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  Q Dear Sir/madam, Would you please let me know which one is correct, or both sentences are incorrect sentences.
意思是說: 那校對(書本的校對)已在上星期展開.
1. The proofreading have been started since last week. 
2. The proofreading was started last week.
    Both sentences are correct.
But, sentence 1 should be:
The proofreading has been started since last week. 
(Present perfect tense)
2.The proofreading was started last week.
(Simple past tense)
     
  Q Hi,what does "as such" mean? and how to use it?many thanks
   


E.g.         n.
1. She is not really a maid as such; she just helps out in the house sometimes.
        n.
2. There isn't a garden as such, just a little vegetable patch.

The expression means 'something is not really what you are calling it.'
The espression must be put after a noun, and there is a negative word preceding it.

as - is a preposition
such - is a pronoun

     
  Q In stead of (名詞)代替In lieu of (名詞)代替兩者都解作代替,但有沒有話明邊種情況應該用那一個呢?
(i.e: Stock units in lieu of Cash dividend. 我可否用 in stead of 去取代 in lieu of ? )
   
In lieu of is a favourate term to be used in legal documents. Its position is often replaced by ' instead of ' , especially in less formal situations.
     
  Q What is the difference between "instead" and "instead of"?
   
"Instead" is an adverb. If you or someone does not do something but does something else instead, you or he / she does the second thing and not the first thing, as the result of a choice or a change of behaviour.

e.g.
1. Peter did not say anything. Instead, he wrote something on a piece of paper.
2. We have no coffee. Would you like tea instead?

"Instead of" is a prepositon. If you or someone does one thing instead of another, you or he / she does the first thing and not the secound thing, as the result of a choice or a change of behaviour. And a noun / noun phrase after "of" is needed.

e.g.
1. I'd like to catch the 3pm train instead of the 5pm one.
2. Instead of being annoyed, she seemed quite pleased.

     
  Q Is it "whereabout" or "whereabouts"?
   
"Whereabouts" is correct with a "s" in the end.

e.g. 1. Whereabouts do you live?
2. A: I live in Hong Kong.
B: Whereabouts?
     
  Q Why is this sentence incorrect? "I've finished my project a few days ago."
   
When you talk about an action that is already done in the past, stating it with a definite time, eg "a few days ago", "yesterday", "at two o'clock", etc, use the Simple Past tense, i.e. I finished my project a few days ago. If without a definite time, use the Present Perfect tense (+ some adverbs of time, such as "already", "yet", etc), e.g. I've already finished my project.
     
  Q What are the meanings of "work" and "job"?
   
"Work" is an uncountable noun here and we use it to describe the things you do to earn money or to achieve something, e.g. "I've got a lot of work to finish."
"Job" is a countable noun and we use to describe a particular position / duty you have at a company, e.g."He got a job in a bank near downtown."
     
     
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         
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