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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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Why are tomorrow, yesterday, today nouns not pronouns?

For example: Yesterday was great. When we say yesterday, we refer the day before today. Why can’t it be pronoun instead of noun? According to Longman dictionary tomorrow, yesterday, today can ...
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What would you rather I did?

I want to ask someone about what he want me to do. which one of the mentioned below is better and grammatically correct? What would you rather I did? What would you rather I do? What would you rather?...
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Past Simple VS Past continuous in this context

In Cambridge dictionary I saw a sentence: They sat in the back row of the cinema kissing and cuddling. As a basic learner I always would use: They were sitting in the back row of the cinema ...
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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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“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 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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“…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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Should I write “to” again in this sentence?

Her words seemed to make him happy and (to) pacify his inner turmoil. Is the sentence correct both with or without the second "to" in bold?
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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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usage of ‘hope’: uncountable or countable plural?

Here are some examples from dictionaries where hope is used in the plural people have hopes of increasing trade between the two regions (Collins Cobuild) she has hopes of studying to be a ...
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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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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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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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Past continuous vs. Past perfect

It's a story that happened in the past at an airport. It starts this way When I got to the check-in desk my parents were nowhere in sight. I was waiting for them until it suddenly occurred to me ...
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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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He had his brother come too late

He had/made his brother come too late. = He forced his brother come late. Am I correct?
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What's the problem with this sentence?

I use Grammarly and it keeps telling me that I'm misusing passive voice regarding this sentence: Which source materials should be avoided?
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As if to tell “him” something

I've never seen a sentence structure like this before The man gazed down at her for a moment as if to tell him something. I can understand the meaning of this sentence, but I can't explain the ...
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Verb + ing at the start of the sentence

These phrases follow the pattern Verb + 'ing' + Noun Visiting my hometown. Visiting Tokyo. Doing my homework. They are titles of things and don't have any other written context. I can provide some ...
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“He sits on a chair” Is 'sit' transitive or intransitive?

He sits on a chair Is 'sit' transitive or intransitive in this case? I think it's transitive since the object is chair.
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Word-usage “That which” (used togheter) or only “which”?

I have seen in a game this statement: Shinning as lucifer, the morning star in the dawn, showing a beauty that is not God's. — That which appears within grasp. Could I say only which ("which ...
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Particular question about past

He knew that I was trying to tell him the fact that him being wrong. He knew that I was trying to tell him the fact which is him being wrong. He knew that I was trying to tell him the fact ...
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Developed an application

Let's assume that an employee wrote the following sentence in the weekly report: Developed an application [doing something useful] Does this sentence mean that an application is ready? Or does it ...
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Is it correct to omit repeating the subject after “if” and “when”?

I think these two sentences are correct and make sense. Cross the task if the task has been done. I often swim when I go to a gym. While I am wondering if the following two sentences are correct ...
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Can a sentence have no independent clause in it?

If she had left some for her brother, maybe he would have been happier when he arrived home. In the above sentence I know that If she had left some for her brother is a dependent clause. I ...
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Can I change the “being” into “is” in the sentence “This layout poses many dangers for the historian, not the least of which being…”

This layout poses many dangers for the serious historian, not the least of which being the scornful reception that academics - motivated partly by snobbish elitism but also by genuine concern over ...
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Sentence starting with a prepositional phrase

This is from a TOEFL practice book: Of all the lawsuits in the world, _____ in US courts. A. Filed 95 percent of them B. 95 percent of them are filed C. That filed are 95 percent of them D. Which ...
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Is a verb not conjugated in commands?

I was learning Korean on Duolingo and found that the following sentence is accepted. Everyone jump! I filled in Everyone jumps and got wrong. The comment section says it must be Everyone jump ...
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Can adjective and verb be used together in the given phrase?

Hand made goods are sophisticated and pleasing to their customers. I was told that pleasing cannot be used in the context and is grammatically wrong. Can anyone explain.
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Is the second clause defining or non-defining clause?

When I plug the equipment into an electrical source, its green light turns on, but when I push the start button, the microwave does not work. I think there is an electrical problem , which ...
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Is this statement construction correct? — “I do understand [w], [x] and [y] much better than I do [z].”

I just wanted to know if this statement is correctly constructed. Here w, x, y and z variables are plurals. Suggest me better options. Thanks.