Using “in that” instead of “in which”

In this sentence: The diet could be prescribed for someone with any disease in which there is an abnormal retention of fluid. Is it correct to replace “in which” with “in that”? Where we could do that? Are they interchangeable? Can we put prepositions exactly next to “that” (as a relative pronoun)? like this: He … Read more

I am wondering what “back” means here?

A. He backs. B. He is back. C. he will be back What is the difference in meaning between these? Answer Back in B. and C. is a locative expression meaning, approximately, “once again at the place he left earlier”. The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language would classify it as an “intransitive preposition”, meaning … Read more

Can an adverb follow “to be”?

Consider these examples: They are everywhere. There is food everywhere. I used sentences like these a lot but lately I realize that everywhere is an adverb. What about those grammar rules that say “using adjective with linking verb” ? Answer Some “adverbials” can act as adjectives. Locatives in particular—expressions which designate a location in time … Read more

What is the role of ‘level with’ in this sentence?

“Give that here, Malfoy,” said Harry quietly. Everyone stopped talking to watch. Malfoy smiled nastily. “I think I’ll leave it somewhere for Longbottom to find – how about – up a tree?” “Give it here!” Harry yelled, but Malfoy had leapt onto his broomstick and taken off. He hadn’t been lying, he could fly well. … Read more

Parse “asking for books back”

Harry picked it up and stared at it, his heart twanging like a giant elastic band. No one, ever, in his whole life, had written to him. Who would? He had no friends, no other relatives – he didn’t belong to the library, so he’d never even got rude notes asking for books back. (Harry … Read more