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What is the difference between can and could in 'Can/could you please explain this to me?'

Can you please explain this to me? Could you please explain this to me? I am unable to figure out which to use which situation. I did google, and some posts say they are both the same, even if ...
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"waterway ... flowed sombre" - Should Joseph Conrad have used an adverb, not an adjective?

SPOILER ALERT: This question asks about the last line of Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. If you are reading the novel, you may want to skip this question. Should an adverb (i.e. sombrely) have ...
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"I have sent it to X too" vs. "I have sent it to X also"

I have sent this e-mail to Aman also. I have sent this e-mail to Aman too. Which one is correct? What is the exact difference between the two? Please explain.
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What's the difference between "has been living" and "has lived"?

Here I know I have one present perfect and present perfect continuous sentence. I have lived in Europe for 2 years. I have been living in Europe for 2 years. Can you use both of them interchangeably?...
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Working in / for / at?

Which is the correct way to tell where I'm working? I'm working in XYZ company. I'm working for XYZ company. I'm working at XYZ company. Or is there any difference in the meaning?
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Difference between “little”, “few”, “a little” and “a few”

What are the differences among “little”, “few”, “a little” and “a few”? Are “little” and “few” synonyms?
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What's the difference between "I love singing" and "I love to sing"?

I would like to know what the difference is between "I love doing something" and "I love to do something". For example: “I love singing.” and, “I love to sing.” When I was young, ...
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Difference between "in time" and "on time"

I have an appointment at 8 and I arrive there at 7:55, is it "on time" or "in time"? What about "the nick of time"?
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(In, On or At) GitHub?

What's the difference between say: "The project will be on GitHub", "The project will be in GitHub" and "The project will be at GitHub"?
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Correct usage of will and would

Consider the following sentence It will/would rain tomorrow. I understand "would" usually means something that is really improbable. So "it would happen" means it might happen but it is very ...
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Is there any difference between being ill and sick?

I can say I'm ill or I'm sick. But what is the difference between the usage of these terms? I've heard that one can use sick for longer-term and ill for shorter-term, but is that really correct? How ...
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Dates and times: "on", "in", "at"?

I’m often confused when I speak about times and dates. What is the rule for using on, in, and at in the following sentences? I will do it ___ Tuesday. We married ___ March. He returned ___ the same ...
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Difference between "this" and "that"

I always use them reversibly since I'm not too sure about their differences. For instance, in an email I just wrote: solution 1 solution 2 Which one of those solutions do you prefer? ...
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Difference between "much, many, a lot of and lots of"

Difference between "much, many, a lot of and lots of" What is the difference between them? Are they synonyms or not?
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Difference between "illegal" and "very illegal"

From my understanding of English, "very" means "more than the usual" or "to a higher extent". I've seen on several places the expression "very illegal", such as here as an example: https://youtu.be/...
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"start" and "begin", is there a difference?

Today, when looking up the definitions of the phrasal verb "take sth up", I noticed that one of them was written like this: "to start or begin something such as a job." For the first time I realised ...
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"Have been doing" and "have done"

What's the difference between I have been playing tennis for five years. and I have played tennis for five years. Are they grammatically correct? If yes, how are they different in meaning/...
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it VS. this Vs. that

Iv'e never understood what is the difference between the subject pronoun "it" and the demonstratives "this" and "that". To be precise, I understand well the difference between those two ...
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"had they known" or "if they had known"

Can this: These same officials, however, would have been appalled had they known what was going on behind this façade of self-help. be rephrased as These same officials, however, would have ...
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What is the difference between "me neither" and "me either"?

I want to know the difference between "me neither" and "me either", are both correct?
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Difference between be and become

I am not good at English. And I used to say that I want to become a software developer. But Some people are using that I want to be a [something]. Which one is correct? And at what situations we ...
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Difference between might and could

Let's not wait any longer. He might not turn up. I would like to know in this sentence, could we use could instead of might? Can these two words be used alternatively? What's the difference between ...
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What is the difference between "look", "see", and "watch"?

When should I use "look", "see", and "watch"? I'm watching "Star Trek". Have you seen "Star Trek"? Are the examples above correct?
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Difference between "hundred", "a hundred", and "one hundred"?

What is the difference between hundred, a hundred and one hundred? Which one is correct? The book has hundred pages. The book has a hundred pages. The book has one hundred pages. I think maybe the ...
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'Would' vs 'should', expressing expectation on the part of the speaker

Page 111 (77, Should expressing probability), Oxford Learner's Grammar - Grammar Finder: We can also use should to say that something is probable, either in the present or the future. ...
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Using "of" or apostrophe, which is more common?

