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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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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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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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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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Why use "revived" instead of "revive" in "if your diet has lapsed it's time you revived it"?

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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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"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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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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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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Sixteen time tense, such as presnt, past, future tense in grammar [closed]

How to apply well in these 16 tenses, such as past, present, future tense
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Past or present perfect? in a doctor-patient dialogue

I have a question about the past and the present perfect tense in this dialogue. Doctor: In which ear was the discharge worse? / has the discharge been worse? Patient: It was worse in the left ear. / ...
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Clearing present simple and present perfect with since

Kindly don't get me wrong that I am asking that expressed question about since with present simple and present perfect.For present simple , we just show actions at the present situation.Present ...
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replaces "which"?

Which word replaces "which" in "one of which" in this sentence? ( clause or sentences ) Complex sentences are sentences which have more than one clause, at least one of which will ...
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Noun phrase with adjective

As I am not sure,I dare not to use this form and I want to understand that I can use this form or not.For example, my niece is now sixteen.She has become tall and large.She is happy for her growth ...
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She got her bag caught vs. She had her bag caught

There is the following example: She got her bag caught in the train doors as they were closing. I surmise I could say . . . She had her bag caught in the train doors as they were closing. . . . as ...
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"be distributed on" vs "be distributed in"

The books were distributed in various schools across the city. The posters were distributed on bulletin boards around the campus. The tasks were distributed on different days of the week. what's ...
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Can I use this response to this question?

A: What’s there behind the door? B: They are two dogs. Does B’s response sound acceptable?
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Are both sentences below correct?

Where do you see yourself five years from now? Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
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Why would the author write "The cat was curled up" instead of "The cat had curled up"?

'The cat was curled up on the couch, sleeping happily'. I found this sentence in a Cambridge dictionary online, and I don't understand why using 'the cat was curled up' instead of ' the cat curled up'....
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Should I revise the sentence in bold?

Do I have to change the sentence in bold into “If any country had challenged it, it would have lost all of its naval force easily.”? “In the 40s, no other country would challenge the USA at sea ...
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Another view of since

I searched and found this explanation, "It's five years since I had my accident. ( the present perfect is not acceptable here ) because the idea can be interpreted as : I had the accident five ...
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When should I use a verb or a gerund/noun after 'to' in English?

I know that the following sentence is grammatically correct: Repetition is key to strengthening your memory. I'm confused about something. I am an intermediate English learner. I had assumed that ...
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What usage should 'more than but trivial length' be recognised as?

[Rodney Huddleston Geoffrey K Pullum. (2017). The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. p.527.] Adjectives and adverbs are numerous in English; there are many thousands of each, and they are ...
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Usage of since with simple present

As per my learning, I kept in mind that since can be used only perfect tenses because since defined by started in the past and continues to the present.However when I saw "how long is it since ...
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'The' usage in movie titles

Why some movies have The in title but some don't? What is the rule? E.g. Groundhog Day Golda Blade Runner but The Lake House The Commuter The Matrix
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Present participle and past participle

I want to understand that to identify the situations by using present participle and past participle. 1.We have to save increased income for health. 2.We have to save increasing income for health. #1 ...
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Is it a mistake to say :a person who thinks they are?

I found it in the Oxford learner's dictionary entry for the word snob. a person who thinks they are much better than other people ... a person is singular, so they should say: who thinks he/she is ... ...
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representing refer to?

Source: McMinn's Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy In fat people, the bladder may lie far cranially, with a long, thin soft tissue band extending to the pubis, representing the urethra. what does ''...
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". . . those who feel able to answer this call for help, have a strong cup of coffee and be on your way."

(From A Terrible Kindness by Jo Browning Wroe) Part I, Aberfan, chapter 2 (The end of the dinner party) "Please share with gathered institute members." . . . "Embalmers needed urgently ...
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Ticket office vs. ticketing office

what's the difference in meaning between ticket office and ticketing office? Thank you ~ "Ticket office" "Ticketing Office"
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Constituency tests

Determine whether "down the radio" in the following sentence is a constituent by using any of the following tests: substitution and movement. If it is NOT a constituent, you need to identify ...
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I exactly want to know what 'now' means [closed]

As I know, 'now' has two meanings. one is 'from now on' and the other is 'at this point'. I don't have time to watch TV now. Ming is worried now. Do both 'now' mean 'from now on' because those ...
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have managed '' ended '' or '' continuing ''? [closed]

I have managed this factory for 50 years ( continuing ). I decide who gets hired. I have managed this factory for 50 years. ( ended ). But I'm too old now. I'm handing this place over to my children ...
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What type of conditional clause is this?

https://www.scribbr.co.uk/verb/conditional-sentence/ If you think we are returning to those policies, then that is not going to happen. Using the resource above, I cannot compare my example: then that ...
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