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What does the verbal phrase 'presented to' mean?

In this following context, what does the verbal phrase 'presented to' mean? Does it mean 'shown'? How should I understand this clause 'that has ever been presented to this ego-centric world,'? Context:...
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back in Boston on a visit to

What's the difference between the following two sentences? Sam is back in Boston on a visit to his uncle. Sam is back in Boston to visit his uncle.
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I need some cleaning

everyone Sometimes my friends say something that really confuses me. Here cleaning is used more like a noun(because has an article , "a cleaning") some people call them deverbal nouns. But I'm just ...
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Are nominalized verbs to nouns (Un)countable?

This case always gets my head dizzy everytime I want to write sentence in english, and each of articles I read on the internet didn't discuss this part. movement reaction refusal And especially ...
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How does one distinguish past participle verbs from adjectives?

Sometimes it's difficult to tell if a word is being used as a verb or adjective if it's used in the past participle form - e.g. in the sentence 'I was delighted'. Would it be possible to state that ...
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Picture Someone Engaging VS Engaged

I looked up the word "picture" in the dictionary and it is usually said "Picture someone doing something". Shouldn't the word "engaged" be "engaging" in the following sentence? Perhaps you’re ...
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Difference between "We are married for 5 years" and "We have been married for 5 years"

What is the difference between... We are married for 5 years. We have been married for 5 years.
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Deverbals: is there a rationale which allows deverbing to a noun and using the plural form or is it about usage?

There are nouns which are formed from verbs; deverbals. If I take teaching, running and rambling, I have the strong intuition that the first and last can be used as nouns, whereas I can't really ...
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"are come" or "have come" correct use

I read some sentences which used "all are come". Is this correct formation? Consider the following examples: a) "All are come to office today" (Meaning Status) b) "All have ...
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How can I use "am not"? Should I put continuous tense behind it or adjective or past tense?

I'm not a native speaker and I'm still a novice towards English. Please help me out with this one: Not Here is an example: I am not tolerate. Or I am not tolerated. Also, can you guys ...
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One seldom upset

I'm currently reading Flowers in the Attic and found this sentence that has been bugging me for a while. My eyes widened. Such a vehement outburst from one seldom upset took me completely by ...
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"I'm interested in you" -- Is this sentence in a passive form?

I'm not interested in you. I'm interested in you. Is this in passive form? If not, please explain to me what structure it is following.
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"I'm done" or "I've done", which is correct?

I want to know if "I'm almost done" is correct, or whether it should be "I've almost done" as a present perfect tense. I often read this on Facebook news feed. Is it correct?
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Is it correct to use "was" right after a "had?"

Example: The world had turned into a messy blur, and I was caught in the middle of it. Is this grammatically correct? Or should it be instead The world had turned into a messy blur, and I ...
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Difference between "is added" and "was added"

I need to know the meaning and tense of these sentences: (A) "This feature is added to the last version." (B) "This feature was added to the last version." I can't understand the ...
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What does "It is not the illegality that she is accused of, but the illegality she refused to oblige" mean?

What does this phrase mean? It is not the illegality that she is accused of, but the illegality she refused to oblige It's from a recent article in The Times of India.
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How to use a 'gerund' for games?

I read this. I know that 'non cricketing' in various contexts such as non-cricketing nations, non-cricketing players has been used by many editors. I found this: -ing is a gerund, a noun formed ...
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Can present simple mean present passive?

Are you married? (Essential Grammar in Use) They may say the tense of the example is present simple. But it is semantically ‘present passive.’ Is this a usage of present simple in English? If yes, ...
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Are these two complements?

For one thing, when Seamus Finnigan asked eagerly to hear how Quirrell had fought off the zombie, Quirrell went pink and started talking about the weather; for another, they had noticed that a ...
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"Relating" Vs "Related" in the following sentence?

While studying an online article, I came to a sentence: The media firm had uploaded some videos on the internet relating to these banks as well as Prudential Life Insurance and Life Insurance. ...
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