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Language Questions / Re: to not eat
« Last post by admin on Today at 09:00:08 am »
Good point well made.
The world of spirits and ghosts
Language Questions / Re: dyed my hair
« Last post by admin on Today at 08:57:20 am »
I had my hair dyed.
I had my hair cut.
Language Questions / dyed my hair
« Last post by azz on Today at 08:12:15 am »
Can I say
a. I had dyed my hair.
b. I had cut my hair.
if I had had someone else do it for me?

Many thanks.
Language Questions / Re: put your mind to it
« Last post by Britta on Today at 06:40:10 am »
It doesn't correspond to anything in the passage, I believe this is called an "empty it" or dummy pronoun. Here's a Wikipedia article on the subject:

If you really put your mind to it = If you are really determined/motivated
Language Questions / put your mind to it
« Last post by longman3575 on Today at 03:41:16 am »
What does the underlined word 'it ' refer to?

  Jack Welch, a great business leader, who transformed General Electric into one of the world’s leading powerhouses, was constantly evolving tools and methods in search of continuing growth. He encouraged managers to start each day as if it was the first day in the job. He frequently said that managers were often afraid of change, the very change they must embrace. And Richard Branson, the CEO of Virgin Atlantic, agrees with Jack on this very important reasoning because at his airline company, people never rest upon past achievements but keep on trying to improve things. Interestingly, the moment the airline was voted as having the best business class seats in the world in the UK airline awards, their designer was already beginning to work on the next seats to beat their own expectations rather than their competitors. You must either stay ahead of other people or stay ahead of yourself all the time. If you really put your mind to it you are normally going to find a better way.
They have acquired new and almost unlimited powers; they can command the thunders of heaven, mimic the earthquake, and even mock the invisible world with its own shadows. (from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "mock the invisible world with its own shadows".  Thanks.  --- tk
Language Questions / Re: to not eat
« Last post by Darryl on March 23, 2017, 09:24:34 pm »
I think both sentences are lacking.
#1 may be grammatically correct in keeping the infinitive intact, but to my ears it is unnatural.
I'm not going to eat bad food for a month would be the natural expression.
Language Questions / Re: Article
« Last post by admin on March 23, 2017, 06:26:43 pm »
Sorry, I have to disagree with davel :(
#1 is not OK without an article.
#2 is OK-ish but does not refer to taxi as a genre.
#3 is perfect - it describes taxi as a genre.
#4 no - plural does not agree with the original singular.
Language Questions / Re: Article
« Last post by Britta on March 23, 2017, 05:48:52 pm »
I prefer the third variant ("the taxi").
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