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You would think that someone who was in the military

Imagine that John is in the military, but he's living a totally undisciplined life. John's friend says: (1) You would think that someone who was in the military would be more disciplined. Now, imagine ...
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The construction " to be apt at " - is it legit?

She is apt at solving puzzles quickly. Does it make sense? I can't find this definition in a dictionary.
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Which possesive pronoun is used when referring to the gas bill of "THOSE OF YOU"? Would you you say "THEIR bills" or "YOUR bills"?

A presenter on TV advises people who struggle to pay their energy bills, and he says: "Please don't clog up their phone lines because they only have limited resources. That's for those of you who ...
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Why don’t you vs Why won't you

Son, switch the lights off. The movie's about to start. Why don't you go dad? [or Why won't you go dad? Because I'm scared of darkness. When I wrote this dialog I didn't even consider won't. But then ...
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Term for a device with partially faulty wiring or electric contact

An internal wire is partially broken, or a faulty contact between any two electrical components that need to touch to transmit power or signal. Like a headphone that only works if you hold it just so, ...
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Why we say president Obama or princess Diana but we say Canterbury Cathedral or Marian shrine or Imam Ali mosque?

It always was one of my question that why we say the position of person first and then tell their name but for places or rivers etc, we say the name of the place and then say the quality of it ( for ...
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Why is remain a verb

I was taught a verb "is a doing word" well remain is not doing anything, it is describing the state of not doing anything Prices remain the same She remained seated Standards remain high ...
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The worst thing he can be called

Which one is the correct? The worst thing he can be called is a coward. The worst thing he could be called is a coward. I think it's the second one because it's about possibility in the future; on ...
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What does this sentence mean: "It is not like those women would have looked at you twice before Christmas."

This is from famous British TV drama, the Eastenders, a man is saying to a woman: It is not like those women would have looked at you twice before Christmas. TV drama - Eastenders see: (0:44-0:48) I ...
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within five to six days

a. Symptoms will develop within five to six days after contracting the disease. b. Symptoms will develop within six days after contracting the disease. What is the difference between (a) and (b). They ...
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Did you see how fast he move or moved?

Which one is correct Did you see how fast he move? Or Did you see how fast he moved?
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What is the meaning of “squiggles out” in the poem “What Is Red" by Mary O' Neill?

What is the meaning of “squiggles out” in the poem “What Is Red" by Mary O' Neill? Source Red squiggles out when you cut your hand. Red is a brick and the sound of a band. From the Cambridge ...
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How can I increase my English vocabulary?

How can I increase my English vocabulary? Because I feel my knowledge of words is very limited when I talk with another people.
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Difference between remain and maintain

What's the difference between remain and maintain? Sentence 1: This research shows that Christmas remains a time of generous charitable giving. Sentence 2: Stephen Dunmore, the CEO of the Fundraising ...
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Isn't that ungrammatical?

The Reverend said I was to go back to my cot and I was not to eat supper for a week. Which I didn't eat supper anyway. from "The Education of Little Tree 영한대역 p594" If "which" is ...
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How to answer using "had better" form for a positive answer?

When give an answer using "had better" form, should we add the verb after "had better", such as: "Yes, we'd better study". or just to answer: "Yes, we'd better. &...
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"The beach was flat enough to play soccer on." or "The beach was flat enough to play soccer."

The beach was flat enough to play soccer on. This sentence is from my English grammar book. I understand why there is an "on" at the end of the sentence, but I still wonder if the sentence ...
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Is the term "dumping tours" a generic English term?

I read: "Dumping tours" refers to package tours offered by travel agencies at unusually low prices, in which they usher tourists to stores and force them to buy overpriced products such as ...
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accomplished in [accomplished an advanced education]

I have made up the sentences below. (1) Jack accomplished an advanced education. He doesn't know why I can't get a good job. Is "accomplished" the right correct? Thank you.
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ellipsis: ten to eighty thousand dollars

I have made up the sentences below. (1) This antique vase is worth ten thousand to eighty thousand dollars. (NO ELLIPSIS) (2) This antique vase is worth ten to eighty thousand dollars. (ELLIPSIS used) ...
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correct tense: [you swept] or [you had swept]

I have made up the examples below. (1) When was the first time you swept the floor? (2) When was the first time you had swept the floor? My non-native friends think (2) is the correct question. They ...
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correct word choice between until and before

I have made up the sentences below. (1) I haven't made any new friends until I am meeting you now. (2) I haven't made any new friends before I am meeting you now. Thank you for your help.
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Switching between singular and plural due to the nonbinary they as in "The person does their job they have got and reports when they have finished it"

In the sentence "The person does their job they have got and reports when they have finished it", they and their are meant to refer to the person. Isn't it too much switching between ...
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graphic design is my passion so you are(is it true?)

Hi I want to say that "graphic design is my passion and you are my passion too" but in a shorter way. Can I say "graphic design is my passion, so you are." or "graphic design ...
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John has finished sawing a board (present tense narrative)

Man #2 is about to start winding up a cord when man #1 comes up to him. They have the following conversation (here's a link to the video on YouTube): Man #1: "What are you doing?" Man #2: &...
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Is it correct/natural to say "don't mingle with a crowd. It's dangerous."?

