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‎Do native speakers put stress on “are, is, am, was, were” when you want to emphasize them?

‎Do native speakers put stress on "are, is, am, was, were" when you want to emphasize them? As in He WAS the man who stole my necklace! Then, for what reason, do you emphasize "WAS"? Is it just ...
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much - very much, many - very many?

In case of uncountables, the large amount expressed by much like in much water, much money, much sand can be increased by prepending very like in very much water, very much money, very much ...
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What is the meaning of “Put together 'f****ing sh*t' ~” in the following sentence? [duplicate]

What is the meaning of "Put together 'f****ing sh*t' is ~" in the following sentence? Put together 'f****ing sh*t' is stuff that really bothers, angers, or disgusts you. (Source: Meaning of "...
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Can you emphasize the present subjunctive with “do”?

The present subjunctive is seen in this example taken from the NYT: The country demanded that Boeing pay a $1 billion penalty for the manufacturing delays in India’s 27-plane order. The verb 'pay'...
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Constructions “as good as”, “as weak as”, etc

I'm not quite familiar with the constructions "as good as...", "as weak as..." as they are used below. The fact that the metanotation of derivability made every bit as good as a claim as material ...
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is the following sentence grammatically incorrect - should conditional

I am seeking some clarity on the usage of "should" as a conditional verb. I saw the following sentence online and could not figure out what exactly the person was saying. scenario: a user posted this ...
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What's this kind of sentence or style called in the grammar terminology?

We have two ways to say the same declarative sentence in present simple tense using the same words- except for the auxiliary verb ("do' in this case). For instance: "He loves her." becomes 👉 "...
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1 Why can't “who played the mini-golf were the guests” be used to emphasize? 2 When no emphasis, it's grammatical, isn't it?

Oxford Guide to English Grammar; John Eastwood; Oxford University Press 1994-09 Page 63 b Look at these examples. A technical fault caused the delay. The guests played mini-golf after ...
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“fall down to”, “fall down in” or “fall down into”? How to emphasis?

I want to talk about a man. He thinks too much and can't get out of his mind. And I want to say that "he fell down [...] the pit in his head himself." Which should I say? And he fell down to the ...
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Using Capital letter for a word in a sentence I want to put emphasis on?

I sometimes tend to use the Capital letter for some words in which I would want to give emphasis on. For example Please deliver the Task on Time. I am trying to catch the users attention on how ...
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“Seeing” in weather forecasts

I know that the verb to see can be used in the Present Continuous tense if it means: to visit/to meet someone: I'm seeing my dentist tomorrow (I've got an appointment). to watch (a movie/concert/...
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The usage of the “the”

Which of the following is grammatically correct: "Other cell products may depend on concentrations of ... ?" "Other cell products may depend on the concentrations of ... ?" If both are, is there ...
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did + past participle

I have stumbled across such phrase in the TV show House: The police investigated what they saw, not what they didn't saw. My question is why is the second form of the verb "see" is used in the ...
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Emphasis in “Why are you making noise”

Is this question ambiguous in what it is asking? i.e. is it asking what is your reason for making noise (without considering about other people)? or what is the reason it is you, not another person,...
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About positive negatives use

Please take a look at the following example: Let's see if we can't get there before they get back. I'm pretty sure the sentence is grammatical and its semantic is quite similar to: Let's see ...
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which tense to use for emphasis?

If someone asks me : what have you been doing this afternoon and I want to say that I have been reading the newspaper, emphasizing the activity, how I have been occupying myself, not the result, even ...
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Is use of 'by' required before empathic pronoun

"Did Simone fix her car by herself? Is by required in above line?What will be change in sense if by is omitted?
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Is the given sentence redundant or some kind of emphasis?

The below sentence is from one of a self-help book by IAN TUHOVSKY Wouldn’t you have your own problems and your own life to worry about? Yeah, that’s right. People don’t even remember. They don’t ...
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Is it still “you are” in this specific situation?

I know one says "you are" regardless if "you" is used as plural or singular, but what happens if you use it in "you, my friend, (...). Is it changed into "you, my friend, is..." or "you, my friend, ...
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It be not until ~ that ~

It was not until after we had been on the highway for several hours that Peter asked me if I wanted stop at a restaurant for a bite to eat. In my opinion, It ~ that ~ is a sentence that emphasize ...
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Care to elaborate?

I have faced a lot of times at a chat or some Q&A site a reply: Care to elaborate? As far as I understand, the poster is asking for more details or explanations. However in this case I'd ...
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Usage of ''doing'' in “You are doing fine”

You are doing fine. This sentence is from The Last Leaf. What is the case of doing in this sentence? Is it an emphatic do? I found that do, does and did are more common in "emphatic writing".
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“If I did find out” vs. “ If I found out”

If I found out the truth, I would definitely tell you. If I did find out the truth, I would definitely tell you. What is the difference between these two conditional phrases?
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“Do I Try” not as a question

Recently I was speaking to a friend (also an ELL) and he told me that the verse "And I try, oh my God, do I try", from "What's Up - 4 Non Blondes" has the "do I try" actually as an emphasis (meaning ...
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Chew longer before swallow [closed]

How do I tell a kid to chew his food longer time and into smaller pieces before he swallow it. "Bite longer before swallow." "Chew longer before swallow."
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“she did have” or “she did has”

I just read this in a novel, and the sentence goes something like this Perhaps she did have asthma
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Using an auxiliary verb “DO”

I'm wondering if I could use "do" to make emphasis in different tenses? I've found examples of its using in Present Simple. So, could I use it with, for instance, other Simple tenses or, what is more ...
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what does “in a way” emphasize?

