Grammar and semantics

Is the following sentence grammatically and semantically right? "Despite what was in the past, nowadays extended family is an integral part of our lives" Answer My reformulation may be a bit more complicated, but it does convey your meaning: Though it may not be the case in the past, nowadays extended family (I would put … Read more

Writing a comparative sentence with two comparative parameters

Consider two aqueous solutions: Solution 1 Solution 2 Then note that: The temperature of the solution 1 is higher than that of the solution 2. The pressure of the solution 1 is lower than that of the solution 2. Can I write the above two sentences in a sentence like the following: "The temperature and … Read more

Is “since” necessary in the sentence? “Never speak harsh words, since once spoken they may return to you.”

I got this sentence from my English class. Some said ‘since’ can be omitted. Answer Since in this sentence is a conjunction; both parts of your sentence are complete sentences by themselves, so you need a conjunction word (or a semicolon) to join them together. Without since, this becomes a run-on sentence. AttributionSource : Link … Read more

How to respond politely and professionally to an email requesting information?

I have received the following email Hello, Thank you for applying to UCB. We would like to call you briefly between the hours of 10:50 A.M. EST and noon on January 31. Please provide primary and secondary phone numbers. Best regards, How do I respond to it politely and professionally? Hi Please find the requested … Read more

Expressing sudden interruption in written, narrative speech

Question: What is the lexical technique for expressing sudden interruptions in written, narrative speech? For example: I was walking down the street when— wait! Look at that! In the example above, I use an em dash, but the interruption does not contain the magnitude that I was going for. The mind almost never processes text … Read more

What is the difference between “any” or ”every”?

Consider: The system is deterministic if any two runs produce the same result. Can I say every instead of any in every such sentence? Answer Any is polysemous. AHD: any [quantifier] One, some, every, or all without specification choosing examples: Are there any messages for me? [meaning one or some] Any child would love that. … Read more