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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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“Restrictive clause with indefinite article vs definite article”

1) A person who is poor has to face a lot of problems in daily life. 2) The person who is poor has to face a lot of problems in daily life. As far as rules are concerned, we use "definite article " ...
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“Been quite a trip, it has” - Correct or Incorrect?

I came across a phrase which was used in a random American TV series. The phrase looks like this: Been quite a trip, it has I highly doubt it's grammatically incorrect. I also have tried to find ...
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Meaning of “would have had”?

I saw an ad regarding a job opportunity, where the following line was written: Typically, you would have had 3+years of experience building software products. Does it mean that the candidate ...
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Which one is correct in the sentence below:

I heard a song bad blood It has a line: Did you have to do this I was thinking that you could be trusted Shouldn't it be "could have been" instead of "could be"? Because she said "I was ...
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I do not know what we call this part of sentence

For example: It is like to be deceiving the whole nation. Inside above sentence, what do we say the part "To be Deceiving"? Does it have any specific name? As I know about this: Is there ...
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There is no big difference between reacting after 6h and after 20h

The context: It's like there are two reactions and one has reacted for 6h while the other one has reacted for 20h. But there is no difference between them. I want to say There is no big difference ...
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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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Subject & Object forms

"That is me." Why is this incorrect and why should we use "that is I" please? I think we can't say the pronoun "that" can't act as a subject: That is a keyboard. Who is she? Here, too, "who" is not ...
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“would,” “will,” and “be [verb]ing” in context

What are the differences among these three sentences? Who would most likely be listening to this talk? Who will most likely be listening to this talk? Who is most likely listening to this talk?
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Which one is a correct usage of “-ing form”?

There are two examples Paying the enrollment fee by bank transfer this afternoon, she secures her seat for the three-day acting workshop in July. She paid the enrollment fee by bank transfer ...
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Verb Moods: Indicative vs. Subjunctive

I've already seen threads like this, but I still can't decide if it's meaningful to say: The art and language of a country represent its history, so it is important that they are both preserved. ...
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Use “motivation for learning English” or “motivation in learning English”?

The researcher also will give questionnaire to the students and interview them to measure their motivation FOR / IN learning English.
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Is there an alternate way of saying “on your hand(s)” or one of your hands or both of them?

If there's blood on one of your hands, the machine will detect it. If there's blood on one of your hands or both of them, the machine will detect it. So, is there a way to rewrite the last sentence ...
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Zero & 1st conditionals. Are these replaceable?

Could you please let me know if we could always use 1st conditional instead of zero conditional? Already, I know that the Zero conditional is used for always true things or scientific facts and The ...
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'Make amends to her' or 'Make her amends'

Is it grammatical to use 'make one's amends' as a synonym for 'make amends to one'? Is the phrase in question old-fashioned?
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Little Betty Blue :Give her another

I read this Mother Goose the other day. Little Betty Blue Lost her holiday shoe: Give her another To match the other And then she may walk in two In the third line,is it possible to replace "another" ...
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Is the use of “on” or “in” as well as “the” acceptable for “at breakfast”?

For example in this sentence: She used to read a newspaper at breakfast. Is it acceptable to use, for example, the followings? At the breakfast On breakfast In breakfast I'm always ...
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Is “a sequence of” singular or plural?

I'd like to confirm if a sequence of steps is singular or plural. For example, which of the following is correct: A sequence of steps is performed. A sequence of steps are performed.
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got closed vs was closed vs has been closed

Now I would like to transfer my PF from A company to B company provided both the companies have proper digital signatures in EPFO website. But the issue is, my previous company has been closed 6 ...
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What does “up through” mean?

I'm reading a history book and there is a sentence that really confuses me: up through the twelfth century What time does it indicate exactly?
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Does the “if * want” construction always followed by “should”?

I can't recall a case where a sentence that starts with "If they want" is followed by anything else than "they should". Am I wrong? What are other cases? Example: "If they want more people to come, ...
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There was no/not a/not any

What is the difference between there was no, there was not a and there was not any?  Yesterday I visited a very undevelopped area in my tour of Africa. I rented a room in a hotel there. The hotel ...
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Using now with the specific dates

My manager is now changed to Linda from 1st Jan.. Is this sentence grammatically correct? Can we use'now' with a specific date?
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I saw x while y

I stumbled across a sentence recently I saw a baby bus while its proud mother showed it the way I feel like while should be replaced with as, or saw with watched. Can anyone tell me if this ...
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Should I use for or to in this sentence

I would like to say that method A provides great flexibility for something. I wonder how to express my sentence correctly? Method A provides great flexibility for learning English Method A leads to ...
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Why can't a “with” predicate be always used?

