Please refer to page no. 791 of The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language.
Both in chapter 15 and in this snippet it says or implies that either one or some of the coordinated elements are true. ...
“Let’s go, then,” he said, taking his cloak, his sword, and his three pistols, and uselessly opening three or four drawers to see if he might not find a stray pistole.
How can I understand the usage ...
Friend: John, can you come to the party tonight?
John: Sorry, no. I could come, but my mum is very ill and I have to take care of her.
John: Sorry, no. I could've come, but my mum is very ill and I ...
Not only does she not support this plan, but, on the contrary, (she?) tries to prevent it.
Not only will the change not deteriorate the conditions, but, on the contrary, (it?) will improve them.
a. Anyone who has not done their homework can't watch television tonight.
b. Anyone who has not done their homework will not be allowed to watch television tonight.
c. Anyone who has not done their ...
I have a question regarding conditional sentences, as far I know the “third conditional” is used when we’re talking about a condition from the past that never
actually happened after ...
The prefix dis often makes a word negative. It is a negative prefix. For example: courage and discourage, the latter is the opposite of the former. Continue and discontinue, honest and dishonest and ...
Consider the following sentence:
It is all about being lucky.
meaning that being lucky is the main point, reason or factor.
How would you put it in a negative form?
It is NOT all about being lucky.
Could one ever use
a) I don't like all of your friends.
b) I dislike all of your friends. (I don't like any of them)
Could one use
c) She can't stand all of the shows I like.
I understand that you can't have a double negative...but also, 'anyone/anybody' in this sentence wouldn't make sense:
If I don't use the microphone, nobody will hear me
So why is this not considered ...
Seems like people have previously asked somehow a question like this, but the answers to me don't seem convincing because the source of the answer is not mentioned that's why I've decided to ask it ...
As I understand
I am going to do it = I have an intention of doing it
Although we don't know whether it will happen in 5 seconds or in 3 months.
I am about to do it = Very very soon I will do it
I have a sentence
I will call neither you nor him
I guess it means
I won't call neither you nor him
Out of it it's not clear whether I will call anyone at all but I want to say that I will call but ...