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Political division: department or departamento?

In some countries of Latinoamerica the political divisions of territory are called "Departamento". Is it correct to translate it as Department? I think it could sound odd. For example, "Departamento ...
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Can “Tirade” be used for a *non-angry* lengthy, boring speech/text?

When looking for a word for a lengthy, tedious, boring, text*, I had the feeling that tirade could be the right one. However I looked it up in on-line dictionaries and all of the the ones I consulted ...
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Term of usage for information after the conjunction before the main sentence

What is the term of usage for the information that goes after the conjunction but before the following independent sentence. Example: contrary to popular belief, not withstanding
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Why is the present perfect simple used in this sentence (and not the present perfect continuous)

I'm looking for some advice on why this sentence (from a FCE book) is in the the present perfect simple: I have spent ages preparing for the party. This sentence requires the use of the present ...
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The right word for left-handers

How to call left-handed people who were not forced to change to writing right-handed? Unrelearnt left-handers? Is there any optimal name?
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What does “rogue killers” mean?

US President Donald Trump has recently described the murder of a journalist in Saudi embassy in Turkey as being committed by "rogue killers". I first came across rogue in the context of rogue planets, ...
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In any sort of way/ in any way

I'm trying to construct a sentence, but I can't describe it clearly in English according to what I'm really trying to say. First off, the english words that I find malicious-worthy: to jack up (to ...
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Celebrity claims of veganism are everywhere--omission?

Interest in vegan food has been booming across the rich world. Celebrity claims of veganism are everywhere: Bill Clinton and Al Gore, Serena and Venus Williams, Lewis Hamilton, Mike Tyson, Beyoncé, ...
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'''There are several days'' vs ''it is several days''

Context; İt is December 20 and I want to talk about the period of time until following christmas. Which one is the proper way to make that sentence or are both OK? Sentence a) İt is several days ...
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once you reach home/have reached home

Call me once you reach home. vs Call me once you have reached home. what is the difference? also I'll only be satisfied after I pass my test with good marks. vs I'll only be satisfied after ...
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“by passenger volume” VS “in passenger volume”

The busiest port by passenger volume is the Port of Miami in the U.S. The busiest port in passenger volume is the Port of Miami in the U.S. The busiest port in terms of passenger volume is the ...
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Using “neither I” as a stand alone phrase/sentence

Is it correct to use neither I like this? There's nothing you could've done. Neither I. (I couldn't search examples on Google because neither I is often used at the beginning of a sentence.)
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Regarding usage of “doesn't ” and “don't” [duplicate]

I have heard sentences like "He don't like this ." Or "He don't know this ." Shouldn't it be "He doesn't like this." And "He doesn't know this." Why with singular person we use "don't" and not "...
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Verb with there

I read the following line in an article by Chetan Bhagat in The Times of India (emphasis mine): Was there wrongdoing? Well, there’s all kind of versions. Proving legal wrongdoing is an uphill task (...
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Can you skip “have” the second time you use the present perfect in a sentence in sequence?

I feel a little stupid to ask that question but I am asking myself if one has to write "have" a second time when using the present perfect in a sentence, for some reason that I can´t explain: "At ...
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“Trapped for so long” vs. “Trapped so long”

They had been trapped so long that their first priority was to get medical attention Is sentence correct or not? I know 'trapped for so long' is very correct, but I wonder if the sentence is ...
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“It was a mark of how bad the last week had been that the other two agreed with him.” meaning in this context?

There was a tap on the dark window. “It's Hedwig!” said Harry, hurrying to let her in. “She'll have Charlie's answer!” The three of them put their heads together to read the note. ...
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Is it correct to use the words “execution” here?

I need to make a list of ways how kids can complete a task at a lesson (different ways of execution) but I'm not sure how to call it correctly: Exercise execution options? Exercise performance otions? ...
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couple of questions related to pronouns

I'm reading "The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation", and there are some tests in the first chapter. There is this sentence, which needs to be corrected: That was Yusuf and me whom you saw. The ...
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Example sentences using “floccinaucinihilipilification”

I have recently came to know about the word "floccinaucinihilipilification". Can someone give me some example sentences with the word. I am unable to find any online.
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Use of the conjunction “that” to express an intentional consequence

First an example; just to make clear what I'm referring to. He wrote a note on the calendar, that he might remember to call his friend on his birthday. Meaning: He wrote a note on the calendar, ...
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numbering from up to down

I want to translate a sentence from Persian to English, the sentence I want to say is: The children should numbers from up to down and conversely but I am not sure does it correct?
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Do we need the article after “watch out for”?

In the phrases like: Watch out for (the) avalanche. Watch out for (the) flame. Note: It shouldn't mean immediate warning. And there is no question of a particular avalanche or flame. Examples (these ...
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What's the meaning of “Ride The Cyclone”?

