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QueenBee
04-09-2008, 00:10
I think we had a thread like this before, but I believe it is now gone after the latest downtime (or the one before that possibly).

Anyway, I thought we should have a thread where us foreigners (or young/dumb [:p] Native speakers) could ask questions about the English language. For example, if we're confused about grammar/pronunciation, we can ask for help here.

Okay soooo... this is gonna sound super dumb. You all know how amazingly intelligent I am :p And fluent in English. But I sometimes have problems with pronunciation, possibly 'cause most of my knowledge comes from the Internet, where things aren't pronounced. I was watching the movie "The Machinist" (awesome movie by the way) but I have noooo idea how to pronounce the title. Is it like "machine-ist"? Or is the "ee" sound shorter (almost like "Machynyst")? Any help?

(This is like the time where I pronounced "Requiem for a Dream" like "require", haha)

Btw, I added the tag "language" to all the "Learning..." threads I could find (and a few others) so we can find them easily.

Sammy
04-09-2008, 00:23
It's practically like saying Ma-she-nist, hope that helps :)

dradeel
04-09-2008, 00:57
I was watching the movie "The Machinist" (awesome movie by the way) but I have noooo idea how to pronounce the title. Is it like "machine-ist"? Or is the "ee" sound shorter (almost like "Machynyst")? Any help?
I always thought it would be like "mashee-nist", but now you have me wondering :p

jamaica
04-09-2008, 05:48
It's machine-ist. Or, to be technical, \mə-ˈshē-nist\ with the stress on the second syllable, the "i" being pronounced like the "y" in "easy". :)

Nice movie, The Machinist. Christian Bale is :heart:!

QueenBee
04-09-2008, 05:53
Thanks so much guys! You're awesome.

For a while there, I was almost pronouncing it as "Mahkinist" hahaha :D

Christian Bale is :heart:!
Mhhhmmmmmm. :dead: Honestly I think he looks hotter when he's stick thin, haha

Talyubittu
04-09-2008, 07:09
I love threads like this. :)

chaz
04-09-2008, 07:19
How do you pronounce copyright ?

Argos
04-09-2008, 10:51
For questions of definition and pronounciation I use http://dictionary.reference.com . You can toggle between 'common' pronounciation key and the official IPA one, in Chaz case see here (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/copyright).

Talyubittu
04-09-2008, 16:31
How do you pronounce copyright ?

"Copy-Write"

LenoDumas
01-11-2008, 23:50
God! What a good threat, seriously!
well, hmm time ago (not too much, really) listening to the new britney's song "womanizer" a lot of doubts came to my mind, stupid doubts. The one I can remember is... does Daddy-O have a special meaning? I mean, I know what daddy mean, but does the -O change something?

Talyubittu
02-11-2008, 03:06
God! What a good threat, seriously!
well, hmm time ago (not too much, really) listening to the new britney's song "womanizer" a lot of doubts came to my mind, stupid doubts. The one I can remember is... does Daddy-O have a special meaning? I mean, I know what daddy mean, but does the -O change something?

"Daddy-O" is slang for an older man, usually one you do not respect as it's really considered impolite to address a stranger this way.

P.S. The correct word is "thread" - "threat" has an entirely different meaning that indicates someone implying they will do something bad to someone else.

Cooper Scream
17-12-2008, 03:57
Dear Americans!:coctail: (or those who know much about America)

I need your help. This week in our school is the week of English.
So there are some questions which are need to be answered (exuse my poor English). I think it's easier for you, 'cause unfortunately I don't know much about America...

