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Hi Roy,
This is Mehdi. I hope you still remember me. I have two questions regarding English grammar. Would you please tell me which item fills the blank?

Not until the thief left the house, ...................... him although they were at home.
a. did they notice b. neither did they notice c.they didn't notice

and the second one:
In the following sentence, which item best fills the blank?

Plant disease, ................ ruined most of the crops.
a. along prolonged drought, has b. together with a prolonged drought, has

Thanks.

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Hello Mehdi - and thanks for your questions

Not until the thief had left the house did they notice that he had been there, although they were at home at the time.

[They could not 'notice' him if he had left the house]

Plant disease, along with prolonged drought, has ruined most of the crops.

Plant disease, together with a prolonged drought, has ruined most of the crops.

[Either of these solutions are OK]

Hope that helps.

Best wishes

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I can answer questions on English language, grammar, writing skills, and study skills. I am particularly experienced in the writing skills required for academic essays, term papers, reports, dissertations, and post-graduate theses.

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I have forty years experience as a tutor and as the author of books on writing and study skills. For thirty years I was a tutor for the Workers' Educational Association, which specialises in courses for adult students and preparing mature students for university. I was also a tutor for the Open University between 1975 and 2010. During that time I have also written a number of books on writing and study skills. In the last ten years or more I have specialised in creating computer-aided learning materials and online learning courses.

Publications
"Making the Grade" (Manchester University Press) 1990 "Studying Fiction" (Manchester University Press) 1991 "Marking Essays" (Clifton Press) 1993 "Revision and Examinations" (Clifton Press) 1993 "Writing Essays" (Clifton Ress) 1996 "Study Skills" (Clifton Press) 1996 "Electronic Writing" (Clifton Press) 1996 "Improve your Writing Skills" (Clifton Press) 2010 "Writing Essays 3.0" (Clifton Press) 2008 [computer program] "English Language 3.0" (Clifton Press) 2008 [computer program] "Study Skills 2.0" (Clifton Press) 2008 [computer program]

Education/Credentials
My first degree was in mechanical engineering (HNC). I then switched to literary studies and philosophy. My second degree was a BA in English and American Literature (from Manchester University - UK). I also have an MA in Comparative Literary Studies, and my doctoral thesis (PhD) was in the relationship between literature and politics.

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