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Usage of 'as' before Adjectives:

In the following sentence, should I put 'as' before the adjective 'offensive'? I hope you won't take my criticism as offensive. I hope you won't take my criticism offensive. I feel as if the two ...
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The river Thames last froze over three decades ago

I was solving a question for TOEIC prep, and found this sentence. The question was "The River Thames last ______ over three decades ago." 1. freeze 2. froze 3. frozen 4. freezing ...
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Out vs outside in “Tell mummy we are going out to eat”

I decided to go out to eat. I told my son. "Tell mummy we are going out to eat." "Tell mummy we are eating out." Should I use outside or out in the context above?
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Is the 'up' the part of a phrasal verb or an adverb?

Soon, I worked my thumb into the middle to create a mouth, shaping the sides up in a curve. Is the 'up' the part of a phrasal verb or an adverb?
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The plan fell ____ for the want of support. Fill in the blank [closed]

Can you tell more about the words used after fell. For example. In the sentence The plan fell __ for the want of support. What do we use?
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'Call up' - what does 'up' mean?

call up : to make a phone call to a person or a place Call up and make a reservation for eight o'clock. Can you call up for me and tell them I'm sick? In these sentences, I don't know what does '...
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Is it correct to say “The prices settle down/up $2 at $100”?

The prices settle down $2 at $100. or The prices settle up $2 at $100. Are these two words down and up both adverbs or prepositions? What is the meaning of settle here? I guess the meaning of ...
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Could the structure with “preposition + adjective ” be possible?

i am looking at the sentence, "The bird will fit in just fine ". I think that the structure of the sentence has "preposition + adjective " . [ in(preposition) + fine ( adjective) ] Could the ...
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Use of “up” in “back up”, to mean going in reverse

Why do we use the term "back up" when we are going in reverse? This is sometimes confusing for young English Language learners. Going backwards is understandable, where does the word "up" fit in? Are ...
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He fell straight off (from) the ledge (right) in/to/into the pool

He fell straight off (from) the ledge (right) in/to/into the pool. Falling in/into the (swimming) pool doesn't seem to rely on any phrasal verb or idiom that I can see. Falling from something is not ...
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What's the meaning of “bounced right back”?

This is a passage from a novel: "It's those C-sections," Georgie's mom would say. As if Georgie had chosen to have two C-sections, as if she'd order them off the menu out of sheer laziness "I had ...
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DIfference between “at home” & “home” [duplicate]

Consider: She's home. She's at home. Are there any differences in meaning?
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In phrasal verbs, why is it sometimes considered 'adverbs', and sometimes 'prepositions'?

I was studying phrasal verbs and I couldn't figure out something. The source separated them into three type which are: Type1: Verb + Adverb Examples: Put off, turn down, get up, break ...
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“I’m too tired to drive”: Why does removing 'too' make this sentence ungrammatical?

This is grammatical: I'm too tired to drive. but this isn't: I'm tired to drive. Why? How can removing an adverb make a sentence ungrammatical? In a sentence like “He slowly walked down the ...
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“Stay home” or “stay at home” – which is correct and why? [duplicate]

Stay home. Stay at home. When "home" functions as an adverb, it can modify the verb "stay". There are other examples, such as "go home",but there is no expression: Go to home. So I wonder ...
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Parse “asking for books back”

Harry picked it up and stared at it, his heart twanging like a giant elastic band. No one, ever, in his whole life, had written to him. Who would? He had no friends, no other relatives - he didn't ...