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Modal and tenses: if only+before, would have+by now

Let's say you have regretted that you didn't read books before, as a result you have a very minimal understanding about life at your present state. And you say: If only I had read many books before,...
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present simple or present perfect or simple past

I have been confused about using these three tenses for a long time, especially with some kinds of words. So I will share my understanding about these three tense by an example. Could you confirm ...
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Identifying intransitive verbs

Do all intransitive verbs take a preposition when they used with an object? For example " She smiled at me". Smile - Intransitive verb and me - object.
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How to refer to people from a region?

Are below expressions correct to refer to people from the same region? The Asians people The Cameroonians people The Canadians people The Colombians people The Chadians people The Croatians ...
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How to identify one syllable words and two-syllable words?

One syllable words like cheap, fast, large etc and two syllable words like lucky, early etc. I want to know how to identify these word?
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Would have never thought/would never have thought

I'd like to ask the correct placement of the adverb ''never'' in this sentence. (Excerpt from a book ''Start with why'') ''In the face of expanding competition in the airline industry, most air ...
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if a thousand is right

Could I say: a thousand ten (1010), a thousand a hundred eleven(1111) or in these cases I must use one thousand instead of a thousand? Would using "a" be grammatically incorrect?
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Can we say sentences like “They are so/too good of people”

As far as I know we can say "He is so good a person" for meaning "He is a very good person" or "He is a person who is so good" while we can't say "He is a so good person". Also we can say "He is too ...
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can “makes“ be with “is” as below?

I found this sentence: The relationship the develops among the people from the common understanding in a multiracial community makes life in such a community is very exciting. I think is should be ...
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correct using of “nor”

When should I use nor? For example, this sentence: We do not gather any private nor personal details. Is nor here correct? is using or also correct?
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Difference between “Should” and “Should have”

I have a question regarding use of "should have" and "should". Can you please tell me which one is correct in the following context? Ram slapped a man who was molesting a woman. He did what he should ...
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What is the “in which” in this sentence?

In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. I encountered that sentence while reading 1984 by George Orwell. What does the ...
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So that I don’t/didn’t/won’t/wouldn’t have to

Hello everyone: Are the following sentences grammatically correct? I went shopping on Monday so that a. I don’t have to do it on the weekend. [ weekend is still in the future] b. I didn’t have ...
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Chinese people are trying to learn their babies' gender by looking at the calendar before they are born

My question is about the location of "before" and "by". I am not sure which one should be close to "learn". Chinese people are trying to learn their babies' gender by looking at the calendar ...
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Meaning of “to be” and a verb in the past participle form in context

It is from this video. It is right at the beginning. Here is the context. Today we are talking about loneliness; not to be confused with introversion or social anxiety. What I can understand from ...
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My question is about function of tenses

Why do you cook today? Why are you cooking food today? Which of above sentence is correct? Why? Can anybody explain it?
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an/a R function [duplicate]

R is a computer language (link). When describing a function written in R, I want to know which of an R function or a R function is correct. I initially thought an R function was correct according to ...
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Someone offers someone an opportunity vs. Someone offers an opportunity to someone

I am trying to express an idea but I am not sure it is proper: I'm writing a letter to someone explaining a situation, but I need to be sure the person will understand. My sentence is the ...
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I take careful/ caution attitude or I am an attentive?

I am writing my English resume, but my grammar seems not correct, I take a careful and cautious attitude toward the work and handle it properly. How can I make a sentence more fluently? Should ...
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Which is correct in this instance - “meaning that I got” or “meant that I got”?

Which of the following is correct? "I was seven time zones away meaning that I got few disturbances." or "I was seven time zones away meant that I got few disturbances." Thanks in advance ...
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Changing the position of “for/to”

Let's say that this is our original sentence. I am ready for our meeting. I think the following one is also acceptable, not terrible. For our meeting, I am ready. But if it was I am ...
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“may not only be” or “may not be only”

Which one of the two is correct? Doing something may not only be a personal decision, but also a business decision Or Doing something may not be only a personal decision, but also a ...
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I prevented you from going there

I prevented you from going there. What is the function of "from going there" ? I think that it is an adverbial prepositional phrase because I have studied object complements and learned that ...
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What does “wish can stay longer yet too busy” mean?

