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emphasis ~do / very~

(a) He does look tired. (b) He looks very tired. In many textbooks in Japan, both "do" in (a) and "very" in (b) a...
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Aug 28, 2009 23:58 nuance
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should

Ichiro and Kunio talks about a friend of theirs, Taro. ----------------------------------- Ichiro: Taro seems to be irritated. What h...
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Aug 28, 2009 21:12 auxiliary-verb
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conversation 1

This is a conversation between a son and his mother. ------------------------------------------------- SON: Mummy, I've been thin...
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Aug 27, 2009 14:53 context
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to prepare for the exam / to get ready for the exam

(a) If Tom had prepared for the exam, he could have got much better marks. (b) If Tom had got ready for the exam, he could have got much...
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Aug 27, 2009 09:05 ordinary-phrase
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to shock somebody

I know that if you "shock" somebody, it means that you "make them surprised or upset". Does it furthurmore mean th...
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Aug 23, 2009 23:08 nuance
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learn / know / find

Suppose a friend of yours who lives in a distant place wrote you a letter saying he wants to visit the place you live, and you write in r...
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Aug 19, 2009 16:09 phrase-selection
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"to" or "of"

(a) He's been a good friend to me over the years. (b) He's been a good friend of mine over the years. Do these both sound nat...
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Aug 10, 2009 15:30 preposition
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Had S better ~?

Do you usually use the phrase "had S better ~?" as the interrogative form of "had better ~"? I've almost never ...
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Aug 10, 2009 07:46 ordinary-phrase
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to buy A B / to buy B for A

(a) I went to the bookstore with my son, and I bought him "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows". (b) I went to the bookstore ...
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Aug 9, 2009 23:40 phrase-selection
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to be afraid of ~ing / to be afraid to do~

Suppose the writer saw a suspicious person, then he says, (a) He looked around as if he was afraid of being seen by others. (b) He lo...
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Aug 8, 2009 10:01 phrase-selection
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the singular or the plural

(a) If we try to be really a good person, first of all, we must not break a promise [our promise]. (b) If we try to be really a good p...
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Aug 7, 2009 20:07 singular?-plural?
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come / go

Suppose you saw your friend in your office Tom leave it for home about an hour ago, and you know that it takes him about an hour to commu...
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Aug 7, 2009 16:48 ordinary-phrase
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to write in / to fill in / to enter

Suppose you find these directions on the beginning of your examination paper. (a) You may write in the paper either in ink or with a p...
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Aug 7, 2009 16:37 phrase-selection