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Can "unless" be used in unreal past (with would have)?

I found conflicting information about the subject: BBC World Service states that: And we cannot use unless with would to talk about unreal future situations: If he didn't take everything so ...
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About conditionals (future tense)

I have been teaching conditionals to another student. I taught her the zero, first, second, and third conditional. We are not tackling mixed conditionals, and we were identifying which part of the ...
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Is "have had" grammatical and natural here?

Context: A divorced father has had his son over for a few hours and they ended up having a heated argument that ruined the evening. His ex-wife talks with him two days later. She is angry and says ...
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How does "the + comparative adjective" work here?

I was reading chapter 5 of The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells and came across this sentence: "This smoke was so bright that the deep blue sky overhead and the hazy stretches of brown common ...
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Past perfect or past simple in these sentences

I know this is not really a new question but . . . I got a letter from John yesterday. We were at school but I lost touch with him because he was very ill and could not go to school anymore. ...
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'how far from~' sentence in grammar

How far 'is it' from here to the nearest gas station? How far from here to the nearest gas station? Does both sentences grammarly correct? Like 2) sentence, Can I omit the 'is it'?
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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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MAKING SUGGESTIONS - It+ MODAL + be a good idea to +infinitive (What Modals can logically be used with this structure)

"It might be a good idea to get home early." With this basic structure for offering a suggestion, we have the modal "might". Am I able to use other modals to communicate a ...
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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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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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Does "since [year]" include that year?

I had a disagreement with my Professor regarding the use of the word "since" in a few of our exam questions. The sentence was "dividends have not been paid since 2021". In ...
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Using the short form of the verb 'to be' in continuous aspect

I'm wondering if it is okay to use a short form of "to be" after nouns, as in the sentences: "The women 're working", "The birds're singing".
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work/worked and know/known?

Normally, when we use stative verbs in perfect tense, we prefer simple perfect tense, not perfect continuous, and we know that they mean the same thing. I have worked here for 3 years. or I have been ...
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He hasn’t worked for years?

What does the sentence '' He hasn't worked for years '' actually tell us? He hasn't worked for years. ( ... still doesn't work ) He hasn't worked for years. ( until now ) but now he will ?
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The worst thing he can be called

Which one is the correct? The worst thing he can be called is a coward. The worst thing he could be called is a coward. I think it's the second one because it's about possibility in the future; on ...
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The use of "as"

I'm trying to understand the use of as found in this passage from P. F. Strawson's Scepticism and Naturalism: Some Varieties (1985): Such an assumption puts us in the way of a non-arbitrary, full, ...
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Phrases formed by pattern "preposition + adjective" such as: "In general", "In particular", "In short"

There are several structures formed by the pattern "In + Adj." such as: "In general", "In particular", "In short". Collins dictionary lists those three ...
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the category of ‘when’ in ‘when compared to other bicycles’

My inquiry below is related to the following link; Question participle phrase "compared to" I note BillJ’s and Mohd’s comment - ‘compared to the end of 2016’ in "There was a 10% ...
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How to know when to use preposition with an adverb of place?

I saw a video of an English tutor saying that we say: I am going home, not I am going to home. because home is an adverb here. Why do we not follow the same guidance with sentences like: I am ...
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Which one is correct, 'in' or 'at'?

I fixed a computer in the Accounting Office. vs I fixed a computer at the Accounting Office.
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I did it or I've done it?

Consider these two sentences: 1. You have to do it just like I did it. 2. You have to do it just like I have done it. I do understand the difference between simple past and present perfect, however,I'...
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'Depends on what's you goal' and 'Depends on what your goal is'

Why does "that depends on what's your goal for life" sound less proper than "that depends on what your goal for life is"? This is one of the few times in English when it sounds ...
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two simultaneous events with the same subject?

Source 1 : Compact Advanced Student's Book There is an explanation in the book. two simultaneous events with the same subject; the participle clause normally comes second Example: The woman hurried ...
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Are "can" and "be able to" interchangable in these examples?