Here are they:

Literature:
1. What American writer went to the Klondike during the gold rush as a gold miner?
2. Who is the founder of the modern detective story?
3. What is the real name of Mark Twain?
4. Who was "An American Tragedy" written by?
5. What pen name did an American writer use to sign the humorous stories, which he wrote in prison?
6. Who wrote the story "The Old Man and The Sea"?
7. Who is considered to be the "Father of American Literature"?
8. Who was the author of "The Last of the Mohicans"?
9. Name the largest library in the USA (The Library of Congress)
10. Name the 1954 Nobel Laureate in Literatiure who wrote "The Sun Also Rises"

Famous people:
1. Which American astronaut first stepped on the surface of the Moon?
2. Whose name was given to America?
3. Who was the 43rd president of the USA?
4. Which of the US presidents was a Famous Hollywood Actor?
5. Who created the best animated cartoons in the USA?
6. Who was the first president of the USA?
7. Under which two names did the most famous American boxer of the 1960s and 70 fight in the ring?
8. Who is the author of the Declaration of Indepence?
9. Which American rock-and0roll star lived in Memphis, Tennesee?
10. Who was the youngest elected President in the history of the USA?

Culture:
1. Which American film star is called "The Little Framp"?
2. Where is the centre of cinema production in the USA?
3. What monument in Washington (DC), dedicated to an American president is nicknamed "The Pencil"?
4. Who was the sculptor of the Statue of Liberty?
5. What city is Hollywood in?
6. What was the first "talking" film in the US?
7. What was the first American University?
8. What is the national anthem of the USA?
9. What is the famous library in Washington?
10. What memorial is built in honour of the 16th President of the USA?

Geography:
1. How many time zones is the continental part of the USA divided to?
2. What is the last American state?
3. In which city and state is Disney World located?
4. Name the five Great Lakes.
5. Which state is the smallest?
6. What two islands is New York situated on?
7. What oceans is the USA border red by?
8. What is the largest city in the USA?
9. What is America's largest state?
10. What is the longest river in the USA?

History:
1. What was the original number of English colonies on America?
2. When was the "Declaration of Independence" signed?
3. What ship brought a group of English Protestants to America in 1620?
4. Which famous event happened in California in 1849 was glorified in films and boks?
5. During which period of American history was the novel "Gone with the Wind" set?
6. Who was the longest-serving US president?
7. Give the names of the three ships on which C. Columbus made his first voyage to America?
8. Which country presented the USA with statue of Liberty? What was the occasion?
9. Which American general, who later became the 34th president, commanded all US?

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It would be great to get it today. It's not for me actually. It's for my friends. They need to know the answers to Thursday (tomorrow).

Thanks in advance ;).

Khartoun2004
17-12-2008, 04:21
Dear Americans!:coctail: (or those who know much about America)

I need you help. This week in our school is the week of English.
So there are some questions which are need to be answered (exuse my poor English). I think it's easy for you, 'cause unfortunately I don't know much about America...

Here are they:

Literature:
1. What American writer went to the Klondike during the gold rush as a gold miner?
2. Who is the founder of the modern detective story?
3. What is the real name of Mark Twain?
4. Who was "An American Tragedy" written by?
5. What pen name did an American writer use to sign the humorous stories, which he wrote in prison?
6. Who wrote the story "The Old Man and The Sea"?
7. Who is considered to be the "Father of American Literature"?
8. Who was the author of "The Last of the Mohicans"?
9. Name the largest library

8. The author of The Last of the Mohicans is James Fenimore Cooper.
9. The largest Library is probably The Library of Congress
3. Mark Twain's real name is Samuel Langhorne Clemens.

And that is all the answers I know off the top of my head.

thegurgi
17-12-2008, 04:50
Of the literature ones Khartoun didn't answer i've got:
6. Who wrote the story "The Old Man and The Sea"?
Ernest Hemingway (he also wrote "The sun also rises")
4. Who was "An American Tragedy" written by?
Theodore Dreiser
7. Who is considered to be the "Father of American Literature"?
I think this is a bit suggestive of a question, but in general i think people say it's Washington Irving (of The Legend of Sleepy Hallow fame).

and then:
Famous people:
1. Which American astronaut first stepped on the surface of the Moon? Niel Armstrong
2. Whose name was given to America?
3. Who was the 43rd president of the USA? Dubya
4. Which of the US presidents was a Famous Hollywood Actor? Reagan
5. Who created the best animated cartoons in the USA? Ummm... isn't this an opinion
6. Who was the first president of the USA? Washington, George
7. Under which two names did the most famous American boxer of the 1960s and 70 fight in the ring? That bee guy, Muhammad Ali ... i can't remember the other name
8. Who is the author of the Declaration of Indepence? Thomas Jefferson
9. Which American rock-and0roll star lived in Memphis, Tennesee? Elvis Presley
10. Who was the youngest elected President in the history of the USA? Kennedy (does this still stand? is obama younger?

