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What is the one charm wanting

Go visit the prairies in June, when for scores on scores of miles you wade knee-deep among tiger-lilies--what is the one charm wanting? --water--there is not a drop of water there! Were Niagara but a ...
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Opposite of "so" + adjective

I'm looking for the opposite of using so followed by an adjective. For example, if I say, "This place never looked so crowded", what would the opposite be ? Could it be something along the ...
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What's the difference between “in the past year” and “during the past year”?

I want to know if there is a difference between "in the past year" and "during the past year".
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learn to do something vs learn how to do something

it is evident that everybody has some kind of philosophy, even though he has never learned to discuss it. Everybody is influenced by philosophical views, even though he has not thought them out for ...
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Past simple or past perfect, or both?

I came across this in a grammar exercise, and I am fairly certain that the past simple would be better, but I want your opinion. The answer key gives me the past perfect, but I don't see the need for ...
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Can I use "in doing so at the end of sentences? Is it wrong to use the modal verb "would" in that sentence?

"Teenagers should study all subjects at school as their knowledge would increase in doing so."
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Parrallel structure questions (something about phrase before and after “or”)

Sentence in question: To begin with, for students lacking determination or easily change their mind, a gap year may lure them away from future studies as many could lose interests in study during ...
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Can I say Ram has been in Delhi for three years

Suppose I just want to say that Ram has a three years experience of working in our company. Can I say : Ram has worked in our company for three years? Similarly, if Ram has a three years experience of ...
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They’d been going out for 2 month when they decided to end it

Which sentence is correct, or, at least, the one that sounds natural? They’d been going out for 2 months when they decided to end it. It'd been 2 months since they started going out and decided to ...
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Is the sentence, "With more board configurations than there are atoms in the universe", grammatically correct?

A post says With more board configurations than there are atoms in the universe, the ancient Chinese game of Go has long been considered a grand challenge for artificial intelligence. I understand ...
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I was going to see / I should've seen / I would've seen

A: Have you seen your kids recently? B: No. I was going to see / I should've seen / I would've seen them last weekend, but I canceled. Without more context, which of these would be more likely? ...
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Is the sentence he has been in Delhi for three years present perfect tense

Let's take a sentence. He has been in Delhi for three years. What is the meaning of this sentence? He moved to Delhi 3 years ago and still he is there right? Now what if I consider this sentence to be ...
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We are going a-whaling [duplicate]

What is the difference if "a" is dropped from whaling? If there isn't a huge difference, then would "I am going a-swiming" be ok too?
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Can I use will in an “if” clause?

My customer asked me for a quotation and the conversation between us was as below. Customer: Can you give the quotation today? Me: We are still calculating the cost. By the way, will this product be ...
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American and British english

Could you tell me if these sentences have the same meaning: Of course these sentences do not refer to a specific action where past simple should be used like - when I was a child I already did this. ...
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"of the" or "of" in mathematical contex?

On Wikipedia of the Expected Value: In probability theory, the expected value is a generalization of the weighted average. Is "the" necessary there? If not, what's the difference?
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Can rewrite these sentences using 'been' rather than 'lived'

Let's look at some sentences. 1.John has lived in Paris for three years. (maybe from 2012-2015 and now he is in India) Can I rewrite this sentence as: John has been in Paris for three years. 2.John ...
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How to use the word "fit"?

Which of the following sentences is correct? Structure A fits a wider variety of situations. Structure A can fit a wider variety of situations. Structure A is fit for a wider variety of situations. ...
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past perfect tense or past tense

The bus left an hour ago. It has been an hour since the bus left/had left. Could ‘had left’ be used instead of ‘left’ in thre second transformed sentence?
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Can quite some be used in place of quite a few?

Can 'quite some' be used in place of 'quite a few' in the following sentence? When a person is emotionally attached to an institution, he or she tends not to see quite a few things wrong with it. ...
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Confused about if there's any difference among these sentences [closed]

Let's look at some sentences: 1. There is water in the bottle. 2. The bottle has water in it. 3. Water is in the bottle. Do these three sentences mean same? If they mean different, then what is the ...
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Is it pronounced "magna" or "magma"? ITV pronounces it as "magna", but dictionaries say "magma". Could a native TV presenter be wrong? [closed]

This is from ITV NEWS about the lava coming out of the ground. Just check 1:15-1:18 at this link. https://youtu.be/ur4pkoKAd94?t=75 The presenter pronounces the word exactly as "magNa". ...
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on a level so far as nearness to truth is concerned

Is there no such thing as truth? Of course there is—and men are getting nearer to it. For different outlooks, partisan as they may be, are not on a level so far as nearness to truth is concerned. ...
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Can we use a future verb with "as"

I wonder whether in the case below I need to use present tense or future tense". Also, I wonder in any case what the general rule of it is. Please bear in mind that I insist on using "as" since I want ...
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What is what we have to send Vs What is it that we have to send

I read that "what" can be used as a conjunction although I could not find any example using it the way I used it. What would be the native way?
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Does the phrase '(very) lazy to do something' make sense?

