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Why is it written in an 'it is that' structure?

“It is that you come home from India on what is called the leave—what we can call en permission?” (in "the murder on the orient express p68") Why is it written in an 'it is that' structure?...
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What is the reason for using past perfect in following sentences

1-She hade made me a nice cup of coffee . 2- he had lost his dog in the park yesterday .
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Plural/singular regarding subject of two people

I'm confused by this sentence: This image isn't real. The skin color of the mother and child respectively are wrong. This image isn't real. The skin color of the mother and child respectively is wrong....
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"There is one of him sharing a private joke with his dad that he loves so much, . . . "

(From A Terrible Kindness by Jo Browning Wroe, Part II Cambridge Choir, chapter 19) (William, the chorister, musing about his dad's funeral) The best memories a vicar wouldn't know about, and anyway,...
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Which one of these sentences is correct? Not even vs Even don't

Not even girls use them Even girls don't use them This might be too basic of a question, but can anyone please answer this
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Conditionals of type 1 open condition

"Conditionals of type 1 (that is open condition) tell us that something will happen if a certain condition is fulfilled. The condition may or may not be fulfilled." There are two parts in ...
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"would be"/ "is"/ "I think"

*Context 1: A: Who is the best student in our class? B: It would be/ is X *Context 2: A: Selena Gomez would be/is considered beautiful by most people, but there are some people that think her ...
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Is this structure incorrect: past perfect + after 2 months since + past simple?

(the previous part talks about a show using past simple) ...Due to the failure to attract viewers, this show had been closed after only 2 months since the day it was aired. I feel that the above ...
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What is the difference between “except” and “except for?”

What is the difference between “except” and “except for?” They all went home except me. They all went home except for me. Are the two sentences both correct? Are there any situations where I must ...
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I got something for you

Context : I found that my friend have been sad recently. I decided to buy a gift for her to surprise and make her happy again. Now, I meet her in our class. I give it to her and say: Me: How are you? ...
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The position of Adverb of manner and the complement

Prepare well for this. Verb+ Adv+ Comp Prepare for this well. Verb+ Comp+ Adv The first is no doubt right. But, is the second one incorrect? Isn't it understandable? If we place the complement before ...
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To present (an indictment) to a court "said of" a grand jury

Does "said of a grand jury" refer to the court in "to present (an indictment) to a court said of a grand jury"? According to this link, "the phrasal verb '(to) say of' is ...
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conditional 0 vs condtioanl 3 which one is better in this context?

"In the 17th century, European merchants didn't transport spices and tea through West Asia anymore due to the influence of the Ottoman Empire there. If European merchants crossed the borders, ...
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Is my choice between the simple past and past pefrect tense correct here?

I made up these sentences and I am wondering if I made a correct choice. Example 1 Few commanders in the 18th century ordered their soldiers to charge at the enemy right at the beginning of a battle. ...
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Is it necessary to change this sentence?

Should I revise this sentence? Should I change this sentence in bold into version 2? Version 1 “We didn’t go farther because we would be killed if we got into their territory. Version 2 “We didn’t go ...
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Should I revise this sentence?

Is it necessary to revise this sentence in bold? Should I use “would have destroyed” and “had approached” instead of “would destroy” and “approached” in the following sentence in bold? "At the ...
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Can we usually use the word still in a negative sentence?

I happened to see a blog of a Japanese English teacher in a cram school and sentences below are on the blog as usages of a word still. She is still not here. She is not still here. . In this blog he ...
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Is this usage of "and" correct?

I read the following sentence in a grammar book which is displayed as a fault example of usage of "and". She told us to read the text carefully, and that we should write a short review of ...
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Would you say "settle on doing something", or is only "settle on something" correct?

Normally, gerunds are also nouns and you can say any of these, for example, "I like football", "I like coming to a football field to see my friends play" or "I like playing ...
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What does"hope was all" represent?

Hope was all we could offer from our vantage point in Ketchum Hall, the impulse to rush out and catch him being checked by the realization of futility.
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difference in nuance and frequency of usage between "Who'd have known?" and "Who knew?"

I think the title of the following post is grammatically incorrect but am not sure what it was meant to be. I guess it should be "Who'd have known?" or "Who knew?" I wonder if &...
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care of or care for

Which one of the below is correct? The involvement of fathers in the care for their newborn baby is beneficial. or The involvement of fathers in the care of their newborn baby is beneficial. Most ...
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What is the correct reported speech for - She said to me, "When are we going to leave?"

