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Stephen Hawking believes that the earth is unlikely to be the only planet ____ life has developed gradually

(I'm reading a grammar textbook, which contains the question and clams it was written for China's National College Entrance Examination in 2010. I checked, and it was.) Stephen Hawking believes ...
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True, false, or not given: there are three main kinds of identity theft

Please, reason before looking on the answer or my arguments so you don't become biased. I'm studying for a test and there is this passage (content taken from British Council study material): ...
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Why isn’t “the passengers were perished” correct?

The plane was crashed and the passengers _________ perished (OR) were perished The given answer is perished. According to my understanding, Since and is a conjunction, it connects passive voice with ...
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Correct answer from options: True, false and not given

I would like to have some clarification on the below question and its given answer. Does the following statement agree with the views of the writer in given passage? You have to answer, ...
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In the long run or In the long term

I do not figure out why I should choose one to another. They seem to have the same meaning. Although this month's sales shown a improvement on last month's, ........................... things ...
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Mary's house is near to/next to the hair salon.

Mary's house is _____ the hair salon. Do you think you can find it? a. Near to b. Next to When I was filling out this question, my answer was "near to" but is wrong according to the page. So ...
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Preposition with substitute

Is the preposition used with substitute same / fixed in all sentences or it changes with meaning ? I tried to find my answer from google and found sentences mostly using for with substitute, on ...
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What does 'it' refer to?

The following sentence is from a mock test. (The original that the test passage is the article Advertisements: The Pros and Cons.) Money spent on advertising is money well spent. It assists a ...
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"You can't learn a musical instrument ______________ you practise every day"

I was trying to do a PET sample test, and I found the following sentence reconstruction exercise, they were easy; but there's a sentence that I couldn't complete, this is the sentence: "If you ...
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The new employee was ____ a failure

The new employee was ____ a failure. a. considered b. decided c. established d. believed I think only possible options are considered and believed and I think the answer is considered. Because ...
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Usage of wish for expressing regret

I was given a test with following question: Don’t you wish we _______ ten years ago? had met meet met have met I selected the first answer ('had met') assuming that this sentence ...
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A test question, complete the sentence?

Q: According to recent studies, bananas are the most promising food for an edible vaccine against the hepatitis B virus, A) but this virus is very common in many African countries B) so that ...
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"Jack {lived/has lived/has been living} in New York for ten years. Now he lives here."

Murphy's Intermediate Grammar test: Jack ____ in New York for ten years. Now he lives here. lived has lived has been living Use of "has" and "has been" in English is pretty ...
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Is this a trick? Or too difficult?

I am now practicing a TOEFL listening section with a textbook. Now, given such a kind of information like below, Well, I'm a member of the drama club and we are going to on tour two weeks from now....
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Error spotting: I have dreamt all my life to own a beautiful maroon-coloured car [closed]

I have dreamt all my life to own a beautiful maroon-coloured car. Is the above sentence grammatically correct? The solution which I have says dreamt is followed by preposition of so accordingly ...
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As I expected / had expected / have expected

It is not such a pretty place as I (expected / had expected / have expected). Which is the correct tense to use here ? I am not able to figure out any difference in the meaning of the three ...
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In fear of vs for fear of

Which one should I choose between them? We walked quietly ____ fear of being discovered. a. in b. for Here are some examples from Longman Dictionary.Could you please explain the difference ...
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Do monosyllabic past participles used as adjectives follow the comparative and superlative rules about adding -er/-est suffixes?

This question showed up in my Writing part of F.C.E. test when I wrote TV is the most bought electric household appliance In that moment, I wondered whether boughtest is the correct form instead ...
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into night or into the night

I thought of another question led by a question in an exam. The paper is due next month, and I am working seven days ______ week, often long into______night. A. a; the B.the; / C.a; a D./; ...
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"the only tree not to be blown over" - How to explain this correct use of passive voice on a Cambridge exam?

I am working with some students on Cambridge First and in the second part of the "use of English" there is an exercise in Part 4 you have to complete the second sentence so that it has a similar ...
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Dialogue of/on issues of global interest

The president underscored the need for (A) a constructive and a realistic dialogue (B) of issues of global interest.(C) My book says part (B) of sentence is wrong, we don't need to use a here, I ...
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demand is weak vs demand is modest

Recent studies suggest that ride-sharing services could do a much better job providing useful information to drivers. For example, one current app provides heat maps... but only when surge pricing is ...
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My sister doesn't know whether tomorrow can be a holiday for her

My sister doesn't know whether tomorrow can be a holiday for her. This is a sentence improvement question asked in my exam. Which of the below given two options is the correct answer ? A) My sister ...
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"adjective" or "noun" for answering the question word "What"

Given Sentence: Girls who are tall usually long to be dainty and small, and vice versa; plump girls with rosy round faces would love to be pale and delicate; slender girls ...
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Why is E the correct answer to a practice test on an article titled 'Quake rocks Southern Phillippines'?

I read a pdf file and try to answer it. At the end of the article there are answers of the questions. I have question, (I feel something strange, the answer at end of file, not match with my answer). ...
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"Few" or "much" —was the test wrong?

