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Are could have been and might have been always interchangeable? Should I put an apostrophe in the following?  Ladies toilet, Dogs home I have been accused of using a 'dangling participle'.  What is my tutor talking about?
I have been accused of using a 'comma splice'.  What is this? Are there grammatical as well as lexical differences between British and American English? What are the differences in pronunciation between British and American English?
Is there a simple way to know whether a word ending in -ing is a gerund or a participle and what's a verbal noun? What are cognates, false friends, false cognates, loan words and pseudo-Anglicisms? How do I use the verbs suggest, recommend and advise?
How do I use say, speak, talk and tell? Do I use the advantages to or the advantages of and is advantage over possible?