Geography:
1. How many time zones is the continental part of the USA divided to? 5 for mainland, i think it's like 6 or 7 if you include the territories
2. What is the last American state? Hawaii
3. In which city and state is Disney World located? Orlando, Florida
4. Name the five Great Lakes: Erie, Ontario, Superior, Huron, Michigan
5. Which state is the smallest? Rhode Island
6. What two islands is New York situated on? Manhattan and Long Island
7. What oceans is the USA border red by? Atlantic and Pacific
8. What is the largest city in the USA? NYC
9. What is America's largest state? in geographic size... Alaska
10. What is the longest river in the USA? Mississippi River

Culture:
1. Which American film star is called "The Little Framp"? ... umm, if you mean Little Tramp... you'd be referring to Mr. Charlie Chaplin
2. Where is the centre of cinema production in the USA? Hollywood
3. What monument in Washington (DC), dedicated to an American president is nicknamed "The Pencil"? The Washington Monument
4. Who was the sculptor of the Statue of Liberty? ... haha, most people here would say "the french" more specifically, i don't know... i've heard it was Gustave Eiffel but i think it was more of his company that made it and not that he was responsible for it's design
5. What city is Hollywood in? Los Angeles
6. What was the first "talking" film in the US? The Jazz Singer (you can thank my numerous film history courses here)
7. What was the first American University? ... Harvard (?)
8. What is the national anthem of the USA? Star Spangled Banner
9. What is the famous library in Washington? The Library of Congress (i'm assuming, it's the only one worth visiting in this town)
10. What memorial is built in honour of the 16th President of the USA? The Lincoln Memorial

1. What was the original number of English colonies on America? 13
2. When was the "Declaration of Independence" signed? 1776
3. What ship brought a group of English Protestants to America in 1620? Mayflower
4. Which famous event happened in California in 1849 was glorified in films and boks? ... no idea
5. During which period of American history was the novel "Gone with the Wind" set? Civil War Area
6. Who was the longest-serving US president? Franklin Delano Roosevelt
7. Give the names of the three ships on which C. Columbus made his first voyage to America? Santa Maria, Pinta and Nina
8. Which country presented the USA with statue of Liberty? What was the occasion? France via the French Revolution
9. Which American general, who later became the 34th president, commanded all US? Eisenhower


alright, i answered all i could without looking stuff up

Khartoun2004
17-12-2008, 05:41
Of the literature ones Khartoun didn't answer i've got:

Geography:

5. Which state is the smallest? Delaware


:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek: Rhode Island is the Smallest State! Not Delaware... it's twice the length of RI... you make my inner Honorary Rhode Islander cry. lol

4. Which famous event happened in California in 1849 was glorified in films and books? Gold Rush?

7. What was the first American University? ... Harvard (?) Yeap Harvard was the first college founded in America by the Massachusetts Bay Colony (stupid Puritians)

thegurgi
17-12-2008, 05:45
Rhode Island is the Smallest State! Not Delaware... it's twice the length of RI... you make my inner Honorary Rhode Islander cry. lol
oh do'h... i didn't even think about Rhode Island... eeek, sorry. Probably cause i live so close to it, we make fun of Delaware for being so small. I'll change my answer asap.

Khartoun2004
17-12-2008, 05:50
oh do'h... i didn't even think about Rhode Island... eeek, sorry. Probably cause i live so close to it, we make fun of Delaware for being so small. I'll change my answer asap.

