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What's the meaning of “it could just as easy be us”?

I have searched many online dictionaries but I cannot find structure like this: I remembered Dad saying it could just as easy be us. So, Could you explain to me what the meaning is? The full text ...
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The key to my room. Vs The key of my room

To. Vs of I am looking for the key of my room. I am looking for the key to my room. I have just known that the second is right and the first is wrong. However, sometimes it is ...
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Which one is correct? My teacher is too tired to explain vs. My teacher is too tired explaining

Which sentence is correct? My teacher is too tired to explain that topic. or My teacher is too tired explaining that topic.
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What is the difference between “I was there” and “I have been there”?

In our language, the difference between the two sentences is very vague. What is the difference between "I was there" and "I have been there"?
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Family do or does?

What should I use My family do not give me permission to be outside after 10pm. or My family does not give me permission to be outside after 10pm. Now as I typed in MS-word it says does is ...
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I heard this very often, “…aren't I”

I hear this sentence very often, for example: "I am right, aren't I!" I wonder if that is the colloquial way or it is a correct English.
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Why do we say “a one-legged man”, with a final -ed, but also say “a one-person job” without?

Why do we say "a one-legged man", with a final "-ed", but also say "a one-person job" without the "-ed"? We also say: A two-minute walk. A six-hour flight. But then we say: A green-eyed ...
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How to use “left” about remaining

Sometimes, I heard or saw sentences with “left”. For example: Be left A: How many windows are left? B: There are two windows left. I wonder what “left” is. Is that the past participle of verb to ...
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Why is the verb singular in “What's in the bags?”

In a picture book, a boy carried two bags full of stuff he bought from a garage sale. His mum asked, "What's in the bags?" My question is why did they use "What's" instead of "What are"? I ...
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listener to or listener of

May be it's a trivial question but I am not sure if it is right to say: I am an ardent listener to your podcast or I am an ardent listener of your podcast. The verb listen has the ...
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There are vs are there

Nowhere in the United States but in New Jersey ______ so many people per square mile. a) there b) there are c) there is d) are there The correct one is d. When I use are there? Why is there are ...
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“their having a mind”

What, according to the functionalist, is the difference between things which merely have functional roles and things whose functional roles amount to their having a mind? Different people may ...
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the flu VS a flu

Here's the situation: I have a flu. vs I have the flu. I saw some lesson on website about the vocabulary of illnesses. Illnesses that use the article -the: 1.flu 2.hiccups 3....
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Can I pay my credit card?

As far as I know, the direct object of pay (when meaning provide money for something) is who or what you want to pay. However, I read the following sentence from a (supposedly) native speaker: Can ...
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Should I use “closes” or “is closing” or “is going to close”?

Let's walk quickly because the shop (closes/is closing/is going to close) in ten minutes. These choices seem very confusing to me, because they are close in the meaning. I do not know whether to ...
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'Hard of a..' in 'Is it really that hard of a concept to grasp'

I rarely saw sentences where an article follows after the preposition 'of,' but somehow I encountered this sentence today; Is it really that hard of a concept to grasp? I think 'hard of' may be a ...
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Question about articles: Why is “before the train came” correct?

Example sentence: I had a little time before the train came. Would you please explain to me why it is correct to use "the" before "train"? My teacher told me that "the" is used before objects well-...
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Which is grammatically correct - “define” or “to define”?

I am writing a description for a video. I want to know which of the following is more correct: The next step is to define the cross section of the member. The next step is define the cross section of ...
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What does the same-ish mean?

I encounter such a sentence in a homework assignment: It seems that the burn-in is adequate, that they are all converging to the same-ish posteriour value, and that there is good mixing. I don'...
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In the other hand or on the other hand

What is the difference between the following? Also, if both: in the other hand and on the other hand are correct. And what is the reason?
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Capitalization rules when the sentence begins with a number

The context is about work progress. Planned work is 100%. Someone implemented only 45% of the work. 45% of the work was implemented. The sentence begins with the number. Please write whether we ...
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“Product list” vs “Products list”

I have a page with list of products. What is the correct name for this page? Product list or Products list And What's difference?
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I have never been here or I have never been there, which is more natural?

A friend of mine invited me to visit her. She was afraid that I would get lost, so she said she would be waiting for me at the bus station. When we finally met at the bus station, I said, "Sorry ...
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When -s is used with third person singular. What's its use in this context?

During a conversation My friend wrote •shrugs• Why shrugs not shrug? She was the one who did it then why third person singular form?
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What is the word for your nationality if you are from Singapore?

Which of these is grammatically correct in response to "What is your nationality?"; “Singapore” or “Singaporean”?
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Must Have with probable condition

Can we use the must have with 'I guess' for the past actions? Example: I guess you must have watched that video twice. Is 'I guess' valid here or should we replace it with 'I believe'?.
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“prohibiting” instead of “prohibit”?

