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What pronoun should follow as in this sentence: "Bessy likes Harry as much as / (or me)"} I is correct if what is meant is "as much as I do"; me is correct if Bessy likes Harry and me equally. Clearly, the case of the pronoun that follows the second as determines the meaning. Note: The pronoun following as should be in the form it would take if the sentence had been completed: "We say that our relatives are as good as we" (not us). " "The Blue Jays are as aggressive as they" —"as they are"; therefore 26 • AS FAR AS not "as aggressive as them" The nominative case of the pronoun is used because it is the subject of an understood verb.

These words can become even more confusing. Both are verbs and, as such, mean to form a hard skin. " cancel 1. How should I spell cancel words when the suffix -ed or -ing is appended? Shall I use two /'s or one? Spell it with one /. The American rule is that a final consonant preceded by a single vowel is not doubled before a suffix beginning with a vowel, provided the last syllable of the base word is not stressed. Therefore, cancel, canceled, canceling. But be aware of the double // in cancellation.

Instead of "May I ? " is may now an obsolete form in this kind of sentence? May is still very much alive and kicking, even though often ignored in general speech. For the example to be grammatically correct, may must be used instead of can. Note: The functions of the auxiliary verbs can and may are different. Can expresses mental or physical ability. A person who is able to do various things —sing, recite poetry, play badminton, lift a piano —can do so. May 46 CAN'T KEEP FROM/HELP BUT • 47 implies permission.

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