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Why is it “swipe to get to know me” instead of just “swipe to know me”?

I was scrolling on the Instagram and I found this random quote there: "swipe to get to know me". Why the "get" verb is on it? We just can say "swipe to know me" or not?
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Which 'the' can be omitted in the construction of '[the] nounA of [the] nounB'

The ABC analysis was adopted in this study. The results of the ABC analysis were subjected to the DEF analysis. ABC and DEF are two specific types of analysis. I am not sure in what circumstances ...
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to be made of metal vs to be metal

Is there any difference between the following sentences? The ladder is metal. The ladder is metallic. The ladder is made of metal. I have read the construction "to be [material]" for the first time ...
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What does it mean by “my days-of-the-week underwear only go to Thursday” in this context?

Emily: Lorelai? I'm going shopping this afternoon. I thought I'd pick up a few things for Rory. Lor: I already took care of all that, mom. I got her two skirts and a bunch of tops. Emily: ...
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Has 'not' been omitted in this case?

An entertainment news article talks about Demi Lovato posting an unedited and not-skinny photo of herself in a bikini. Lovato says that she's now focused on being herself and not trying to meet ...
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Is a subject required for a grammatically correct sentence?

In particular I'm interested in the sentence: Meet with friends and family. It is a sentence in the 'interests and hobbies' section of a resume, so it can be deduced who the subject is. Is the ...
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Use of articles for different qualities

Is the following sentence incorrect? Churchil was a great orator and a great politician of his time. Some say that when article refers to a single person it must be used just once As Churchil ...
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end up + (being) + adjective

1- If he carries on driving like that, he'll end up dead. (Source) 2- The last time he was in the room with a serial killer, he ended up chained to a hospital bed. (It is from a tv-series. ...
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“No matter how large the finite set” OR “No matter how large the finite set **is**”

In Book Mathematics for Computer Science: The key to remember is that you can’t check a claim about an infinite set by checking a finite set of its elements, no matter how large the finite set. ...
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Is “I’m not going to be able to.” a complete sentence?

Can I say "I'm not going to be able to."? Is that a complete sentence? Or does it always have to follow with a verb?
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Is an “are” omitted in this sentence

I just read a sentence: Three things in life that, once lost, hard to build up. Can I rewrite it as: Three things in life that are once lost hard to build up. Is my sentence correct? What are ...
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A single indefinite article for two items?

As I'm working my way in Duolingo I got an exercise to translate a sentence from Russian to English. The accepted translating is "I have a warm jacket and a warm sweater". In the comments on this ...
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“I know it seems very simple- and it is.”- what does “and it is” mean?

I know it seems very simple-and it is. What does and it is mean in this context?
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Can some or all of the bracketed words be omitted? “The competition was good for David and ((it) was) bad for Peter”

The competition was good for David and bad for Peter. The competition was good for David and was bad for Peter. The competition was good for David and it was bad for Peter. Are any of these ...
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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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Can “who” be omitted in “Managers (who) formerly supervised”?

Managers formerly ( ) the software engineering groups for the development project will now be in charge of much larger teams. A. supervised B. supervising The answer is B, and I get it, ...
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“as was just mentioned” or “as just mentioned”?

A couple of lines earlier: for this reason one can say that the subjects in questions have been influenced by X. . . . A survey of that kind would show how, as was just ...
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Do we need to repeat the verb after and?

Pupils at the primary education level are less violent and are hard workers. Do we need "are" and what is the natural thing to do?
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Is it okay not to add “and”?

Pro-Europeans, sensible pragmatists, people who had earned respect across parliament, abase themselves.  (link:https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/09/boris-johnson-tories-europeans-...
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What is the meaning of “you are” in the sentences

I don't understand the meaning of "you are" in this sentence: I'm not crying you are. Found in a meme on reddit.
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2 'The's with 2 consecutive nouns joined with a conjunction: “X and Y”, “the X and Y”, or “the X and the Y”?

"Please write the transliteration and translation for the following words." Is the sentence above grammatically correct? Do I need to put the other 'the' before 'translation' as well, or is it ...
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How does article deletion work in phrases like “both a hot weather and cold”? Is that allowed?

Consider the self-made sentence below They assessed the durability for the both a hot weather and cold. Is both a hot weather and cold correct? I don't know if I can omit the indefinite article ...
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Is there an idiom or phrase that means “to burden someone or something with something”?

Consider the following self-made sentence: It is better to distribute the processing workload among several computers instead of burdening one machine with the entire processing load. I am ...
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Should we have to repeat the possessive determiner in a list?

Is it better to put: Snow white was so pretty with her blood-red lips, her fair skin and her black hair. or Snow White was so pretty with her blood-red lips, fair skin and black hair.
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When we use the word nostalgic, does it always have to come after the verb Feel?

