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An ACT test question: " Which choice offers the most specific information about the method applied by some octopuses? "

While one octopus might use trial-and-error to unlatch the cubes, another octopus may just use a lot of strength in opening the larger cubes. Which choice offers the most specific information about ...
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Why doesn't "With a blaze that dies down" work in this sentence?

______down, she bricks up the firebox as well, sealing the remaining heat inside. (A question from an ACT English test) "Once the blaze dies" is the correct one to fill in the blank, which ...
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Is using "See you soon" as a sign appropriate for a letter to a pen-friend?

If a pen-friend is a person whom you likely won't see in the future, can we write "see you soon" at the end of an informal letter? It seems weird to me, but what would you say? My question ...
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"after immigrating" Or "as immigrants"?

______, Tran, Maya, and their four children left much behind, including their family restaurant. (From ACT test) Why I can't fill the blank with "after immigrating", but have to be "as ...
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"Independently of one another" VS " in a state of independence of one another"?

Similarly, vocal learners may have developed the ability independently of one another. (From the ACT) What does the prepositional phrase "of one another" function as here? Modifying "...
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Problem with True or False questions in an exam

I'm taking an A2-Virtual English Course from a university in a Latin America country. I had an exam the past week and had difficulties with two "True or False questions" based on the ...
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Use relative clause or adverbial clause?

Garbage cans would be picked up from the narrow alleys____ ran behind the rows of houses. (From an ACT English test) Regarding the blank, which answer is more acceptable? 1. that; 2. since they? ...
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Why isn't present participle correct in "feeling both personal and cultural"?

In an ACT English test: Dismayed by the loss, ___ both personal and cultural, Santiago responded through his art. Why is "which felt" the accepted one for filling the blank while not "...
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which one is correct, whine or whining as a noun?

Do you think these 2 are correct? Cannot tolerate your whine anymore Cannot tolerate your whining anymore I feel more comfortable using "whining" in this example but I can also see that &...
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Is "either" used correctly in this case?

Is the sentence below correct? Either a desire for revenge or the protection of society cannot have been the only motive. ...and would the sentence below be a better alternative to the one above? ...
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Usage of "If vs whether"

Test questions (Source: “Quiz your English” - an app by Cambridge): “When we have been overwhelmed with emails, we wonder ________ we might have missed something important by dealing with them ...
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Is the sentence "It is hoped that the corona virus would disappear soon" correct formal speech?

Today I had my English finals, 12th grade high-school. I live in a third-world country, and so the quality of the questions/answers is not always guaranteed. One of the questions was: Which of the ...
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"We will go" Vs "We went to"

Today in our exam I saw this multiple choice question We......(go) to Egypt in 2016 1-We will go to Egypt in 2016 2-We went to Egypt in 2016 3-We are going to Egypt in 2016 4-We go to Egypt in 2016 ...
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Present Perfect or Past Simple with the word " once"

Please have a look at this sentence and help me understand. Celine Dion, with whom Bocelli once _____ a duet, said that "If God had a singing voice, he would sound like him". It was in the ...
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Question about testing method

I work for a company that produces ELT materials. We write various kinds of reading and listening passages, followed by multiple-choice comprehension questions. Our staff writers use the "What is ...
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Meaning of "but for" as in "But for your support..."

The following is a question in my book where I am given 3 options from which I have to select one which may improve my question sentence In the absence of your support, he would have lost the ...
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"if not understanding - of it" in a TOEFL question

Nevertheless, by the middle of the nineteenth century, the rapid expansion of scientific knowledge and of public awareness - if not understanding - of it had created a belief that the advance of ...
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how to figure out when to use have verb + ed & just a verb

What should be the right answer for the blanks. and please explain why its correct. Most decisions ______ several alternatives. For example,if you spend an hour studying for an economics exam, you ...
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Questions on USE OF ENGLISH IN FCE exam

sorry for the stupid question, but I am preparing the student for FCE and we have such sentence: As a result ...it..... is common for old people to fall asleep during the day. Can we use here "...
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Do you want a/one sandwich?

I took an online English test, where a question was as follows: Do you want ___ sandwich or two? a) a b) one I chose option "a" but it was incorrect. We usually say "do you want a ...
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Cambridge Advanced English certification, doubts about Reading pt. 6

I am preparing for CAE exam and sometimes the Reading part 6 is obscure to me, even when I am provided with the correct solution. For example take these extracts from this practice: The role of ...
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Why is "'deep' rural poverty" correct here? in one of the sample questions of GRE exam

When Americans imagine communities with dilapidated homes, barefoot children, and starving adults, they might picture Third World countries. But over 23 million U.S. residents live in __________ rural ...
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Physical illness and physical illnesses

Is it correct to say "physical illnesses" in the next sentence? "People who feel unhappy and who are, therefore, unlikely to laugh so much, suffer more often from PHYSICAL ILLNESS." I had this ...
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"Marissa did not realize that she _______ at work until she _____ home."

Marissa did not realize that she _______ at work until she _____ home. a) forgot the keys / was getting b) had forgotten the keys / got c) has forgotten the keys / gets d) forgot the keys / got ...
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How to know the right structure order?

So I stumped upon this question using the right structure to complete the sentence One of the most ancient arts,___ in different parts of the world. (A) for weaving to develop independently ...
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Confused over passive-voice - future simple or future continuous?