It is a line from an American TV drama when a man saw a young boy after 5 years and said: Last time I saw you, you were too short to ride the Cyclone. I searched on Google and it shows that ride a ...
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Difference between read on and read about

Very often my co-workers ask me the question: What are you doing? And I always wonder whether I should reply with reading on or reading about : I am reading about the origins of the universe. ...
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The shop has opened today vs the shop opened today

What is the difference between those: The shop has opened today The shop opened today The shop has been opened today The shop was opened today
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A sentence question [duplicate]

It was this very piece that Yo-Yo Ma was to play that evening. Why the above sentence write "was to play" instead of "played" ?
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How to differentiate if *Would* used for Past repetitive action or future hypothesis in English Sentence?

“Her family wouldn’t appreciate her being known for playing a sport" What would be the meaning of above sentence without knowing context?. a) Past representative, Her family never appreciated her of ...
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“can certainly” vs “certainly can”

This function, at least, philosophy can perform. Most philosophers, rightly or wrongly, believe that philosophy can do much more than this—that it can give us knowledge, not otherwise attainable, ...
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What does 'go' mean in 'go show', 'go say', 'go want' etc and why no 'to' between?

What does 'go' mean in 'go show', 'go say', 'go want', 'go do' etc and why no 'to' between? What the difference between these pairs of words without 'to' and with 'to' as with the infinitive? There ...
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“Why it means so much to me?” or “Why does it mean so much to me?”

"Why the hell it means so much to me?" or "Why the hell does it mean so much to me?" Which is correct and why? If wrong, is the first phrase at least informally acceptable?
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What does “paradigmatic” mean?

Definition from Cambridge Dictionary, ​relating to the way different words or language items can be chosen to play a particular part in a language structure I don't understand the examples: ...
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Someone referred someone to someone

Say person B wanted to ask person A some question, but person A asked person B to find person C for an answer. When talking to person C, which one is correct? "Hi, person A referred me to you / Hi, I ...
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Is there any pseudo subject without “there”? [on hold]

i found that there is a pseudo subject. i want to know Is there any pseudo subject without "there"?
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Article usage in “AI technology” vs. “the English language”

Why some noun phrases require the definite article, some don't? They are quite similar in structure. Why do we say "the NYC area", "the English language", but "AI technology", "blockchain technology"? ...
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What does **They're rare, them** mean?

"Well, I've bin doin' some readin'," said Hagrid, pulling a large book from under his pillow. "Got this outta the library -- Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit -- It's a bit outta date, o' course,...
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“end a run off five successive tournament exits on penalties” Why is “off” used in this sentence?

I don't quite understand the role and usage of the preposition off in this sentence from an online article: Eric Dier scored the decisive kick to end a run off five successive tournament exits on ...
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Can you omit ''Did'' in question sentences?

''Did you go to school today?'' Do you say ''You go to school today?'' in casual conversations as the same meaning with the above? My friend is not native English speaker, and she asks me about ...
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“as of” has one or two meanings?

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1122940.shtml The police report has been read over 100,000 times as of press time. Most netizens said they appreciate the police's work and urged that Zheng be ...
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What does “put someone on his/her back” mean?

In the TV show House of cards, angry President Garry Walker finds out his vice president, Frank, has been betraying him possibly to replace him as president. Garry says to Frank: From this moment ...
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What's the meaning of 'afield'? [on hold]

Is it something like "far away"? Unfortunately I don't have the context but it would be nice to have some examples of how this word is used. Is it conversational?
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How to use “is”

Which sentence is grammatically correct? It is used as biological stains and able to change the color of the chromosome to purple. It is used as biological stains and is able to change the ...
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what does “it looks warmer” mean?

A: Which one of these sweaters do you like? B: I like the green one. It looks warmer. Does it mean: Among the group of the sweaters, the green one seems to produce more warmth? The dictionary ...
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Is present or past perfect tense choice correct?

I'm one of ESL students, Pervasive Developmental Disorder English learner. I had stayed for a month in Los Angeles since I was 17. Our native-English teacher at the PDD support school told us that ...
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For the one o'clock meeting or one o'clock meeting?

Are you prepared for one o'clock meeting with the board members? Are you prepared for the one o'clock meeting with the board members? Both sound right to me. No2 has an article for "one o'clock ...
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Pronunciation of “marry” and “carry” in American English

Should I use "a" as in "map" or "e" as in "pet"? Merriam-Webster says both ways are ok.
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approaches to 'architecture design' vs 'building an architecture' of a computer program

In case of software development, architecture of a computer program is a set of approaches and rules how to develop and maintain a computer program. The architecture is divided by a few layers and for ...
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something was done and something done?

The outline was then drawn in green and the centre point plotted in the centre of the circle as a red dot. Is it necessary to add 'was' before 'plotted' to present a passive voice? I sometimes see ...
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Why singlar form 'that was' has been used in “the scuffles and yelps coming from the whirl of fists that was Neville, Crabbe, and Goyle”

“Come on, Harry!" Hermione screamed, leaping onto her seat to watch as Harry sped straight at Snape -- she didn't even notice Malfoy and Ron rolling around under her seat, or the scuffles and yelps ...
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“what year” or “in what year”?

Tell me please which question is correct: What year did the song come out? In what year did the song come out?

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