What does this sentence, "wish can stay longer yet too busy", mean in simple English? What phrase does it use? The "can...yet" confuses me.
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Comma Splice rules or exceptions

Are these all considered comma splices. I wasn't sure as they refer back to the clause before the comma directly as apposed to just similar ideas. In which case a semi-colon would be used. Any ...
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“Have always been” vs “was always”

Can anyone please tell me what's the difference between "have always been" and "was always" in the following sentence is And which one is correct? Can they both be used interchangeably in the ...
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What's different between “so … that” and “so that” sentence

As following two sentences,please tell help me to handle a couple of questions? 1.Are they the same meaning ? 2.If not ,how to use both and give me some sentences for both? 3.And please instruct about ...
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if clause condition 2

He could get a new job if he really tried. it's the second condition of if clause but why we used could ? i know that could is the simple past form of can so in this case we have 2 past simple and ...
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Reported versions of the sentences like “If I wanted to go, I would go”

I am having trouble in terms of the reported versions of the sentences which include the word "if". Can you please tell me what the reported versions of these "direct speech" kind of sentences below ...
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How scared are you of snakes?

Do you think that it is grammatically correct to ask questions by leaving adjective complements alone? How happy are you about the exam results? How disappointed were you with my last ...
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Not most people like him

Question 1: Not most people like him. Not most of them are good looking. As far as I know, before the words like "many", "a lot", "some" and "every", we can use the word "not" for not ...
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Can we use an infinitive clause with no object in order to specify a purpose?

Even if it is not a common way, it seems that we can use an infinitive clause with no object for a purpose statement. We talked here before about the accuracy of the question Who did you find to ...
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A usage of infinitive clause which doesn't refer to “a noun” and doesn't specify “a purpose”. What is that?

Today, I saw a different usage of infinitive clauses at the university and would like to ask you it in order to be familiar with that usage.(Examples from my professor) There should be more than ...
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“50% percent of people are unintelligent” or “50% of the people are unintelligent”?

My First Question: As far as I know, after the phrases like "many of", "some of" and "all of", we can't use a noun without the article. For instance, we cannot say "All of people are unintelligent", ...
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I have a problem with the past tense narrative

So, I have some issues about tenses in a story I'm writing in past tense. [Jack and Bill sat at the table, eating their meals.] (This is to mean that they are currently sitting and eating.) Does the ...
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Could(parallelism) accuracy. Other helping verbs possible?(present tense)

As an ESL, one cannot be completely accurate in their ''parallelism'' sometimes. Like this one: "If I can't tolerate simple criticisms or much worse even, I still couldn't regard myself as a ...
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“considered to be” and “considered as”

This passage is from TOEFL: Those who are considered to be gorgeous can make millions of dollars due to their looks, while musical geniuses with modest looks may remain in obscurity. I wonder ...
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Gossiping or engaging in gossip(if present continuous must be used)

Let's say you were asked about a thing you prefer doing over the other. And you say: ''I would choose to be reading books rather than gossiping about people's lives.'' OR ''I would choose to be ...
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Tense to use with “so far”

Which tense should I use with so far in the following sentences? I know we use present tense with so far. But I don't if it should be present perfect or simple present. I have provided some example ...
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Approximation “to” or “of”

Is this statement correct for formal usage? This model is a good approximation to the data. Or, should I use This model is a good approximation of the data.
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“Did you see the match?” or “Have you seen the match?”

When I was chatting with a friend he asked me "Did you see the match?" I know this’s completely right, but, it came to my mind was that wrong to say "Have you seen the match?" instead.
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difference between predicative and attributive adjective

I am confused with the notion of predicative adjective and attributive adjective. I searched about two notions and found out that all adjectives can be used both predicative and attributive way. ...
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Wish+would/past simple

How do I use the verb " wish " correctly? When do I use with+would and when do I use wish+past simple? Is there any rule? I hope you can also give me a few examples. Thanks in advance.
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Potential Subject Verb Agreement error - in an English Textbook

"In what ways do the past affect the present?" I read the above in an English textbook. So that the verb agrees with "the past", should we have used "affects" instead of "affect"?
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zero conditional versus first conditional [duplicate]

If the tree isn't watered, it (dies - will die). This sentence seems very confusing to me, I don't know whether to choose dies or will die because zero conditional is used when the result will always ...
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There is a big offer of computers on the market?

I am thinking about how to express this idea. I want to say that the market is saturated by computers. So: There is a big offer of computer on the market or There is a big computer ...
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Is abbreviating the object clause in this sentence grammatically correct?

I want to say "The first time I heard about something was when I was around 8 years' old". Is "when I was" here redundant and unnecessary? Is that a part of object clause? Are "First time I heard ...
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TO more accurately detect and TO more efficiently solve a person's problem

I'm wondering if we have two adverbs in English in the basic case below: Knowing a patient's medical history enables a health provider to detect a patient's medical problems more accurately to solve ...
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“returns” or “is returning”, which one of the followings is true? [duplicate]

The question is, "Fay ------ from her holiday tomorrow evening." Fill the blank with "is returning" or "returns". Which one would be true if used?
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Meaning of “you too can join the actors of…”

In an exercise of the "use of English" appear this sentence: This is to do with big, soft sofas and the idea that if you sit on one, you too can ...... (6) the actors in the American TV comedy "...