What is the correct reported speech for She said to me, "When are we going to leave?" Is it: A) She asked me when they were going to leave. B) She asked me when we were going to leave. ...
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My relatives and friends who

Is this sentence grammatically correct? Who refers to what ? My relatives and friends who love me all live elsewhere. Actually, what I meant to say was this : My friends who love me and my relatives ...
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It broke vs it got broken. It froze vs It got frozen

I have always been confused by these sentences. As we all know, the past participle form of a verb can be used as an adjective. it gives us the freedom to use it with the verb "get" or "...
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"The teacher came to class and advised the students." Is this sentence simple or compound. Argument for simple is it contains singular subject

If it's not simple then how it's compound, as it contains a singular subject, as compound should have compound subjects and compound predicates joined by coordinating conjunction.
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‘If you are not looking’ vs ‘if not looking’

Is ‘if not looking’ commonly used and grammatically correct as a shortened version of 'if you are not looking for/to)'? For example, I received a text advertising health insurance. It ended with a ...
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Is "ones" in this sentence grammatical?

I encountered the "ones" functioning as a possessive pronoun in this context: In the individual, this cultural context is expressed in terms of ones attitudes, beliefs, personality ...
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Is 'nowadays' a negator? / does it form a sentence whose polarity is negative?

Came across a passage that used nowadays to counter the previous statement, and was wondering whether it would count as a word that does non-verbal negation In the past this happened frequently; ...
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can any one explain the grammar in the sentence, especially the clause after than

Her foot lands with such force --- so much more force than I thought possible from that tiny body. a sentence from the novel Yellow Face. I just couldn't wrap my head around the part in bold.Can ...
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"Would have" in a non-hypothetical situation

The Englishman had been profoundly impressed by the story. But he would never have thought it more than just a myth.. I could not understand what "would never have thought" means here. Is ...
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Doing something vs Going to do something

Could someone explain to me the differences between the following sentences? I'm going to a party tomorrow vs I'm going to go to a party tomorrow.
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a mistake in the book or a deficiency?

Our source book : A Practical English Grammar 4. by A. J. Thomson it describes the perfect tense I'm quoting as it is : B Sometimes, however, the action finishes at the time of speaking: (on meeting ...
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Does this sentence lack a second subject: "This figure rose to 50% in 1991, but fell again by 5% in 2001"?

This figure rose to 50% in 1991, but fell again by 5% in 2001. I've read this sentence online from a native speaker and think that the writer should have either added a subject to the second clause, ...
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Tense choice| Grammar

At last the train came and I have boarded it. At last the train came and I boarded it. Are both the sentence valid from the perspective that the first sentence tells that the train arrived at the ...
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What's the correct passive form? change into passive

I ran across the following sentence and I want to change it into passive: By next month, we expect to have bought a new house. By next month, a new house................ (complete)
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Difference between 'Do' and 'Should' when used in a question

Could someone explain the differences between 'should' and 'do', I don't understand the difference between the following question 'Who do we talk to?' vs 'Who should we talk to?'
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Present perfect usage

The link is https://youtu.be/Nt7O2w1Fpxc?si=TrerrC4ExHijjnWc This is tv show and what speaker said,strong text I am losing weight without even thinking about it. Hear this , last Tuesday I forgot to ...
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Do we use a preposition after "use". For example:

Grammarly is not allowed to be used neither quizzes nor exams. Is this sentence correct?
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carrying participle?

There's a subject that's been on my mind a lot lately. Are the participles in these sentences in adverb manner? What difference does it make if we put a comma before participles? They sat at the back ...
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The warm sand but hot water

I have been wondering about the difference in the presence or absence of the definite articles in the following sentences. I lay on the warm sand. I drank warm water. Both of them refer to ...
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Is 'more other' grammatically correct?

Consider the following sentence: Within your template, the dependsOn element enables you to define one resource dependent on one or more other resources. Is it grammatically correct to use 'more ...
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Is there the phrase "have an experience + to do something" correct? Is the phrase "learn about something. from ..." correct?

We had an English exam, and I don't agree with some of the answers. There is a passage with blanks, and you have to choose the best word to fill in. The passage goes like this: ... What does the ...
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Does using 'the fact that' at the start require a comma in the sentence?

Does using 'the fact that' at the start require a comma in the sentence? The fact that Julie got help when she needed it [,] showed her humility.
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Recent past action

Will you understand that I am expressing recent past actions by using present perfect tense. I am telling all actions that happened recently. I have started learning English in the past year and I ...
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'how far from~' sentence in grammar

How far 'is it' from here to the nearest gas station? How far from here to the nearest gas station? Does both sentences grammarly correct? Like 2) sentence, Can I omit the 'is it'?
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"In which bar shall we go?" vs. "Which bar shall we go to?"

Which is better? In which bar shall we go? Which bar shall we go to? A friend of mine has told me that "In which bar shall we go?" might be too formal. Is that true?
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The Past Simple and Time Reference

In almost all the English grammar books I have read so far, the past tense is defined as a tense that refers to a definite point in the past, which may be explicit through a time adverb or implicit ...
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which given its age?

It was the first time I encountered such a structure while reading an academic book. At first I thought it was a mistake, but then I thought it didn't look like it. I've been studying English a lot ...
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"Laundry mesh bags" or "mesh laundry bags"

Is it "laundry mesh bags" or "mesh laundry bags"? Thank you!
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