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What is a difference between two sentences?

There are two sentences below. 1) She couldn't stand being kept waiting. 2) She couldn't stand keeping waiting. Please, let me know about difference.
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How can I compare three objects?

I'd like to write a formal sentence that compares the performance of three objects. Let us consider three objects, called A, B, and C. Suppose that the performance of B is worse than A, but better ...
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distancing in English language

I've read in a book that to be polite in a conversation we may use past tense and this is called distancing. Such as, rather than saying 'I want to go.' one may say: I wanted to go. Although the ...
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the use of comma

One day, I met a beautiful girl. One day I met a beautiful girl. What is the difference? It is said that in (1), the adverbial phrase "one day" modifies the whole sentence, while in (2), the ...
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Does “I was choking on a sip of water” roughly mean “I was choked by a sip of water”?

choke [intransitive, transitive] to be unable to breathe because the passage to your lungs is blocked or you cannot get enough air; to make somebody unable to breathe She almost choked to death ...
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In which condition, do we use this expression? [on hold]

In which circumstances, do we use the following expression? Are you going to help me now?
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What does 'cracker' mean in this context?

The singing grew louder as they approached the church. It made Harry's throat constrict, it reminded him so forcefully of Hogwarts, of Peeves bellowing rude versions of carols from inside suits of ...
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To know things versus to be known things

We have to know such things We have to be known such things
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Not sure if I should use “as” or “like” in this sentence

You see me just like an object You see me just as an object Which one would be correct ? Also I'm afraid the sentence construction isn't ok. I have to say that some person sees (or perceives, or ...
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Do we say “strip me by eyes” or “strip me by the eyes”?

Do we say: You strip me by eyes or You strip me by the eyes ? The sense I intend to get is something like, a person undressing someone else just by looking at him.
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Is my sentence correct ? (using “for” or “of a”)

I'm currently correcting some writing of mine. I have a question about this line in particular : To you I'm just a statistic, or a top tier choice for a stick Is "for" adequate ? Or should I write ...
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quoting a sentence in Present Simple: can I change the tense?

If I quote a sentence in Present Simple (not just paraphrase), should I replace present forms with past forms or leave them as they are? In other words, what are rules or conventions regarding ...
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in the team vs. on the team

In AmE, you only use the proposition 'on' with nouns that refer to groups of people ('team', 'board', 'commission', etc). Am I right? Can I use 'in' without sounding like a weirdo or, at least, a ...
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why not say 'to do'?

I have an advanced student who said that she feels that something I wrote needs a ‘to’ immediately before the word ‘do’. I told her that I don’t know a grammar based explanation, but that I’d find one....
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Is it ok to say 'come out as a winner'?

Grammatically, semantically, there seems to be nothing wrong with it, but Google News finds only several thousand search results. Why? (please, don't ask for context, it's perfectly clear as it is)
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Can you use “…, however, so…”?

Is the following sentence grammatically correct, i.e. can you use "..., however, so..." as shown, in the middle of a sentence (with the meaning of "but" or "though")? Would you have to use a semicolon ...
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“I was” vs “I have been”

I know we use present perfect tense to talk about past actions which has present relevences and simple past to talk about our past activities.When we use a stative verb in present perfect I see that ...
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1 more vote from other *user or users* is needed to delete this post

There is a tooltip over a delete link in all the Stack Exchange sites, which is displayed when we voted to delete a post. The tooltip message is: You voted to delete. 1 more vote from other users ...
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class vs. form vs. grade

I've been meeting all the three words (class, form, grade) related to schooling, but I can't get my head around the differences. Please could you explain the differences? I need to know which one of ...
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Gryffindors have never gone so long without winning

Gryffindors have never gone so long without winning I don't know the meaning of that sentence. I searched "never do without doing". That means you should do something, but I can't get it.
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“from ten days ahead” in this context

You should start the rehearsal from ten days ahead of the play. You should turn the indicators on from one mile ahead of the hospital. Is the sentence pattern from ahead of valid in these ...
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How does the grammar behind “though not so soundly but that” work?

I was recently regarding A Child's History of England by Charles Dickens when I came across this sentence: However, for once that the bold Britons beat him [Julius Caesar], he beat them twice; ...
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Comma location in: “But he has,” wailed the servant, “to be the culprit!”?

The context There is a servant who is accusing another man to be a culprit of some petty crime. I am not sure whether the comma should be there or not.(Please see the alternatives below.) First form:...
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What's the meaning of the phrasal verb “sped out”

As usual, I try to practice English grammar, vocabulary and speaking skills through some exercises. Today I've got stuck with the following phrasal verb "sped out" and after a Google search was not ...
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Passive voice, Present Simple, Present Perfect

The washing machine was broken, but it is OK now. > It is repaired. vs It has been repaired. > Please explain the correct choice. Is it possible that both are correct here?
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Is it correct saying “buy something hand-to-hand”?

