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the meaning of the sentence following "but"

Reductions in overseas government expenditure took place, but reluctantly and more gradually than now seems desirable. I found the sentence after the word but hard to understand, is something omitted ...
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how good is your relationship with them?

How many of your high school friends are you still in touch with and how good is your relationship with them? Is the above sentence grammatical and meaningful? Does 'them' refer to 'your high school ...
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How many tones in English?

Every single syllable in Mandarin Chinese contains 4 tones: First tone: a level and higher pitch---- mā Second tone: rising, start from a lower pitch and end at a slightly higher pitch---- má Third ...
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How to pronounce " bored " before "watching"?

I am wondering how to pronounce "you may have gotten bored watching that". I have little understanding about if I should pronounce the 'd' in /bɔrd/ or just /bɔr/ before the word 'watching'....
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"I hope not" vs "I don't hope so"

'Is that woman American?' 'I think so. / I don't think so.' 'Do you think it's going to rain?' 'I hope so. / I hope not.' (not 'I don't hope so'). We can say "I don't think so"; but why ...
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Does 'Warms checkers' sound natural in the following context?

There is a fish factory in which there are 2 people who check the fish if they have warms. Would it sound natural if I call them 'warms checkers'?
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meaning of get in got much less wear

I am not sure of the meaning of: Rugs in the bedrooms got much less wear. According to the sentence above, could we say we can clean rugs in the bedrooms more easily? Because rugs in the living room ...
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A long sentence to analyse

I have read a long sentence today in the article "The Universality of Science and International Cooperation" by Carlo Rubbia (The Universality of Science and International Cooperation): It ...
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"It's not every day"

Is (a) a reduced form of (b)? a. It's not every day he visits Laura. b. It's not the case that every day he visits Laura.
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I remembered to bring my books and I remember bringing my books. What is the difference between the two?

I remembered to bring my books and I remember bringing my books. What is the difference between the two? I have been searching for the difference between the two sentences but to no avail. Can someone ...
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in the sentence "there is 2 litres of milk" is 2 litres countable or uncountable?

Is "2 liters" in the above sentence a countable noun? I have had mixed answers for this question. Some say yes, and some, no. I have read articles, but none give me any clear answer. ...
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He didn't do that from when he was a teenager

I've recently learnt that we can use "since" only with the connection to the present. But how should we say about THOSE ABSOLUTELY SAME actions but after they stopped? (I know about the past ...
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"Problem on / at my end / side"

What can we use in this case? Let's say there is a phrase: "Is it a bug in the software or something on / at my end / side?". I.e. the person asks whether this is a bug in the software or ...
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What is the difference between "a shared problem" and "a problem shared"

An English proverb is "a problem shared is a problem halved". What is the difference between " a problem shared" and "a shared problem"?
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How to express the process of making communication more elegant?

I'm looking for a phrase that would express the act of reducing some convoluted idea into one that can be well understood to a layman or perhaps crafting a piece of media to make it express the ...
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"If necessary " in clause of condition

If necessary, you can contact me on the weekend. Some information of the subordinate clause is omitted. How does "if+ adjective" work? Is there a rule?
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'not' with 'until' [closed]

Does the word 'until' needs the word 'not'? According to my knowledge the word 'until' is already negative. So, technically, the following is not right? You can't be a just person until you do not ...
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Do we use the article 'the' with geographical division names such as 'province', 'region', or 'oblast'?

Is it correct to use 'the' in 'I live in the Ontario province' or 'I live in the Moscow oblast'? Should I be using the definite article 'the' with geographical division names?
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"Land" on the pointer?

Consider the following spinning (spinner?) wheel: The wheel spins. When it stops, an option (A, B, or C) lands on the pointer (dark gray). Is land on the right phrase? I'm not very sure, because the ...
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Understanding to use "Of" in this sentence?

This serves both as a way of making amends to society and of avoiding the potentially harmful consequences of a period in prison. Is this the bold "Of" word same with "as a way of ...
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If joe is out of town, he hasn't heard the news

The Little, Brown Handbook 9th ed section 14i has Not all clauses beginning with 'if' express conditions contrary to fact. In the sentence "If Joe is out of town, he hasn't heard the news," ...
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rich or poor vs. whether you are rich or poor

Are the following sentences interchangeable? a. Whether you are rich or poor, I still love you. b. Rich or poor, I still love you.
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"Out" in "branch out"

Example sentence: The path branches (out) into three small paths. Is out necessary? Why or why not?
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deaths given definition

The "surplus" region of the Soviet Union was to be detached, its grain and other agricultural produce gathered and diverted to Germany. As discussed at the previous meeting in Berlin, the ...
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What does "data trail for transactions" mean?

Today when reading a working paper of Auer 2021 about CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency), I found a sentence: Conversely, central banks in jurisdictions with a large informal (“shadow”) economy may ...
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"can optionally be" vs. "can be optionally"

"can optionally be" and "can be optionally" - is there any difference in their meaning or tone? This might look as I haven't tried to find the answer myself, but Google doesn't ...
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What do you call a desperate attempt unlikely to succeed?

