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Which option is correct? and why

If we .... all day, we might have finished the paper on time. 1/ worked 2/ had worked 3/ have worked 4/ would have worked
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Noun after “have been”

Here is a part of ACTIVE Skills for Reading 2, page 137: Humans have traditionally been omnivores, with a diet of both meat and vegetables. But lately it seems we've become a society of meat eaters. ...
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“I had better go” vs. “I had better be going”

Could you tell me what is the slight difference between I had better go and I had better be going. For example: The party is awesome, but I had better go. My work starts early in the morning tomorrow....
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Want + to be + adj or want + adj

Which one is correct? I want him out I want him to be out Thank you very much
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Why did the author use the second conditional instead of the third conditional in the passage?

Even though it refers to the past time, the second conditional is used. Why? English tenses sometimes seem to be mixed, which makes me confused. If creators knew when they were on their way to ...
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Use of “Having said that” with “However”?

Is it ok to use "However" with "Having said that" in the same sentence? I think their meaning is the same and it causes duplication. But I have found this sentence in a book. For ...
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usage of “currently”

What is difference between these two sentences : sentence 1 : He has currently been a teacher sentence 2 : He is currently a teacher
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What part of speech is 'to marry' in 'I want to marry him'

The first sentence can be paraphrased 'She wants something' which tells me that the infinitive acts as a noun. Can someone explain in detail how to categorise 'to marry' in the second sentence. Does ...
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hardly, barely, scarcely

I am having a problem trying to fully understand the use of barely and hardly in the following sentences. There were barely any women at the party. There were hardly any women at the party. There ...
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Is it grammatically correct: no one raised their hand?

I was reading an article to improve my English and I noticed that the writer wrote "no one raised their hand," so could you tell me if the sentence below is correct or not and why? "I ...
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Why is the following sentence inverted?

"With love comes responsibility." How is it different from "Responsibility comes with love"? And would it be incorrect to say "Love with responsibility comes"?
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Difference between attracted and attractive? [closed]

What is difference between these two phrases : 'attracted subjects' and 'attractive subjects'
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Was or were? Which one is correct?

"the handle of the doors was/were damaged." This was an example at our English class and it has gotten me confused. Which of them is the right answer and why?
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As she/her/hers or Like her/hers?

I have some confusion about the grammar of the following sentence: "He was performing the same steps like her/hers/as she/her/hers. What should be the actual correct sentence structure here? He ...
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How can I use the correct manner of English sentence?

is it possible to say the following as a statement or adage ? And if not what manner can I use? the beaten takes his rights from the hitter. -I mean the word "beaten" as who was hit. -(I ...
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What's the difference between unique/private/special? [closed]

What's the difference between these sentences? 1- Komodo dragon is unique to Indonesia. 2- Komodo dragon is private to Indonesia. 3- Komodo dragon is special to Indonesia.
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Is there any difference between “it must've been”, “it has to have been”, “it had to have been”,“it had to be” and “it has to be”? [closed]

Is there any difference meaning and usage between the grammar structure it must've been, it has to have been, it had to have been, it had to be and it has to be whem drawing conclusions? For example: ...
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Can compound relative pronoun be omitted?

I met an English problem when I was studying. The sentence "we can do to keep them down is great", which I used the grammar webpage to check. The grammar webpage is showing it is correct. ...
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Which is more precise? [closed]

This document defines the requirements for standing-up an administrative office. This document defines the requirements for stand-up of an administrative office. This document defines the requirements ...
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is this sentence correct? “actually one of the secrets of getting rich is about finding a way to make passive income”

I'm beginner English learner. I was talking to someone about online jobs, then I said this sentence but I'm not sure if it makes sense. or is that correct grammatically? But I think he got it. "...
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“Realise” or “are realising”

This passage is from Macmillan English Grammar in Context by Michael Vince. "Every year thousands of children go to the doctor because of back pain and in fact this kind if problem is rapidly ...
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Sign of concern vs signs for concern

Is "sign of concern" or "sign for concern" correct? Or maybe they mean different things? "Sign of concern" has 83,400 hits on Google. "Sign for concern" has 859 ...
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'Crime by someone' v. 'crime committed by someone'

Can I use the preposition 'by' after a noun that describes some action skipping a verb? For example, can I say 'human rights abuses by paramilitary groups' instead of 'human rights abuses committed by ...
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Using double modals

Are these sentences grammatical and natural? How does the meaning change when "double modals" are used in a sentence? ▪ Might+Could I thought you might could help me. I might could do that....
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What are the implied words in front of “to hell with them” in this sentence? “They want me to stop, but to hell with them! I'll do what I want to do!”

The sentence is from here: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/to%20hell%20with "They want me to stop, but to hell with them!" If I am correct, this is a compound sentence. The second ...
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“What happens when/if…” vs. “what will happen when/if…” [duplicate]

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between what happens when/if... and what will happen when/if... For example: What happens if you lose your job? Do you have a plan? What will ...
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How can I change passive into an active form in the following sentence?

