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Don't want to have to vs Have to

If I have an exam tomorrow and I said the following: I have to study hard because I really don't want to take the exam again. I have to study hard because I really don't want to have to take the exam ...
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Does it make sense to say something is as _ as something else is _ if the 2 adjectives are opposites?

Does it make sense or not to use this form… A is as X as B is Y …if X and Y are antonyms? For example "He is as tall as she is short" to say that he is very tall?
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Does “…is as dynamic a process as…” have different meaning from “…is as dynamic as a process…”?

S1: Our personal development is as dynamic a process as we choose to make it. The sentence S1 above which is from a passage in a book confused me for a while. I could understand a sentence S2 which ...
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Come to think of it vs Now that I think about it

Are 'now that I think about it' and 'come to think of it' used in the same way. According to a dictionary: 1) Come to think of it is used for adding something that you have just remembered about a ...
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Technically Sound vs. Technically Strong/Good. Which one has more value technically?

I got a statement from my colleagues saying I'm technically sound. Usually they used to say “technically strong” or “technically good” to refer to others but when referring to me they said “I'm ...
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As much as fun as it looked

The sentence is Previously, I’d watched snowboarding competitions and I’d wondered whether it really could be as much as fun as it looked,... I can’t figure out the structure of the part in bold. ...
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Rejects or Accepts?

In the sentence below, does the speaker rejects nationalism or the idea that nationalism is a kind of atavism? Some modern political theorists reject nationalism as a tribal atavism. Thank you all!...
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'sign' vs 'notice'

Are there any differences in the meaning of or when we use the words 'sign' and 'notice'? The definitions in Cambridge Online Dictionary are: sign : a symbol or message in a public place that gives ...
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Should I add “are” after Women in this sentence? Or adding “are” is redundant?

Original sentence: Well-Off White men are 3 times more likely than women to get job Interviews Edited one: Well-Off White men are 3 times more likely than women are to get job Interviews Adding "...
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Is object X *like* object Y if X=Y?

Imagine we have two names, X and Y, which describe the same object. If X and Y are identical in every possible way, and therefore X=Y, is X is like Y. a true statement?
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'Is need, should be, have to' which is better approach?

I have sentence like this: ...set some edge cases where component will throw an error. and I'm not sure which of these ones is better: There should be... There have to be... There is need to... ...
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is it legal that if a “few” is more than "half? [closed]

IIUC, a few means not a large number, which is ambiguous. I wonder is it valid that if a few is more than half?
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Does “prefer” go with “better than”?

I prefer dogs better than cats I like dogs better than cats. Are any of the above sentences correct?
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Is it better to say “I and I alone (am working on)” or “I alone (am working on)” when saying that I am the only one working on something?

In the context of saying that I am the only person working on something, is it better to say: "I and I alone am working on... or "I alone am working on...
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What's the meaning of “not so much” in these sentences?

What does Not so much mean in the following expressions? Pete is tall; his brother not so much. Pete is very tall; his brother not so much. Does the first one mean? that Pete's brother ...
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Free riders and freeloaders

I am wondering about the spelling of these two words. Why is "free rider" spelled as two words, while "freeloader" is only one? Is there a rule for this? Furthermore, where is the exact difference ...
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not so + adjective + as to

(1) Your clothes are not big enough to fit me. Your clothes are not so big as to fit me. (reference : https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/not-enough-to-vs-not-so-as-to.3503899/) Consider the ...
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“Which is better” or “Which are better”?

Which one is grammatically correct? "Which is better, cats or dogs?" "Which are better, cats or dogs?" If they are both ok, what is the difference between them?
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confuse with the sentence “There is more than 50 time …”

I am confused with the following sentence. would anyone explain its structure, please? There is more than 50 times as much freshwater stored underground than in all the freshwater rivers and lakes ...
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Is something rated as Satisfactory implicitly better than other rated as Sufficient?

What I mean by this question is: If I say I'm going to test some products and rate them: If I rate one as Satisfactory and other as Sufficient. Which of the two products is better? Is the ...
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Is it grammatical to say “It's much more cheaper. . .”?

I was confused when I corrected my student and he asked me if he could use "much more" in a sentence. I'm used to using "much" and "more" separately that's why I didn't know what to say.
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Is this sentence wrong? (Comparative Adverbs)

Question : The Spanish athlete / run / fast / than the other runners The Spanish athlete ran more fastly than the other runners. The Spanish athlete ran faster than the other runners. In my ...
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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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Comparison “as.. as..” word order

I've noticed that in comparison structure as.. as.., in my textbook, after the first as goes an adverb to compare and only after it goes additional information, like: You don't know as much about ...
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“Taller FROM when I last saw her” vs “Taller THAN when I last saw her”

Today I saw a photo of my friend's daughter, whom I saw in person more than a year ago. She looks to have grown about a foot since then. Would it have been grammatically correct of me to say, "She's ...
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Article “the“ for superlative

Which one is correct: “XYZ is the most famous and the biggest concert in Australia.“ or “XYZ is the most famous and biggest concert in Australia.“?
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More expensive than others

Let's imagine I have some boats with different prices. I am going to be selling them soon. I have gotten a person to buy one of them and he approached the boat I am selling for the highest price. Can ...
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Comparison: which one is correct

Which of the following sentences is correct or more idiomatic for comparison between two things: The AUC (the area under curve) for the model A is greater than of the model B The AUC (the area under ...
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Are there any nuances between “dismiss” and “ignore”?

