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Why “What could have changed you so?” = “What changed you?”

I thought like "could have PP" is always what describes something that was able to be done but actually didn't.
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“I done [past verb]” or “I done [present verb]” grammar

So I came across these two weird sentences in some Hip-hop songs and I couldn't figure out in any way that what grammar they're following and the meanings were also really confusing for me. The first ...
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After “for" is noun or V-ing?

I have 2 sentences, what is true? Data is too large for exporting Data is too large for export Please help to choose and explain why we choose the answer. Thanks so much!
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When do we omit “be” verb and when do we change it to “being”?

Which one is correct? It seems to me that people buy such goods whether or not they are advertised, being only affected when choosing a certain brand. It seems to me that people buy such goods ...
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“If + would” conditional in present perfect tense

Is it allowed to use the "if + would" conditional when speculating about a polite request that could have taken place in past? I know that the would structure can be used to make a polite request, but ...
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Do we put a comma before that when it refers to something that doesn't immediately precede it?

It's a device you put in your car, that allows you to find your destination. It's a device you put in your car that allows you to find your destination. I think both are ok, but I am not ...
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Can “taste” be used as a participle [closed]

The food, ______ good, was soon sold out when it was taken to the market. A. being tasted B. tasted C. having tasted D. tasting
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take a rest many times or rest many times

Suppose that yesterday, I had been walking from noon to 4pm. I took a rest at these times: 12:45pm, 1:20pm, 2pm, 2:25pm, and so on. I have written down two similar sentences below. (1) During my four-...
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Given the answer “It's my first time here”, what questions could I ask to receive that answer?

Confused by this question, I find it difficult to ask a question about a number of occasions (about a single occasion, in particular) when there is a specific answer expected. It's my first time in ...
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Is “follow their actions” semantically correct?

It doesn't sound idiomatic, but semantically it doesn't sound incorrect. The verb follow can have the following meaning: To take as a model or precedent; imitate: followed my example and ...
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When do we use more with adjective?

Is it when the comparative form of an adjective is not available? For example; •Conjuring 2 is more horrible than The Nun •Conjuring 2 is creepier than The Nun
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Whose or who? Help please in understanding the difference between them. What's the use of it?

Can you please help me understand the difference between using whose and who And why in this sentence whose is useful? whose umbrella is this? Is it your mother's? The choices were Who ...
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Is “ask to join” and “ask if you can join” synonymous?

The student asked if he can join the basketball team. The student asked to join the basketball team. I am wondering if they mean pretty much the same thing. I think it means the same thing, but ...
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Why isn't “course selection advice” written as “course-selection advice”?

I thought the phrase needed an hyphen just like, say, class-centered methods. But Google proved me wrong. Why is this? Maybe the hyphenated version and non-hypenated version are both valid?
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Which one is correct when we use myself? [closed]

1.) I have to prove myself that I'm a good leader. 2.) I have to prove to myself that I'm a good leader.
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The sculpture that you were submitting was in that closet

The sculpture that you were submitting was in that closet. The background is like this: The sculptor was planning to submit his work to a festival. Sadly, he forgot where he had put the remaining ...
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simple past + (modal verbs) have been VS. 3rd conditional clause

In English grammar, we have "3rd conditional clause" with the format of: (modal verbs) have been+ IF past participle Ex.If I had known you earlier, I could have hired you. HOWEVER, there are some ...
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The Questions which are easy to understand” vs “The easy-to-understand questions”

What do we call the following kind of adjective? I saw a text similar to the following the easy-to-understand questions are so important to make our decisions! I have two questions ...
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cities' sizes vs cities' size

The government should extend cities’ sizes by providing the infrastructure required for this expansion. Should I make it cities' size? The government should extend cities’ size by providing the ...
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You must have me confused ~

Does "to have + someone + Past Participle" have an ambiguity? You must have me confused with someone else. When I saw this sentence for the first time, I was confused because only thing I knew ...
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saw+somebody + come

I saw you come in yesterday. I saw that you came in yestarday. is there any difference between these sentences in meaning?
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Using “will” after “if” in order to make a polite request

I've read somewhere that the "if + will" construction may be used to formulate a polite request but I can't recall the exact way as to how to use it correctly. I've tried to find solutions on the ...
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Infinitive vs Gerund

The business hoped to devote most of its fund to ______ for new television ads since it wanted more coverage. Should the answer be "pay" or "paying"? Why and, what difference would it make (if any)?
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Should “above” and “below” be put before or after the noun? [closed]

Please see the above picture. Please see the picture above. Please see the below picture. Please see the picture below. Are the sentences above correct in terms of grammar?
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“is spent” vs “is being spent”

My life is spent in accordance with capitalist doctrine. My life is being spent in accordance with capitalist doctrine. Are there any differences between the sentences above? If there are, could ...
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What follows “besides” when it means “in addition to”?

