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took John to the hospital

a. I took John to the hospital unconscious. b. I took John unconscious to the hospital. c. I took John, unconscious, to the hospital. Which of the above are grammatical and meaningful? Obviously I ...
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Why the archaic word 'parlous' is still in use?

Oxford English dictionary deems parlous as archaic but the word is still used in a major US newspaper Wall Street Journal article today: The likely right-wing government will face difficult decisions ...
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What does "once back in" mean in this context?

The interior was to become the idealised landscape for the National Romantics in the 1830s, but in Porthan’s time it was rather the productive agricultural economy which was the exemplar, as was also ...
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IELTS writing task 2 [closed]

Giving detailed description of crimes in newspaper andon TV can have negative consequences, so it should be restricted. To what extent do you agree or disagree? It is thought by some people that ...
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What is the semicolon's role here?

In this following context, how does the semi-colon play? Should it not be colon (:) or emdash (—) here? And I thought the phrase ''a ceaseless heaving of waves up and down'' may be metaphor. So I ...
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"Start on" vs. "start from" in context

Can you please tell me if I have to use start on or start from in the context below. By signing up for this plan, you'll get unlimted data for 30 days starting on the day you sign up. By signing up ...
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Why does "graphic" mean violent or gory?

My German friend asked me why "graphic" means "violent or gory", as in "graphic content" or "graphic language". (Related, but not the same question: What‘s does ...
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What's the difference between these two examples of "could be"?

He felt almost nothing that could be called sexual desire. The motel was so rusty it could be mistaken for an abandoned house. The first sentences sounds okay to me. I think the second sentence ...
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some time after me vs sometime after me

From Dictionary.com Sometime refers to an unspecified point in time. The two-word expression some time means a period of time or quite a while. I meant to say I pressed the bell first and she ...
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What preposition should I use after " unknown"?

You are unknown to them? Or you are unknown for them? Any trick to find it out?
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Temporarily - Adverb Placement

Where should adverb temporarily be placed in English? A can temporarily display B versus A can display temporarily B A can temporarily function versus A can function temporarily I am confused ...
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What's the meaning of the following sentence/clause(when the fit was on him)?

When the fit was on him,he would shoe a horse better than anyone. Is the sentence grammatical? What is the meaning of the clause "when the fit was on him"? I am facing a lot of difficulties ...
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What's the difference between "currently working" and "operational"?

This screenshot is from Wikipedia's Starlink list of launches. I always thought operational and currently working meant the same thing until I saw this image.
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Difference between "will be doing" and "will do"

I've just learned the grammar of "will be doing" and I was trying to make sentences with that. But I got confused that what is the different between "will do" and "will be ...
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Is it correct to say - "I owned it for 3 years ,before selling it . Or should we say -"I owned it for 3 years before i sold it

Is it correct to say - "I owned it for 3 years ,before selling it . Or should we say -"I owned it for 3 years before i sold it . Or should we say "I had owned it for 3 years before i ...
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am I using correctly "doesn't" and "are"?

I'm taking course in english (not my mother language). I'm writing a report but I have a problem in how to use the does and are. Which is the correct way to write this: The null values aren't too ...
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Can we say "The fire alarm is going off" to express the state of making sound?

We say “the fan is on” to express its current state. and “the fan suddenly went on” to express an action. Normally we use the simple past tense for an action because it happened. if I say “the fan is ...
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Can I use "whenever" or "when" in one single event?

Can I use "whenever" or "when" in one single event? Example 1 He and I played basketball yesterday. He had a little celebration whenever he made the hoop. Example 2 He and I ...
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How do you express "my fascination in xx didn't grow instantly but was built up" more elegantly?

I want to express the statement, "my fascination in xx didn't grow instantly, but was built up". How do I make it more elegantly, and more natively?
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What verb would go in the blank of:"What makes a narcissist ______ the inability to understand the thoughts and feelings of others?" [closed]

What verb would go in the blank of: "What makes a narcissist ______ the inability to understand the thoughts and feelings of others?"
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What does "high" mean?

I often hear the commentator use "high" as in Rashford steals the ball high on the left and drives to the byline. I don't understand what it means, could you explain?
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The meaning of "zip tip"

what is the meaning of "zip tip" in "strong Zip Tip does not sheer off when self-drilling"? Is it some type of zip fastener that is part of an anchor, so to speak? Thank you!
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Meaning of future conditionals, specific examples

I encountered the following example of future conditionals in a book chapter (not a grammar book) and I'm not certain about their meaning. a. If Roman comes to the party tomorrow, it will be a grand ...
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"Good to meet you" grammatically correct?

Is "Good to meet you" as grammatically correct as "Nice to meet you"? I ask because saying "I'm good" is considered incorrect, because good relates to being moral or ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase "as it were"?

In older texts, one can find the phrase "as it were". Is it similiar in meaning to the contemporary phrase, "as if"? The little girl placed teacups in front of Mr. Bear and Dolly, ...
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Explanation of the clause

"Here," I said, "deposit it." The tone of the words seemed to mean, "Let us do this painful thing while the fit is on us." (Reference: MY FINANCIAL CAREER by Stephen ...
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What does the clause ''this is done'' mean?