In trades I really need to know if is correct the use of this idiom. If its ok or not, would you tell me what are the common ways to express when we need to buy or sell some goods when the buyer and ...
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It costs nothing to say

Suppose a group of researchers claimed that they were working on 7G technology, and someone said, "It costs nothing to say you're working on something so advanced. What could "cost" mean here? I'm ...
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What does “treating someone as their son or daughter” mean?

If someone is a mother or father figure who has a parent like relationship with a child, what does it mean by treating someone as their son or daughter?
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What exactly *Verb + Ed* describes in English Sentences?

Can we summarize the various uses of Verb+ed in the English sentence, as it is used to describe completed actions in Present, Past and future, Whether verb+ed is used as past tense or past participle. ...
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is this sentence right? Please help me to understand the function of by

Coal production fell by nearly a half. Why is "by" used in this sentence and what is its function?
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Active to Passive Voice conversion

What is the passive voice of "He will teach you english." Is "English will be taught by him." correct or "You will be taught english by him."is correct.?
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ask to clear unnessery data from sarver

I want to ask my Colleagues to clear unnecessary data from sarver in polite way Dear my Colleagues, Kindly make sure all users need to clear any unnecessary data on the paths below because the ...
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use of 'till' in a statement

if I say - her father left her at her two years for the time till I write it. Is it correct? or what about - her father left her in her childhood till I write it?
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Move over / Move aside

Is there any difference? I read somewhere said that "move aside" implies a little bit of ordering rather than asking. Is it true? Mom was cooking dinner and her little daughter was blocking her ...
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Adjective to describe a piece of text that came out too big

Which adjective would be suitable right after "too" to describe a piece of text that took too much space in a document? Your descriptions are very clear, but too _________ . or Your ...
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A request to refer to the bottom of the document

I have created a table in a "Word" document and described each column of it. Description came out to be too big, so I decided to move it down to the very end of the document. But I want the users to ...
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Can 'hit' mean 'meet'?

I've seen an American wrote in his email: We gonna hit at high noon. I figure he actually means we will meet at high noon. Am I getting it right? I haven't found this meaning in dictionaries ...
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what's the part of speech of “underground” in following sentence

In the following sentence from CNN: Such fires were once plentiful in Azerbaijan, but because they led to a reduction of gas pressure underground, interfering with commercial gas extraction, most ...
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“As the paper is at 9:30 I will try to reach around.”Is this sentence makes any sense?

In the above sentence I wanted to tell my colleague that I will reach around 9:30. So I wrote this sentence but I am confused whether I had conveyed him that message correctly or not.
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Two “distanted” cities?

The two distanted cities are included in our comparison. Is it the correct usage for "distanted"? Do we have an adjective serving our goal here? I want an adjective to fill the blank to imply that ...
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Is the verb 'get' really a causative verb?

There's an explanation that the causative get means convincing 'someone else' to do something, and I know there's the case as "I got my hair cut", but lately I've been seeing the opposite cases a lot, ...
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doubt between Past Continuous and Past Simple

In the book English Grammar In Use by Raymond Murphy they gave the example for Past Continuous - ´Today Helen is wearing a skirt. Yesterday she was wearing trousers´. Please explain to me why it isn´t ...
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Which modifier should I choose 'bootleg/bootlegging/bootlegger wars'?

One gang is engaged in a violent conflict with another gang because of competing interests in making profits from selling illegal alcoholic beverages. What do you call that? Suppose, it's There ...
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“Jonathan had taken my hand” — what is the second event?

From Dracula, from the diary of Mina Harker, Jonathan Harker's wife. Van Helsing is giving a long speech about vampires. “There are such beings as vampires; some of us have evidence that they exist....
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To sync with vs. With which to sync

Are both of these sentences correct? Which is better? Select a directory to sync with. Select a directory with which to sync. From my point of view, the 1st version is better. It's mine. The 2nd ...
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Capitalizing the suffix “-like”

Should I capitalize the suffix -like in a title if it is hyphenated? For example: Diamond-Like Carbon Coating or Diamond-like Carbon Coating Metal-Like Compounds or Metal-like Compounds Which is ...
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Carrier fibre: what is it?

I was reading a thesis and saw this sentence, Recover (Spain) takes post-industrial cotton waste and shreds the fibre to upcycle it into yarn. By colour sorting the waste materials, they have ...
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meaning of the word 'off' as in come off, go off, get off, climb off?

What is the meaning or role of the word 'off' as in come off, go off, get off, climb off, which all have to do with sexual orgasm? These are all that I have learned so far, and maybe there are some ...
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Question to sentence with infinitive

I am a bit puzzled by question forms on sentences with infinitive. Could someone clarify it? For example, I have the statement: We decided yesterday to do something next Monday. I would like to ...
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What does mean the word “Way” at the beginning of sentences?

What does mean the word "Way" at the beginning of the sentence "Way to do something". And is it a noun or an adverb? For example: Way to work that diaper. Way to explain that joke. Way to bring ...

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