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unacceptable expressions

(1-1) Hundreds of trees were blown down by the wind. (1-2)*Hundreds of trees were blown down by wind. (2-1) It's over. You should...
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Sep 30, 2009 19:22 article verb feeling usage
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number, the possesive case

(a-1) It is true that we still have many things to learn from a way of life in a foreign country. (a-2) It is true that we still have ma...
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Sep 25, 2009 04:01 number which-is-normal
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how many classes a week / how many classes ~ in a week

(a) How many classes a week do you have? (b) How many classes do you have in a week? Are these both ordinary? Or is either of them m...
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Sep 19, 2009 07:11 which-is-normal
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only / nothing but

(a) We could see only the sky and the sea. (b) We could see nothing but the sky and the sea. I don't understand well the differen...
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Sep 19, 2009 07:03 phrase-selection
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appropriate phrases to replace "a mother of a child" with ...

(a) I thought Mary would be [was] the last to marry, but she had become a mother of a child before I knew it. I think this sentence ...
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Sep 19, 2009 04:43 phrase-selection
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my friend XX / XX, my friend ... & my friend, XX?

(a) This is my friend Hatoyama. (b) This is Hatoyama, my friend. (c) This is my friend, Hatoyama. In written language, I've seen...
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Sep 18, 2009 23:13 situation which-is-normal
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learn matters?

(a) We still have many things to learn from foreign lifestyles. (b) We still have many matters to learn from foreign lifestyles. I th...
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Sep 18, 2009 21:41 collocation
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A sequel to the question about semi-colon

"Something is wrong with this door; it will not open." In the last journal, I got to know that this semi-colon isn't li...
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Sep 18, 2009 09:04 semi-colon
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A sequel to the question "do? can?"

"I can't play or sing." "Neither can I. I wish I could." In the journal I wrote yesterday (with the title &quo...
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Sep 18, 2009 08:47 situation auxiliary-verb
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Which is natural? ~"A of B and C is? As of B and C are?

(a) The structure of this and that protein is quite little different. (b) The structures of this and that protein are quite little diffe...
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Sep 17, 2009 18:20 number
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2 Questions ~1 do?can? / 2 ";" = ...?

1. (1-1) "I don't play or sing." "Neither do I. I wish I would." (1-2) "I don't play or sing." &q...
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Sep 17, 2009 15:34 situation nuance auxiliary-verb semi-colon
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a vs. the 2

Suppose that the a friend of yours tell you this sentence at the very beginning of the conversation. "I have the book in my bag...
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Sep 12, 2009 06:11 article situation
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break "a" promise

"You shouldn't have broken a promise." If you are told this, will you understand that the speaker wants to tell you a g...
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Sep 11, 2009 02:25 article ordinary-phrase
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a vs. the

Suppose that you bought a book yesterday and you're going to introduce it to a friend. (a) This is a book which I bought yesterd...
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Sep 10, 2009 18:21 article situation
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2 Questions 1.abbreviation 2.now vs by now

1. (1-1) I would rather live in the country than live in the city. (1-2) I would rather live in the country than in the city. Is the...
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Sep 10, 2009 03:39 abbreviation ordinary-phrase phrase-selection
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to be afraid of "this street"?

(I'm sorry I have questioned too many in a short time... I'll be happy if you would answer whichever you feel inclined to! =D ) ...
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Sep 5, 2009 07:38 object nuance phrase-selection
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would / used to

These two are very confusing to us Japanese. In grammar books, they are both categorized as 「過去の習慣(one's habit in the past)」. Of co...
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Sep 5, 2009 05:09 auxiliary-verb which-is-normal
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come and see = come and play??

(a) If you're free now, come and see me! (b) If you're free now, come and play! In translating 「暇なら遊びにきて!」 in English, I thi...
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Sep 5, 2009 04:17 ordinary-phrase
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2 Questions (1)shouldn't/had better not (2)do

Question 1. (1-1) It's good for your health to take a bath, but you shouldn't take a bath many times a day. (1-2) It's go...
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Sep 5, 2009 03:57 ordinary-phrase auxiliary-verb pro-verb
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I wish I were able to?

I think I've never seen this phrase. Do you normally use it?
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Sep 4, 2009 17:56 ordinary-phrase