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Do you say "I'm afraid yes" instead of "I'm afraid so"?

Can I say "I’m afraid yes" to mean "I'm afraid so"? In these conversations, you are B. Read the information in brackets and then answer with I think so, I hope not etc. (You’re at ...
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If either the topic or the subject is known from context, though, we can leave "them" out as always. - why "them" is used?

Example 1, If either the topic or the subject is known from context, though, we can leave them out as always. I wonder why "them" is used here. Doesn't "either" mean "one of ...
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“Don’t confine yourself”

From what I see in dictionaries, with the word “confine,” generally “to” is used as in “confine somebody/something to something.” I wonder if it is okay to use the word “confine” without “to something....
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"Every day if you want us to". What is the meaning of "to"?

"Every day if you want us to". What is the meaning of "to"? Why it can not be just "Every day if you want us". I do not understand sense of adding the word "to"....
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Can "where" be omitted in the following?

Can "where" be omitted in situations like these? The waiter carried the order to the table (where) the group was sitting. "We're going to the place (where) you're going to be trained.&...
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Why does this sentence 'I find it difficult to speak English fluently' have no copula? [closed]

Moreover, is 'I find it is difficult to speak English fluently' incorrect or unnatural?
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Is there a "with/to" implicit in the verb "failed"?

The New York Times published an article that's titled with the phrase/sentence: "How Republicans Failed the Unvaccinated" I feel like there is a complement missing. And it should be like: ...
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How to omit word from a sentence and keep the gist? [duplicate]

In this headline from New York Times, F.D.A. Advisory Panel to Discuss Ways of Evolving the U.S. Vaccine Strategy I feel a complement before 'to discuss' is needed, like this: F.D.A. Advisory Panel ...
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Missing adverb in a phrase?

The following sentence comes from the English translation of Andrzej Sapkowski's "The Tower Of The Swallow": The length and breadth of the world, all royal couples had separate bed chambers....
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Do you think it right vs Do you think it's right

When to use either of these sentences: Do you think it right that Nicole didn't get the job? Do you think it's right to do that? I took the first sentence from my grammar book (Oxford Grammar) and ...
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Can 'who was' be omitted from "The woman (who was) arrested"?

The woman who was arrested denies all charges. Can 'who was' be omitted from this sentence?
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Which one is correct? When asked to comment / When he being asked to comment / When asking to comment / When he asked comment

I'm doing my grammar homework, but it really kills me. ( ).He refused to given any explanation. A. When asked to comment on the quality of the goods. B. When he being asked to comment. C. When asking ...
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Is it possible to say "Tom likes cats, and Mary dogs."?

Verbs are sometimes omitted when they are repeated, aren't they? ex) There are two roses on the table; one is red and the other yellow. Is it possible to say "Tom likes cats, and Mary dogs."?...
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made it impossible not to have an outburst

a. I had an outburst of anger when I was talking to John. He was extremely rude. He really made it impossible for me not to have an outburst. b. I had an outburst of anger when I was talking to John. ...
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He wrote more novels than she (wrote) songs

He wrote 5 novels, and she wrote 4 songs. I think you can say: a. He wrote more novels than she wrote songs. b. He wrote more novels than she did songs. Since the verb is repeated, can you omit it? ...
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Isn't there a preposition missing?

“They are exhausted families, sheltering in subway stations and schools: Ukrainians displaced by war face a difficult journey west." Isn’t there a preposition missing between “journey” and “west”...
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Omission in Comparative clause

everyone. He dances better than sings. I have doubts on the omission of a subject after "than". Can I say it as a shortening of: He dances better than he sings. Thanks if you would help.
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"it is that, which isn't this" versus "it is that, not this"

"It is a special thing, not like anything else". Is the above sentence in the form of and does mean: "It is a special thing; [it is] not like anything else. Ellipsis "It is a ...
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What are complete sentences of elliptic phrases such as "Or being lied about..."?

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated, don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise: Is the following their ...
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"There was a girl came" Explain the ellipsis here, please

It's from DH Lawrence's sons an lovers. “Did a lady call for me yesterday, mother?” he asked. “I don't know about a lady. There was a girl came.” “And why didn't you tell me?” “Because I forgot, ...
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"ages" for "who are of the ages"

Some people say "ages" below is short for the relative clause "who are of the ages." If so, I'm wondering whether other relative clauses can be shortened into nouns this way, i.e., ...
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Is "Being a heavy stick the dog has held it tightly by the middle" grammatically correct?

These are two quotes from The Hound of the Baskervilles: Being a heavy stick the dog has held it tightly by the middle and the marks of his teeth are very plainly visible. (Ch. 1, Holmes studies Dr. ...
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"comparison between a new and a standard method(s)"

I want to express "comparison between a new method and a standard method" in the title of my article. But I don't know which one is correct and why. A. comparison between a new and a ...
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Is it possible to omit "for people" in a sentence?

I have a question regarding the sentence below. This book is intended to make it easier to be informed. I interpreted this sentence as This book is intended to make it easier for people to be ...
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Omitting "Which was"

In the following sentence, I am not sure whether I can omit "which was". Omitting is suggested to me by a famous grammar software. Wouldn't "developed" then (after omitting) refer ...
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Why is the verb "was" skipped sometimes in the passive voice? [closed]

The man offered to help the flight attendants. Why is "was" being skipped here? Isn't it: The man was offered ?
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Is the use of 'not' for contrast a case of ellipsis?

