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comment Any and a with “there is”
@chsdk Wait! And what about Andrew Leach's example with "any car"? He gives a context where "Is there any car in the street?" works. So, why does "any apple" not work in my context? Have you seen Andrew Leach's example?
Feb
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comment Any and a with “there is”
Well, does it mean that "Do you have any apple?" can work? Do you have a green apple? - No. Red? - No. - Any apple? - No.
Feb
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asked Any and a with “there is”
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comment What is a difference between USED TO and PAST SIMPLE
Why is it not the case with PAST SIMPLE? Doesn't PAST SIMPLE imply that the action is not in the present?
Feb
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asked What is a difference between USED TO and PAST SIMPLE
Feb
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comment Is it correct to use IN with the Present Perfect Continuous?
“He has been reading this book three times in the last two days” fine????
Feb
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comment Present perfect continuous for finished actions
"My rich aunt has been supporting me through my first year at college, and will continue doing this next year..." - in which year does the saying of the sentence take place?
Feb
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asked Is it correct to use IN with the Present Perfect Continuous?
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comment Putative should - what time does it express?
What I am asking is clear. Explain the difference please. 1) I'm surprised that he should say it to you yesterday. 2) I'm surprised that he should be saying it to you tomorrow. Why does 1 refer to the past and 2 to the future? Do you understand what "a complex matter" means? Study these 2 examples and see that SHOULD does express emotion but in two different times.
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Nov
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comment Putative should - what time does it express?
Roaring Fish, well, I think it's a complexed matter including different factors and the putative should is one of them but not an only one. Why don't you answer in full by the way?
Nov
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comment Putative should - what time does it express?
I completely agree, Dan Bron. Still, it's not clear how to differentiate the time references.
Nov
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comment Putative should - what time does it express?
By the way, whether "putative should" is a good term is beyond of my position to answer. But you can read about it here grammar.about.com/od/pq/g/Putative-Should.htm
Nov
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comment Putative should - what time does it express?
Misunderstanding of what? I agree the title is not right, but the contents of the question explains the gist. Every example has a question in parenthesis which hasn't been answered. It feels like people prefer to discredit the question on the grounds of its formal discrepancy found in its title while the gist of the question is very interesting. Well, today you have chosen to ruin rather than create.
Nov
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comment Putative should - what time does it express?
Thank you but I don't like your answer. It doesn't tackle my examples at all.