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I'm telling them/I'll tell them/I'm going to tell them

Are these all natural to your native-speaking ears? If you don't pay me right now, I'm telling them what you did! If you don't pay me right now, I'll tell them what you did! If you don't pay me ...
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What is the metaphorical meaning of "lights out"?

What is the meaning of "lights out" in this context. DTS is a secure server management tool that enables monitoring and control of servers either via modem lines or over a network. DTS ...
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At the hands of

Source American hostage Peter Kassig was losing hope that he would survive his captivity at the hands of the Islamic State group. English is my second language. A native English speaker said that ...
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“Where would I...”, and “how would I...” in the future

Where would I go if the world doesn’t help me? How would I know if he is a good person? I know that “how would I know...” describes that ‘I don’t know if he is a good person, so does “where would I ...
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It be not until ~ that ~

It was not until after we had been on the highway for several hours that Peter asked me if I wanted stop at a restaurant for a bite to eat. In my opinion, It ~ that ~ is a sentence that emphasize ...
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In this sentence, should I use "hit" or "hits"?

In this sentence, should I use hit or hits? I threw a small stone, then I was worried about a car with a driver inside; if the stone hit the car, I would be miserable.
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You could / would do - verb tense

I wonder if the present conditional is the correct verb tense for my sentence. If it is, is it better to express the word would or could? If it is not, what verb tense should I use? For example, your ...
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Meaning of "As can trying"

I found several sentences using this phrase, such as: Physical activity can help, as can trying to relax your body – if we are tense it often causes us to tense our shoulders, for example. Isolation ...
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Would all the suggestions be grammatical and natural to insert in my dialog?

A: I know what you're going through. B: You do? A: Yes. ______________________________. So if you ever want to talk, you can always come to me. Would all the suggestions below be grammatical and ...
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Two futures together

When they will reach, they will see this. Is this correct? I think it's not. It should be: When they reach, they will see this. I've read that after a conjunction we don't use future tense to talk ...
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A collective idea - noun pharse

" The concerns that the teachers have risen is an indicator for having training the soonest . My question here is , can I use the singular verb "is" with the main plural subject "...
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which refers to what?

There is an additional rule called V2 in main clauses, which moves the finite (inflected for subject) verb into the second position in the sentence. '' which '' refers to which of these ? usually it ...
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Later you let me know what she says or said

if I tell friend A to ask friend B whether or not she is interested in having a cup of coffee with us and want to know her answer, should I say "later you let me know what she says or said" ...
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post-modifier of noun or adjunct of verb

"bring" from Oxford Dictionary Meaning: to come to a place with somebody/something Pattern: bring something for somebody e.g. Bring a present for Helen. Is "for Helen" a post-...
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Is it grammatically correct to write: "It needs not to be known"? For an academic writing, is it correct to say: "she thought there will be".?

Is it grammatically correct to write "she thought there will be no one by her side at her lowest"? Or it should be "she thinks there will be no by her side at her lowest
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"...glue these shapes to the side of the box that doesn't have the drawers on." Why is there ".....on" at the end?

This is from a native British speakerMr. maker see 0:50-0:55 "...and carefully cut them out then glue these shapes to the side of the box that doesn't have the drawers on." I don't ...
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Two ways to use modal "can" to suggest doing something someone or oneself

I think there are two ways to use can to suggest doing something in a type 1 conditional A. can+preferable result after the completion of conditions in if-clauses Example 1: You can stop the war if ...
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is there any reason why 'the way how' cannot be used?

we usually say This is the way (that) the story went. This is how the story went. but we don't say 3. Thi sis the way how the story went. why is that?
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Past Perfect Continuous with the conjunction "before" instead of "when"

Which one is more common? I had been playing basketball for two hours when you called me. I had been playing basketball for two hours before you called me. I have done some research on the Internet ...
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Past perfect continuous vs Past perfect simple

Which one is correct or more common? (must choose one, can't say both) I had lived in China for 20 years when I met him. I had been living in China for 20 years when I met him.
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What does 'However, we will not depart further from the traditional account than is justified.' mean?

Rodney Huddleston Geoffrey K Pullum. (2017). The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. p.612. However, we will not depart further from the traditional account than is justified. However, we ...
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It teaches you what you shouldn’t be doing in the real world

It teaches you what you shouldn’t be doing in the real world. Does this sentence say that It teaches you [something] => sort of learning for the real world / similar to "it teaches you how to ...
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Comma after "that" and before the main verb

Can I add a comma after "that" and before the main verb. in this example, is the comma before the main verb grammatically correct? a paper that provides an understanding of the impact of the ...
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Why use "revived" instead of "revive" in "if your diet has lapsed it's time you revived it"? [duplicate]

The following sentence was found in Oxford Online Dictionary: if your diet has lapsed it's time you revived it. I can't see for myself why "revived" is being used here. I think it should ...
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This phrase doesn't have a temporal meaning vs. This phrase doesn't have any temporal meanings

This phrase doesn't have a temporal meaning This phrase doesn't have any temporal meanings. I think both those sentences are correct, right? On the other hand, I don't think the sentence . . . This ...
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Can I omit the relative pronoun from this non defining clause

Ram, whom I called yesterday, is a very good boy. Can this sentence be reduced to: Ram, I called yesterday, is a very good boy. My confusion arose after I saw somewhere that the relative pronoun can't ...
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Whats the difference between "need no" and "no need"?

