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Past participle usage in below sentences / passives

I hope all the below form of sentences give ‘Passive’ meanings, am I correct? 1) be + verb3 [i.e. past participle] be prepared. 2) being + verb3 being processed (but in continuous form). 3) ...
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“compare with” or “compare to”

Please check both sentences and let me know, which one is correct and why? She compares me with her boyfriend. She compares me to her boyfriend.
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When teachers introduce the outdated theory(for example:Classical element) to students,should teachers use present tense or past tense to describe it?

Example: 1(a)Classical element comprises the simplest substances,namely earth, water, air, fire and Aether. 1(b)Classical element comprised the simplest substances,namely earth, water, air, fire and ...
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“Survivors clinging to a raft.” Is this sentence right?

"Survivors clinging to a raft." There is no verb in this sentence. I know this sentence is not the present progressive/present continuous. But can this sentence be used independently? I found this ...
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I am unintersted / disinterested in English?

I am uninterested in English. I am disinterested in English. Some grammar books say that the use of disinterested is wrong in the context as it means unbiased or impartial But Michael Swan in ...
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How do you make the flap t sound as in the words city and letter

I'm having a hard time figuring out the right placement and motions of the tongue when making this consonant. I watched a few videos on this topic. People say that in order to make the sound you don't ...
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“I texted you on…”, “in…”, or “by…” – which preposition do I use?

Which of these prepositions is correct in these sentences? I texted you on WhatsApp. I texted you in WhatsApp. I texted you by WhatsApp.
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Is “the + every/each/always + noun” used?

I met this structure at my TOEIC tests, but I couldn't remember the whole sentence. Is this a kind of structure used formally? I've never met this before.
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Is the “are” in this sentence ungrammatical?

Is the “are” in this sentence ungrammatical? ​‎How do you feel about some people are calling you "Toma-chan" in Japan?
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Has gone vs is visiting

What is difference between these two examples below, and why? .1 Alex isn't here. She is visiting her mother. .2 Alex isn't here. She has gone to visit her mother.
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Confusion in usage of “of” in a sentence

I read the below statement today. "Muhammad Ali was born in the small town of Louisville." Here Louisville is described as a small town. Normally when we use "small town of XXX", are we ...
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Usage of “that only X can"

Is this sentence correct? Who said that only girls can believe in fairies? Specifically, do you think that the use of "that, only, can" make the sentence a little bit weird? Or is it fine?
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Understanding “ear-first” and “crowded room”

what does "enter crowded rooms" and "ear-first" mean in this sentence from the passage: The paper’s eyes were big and round, whereas mine disappear altogether if I smile, and my nose is more ...
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Is it possible to pronounce jury as /dʒɜːri/?

sometimes I hear Americans pronounce jury as ''/dʒɜːri/''. Is that right? Is it regional or generally they say this way?
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Is “which is directly affecting our operational duties” correct in this sentence? Should it be “which are” instead?

Is the following sentence correct: I would like to point upcoming events in Week 19, which is directly affecting our operational duties. I think it should be "which are", and the verb affect ...
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The meaning of “of course,” “sure” when you thank someone

Sometimes I thank a person from USA and he responds, "Sure," "of course." I don't know what their meaning in this context, so could anyone give me their meaning?
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How do you say 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 in word form? [duplicate]

I was reading a book called “BOMB” and the number 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 and I wanted to know what this number is in word form (how you say the word).
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what's difference about these two sentence?

sentence 1: The House would initiate a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump, charging him with betraying his oath of office and the nation’s security by seeking to enlist a foreign ...
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Is the word liberal used properly in this sentence

A friend once told me, when you're lost you're liberal and when you're liberal you can go anywhere Is "liberal" used properly here?
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In my sentence can I add a comma to the word before?

I want to know if adding a comma before the word "before" would be correct or not. I had been struggling to find partners for three years before I found the best partners who helped me to learn ...
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is he's / she's + name a correct sentence?

Is it correct to include a name right after a he's or she's? It would define fully written in: ''He is John'' or ''She is Maria'' but it somehow just sounds wrong or impolite to me.
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Is “easier than before” used in everyday English?

I want to know if "easier than before" is correct in my sentence or not, and how I can say something makes things better than before. For example. "Our smartphones make learning languages easier ...
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What is the difference between I love flowers vs I love the flowers

I want to know what is the difference between these two examples: I love flowers so much! I love the flowers in my garden so much!
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How does a phrase differ from a clause

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/price_is_right Is this a phrase or clause. How do they differ aside from active verb. A group of words that is part of, rather than the whole of, a sentence A phrase ...
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Is this correct grammatically? [closed]

"You could have flewn on coming Sunday" I mean to say that you could have taken the flight on Sunday
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Can we use past simple without giving the exact time?

