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I can answer question about grammar, spelling, syntax, idioms, reading and/or writing that pertain to English as a Second Language. I am knowledgeable about both TOEFL and IELTS.

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2017-02-22 Beat someone up - beat up on someone:

Hi Paolo,    the two expressions are synonym but I believe "to beat someone up" is more frequently used by native speakers.    The older kids used to beat Johnny up every day after school.    The governor

2017-02-21 Across, through, throughout:

Hi Paolo,    quickly spread or spread quickly are both acceptable     Of the three sentences the only one that works for me is the first one: The news of his death spread quickly across the internet.

2017-02-20 Reach of or the reach of:

Hi Antoine,     the proper expression in this context is "out of THE reach of children" since it's a "specific" reach so to say that you have in mind.     You can say "out of reach" in sentences like:

2017-02-20 Where Have I parked my car? - Where did I park my car?:

Hi Paolo,    The verb tenses are different in the two sentences above: the Simple Past in the first vs the Present Perfect in the second.     Now, because you have parked your car at some point in the

2017-02-19 Think about vs. think of:

Paolo,    I'm not exactly sure what you mean by "intense" but we usually say "think of someone". "Think about someone" is also correct just less common in my experience.     I've been thinking of Mary

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