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Dear Mr.Yang,

Would you please tell me what is the difference between novel and fiction?

Thank you.

May

 

 

Dear May,

As far as i can tell, novel must be of book length, a fiction can be a novel or just a story.

YTL

Dear Mr. Yeung,

What are the differences between the usage of "everyday" and "every day"?
According to the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, "everyday" is used as an adjective while "every day" is an adverb. This is illustrated in the following examples respectively: "wearing everyday clothes. " and "They see each other every day." in the dictionary. However, I find lines like "Do we need to clean up our home everyday?" in a government's TV announcement on SARS and "...have a nestle cafe everyday." in a commerical advertisement. Has there been any change in the use of "everyday" nowadays, which has not yet been incorporated in dictionaries. TY.

F. W

 

Dear F.W.,

I think you are right.
"everyday" is an adjective.
"every day" is an adverb, referring to the verb.
Please don't rely on the TV or advertisments for grammar!!

YTL

Dear Mr.Yang,

I would like to ask for what are the differences between these words. I mean both grammar usage and when should I use these words. Would you please state some examples?

Part I
1) Problems
2) Troubles
3) Difficuties
4) Questions

Part II
1) Yours truly
2) Yours faithfully
3) Yours sincerely

Thank you very much!

Lau Wing Kin, a F.3 student

 

Dear Kin,

Part1.
Look at Concise Oxford Dictionary. The words are clearly explained there.

Part2.
Yours truly: for people you don't know-for business letters only

Yours faithfully: for people you don't know well- also for business letters only.

Yours sincerely: for a friend

YTL

Dear Mr.Yang,

Would you please help me to solve these problems as they confuse me a long time ago.

1.When should I use "the" and when should not?

2.What is the difference between "although" and "despite"?

3.When should I use "another", "other" and "the other"?

I should be grateful if you could answer my questions.

Best Wishes,
Pang

 

Dear Pang,

1.It depends on usage--no fixed rule.

2.Although is Middle English. Nowadays we say "though", meaning "despite the fact that"
E.g. "Though it was early we went to bed."
"Despite" is not often used, it being old-fashioned. We use "in spite of" meaning "not withstanding"
There is only a small difference between "although" and "despite"

3."Another" means "one other"
"other" is of general use
"the other"refers to a specific, a particular other one.

YTL

 
 
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