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When vs If - Word-Usage

I know I can substitute "if" with "when", but, I think there's a different meaning here: If you're ready to learn it, you know where to find me (0 cond) When you're ready to learn it, you know ...
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Understanding change of speech

in the following questions, a sentence has been given in Direct / Indirect Speech. Out of the four alternatives suggested, select the one which best expresses the same sentence in Indirect/Direct ...
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What other verbs don't use 'do' in the negative and interrogative?

I had an English language beginner ask me "What other verbs, like 'to be' don't use 'do' in the negative?" I had never thought about this question from that perspective, and I was a little stumped. I ...
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Would for typical behaviour or one time thing?

Consider: Let's see if he would give us money. In the example 1, the speaker is saying whether he would give money to the speaker if he asked now. Not his typical behaviour. He might give the ...
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First or Zero conditional? Setence-usage

I know that: 0 Condition - For facts that always happen; Whereas: 1st Conditional - For specific facts; So, why People use Zero conditional in these sentences, even though is a one-time thing? ...
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In the structure “verb + adverb of direction (up) + prepositional phrase”, Does the adver “up” modify the verb or the prepositional phrase?

They live up in the mountains. I pinned the notice up on the wall. She went straight up to the door and knocked loudly. Lay the cards face up on the table. We're going up to New York for the day. We ...
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Why present continuous in this context?

My mother was in her room while I made a mess in kitchen. So she came and helped me make food. Then she said “I am watching a movie” But wasn't she helping me in kitchen? Could she have meant ...
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X subway line vs subway line X

Can the name of a bus/train/subway line come before and after the term "line" ? For instance, are both expressions below correct? subway line F F subway line The former seems more usual to me, but I ...
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Should I say “started to” or “started by”?

I recently asked a question on the SE website vi and vim and my question was edited to correct my grammar mistakes. I wrote: I started to yank the declaration of var. And it was corrected to: ...
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Question for difference between past simple and present perfect

Complete the following sentence with the correct tense and why? I ________ (know) my great grandmother for a few years, she died when I was eight.
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The meaning of the word “immediately”

I saw this in a post: ...it is okay or at least not immediately wrong. What does immediately mean in this context? Although I have looked up this word in several dictionaries, its use in this ...
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Could you please let me know is this text correct? This is part of my letter to visa officer

i totally have 0000£ saving which equals to 0000Rials. a related point to consider is 0000 is on my Ghavamin Bank account and 0000 Rials is on my Pasargad bank account. For your information; the ...
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Which one should I use?

Is What she does in her room? grammatically correct? Or should I change it to: What does she do in her room?
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Fail to understand a complex question

I am not a native English speaker. I got a question in one of my English language test exam. The question is How important a part of your week are your free-time activities? Can anyone tell me what ...
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Using present perfect simple in a real world situation

I do not know when I have to use the present perfect simple (and others tenses in perfect form). I normally use: present simple, present continuous, past simple, past continuous, future, ... for write/...
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Is the sentence grammatical and natural? [on hold]

She enters an office and makes a call on the desk phone. Is this grammatical and natural?
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The government is seeking to take out things from the political declaration that Theresa May spent time “getting in”

The government is seeking to take out things from the political declaration that Theresa May spent time getting in. What does getting in mean?
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Can I express a trend like this?

This city has experienced a decrease of 1% per year in the visibility, a meteorological parameter partly affected by atmospheric pollution. I would like to include the parenthetical clause to ...
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Simple Past and Present Perfect in the daily basis

I would like to ask some things about differences between Simple Past and Present Perfect (because I only know how to use them in a few cases and I just only know how to use them grammactly correct, ...
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Can 'was' be omitted in this sentence?

I believe it can't, because the omission of was makes valued and stigmatized paralleled. The thing they were good at at school wasn't valued, or was actually stigmatized.
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How does Tim would break the window or How would Tim break the window?

How does Tim would break the window? How would Tim break the window? Both correct and have the same meaning?
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Sentence correction with that

Sentence:The music company was afraid the accelerating decline of sales of compact discs would not be compensated by increased internet revenue. Solution:The music company was afraid THAT the ...
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Reduce subordinate clauses to adjectives/ adjective phrases?

(1) If subordinating clauses contain adjectives or adjective phrases, like these below, how do you reduce them? Do you reduce them to adjectives/ adjective phrases or something? I think the 1c and ...
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Globally, blindness and visual impairment are major health problem

Here, should I write 'is' instead of 'are' in auxiliary verb? can i use 'a major health problem' Or Just ' major public health problem or problems Please help me
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Is The Simple Subject Earth Or Dinosaurs?

The disappearance from the earth of those great creatures, the dinosaurs, still remain a mystery. Is the simple subject dinosaurs or earth. Or perhaps is it disappearance or mystery. I really need ...
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Is The Simple Predicate (Verb) Sinking Or Colliding?