Reading this book makes me nostalgic. Reading this book makes me feel nostalgic. Just like we say "the ending of the movie made me so sad" and "the ending of the movie made me feel so sad", ...
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Is it correct to use “am” in a sentence without “I”?

I am noticing the trend of people using to be (am) without the subject (I). For example: Guys, am deciding to move away from Photoshop. Can you advise other apps as alternative? Is this ...
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Should I include “that” or not in sentences like “I saw (that) you waited for the bus”?

I saw you waited for the bus. (wrong unless add that) I saw that you waited for the bus. (correct) I saw a house destroyed on the road. (wrong unless add that) I saw that a house ...
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Pronoun missing?

A line in the movie Stargate goes It's got writing unlike we've ever found before. It seems to me this sentence is missing a pronoun what/anything. Is this a case of ellipsis? Is it grammatical as ...
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Can “Down to business” be a shortened version of the idiom?

Can the idiom Now, let's get down to business. be shortened to Now, down to business. ? I don't want the part "let's" as it is, to some extent, a friendly approach when the speaker is far ...
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“He just borrows them, not steal(s)” — Coordination of a negated verb in ellipsis

Little John keeps borrowing Bob's colored pencils but he's too playful to remember to give them back. Bob's mom is upset and talks to John's about it. John's mom would say something along the lines of ...
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Two examples about the usage of inversion which make me confused

In the temple of science are many mansions, and various indeed are they that dwell therein and the motives that have led them thither. This is a sentence from a speech of Albert Einstein. When I ...
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What does “Never have so many owed so much to so few” mean here?

Can anybody paraphrase it for me, please? Does it mean "Never let so many people owe so much to so few people"? With a population of only slightly more than 2 million people in the 1770s, how was ...
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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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Correct way to answer a question containing “must”

What's the right way to answer a question in English, in which the "actors" must do something? For example, Who must choose their own club here? If it's two people - Bob and Billy - who must ...
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but if I get, I'd get badly

Let's suppose someone is making you to go haywire and you're going to get furious. You are about to warn them grinding your teeth regarding your character and say that you have a long fuse and can ...
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Why “Your father just told me” would not be “Your father told me” without “just”

In Oscar a 1991 American slapstick crime comedy film directed by John Landis, I heard: "Your father just told me". Here answer was: native speaker often omit, here it is "has" Your father has just ...
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Can I remove a repeated word in this sentence?

I have a sentence, say: He has worked in banking industry and manufacturing industry for more than 15 years. My question is the first "industry" could be omitted? If done, we should use "banking ...
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Examining some elliptical structures - Part V

After reading the comments and answer for this post, I have realized that the best (and/or maybe the only) way to master elliptical structure is seeing and examining more examples in this subject. I ...
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Is this a example of zeugma or ellipsis?

Do you think this sentence is a example of zeugma(syllepsis) or ellipsis? This decline in vigor with the passing of time is called ageing. It is one of the most unpleasant discoveries which we ...
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Examining some elliptical structures - Part IV

After reading the comments and answer for this post, I have realized that the best (and/or maybe the only) way to master elliptical structure is seeing and examining more examples in this subject. I ...
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Examining some elliptical structures - Part III

After reading the comments and answer for this post, I have realized that the best (and/or maybe the only) way to master elliptical structure is seeing and examining more examples in this subject. As ...
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Examining some elliptical structures - Part II

After reading the comments and answer for this post, I have realized that the best (and/or maybe the only) way to master elliptical structure is seeing and examining more examples in this subject. I ...
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Examining some elliptical structures - Part I

After reading the comments and answer for this post, I have realized that the best (and/or maybe the only) way to master elliptical structure is seeing and examining more examples in this subject. I ...
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Some clarifications are needed about the grammar of Elliptical Structure

As far as I know, one application of elliptical structure is the omission from a clause one or more elements which has been repeated in previous clauses. However, I do not know whether there exists ...
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Omitting repeated words after possessive

Can I omit the last part of the sentence to make it cleaner? The cost of study for domestic students is one-third of the international student's cost of education. The cost of study for ...
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This is the gift that my dad sent (to) me

This is the gift that my dad sent me on my birthday. Vs This is the gift that my dad sent to me on my birthday. Is to required? Also Presenting you guys, the trailer of the film. Vs ...
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At about age 30

Is is grammatically right to leave out the definite article in the following sentence? what would change if the word about were not added? At about (the) age 30, Jesus was baptized
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He worked very hard but he failed to win the match. Can I delete the second 'he'?

He worked very hard but he failed to win the match. Can I delete the second 'he'?
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'Not only you are right, but also he is right.' Can I change it to 'Not only you but also he is right'?

Not only you are right, but also he is right. Can I change it to the following? Not only you but also he is right.
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Can I delete the second ' is '?

A successful BBC TV programme is not only watched by millions in Britain, but is seen by millions more all over the world as well. Can I delete the second is? And the sentence became that ...