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'global role' vs 'role globally'

In a footnote at the bottom of page 123 of A Student's Introduction to English Grammar (2005; by Huddleston and Pullum), I found mention of a construction in which adverbs modify nouns: There is a ...
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Entry To, Entry Into

A preposition question: The United States earned entry to the knockout round with a win over Ghana and a draw against Portugal in Group G. Source Google search shows both "entry to" and "...
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Which tense should I use in “I was talking about … when she started to talk about …”?

I was talking to her about something else when she suddenly started to talk about what he had been up to these days. I was talking to her about something else when she suddenly started to talk about ...
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Difference between which and what

Usually people say, "Which is your favourite show?" and "Which color is this?" But some people also say, "What is your favourite show?" and, "What color is this?" Can you tell me what is the usage ...
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Difference between “in” and “of”

Can anyone please tell me what's the difference between in and of in the following sentences? Are they both correct? Lionel Messi is the greatest player of/in the Argentina football team. John is the ...
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which one is correct (have been or was)?

Which one is correct (have been or was)? I have been receiving allowance from the office from the above dates. or I was receiving allowance from the office from the above dates.
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usage of ‘hope’: uncountable or countable plural?

Here are some examples from dictionaries where hope is used in the plural people have hopes of increasing trade between the two regions (Collins Cobuild) she has hopes of studying to be a ...
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She heard two gunshots with a woman screaming / scream in between

The sentence below is from my English exercise book: Fill in each blank with the correct form of the word in the bracket. She said she heard two gunshots with a woman ___ (scream) in between. ...
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to save/hold/keep a place/spot

Is there any difference in meaning between "to save/hold/keep a place/spot"? Are they equally usual in US and UK? Can all of them be used with either the prepositional complement "for somebody" or an ...
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Distinction between acquiring and obtaining

I can't decide between those two words. You need to acquire handling instructions. You need to obtain handling instructions. Both mean roughly the same, describing an act of gaining possession ...
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That and which in specific sentence

Which sounds more natural in this sentence: Names have power which you can summon. or Names have power that you can summon. Or maybe there's a difference in meaning or usage context that I can'...
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Particular question about past

He knew that I was trying to tell him the fact that him being wrong. He knew that I was trying to tell him the fact which is him being wrong. He knew that I was trying to tell him the fact ...
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What is the difference between “go up to something” and “go over to something” in the sense of approaching something?

What is the difference between the following sentences? He went up to the table to grab some cake. He went over to the table to grab some cake. If the phrases have identical meanings, could ...
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“causing harm for” vs. “causing harm to”

I often say "causing harm for X", but I am not sure if this is semantically and grammatically correct? What do you think? We need to pollute less, because not doing so will cause harm for all ...
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“In the end” or “At the end”

Which of these phrases is correct: "We are in the end." "We are at the end." I know that most of the time when using "at the end" there should be a noun. Like, "...at the end of something". But ...
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“Clumsy” or “Awkward”

Let's assume an inexperienced guy who doesn't know where to say what to a girl at the first meeting and says some irrelevant and out-of-place words which may even offend the girl. Or Let's ...
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“try and be more assertive” VS “try to be more assertive”

I am not a native English speaker but I am very used to using try to be more + (Adjective) form. But very often do I get to see native English speakers use try and be more (Adjective) form. I'd like ...
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Is there a difference between PhD student, doctoral student, doctorand and how to say “CIFRE”?

I was wondering if there was any difference between those three formulations: PhD student doctoral student doctorand Plus, in France we have 2 types of doctorates: Doctorat (Doctorate) CIFRE (??) ...
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“What we want is for the amendment to be withdrawn” vs. “”What we want is the amendment to be withdrawn"

Is there any difference between: What we want is the amendment to be withdrawn. and: What we want is for the amendment to be withdrawn. ? If so, what does the for express in the second ...
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Difference between “which” and “what” as a question word

Some native speakers use what and some which in the following examples: Which/what color is this? Which/what is your favourite book?(without giving any options) In which/what school do you study? In ...
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how to use are /is as copula

I am confused to use copula when the sentence is described with singular or plural. Example: 1.The following is tips. In this sentence should I use is or are ? 2.The day is weekend. The 2 days ...
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To help you or yourself?

I often find sentences similar to the following: You should use this book to help you with the grammar that you find difficult. To me, the above is more or less equivalent to this one: You ...
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Should I use “at every iteration” or “in every iteration”?

Which one is correct "at every/each iteration" or "in every/each iteration"? I also have this confusion when using "step" instead of "iteration". More specifically, should I use "at each step" or "in ...
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What's the difference between “to have been involved” and “to be involved”?