The car was red, not blue. I went home, not to the supermarket. In these two examples, which use the word 'not' to create contrast, are we seeing a case of ellipsis? Could we find the original forms ...
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Is the 'that- clause' a direct object in this sentence?

She convinced him that he was wrong. In this sentence, would we describe 'that he was wrong' as a direct object and 'him' as an indirect object? I would think that convinced acts upon 'him'; however, ...
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do replacing 'trust with'

a. You don't trust your wife with your money but you do your cousin? b. You don't trust your wife with your money but you do your cousin with it? c. You don't trust your wife with your money but you ...
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Does the given sentence become grammatically incorrect when you remove the word "as?" Also, does the meaning change when you remove the same word? [closed]

Check as many articles as you're comfortable checking. Check as many articles you're comfortable checking. Is the second sentence grammartically incorrect? Does it mean the same thing as the first ...
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but I don't do it

a. I enjoy drinking soda, but I don't drink it, because it is bad for my health. b. I enjoy drinking soda, but I don't do it, because it is bad for my health. c. I enjoy drinking soda, but I don't, ...
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Why didn't the author write "the rules we follow in dealing with sets are derived from them." instead of "sets derive from them"?

I am reading "Topology 2nd Edition" by James R. Munkres. I am not good at English at all, but it's a mathematics book. In this book, there is the following sentence: Although we shall not ...
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definite article after "and"

The sentence about general facts: Molecules are neutral particles made of two or more atoms bonded together. The proton and the electron are parts of an atom. Can we remove article before electron? ...
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There used to be many, even more than (there) are today

There used to be many, even more than (there) are today. There were many, even more than (there) are today. Is there optional is both sentences?
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He says he's vegetarian, yet he eats everything put in front of him. What is the use of PUT here?

He says he's vegetarian, yet he eats everything put in front of him. How has put been used here? Could anyone please explain? Is it possible to say that in the following way? He says he's vegetarian,...
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'a large number' without 'of'

When we use 'a large number of' we use a plural verb after it. A large number of people do this. When we use 'the large number of' we use a singular verb after it. The large number of people does this....
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"Fed up with" or "Fed up"

Is it correct if I don't write 'with' in this sentence?; I fed up (with) reading this book last year. I forgot to write 'with' in the above sentence. But I want to know if the sentence is still ...
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if you want to do it

a. You can do the work properly if you want to do it. I think in (a) 'it' would be taken to mean 'the work'. But could 'it' also mean a1. You can do the work properly if you want. in other words You ...
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Can I imply “kind” or “type” instead of explicitly writing it?

There are 5 English books and 5 French books. Can I say “there are two books” instead of “there are two types of books”? For example: There are grapes and an apple, and there are two (kinds of) ...
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Some people wanted to, but the police failed to reveal they

In Garner's Modern American Usage, Garner provides the following quote from a newspaper article: “There are a number of people who might have wanted to kill Robert [...], but the intervening two ...
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'Some' is a mandatory word? [duplicate]

The well-known book English Grammar in Use [for intermediate] p.143 give this exercise choice: I went to the library and borrowed books/some books. The book answer (some books): I went to the ...
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Can I omit an object after 'those who + verb?'

Those who speak English respect those who don't speak English. Those who speak English respect those who don't speak. Those who speak English respect those who don't. I believe the first and third ...
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The Number Of Uninsured Won’t Fall As Much As Expected

Generous subsidies will be available for sick people and families with children who really need medical care to buy individual coverage, but healthy single people between the ages of twenty-six and ...
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Why there is no "is" in "Internal storage running out"? [duplicate]

I had this notification in my phone: "Internal storage running out". Wonder what the grammar rule allows to omit "is" in such sentences? I would like to read more about it. Thanks ...
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"Please don't be" after "I'm sorry"

I'd like to know if "please don't be" is properly used in the following: M: The book was quite hard for him. He spent a whole year reading it. W: Oops, I’m sorry ... M: Please don’t be. ...
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Is there anything omitted before sufficient? [duplicate]

We should be less concerned with students' 'cognitive impatience', however, than by what may underlie it: the potential inability of large numbers of students to read with a level of critical analysis ...
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Would like or Would like to have

Q. Hi! What would you like to have? Q. Hi! What would you like to order? A1. I'd like to have an orange juice. A2. I'd like an orange juice. Is there any difference between "would like to ...
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What are some adjectives that are usually used without a subject or verb in response to something, similar to "agreed"?

Consider the following example: A: How about I do the dishes and you make dinner? B: Agreed. Could you give me other examples for adjectives that are usually used in this way?
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ellipsis: [the people too]

Does "the people too" in the following mean the council hates the people too? Or the people hates the place too? Go to almost any city and you find sink estates where you get the feeling ...
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Pronoun ellipses in given context

Give me a movie everyone loves but you just can't stand. Give me a movie everyone loves but you just can't stand watching. Give me a movie everyone loves but you just can't stand it. Is the first ...
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