What do you call a desperate attempt unlikely to succeed? For example, when other ideas have failed and you have one final go before giving up
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What word can I use in place of "facilities"?

Consider this hypothetical expression, The event was a philanthropic one, whose aim was to raise money for the under-privileged, which will be used to provide facilities for them. Facility in ...
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Is omitting a repeated subject and predicate in attributive clauses ok?

Can I omit the conjunction, the subject, and the auxiliary verb in this attributive clause in (1) I had returned the book (which I had) borrowed from library. to produce (2): I had returned the ...
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What is the meaning of phrase " ever up"?

And then disappears ever up. What is the meaning of phrase "ever up"? From Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
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Working/Having worked at Google helped me land a job. - what are the differences?

Example 1 Working at Google helped me land a job. Example 2 Having worked at Google helped me land a job. One is "Working" and the other is "Having worked." What are the ...
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How a word, a phrase or an idiom currently considered informal turns to be standard or formal

The other day I was listening to a videobook titled David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, and encountered this idiom: cut up rough English is my fourth language, I've never lived in an English-...
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What is the difference between major, prime and primary?

1.Major/prime/primary purpose of a computer. 2.It is commonly employed in, and considered a major/prime/primary characteristic of, systems. 3.They were a major/prime/primary supplier of sarin to the U....
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Which auxiliary would be correct here?

More than one reputable scientist has/have been introduced to what I am calling the spirit of wonder through an early fascination with science fiction. Since, the subject is plural,I suppose 'have' ...
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If there was ever a question about something that might not have been efficient, Christopher assumed it wouldn’t be

I am reading the book “winnie the pooh”. Now, Christopher's company, which sells luxury luggage, doesn't perform well. Christopher is in charge of the Efficiency Department. Here is an excerpt:  “How ...
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the use of import (important) not "of import"

I have had a lot of trouble finding an answer on this, mainly because searching for import obviously has far more results for the other meaning. The few results I have found always give examples of ...
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-eth suffix for verbial nouns

Can anyone explain to me if the usage of the following two words is correct in the stanzas of an Iron Maiden song: Redeem my salve of winning ways Remember all the darkest days Of that I know will ...
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How many grammatical categories/constructs do English language have

I have come across various constructs in English grammar/language like Noun, adjective, adverb, verb, preposition, article,...How many are there in total and do they have a special name like ...
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"various" courteous manners instead of "many" courteous manners?

Below is the sentence which was given in my grammar-correction class. It was taught that many should be replaced into various. However, I totally have no idea why it is so. "Since about the first ...
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"Those" seventy dollars or "that" seventy dollars?

"Those" seventy dollars or "that" seventy dollars? E.g. Jack needed those/that seventy dollars. To me "those" sounds more likely because seventy is clearly plural, but ...
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We have to _____________ our political differences and come together to ___________ a joint fight against poverty and corruption

This question came in the Dhaka University admission exam 2014-15 Q) We have to _____________ our political differences and come together to ___________ a joint fight against poverty and corruption (a)...
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Because of discrimination _________ women, she was required to work as a nurse rather than a doctor

This question came in the Dhaka University admission exam 2014-15 Q) Because of discrimination _________ women, she was required to work as a nurse rather than a doctor. (a) for (b) of (c) against (d)...
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High school students should not be __________ as being immature or naive

This question came in the Dhaka University admission exam 2014-15 Q) High school students should not be __________ as being immature or naive (a) helped (b) directed (c) taught (d) categorized ...
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Murder, she emailed [closed]

You might know the phrase template from the crime comedy series "Murder, She Wrote" with Angela Lansbury, but before that there was the "Miss Marple" film "Murder, She Said&...
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Since I _________ for our lunch, I _______ to attract the waiter's attention

This question came in the Dhaka University admission exam 2014-15 Q) Since I _________ for our lunch, I _______ to attract the waiter's attention (A) paid, tried (B) paid, will be trying (C) pay, ...
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What verb is applicable for "prescription tablet/pills consumption"?

Consider the hypothetical expression, I fell sick, because I was slacking on my thyroid's pill consumption. "Consumption" as a noun feels very awkward to me, can somebody suggest an ...
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Is it I knew I was into or I knew I am into you?

Is it "I knew I am into you when..." or is it "I knew I was into you when..."?
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Alternative or one word for saying re-mentioning it

So if I am on a group chat and I want to mention something again that I mentioned in an earlier email to one of the people. I could think of the following: Just re-mentioning it Just mentioning it ...
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What word would describe 'pick me up' for coffee like beverage

Consider this expression, Most people drink coffee for taste, I on the other hand drink for feeling energized/invigorated in the morning.. What would be an idiomatic alternative for pick me up (in ...
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Order of adjectives plus commas

What is the proper order and use of commas in this sentence and how strict is it? I feel this is correct, but want to hear from other native speakers since English is complicated and sometimes ...
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