:lol: it's all good... we laugh at Delaware here too... and we're smaller :lol: Delaware is just stupid, the only exciting thing in Delaware is the fact that every Credit Card issuer in the US has it's office in that bloody state and that Bridge that's at the end of the Jersey Turnpike.

freddie
17-12-2008, 08:17
2. Whose name was given to America?


Erm... you mean who was it named after? Amerigo Vespucci. (I always thought it should be named Columbia, rather. :p)

outer_space23
17-12-2008, 11:34
guys, I'm a bit confused about song lyrics (in English, and I'm not English speaker :D)

1. Taylor Swift - You're Not Sorry
"This is the last straw, don't wanna hurt anymore"
what's "the last straw" in this case?

2. Lindsay Lohan - Over
"My tears are turning into time, I've wasted trying to find a reason for goodbye"
what's "My tears are turning into time"?

3. Jesse McCartney - Bleeding Love
"My heart's crippled by the vein.. That I keep on closing.. You cut me open and I..
Keep bleeding.. Keep, keep bleeding love.."
I wonder about the phrase "Bleeding Love", is it about fail about love?

thanks :coctail:

thegurgi
17-12-2008, 14:21
1. Taylor Swift - You're Not Sorry
"This is the last straw, don't wanna hurt anymore"
what's "the last straw" in this case?

"The Last Straw" is a common phrase for "i've had enough of this" ... it harkens back to the arabic phrase "the straw that broke the camel's back" wherein they had put so much straw on the poor camel that it broke it's back...


2. Lindsay Lohan - Over
"My tears are turning into time, I've wasted trying to find a reason for goodbye"
what's "My tears are turning into time"?
Not really a phrase here... and not really a great lyric... it says exactly what it is ... her tears are turning into the passage of time. It's really awkward in my opinion and there are better ways to express this metaphor.


3. Jesse McCartney - Bleeding Love
"My heart's crippled by the vein.. That I keep on closing.. You cut me open and I..
Keep bleeding.. Keep, keep bleeding love.."
I wonder about the phrase "Bleeding Love", is it about fail about love?

This one is pretty simple too... as the lyrics say "You cut me open and I keep bleeding love." ... so just imagine that your blood IS love... and so, if you are bleeding you would then be bleeding love.

haha, i dunno if i helped in anyway but those are my explanations.

outer_space23
17-12-2008, 14:44
many thanks, thegurgi

let me find another song lyrics that I wanna ask too :coctail:

Cooper Scream
18-12-2008, 13:09
Khartoun2004, thegurgi, freddie, thank you guys for your help!! ;)
Thanks to you our team has won today at the quiz :).

Cooper Scream
12-06-2009, 09:36
Somebody please help me with the grammar test. I think it's easier for you.

1. Look at ...! You look terrible!
a) me
b) you
c) yourself
d) your

2. I have never seen a city with so many modern ...
a) churchs
b) toweres
c) towers
c) churchies

3. I must go to the dentist. My ... are aching.
a) tooth
b) tooths
c) teeths
d) teeth

4. His ... do not allow for ...
a) wage, saving
b) wages, save
c) wage, savings
d) wages, saving

5. I saw ... yesterday. He told me about your mother.
a) Robert friend
b) a friend of Peter
c) Charles' friend
d) friend

6. I like this dress but the one I tried on yesterday was ...
a) much beautiful
b) more beautifuller
c) beautifuler
d) more beautiful

7. The prices of houses are getting ... . I am afraid we cannot buy a house of our own now.
a) high and high
b) high and low
c) highest and highest
d) higher and higher

8. ... my money. Please, do not take ... .
a) This are, them
b) These are, them
c) This is, them
d) This is, it

9. When I was walking in the park I did not see .... .
a) nobody
b) anybody
c) somebody
d) no one

10. I ... go to the shop because we will have some tea in the cupboard.
a) must
b) need
c) mustn't
d) needn't

11. Last year I had ... chances of employment than I have now.
a) less
b) much
c) fewer
d) least

12. I must stay at home and do my homework. I wish I ... go to the party with you.
a) can
b) am able
c) could
d) was able

