Why are lakes called “Lake Soandso” but seas are called “Soandso Sea”?

I am an English teacher for Brazilians. I was explaining the Great Lakes, and after that I mentioned the sea in Europe and noticed that the names were in a reversed order: Which of the great lakes is the largest? Lake Superior. The Volga runs through Russia to the Caspian Sea. “Lake Soandso” “Soandso Sea”. … Read more

Does the construction “should + of + past participle” exist?

There was someone on Facebook who commented like this: Next time she should of flushed the toilet. At first, I thought he had misspelled “should have”, then I was thinking that it’s not correct to use should have (right?) in the future construction (I suspect ‘next time’ he meant to say about future). I also … Read more

“Was to ” vs “was to have “

What is the difference in the meaning between following sentences: John was to have picked strawberries yesterday but the downpour made the field too muddy. John was to pick strawberries yesterday but the downpour made the field too muddy. (Source: modified example from BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/learnit/learnitv103.shtml) I’ve read in Learn English BBC that the form “was … Read more

Is “Just because X doesn’t mean Y” a grammatical sentence? [duplicate]

This question already has answers here: Closed 9 years ago. Possible Duplicate: Sentence Construction: “Just Because … Does Not Mean” “just because… doesn’t mean…” I’m wondering if “Just because X doesn’t mean Y“ is a grammatical construction. I tend to say, “Just because X, it/that doesn’t mean Y“, because I don’t think “because X“ is … Read more

Use of “still” in a reply in informal conversation

In informal conversation, in answer to the question, “What happened?” would it be correct to reply, “Nothing still important”? (Meaning nothing that is still important to discuss now; the topic lost its importance). Answer You wouldn’t use “still” in quite that way. In informal conversation, you could say, Nothing that’s still important. You could also … Read more

“there were enough room” or “there was enough room”

Which is the correct verb, should it be singular or plural? 1.) “There were enough room.” or 2.) “There was enough room.” Answer It would be more appropriate to use “There was enough room” by treating the reference to ‘room’ as being singular. While ‘room’ may be in reference to an unbounded space and imply … Read more