Grammarly is displaying passive voice misuse in this sentence? A mobile-friendly shopping website was developed to study e-commerce compatibilities in smartphones.
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Is “They continue attached to something” correct?

They continue attached to something. Is this sentence grammarly correct? I mean "attached" seems to be an adjective, so should we say "They continue to be attached to something"? ...
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Past Perfect instead of Present Perfect? [closed]

In these 2 songs, the Past Perfect is used and I don't understand why It's like I woke up one day and suddenly I grew up. I can't remember what had happened, it was all too abrupt" From: ...
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Much more dramatically

Does it sound natural to native speakers? "It could have ended much more sadly." Should I say instead: "It could have ended much more dramatically."
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No other way out

Is my sentence correct? "Hunting used to be necessary because people had no other way out for existence." I mean they survived on it.
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Too hard to imagine

I have written an answer to this question below. "Would you kill animals for fun or sport?" My answer is "It's too hard to imagine for me." But I think it's wrong so I changed it ...
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Adverbs describing adverbs

My understanding of adverbs is right? The deer ran really quickly. Really describes the adverb quickly (quickly describes the verb ran hence is an adverb that's why I said so) hence really is an ...
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He likes sweet apples and oranges. Is the word sweet describing only apples or both apples the oranges?

Background: When I am reading some English books, I always find this pattern confusing. So now I make up a meaningless sentences to stand for my question. He likes sweet apples and oranges. Is the ...
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Correct place for a comma in the question: 'How can you determine where the first one is and where the second is?'

A student asked me if it is correct to put a comma here in this question: How can you determine, where the first one is and where the second is? My instinct is that this is grammatically incorrect, ...
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Being+Adjective/Noun

I am having a problem whether to use adjective or noun after the word "being". Can I use both after "being". For example: You're being perverted. = You are being a pervert. You'...
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Is grammatically possible and natural to say “I wish you weren't doing” and “I wish you wouldn't be doing”?

Is grammatically possible and natural to say I wish you weren't doing and I wish you wouldn't be doing? For example: I wish you weren't smoking. I wish you wouldn't be smoking. If it is possible and ...
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Why do you not put a pronoun in front of chapter [duplicate]

I saw this phrase "In chapter 1 section 1". But I thought, "why do we not put a pronoun in front of chapter 1?" because, in the sentence, it's a specific chapter 1. Can anyone ...
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Why does the following sentence use “have finished” even though the tense is present?

I have a very puzzling question about English grammar. I am thinking of taking a vacation when I have finished all the job. The tense of the sentence is as present. In addition, the author even ...
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Are these grammatically correct?

I am trying to learn if i can use possessives in a chain. Are my sentences correct and if not how can i make them so? "Father of John's pen is an antique."? (what i meant: "John's dad ...
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Response to ‘Where’s your luggage?’

-- Where’s your luggage? -- I haven’t got __________ A. One B. Some C. Any I thought the answers were A and C both, but it’s C. Why not A?
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Is this a participial phrase “with Moscow supporting President Bashar al-Assad and Turkey backing some rebel groups”?

I'm still confused what type of word classes the word "supporting" and "backing" in this sentence below, I think they function as participial phrase in this sentence? Am I right? ...
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the right way of connecting the if-clause with other clauses

What's the right way of connecting the if-clause with other clauses in a complex sentence? Should I just use a comma?: If there are still some issues that haven’t not been dealt with over one month, ...
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Can we use second conditional for future

I was learning about second conditionals when I found a conflicting opinion on the internet regarding second conditional's future use. Consider this sentence for example : If I pilot a plane tommorow,...
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“It had to be (someone) vs. ”it had to have been (someone)" when drawing conclusions

It's said that the grammar structure had to have done can be used instead of must have done when drawing a conclusion about a past event. For example: You said somebody played the piano 6 pm ...
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Will shorten a sentence with object complement confuse readers with adverbials?

The sentence, The teacher punished the student who bullied the new boy What if I shorten it to The teacher punished the student bullying the new boy. Now, will readers confuse that whether '...
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Vocabulary question: Mandatory vs Compulsory

Can I rewrite this sentence "Many teenagers feel that social media and their smartphones are mandatory", by substitute "mandatory" with one of these words: compulsory or necessary ...
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which sentence is correct when I speak about future?

Which one is correct and why is it correct? I'm sure he's going to win. I'm sure he will win. another question, please: a)Which one is correct and why is it correct? 1-Look at the dark clouds. I ...
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What is the main verb in this sentence? And is “Several previous deals to end the fighting in Idlib” a noun phrase?

i still confused about identifying the main verb and distinguish phrase and clause including this sentence: Several previous deals to end the fighting in Idlib have collapsed What is the main verb in ...
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“is let know” or “is let known”?

When he is later let know about it, he will act quickly. or When he is later let known about it, he will act quickly.

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