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“A variable of type”

In programming every datum has some type. For example: 1, 2, 3, are of int type 'a', 'b', 'c' are of char type '5/17/2019' is of Date type I often see phrases like this one: A ...
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“someone will have arrived yesterday” - Future Perfect Tense in the past?

If they’re following their schedule, they will have arrived yesterday. Yesterday? But yesterday is not a part of the future? I'm confused now.
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You haven't felt the fire, had a little fun, hadn't had a smile in a little while

It's from a song called "Blue Ain't Your Color": Well, it's probably not my place But I'm gonna say it anyway 'Cause you look like You haven't felt the fire Had a little fun Hadn't had a ...
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Difference between using “of” OR “for”

Im designing an award certificate but not sure how to word it. Option 1. Certificate of Entrepreneur of the year. vs. Option 2. Certificate for the Entrepreneur of the year. Do I write "...
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Can “unless” be used in unreal past (with would have)?

I found conflicting information about the subject: BBC World Service states that: And we cannot use unless with would to talk about unreal future situations: If he didn't take everything ...
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I invited my friend but I realised that I forgot/had forgotten to give him the address

I invited my friend, but later l realised that l ....... to give him the address. A: forgot B: had forgotten I think that B is true but it's written in the book that A is the correct one. Is that ...
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What does besides mean?

besides has two definitions in the dictionary one is apart from (except) and second is in addition to I was wondering aren't these two antonyms??
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What type of construction is “In came I. I. Chundrigar…” where a preposition “in” is placed before the verb “came”?

In the red-marked line i.e. In came I.I. Chundrigar, a Bombay barrister, to join the Mad Hatter's dance. See preposition "In" is placed before verb "came". What types of syntax is it and what is ...
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Why is “Me help him out?” grammatical?

I found this sentence while I was looking up the word "perish": What? Me help him out? Perish the thought. Shouldn't it be the following? What? I help him out? Perish the thought.
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“…one of the best movies of my childhood” or “…one of the best movies from my childhood”?

Are these sentences interchangeable? It is one of the best movies of my childhood. It is one of the best movies from my childhood. Context: Let's say someone mentioned the name of a movie and ...
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Can I rewrite the first sentence as the second one?

By using 'it-cleft', can I rewrite the first sentence as the second one? Learning can help us experience the beauty of the world. It is the beauty of the world that we can experience by the ...
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Comma usage of non-restrictive and restrictive clauses containing that and which

I am a native speaker of English but am having trouble with the distinction between that and which, with respect to restrictive and non-restrictive clauses and comma usage. For example, which is ...
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Can you tell me the difference between these two sentences?

You are actually the third person to call with the same issue. You are actually the third person to have called with the same issue.
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grammar/ meaning “To look at him, you'd never think he was 80!”

Is the title sentence the short form of (If you were) To look at him, you'd never think he was 80! Likewise, In other part of the country again, to give the example of Minnesota, you would ...
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Past-participles Grammar in use

Can I say so? Is it right in terms of grammar? it was wrong to meet him without having had talked before I know for sure that it's correct to say: without having talked but I mean exactly ...
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Differences in the usage of “Hang around” in the following sentences?

what are the differences between these sentences? He is hanging around on the streets He is hanging around the streets and He is hanging around at the mall He is hanging around the mall
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“Yet” with present perfect and simple present

a. The law has not reflected it yet. b. The law doesn't reflect it yet. What is the difference in meaning between the two sentences?
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Future perfect usage. Is the sentence correct?

When will you have collected enough money? I am talking about the time in future when you have collected enough money... I guess future perfect should be used here.
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Present perfect for present results

We use the present perfect to talk about past actions with the present results, so the first question is this: Once these present results could be feelings and emotions, and intangible things, can't ...
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Preposition to use for challenge (in or of)

I'm struggling with the choice of preposition to use for the following sentence. Amy enjoys the challenge of doing X,Y,Z to improve her run time. Amy enjoys the challenge in doing X,Y,Z to ...
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Which version is correct? (it or them)

Our clients are not only surprised by how much savings we find, but where we find it. OR Our clients are not only surprised by how much savings we find, but where we find them.
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Does she have or has she got? Which one is correct?

I'm not sure which one is correct. I had read that "does have" is more likely used in American English and "has got" in British English. But which one of these is correct? What kind of hobbies does ...
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Why does the main clause use the present tense?

Questener: my friend says that it's also correct to say "I'm going to a cinema", then what's the difference with "I'm going to the cinema"? Answer: it really depends on what the speaker means. If ...
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Breathed deep vs. breathing deeply

He looked at the stone figures all around them, breathed deep in the chill of silence of the crypt. (A Game of Thrones) I think he should have put breathing deeply instead of breathed deep, for two ...
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What is the grammar behind “One wild cart ride later they stood blinking in the sunlight outside Gringotts”?

