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I have an exceptionally talented Polish student, whom, regrettably, I will teach for about a month only. However, it's such a breath of fresh air to teach him because he's very focused and motivated. I wish every tutor were blessed with students like that! It makes our job so much more rewarding.

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Gerunds and present participles look identical,  and that's the reason they may be confused.  I enjoy walking. ( The gerund "walking" follows another verb ) or: Walking is good exercise. ( The gerund "walking" is used as a subject, and thus fulfills the...

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To keep it simple, contrast the two statements below. They mean the same thing. The experience affected me in a profound way. BUT The experience had a profound effect on me. Notice that "affect" is a verb (which expresses action), which may change its form according it...

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The meaning of "would rather" (keep the two together) is the same as "would prefer". The way you use them is different. I'd rather stay. but I'd prefer. I'd = I would However, if "would rather" is contrasted with "prefer"( alone, with no "would"...