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Difference between as was expected and as was to be expected

Please tell me what is the difference between as was expected and as was to be expected below. A good many proposals were raised by the delegates, as was expected. A good many proposals were raised ...
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Two years and a half, two years and half,…?

When I looked up the word "half", I've found "two and a half year" is a correct phrase. But I've seen some Americans use "two years and (a) half" quite often and it confuses me. Is it correct to use ...
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“will have avoided” vs. “will avoid” in the following context

Example with a context: Asked if France would join the United States in providing such equipment to the Ukrainian military, Hollande said "the option of negotiation, of diplomacy, cannot be ...
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I haven`t learned it for one year VS I haven`t learned it in a year

there~ I hope you could help me with these^^ I haven`t learned it for one year. I haven`t learned it in a year. What is the differece?? I haven`t practiced playing basketball for one year. I haven`...
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Be my private tutor vs act as my private tutor

Given that a girl wants a private tutor, but she does not understand the difference between these two sentences: I hope you can be my private tutor at night after my day school is over. I hope ...
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No matter how - with a verb or without?

Is it OK not to use a verb after "no matter" like in sentences 2 and 3? 1) No matter how hard your life is you need to go on. 2) No matter how hard your life you need to go on. 3) You need to go on ...
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Is “which are” omitted from this sentence?

I have a sentence here: Software quality assurance is a planned and systematic pattern of all actions necessary to provide adequate confidence that an item or product conforms to established ...
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Why doesn’t “king” have an article in “The lion is king of the jungle”?

I am learning articles and trying to understand some edge cases. Help me to decipher the role (the meaning) of articles in this sentence: The lion is king of the jungle. The lion - is a generic ...
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Is this the same? 'run me out' and 'run out on me'

Could you explain word-usage of 'run me out'. I think it means the same as 'You can't just run out on her.' What verbs work in the same ways? I mean - Are there some general rules in gramma about ...
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drunk and drunken

I want to know the difference between word drunk and drunken. I looked up the dictionary and found that two words have same meaning, someone drinks alcohol too much. About drunk, it could be ...
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What is wrong with this sentence: So then, there are more boys than girls in your class?

Why is this sentence correct: So then, are there more boys than girls in your class? And why is this sentence incorrect: So then, there are more boys than girls in your class? I would say that ...
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pay for the library card vs pay (without for) the library card

Happy New Year my friends! I have just received a letter from my school librarian on the stroke of 00:00. He asked me if I had paid for the library card. Given that context, what is the difference ...
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go+doing with some verbs which don't describe an activity

I know that "go+doing" is mostly used to convey an activity, like in: I go dancing/fishing/skiing etc. But it is not used with verbs which don't convey an idea of an activity. So, "I go cooking" ...
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“calculus” and “the calculus” - what's the difference?

Example: Now, if you picked up the book and looked through it, the first thing you'd notice is that it was presented in the imposing format that the ancient mathematician Euclid had used in his ...
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Inversion - {subject complement} {form of 'be'} {subject}

In The Independent I found this sentence: More substantially dealt with is a suggestion, repeated over the phone by an Estonian minister to EU foreign affairs chief Cathy Ashton, that the snipers ...
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Word order. Is that two sentences differ?

What words order is better: This may not be her plan, but then again it might be so. or This may not be her plan, but then it might be so again. If it helps, I am trying translate this ...
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Let or may, what is the difference?

I remember reading that the verb "let" has two meanings. The first one expresses "urging": 1) Let the children go to bed. 2) Let he call me back when he is back. The second meaning expresses ...
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A usage of verb “prefer”

I am Korean English learner:) This is a sentence from TOEFL. I prefer spending time with just a few friends to hanging out with a large group since one can cultivate more profound relationships ...
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How does the word “screaming” modify the verb phrase “come out”?

I cannot see a certain syntactic structure of the sentence: "The parents come out barefoot and screaming, ready to buy ice-cream." How does the word "screaming" modify the verb phrase "come out"(...
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Change to passive voice

Please explain how to change this interrogative sentence into passive voice. Is he the musician for the evening? I am not sure how to do it.
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Difference between wise and clever?

What is the difference between clever and wise As far as I understand, a wise person has knowledge and skills of everything but it's not necessary that his intentions are evil. But a clever person ...
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a reason or the reason

He bought the house with a big backyard. This combination tells the listener which specific house he bought. He bought a house with a big backyard. This combination tells the listener what kind ...
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“So much of X” or “So much X”

When I was speaking, I said, "There is so much of administration to do." Someone said to me that I have to say it as "There is so much administration to do." Is she correct? Why can't I say, "so much ...
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How about someone do something?

Can "how about" be used in this way? I heard it in an episode of Grey's Anatomy: How about we don't talk to her anymore? Because from what I've learned after "how about" we're ...
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What is the difference between “get surprised” and “be surprised”?

