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When is “dress” a mass noun?

I find the singular/uncountable usage of "dress" strange in this sentence. Expansive skirts on fashionable dress of the period proved the perfect blank canvas to showcase chintzes lush with ...
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whats the best verb to describe this situation?

You have two bills for $100 each. You paid $150. So $100 paid/bought/was for the first bill and the other $50 paid part of your second bill. you still need to pay the other part of the second bill. I ...
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“A world-spanning empire” What does it mean?

These self-satisfied cotton manufacturers and merchants had reason to be smug: They stood at the center of a world-spanning empire—the empire of cotton. This is a sentence from the book Empire of ...
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“a half-baked *consternation*”?

I faintly recall coming across something along the lines of a half-baked consternation of [...] a couple of times on the web. My hunch is that I probably encountered this sort of phrasing in ...
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Phrase order: A house (is being built by them) (next door to our school)

I was reading an article and I found this: A house is being built by them next door to our school. If I say A house next door to our school is being built by them. Would it make any ...
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What do we call “three people who united on a person to destroy something he\she has”?

Let's say that X is a girl who has a deal with Y, she would absolutely get many benefits of that deal after it comes to its deadline. However, there's A, B, and C who are three people that hate X and ...
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“…so beautiful that make(s) your teeth hurt”: is there a heavy sarcasm or extreme envy in the expression (in a context)?

Here goes a passage from a short story read out loud online (0:24): The fountains thick with black swans imported from Siberia, and if it is a fine day and a weekend, there will be wedding parties, ...
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What does 'saw myself going' mean in the context?

What does 'saw myself going' mean here? I saw on the door surgery began at 8:30 and I ought to have guessed there would be a lot of people as usual, but for some reason I just saw myself going ...
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“For” vs “until”, what is the difference between them?

What is the difference between "for" and "until"? What the possible uses for each one? I know that "for" is used to express quantity of time, and "until" is used to put a limit to the time. But I'm ...
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Word “that” after adverbial clause

May I put the word "that" after the adverbial clause and not right after the object "defects"? "The purpose of the inspection is to identify defects on the electrical installation in the area that ...
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Campus vs premises

What are the differences between campus and premises? For example if we say Apple Campus and if we say Apple premises. I checked the Oxford Living Dictionaries website and the meanings seem to be the ...
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Difference between verbs “tuck”, “thrust” and “shove”

Reading a book, I noticed the verbs "tuck", "thrust" and "shove" had been used interchangeably. So as far as I got it, they all means: to put something into a compartment/pocket/etc, to give ...
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“marks Awkwafina’s second scene-stealing role” meaning?

It’s also a launching pad for fresh faces like Constance Wu and Henry Golding, who play the movie’s central lovers Rachel Chu and Nick Young, and marks Awkwafina’s second scene-stealing role this ...
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What does 'representation' mean in this context?

There are plenty of reasons to cheer for the new romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, which opened in theaters on Aug. 15. For starters, the Jon M. Chu-directed adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s blockbuster ...
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Sentence construction using went, did go and had gone

Which one sentence is correct to say? Please explain the situation where I can use below sentences. a) Where you went, I have been looking for you. b) Where you had gone, I have been looking for you....
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Why is it v-ing after looking forward to?

I took an English grammar test and one question was: Chen's looking forward ... his new job next week. There were four choices: to starting / to start / starting / in starting. My answer was "to ...
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Putting 's' in a certain context

Should it be: "laboratory tests results" or "laboratory test results" for doing different types of tests, not just one? I feel the first one sounds weird, although I think it's correct ...
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Meaning of the phrasal verb “tap into” in context

It is from this video. It is at 4 minute and 48 second. Here is the context: The point is on the one hand when we describe what we are, we tap heavily into our own identity, the way that we would ...
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'I know to drive' or 'I know how to drive'

I know to drive. or I know how to drive. Are both sentences grammatically correct?
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Can I use “The mike is yours” implicitly?

Is it necessary when I say: "The mike is yours, confound me." that you really have a microphone, or you should have a microphone? If yes, then what should I say instead that sentence with the part "...
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with 'the' or not: 'in areas of' VS 'in the areas of'

This will require new frameworks for global cooperation in areas of investment, research and technology. This will require new frameworks for global cooperation in the areas of investment, research ...
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Reduction of Relative Clauses

1-They denied that they had stolen the money. 2-They denied stealing the money . 3-They denied having stolen the money . My textbook says I can use the second sentence instead of the first one . I ...
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Is the definite article 'the' necessary in front of seasons? [duplicate]

The best time to travel is in the autumn. The best time to travel is in autumn. Which sentence is correct?
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plural or not: 'the incidences of' VS 'the incidence of'

The incidences of limb loss are increasing and as a consequence also the need for prosthetic devices. The incidence of limb loss is increasing and as a consequence also the need for prosthetic ...
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Meaning of “it does not do (to do something)”

This is about the meaning of Dumbledore's quote “it does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live” From the Time article, "10 of the Most Magical Harry Potter Quotes to Inspire You": "It does ...
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What is the difference in meaning between “going to be doing” and “going to do”

Gonna (= going to) be announcing the launch of a new platform for vinyl this week that we’ve been working on in secret for a few months. It’s cool. Why not will be announcing? Is it because it is ...
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Time span of “I am not into verb-ing” structure

Does "I am not into ...ing" structure imply a present-moment feeling or a usual habitual action? For example, if someone says, "I am not into smoking", would that mean "I am not into smoking at the ...
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Theory, principle, mechanism or any accurate concept to describe “How it works?”