In this following context, what does the clause ''this is done'' mean? Does the verb ''done'' stand in for the above verb ''speak''? Please simplify this to me... The context: 'Thus, when the ...
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What are the clauses, main verb, subject & object of the following sentence? [closed]

"The spectacular collapse of Vladimir Putin’s army in Kharkiv province has revived concerns that Russia might resort to nuclear weapons."
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what is the difference between "for" and "at" in this context?

in the sentece: "Community Rules means written rules and regulations that govern the conduct of tenants for and at the Community." it might be about technical English but I see some grammar ...
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Precise meaning of "accompany"

If I were to say "X is accompanied by Y", would it mean that (i) "Y takes place at the same time as X", or that (ii) "Y takes places after X"? I have found definitions (i)...
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Do I keep the gist by reordering this sentence?

In this headline: Key Housing Crisis Factor: The Disappearance of Starter Homes in the U.S. Few builders nowadays construct small, no-frills homes that would give a family new to the country or a ...
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Active voice with "accompany"

See these 2 examples of "accompany" being used with active and passive voices: Active voice: "X accompanies Y" Passive voice: "Y is accompanied by X" I have found ...
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Why is "would" missing in a subjunctive sentence?

Two years later the opportunity came for him to take a distinctly American look at the Old World. In New York City the steamship Quaker City prepared to sail on a pleasure cruise to Europe and the ...
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do you have much milk? (problems in the formation of a negative form)

came across such a sentence in an English textbool: do you have much milk? - no, we haven't. whether the negative form is formed correctly? and will it not be correct to write: do you have much milk? ...
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What is a word that express the quality of a person thinking his thing is missing but it is just right next to him?

My child is looking for a pencil case in her heap of toys. She screams "where is my pencil case?" and then throws a tantrum. I come to the heap and immediately see the pencil case almost ...
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Is the fake ice cream on top of an ice cream truck called an "ice cream figure"?

My daughter looked at the above picture and she said "a truck with a fake ice cream on its head". What is it called? Is it called "an ice cream figure"? I am not sure because it ...
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About conditional type 3

If the first vampire came into existence that day and bit one person a month, there would have been two vampires by February 1st, 1600. Doesn't this sentence have to be "if the first vampire had ...
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Is "disguise" used correctly?

Is it correct to use "disguised" as in this sentence... The economic boom in India DISGUISED the religious conflicts in many states. ...or should I use instead "veiled", "...
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What does the phrase ''found useful'' mean?

In this following context, what does the phrase ''found useful '' mean? Is it ''practical''? Does the phrase ''found useful'' modify the word ''terms''? Should I take this sentence as: ''...are merely ...
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Identify the part of speech of prepositional phrase

Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. In the sentence above, what is the part of speech of the prepositional phrase "to the truth" and what is it the "reply" of? The term ...
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Frequency expression in a single past event

Frequency expression in a single past event. Example 1 He and I played ping pong yesterday. He hit the ball too hard from time to time. Example 2 He and I played ping pong yesterday. He hit the ...
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what does 'see a way back" mean?

What does "sew a way back" mean in this sentence? HALF-TIME Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham A standing ovation from the home fans. It's hard to see a way back for Spurs after that 45 minute showing. ...
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participles shortening in academic books

Diets with high fibre content can result in the faecal matter holding more water and therefore reducing urinary volume. I came across many shortened sentences like this sentence. What is the long ...
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A career in, at, or with a corporation?

Which preposition fits best between 'career' and 'corporation'? This business course will help you advance a career with/in/at a corporation. I already had a look at this post, but I believe it ...
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'On' vs 'by', Which preposition should I use in the sentence?

I purchased it on/by open account from creditor.(Sense-through the means of) Which preposition is suitable here? Why?plz explain..
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She gave me half of her money so that I could/was able to have my dance lessons - What is the difference in meaning?

Example 1 She gave me half of her money so that I could have my dance lessons. Example 2 She gave me half of her money so that I was able to have my dance lessons. What is the difference between &...
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Should it be "could be" or "could have been" in the following?

The motel was so rusty and shabby that it could be/could have been mistaken for an abandoned house. Should it be could be or could have been? I'm not sure of the answer because I know that could (and ...
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Is "run" in the past participle

That doesn’t mean lying down and becoming fooled, or letting foreign corporations run uncontrolled. I'm not sure about the structure. Is "run" the past participle or base form (bare ...
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The whole / the whole of

What is the difference between "the whole of + noun" and "the whole + noun"? They pretty much mean the same to me. E.G.: Thomas’ view, my typing of this paper is simultaneous with ...
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What does 'at stake' mean in this sentence

At stake in these trends were a reaction against Romanticism and a reassertion of the primacy of an inherent logic of musical materials. Two programmes (DeepL and Cambridge's) translated this ...

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