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What kind(s) of ...(s)

I would like to know what difference there are among these three phrases. For example, when you ask someone about a car he wants, whic...
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Jan 31, 2010 23:21 word-usage
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Short question 2

"We are ready to start on this project. The problem is whether he joins us (or not)." I suppose it is acceptable to omit t...
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Jan 28, 2010 15:43 word-usage
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Short question

(a) It is not until you lose your health that you appreciate its value. (b) It is not until you lose your health that you realize its va...
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Jan 28, 2010 15:28 phrase-selection
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The difference between "a friend of mine" and "my friend"

I often hear such an explanation about this subject as the following. "If you say "my friend" without any hint as to wh...
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Jan 28, 2010 15:24 phrase-selection
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Such a troublesome thing

(a) When I began to learn English, what I thought was the most difficult was the article. I wondered why English has such a troublesome t...
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Jan 27, 2010 02:57 article-selection how-to-phrase
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Such

Suppose a person writes about the very beautiful sunrise he saw on the top of Mt.Fuji, and at the beginning he writes as follows. &quo...
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Jan 25, 2010 02:46 word-usage
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To live to be ~ years old

(a) If I were to live to be a 200 years old, I couldn't be such a great person as Edison. (b) If I were to live until I am 200 years...
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Jan 25, 2010 02:32 ordinary-phrase
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The result of his effort {ordinary-phrase}

(a) Hideki owes what he is today totally to his great efforts. (b) What Hideki is today is the result of his great efforts. I think (...
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Jan 22, 2010 18:40 ordinary-phrase
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Is there anything/something wrong with ~

Suppose you are worried about the physical condition of the person you are talking with. (a) "Is there anything wrong with you?&q...
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Jan 16, 2010 04:38 phrase-selection
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The phrase "can become", "be able to become"

(a) It is entirely due to his constant effort that Hideki has become what he is today after he went over to America. (b) It is entirel...
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Jan 15, 2010 13:26 combination
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Sentence about Hideki Matsui

Suppose the person you are talking with likes Hideki Matsui very much, and talks about him. "(A) Hideki owes what he is today tot...
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Jan 15, 2010 02:14 correction context
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Two short questions

Question 1. (1-1) It is taken for granted that younger people give up their seats to older people in crowded trains. (1-2) It is cons...
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Jan 15, 2010 00:10 ordinary-phrase context
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which way to express

1) Suppose you are American and the person you are talking with is not American, and you tell him about one of manners in a crowded train...
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Jan 13, 2010 21:56 subject context expression-variety
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how to treat the number of nouns

(a) In my country it is taken for granted that young people give up their seats to old people in a crowded train. I think this sentenc...
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Jan 13, 2010 21:43 number
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semi-colon

If you use semi-colon, do you ordinarily make capitalized the first character of the word just after it? For example... (a) Lend me...
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Jan 12, 2010 21:40 semi-colon rule
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Would you correct this short sentence?

"I thought she was too pretty for me to date with. It is undoubtedly God's gift that she is now my girlfriend." Would y...
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Jan 9, 2010 03:21 correction-please
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how to count soap

Which way do you count these, "a bar of soap", "a cake of soap", or "a tablet of soap"? (The left pict...
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Jan 8, 2010 20:14 phrase-selection
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Would you correct this sentence?

"To reproduce stars in the night sky, we stagehands cut out the shapes of stars from yellow paper." Would you correct this...
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Jan 7, 2010 18:10 correction-please
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Which way do you interpret?

"It is mainly to develop your thoughts in new areas and to new purposes that you go to university." If you read this sentenc...
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Jan 6, 2010 00:24 how-to-interpret
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prefix, suffix, root

When they teach their students English words, sometimes English teachers in Japan use prefixes, suffixes, and roots. For example, R...
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Jan 3, 2010 23:51 how-to-learn