I am learning coding with the following steps: How to use it? How it works? How is it achieved with source code? Item 1 is application, Item 3 is source code, How could I to state "How it works" in ...
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Are “straw man” and “scarecrow” interchangeable when referring to the humanoid?

The humanoid in question is the following object: It's basically a straw man used to scare crow. So I think both straw man and scarecrow are valid names for it. However, the dictionary says straw man ...
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Is “fancy” used to describe a gay person?

Once upon a time, I chose the word 'fancy' as my nickname in real life (e.g. "feel free to call me 'Fancy' sometimes") because I thought it's a good word, which have a sense of elegantly fashionable ...
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Coordinating conjunction commas

Scientists did not find it problematic to explain the physical world with nonphysical phenomenon in seventeenth-century England. Though Bacon did. A) No Change B) England, but Bacon did. C) England; ...
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What does “go on an acquisition tear” mean?

Does it mean the company will be torn apart after the acquisition? Johnston says the SodaStream deal should not be seen as a sign that the company is about to go on an acquisition tear. Source:http:/...
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What does 'idle tale' mean?

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/jest later the term denoted an idle tale What does it mean? Any references would be welcome. While researching 'idle' I found this https://en....
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See him leave/leaving

I have a question about the difference between the following two sentences: He might be punished if he is seen leaving the campus. He might be punished if he is seen to leave the campus. Do ...
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Form of being+v3

We managed to climb over the wall without being seen. We managed to climb over the wall without we were being seen. Are these sentences exactly the same? if so is there any special name for the ...
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“the family”, “in (time period) time”, and “there is”

I am sending the following text message to one of my clients. Good afternoon the X family! Just a heads up that in two weeks time, on September 3, there is Labor day and the company does not ...
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What does “high to take care” mean?

I need to translate an item from a questionnaire: “My parents were too drunk or high to take care of the family.”, but I don't understand the part "... or high to take care ...". How to understand the ...
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How to use the word “smear” between two people?

I have two people (e.g: Sally and James). I want to damage the reputation of Sally in front of James, but I don't want to use "in front of" if it means that literally. "Smear" is the word that I have ...
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My mom has been strict in this matter or have been strict?

Which is more preferable in this sentence, "has been" or "have been"? My mom {has/have} been strict in this matter.
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Confusing about phrase which I should use after “than”

Young people's expenditure in Canada is more evenly split than in Poland. or Young people's expenditure in Canada is more evenly split than that in Poland. I always have the challenge with this ...
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IF you miss to see… you MIGHT lose the match(1st conditional?)

We often see grammar books with fixed format to be used. When it comes to 1st conditional we see this: IF+present tense, then WILL... IF you don't study well, you WILL fail the exam. BUT, ...
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Simple Present or S.Past tense in “she gains/gained weight”?

Let's say there is a female adult. She used to have a slender body, but now she is a bit overweight. You are wondering what might be the reason for this, and then you have found out that her Facebook ...
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What's the word to specify a certain longitudinal position in a long street or park?

When I tried to invite people to the park in the image I wanted to meet around the area where Babelsberger Strasse ends, anywhere within the red ellipse. As you can see, the park is a West-East band ...
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What did you do vs How did you

Which of these two sentences is correct? A: What did you do to transfer that call? B: How did you transfer that call?
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Which are the correct sentence [on hold]

I decided to change my T-shirt, pants, and sneakers for formal clothes. I decided to switch my T-shirt, pants, and sneakers to formal clothes.
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Does English (proper) allow “sharp ass claws”

we know what a person means to say when they say "the guinea-pig has some sharp ass claws" but I was wondering if the term ass actually allowed in terms of proper english. if not, then this statement ...
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At or in my home

I have a question about the preposition usage with home. Saying: I have a same style furnishing in (or at) my home In this case, in seems to me too specific to describe its placement, but I ...
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Phrase request: Scale units

Can you help me to think of another ways to say: "The gauge has a scale with units at a distance of every 10 cm."? Are the following sentences correct: "The gauge scale is divided by 10 cm ...
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Need help with verb tenses [on hold]

Two people were married to one another. Can I say: They were destined to had been together?
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Meaning of “subtle but pervasive message”

I was learning some essay techniques and noticed the expression: the subtle but pervasive message is that... What does this exactly mean?

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