We have a common pattern 'too lazy to do something'. Apart from this pattern, can we use the word 'lazy' with the to-infinitive. I have looked it up in many dictionaries but have not found any ...
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Are there any contemporary dictionaries for people with learning disorders?

That someone like me who has learning disorders could use? I want a dictionary which not only has plenty examples but also the definition itself is in contemporary language. And by contemporary I mean ...
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Second conditional?

A: If the sentence didn’t include the word “please”, the sentence would suggest I am a rude person. (The context is that the sentence includes the word “please” so the sentence doesn’t suggest I am a ...
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"What kind of person are you not?" vs "What kind of person aren't you?"

When I want ask somebody what kind of person he (or she) isn't, which one between these is correct? Or are they interchangeable? I guess they are interchangeable. A: "What kind of person are you ...
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Does the word "THAT" in this sentence need to be replaced by the word "WHEN"? "Not a week goes by that I don’t wish I was never born."

This is a sentence from a person's regret about being born. The sentence is: "Not a week goes by THAT I don’t wish I was never born." I understand the sentence, but I am not quite sure about ...
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Same...with construction

Can the adjective 'same' be followed by a prepositional phrase headed by 'with'? For instance, He went to the same school with me. She served in the same regiment with me.
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Future or future continuous

In these sentences: In this programme, we’ll learn some related vocabulary. In this programme, we’ll be learning some related vocabulary. Which one is correct? What about these two sentences: It ...
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It sounds very wrong to use the present perfect tense with 'while' or with a 'participle phrase', but is it grammatically wrong?

I made this sentence a while ago: "the tourist resort has improved in terms of amenities while retaining its trees." Before I checked theindependent.co.uk for similar sentences, I was so ...
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"use Harry as example" vs. "use Harry as the example" vs. "use Harry as an example"

Alice asks Michael an English grammar question. Michael is trying to give an example to explain that, so Michael says let's use Harry as example let's use Harry as the example let's use ...
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since 1980 vs from 1980

Why is "since 1980" instead of "from 1980" used? Can I use "from 1980"? The graph below gives information from a 2008 report about consumption of energy in the USA since ...
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As of or from difference

How is it different 'as of ' from 'from' in this context "EU businesses must acquaint themselves with the formalities and procedures for doing business with the United Kingdom as a third country ...
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Is "I don't care about learning the stuff but rather if they would hire me" grammatically accurate?

I haven't found any example with this word combination. I wonder whether "about" would be a much more suitable option as to say "but rather about being hired"
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If I had done it tomorrow, I would have cried

Is it gramatically correct to say 'If I had developed photos after going back to my country(not now), I would have cried the whole day'? Situation is, I'm traveling foreign country and decided to ...
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Up from yonder cottage goes a sleepy smoke [closed]

In Moby-dick, a phrase goes, up from yonder cottage goes a sleepy smoke. What does it mean? "cottage" is used without an article and "smoke" with one. How is any meaning changed ...
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Present simple and present perfect tense

My friend and I fell out last week because she thinks I'm in love with her boyfriend. Can I use has thought instead of thinks in this situation?
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threw it (out) into the hallway

I grabbed the ringing phone and threw it (out) into the hallway. (I'm in a hotel room, and the door into my room is open.) Is it correct include "out"?
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What is the structure 'yet' is used in this text [closed]

From British Council Learn English Between 100,000 and 50,000 years ago, though, we start to see the evidence of early human civilisation, through cave paintings for example; no one knows the ...
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How to understand “of which” in this sentence?

I found a sentence in “Dubliners”, and was confused about its sentence structure. we made at once for a sloping bank over the ridge of which we could see the Dodder. I have seen two ...
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What type of structure is 'will not' used in?

Fron English Grammar in Use 5th Edition (p.42) We use won't to say that somebody refuses to do something. I've tried to give her advice, but she won't listen. The car won't start (=the car 'refuses' ...
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does "magnetism" refers to "spirit" and "human" or not?

does "magnetism" refers to "spirit" and "human" or not? That they still lived and still loved was the constant message from the beyond, accompanied by many material tests, which confirmed the ...
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Look out into the sky [closed]

Is the sentence in the title grammatically correct? Context: The subject is simply reflecting on things passively. No active thinking going on, just pondering over mortality and loss.
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role of the word (that)

In this sentence During this paksha, Moon is ahead of sun by an amount that is between 0 and 180. What is the grammatical role of the word "that" in the sentence?
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"Sorry I am not clear on who the witnessing agent should be" [closed]

I was filing out a form and there was a section about "witnessing agent" and I wasn't sure whom the "witnessing agent" was referring to. So I sent an email asking for ...
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Is it correct to say "reschedule the interview to Aug 2 morning from 10 AM to 1 PM?" [closed]

I am replying to a recruiter to reschedule the interview. I was wondering what the most grammatically correct way to ask for rescheduling is. I get that the following sentences probably sound ok and ...
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Regarding the "whether... or ..." grammar structure, what informs the decision to use "whether it is..." or "whether they are..."?

Young people love testing and using different types of things, whether it is clothes, food, gadgets, or any other items. I do not know whether the correct form is "...whether they are clothes, ...

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