13. I asked Peter about the book and he told me he ... it to the library.
a) has already returned
b) had already returned
c) already returned
d) already returns

14. I would have broken my leg if I ... on the banana skin.
a) stepped
b) have stepped
c) step
d) had stepped

15. When I entered the house she ... to the radio.
a) listened
b) has listened
c) has been listening
d) was listening

16. Before ... we wrote a message for him on a piece of paper.
a) we leave
b) we have left
c) leaving
d) we will leave

17. We had an accident yesterday and father took the car to the mechanic. Now our is ...
a) being repaired
b) repair
c) repairing
d) being repair

18. Do you mind ... it home?
a) to take
b) takeing
c) taking
d) to be taken

19. I am sorry, but there is ... we can do to help them in their difficult situation.
a) something
b) anything
c) nothing
d) that

20. Look! James' car is ... big ... Tom's.
a) so, as
b) as, as
c) as, so
d) so, so

21. Do not buy this dish-washer. It is cheaper than that one, but is also ... .
a) less economical
b) more economical
c) less saving
d) more saving

22. He spent a fortnight there. I mean ...
a) twice four nights
b) four weeks
c) two weeks
d) forty nights

23. At which stop should I get ... ?
a) out
b) down
c) off
d) of

24. The poor cat did not manage to escape and the car ...
a) ran over them
b) run it over
c) ran over it
d) broke down

25. The plane to London is going to ... . We must hurry up.
a) start
b) begin to fly
c) fly
d) take off

26. Who said that they ... the Palace the following day?
a) would have visited
b) would visit
c) will visit
d) are going to visit

27. We agreed that all the plans ... the following year.
a) will realize
b) would realize
c) would be realized
d) will be realized

28. When I last saw him he was dressed ... . Did either of his parent die?
a) black
b) in black
c) black suit
d) in black

29. She is so afraid of ... that when she saw one in her kitchen she climbed onto the table.
a) mouse
b) mouses
c) mices
d) mice

30. His ... him a lot of ...
a) business brings, revenues
b) business bring, revenue
c) business brings, revenue
d) business bring, renevus

31. The dinner Mary prepared smelt ... but tasted ...
a) good, terrible
b) well, terrible
c) good, terribly
d) well, terribly

32. He couldn't agree to ... as a robber.
a) be looked
b) be looked at
c) have been looked
d) looked

33. When I asked him for advice he told me ... that man.
a) not to marry
b) that I didn't marry
c) that I marry
d) to marry with

34. I asked him to look after my children and he ... .
a) did for me
b) did so
c) looked
c) did as

35. I invited her to the party but she said that she ...
a) cannot come
b) couldn't come
c) stays at home
d) didn't like come

36. I wanted to discuss the trip with her but when I came she ... already.
a) has left
b) left
c) had left
d) have left

37. Mary ... flowers by her husband yet.
a) has been given
b) had been given
c) has given
d) hasn't been given

38. He thinks very ... but reacts extremely ...
a) slowly, fast
b) slowly, quick
c) slowly, fastly
d) slow, fast

39. If my mother ... go to the park with you I will be suprprised.
a) lets me do
b) will let me
c) lets me
d) will let me to

40. What ... this evening?
a) do you do
b) are you doing
c) have you do
d) can you to do

41. The boy has been ... for three months but so far he has not been ... .
a) looking, found
b) looked, found
c) looked, found out
d) looked for, found

42. I'm so angry with her because she ... me to stop smoking.
a) always tell
b) always tells
c) always is telling
d) always telling

43. I asked him about his employees and he said he had a lot of ... but few women.
a) man-workers
b) men-worker
c) men-workers
d) man-worker

44. It is a general truth that ... are not going to help ... .
a) the rich, the poor
b) the rich, poor
c) rich, the poor
d) rich, poor

