Which one is right “Think bad of someone” or “Think badly of someone”?

In my opinion, “Think badly of someone” is right. But when I was watching a Vietnamese film with English subtitles “Think bad of me” was used. Answer Certainly, think badly of is grammatical and idiomatic here. Macmillan has: think badly of someone PHRASE to have a bad opinion of someone or something Nobody will think … Read more

Is it mandatory to use contractions in tag questions and the like?

Example 1: The weather is hot, isn’t it? vs.: The weather is hot, is it not? Example 2: Aren’t you going to study tonight? vs.: Are you not going to study tonight? Apart from convenience in pronuncation, how do the above versions differ (contraction vs. full form)? Answer It’s just extremely common to see tag … Read more

Isn’t “higher-priced products” with an adjective ungrammatical for the correct “more highly priced products” with an adverb?

The phrase higher-priced products is very common, but isn’t it grammatically incorrect? The adjective higher is being forced to servce as an adverb here, so the phrase should instead be more highly priced. What’s the verdict? Answer Both are correct with long-established usage. You can say “more highly” if you like, but according to dictionary.com: adverb, … Read more

Verb Meaning to Process Energy?

I’m picturing ‘energy’ here in the context of holding a physical ball of siphoned energy. What is a good verb to encapsulate the overall, general concept of turning, or processing that vibrant energy, into something else? ‘Combust’ has too much of a fiery feel. ‘Transform’ and ‘process’ feel a little vague and lacklustre: they don’t … Read more

Singular or plural verb form

I have problems with this sentence. “Two weeks off work sounds great or sound great”. What form of the verb should I use in this case (and in similar sentences), if “weeks” is a plural noun? Answer The verb should be “sounds,” because the verb’s subject should contain the implied gerund “taking,” as in “Taking … Read more