ru/library/essays/politics/english/e_polit)



in this sentence, what is the traditional meaning of the hammer and the anvil? I...
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