The book report will be given by Mary to the class. Reconstruct the sentence in the passive form. a) Mary will be giving a book report to the class. b) Mary will give a book report to the class. ...
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Question using "Must"

Can I form a question using this format: Must + sub. + to + inf. My teachers said that I could say "must you to drive a car on the right side in England?" as it refers to a law. Is it right?
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hadn’t felt / hadn’t been feeling (in context)

Question with an assignment. Instructions: Complete the sentences with the correct forms of the verbs in brackets. Use the Past Simple, Past Perfect Simple, Past Perfect Continuous. Mum ...
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Be going to or verb-ing in this context? [duplicate]

Here's a not very clear exam question, in my opinion at least, it asks to circle the correct answer in: It seems that our neighbors are (having/going to have) a party this weekend. This is our ...
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Some doubts about the usage of Past Perfect in these context

I am encountering some problems filling these space in this exercises: A: Have you seen Matt recently? B: Matt? He’s in Canada. A: Really? How long has he been in Canada? B: About a year now. ...
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Ask interviewee if he/she is has started having lunch / has already eaten or not

I need to create a questionnaire. I have a question with double-choice answer "YES/NO". I want the interviewee to answer: Yes: if the interviewee is currently having lunch or the user has already had ...
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Can "spill" be a noun?

I have a doubt in this question: Which is the odd one? A) spill B) soap C) hand sanitizer D) mouthwash I guess it's all related to hygiene so is it "spill" because it's a verb, but I ...
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Which of the following statements is not correct?

Which of the following statements is grammatically incorrect? And why? (I don't know the answer. Ignore the marks) Meats and vegetables are so expensive these days. We'd better eat out. I'd rather go ...
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Used-to structure

I've recently come across Reading and Use of English task (part 4). Rewrite sentence I always hated pasta when I was a child but now I cook it regularly using word USE. My answer is (in italic my ...
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"The weather was getting worse and getting to the camp was a (require)"

There is a task. Write down the appropriate root word for the word inside the parentheses. The weather was getting worse and getting to the camp was a (require) So would it be correct if I replace ...
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"Don’t use products that are not ____ if you want to protect our planet." (ENVIRONMENT) [closed]

Don’t use products that are not ____ if you want to protect our planet. (ENVIRONMENT) This is a word formation question. I can't find the suitable form of the word 'environment' given above.
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Why do these "while" and "when" parallel questions have definite answers (when both past or continuous is correct)?

I am teaching a junior high school student at home in Japan and I just picked basketball worksheets to pique his interest but didn't look at them hard. The answers are bolded in the questions below. ...
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53. Isn't there a discount for ordering in bulk? (A) Yes, but very few. (B) No, none whatsoever. (C) No, it isn't

Isn't there a discount for ordering in bulk? (A) Yes, but very few. (B) No, none whatsoever. (C) No, it isn't. This question appears in my test, and I'm confused with the answer because I ...
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Would you give me a hand with these dishes?

Would you give me a hand with these dishes? Which answer is correct: a. of course b. yes, I would This question appears in my exam, I am confused because I really think both are correct but then ...
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What does (Put the Two together) mean?

What is the meaning of Put the Two together in the paragraph below? Making loans and fighting poverty are normally two of the least glamorous pursuits around, but remarkably enough put the two ...
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Few ideas are more _____ than the notion that cultures evolve in Darwin fashion

I really do not understand what this question means. I'd appreciate it if you could help me find the answer. Few ideas are more _____ than the notion that cultures evolve in Darwin fashion; many ...
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Why does the author mention that tree frog calling is said to be “the most energetically expensive behavior yet measured in any vertebrate"?

Why does the author mention that tree frog calling is said to be “the most energetically expensive behavior yet measured in any vertebrate"? A. explain why it is important for tree frogs to be in top ...
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Why I can't use "that its" in this case?

I faced a question where I was supposed to fill in the missing blank. The question was: The large family _____ house had been destroyed by the storm was invited to stay at a hotel. There were ...
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“get drinks” and “get some drinks” vs. “get the drinks”

I had the following test question: “Could you get _____________ drinks when you go to the shops, please?” A) – B) a C) the My reasoning: A) “zero article” or “some” – possible, but not very ...
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Regarding comparative form: the structure after 'than'

I found the following exercise in "Grammar Practice" (written by Penny Ur, p.122, 2016): Write sentences that express your own opinion, using the comparative form of the adjectives given. 1. ...
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What to use before "for over" the past six months?

I has a test a few days ago and one of the questions was weird to me and I can't explain how. The question: My boyfriend, Tom, ______ twenty pounds for over the past six months. The given ...
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How VS. What is the weather forecast? Which one is correct?

What is the weather forecast? VS. How is the weather forecast? I've just seen these questions asked in an English group and been curious. "What" VS. "How" is the weather? (I use "how"​) but "What" VS....
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What is the difference between "introduced", "had introduced" and "have introduced"?

Although Immanuel Kant, one of the greatest thinkers in the history of philosophy, --- many pieces of technical terminology to articulate the themes of his critical philosophy, perhaps none --- more ...
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About 'I didn't think'

In my exercise book, I have a question as follows: Come on in, Peter, I want to show you something. Oh, how nice of you! I ____ you _____ to bring me a gift. A. didn't think, were going B....
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Opposite meaning

Choose the closest opposite meaning : She is indeed human. a) universal b) devilish c) divine d) terrestrial I'm confused between "devilish" and "divine". Can anyone tell me what is right one?

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