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Rosie tried to find her lost book.
Rosie tried to found her lost book.

To find is a very common verb meaning to get back a thing lost. It's principal parts: find, found, found.

There is, however, another verb to found, meaning to establish: He founded the school fifty years ago.

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They have less books than I have.
They have fewer books than I have.

Less denotes amount, quantity, value, or degree, fewer denotes number. We may have less water, less food, less money, less education, but fewer books, fewer letters, fewer friends.

We say less than (five, six, etc.) pounds because the pounds are considered as a sum of money and not as a number of coins.

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The gold is a precious metal.
Gold is a precious metal.

Don't use any article with material nouns, if used in a general sense.

Material nouns, used in a particular sense, require the definite article: The coal from the Midlands is exported to many countries.

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I make a shower every morning.
I take a shower every morning.
Also possible:
I have a shower every morning.

When speaking of the sea or the river, say: to bathe, to have a bathe, to go for a bathe, to go bathing, to go for a swim or to go swimming.

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It was him.
It was he.

The pronoun coming after the verb to be must be in the nominative case, and not in the objective in written composition. However, the objective case is now usually used in conversation: It's me, lt was him/her/them, etc.

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