What's the differences between the following sentences: I'm very proud to have been involved in this project. I'm very proud to be involved in this project. Are they all correct? Thank you....
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Jealous / Envy Choosing the right word

If "jealousy is when you worry someone will take what you have ... envy is wanting what someone else has" So I think only the second sentence is correct. Am I right? 1) My girlfriend is jealous of ...
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verb + to a whole new level

I'm wondering, which verb is the most common one and the best one with the phrase "to a whole new level"? lead bring take raise Example: This discovery will (lead,bring,take,raise) evolution to a ...
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meaning of these sentences about dancing

What is the difference between the below three sentences? I enjoyed dancing with you I felt good dancing with you I felt good by dancing with you
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Difference between “at any instant be sown” and “be sown at any instant”

The children, small seeds, might at any instant be sown to all the Martian climes. Why not the sentence be written as: The children, small seeds, might be sown at any instant to all the ...
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What is the sentence structure? Specific use of gerund

Even after lowering the volume, Suzanne found that her electric guitar so annoyed her neighbours that they complained to the building's manager Why is the gerund used here? What sentence ...
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“You are one of those people who correct me.” Why we don't use “one of them”?

You are one of those people who correct me. I have confusion regarding the use of "one of them" and "one of those". Why we don't use "one of them"? Please explain it.
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Difference between usage of being and having

Whenever I read a sentence using having or being, I feel that they are interchangeable. Is it true? For example, Do you remember having known more than one Amit, Paul, Anu, or John in your life? ...
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“could stay” and “could have stayed”

I could stay with her, but didn't. I could have stayed with her, but ........ First, Does the meaning differ? And What are possible words for the blank space? Another: I could have gone to ...
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What is the difference between “many of whose” and “many whose”?

I have two examples: If you do try to discuss these new beliefs with them, many of whose minds are closed to new ideas will fight hard to keep themselves convinced and even try to change your mind ...
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Difference between “how”, “the way” and “like” in the given sentences

I love you how you loved him. I love you the (same) way you loved him. I love you like you loved him. In cases like this one, is "how" = "the same way"/"the way"/ "like"? Do all the ...
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Why is there the definitive article in: “on the grass” but not in “smoke cigarettes”?

Recently I found this sentence in Oscar Wilde's essay "The Decay of Lying": Let us go and lie on the grass and smoke cigarettes and enjoy nature. Why there is a the before the word grass but not a ...
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Which of these statements is correct?

I sometimes get confused about the which of these statements. I saw you entering Daniel's room in the morning. I saw you enter Daniel's room in the morning. Do the above sentences have the same ...
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Night/Nighttime

"How have you survived living here for nearly a year now if you don't like the hustle and bustle?" 1) "At night it's bearable." 2) "It's bearable at night." 3) "Night makes it bearable." 4) "At ...
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“has nothing to do with” vs. “does not have anything to do with”?

What's the difference between "has nothing to do with" and "does not have anything to do with"? For example: a) My question has nothing to do with homework. b) My question does not have ...
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Did you see your kids/Have you seen your kids/Have you been seeing your kids

If I had a friend who is divorced from his ex-wife, who he has two kids with. He sees the kids once in a while as they are living with the ex-wife. If I hadn't seen him for two weeks and then met with ...
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Is there any difference between “sideways” and “to the side”?

Is there any difference between sideways and to the side? For example: Stop leaning sideways/to the side! The car in front of us suddenly moved sideways/to the side. I feel that in the ...
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prerequisites vs requirements vs qualifications

Can somebody please help me with an explaination about the difference between course prerequisites course entry requirements course qualifications This is about a course which consists of ...
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Is “quantity” a proper word to use for “the number of things” in technical topics?

I am looking for a technical term for the number of things. In my native Danish lanauge, we have one single word: Antal which directly means the number of. In English, the word amount wouldn't ...
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well under way/fully under way

The party was well under way when we arrived. The party was fully under way when we arrived. What is the difference between "well under way" and "fully under way"?
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What is the difference between I will have lived vs I will have been living

What is the difference between have lived vs have been living. For example. This August, I will have lived in Yemen for three years. This August, I will have been living in Yemen for three years.
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Difference between with and to

With and to are very important prepositions in the English language. I know the usage of both prepositions but some points I become stuck with when should I use which preposition. For example: He ...
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Omission of "IF

I am speaking in such a way where someone was 50 feet away from me , they would hear it. I am speaking in such a way where if someone was 50 feet away from me, they would hear it. I think the "if" ...
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When(Where) + past or present?

I don't know whether to choose to use past simple or present simple after when(where). For example: I like the part where he kills the villain. I like the part where he killed the villain. 1 and 2 ...
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for all his wealth vs with all his wealth (concession and cause)

Could both "for" and "with" used for concession and cause? Is there any difference in meaning between the pairs below? If not, which preposition is more usual in this context? Concession (= despite) ...
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Does “should I have” mean “may I have” in this question?

Is this grammatically wrong? Should I have to come to road? Doesn't it make the meaning like: May I have to come to road? I wanted to say, "May I have to come to road? but instead of that I ...