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Nov
23
awarded  Yearling
Nov
12
awarded  Popular Question
Sep
24
comment “my friend” vs “a friend of mine”
do you mean that "a week" doesn't mean 1 week? "the friend of mine" is not what I suggest to say, it should be "my friend" instead. My point is that "a" means "one of at least two".
Sep
23
awarded  Critic
Sep
23
comment “my friend” vs “a friend of mine”
I think that "a friend of mine" can't imply that the total number of friends is at least one. Because in that case there would be the article "the" used. Don't you think so? As "a" means one of at least two.
Jun
5
awarded  Informed
Jun
4
comment Is this typical for the Present Simple?
Thank you Jay. I think you understand that a lot of subtleties are not that easy to spot when English is not your first language. For example, I would like to know why you find "talk" and "watch" to be a bad match in this case. Is it just a hunch or something else? I can easily imagine a person speaking on the phone and watching waves.
Jun
4
asked Is this typical for the Present Simple?
May
16
comment “How dare you” vs “How do you dare”
MT_Head, How would you say "How dare you" in the Past? It should be a "modal" dare. If we say "How did you dare" then it gets another meaning, right? Shall we stick to "How dared you do" or what?
May
15
asked Dare + have done
Apr
6
asked Future Subjunctive
Feb
20
comment could versus be able
livresque - both
Feb
19
comment could versus be able
Jon, clarify please! Am I right on the following? If we add to this sentence "I could run 10km in under 40minutes" the word "yesterday" then it becomes incorrect? That is, "I could run 10km in under 40minutes" - CORRECT (some time in the past) / "I could run 10km in under 40minutes yesterday" - incorrect.
Feb
19
asked could versus be able
Jan
10
comment Is there any difference between Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous?
Oh, I see. So would this one be wrong: I have learnt English for the past few weeks.
Jan
10
comment Is there any difference between Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous?
oops another thought. Does "in" have something to do with "completion"? "I have learnt English in the past few weeks" - completion is implied. BUT: "I have learnt English for the past few weeks" - doesn't sound like completion is implied. May be it also has something to do with "in" and "for"?
Jan
10
comment Is there any difference between Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous?
What if I want to say that I have been learning English in the past few weeks but am not going to go on learning it and I haven't really learnt it? What tense shall I use? May be "I was learning English in the past few weeks?" As all say that PPC implies continuation then how do we get out of it if we don't need this continuation and we also don't need a completion?
Dec
17
comment Some other or another
Can it be that: "2) There must be another explanation." - means that there really exists a certain explanation somewhere in the world, while "2a)There must be some other explanation." - means that "some other" explanation is only an assumption, that is, this explanation hasn't been revealed or materialized in someone's mind yet but hypothetically it might come along in the future. Is such an explanation probable? –
Dec
17
asked Some other or another
Nov
10
comment The usage of “the” with “least”
You say: "If the "the" is there, "least" acts as a noun." Then: I'm not the least surprised that she's leaving. = I'm not the (one) least surprised that she's leaving. Then there may be other people who are also surprised to a certain degree. So I don't understand why you rule out comparison when we leave "the" in. In this case we would simply compare different people with their degrees of being surprised. But you say that comparison is only possible when we compare participles (verbs). I don't see why it's not possible to compare having "the" in.