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  • Gold member Asked on 17/08/2018 in English Grammar.

    A coordinating conjunction is a small word (a conjunction) that joins two phrases that are similar and equal in a sentence.

    In English, they are and, but, for, nor, or, so, yetThese words help us understand the relationship between the information in the different sentence fragments, and how they fit together.

    In the case that you have above, you can use a coordinating conjunction because the information in one part of the sentence does not depend on the other (which would necessitate a subordinating conjunction.)

    Depending on what you want to say about these sentences, you can use a couple different conjunctions. An example of a combination of the two sentences is:

    • I hate to waste a single drop of this perfume for the perfume is expensive and rare to make.

    For is the best conjunction to use here because of the relationship between these two sentences. The second sentence (stating that the perfume is expensive and rare) helps to explain why the speaker values it and does not want to waste it at all. The conjunction for captures this meaning the best.

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  • Gold member Asked on 17/08/2018 in English Grammar.

    When we talk about the days of the next week, we can use “on” to proceed the days. This makes “On Saturday” correct.

    However, when there is an adjective in front of the day of the week, you do not use the preposition on. Therefore, you should say “Last Saturday”.

    An example of this in a sentence is:

    • Last Saturday I went to visit my boyfriend and I took the train.
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  • Gold member Asked on 17/08/2018 in English Grammar.

    If one person is asking to use the conference room, they are likely asking if it is free. This means that there is nothing else scheduled for it. Based on the short conversation here, it seems like the person who is talking wants to use the conference room right now, so they are asking whether it is available.

    The responder confirms that they can use it. In the blank, several different words can be used, including

    is free, is available, is not booked, is accessible, is not busy, is unoccupied, is handy, etc.

    Any of these verb phrases would be appropriate for the blank.

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  • Gold member Asked on 17/08/2018 in English Grammar.

    Without other context in this question, it is hard to figure out what you are trying to say. My best guess is that you are making a statement about James. Since he has been lonely recently, it might be a good idea to meet up with him so that he feels he has people that he can lean on.

    If this is the case, I also guess that you will need to ask the second question in a negative way. This means the question becomes “Why not…?” If you want James to meet you, there are a variety of verbs that fit the blank.

    You could choose between some of the following: have, invite, ask, etc.

    The round at the end of the sentence is actually colloquial slang. Most of the time we would say “around”, meaning to having someone around you. If you speak more quickly, you may end up dropping the “a” at the beginning of the word.

    Instead of meaning that James is round, it means that James is around, or that James is present near you. The proper writing of this should actually include an apostrophe (‘) in the place of the a because that letter has been omitted.

    The sentence should then become something like this example:

    James is rather lonely these days. Why invite him ’round?

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  • Gold member Asked on 17/08/2018 in English Grammar.

    An adverb of manner is an adverb, or a modifier of a verb, that tells us how something is done.

    Common adverbs of manner are well, badly, gently, silly, and friendly.

    Because correctly describes the way that some action is completed, it can be an adverb of manner.

    For example, in this sentence:

    • She correctly guessed that the interviewer was trying to test her.

    In this case, correctly describes the way that the subject of the sentence guessed.

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  • Gold member Asked on 17/08/2018 in English Grammar.

    Without more context to this sentence, it is really hard to know what you are trying to say. My best guess is that the house price or value decreased before you were born, so you could fill price or value into the blank.

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  • Gold member Asked on 17/08/2018 in English Grammar.

    The reason this question might be confusing is because it uses the subjunctive tense. The subjunctive is used when talking about a state that could happen, or an unreality such as wish, emotion, possibility, judgment, opinion, obligation, or action that have not yet occurred.

    A lot of the time it is used to talk about being in someone else’s shoes, as in this case. While in the real world you cannot become someone else, it is easy to put yourself in someone else’s position and give them advice.

    In this subjunctive tense, you should use “were” when using the verb “to be”. This applies regardless of the subject that you have. For other verbs, the correct conjugation is no different from the regular present or past tense.

    The correct form of this sentence should be: “If you were me, what would you do?” Note that, if you switch the subjects, you could also say, “If I were you, what would I do?”

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  • Gold member Asked on 17/08/2018 in English Grammar.

    Technically, the first three of the answer options are valid. If you used any of them, the sentence you end up with would still make sense.

    However, there is one phrase that we commonly use when we talk about messing with an institution; this word is subverting. When you subvert something (usually a system or institution), you undermine its authority. You make sure that it does not portray an air of authority like it wants to.

    Instead, other people will begin to question their judgment and even rebel against it. When someone says or does something to protest against justice, you can say that they are subverting justice.

    The correct sentence should be:

    • If you lie to a judge, you could be found guilty of subverting the course of justice.
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  • Gold member Asked on 17/08/2018 in English Writing.

    From this prompt, it seems like you are someone who works in an airport and you want to introduce some of the amenities that you have to the management of a company.

    I assume this is because they might be interested in providing access to these amenities to their employees when they travel for business, which seems like a good idea.

    The first thing to note is that a cold email is less effective than one that already has some familiarity; if you know these managers already, they are more likely to listen to you. That said, it is often better to enumerate (describe) the benefits of something rather than the features of the amenity.

    You are selling more of the result that will happen rather than all the individual steps that will help the person in between.

    See the following basic example:

    Dear (Name),

    We spoke briefly on the phone last Thursday around 3pm about the amenities that we offer at the airport. Below is the information that you requested regarding the things we talked about:

    • 24-hour Airport Lounge: The perfect place for business travelers to stay while waiting for their layovers. Instead of frantically trying to catch up on emails, they can choose a sleep pod and relax for a couple hours, take a shower, and wake up refreshed for their next flight. They can stop getting frustrated at a poor Wi-Fi connection by connecting to our ultrafast fiber network, available exclusively to airport lounge members.
    • Restaurant Buffet: Business-minded people can recharge and will not have to worry about getting sick by stopping by at the buffet we offer!
    • Duty-Free Shopping: Make sure that you always have gifts for your business partners, high powered clients, and friends!
    • Airport Taxi: Leave the worrying about how to get to and from your hotel to us!

    Please let me know if you have any questions about these amenities! I would be more than happy to discuss them further.

    Thank you,

    (Name)

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  • Gold member Asked on 17/08/2018 in English Writing.

    This is assuming that you are the person who is a secretary or a scheduler, and want to apologize to someone who is complaining about how long they have had to wait. The main idea is that you want to ensure someone feels like their opinion has been heard and that you acknowledge that what they said to you is valid.

     

    In addition, it is good to include some steps you might take to prevent something similar from happening again next time.

    Dear (Name),

    I sincerely apologize for the delay that you endured waiting in Dr. Lu’s office last Monday afternoon. She had several different surgeries scheduled in the morning and was unable to make it to your appointment at the regularly scheduled time. I understand that you had to wait over an hour to get to talk to her about your health situation.

    The reason for this delay was a complication in one of the surgeries that she had this morning. Since you insisted on seeing her and not someone else, her schedule had to be rearranged to accommodate what happened. I know she regrets that you had to wait this long and hope you can understand what happened. In the future, we will try to be more cognizant of potential delays and inform you ahead of time that you should expect one, which will hopefully minimize the impact of such delays to you and your plans. Please let us know if there is anything else that we can do for you.

    Thank you,

    Your name

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