Sometimes when I write, for example, "the boundaries of segments", I am suggested to use "segments' boundaries" or even "segment boundaries". Or "the page's content" vs. "the content of the page" vs....
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What is the difference between “say” and “tell”?

I really get confused when to use say and when to use tell. Which is appropriate in the following: What did he tell? / What did he say? What are you saying? / What are you telling?
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What are the differences between "to talk" and "to speak"?

Both verbs "to talk" and "to speak" refer to the same action. Is their meaning exactly the same? When is more appropriate to use one, or the other verb?
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Difference between "should" and "must"

What is the difference between "should" and "must"? e.g. "They should have called the police." Can I use "must" in that sentence or not? e.g. "You should read his new book." How about this sentence?
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The difference between "as" "when" and "while"

What's the difference between "as", "when" and "while"? The doorbell rang as/when/while Anna was asleep. Which is right and why?
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Fall vs Fall down

I can't know the difference between "fall" and "fall down", I saw both definitions in Cambridge and in some dictionaries, but they seem to be the same to me. See these definitions: Cambridge Fall - ...
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What's the difference between "in winter" and "in the winter"?

Reading an old XKCD comic I found this sentence (you must hover the mouse over the picture to see it): There are probably children out there holding down spacebar to stay warm in the winter! I've ...
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Does the position of "only" give a different meaning to the sentence? [duplicate]

I've only been there once. (OALD) Does this mean ‘I’ve just been there not doing particular activities like studying or staying for particular something else, and I have once? (Because ‘only’ is put ...
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Why is 'The Chinese have invented the printer' wrong?

In the textbook by by Raymond Murphy, Intermediate English Grammar, 2nd edition, on page 26: "The Chinese invented printing." Raymond Murphy says that we can't use the present perfect here. ...
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what is the difference between "yet" and "still"?

what is the difference between "yet" and "still"? When we can use "still"? and when we can use "yet"? Are they synonyms or not? "The plan could yet succeed." Can I use "still" in that sentence ...
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When should I use "didn't" instead of "haven't"?

Is haven't supposed to mean something I may still do and didn't not? Can I use didn't for something I might still do?
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'to' versus 'in order to'

Is it always possible to just use 'to' instead of 'in order to'? What is actually the additional information provided by 'in order to'? I understand in order to as meaning that the aforementioned ...
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What is the difference between "gerund" and "infinitive"?

What is the difference between "gerund" and "infinitive"? I do not understand the differences.Can you explain them?
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What is difference between "Can", "Could", "Will", "Would", "Shall", and "Should"? [closed]

I can work. I could work. I will work. I would work. I shall work. I should work.
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When to use "of", "in" and "at"?

I never know how to use prepositions like of, in or at. What's the rules for each one of then? My last doubt was about this sentence: Order of importance Order in importance Order at importance ...
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"done" vs "have done"

I think this sentence is correct. I done something. This is also correct. I have done something. What are the involved tense? How are they different?
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Are "most" and "the most" the same?

(1) She says the U.N. does not have enough food for all of the refugees, so it helps those most at risk. (2) Last year, U.N. agencies worked to establish who were the most at risk ...
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Difference between "has + verbed" and "had + verbed"

This is something which came up in my last question. As far as I know "had + verb" is done (started & finished) in the past. What's about "has + verb"? Can anyone please explain me the ...
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Don’t seem too forward / Don’t seem overly friendly [closed]

Let’s suppose someone is behaving in a very impolite and perhaps rude way with you and you dislike his manners toward yourself. In such a condition, do the following sentences mean the same and can ...
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What is the difference between "why are you worried" and "why you are worried"? [closed]

What is the difference between these two sentences? Why are you worried? Why you are worried? Which one is correct?
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The choice between "Above" and "Over"

I read in some good grammar book that "Above" and "over" can both mean "higher than": The example from the book Can you see the helicopter above/over the palace? Then ...
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What is the difference between "I was there" and "I have been there"?

In our language, the difference between the two sentences is very vague. What is the difference between "I was there" and "I have been there"?
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What is the difference between “nope” and “no”?

What is the difference caused by using “nope” instead of ”no”? Is it used because “nope” sounds better and not straight like “no”? In some situations, it feels like nope is better to use than no even ...
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What is the difference between "I am done" and "I am through"?

What is the difference between when we say "I am done" and "I am through"? Please give examples to make the difference clear.
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What is the difference between a company, organisation, industry, firm, corporation and business?

A company is any form of business whether it is small or large. Generally the term "company" indicates a particular kind of business dealing in a specific product. An organisation is the ...

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