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"Often" position and the change of meaning

Do sentences 1 2 and 3 mean although I'm in the habit of reading the paper, I'm often too busy to read it, but sentence 4 means I am not in the habit of reading it? 1."Often, I don't read the ...
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Why is the word "COVID-19 pandemic not followed by its verb to be?

With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging and with little indication of it going away soon, countries all over the world are striving to put in place policies and measures to ensure people’s safety from ...
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Two past tenses in one sentence

Is it correct to use two tense in one sentence? Like I have just clicked on the cross button and nothing happened. Or I clicked on ... and nothing happened. Indeed, two actions (one after the other) ...
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What is the structure of "To do, that is ..."

Henry David Thoreau: To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts. What is the structure of this sentence? I think it's safe to simplify to "To do, that is A". Is it a ...
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What is the difference between subject-verb inversion and subject-operator inversion?

How does subject-verb inversion differ from subject-operator inversion? Could someone explain using examples for each?
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Why does Grammarly show "Faulty tense sequence"?

Thanks for this. I tried [help/editing-help] before posting this question, but it didn't render as a link. I thought that the "editing-help" page is in the "help" folder. I was so ...
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What do I do if I forgot something?

I've learnt English for many years and have never seen the sentence construction like this (well, now I have): What do I do if I forgot the appointment with my doctor? This sentence was taken from a ...
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In the expression "Elevator up" is "up" a preposition or an adverb?

I know that in this example: is your house up or down the avenue? "up" is a preposition. But is it the same in "elevator up"? it looks different
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Due to, because of, on account of, because,

Forgive me, but I have read some of these explanations and I still cannot really understand the differences. I would like to be able to explain it to some English learners in a nice and clear way so ...
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(would+have+pp) or simple past

This paragraph is on an articular of a newspaper: Thai officials arrested the five-man crew on Friday after seizing the large cargo craft at Bangkok’s military airport, where the crew had landed to ...
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Using loose or lose in a sentence [closed]

If you read this you won't loose confidence If you read this you wont lose confidence Which one is correct?
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"Selling products, such as fresh produce, online can promote poor people to earn money." Is it grammatical?

Selling products, such as fresh produce, online can promote poor people to earn money. Is the above sentence grammatical? I got feedback from my teacher that I cannot use "promote sb to do sth&...
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Beginner student vs. beginning student

Which is the correct one? I am a beginner student I am a beginning student I think that both are correct, because "beginner" and "beginning" can be adjectives here, but I am not ...
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what it means "not as all or nothing as"?

"yep,ive heard first hand of a few people botting that got banned, but it seems like a mixed bag, not as all or nothing as the MH ban." the quotation above that is a comment from a thread ...
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Is the sentence "I really am trying to fix everything in private" grammatically incorrect? [closed]

I just want to know if it really grammatically incorrect if I use "I really am trying to fix ..." than "I am really trying to fix...."
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"He speaks better Spanish than I do" or "He speaks Spanish better than I do"

Could you tell me the difference between these phrases if there is any? He corrects me because he speaks Spanish better than I do. He corrects me because he speaks better Spanish than I do. I tried ...
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Why use "was wondering" rather than "am wondering"?

In Young Sheldon S01E02 around 12:30: YS: I was wondering when I could continue my rocketry hobby. Dad: Uh, Sheldon, we've been through this. You can build them. You just can't launch them. YS: But ...
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"It hasn't get updated yet" or "It has not gotten any updates yet" or "It hasn't got updated"?

I want to say I have checked the status for one product and there is no new update on it's status. Which of these is correct? "It hasn't get updated yet" or "It has not gotten any ...
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intransitive usage of the verb "involve"

Pretending to be someone else, with all the gestures, actions, and language that involves, gives children practice thinking divergently as they consider different things they can pretend to do. It's ...
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where vs at where

I'm not sure if a preposition is needed. A new roundabout will be added where/at where the south road meets the main road currently in a T-intersection.
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"Not to go to X" or "To not go to X"?

Dad is looking for an excuse not to go to the wedding. Dad is looking for an excuse to not go to the wedding. I don't know whether or not they are correct. Both sentences are found in my language ...
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Usage of 'be to' like "is to"

They have something a bit different, which is to think up an idea for a five-minute movie and then film it, using special animation software. — Cambridge IELTS 16 Listening Test 01 I don't know what ...
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What is the meaning of 'd?

Man: Now Carly, that's my older daughter, has just had her seventh birthday, so presumably she['d] be in a different group? Could anybody tell me the meaning of 'd and the usage of it?
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Why is "of" sometimes optional?

In the following two statements, I would say that "of" is required in 1 but optional in 2. I'm really asking "what is the difference between 'numbers' and 'couple' that makes this so?&...
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after you havING viewed VS after you have viewed / after having viewed -- is this a special case here?