The sinking of the ship after it collided with an iceberg resulted in many safety reforms. What is the simple predicate? Is it Sinking? Or is it colliding?
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What Is The Best Word Choice: Is, Are, Were, or Have Been

The volume of letters that the United States Post Office processes ____ staggering. A. Is B. Are C. Were D. Have been I think it would be A.
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Doubt in the usage of was in two sentences

I was making complex sentences in the class today. There I got stuck in two sentences similar to these: The percentage of car accidents – which was recorded at 30% – was high. The percentage ...
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Confusing example of usage of was/were

There are two sentences. The least proportion of men were detained. The number of men in the party was high. Well, I am just a beginner in english and want to know why is were used in the ...
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Is “having” necessary here

Today I heard a sentence: Do you want more potatoes peeled. But I have always used it as: Do you want having more potatoes peeled. Which one is grammartical? Please explain with examples. ...
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Can every adjective be after a noun?

I’ve heard that [noun] [adjective] equals [noun] [that is] [adjective]. But, then can every adjective be after a noun? She is a girl cute. This is a book interesting. The dog black is mine. ...
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michael jackson's doctor said “i tried the best i can”?

Recently i was seeing an interview with Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's doctor, and he suddenly says "i tried the best i can", im not a native english speaker but for me that is clearly wrong. If im ...
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Meaning of “pass on”

I found on the free dictionary By Farlex this definition: Link pass on : accept or approve someone or something and they gave this example : The committee passed on the proposal, so work can now ...
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You have the right as a parent **to second guess** everything [closed]

You have the right as a parent to second guess everything. Does to second guess in this sentence mean "to criticize or doubt everything"?
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starting feeling vs starting to feel

(A) Trent thought it quite satisfying to live in his parents’ house. (B) Regina is starting feeling even more pressure to retain her looks. (C) He regarded the elderly as a strange tribe ...
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Their/Its-Another/Those [closed]

I really can’t get it, what does it say in the second sentence?
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Which verb form should I use with word “Prefer” related to the following sentences?

They prefer to go (or going) for a walk to watch/watching The game. My question is should I use 'watch' or 'watching'
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Word-usage: “[…] that has had/ had everything…”

Could you guys see this sentence and say if I should use Present Perfect or Past Simple? Haven't you heard the story about a character that has had / had everything and still hasn't been / wasn't ...
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Phrase-usage: Where has this come from? Or Where did this come from?

Something that is confusing me is: Hey dude, Where has this come/ did this come from? I know how to use Present Perfect, but, I don't know if using here sounds natural. Can I use both? But, of ...
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Using colons with such as

This paragraph is from a grammar book. However, I know that colons should not be used with "such as". Is this an exception to the rule that I knew? Sentences that begin with words that indicates ...
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‘Quality Auto Work’ [closed]

I am new here.. I am learning English. I have a question about a auto repair shop: ‘Quality auto work at a reasonable price’ I am not sure if I am right to say that
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In present-day reality no-one actually uses classical Latin any more.Why can we use “Classical Latin uses the ablative” in present tense?

What is the difference between (a) and (b) (a)"Classical Latin uses the ablative" (b)"Classical Latin used the ablative"
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Talking about something general with clause that happens earlier - past tense or not?

Background story: My friend likes to boast about his work achievements a lot. I want to complain about it to others. Which one below is grammatically correct? The hard concept for me: I don't know ...
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When teachers introduce the outdated theory(for example:Classical element) to students,should teachers use present tense or past tense to describe it?

Example: 1(a)Classical element comprises the simplest substances,namely earth, water, air, fire and Aether. 1(b)Classical element comprised the simplest substances,namely earth, water, air, fire and ...
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Should it be will or would after present perfect?

My experiences have told me that my interest would/will never decrease. Which one is better and what's the difference?
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Passive verb of perception

I do understand the active constructions of verbs of this type, but I am still a bit confused with the passive construction(s). Can anyone here clarify my confusion? Please consider the following: He ...
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He had his brother come too late

He had/made his brother come too late. = He forced his brother come late. Am I correct?
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“Survivors clinging to a raft.” Is this sentence right?

"Survivors clinging to a raft." There is no verb in this sentence. I know this sentence is not the present progressive/present continuous. But can this sentence be used independently? I found this ...
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To be, is or was

Sometimes, I make a sentence whose subject can represent something of the past and something that still exists today. Which tense should I use for the helping verb? For instance: Any cellphone which (...
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Can this sentence be inferred from the passage? [closed]

The passage is an excerpt from an ESL testbook. Can the sentence(A) be inferred from the passage? (A)Were Anna to have mechanical ability like her brother, she would have been trying to be a meister ...