I have a test with the following question. I was pretty sure that the correct answer is "few" but the test says that the answer is "much". Is it right? There are many clocks in the office but ...
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How does the number of eyes represent the number of persons?

I had an exam today (Egyptian GSEC english exam) and in a passage about library it said: The book slipped from his hands and fell on the floor with loud noise, 20 eyes looked at him and his face ...
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'Since' or 'As a result'

I have one exercise to do for my English lesson. "As a result / Since all the seats on the train were taken, we had to stand" Which option should I choose? I have found that I have to put comma ...
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Each one of you - his / your

Which sentence is correct ? Each one of you must make up his mind. Or Each one of you must make up your mind. From the knowledge I have , Each is followed by his but since here we have one of you ...
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Which of the following options is best suited for the given statement?

The English exam question is which option would best suit as a conclusion for the statement? The Pacific yew is an evergreen tree that grows in the Pacific Northwest. The Pacific yew has a fleshy, ...
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"I wish I could stay" vs "I wish I stayed"

I have to work tomorrow but I would like to stay in bed. I wish I ... stayed in bed tomorrow could stay in bed tomorrow This is a test and the answer is number 2 but why is number 1 wrong? It ...
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Sentence improvement : The second pigeon flew just as the first pigeon had flown

SOURCE (Indian civil service exam; one of dozens) The second pigeon flew just as the first pigeon had flown. A) No improvement B) one had done C) one had flown away D) had done Which part, among ...
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Two ways to form the passive voice? [duplicate]

What should be the passive voice of below given sentence? My father promised me a gift. I am confused between these two options . A gift was promised to me by my father. Or I was promised a ...
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Confusion over IELTS Reading test: "Yes", "No", "Not Given"

Following is a text found relevant to a Yes, No, Not Given, question in IELTS general reading sample paper. As the windiest country in the Europe, the United Kingdom's wind power potential is ...
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Difference between 'With regard to' and 'In accordance with'

_________ your instructions, we have closed your bank account. (a) With regard to (b) In accordance with My guess is it should be "In accordance with" but my book gave the other option (...
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Which conjunction should I use for a consequence, and which should I use for a condition?

Here is an English grammar question from a studying book I bought. Q. Wash your hands often, _____ you won't catch a cold. or and so if as It says the answer is only one. But I think both 'so' and '...
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Which is the best sentence out of the given words ? Is the use of 'and so' advisable?

My friend and I are struggling with this question from our English textbook: Choose the best sentence that can be made from the words given: we / dependent / nature / cannot survive ourselves / ...
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Number description for Writing paper, Task 1, IELTS

Let's say I was given a pie chart saying that the Coca-Cola company sold 17.1 billion bottles in the year 2000. My task is to construct a sentence that describes the chart. However, I am forbidden ...
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Do you know who / whom she is going to marry? [duplicate]

Do you know who / whom she is going to marry ? The usage of who and whom has been already explained on SE, going by that to find which pronoun to use we need to replace he / him in the answer, so ...
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Error in "Children enjoy listening to ghosts stories especially on Halloween night"?

I have been preparing (in India) for a competition exam for a few months. I was solving a book but got something which didn't make any sense to me. I have written a sentence below and we need to find ...
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How hard is IELTS for me [closed]

I am offered a place at Cambridge under the condition that I pass IELTS with a 7.0 out of 9.0 score on each part (reading, listening, writing, speaking). I have studied three years on a college in the ...
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Usage of "very" in passive constructions

He got to the top and was (1) very frustrated when he found that (2) someone else (3) had reached it earlier. (4) This is a question which I came across while attempting a test. It asked me to find ...
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______ staying at the hotel last year, we decided to go again

" _____________ staying at the hotel last year, we decided to go again." a) Enjoying b) Having enjoyed c) Had enjoyed d) Had been enjoying Which one is right choice? I think ...
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Active/passive voice : Let the poor (not be insulted or be not insulted?)

Do not insult the poor. The above sentence was asked in my exam for voice conversion. I had four options, managed to rule out two of them but confused between these two. A) Let the poor not be ...
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Students appearing at/in/for the written examination

The number of students appearing at the written examination increases every year. Is the above sentence grammatically correct ? This is a error spotting question asked in my exam although for sounds ...
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What should this 'unexpected' refer to?

Harding was unable to _____the results of the survey; although entirely unexpected, the figures were obtained by a market research firm with an impeccable reputation. It is from the SAT exam. When I ...
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What is the error in "as both are quite unpleasant experiences"?

I got a sentence correction question, and I am having a hard time trying to figure out what and why exactly the error lies in the "as both are quite unpleasant experiences" part of the ...
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The white car is ____ more expensive than the green

The white car is _________ more expensive than the green (Options: very, pretty, fairly, slightly). The answer given is slightly. Could you explain why this option is given as the correct one and ...
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Logical prediction and parallelism

I am preparing for the GMAT exam, and this was a practice question. Please explain why E is the correct answer choice to the following question: Choose a grammatically correct option of the bold ...
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Voice conversion : You need to clean your shoes properly

You need to clean your shoes properly. Which is the correct passive voice of above given sentence among the options given below ? A) Your shoes are needed by you to clean properly. B) Your shoes ...

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