45. I don't know which programme to choose because ... of them are interesting.
a) either
b) one
c) both
d) no

46. The merchandise we ordered last month will be sent ... .
a) by cheque
b) us
c) by rail
d) yesterday

47. Her husband ... on her so much that he doesn't even look at the other women.
a) loves
b) likes
c) dotes
d) looks

48. Which of you ... to stay longer?
a) do want
b) does want
c) want
d) wants

49. They ... stay till we have finished.
a) will must
b) will have
c) will have to
d) must do

50. Tomorrow she ... leave half an hour earlier.
a) will may to
b) will be allowed
c) will be allowed to
d) will may

51. If I ... about it earlier I would have done it for you.
a) knew
b) had known
c) could know
d) were able to know

52. Neither he ... his brother ... a car.
a) nor, haven't
b) or, has
c) nor, has
d) or, have

53. I ... visit him today because we are all going to see him tomorrow.
a) must
b) need not
c) must not
d) cannot

54. They ... if they had had your phone number.
a) called
b) would call
c) would have called
d) would called

55. Did you remember ... him before you left?
a) to phone
b) phoning
c) phone
d) phoening

56. The grass needs ... .
a) cut
b) to cut
c) to be cutted
d) cutting

57. He is in hospital now but it is nothing serious and he will soon ... .
a) put through
b) be pulled through
c) pull through
d) be pulling through

58. How long has she ... rheumatism?
a) suffered from
b) suffered on
c) suffered of
d) suffered for

59. The guests were ... .
a) taken of good care
b) taken good care of
c) taken good care
d) taking good care of

60. I don't want to wear this coat any more. It is ...
a) out of fashion
b) off fashion
c) out off fashionable
d) out of fashionable

61. You ... this letter. I have already sent him a telegram.
a) didn't need write
b) needn't have to write
c) needn't have written
d) needn't to have written

62. There ... farms where there are office buildings now.
a) used to be
b) use to be
c) used be
d) used to being

63. All the worker's demands have been ... by their employer.
a) turned down
b) turned off
c) turned on
d) turned up

64. A plumber is:
a) someone who repairs shoes
b) someone who repairs water pipes
c) someone who sells medicines
d) someone who makes and repairs wooden objects

65. ... attended the meeting.
a) A few hundred people
b) A few hundreds people
c) Few hundreds people
d) A few hundred of people

66. Have you heard the ... news?
a) latest
b) latter
c) last
d) later

67. A cockpit is:
a) the part of plane where the pilot sits
b) a large building where aircraft are kept
c) an area on which aircraft land and take off
d) the part of a plane where passengers sit

68. Do you happen to have a book about ... ?
a) life of Mark Twain
b) Mark Twain life
c) the life of Mark Twain
d) a life of Mark Twain

69. They were not injured in the accident ... .
a) Either was I
b) So wasn't I
c) Neither was I
d) Neither wasn't I

70. His behavior was ... .
a) paid little attention
b) paying little attention
c) paying little attention to
d) paid little attention to

71. He arrived early .. I could talk to him before the meeting.
a) lest
b) such that
c) so that
d) in order so

72. Last week she ... a horse and broke her arm.
a) fell of
b) felled of
c) fell off
d) falled of

73. She heard him ... across the room.
a) to walk
b) walk
c) does walk
d) walks

74. The made be ... sorry.
a) did feel
b) felt
c) to feel
d) feel

75. Have him ... it at six.
a) bring
b) to bring
c) brings
d) bringing

76. I look ... a letter from you.
a) forward to receiving
b) toward receiving
c) forward to receive
d) forward receiving

77. We asked him ... .
a) not smoke
b) not smoking
c) do not smoke
d) not so smoke.

78. We would like you ... with us.
a) staying
b) to stay
c) stay
d) do stay

79. ... his behavior would be the last thing to expect.
a) For his changing
b) For him change
c) For him to change
d) To change for him

