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English grammar and vocabulary: quick questions thread

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    (Original post by Ronove)
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    Very kind of you that you have improved my careless mistakes and shown me up more proper vocabularies/expressions. What would I do without you?
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    (Original post by xDave-)
    Elder is quite an archaic word anyway, I don't think I've ever called someone "my elder" or said "(s)he's the eldest". It was probably more likely to use that word in the past, in cults and such, where the wise elder had much respect and power within the group!
    It seems to be pretty commonly used by parents when they're talking about their children... 'My eldest is 12 years old now', stuff like that.
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    Can I ask a quick question? Doing an application form and not sure if it's:

    Rather than imposing an idea that they felt uncomfortable with

    or

    Rather than imposing an idea they felt uncomfortable with

    :erm:
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    (Original post by Slowbro93)
    Can I ask a quick question? Doing an application form and not sure if it's:

    Rather than imposing an idea that they felt uncomfortable with

    or

    Rather than imposing an idea they felt uncomfortable with

    :erm:
    I prefer the latter but grammatically the former but I'd say which instead of that

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    Rather than imposing an idea with which they were uncomfortable...
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    (Original post by L'Evil Fish)
    I prefer the latter but grammatically the former but I'd say which instead of that

    Or

    Rather than imposing an idea with which they were uncomfortable...
    Thanks Yeah I prefer the sounds of the latter but was convinced the former was correct.
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    (Original post by Slowbro93)
    Thanks Yeah I prefer the sounds of the latter but was convinced the former was correct.
    Both work but the former is for formal writing. Dunno if you want to know - or even care - but it's a null (aka dropped) complementiser. It makes a reduced relative clause. Woo English.
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    I would use full stops to break the sentences up. Try not to have more than 10 words in a sentence. Complex sentences/paragraphs without commas or full stops will confuse your reader so although you might know what you mean they won't necessarily. Sorry all - just realised I was repling to a question posted in 2008 (DUH!!). The thing about 10/12 words per sentence is still relevant though.
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    Which sentence is correct and why?

    1. I worked in an office for a week's experience.

    2. I worked in an office for a weeks experience.

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    (Original post by Undisclosed 15)
    Which sentence is correct and why?

    1. I worked in an office for a week's experience.

    2. I worked in an office for a weeks experience.

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    I worked in an office for a week's worth of experience.
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    What is the right usage of the concept here?


    1.) There is going to be fights.


    2.) There are going to be fights.
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    (Original post by L'Evil Fish)
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    I worked in an office for a week's worth of experience.
    I am not writing the sentence. It is on a letter but uses my name instead of 'I' and I want to see if the letter has a gramatical error or not.

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    (Original post by alifleih)
    What is the right usage of the concept here?


    1.) There is going to be fights.


    2.) There are going to be fights.
    2 is correct

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    (Original post by Undisclosed 15)
    2 is correct

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    It is present continuous. So should not is agree with going​?
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    (Original post by alifleih)
    It is present continuous. So should not is agree with going​?
    'There are going to be fights' - plural

    'There is going to be a fight' - singular
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    Hey guys. How would you use "delusions of grandeur" in a sentence?

    You have delusions of grandeur.
    Joe has delusions of grandeur.

    Would the above be correct?
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    (Original post by loloway)
    Hey guys. How would you use "delusions of grandeur" in a sentence?

    You have delusions of grandeur.
    Joe has delusions of grandeur.

    Would the above be correct?
    Both are correct.
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    Can anyone tell me whehter it makes difference when I use the verb to try instead of to attempt and the noun try instead of attempt? is it no matter which of them I use?
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    I would appreciate a nice rule governing the usage of "need to be" and "needs to be"

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