I have some questions on grammar and I’d like to receive your opinions.
1/ Please read these sentences:
a/ She seems to think I should grateful to have a job at all.
b/ I need hardly tell you that you will be missed.
What are the meaning of “at all” and “need hardly”?
2/ Please read these sentences:
a/ When he was younger, he could run fast.
b/ She could speak 3 languages before she was 6.
When I say: The use of “could” indicates that the ability existed in the past but does not exist now. Is this statement right?
Right now, does he can run fast?, does she can still speak 3 languages or we can’t know about that.
3/ Please read this sentence:
This contest is sponsored by the US Institute of Peace, which is an independent institution created and funded by Congres.
What is the difference between “institute” va “institution” in this sentence?
What is the difference between “create” va “fund” in this sentence?
4/ What is the difference between “personal” and “staff”? “Staff” is a countable noun or an uncountable noun? Give me some examples. If “staff” is a countable noun, can I remove an article?