"We strongly condemn this and North Korea's other recent missile tests, which violate UN Security Council resolutions explicitly prohibiting North Korea's launches using ballistic missile technology," ...
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“Should I” or “I should”?

Should I give it to you or I should keep it with myself? Should I give it to you or should I keep it with myself? Which one is correct? Or which one is better?
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Missing 'us' in “The knowledge enables to determine…”

I have seen in at least two academic contexts sentences such as The knowledge enables to determine... I would instead write The knowledge enables us to determine... Since English is, in all of ...
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What Figure of Speech is used in phrases like “sugar mugar”?

There are combinations like sugar mugar that people use in their speech while the second word has no meaning and only adds a rhythm. What is this called in English?
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'all of which' vs. 'any one of which' vs. 'each of which'

1) ... if you tried to compare can't with cannot and can not, all of which are distinct in English, you'd end up ... 2) ... if you tried to compare can't with cannot and can not, any one of which ...
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three hundred dollars bail — shouldn't it be “three hundred dollar bail” without an “s”?

Link to the Youtube video (it's right at the beginning of the video when the reporter says that) Transcript: James Rhein is out on three hundred dollars bail after being charged with criminal ...
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It is important that each player not know

I have just encountered the following phrase: It is important that each player not know what the other player will do. Why is it written here "not know" and not "not knows"? Also would it be ...
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“Never attribute to malice THAT WHICH is adequately explained by stupidity”

The following sentence is part of a famous saying called Hanlon's razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity I'm confused by the "that which". Why do you need ...
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The confusion between “The” or “A” article

I was reading about articles in Wren & Martin and found the following explanation: 1)Use the definite article when a singular noun is meant to express a whole class. The cow is a useful ...
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Verb “contribute to” + “doing something”

I would like to contribute to arresting that man. Is this grammatically correct? I mean to have an influence on / bring about arresting him.
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“Black and white dogs”: ambiguity with coordinate adjectives

A black and a white dog means "two dogs". A black and white dog means "one dog". Then what about black and white dogs? Does this mean two things? "Dogs, each of black and white color" and "dogs of ...
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Is “we talk later time” correct in “Until we talk later time, take care.”?

I know both Until we talk at a later time, take care. and Until we talk later, take care. are correct. But the situation is that when we get to start the talk someday, the talk will take place ...
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Founding? Is it wrong or right?

One of my Japanese students said the following today when we were practicing for an MBA interview. "I want to founding my own venture in the future" I corrected it automatically to "I want to find ...
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meaning of “be knocked off”

We are a certain way now because we were knocked off a more fulfilling trajectory years ago by a primal wound. (This is a sentence from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgUlowmSeHo at 2:12) What ...
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“Stopped talking” and “stopped to talk”

In this exercise: Ali stopped _____ to his friend. He talked to him then. a) talk b) talking (I chose this one) c) to talk (This one is marked as the correct answer) d) being talked Why ...
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Which one is correct : 'does it worth all the trouble ?' or 'is it worth all the trouble ?'

I am currently confused between the use of these two: Does it worth all the trouble? or Is it worth all the trouble? Can some one suggest which one is correct?
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Grammatically speaking, why is “I rushed to went back home” wrong?

Yesterday I corrected my student when he said: "I rushed to went back home". I corrected it to "I rushed to get back home", but I couldn't provide a proper explanation. I know this is probably basic ...
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What is the reference of “it” here?

I've come across with the sentence below? Old tasks become easier the second time around, but it doesn’t get easier overall because now you’re pouring your energy into the next challenge. I ...
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Using contractions correctly in Grammar like the word “weren't” when asking a question

Are the two example questions correct or is there a rule that applies when using and not using contraction words? "weren't you able to log into your online account?" "were not you able to log into ...
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“I hope he visit us more often” Why is this wrong?

I desire he visit us more often. This is correct, right? I hope he visit us more often. Why is this incorrect? Why should I use “visits” instead?
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Is it correct to say “Mother is my life”?

I need this phrase for some design as today is Mother's day. Basically, I want to say: My mother is my life. This is the graphic I designed which inspired me Is “My mother is my life” ...
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What is the “s” of third person verbs called in English grammar terminology?

What is the "s" of third person singular verbs called in English grammar terminology? For example: does, loves, works, etc.
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Is ‘despite that’ right?

They can be instructed in swimming despite they are very young. They can be instructed in swimming despite that they are very young. Is sentence 1 or 2 right? Why?
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Damage/Illness Occurred

I have a question about the usage of the verb "occur". According to definition 1 of this dictionary, "occur" means for a event to "happen". But then I saw these usages of "occur" in a couple of NY ...