...after you have viewed the document, we could continue our conversation ...after having viewed the document, we... ...after you having viewed the document, we... I am aware that number 1 and 2 are ...
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Present perfect mixed with simple past tense in the same sentence

“Alongside my job, I have also found a longing to help others and became a volunteer at the homeless shelter.” Is this sentence grammatically correct? While it sounds okay, I’m concerned about the ...
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In this sentence, should I use "hit" or "hits"?

In this sentence, should I use hit or hits? I threw a small stone, then I was worried about a car with a driver inside; if the stone hit the car, I would be miserable.
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And you do not love

What's the emphasis of such forms as "and you do not love me" instead of "you don't love"? I also heard in this movie "why can you not understand? Insted of "why can't ...
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We invade at midnight

Why do they use the simple present tense for a future action? It starts at 4:10 "We invade at midnight. https://youtu.be/NvKzPZl3Bds
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and/but/because

I'm writing a short paragraph about a short-term downside of taking risks. I'm not sure which linking word to use. Should I use "and", "but" or "because"? Take, for ...
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as if it is vs. as if it were vs. as if it was

I learned from many sources that as if it were is accepted by all native English speakers. And as if it was is widely used, especially informally. But is the simple present indicative accepted as ...
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In the morning, yesterday, in the evening, two days ago

Should such word order be avoided by learners of English and is the comma required after each time phrase? "Two days ago, I bought an interesting book", "In the morning, I bought a ...
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After being operated on his eyes,

Can I say "After being operated on his eyes, the nurses took the patient to his room." I have looked up the meaning of "operate on" and I have found out that "operate + on + ...
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Is this conditional sentence wrong?

"If I would have worked harder, I would have had a better job." I know the more accepted way to put it is, "If I had worked harder, I would have had a better job."
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Can 'where' describe what is not a place? [duplicate]

It's a style of dancing where we don't use our hands. Why the word 'where' is used even though 'a style of dancing' isn't a place?
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Is or are, which one is correct while comparing two things? [closed]

Which one is correct? Is okra and lady finger the same? or Are okra and lady finger the same?
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The answer to the question "where do you go to school?"

I had an English test last week and one of the questions was "Where do you go to school?" and the options were: a) by car b) by van c) to Rosario d) at Rosario e) on foot Clearly a, b, and ...
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Why do we use "was" not "were" here: There was a lot of wind and heavy rain?

Why do we use "was" not "were" here: There was a lot of wind and heavy rain? Is it because wind and rain are both uncountable so they are consider as singular nouns, or is it ...
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"In which ocean are The Bahamas?" or "In which ocean are The Bahamas located?"

Which is more grammatically correct: "In which ocean are The Bahamas?" or "In which ocean are The Bahamas located?" Also "Where are the _____?" vs "Where are the ...
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Causative-verb question. You got to go to the basketball game last night?

I was studying causative verbs and I found an interrogative sentence I can't translate into my native language. it's because I don't understand the meaning in/of the English question. this is the ...
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'to do something' vs. 'to be doing something'

I have a question about the usages of to do something and to be doing something. What's the difference between them? Example: To do something: "This is a really big moment for us and for the team,...
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Wrong Past Perfect Tense Structure

I read this sentence: After we had eaten lunch, we flew our kites. I feel like this sentence has a weird structure, although it's grammatically correct. I feel like saying this is better: After we ...
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subjunctive mood. have a person+ infinitive verb

I was studying and I found this phrase. You may have had a person ask you, "Don't you agree?" before. So I got thinking about these things. I would like to know why we don't use the 3rd ...
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during an interview vs. at an interview?

I am always baffled by the choices of prepositions. When I write something like We should focus our learning on what questions are asked during an interview/at an interview I wonder should I use &...
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I don't like neither of them. (does this mean? = I do like either of them) [duplicate]

I don't like neither of them (don't+n=positive meaning) = I do like either of them. Can the sentence above be replaced by "I do like either of them(I at least like one of the two)." ?
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The translation (of the article) has been going on all day

Is this sentence the correct/idiomatic? If not, could you please tell me why? "The translation (of the article) has been going on all day."
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Nor vs Or in a sentence

I have doubts when writing negative sentences that mention two alternatives, I don't know if I have to use “nor” or “or”. For example: You mustn't drink soda nor beer. Or You mustn't drink soda or ...
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A general statement

I would like to make a general statement: **The first statement about work places: In work places, the employees must respect their director. In work places, the employees must respect their ...
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Wasn't you Vs Weren't you? [closed]

I was wondering which one is grammatically correct and why? I got corrected when I said the following "wasn't you singing this song the other day" from wasn't to weren't.
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'very' or 'much' as a modifier for past participle adjectives

I was very surprised. vs. I was much surprised. I was very tired. vs. I was much tired. I was very pleased. vs. I was much pleased. I was very bored. vs. I was much bored. I was very interested. ...
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