Can we use past simple without giving the exact time. For example. 'I will tell you how I learned English through self-study.'
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“public transport” vs. “public transportation”

Buses are the main form of public transportation Buses are the main form of public transport Which one is correct?
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“Through July 28th” - is this grammatically valid or just a colloquialism?

I was just watching this video. At the end, they are promoting a t-shirt and say: "The offer is valid through July 28th" Now, I've heard this said before but never really given it much thought. It'...
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Difference between not and don't in the next sentence [closed]

“In the period we not enter, Romanticism, the Account became the preeminent formula for literary production.” In the sentence above, does the ‘not’ make sense? Should I use ‘don’t’ instead?
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What is the difference between “the+singular countable noun” and “zero article+plural countable noun”

What is the difference between "the + singular countable noun" and "zero article + plural countable noun" when we make generalisations about classes of things.
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Which group are you in/on? (AmE usage)

I know that it's usually "on team" in AmE. So is it the same with "group". Like if I have to ask someone about his/her group: I: Which group are you in/on? Person: I'm not in/on any group. So ...
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What is the difference between “to be Ving” and “to V”?

For example, (1)You are too young to be contemplating retirement. (2)You are too young to contemplate retirement.
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Dropping auxiliary verbs when asking questions

I hear many native speakers dropping auxiliary verbs when asking questions. For instance, I hear them saying "How you doing?". Another example that came up to my ear recently: in the gym, I hear many ...
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Waiting your comments how to use with verb on below sentence

Q. I ____ john and Liz after school tomorrow. A. am meet B. am meeting C. met Q2. My sister ____ john and Liz after school tomorrow. A. Is meet B. Is meeting C. met ...
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What is the meaning of a Falling Intonation in a yes/no question?

In the question "Did you leave an Easter egg during our interview?" from this video entitled, Taylor Swift Answers Ellen's 'Burning Questions' Why did Ellen DeGeneres say "during our interview" ...
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Question on English grammar structure

Apple Inc. is subject to tax charge according to the law of the state of California. Apple Inc. is subject to the tax charge according to the law of the state of California. Apple Inc. is subject ...
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How to read month/day/year in an American way?

British people would say "I have a meeting on the 8th day of Sep in 2019." I guess American would say "I have a meeting on Sep 8, 2019." But how to read "on Sep 8, 2019" in a natural way?
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Comparison by 'as'

If I have two questions and both of them can be solved by the same concept then if I want to say that 'the explanation of second sentence is same as first sentence'. Is it correct, can I say this? ...
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When are words like “that” and “the” unnecessary?

There are several cases where "the" and "that" are completely unnecessary for the understanding of a sentence. So, I want to know when they are unnecessary and why. For instance, in “She told me that ...
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An other way to say hot question?

Well, I'm curious to know how to say a hot question in other ways. By means of hot I want to say important evolving question... Secondly, I used word "useful" "fruitful", I want synonyms for it. ...
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help for sentence analysis

the conveying to an employee of unconditional entitlement to a share in a pension fund (Source: https://www.google.com/search?q=vesting+definition&rlz=1CAVNXA_enUS854&oq=vesting&aqs=...
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Which phrase would be proper to use in written American English?

I need to say that there arises a question after making some points in my essay, so which one is better? Here probably arises a pertinent question as to why he would want to be a bio-engineer now, ...
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Is it natural to use normal or normally in this sentence

Should I use the adverb or adjective in this sentence? And does it sound natural in AE? I ate less today than normally. I ate less today than normal.
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Any time and Any day in english

1) Can we use ‘any time’ instead of ‘any day’ in the below example? "Have you seen this any day before?" Can you please tell me what the difference is between ‘any time’ and ‘any day’? 2) Answer ...
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To + (verb) as infinitive/gerund

I have a question on preposition ‘to’. When we use verb after ‘to’ we use either infinitives or verb in ing format but my question is: will the word ‘to’ be a preposition in both the case? also, ...
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Is it an adverb clause, a relative clause or a noun clause?

Is it an adverb clause, a relative clause or a noun clause? "To get to New Zealand the fastest way" The whole sentence is... To get to New Zealand the fastest way, you will have to fly from ...
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How to write : someone who don't or doesn't?

Please help me to understand. My full sentence is "... as someone who don't/ doesn't only love his...". I have already tried them both and both sounds right.
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Commas with titles/occupations

Mayor Steven Smith attended a charity event. Wildlife Liaison Officer, Lorraine Nelson, attended the scene of the incident. These examples were taken from a newspaper. How does the ...
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Reflexive pronoun vs pronoun

Which one is correct? He engraved photos of himself and his wife on the coins. Or He engraved photos of him and his wife on the coins.