Is it ok to use the phrase “has fallen a due” rather than just “has fallen due”?

I’m not after a change in meaning (the meaning being; the time to pay an incurred debt has arrived. could be better phrased I bet) yet it just seems to sound better to say has fallen a due rather than fallen due. I guess the question becomes can I use “a due” as noun? Answer … Read more

Non-countable nouns in English that end on “-s”

The word “news” appears to be plural – Oxford Dictionary says its origin is “Late Middle English plural of new, translating Old French noveles or medieval Latin nova ‘new things’.” Yet in modern English “news” is a mass noun, which means it is non-countable. How is a plural noun non-countable? Besides “news”, what are some … Read more

Vacation and vacations

1)Summer and Winter vacation are compulsory in our schools. 2)Summer and Winter vacations are compulsory in our schools. Which is correct? If both are correct, what is the difference in meaning between them? Answer They definitely both work. You might hear/read either. I’m not sure I can help much with the difference in meaning. They … Read more

What is the difference in meaning between “an order” and “an ordering”? [closed]

Closed. This question is off-topic. It is not currently accepting answers. Want to improve this question? Update the question so it’s on-topic for English Language Learners Stack Exchange. Closed 3 months ago. Improve this question What is the difference between “an ordering” used as a noun and “an order” used as a noun too? I … Read more

Embedding Noun Phrase [closed]

Closed. This question is off-topic. It is not currently accepting answers. Want to improve this question? Update the question so it’s on-topic for English Language Learners Stack Exchange. Closed 5 years ago. Improve this question He said that an increasing proportion of boxes being sold online, where distinctive designs could make them stand out in … Read more

Should not we use “operation” instead of “operating” in this definition?

I read a definition of vivisection which was: Operating on live animals If operating is gerund we can’t use preposition after it. Is it an exception? Answer Certainly you can use a preposition after a gerund. Gerunds can take objects and adjuncts just like finite verbs. Examples: I like eating bananas (direct object) I like … Read more

widow or widowed?

In the following sentence, should we use widow or widowed? Why? My father died when I was nine, and so my mother was a [widow / widowed] with four young children. Answer With “a” present before it, you would use “widow”. You would say this as either: My father died when I was nine, and … Read more

Are colors noun or adjective? [closed]

Closed. This question needs details or clarity. It is not currently accepting answers. Want to improve this question? Add details and clarify the problem by editing this post. Closed last year. Improve this question Are the colors noun or adjective ? I mean when I say sentence below , Should I use a noun after … Read more

A geometrical shape

I am looking for a specific name of a geometrical shape if there is any. It is a cylinder. The height is very short relative to it’s large radius. It’s very flat, but much thicker than a coin. Like a cream container or an ointment case, the flat, round ones. Answer In geometry, a cylinder … Read more

percentage, rate, or ratio which is correct?

My salary for last month was $1,000 and for this month was $1,100, that is, my salary increased by 10%. In this case, which of the following is correct? The rate/ratio/percentage of change in my salary for this month with respect to my salary for this month is an increase of 10%. Answer The % … Read more