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tony
Absolutely. Your active voice phrase ("... they were selling it..." is actually more natural than my passive voice phrase ("... it was being sold..."). Note that since you are talking about a past state of affairs, you need "were" instea...
active voice phrase is more natural than passive voice phrase

Jun 7, 2013 10:23 Public Suspicious?
tony
  • It said it was 1,085 yen if people order at that time because they won the gold medal of Monde Selection, even though it's usually 12,800 yen.
  • It said it was being sold at a special price of 1,085 yen because they had (just) won the gold medal of Monde Selection, even though the usual price is 12,800 yen.

Jun 6, 2013 11:29 Public Suspicious?
tony
Actually, "There is my bag on the table" is a correct sentence, but not as a translation of 「テーブルの上に私のバッグがあります。」 Suppose you have lost your bag, and you and your friend have been looking for it all over the house without success. You en...

Jun 1, 2013 15:04 Public A Sunday
tony
Both "there is an apple and an orange" and "there are an apple and an orange" are grammatically correct. "There is an apple and an orange" is a shortened version of "there is an apple and there is an orange"; the two singular noun phrase...
There is.../ There are

Jun 1, 2013 15:04 Public A Sunday
Choco Pie
Just to add to Tony's comment: "She is being honest," describes or explains her actions in a particular situation. For example: if she tells her husband he needs to brush his teeth more often, his feelings may be hurt, but he might ad...

Jun 1, 2013 14:59 Public She Is Being Honest.
tony
"She is being honest" suggests that she could behave in another way, but she is choosing to be honest, that is, to say what she really thinks and feels. "She is being [adjective]" means that she is consciously choosing to behave in a ...

Jun 1, 2013 14:59 Public She Is Being Honest.
Choco Pie
When he says, "I'm not being mean," he's insisting that his action right now is not a mean thing to do. Example: He refuses to lend his sister some money. She is angry and says he's being mean but he says, "I'm not being mean! I don't ha...

i'm not being mean.

Jun 1, 2013 14:36 Public Question!

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