80. I always travel with as ... as possible.
a) little luggages
b) few luggages
c) few luggage
d) little luggage

81. I know him ... a good man.
a) to be
b) be
c) being
d) is

82. John really ... his father; he has the same eyes, hair and smile.
a) takes in
b) takes of
c) takes after
d) takes for

83. The year in which February has 29 days is called:
a) leaped-year
b) leep-year
c) leaping-year
d) leap-year

84. He ... that he would never steal again.
a) swore
b) swored
c) sweared
d) sweart

85. The criminal will be ... from prison next week.
a) reliesed
b) relised
c) released
d) releast

86. You have to avoid ... a cold.
a) catch
b) to catch
c) to catching
d) catching

87. Have you ... the barley yet?
a) sewn
b) sow
c) sown
d) sowed

88. There were hardly any ... in that battle.
a) casultyies
b) causelties
c) casualties
d) casually

89. All the targets have been ... by our bombers.
a) hitting
b) hit
c) hitten
d) hitted

90. How good ... to visit me!
a) of you
b) of yourself
c) for you
d) off you

91. Please fill ... the form and sign it.
a) up
b) in
c) into
d) down

92. It is worth ... this book. It is very interesting.
a) to read
b) read
c) reading
d) you read

93. He has made ... since last year.
a) little progress
b) little progresses
c) few progresses
d) many progresses

94. Nobody knows where he has ... the money.
a) hid
b) hided
c) hidden
d) hidded

95. It is very cold today. I think it must be 10 degrees ... zero.
a) under
b) over
c) down
d) below

96. Look! That nice house is ... .
a) on fale
b) for selling
c) for sale
d) to sell

97. Are you sure I can rely ... him?
a) -
b) in
c) on
d) for

98. Who has the ... at the crossroads?
a) right to go
b) right of going
c) right of way
d) right way

99. We ... your new girl friend.
a) are liking
b) like
c) liking
d) are likeing

100. What are you going to do with your cat when you go abroad? My sister will ... it.
a) look after
b) care
c) take care
d) look for.

QueenBee
12-06-2009, 10:59
I don't have time to do them all, but here is my contribution, you cheater :gigi: I'm not a Native speaker though so I'm not sure if everything is correct... maybe someone who is, can look over this and see if it's okay?

The ones that are red, are the ones I was unsure of/didn't know.

1. Look at ...! You look terrible!
a) me
b) you
c) yourself
d) your

2. I have never seen a city with so many modern ...
a) churchs
b) toweres
c) towers
c) churchies

3. I must go to the dentist. My ... are aching.
a) tooth
b) tooths
c) teeths
d) teeth

4. His ... do not allow for ...
a) wage, saving
b) wages, save
c) wage, savings
d) wages, saving

5. I saw ... yesterday. He told me about your mother.
a) Robert friend
b) a friend of Peter
c) Charles' friend
d) friend

6. I like this dress but the one I tried on yesterday was ...
a) much beautiful
b) more beautifuller
c) beautifuler
d) more beautiful

7. The prices of houses are getting ... . I am afraid we cannot buy a house of our own now.
a) high and high
b) high and low
c) highest and highest
d) higher and higher

8. ... my money. Please, do not take ... .
a) This are, them
b) These are, them
c) This is, them
d) This is, it

9. When I was walking in the park I did not see .... .
a) nobody
b) anybody
c) somebody
d) no one

10. I ... go to the shop because we will have some tea in the cupboard.
a) must
b) need
c) mustn't
d) needn't
This sentence doesn't make sense to me :confused:

11. Last year I had ... chances of employment than I have now.
a) less
b) much
c) fewer
d) least

12. I must stay at home and do my homework. I wish I ... go to the party with you.
a) can
b) am able
c) could
d) was able

13. I asked Peter about the book and he told me he ... it to the library.
a) has already returned
b) had already returned
c) already returned
d) already returns

