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Is there really a difference between the use of will and shall?

Shall I open the door? Will I open the door? So far as I know , the first sentence means will you allow me to open the door? The second question means Will I have the ability to open the door? (...
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In present-day reality no-one actually uses classical Latin any more.Why can we use “Classical Latin uses the ablative” in present tense?

What is the difference between (a) and (b) (a)"Classical Latin uses the ablative" (b)"Classical Latin used the ablative"
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When teachers introduce the outdated theory(for example:Classical element) to students,should teachers use present tense or past tense to describe it?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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 “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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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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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 “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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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“Silverware”, “Tableware”, and “Dishes”

What are the common and current, American English general words encapsulating: 1. Knives, forks, and spoons. I know the words "silverware" as well as "flatware", but I don't know which one is more ...
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How to split the bill in a formal way?

What is the polite and formal way to say if I would like to split the bill? That was a time I went to a casual business meeting and the person was kind enough to pay for my bill. And all I said is ...
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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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Double question rule

Which one of these phrases sound more correct and why? What is the rule about asking 2 questions in the same sentence in English? Could you please tell me when can I get my check from you? ...
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AmE vowel pronunciation dilemma

I can't figure out how to spell vowels in AmE. I generally prefer to pronounce "o" letter as "ɑ" as well as sometimes "ə". But it is done intuitively irrespective of any rule. I think there must be an ...
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How to answer, how old is your baby?

My question is how to answer when somebody asks this question? Since my baby is 10 months, I just replied she is 10, and we laughed out loud. Then I said, of course, 10 months. What is the correct ...
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Is it okay when I say “My friends and I are a students”?

Is it okay when I say: "My friends and I are a students in the university" OR it should be: "My friends and I are students in the university" without the a?
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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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How can I say that an idea goes into another, more global concept?

After listing some points in my essay I need to say that all they go into a definite concept. What words can I use here? Here is my complete sentence: Goals, challenges, self-discovery, ...
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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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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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Can I use a sentence with indirect speech in an essay? Example below↓

Would it be proper for written AmE? After making some points in my essay I need to state that what I've just said probably engenders a question. This (probably) brings up/arises/elicits a question, ...
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How can I say that something happens not for the first time?

Would these examples be proper for written American English? It happened not for the fist time that he decided not to attend classes. or It was not a single occasion/time when she decided not ...
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In one sitting, all at once (AmE usage)

Will it be okay to use "all at once" instead of "in one sitting"? I mean in AmE what would sound more natural? Do they have a slight difference in their meaning? I read the book in one sitting/...
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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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Which is correct “no one does” or “no one do”?

If I said that I don't like bad people and someone replies, should he say no one does or no one do ? If both are correct then which one is better or more frequently said?
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Vowel length when a tapped American t is used

As we know, in pairs like bet/bed, coat/code the vowel is longer if it’s before a voiced consonant. Is this property preserved with tapped pairs like betting/bedding, coating/coding, or they are ...
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“of” vs. “from” in introductions with company affiliations

A person who owns a business called BBB Cupcakes is making a tutorial video for a for-fee e-learning platform. The hour-long video is purely a cupcake making lesson; it's not directly an advertisement ...
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pharmacy vs. drugstore in American English

Is there a clear-cut difference between pharmacy and drugstore in American English? Does a pharmacy necessarily sell medicines and drugs and nothing else? Could a pharmacy sell make-up?
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Estimated delivery date vs Estimate delivery date

I need to email a seller about how long something I ordered online will take to arrive. Which one of these sentences is the most correct? And why? Do you have an estimate as to when my package ...
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Back out, reverse out, get out

If someone had double parked his car behind another car, what's a natural phrase to be used: How am I supposed to get out? (of the parking spot) How am I supposed to reverse out?(of the ...
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Are you ready for Sports Day?

I wonder why the book wrote: Are you ready for Sports Day? (=the Sports Day) Why there is no article 'the' preceding the word Sports since it is a Proper Noun?
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Doing that wouldn't do you any harm vs Doing that wouldn't harm you

I got a question. Let's say two people are talking about riding the rollercoaster: Person1 says to person number two: Let's ride the rollercoaster, it's quite fun! Then, person2 says: I'm afraid ...
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He prepared for school like he always does (or did?)

I think that the following sentence is grammatically incorrect: He prepared for school like he always does. Should it be more grammatical to say: He prepared for school like he always did. The ...