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He looks very Spanish

"He looks very Spanish" - is this sentence correct? Does it mean the same as "He looks like Spanish"?
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Two-step or two steps

Which sentence is correct? We process the data in two steps: First, .. Second, ... OR We process the data in two-step: First, .. Second, ...
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“nothing ‘family values’” or “no ‘family values’”?

I have encountered the construction nothing something in Crash Course US history. Also, he once acted with a monkey and there is nothing “family values” about that. Should no have been used there ...
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From … ago with past simple

Does the sentence “Max knew Dave from some years ago” mean the same as “Max has known Dave for some years” Thanks
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How is the order of subject and verb decided on “Here/There ~” sentence?

In these sentences: Here she is. Here are our parents. Here is your book. I don't understand why the first sentence takes the subject-verb order while the other two use an inversion. Is ...
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How to use purple correctly in my sentence

I would like to explain that there is a limited type of an object. For example, suppose that I have an object. Suppose further that the color of this object is very limited, for example, 2 colors only....
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“To” or not after the verb “to be” [duplicate]

Considering the two sentences: The first thing they would do was take money The first thing they would do was to take money Which one is grammatically more correct? There is a rule which says ...
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Do you know (that woman who is talking)? / (that woman talking)?

I just studied about relative clauses and I know that they should tell us which person or thing the speaker means. So when I'm in a conference and a woman is speaking can I ask my friend "Do you know ...
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Have/Had never risen so high

Should I use the present perfect or the past perfect in the following context? Last year, a tragic bus accident happened in Kolkata. At least 60 people died in the accident. The bus driver was ...
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Is it grammatically correct to use past perfect twice in the same sentence? [duplicate]

Six months later, she had not conceived and her anxiety had increased. Is it grammatically correct to use past perfect twice in the same sentence?
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How to understand “…you like it the shape it is”

Fred and George looked at each other. Then Fred said abruptly, “I've told you before, Ron, keep your nose out if you like it the shape it is. Can't see why you would, but -” I don't know how to ...
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minus 1500, there are only 12pcs on hand

Is it correct that I use "minus" in this way to mean taking an amout from a total. Minus 1500, there are only 12 pcs on hand.
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“The dangerous of” vs. “The danger of “

Can an adjective be followed by of that regarded as possessive but not the one that is a part of adjective. 1) Do you know the dangerous of smoking cigarettes? Usually I read always such ...
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Structures of The longer, The more

What are the grammatical structures of the "The longer I live" and "The more I realize" in the following sentence? The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Also, why ...
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What's the order of the two events with “until”?

I don't quite understand an answer from the other site: But if the time expires until the process releases the spinlock, the process is moved to the waiting state, allowing ... So is that the time ...
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What is grammatical role of “past”?

In the following sentence: We see pulses of light each time the beam sweeps past the Earth. What is the grammatical role of "past" and what does it mean?
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A tag question and noun clauses

Here's a question from a test to which I think there are two answers. 1) People from other countries think British are cold and unfriendly, ....? a) are they b) aren't they c) do they d) ...
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how to answer If some one gave me advice

I asked for help in some website. some one gave me advice. I want to tell him that his advice has helped me and I will use it. so Thanks I definitely will take your advice, and hope to get it done ...
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should I use the present simple when I describe something?

I want to consult with my friend about something. When I talk with her I feel good. When I'm talking with her I'm feeling good. I try to explain about some filling something that happen when I ...
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Does “half [something]” need a hyphen?

Example sentence: I couldn't understand his half-question, half-statement. I did a Google Book search, and I found out that both usages exist. Maybe both are right? Or only one?
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Why learn English grammar first? Just gets in the way [migrated]

I watch Thai kids learning grammar, they can diagram english sentences at age twelve but almost tremble with fear when addressed with "How are you?" (as often as not they say "I am 12 years old.") My ...
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What is 'gesture' and is it 'going' short form for 'is going'?'

In this drawing lesson at around 13:16, the drawing teacher (artist) draws one line back and then the second line down and explain: So gesture going back, gesture going down. What is '...
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what does mean “it there”?

In the following sentence, it seems it should end up with "like it" or "like there". Why the both of "it" and "there" have come together? I have been to Washington several times, and I like it ...
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Wrong Tense or Verb Form. Why is it? (-ing vs -to verb form)

1.Burnett,L., 2001, 15 frequently occuring grammatical mistakes, The Learning Centre, UNSW, Sydney My questions: Compare these sentences: 1.They were required filling out a long form before ...
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Which one is more grammatically correct?