14. I would have broken my leg if I ... on the banana skin.
a) stepped
b) have stepped
c) step
d) had stepped

15. When I entered the house she ... to the radio.
a) listened
b) has listened
c) has been listening
d) was listening

16. Before ... we wrote a message for him on a piece of paper.
a) we leave
b) we have left
c) leaving
d) we will leave

17. We had an accident yesterday and father took the car to the mechanic. Now our (car? :p) is ...
a) being repaired
b) repair
c) repairing
d) being repair

18. Do you mind ... it home?
a) to take
b) takeing
c) taking
d) to be taken

19. I am sorry, but there is ... we can do to help them in their difficult situation.
a) something
b) anything
c) nothing
d) that

20. Look! James' car is ... big ... Tom's.
a) so, as
b) as, as
c) as, so
d) so, so

21. Do not buy this dish-washer. It is cheaper than that one, but is also ... .
a) less economical
b) more economical
c) less saving
d) more saving

22. He spent a fortnight there. I mean ...
a) twice four nights
b) four weeks
c) two weeks
d) forty nights

23. At which stop should I get ... ?
a) out
b) down
c) off
d) of

24. The poor cat did not manage to escape and the car ...
a) ran over them
b) run it over
c) ran over it
d) broke down

25. The plane to London is going to ... . We must hurry up.
a) start
b) begin to fly
c) fly
d) take off

itsme22
12-06-2009, 12:27
5. I saw ... yesterday. He told me about your mother.
a) Robert friend
b) a friend of Peter
c) Charles' friend
d) friend


This one technically doesn't have a correct answer. Technically, it should be "Charles's friend."

Cooper Scream
13-06-2009, 02:59
Monica, thanks a lot!:rose:
The rest are already done :).


you cheater :gigi:
:p:heh:

QueenBee
13-06-2009, 03:32
Cooper Scream, no problem, sorry I didn't do the rest :( Is it for school? I hope you did well ;)

Cooper Scream
13-06-2009, 03:47
No, it's not for school. Thank God, I'm not a schoolboy anymore. It's for my courses of distance education. Brian (franb) helped me to do the rest.

Khartoun2004
13-06-2009, 04:35
This one technically doesn't have a correct answer. Technically, it should be "Charles's friend."

No, Charles ends in 's' which means Charles' is the correct possessive form of Charles. You don't add another 's' after the apostrophe if the word ends in 's'.

volk1
13-06-2009, 05:12
This one technically doesn't have a correct answer. Technically, it should be "Charles's friend."

Charles' is correct. Not Charles's.

PowerPuff Grrl
26-06-2009, 02:52
Charles' is correct. Not Charles's.

I've actually been taught that both are correct but I suppose that Charles's is rather superfluous.

Maybe it's diff for American English and the Queen's English.
:dknow:

Talyubittu
26-06-2009, 04:49
I've actually been taught that both are correct but I suppose that Charles's is rather superfluous.

Maybe it's diff for American English and the Queen's English.
:dknow:

In American English, "Charles' " would be correct.

QueenBee
26-06-2009, 05:33
I did some ~research~ and apparently both are correct, but consistency is key.

I'm not a native speaker though, so what do I know :laugh:

skyline1241
16-03-2011, 10:02
I think we had a thread like this before, but I believe it is now gone after the latest downtime (or the one before that possibly).

Anyway, I thought we should have a thread where us foreigners (or young/dumb [:p] Native speakers) could ask questions about the English language. For example, if we're confused about grammar/pronunciation, we can ask for help here.

Okay soooo... this is gonna sound super dumb. You all know how amazingly intelligent I am :p And fluent in English. But I sometimes have problems with pronunciation, possibly 'cause most of my knowledge comes from the Internet, where things aren't pronounced. I was watching the movie "The Machinist" (awesome movie by the way) but I have noooo idea how to pronounce the title. Is it like "machine-ist"? Or is the "ee" sound shorter (almost like "Machynyst")? Any help?

(This is like the time where I pronounced "Requiem for a Dream" like "require", haha)

Btw, I added the tag "language" to all the "Learning..." threads I could find (and a few others) so we can find them easily.

I also think so.