I've studying English, and I ran into these 2 phrases example 1: The boy had no need for the love of his friends example 2: I need no protection! So I'm in doubt about this two ways of usage. My ...
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Grammatical issues and failures: help is needed

I realize that I am quite weak in English and I frequently do mistakes in grammatical things in English during my examination. Can you guys suggest me some good books to overcome this weakness over ...
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Why is "the same" always with "the", but "identical" without it?

As far as I know, “same” and “identical” have identical meaning. Why is one used with “the” and one without “the”? I can argue that “same” should always have “the”: When thing 2 is the same as thing 1,...
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take the same approach for + [two people]

I have a question in my mind about what preposition to use after "take the same approach" when it is followed by two people. Let's say I want to express the idea that I treat Tom and John ...
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Error correction about modality

Error correction: They say it (1)can (2)be going to rain so you (3)should take an umbrella or you (4)might get wet. In this sentence, choose a phrase (1,2,3,4) and change it so that the new sentence ...
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That’s what I’m talking about / That's what I am saying

In Inside Out animation we have Joy that says: And... we’re out. That’s what I’m talking about: another perfect day! Nice job everybody! Let’s get those memories down to Long Term. What does it ...
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Is writing, "There were spending areas whose expenses grew after a decade." unnatural? Emphasis on "whose"

There were spending areas whose expenses grew after a decade. I'm unsure if whose is used correctly in the above sentence. Can a spending area have its expense or expenditure?
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When to use "was coming" or "would come"?

You went to a party with your friends, you arrived by car and your friend arrived by bus. It was very late at the end of the party and you were driving your friend home. He said: It was really kind ...
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"Has" vs "Have" - which sentence is grammatically correct?

I posted a question on Politics.SE with the title: Has Trump's political views changed on Israel's war in Gaza? Another user felt it wasn't grammatically correct: Nitpick: shouldn't the title be “...
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Is "... be as adj. than ..." correct grammar?

A coin is tossed twice. Alice claims that the event of two heads is at least as likely if we know that the first toss is a head than if we know that at least one of the tosses is a head. This is an ...
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Disorientated and unable to remember who they are/were or what their mission was/is

How come in the following paragraph one verb is in present tense and another one is in past tense? Shouldn't both be in the same tense? Thank you! "Two astronauts wake up in what seems like a ...
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Is 'were' used with 'ever' to express the impossibility of 'all the time' in if-clauses?

From Rodney Huddleston Geoffrey K Pullum. (2017). The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. p.587. Prosodic detachment is more likely and more appropriate for adjuncts that are out of the ...
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Past simple and present perfect interchangeably

I want to know that I can speak past action by using present perfect. A week ago, it was my birthday and I bought a car.Now my friend comes to my house and sees the car.He asks that have you bought a ...
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What's wrong with this sentence: She has held that ball for hours yesterday [closed]

Can someone please explain why this sentence is wrong? She has held that ball for hours yesterday.
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have worked vs worked

I have worked in this hospital. I worked in this hospital. Hello. Are these sentences grammatically correct? Do I need to add words at the end? ( for example for 5 years ) I know what perfect tense is,...
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"Tell him the answer before he (can) punish you." - different meanings?

What I intend to say, Tell him the answer, or he will punish you. Can we express the same meaning like the following? Example 1 Tell him the answer before he punishes you. Example 2 Tell him the ...
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"There having been no rain for a long time, the fields are all dried up" Why is "there having"?

Is this sentence correct? if it is, why they use "having" here.
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Use of in which ( grammar)

Is using in which in the following sentence correct? “ Although instances occur in which partners start their relationship by telling everything about themselves to each other, such instances are ...
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Is the usage of “where” in this sentence acceptable?

Is the usage of “where” in this sentence acceptable? Each holiday we arrange ten volunteers to teach for three weeks in rural primary school where mostly understaffed and severely lacking in ...
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The omission of conjunction 'that' in relative pronoun sentence

While studying english, a sudden question appeared in my head. ex) He is a man who I think is honest. this sentence can be divided in two: 1) He is a man 2) I think that he is honest. He is a man + I ...
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Can 'would be able to' replace 'would have been able to' in the passage?

I think it can't, but I can't explain why. could have heard can replace would have been able to hear, right? Thank you, in advance. A sleeping mother has the ability to identify the particular cry of ...
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What’s the meaning of this sentence? “If you had needed money, you could have asked him.”

I was doing my homework and came across this sentence in my textbook: If you had needed money, you could have asked him. Does that sentence mean the same as “if you needed money, you could have ...
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'But then', 'but then again', 'then again' - same as 'although'?

I am confused about those but then, but then again and then again. Can I use them interchangeably? What I understand is those are similar as although. Can I use them as although when I translate ...
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What's the grammatical function and meaning of "for" in the sentence below?

Measurements of distance, time, or amount for nouns that we would normally consider countable (and thus plural) end up taking singular verbs.

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