I am confused in using the noun 'surprise': "If I tell you the truth, you'll be surprised" AND "If I tell you the truth, you'll get surprised." Do we use 'be surprised' and 'get surprised' in ...
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Grammatical structure of “goodness knows where”

I encountered the following sentence (1). (1) She came up from goodness knows where. I wonder at the grammatical structure of "goodness knows where." This phrase is used as a noun clause, but ...
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'more preferred' versus 'preferable'

Which of the following two sentences is correct? a) Which of the two boxes is preferable ? b) Which of the two boxes is more preferred? I think it should be a) because Oxford dictionary online says ...
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What is the difference between “to get”, “ to take” and “to pick”? [closed]

When I should use "to get", "to take" and "to pick"? Who answer can put a few examples? Thanks.
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“Hawaii is the island that plants are green all the year round.” Do native English speakers say like this?

"Hawaii is the island that plants are green all the year round." One English teacher I know- he's not a native English speaker- argues this sentence is grammatically okay since 'that' can replace ...
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The Z of A and B: plural or singular

This question is similar to this one, but it does not help me, so I am asking it by myself. I want to know which one is appropriate: The number of coins in bottle A and bottle B is compared. ...
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I have stayed vs I stayed

I never really understood if there is any difference between those sentences: I have stayed at the hotel I stayed at the hotel I have never had any problem with him I never had any problem with him ...
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Two of it? Is it correct to say it?

As I was talking to one of my friends, I said this sentence. We will need two of it. I said it looking at the only glass cup I had. I was preparing for the party. Two of it struck me as extremely ...
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pronouns as subjects or objects

I did a test in a session Test Your Grammar, in Word Power Made Easy by Lewis. 1) No one but (she, her) ever made a perfect score on the test 2) I can't remember (who, whom) it was. 3) ...
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To me/For me Which one?

Could somebody please tell me that which sentence is correct? To me, Italy is the best place to go on vacation. For me, Italy is the best place to go on vacation.
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Do we need 's in “I'm a friend of Stephen's.”

I'm a friend of Stephen's. It's British English, period: around 1970's. Do we need that 's at the end of the name? I can see why it is there when you say, for instance, "I was at Stephen's." Here ...
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“As follows”: Is “follow” here a verb or something else?

I failed to understand the grammatical structure in this pattern. The result is shown as follows: [Result] Is follow here a verb or something else? I don't know whether as do(es) is ...
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Is it impossible to say “I am busy on every Monday”

Is it impossible to say "I am busy on every Monday" ? I was told that it's not a grammatically correct sentence. Someone said "I am busy every Monday" is correct. Is it true? Why can't I use "On" ...
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Verb forms -s -ing (future tense)

Can I use the -s and -ing form interchangeably if I'm talking about something in the future? Person A: Do you know when David gets his car back from the dealership? Do you know when David is ...
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Verbs taking only second (direct) object?

I know that some verbs only take second object. In essence, I suggest you to pay the tax -- is wrong. I suggest you pay the tax -- is correct. I said something to her -- is correct. I said ...
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The word “would” usage in present time

From the picture above, I think the use of would in the sentence is correct because would could also be used to express uncertainty, opinion, and hope. Would 5. Expressing a conjecture, opinion, or ...
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Should I add a comma before “since”?

Background: In psychology, there are two classification methods of emotion (discrete classification and continuous classification), since emotion are universal of human being. But in the study of ...
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Why do we say “I have cancer” instead of “I have a cancer”?

I'm confused about the following: I have cancer I have coronavirus I have a cold I have the flu I have the plague What is the rule here?
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What is the difference between “This is” and “Here is”?

I mean, is there a difference in the meaning, or the contexts for these sentences? When using the one or the other one? My question is about every kind of words. Innert things, or beings, or any ...
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Is this sentence acceptable: I am running faster than you do

I would like to know if the following sentence: "I am running faster than you do" is a correct sentence. I know most of the time it should be "I am running faster than you are" or "I run faster than ...
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How much can the distance between a noun and its relative clause be?

In the sentence I have read your paper, which is very well-written, carefully. "your paper" is described by the relative clause "which is very well-written". I'm looking for grammar rules ...
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Who among you watch or watches?

I know that the word "who" can both refer to a singular or a plural noun. The thing that makes me confused is the word "you" in the following sentences. Should it be followed by a singular or a plural ...
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About adverbial phrase

"She is at the point of her death." Here, 'at the point of her death' is said to be an adverbial phrase by the textbook which modifies the finite verb 'is'. But I thought it is an adjective phrase ...
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Position of not in a question

What is the difference between the two wordings and which one is correct? (1) Why is past tense not used? (2) Why is not past tense used?
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After your letter

I have a question about an example sentence in definition 8 for "after" in this dictionary: After your letter, I didn't think I'd ever see you again. Is a verb like "reading", missing ...
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rise in prices such <as> occurred [relative pronoun?]

I have come across the following sentence : 'There is a general rise in prices such as occurred in the late 60's'. I would like to know whether the word 'as' is functioned as a conjunction or relative ...

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