Goblins are a male race but possess the ability to breed with any race with the pregnancy always resulting in goblin children. Someone summoned goblins that possess the ability to breed with ...
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As soon as structure: save/ saved/ have saved?

I'm currently very confused about the structures of 'As soon as'. There are three sentences that I can't decide which is gramatically correct. As soon as I save enough money, I'll get a new bicycle....
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Using prepositions “through” and “via”.

Are the prepositions "through" and "via" interchangeable (meaning "by means of", "by using")? Oxford Dictionary says that the word "through" has also the meaning "by means of". Is it okay to use it ...
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“to do” or “doing”, which one should I use to start a sentence?

I wanted to know the difference between "blaze" and "flame". Someone told me just search the two words in Google Images. I tried it, but when I searched "blaze", there were only some cartoon ...
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“Off” VS. “Off something”

1) Spend a hundred dollars and get 10% off 2) Approximately, on Black Friday you get 25% off any item you buy. As I know, that most prepositions have dual functions: as a preposition if it is ...
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noun clause or adjective clause? There is some ambiguity

Please consider the following sentence: John does not know why Meera left town. I guess it is a noun clause because the clause why Meera left town can act as a noun that is the direct object of ...
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Questions using 'which'

I was in my English class yesterday where I was learning direct/indirect questions, and I tried to come up with examples of them. I thought it was going to be easy, but I ended up being confused about ...
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“We go there every year.” Is this correct or it should be “we go there on every year”?

"We go there every year." Is this correct or it should be "we go there on every year"?
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Passive voice suggestions in grammarly (To be, or not to be)

I have installed Grammarly application recently, and it keeps saying me all the time that I shouldn't use passive voice. In most of the cases, I think using passive voice is better. However, I want to ...
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Which part of speech is “left” in this sentence?

I've always thought (perhaps, erroneously) that if there is some ambiguity in determining whether the given word is an adjective or a past participle, you need to look at whether the "source" of ...
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“After being broken up” vs. “After broken up”

What is the difference between these two sentences? "After being broken up with my boyfriend" "After broken up with my boyfriend" Why we use "being" in the first sentence? I saw it on ...
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difference between “A” and “the” when talking about a race

What is the difference between A and The in the following sentences? No other animal is as tall as a/the giraffe. An/the Inland Taipan's venom is the most venomous one in the world. My grammar book ...
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What is the grammar term that means using pronouns to reduce repetition of nouns?

For instance: Normally we say "Winston is a victim of the totalitarian regime and I sympathize with him" instead of "Winston is a victim of the totalitarian regime and I sympathize with Winston". ...
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A feeling that you missed something that you had to do(expression)

Let's say you got only an hour to finish your work. Then, that hour is now finished, but you feel that there is something you didn't do. Few minutes after that, you see that you have really missed a ...
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the meaning of I wish to

I would like to know the meaning of (I wish to.....). Does it have the meaning of future time? I know it has the meaning of regression but what about the future meaning. Thanks
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Is “close to” an adverbial phrase?

To continue from my other post far from perfect, I guess close to is also an adverbial phrase. I have some sentences using close to: He may not be perfect, but he is close to perfect. It’s not ...
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Does “doubt” invoke “would ever” construction?

I saw this sentence in Oxfords’ definition of doubt: They had doubts that they would ever win. As I know, ever is used in negative sentence. So is doubt a negative word? And I think never means ...
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“What use would something be” is a rare expression?

seized by the system What use would a powerful life hack be if he lost the autonomy of his being? Is it a rare expression? I can't find other examples of this kind of expression.
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How to name these two cases of passive voice?

How to name these two cases of passive voice: This document started being written by me on 2017.07.22. and This document was started (being) written by me on 2017.07.22. ? Both are the ...
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Choosing correct tense for dependent clauses when casting a present-tense statement into past

Putting present-simple statements in the past is my pain. In particular, I always stumble upon which tense to chose for dependent clauses: Right now the teacher is asking students one by one some ...
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Is it correct to use "an appointment or appointment?

I could not understand, which is correct: "an appointment" or just "appointment"? To my understanding, appointment is uncountable noun, and still I found an appointment... an audit etc is used. ...
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How to determine, the verb I have chosen for making a sentence, that is transitive or intransitive?

A lot of transitive and intransitive verbs out there but I want to know, Is there any rule? that can help us to determine it.
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Grammar check - made able to

The device must be made able to tend to emergencies on its own. Is the above statement grammatically correct? Is there any other way to mean "to be made able to"?
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“that is men” vs. “those are men”

Is it correct to say, "that is men"? In the case of referring to their nature or similar characteristics. Someone argued with me that it is actually wrong. Saying you can only say, "those are men". ...