To me, the following sentences sound correct. The computer crashed yesterday but I could fix it. She could pass the exam, even though she hadn't studied much. However, my grammar book states that ...
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I didn’t think Vs I have never thought

A scene in a novel I am reading. Mr A just finished doing something surprising for Mrs B. C is standing next to Mrs B, and asked: Was you surprised? Mrs B answered like this: The author wrote: (1) I ...
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Necessary - Having to

Being locked into a contract, it's (having - necessary) to bring out the new album these days. I am one of those who will choose 'necessary' at first sight, but my tutor said that 'it' here the common ...
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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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Wrong Past Perfect Tense Structure

I read this sentence: After we had eaten lunch, we flew our kites. I feel like this sentence has a weird structure, although it's grammatically correct. I feel like saying this is better: After we ...
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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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Conditionals without 'if'

I can see lots of sentences like "You touch my bag again, I kill you." I guess this is also a conditional, even though I don't see any 'if' clauses. (Am I right?) In this case, can I say &...
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Can present perfect and present simple be used in the same sentence?

I occasionally say a sentence in which mixing the two tenses feels natural but in theory they express different relations to time so I am unsure whether this is correct. One example sentence would be: ...
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Is "that" the right complement of the verb "require"

Here are original sentences: "Sometimes a creative problem is so difficult that it requires people to connect their imaginations together; the answer arrives only if we collaborate" But how ...
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Leave tomorrow or leave for tomorrow

I need a break tomorrow. What should I say to my boss? Sir, I need a leave tomorrow. Sir, I need a leave for tomorrow. Please help me out.
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differ from v differ between

Which of these sentences is correct: Pain tolerance differs from person to person or Pain tolerance differs between person to person. Why is one preferred over the other?
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How to use the future tenses

When I'm 25 years, I will have graduated from university and ....... for a job. a) will look b) be looking c) will have looked d) am going to look (1) I think the sentence will be OK and ...
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to be produced vs which is produced

A)Vehicle is first fully electric Suv to be produced in Turkey. B)Vehicle is first fully electric Suv which is produced in Turkey. Sentence A and sentence B are the same in the meaning? which one is ...
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whereby and in/by which

The below is a sentence from my English textbook. 'We need to develop a system whereby workers and management can communicate more effectively.' And the book shows an alternative using 'in/by which'....
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May have done/Might do

İ learned that might is also used as past form of may.What is the difference between may have done/might (past tense of may).İs it correct to use "may have done" as past form of "may do".
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correct usage/sentence structure

The terrorists had used their influence — fear— to keep the women as prisoners. The power of believing in the myth (fear) kept its spirit alive. How should these types of examples be punctuated? ...
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"are specified" or "have been specified" would be grammatically correct?

Which one is correct? The conditions of deformation and calculation of the soil – pipeline system are specified? Or: The conditions of deformation and calculation of the soil – pipeline system ...
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"considered to be" and "considered as"

This passage is from TOEFL: Those who are considered to be gorgeous can make millions of dollars due to their looks, while musical geniuses with modest looks may remain in obscurity. I wonder ...
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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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Is this sentence idiomatic: "It works best the earliest it is given."

A doctor tells about adrenaline pens on TV. He says: "It works best the earliest it is given." ITV-Adrenaline pens (see:8:26-8:30) As far as I understand, he means "The earlier it is ...
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Place of a time expression in a negative sentence

Is it possible to put the time expressions before or after the negative word? Or is there only one way? For example : The students usually don't like eating fish The students don't usually like eating ...
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direct object or indirect object?

I want him to go. In this sentence '' him '' is a direct object. who do i want ? him ''to go '' is object complement. I told him to go '' him '' in this sentence direct or indirect object ? I am ...
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I had not (or never) known that he was a vegetarian

(Before someone told me that he was a vegetarian) I had not known that he was a vegetarian. I had never known that he was a vegetarian. It seems that the first sentence is correct while the second ...
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Is the preposition "for" missing, though at the end of the relative clause?

I've come across this sentence in a document. Newly-built village houses refer to village houses for which a certificate of compliance is applied. Is a "for" missing after "applied&...
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Is it okay to put "cannot" in a present perfect tense?

Is it okay to say "we cannot have achieved this without the participation of your company.
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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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Preposition to use for challenge (in or of)

I'm struggling with the choice of preposition to use for the following sentence. Amy enjoys the challenge of doing X,Y,Z to improve her run time. Amy enjoys the challenge in doing X,Y,Z to ...
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