Would the main subject be considered plural when "besides" is added to the sentence? For example: A mother is telling her daughter: Me, besides your father, (think/s) that your attitude these ...
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for / since grammar to answer the how long ago question

can we use for since to answer how long ago? *how long ago did they study? they studied since last 2 weeks they studied for 2 weeks*
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“to love + participle to + verb vs to love +ing” difference in meanings

Is here any difference between: 1. I think she loves being active. 2. I think she loves to be active.
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Does anyone know any examples that use this function or can write a simple example oneself?

I wrote the following question: Does anyone know any examples that use this function or can write a simple example oneself? This question uses "does" and "can" to ask about knowing or ability (to ...
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Sentences having the structure - adjective+'the'+noun

Is there any grammatically correct example where the structure mentioned in the title i.e. adjective immediately followed by 'the'+noun is used in a sentence? Does any rule prohibit such usage? This ...
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Do you bring to mind the specific time and place when you use the Past Verb?

I've been thinking about it for a while but couldn't come up with how I should ask this. They always say like the Present Perfect is for the unspecific, unknown times or several actions in the past. I ...
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Get approved FROM or BY

I need to ask my colleague to get the approval from his manager for something to process further.. Which of the below sentences are appropriate in this scenario? Please get the approval from Donald ...
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What are some good books to get complete understanding of English grammar? [closed]

Are there any books which can give complete understanding of English grammar and yet be suitable for beginners?
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A time modifier used with “before”

I have made up two sentences below. Jack came back at 3pm before I did. Tom came back before I did at 7pm. In (1), I mean, Jack came back at 3pm. I came back after him. In (2), I mean, Tom ...
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whether to use 'was' or 'were' in the sentence

Should i Use 'was' or 'were' in this below sentence? About three tonnes of the chemical was exported to Israel at Rs17,431 per kg About three tonne of the chemical was exported to Israel at Rs17,431 ...
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Reply to an email [closed]

I got an email from someone, it was supposed to have three receipt attached. But i only got two in the attachment, how should i notify sender. Can i say, “no.xxx receipt was not found in the ...
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definition if/then construction (dependent)

The story has multiple different meanings, and lets you interpret it the way you wish. Are commas in these sort of examples optional? As written it has a clear subject that isn't repeated but is ...
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The use of the past perfect after the word “before” in context

I have found it in this video. It is at 9 minute and 6 second. I think it is great I got to come, you know, before 10 or 20 or 30 years had passed, and I would have more agency in my career. I ...
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Can noun follow by it

I have found this sentence. It said 'Whatever the final answer to the water crisis may be, it is evident that within the High Plains, irrigation water will never again be the abundant, inexpensive ...
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You are the best mom anyone could ever had/have

Which of these is better? You are the best mom anyone could ever have. You are the best mom anyone could ever had. I am a bit confused with these and if they are in a different tense then ...
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“Lived a lion” or “there lived a lion” [closed]

Long long ago in the dense forest lived a lion. OR Long long ago in the dense forest there lived a lion. Are the both correct?
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Is this expression right?

With my good friend, Brian's help, I can skate very well now. I wonder whether this expression is right, since 'Brian's help' and 'my good friend' seem to be in apposition.
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Pasr or present tense?

this story is written by my 6 years old son : Once upon a time there was a world of programming and it had a game called minecraft , it was with programming but a glitch happened and it created a ...
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Is “for which” synonymous to “because of which”

Those are the reasons for which they won't be here. Those are the reasons because of which they won't be here. I am wondering if in this context the two means the same thing. What about other ...
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Usage of adverb in a sentence

Is the usage of 'starting' in this sentence correct? I'll begin my diet starting from next week.
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Causative have: does the subject always initiate the actions?

Yesterday, I posted a question (in an another website) asking how the Causative Verb Have works. What I posted was like: I had my dog lick my hand And I got a good answer explaining that that the ...
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Subject in Participle Phrase

It's been a drag taking you* on walks. (*dog) I've been told like you should omit the subject in participle phrase when the two subjects in main clause and dependent clause are the same and must ...
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How would I have gotten a toothbrush?

Callie used to live in juvie. Recently she has been staying with her foster parents. On the first night, her foster Mom and she had the following conversation: Foster mom: I left some towels ...
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Is “… be as adj. than …” correct grammar?

A coin is tossed twice. Alice claims that the event of two heads is at least as likely if we know that the first toss is a head than if we know that at least one of the tosses is a head. This is an ...
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What does 'rest' mean in 'rest assured'

What does 'rest' mean in 'rest assured' and where else 'rest' can be used in this way? What is the different between it and 'to be assured'? You may rest assured of that.