03/30/19

#### Why does "I was happy to do my homework" work, but "I was tired to do my homework" doesn't?

I'm teaching ESL, and I came across a question from one of my students that I don't know how to answer. Using the form "{subject} {verb} {adjective} {infinitive phrase}" we've been going over... more

03/28/19

#### How to see the difference between superlative and comparative?

Let's say we want to translate the sentence: "That is the most expensive house". Is it right to translate this to: "Quella è la casa più cara"? How can I see the difference in Italian between 'the... more

03/28/19

#### What is the rule for adjective order?

Some adjectives seem to change meaning depending on the position (before of after the noun), e.g.> un bambino piccolo - *a young child*> un piccolo bambino - *a small child*Other simply don't... more

03/27/19

#### What is the difference between "scheinbar" and "anscheinend"?

I often hear both variants:> Der Zug ist scheinbar schon abgefahren. > Der Zug ist anscheinend schon abgefahren.Is there a difference in meaning or can both expressions be used interchangeably? more

03/26/19

#### Is unwillkürlich the opposite of willkürlich?

My dictionary translates *willkürlich* as *arbitrary* and *unwillkürlich* as *involuntary*. I do not understand in what sense these concepts are opposites. Could someone give an example where this... more

03/20/19

#### Is there a proper format when asking a question?

My book has the following format when asking a question:"È verde il libro grande?" I write it as such.But what's the difference with writing "È il libro grande verde?" Would Italians tilt their... more

03/19/19

#### Usage of ～じゃん (～じゃない)?

I'd like to know if I can put ～じゃん at the end of every adjective, if there are any exceptions to that usage, and if it's different from ～じゃない. **Adj (na) + じゃん** > 便利じゃん > 便利だったじゃん >... more

03/18/19

Japanese has two kinds of adjectives known by several terms but the ones I know are i-adjectives and na-adjectives - why? I recall that Japanese adjectives are much more like verbs than in... more

03/16/19

#### Is “the girls are want to gossip” correct?

Is this the correct use and placement of *want*? > The girls in the office are want to gossip. Does anyone have a reference citing this use?

03/14/19

#### Grammatically correct sentence where "you're" and "your" can be interchanged?

Most grammar checkers are capable of detecting the the misuse of "your" and "you're"; providing the necessary correction. I'm curious though, is there any sentence that can be constructed where... more

07/26/18

#### Break down this sentence: In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since

The teacher wrote:  Analyze that sentence's "grammar"  in any way that you want to/are able to. Start at the word class level if you like. You could talk about phrases and clauses within the... more

04/12/17

#### is the word generous an opinion or a condition

is generous an opinion or a condition when ordering adjectives?

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