You can't stop me loving myself. You can't stop my loving myself.
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Have/Had met before

Which is correct, "Had met before" or "have met before", in the following context:  Hey mom, Today, I met a man named Sunil Das. He said he knew me and he said many things about me that were true. ...
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My dogs would have already barked, if it really HAD BEEN A BURGLAR

I know a bit how to use 3rd conditional, but not quite. Situation: You suddenly heard sound from the lower ground of your house, which made you nervous about a burglar might be sneaking into your ...
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can 'police cop' be used together in a sentence?

I need a little clarification in here about the usage of Police cop. Is using a 'Police cop' to define the police personnel grammatically wrong in written English.
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Is 'have difficulties' correct?

But it is far enough away that early explorers had difficulty/difficulties finding it. What should I choose completing the exam task? Are both plural and singular correct?
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Problem with a simple sentence!

In the following sentence, I have a few problems: A tinge of garlic is all that's necessary in most recipes. 1) What is the exact meaning of the tinge? 2) What does mean the "all that's" and what ...
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There has been vs There had been

How and where should we use "There has been" and "There had been"? For example, I cannot recognize the semantic difference between the two following sentences: There had been such a fortunate ...
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Have trouble + -ing

For sentence (1), my English teacher determined that 'to understand' is wrong. While I believe sentence (2) is grammatically correct, I can't explain why one is wrong and the other is right. Knowing ...
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Your money is tight or Money is tight on you

(1) You don't have enough money this month. (2) Money is tight on you this month. (3) Your money is tight this month. I am sure (1) is correct. Are the next two sentences also correct?
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A to-infinitive preceded by a noun

I have learnt two points about "to-infinitive" as follows. verb + to + infinitive Its meaning is similar to "in order to" or "so as to". I come to pick you up. She runs to catch the bus. adjective ...
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Difference between “anyone” and “anyone else”

What the difference between anyone and anyone else in the following sentences? Should I leave out else? John loves me more than anyone in the world. John loves me more than anyone else in the world. ...
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satisfaction- couldn't be better WITH or WITHOUT?

Which is it correct to say when expressing satisfaction of what I have done? My life couldn't be any better with all that I have experienced ... My life couldn't be any better without all that I ...
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go back / return to / again when use any of this?

For instance. Mexico went back to have debt problems after the economic crisis in 1982.. Mexico returned to have debt problems after the economic crisis in 1982 Mexico had again debt problems after ...
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Any student/student(s)

Are the following sentences correct? As an English speaker or an teacher would you prefer a singular noun or a plural noun after any in the following sentences? I admit I have asked many questions ...
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I like/don't like someone to do something

Do people say this kind of sentences to others? I don't often see this kind of sentences. I often see sentences like "I would/wouldn't like someone to do something", but not "I like/don't like someone ...
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Why “there is to know” when “you know everything else”?

I have trouble figuring out the exact meaning of the sentence. I could get that the person says this because he is cross with the girl for making decision without even the courtesy to consult him ...
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Distinction with non-finite clause/subordinate clause

He left the party and went home, not having anyone to talk to. **A clause is a collection of words that has a subject that is actively doing a verb.* Non-finite clauses contain a verb which does not ...
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Gerund used for reason?

These changes have been positive, giving many women legal rights. After the comma, is giving many women legal rights an adverbial clause? Any special kind of that? What does the sentence mean? Is it ...
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Can I use shortage instead of “material in short supply”

Can I use "shortage" instead of "material in short supply". For example, "The other two shortages will be pulled in next Monday", I mean the other two items in short supply now will arrive next ...
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“food to cook” meaning

She spends the next hour and a half preparing food to cook. From 6:30 to 8:30, she cooks. Does food to cook equal food which is to be cooked. What's the grammar? Any other examples?
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These are (the) / (nothing) lobsters

I was in my son's English class (beginner) and there was a picture of a lobsters on it. The teacher wanted the kids to form a correct sentence using 'lobster(s)'. A kid said: "These are the lobsters."...
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The grammatical role of disposed?

What is the grammatical role of "disposed of" in the following short-passage? The worlds of science fiction abound with wonders. Yet modern technology progresses so rapidly that what is today's ...
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“every”and “each”

recently,I read a literature about "every" and "each",This involved a theory called the scope between quantifier and negation. "A boy didn't eat every cookie" means "some cookies were eaten"."A boy ...
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go back / return to / again

Which is correct? I am going to write an example If we want our country to be developed we have to go back to produce.... If we want our country to be developed we have to produce....again... If we ...
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I had myself sit in the driver's seat. : Is this possible?

I said (1)'I had myself sit in the driver's seat' by mistake in the sense that (2)he let me sit in the driver's seat. How about (3)'He gave me a ride in the driver's seat' ? Are these (1) (2) (3) ...
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The meaning of “The clientele were as curious as they were sparse in number.”

It’s from a book by Elvis Costello, “Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink”, written with first person perspective. The main character, Elvis Costello, as a boy visits his father’s studio for the ...