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  • English grammar experts - Are these grammatically correct?

    1. He has an Italian brother and sister.

    If not correct, then must we say --- He has an Italian brother and an Italian sister ? Seems too cumberson in spoken English --- then what if :

    2. He has an Italian brother, sister and mother. Or, must we say --- He has an Italian brother, an Italian sister and an Italian mother?

    3. He found a German Shepherd mother and puppy. We hear sentences like this spoken all the time, grammatically incorrect ? because of the 'a' ? What if it is 'puppies', could the 'a' only apply to the 'mother' ?

    If these sentences are grammatically incorrect, could you please cite the references, and from what authority or authorities that says these are not correct ?

    1 AnswerLanguages10 years ago
  • Excel table lookup. How to find the 2 values above and below the search number ?

    When you look up for a value in table, sometimes you cannot find the exact match. The Excel lookup function gives you the value immediately below the value you are looking for. How do you look up the next number that is immediately above the number you are looking for ?

    2 AnswersSoftware1 decade ago
  • How can opening eyes hurt the eye ball ?

    When I wake up in the morning and open up my eyes, my left eye sometimes felt like it was stabbed with a knife and hurt very badly. Went to see my opthalmologist. She said that she could see the scars on the eyeball surface, and concluded that the epithelials got lifted by the eyelid --- and think it is caused by chronic dry eye. But this is a little too incredulous for me .. How can my eye hurt itself ? It only happens to my left eye .. pretty sure the right eye is just as dry, but no such problem ..

    My left eye always feels warm and a little itchy/scratchy inside, some day better, some days worse; and I wonder if it is a microbial infection. She said it is just very dry eyes ..

    She asked me to use Genteal gel drops during the day and Refreh PM lubricant eye ointment before going to bed --- but if I wake up early, like 3am, the likelihood of such 'lifting of epithelials' on my left eye opening increases .. Questions :

    1. Am I the only one with this weird problem ?

    2. Is the diagnosis correct ?

    3. Any suggestions of what else to look at ? or do ?

    Thanks for your help !!

    2 AnswersOptical1 decade ago
  • Which way sunflower faces the sun ? Does it follow the sun ?

    I do not think it would be following the sun from facing east in the morning and west in the afternoon. Then which way would it face ? How was this decided by the plant ?

    2 AnswersBotany1 decade ago
  • Problem while re-installing XP to my Dell Inspiron 600m?

    I think due to a loose screw or something, my Dell Inspiron at one time gave the error message of not being able to find my hard drive. I moved on to a new laptop. Lately I tried to see if I could revive this computer for a neighbor's kid and was able to do a XP re-installation. However, after the installation, a lot of the drivers have been lost or uninstalled, see photo . I was able to locate this Dell site that seems to offer drivers to download. However, I am not too sure as to which ones to download. Can you help ?

    5 AnswersLaptops & Notebooks1 decade ago
  • Why is necessary to cut the number of Auto Dealers to survive ?

    Doesn't more dealers mean more sales channels out there ? Dealers are not employees --- you do not pay them until they make money for you first. Why is this bad and must be curtailed for GM and Chrysler ?

    1 AnswerCorporations1 decade ago
  • Chinese Translation -- Why is Vladivostok translated to 海參崴 ?

    Most of these translation is a phonetic one - making it sounds like the original language, such as Moscow - 莫斯科. However, 海參崴 does not sound anything like Vladivostok. Maybe it has to do with the fishing harvest from the port ? 海參 is 'sea cucumber'

    2 AnswersLanguages1 decade ago
  • Silent H in Thai and Indian languages - Why is it there in the first place ?

    Many silent H's in Indian and Thai when expressed in English, such as 'Thailand' and 'Delhi'. Why put it there in the first place if it is silent and doing nothing ? Bearing in mind that this is to phonetically express one language using the alphabets of another --- to allow Brits to pronounce Indian or Thai language. Why shoot blanks at all ? A Thai gentleman once told me that the Th and T are really different in some ways …but he could not explain it to me …

    3 AnswersLanguages1 decade ago