When I was young, my dad often said "avoid crowds. You might get killed." When there is an accident or a fight, a lot of people gather to watch it. Say, if that was an accident, the vehicle ...
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"what's to stop something" and the "be+to+verb" construction

I was reading an article and there was a line that has what's to stop: If the Big Tech oligarchs can muzzle the former President, what's to stop them from silencing you? What does "What's to ...
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to be done with something vs being finished

Is "are you done" as compared with "are you finished" very informal and kind of aggressive, rude -- so you can use that with people you're close with and not strangers. So a boss ...
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Place of a time expression in a negative sentence

Is it possible to put the time expressions before or after the negative word? Or is there only one way? For example : The students usually don't like eating fish The students don't usually like eating ...
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Find one to be doing/ doing

Are all correct? Any difference in meaning? 1 I found him to be sitting by the fire. 2 I found him sitting by the fire. 3 I found him to be a swindler. 4 I found him being a swindler.
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Can prepositional phrases of adjectives move in front of clauses?

For example, I'm very angry at him. Can it be "at him, I'm very angry" or "at whom are you angry"? I'm responsible for my family. Can it be "for my family, I'm responsible&...
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she has been good?

There's a scenario like this : We are in the hospital. our friend is lying in the hospital bed. everything is going well and then he suddenly collapses. at that time the doctor comes in and asks us ...
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What does "serves cubes and foam?" mean?

In Don't Look Up (2021), Kate speaking to Dr Randall and Dr Teddy: Kate: Oh, Randall. God. Where's Brie Evantee? Shouldn't you two be playing footsie in a restaurant that only serves cubes and foam? ...
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You'd think ancient people were not as smart as we ar

Consider these sentences of mine, please: You'd think ancient people were not as smart as we are. But that's not true. You would've thought ancient people were not as smart as we are. But that's not ...
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"I sat in the kitchen sipping my coffee" AND "… and I was sipping my coffee"

"I sat in the kitchen sipping my coffee" "I sat in the kitchen and I was sipping my coffee" These two sentences are the same meaning, but what type of grammar are between these ...
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What are the 2 moving pieces hinged on a toilet bowl called?

What are the 2 moving pieces hinged on a toilet bowl called? Is the one that has no hole called "a lid" and the one with a hole called "a cover"? There are 2 toilets in my house, ...
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The use of "as"

"Such an assumption puts us in the way of a non-arbitrary, full, detailed, coherent causal account of that experience to an extent which no alternative story comes anywhere near rivalling. It can ...
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How do you make modifiers from phrasal verbs?

Here's a Javadoc /** * Attempts to extract an {@link Authentication} object from a passed in {@code ServerWebExchange} * * @param exchange {@code ServerWebExchange} that may contain ...
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Difference between "haven't" and "didn't"

I'm having some difficulties with the Present perfect simple. I can't understand if there's any difference between sentences like: "I didn't buy him a present" and "I haven't bought ...
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How do the prepositions differ when used to describe time and place?

In my years of grappling with the intricacies of English grammar, prepositions have always stood out as particularly perplexing. These small words, which indicate relationships between other words in ...
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Modals verbs in use [closed]

What is the difference between could do vs could be doing 1 I could do it 2 I could be doing it 1 refers to any time and 2 to " now, at the monent"?
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Is the order arrived?

Our teacher keeps telling us that * Is the order arrived? * is grammatically correct and added that Arrived here functions as an adjective. Anyone can help us solve the problem if there is one. Thank ...
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"The few houses she owns": does it imply too small a number?

a. The few houses she owns are big. b. Those few houses she has renovated are very expensive. c. The small number of houses she owns are big. Do these sentences imply that she has few houses? In other ...
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Why can “I want to X” turn into “I want to” but “I look forward to X” cannot become “I look forward to”?

The following are correct: I want to eat this. I want to! (e.g. in response to a suggestion) I forgot to do it. I forgot to! (e.g. in response to “Did you do it?”) However, while the following are ...
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Is there a word or phrase describing a tree in winter with all its leaves fallen off?

Is there a word or phrase describing a tree in winter with all its leaves fallen off? It makes me look at it in awe.
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...this is what he used to do back in law school. Check me

In the movie "The Wolf Of Wall Street" there is a scene in which one of the friends of the titular Wolf brings him to his friend from college who now runs a big bank in Switzerland in order ...
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with the/--- reading/translation

1 He started with reading of the text. or 2 He started with the reading of the text. 3 He started with translation of the text. or 4 He started with the translation of the text. I like "reading&...
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Momentary verbs

1 I'm an athele and I have high jumped in competitions for over 7 years 2 I'm an athelte and I have been high jumping in competitions for over 7 years. Now, I'm sure that 2 is correct, but I have ...
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Could you give some examples where the part following "nothing but" is omitted?

M-W says anything but idiom : not at all He looked anything but happy. **Though he said he was happy, he looked anything but.** This problem is anything but new. Is the highlighted example actually ...
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He felt torn between/among his family and his friends

Among is used when we see a group of three or more people or things. Between is used when we see two or more people or things as separate individuals. Which preposition do we use if there is more than ...
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