Especially the problem is with the words preceding "they." Is "one wild cart ride later" a complete phrase? Is it an adverb like "after a wild cart ride" in the sentence "after a wild cart ride, they ...
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The categories of indefinite pronouns

I know everything. They know all of their pen pals./ They know all the fathers of the family here. I think "everything" is an indefinite pronoun, and "all" is also an indefinite pronoun, so what ...
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How to use “make” and/or “make for” in this sense?

Which of the following sentences are grammatically correct? Which ones are formal, idiomatic and proper to use in writing an essay? What makes for a good job? What makes a good job? What does make a ...
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“which” acting as relative pronoun standing for phrases?

1: Metal will bear beating with a hammer, which a stone will not. 2: He can write a letter in English, which I cannot. "which" act as relative pronoun and stand for the phrases of "bear beating with ...
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“the human psychology” or “human psychology”?

I want to know why we cannot use the former. I have been told that only the latter is correct but I want a more definite explanation of this. Why is it that we can say "the human mind", "the human ...
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Shall you vs Will you

I learned "will you~?" but I have never heard about "shall you~?" I thought that "shall" has similar meanings as "will". Is it unnatural to use "shall you~?" instead of "will you~?"
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Good Wishing for someone's success

Here are some sentences: Can I use 'May' for wishing someone? For example: May you get success in your goal. OR, Is it compulsory to use the word 'wish' for wishing someone ? For example: I ...
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When are words like “that” and “the” unnecessary?

There are several cases where "the" and "that" are completely unnecessary for the understanding of a sentence. So, I want to know when they are unnecessary and why. For instance, in “She told me that ...
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What's the difference between following?

Knew you'd like it. Reply : How would you know I liked it? OR How did you know I'd like it?
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each suppose to refer to a singular subject, isn't it?

Usually "each" is used to refer to every member in the group, so it is followed by a singular verb like: Each student and teacher knows that exams are..... Each of the buildings is surrounded ...
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The right verb after “ensure”

Which forms of verb can I use here? The client must ensure that accurate records be/are/will be kept. I don't know why Google translate example uses "be" here.
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The Difference between “the means of production” vs “means of production”?

Sometimes I see words like I mentioned that use without using article the. Is there any difference in meaning? Because as far as I know we should use article the for the possessive form of non-living ...
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Feel/believe someone to be adjective/noun VS feel/believe someone adjective/noun

The company believes their software to be useful for Internet users. The company believes their software useful for Internet users. Do you feel beauty to be important in getting a job? Do you feel ...
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The use of “each” and “either” in context

Tell me please which one of the following sentences is correct. If both are correct, then what is the difference. Kate asked me if I could lend her one of my cars, and I said, that she could take ...
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Differences between will, would, and would have

I can differentiate which would be used in sentences, but I can't quite pinpoint the difference between these. So I went online and tried a quiz from the British Council and I can't quite figure out ...
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My children are the most important thing in my life

My children are the most important things in my life. Is this is the correct idiomatic expression because my children definitely are not things and I wonder whether I should say thing instead of ...
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“I can't understand what does it mean.” vs “I can't understand what it means.”

My English skills are poor. Which of these is correct to say? "I can't understand what does it mean" or "I can't understand what it means".
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Correct usage with as

He was late for work, as although he needed the money, he didn't like the job. He was late for work. As although he needed the money, he didn't like the job. Are both of these sentences correct? ...
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Give an example sentence: (Correct?)

Is this sentence correct? Give an example sentence: I'm not sure whether there is a phrase ' example sentence' or not. I always use: Give an example: or Give a sentence as an example: or ...
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Punctuation preceding a proper noun

I was wondering what (if any) punctuation needs to precede a proper noun in the following sentence: The student John. That is, there is a student named John, and I am referring to them as a ...
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No. VS Not? He had a pen not a pencil

I know that we use not to negate a verb and we use no to negate a noun! he had no pencil Why do we use not in this sentence? He had a pen not a pencil Why don’t we use “no” ...
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'It' and 'this' difference

Which one I should use in the following context? Are they both grammatical? A: The government has planted one million trees in the city. It will improve the air quality in the environment. B: ...
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“get up a level” or “get up by a level”?

Tell me please which sentence is correct and why. To get your English skills up a level, you need to use it more. To get your English skills up by a level, you need to use it more. I am ...
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'It' vs 'this' difference

Which one is more correct in the following context: 'it' or 'this' ? John‚ have you heard that the government has decided to cut fifty four thousand trees for a new project? Is [it / this] a ...
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Can infinitives replace gerunds after 'rather than'?

I learned from grammar books that rather than can be used both as a conjunction and as a preposition. So can live replace living in the following sentence (A) like (B)? I think it can according to the ...
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Concerning this type of construct “They ran afoul of standards we'd like to see countries meet.”

In the sentence: They ran afoul of standards we'd like to see countries meet. standards is the object of meet, it has been positioned six words before its verb, could someone please tell me how ...