According to the ODE, to dismiss something (e.g. an idea) means: Treat as unworthy of serious consideration. 2.1 Deliberately cease to think about. And to ignore something, ...
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone grammar

A movie line in the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Hagrid): They're goblins. Clever as they come, but not the most friendly of beasts. Can anyone help me to give a full sentence of the ...
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Is “as what…” a short from of “…so +adjective +that…” structure?

In a british movie, a boy is asking an old military man about his sword: -Boy: Is that the sword you used in battles Mr.Poulter. Could I see it? -The man(Mr.Poulter): Very dangerous weapon, my lad. ...
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Compare and emphasise on the incident happened `Before`

Suppose person-1 has achieved a milestone today and person-2 achieved two years ago. Now how can I emphasise on this time difference? Since Before is not an Adjective it doesn't have Comparative or ...
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'more smooth' or 'more smoother'? Which is right?

Curve A is more smooth than curve B Should 'smooth' be replaced by 'smoother'?
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What is omitted between “than” and “would be”?

I read a sentence as below This strategy tends to result in higher efficiency than would be possible with that one. I can understand the meaning of the sentence, which is "This strategy tends to ...
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‘A less smart student’

My sentence is A less student would take the first approach. Here I have no intention to compare. What I mean is a not so smart student. Is my sentence okay?
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on comparisons: “Higher than that in y” vs “Higher than y”

I have doubts which statement is correct. I have two datasets, both have x and y. I measure variations between x and y from several aspects (aa, b, c, etc.) in both datasets and I want to compare the ...
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Not older or not later date?

I want to write "The date you are trying to write is not ... than the existing one." when user wants to write and replace date in some document. Should I use "newer" or "later"? Example: Somebody ...
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Constructions “as good as”, “as weak as”, etc

I'm not quite familiar with the constructions "as good as...", "as weak as..." as they are used below. The fact that the metanotation of derivability made every bit as good as a claim as material ...
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In a similiar condition “as”?

Is it correct to use as in the context like: Prague is in a similiar climate as Michigan. I know things tend to be similiar to something else but it sounds odd to me here.
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Is “… be as adj. than …” correct grammar?

A coin is tossed twice. Alice claims that the event of two heads is at least as likely if we know that the first toss is a head than if we know that at least one of the tosses is a head. This is an ...
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The number comparison

Which sentence is correct? Genies are six folds more than humans. Genies are six times more than humans. Genies are six times as many as humans.
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Meaning of '…some people recover from severe pain while others have long-term pain.'

I feel in a sense that it is a comparison, but 'severe pain' is not 'long-term pain' and accordingly the end of the sentence is extra. So I find this as a strange comparison. Could you clarify what's ...
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Comparison of adjectives [duplicate]

This shirt is the cheaper of the two I wonder why the comparison is cheaper and not cheapest. Aren't the sentence is referring to more than two items and so it should use -est? And cheaper will be ...
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“First page” or “Page one” for SEO ranking?

SEO is Search Engine Optimization. I want to ask a simple question from this domain. My website is "First Page" on Google. Or My website is "Page One" on Google. Which one of these is right?
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The meaning of “The clientele were as curious as they were sparse in number.”

It’s from a book by Elvis Costello, “Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink”, written with first person perspective. The main character, Elvis Costello, as a boy visits his father’s studio for the ...
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Meaning of “finance is more concerned in the matter than industry”?

The following extract is from one of the works of Bertrand Russell: Exploiting what are called "inferior races" has become one of the main objects of European statecraft. It is not only, or ...
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As+ adjective + as (comparing the subject with itself)

In the sentence, "When one considers the many ways by which organisms are completely destroyed after death, it is remarkable that fossils are as common as they are.", what is referred to by the word "...
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the meaning and grammar of 'as hard as it takes' in this sentence

This is the subs below from TV show Suits Harvey"Let me tell you something. This isn’t elementary school. This is hard work. Long hours. High pressure. I need a grown goddamn man." Mike "You ...
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Is there difference in meaning between these three sentences?

Is there difference in meaning between these three sentences? He was working less hard than it's usual. He was working less hard than usual. He was working less hard than usually.
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What is the difference between “provisioned” and “provided”

I'm reading this article and they wrote: After the identity is created, the credentials are provisioned onto the instance. What I understand is that the credentials will be given to then ...

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