Staff or Staffs?

Maria: We need to hire more staffs.

Tony: Yeah. There’s too much work.

Amber: Sticks?

Maria: Huh?

Tony: What?

Amber: You say we need staffs.

Maria: Right! T: Mmm.

Amber: Look: staffs are sticks.

Tony: “…”

Maria: No, they’re clerks.

Amber: No; ‘staffs,’ with an `s` means “sticks.”

And the reason? 

ANSWER:

‘Staff,’ as in “company staff” is a non-count noun, thus a company, restaurant or shop wanting to hire more workers must refer to them as staff, as not “staffs,” as in:

Sony Hiring Additional Staff

Hiring Additional Staff

Most companies and restaurants–as well as other shops which put signs in the windows simply write:

Now Hiring

So every time you see a shirt in Japan or Korea that reads “Staffs”, it can correctly only mean:

‘the entire body of employees at several companies’

or…

‘sticks’

…in the minds of the native English speakers who see them–or at least that is what they think for a moment!

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CA

Care For And Care About

If we accept the enormous challenge of moving to another country, we find that how we are treated there is more important than the charms of our new home; we need people to care ____ us.
a. of
b. for
c. about
There are 2 possible answers, but they have different meanings.
ANSWERS

The answers–according to Standard English Style–are b and c.

To care aboutsomeone means to be concerned for his or her well-being. To careforsomeone is to tend totake care of that person, as a mother, wife or nurse does–or other loving family members and professionals do.
EXAMPLES
1. Whenever I was sick during my childhood, my mother cared for me every day that I was home from school. She would bring me meals and hot tea in bed, give me medicine and check my temperature.
2. My father had to work during the day and early evening, so when he got home he cared about me by asking my mother whether I had drunk enough water and had taken my medicine, then he would come visit me in my room and ask me the same questions–just to make sure.
Notice in  example 1. that the speaker’s mother is actually tending to, or taking care of him physically; she is there, bringing him things and examining his condition–in the room. This is caring for.
Notice in  example 2. that the speaker’s father asked questions about his convalescence (his getting better — his recovery. He is not actually doing something. This is caring about.
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CA

【会話で使える過去完了】The Past Perfect 

We use the the Past Perfect only when talking about an event in the past that occurred before another event in the past. We don’t use it to talk about one event in the past.

  1. I had lived in Korea before I moved to Japan. (2 Past Tense Events Expressed)

2. Actually, I went home to America, first. (1 Past Tense Event Expressed)

3. So, I had lived in New York for five years before coming to Japan. (2 Past Tense Events Expressed)

NOTE to Number 3: In the second part of the sentence we use a gerund of come–which is the noun form of that verb; you can see it has ing  the end, with before providing the context of a simple past event.

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CA

Put That Out!

Jon: Can ya put that out?

Don: I’m holding it out the window and blowing the smoke outside!

J: It’s blowing back into the car.

D: A little smoke won’t hurt ya.

J: Wrong, man. It’s got nuclear radiation in it.

D: Cigarette smoke? J: Yup!

Q: Why ”yup”, not ‘yes’?


ANSWER: We use the “yup” instead of ‘yes’ to be casually clever or sarcastic:
“You’re good at math!” said Jack, flirting a little.
“Yup!” replied Jane with a smile, as she turned to go.

Welcome to English-only Q & A [From / than / of]

Which statement is correct — A, B, or C?

A. The food in Thailand is different from Japan.

B. The food in Japan is different than that of Thailand.

C. The food in Thailand is different from that of Japan.

 


Answer: C

Welcome to English-only Q & A! (前置詞)

Welcome to English-only Q & A!

Weather:

1. Winter is different ____ summer.

2. Winter is colder ____ summer. Climate:

3. A difference ____ 2 to 4 degrees in global temperature will spell environmental disaster.

Choices:

A. than

B. with

C. from

D. of


Q & A ANSWERS for Today!

Weather:

1. Winter is different FROM summer. -C

2. Winter is colder THAN summer. -A

Climate: 3.

A difference OF 2 to 4 degrees in global temperature will spell environmental disaster. -D

Choices: A. than B. with C. from D. of

 

【文法】動詞+for+数字+hours/ days/ months

【文法】動詞+for+数字+hours/ days/ months
会話でForを省略しがちですが、(数字+日時・ヶ月間)などを言う場合は
Forを使わなければなりません。

➊Sleep for 7 hours 7時間寝る – I sleep for 7 hours every night.

➋Travel for 2 months 2ヶ月間旅をする – I have to travel for 2 months for my job.

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