On the way he soon became lost in philosophical speculations. "Ghee," he said to himself, "comes from cow's milk. Cows eat grass, and yes, leaves, too. Ah then, ** in a way**...
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Can i use “if and only if” and “then and only then” in the same sentence for emphasis?

I want to be crystal clear and add much emphasis that something will happen if and only if a specific condition is met. I thought of If and only if and then and only then. Can i use both in the same ...
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It's not/ It isn't tag questions

This is a two-part question: 1) I have consulted multiple sources and found that 'it isn't' and 'it's not' have little to no semantic difference. If they are pretty much equivalent then for what ...
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What is the difference between 'EVERY TIME' and 'EVERY SINGLE TIME'

I just heard this in conversation among my friends. Is there in difference between to say every time and every single time.
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“happily” emphasis

"On and on he philosophized,quite happily unaware of the ghee in the leaf in his hand melting gradually and dripping." In this sentence, what does "happily" emphasize, philosophized ...
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Can I end a sentence with “it is not”?

When I read an article on Time today, I encountered a structure that I haven't seen before. Here it is: Millions of commemorative plates bear his portrait, a Mona Lisa smile leavened by the ...
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“do it themselves” or “do it by themselves” [duplicate]

‘Marvellous idea!’ Peter said. ‘They will do it themselves!’ Could I use "by themselves" here? ‘Marvellous idea!’ Peter said. ‘They will do it by themselves!’
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usage of emphasis do in No sooner structure

No dooner did we do leave home than the rain started. I wanted to know whether I can use 'do' as emphasis in this sentence.
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Environmental issues do matter

I have written the following statement which a friend says is wrong for including the word do. Would anyone explain? Environmental issues do matter. I wanted to say that people have to consider ...
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How to emphasise the amount or number?

When I want to say that a price is low, I can say: It costs only $200. How can I say that $200 is a lot? It costs < my word > $200. Of course, I could say that it costs an arm and a leg, ...
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How to use the underline character in English?

I've been learning English for 5 years, but I don't understand when or how to use underline character (_) in English. Please can you help me explain it to me? Example about hyphen, I read here and ...
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sentence order and commas / “assign to”

Can I change the words' order in a sentence where I use "assign to"? For example: "I assign a number to each person." → "To each person, I assign a number." So is the second sentence ...
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“Ice cold” vs. “___ hot” in a professional context?

Suppose I just had Iced Coffee with hot chocolate cake and I want to describe it to others. I can use "I had an ice cold coffee" but then I'm stuck with the second part. None of the things I can ...
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I have bought a car this year too

I have bought a car this year, too. What does this sentence mean? "Me, too," or "I have done something else and have bought too," or "I have something else and a car too," or "this year too." And ...
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Past perfect to emphasize

I had been aware of this band for a few years, but did not get hooked until I heard this song. Just would like to know if past perfect is here to emphasize the length "for a few years" and the change ...
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'I did commented on your post' vs. 'I did comment on your post'

I did commented on your post. Is this a correct sentence? As you know that we often make emphatic sentences by using "did"but when we make them we use 1st form but here 2nd form is used. I am ...
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Emphatic do-form with do as main verb

It is possible to use do as an auxiliary verb to denote emphasis: I do like ice cream Is it also possible to use it when do is the main verb as well? E.g.: I did do (it). He does do (it). ...
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“I do love you” or “I really love you” - what is the difference? [closed]

I do love you. and I really love you. What is the difference between them? In emphatic sentences ,we use "do"or "does"in present indefinite tense. So, why we say, I really love you.
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How do I emphasize the 'BE' form of words without formatting?

I was reading a paragraph in Last Generation magazine. Here it is: I was attending a closed meeting for recovering drug addicts, but I wasn't a drug addict. I felt the need to lie in order to be ...
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I missed the flying f*** out of you. Meaning

Please explain me why FF uses here as meaning of missing?
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“who” in emphatic sentence

1)Tom went to the party with Mary yesterday. 2)It was Tom who/that went to the party with Mary yesterday. 3)It was Mary who/that Tom went to the party with yesterday. Sentence 2 and 3 are emphatic ...
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'Walked on foot' or 'gone on foot'?

Which one is true? He had walked there on foot. or He had gone there on foot. Since 'walk' means 'to move or go somewhere by putting one foot in front of the other on the ground [Oxford ...
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How to stress the importance of an object

I have a question about the usage of transitional phrases in the sentence The project will help us to build stronger links to some German universities, first of all the University of Bonn, but also ...