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"someone will have arrived yesterday" - Future Perfect Tense in the past?

If they’re following their schedule, they will have arrived yesterday. Yesterday? But yesterday is not a part of the future? I'm confused now.
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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 ...
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Tense Usage in Personal Passive Voice Construction

Example Sentence: They believed the bridge was constructed badly. ⇒ The bridge was believed to [be/have been] constructed badly. Which should I use in this case, "to be" or "to have ...
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Breathed deep vs. breathing deeply

He looked at the stone figures all around them, breathed deep in the chill of silence of the crypt. (A Game of Thrones) I think he should have put breathing deeply instead of breathed deep, for two ...
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"which" acting as relative pronoun standing for verbal phrases?

1: Metal will bear beating with a hammer, which a stone will not. 2: He can write a letter in English, which I cannot. In these examples does "which" act as a relative pronoun and stand for ...
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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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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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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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Time duration with past perfect tense

Is it correct that just like present perfect we do not usually use time duration as in "for two years" with past perfect tense, apart from certain fixed sentences as in lived, owned, known, ...
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Usage of "his + Ving"?

I'm completely fine with both these sentences: I am sure of my brother's passing the exam. I am sure of my brother passing the exam. So I suppose it's OK to use "his + Ving" or "him + ...
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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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Using would with present tense

Is this correct? I would buy it if it actually does what it is supposed to do? Should we replace this sentence with this? If so, please explain. I would buy it if it actually did what it was supposed ...
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What's the difference between "If I had done" and "If I did"?

If I had known she was coming, Id have come too. 1st Question: I really understand this sentence but what if I say it like “If I knew she (would come or not or was coming or not?), I'd come too.” Am ...
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Is this the correct use of "will it"?

Once the spirit is broken, only when the human has lost all hope WILL IT be transferred to the soul extraction chamber. It should be "it will be" for conditionals here, right??
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of the form vs in the form

The structure is of the form of X. The structure is in the form of X. What is the difference in meaning and which one is grammatically correct? I think 1 means the structure is united with the ...
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to understand vs to understanding

I was wondering why we use "understanding" instead of "understand" in this sentence? can we just use "understand"? Math is the hidden secret to understanding the world.
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What is correct "in various subjects" or "on various subjects"?

They offer classes on various subjects. They offer classes in various subjects. Which is correct? Searching google for "classes in/on various subjects" shows that both variants are used ...
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grammar/ meaning “To look at him, you'd never think he was 80!”

Is the title sentence the short form of (If you were) To look at him, you'd never think he was 80! Likewise, In other part of the country again, to give the example of Minnesota, you would ...
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Is the word "could" here in the past or present?

SOURCE Context : A guy wakes up and a girl tells him that he slept with her during the night (the girl is his friend). He denies this and says: Since you've tempted me so much until now, I would'...
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People He Thought Were/To Be

I have a question about this: 1a. The people he thought were missing showed up. 1b. The people he thought to be missing showed up. 2a. The people he guessed were missing showed up. 2b. The ...
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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 to use "make" and/or "make for" in this sense?

Which of the following sentences are grammatically correct? Which ones are formal, idiomatic and proper to use in writing an essay? What makes for a good job? What makes a good job? What does make a ...
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Which phrase or word does “as” belong to?

As, in order to will, it is necessary to be free, a difficulty no less great than the former arises: that of preserving at once the public liberty and the authority of government.Source: Rousseau, A ...
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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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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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The categories of indefinite pronouns

I know everything. They know all of their pen pals./ They know all the fathers of the family here. I think "everything" is an indefinite pronoun, and "all" is also an indefinite pronoun, so what ...
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using V-ing after When

Actually I'm doing a Grammar exercise that require me to identify mistake in a sentence. Here's the sentence: (A)When hearing the weather forecast, we decide (B)not to go camping (C)in the (D) ...
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Past continuous vs. Past perfect

It's a story that happened in the past at an airport. It starts this way When I got to the check-in desk my parents were nowhere in sight. I was waiting for them until it suddenly occurred to me ...
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Good Wishing for someone's success

Here are some sentences: Can I use 'May' for wishing someone? For example: May you get success in your goal. OR, Is it compulsory to use the word 'wish' for wishing someone ? For example: I ...
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Can I use the definite article 'the' in this sentence?

I've just read a scientific article. And I am wondering about the use of articles. The given sentence is, Now, three teams of researchers have demonstrated the ability to perform secure quantum ...
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Rule of this sentence with some other examples?

I'm facing a problem with the bold part. How to convert any sentence with "based on" to the following format "base...on"? For example: College students should choose a field of ...
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Using of comma before participle

The IAIT was supposed to be domestically-funded and carry out human rights related activities in India, using these funds. When I checked this sentence in grammarly (grammer checker), it showed the ...
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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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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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What's the word I should use for close calls

Please allow me to ask a question, I set a goal in my work, which could not be accomplished in the first place, but it was finally accomplished. How should this situation be described? What word would ...
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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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Infinitive as modifier

Infinitive used as modifier can have a passive meaning: the bench is too wet to sit on "this bench can't be sat on" The action "sit" is directed at the subject as if it were in ...
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Whats the difference between "Where 'you would'/'would you' like to go"?

I was wondering if you guys could help me with this. What is the difference there in Where would you like to go? and Where you would like to go?
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Understanding to use "Of" in this sentence?

This serves both as a way of making amends to society and of avoiding the potentially harmful consequences of a period in prison. Is this the bold "Of" word same with "as a way of ...
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Roles of objects and subjects

I am trying to understand the roles of subjects (agentive, identified, characterized, affected, etc) and roles of objects (affected, resultant, eventive, recipient). Example 1: Having finished their ...
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What is the difference in these sentences?

Numerical adjectives. What is the difference between saying “40 days and 40 nights vs only “40 days and nights” Also, if I’m looking for 10 bottles of wine and liquor does this mean 10 bottles in ...
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'How is your mom and dad?'or 'How are your mom and dad?'

Which is correct? How is your mom and dad? How are your mom and dad? I've heard people saying "How's your parents?" or "how's your mom and dad?" Plural subject with singular ...
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Does the below imply hearing his brusqueness for the first time, or hearing a higher degree of his brusqueness?

Does the below imply hearing his brusqueness for the first time, or hearing a higher degree of his brusqueness? His tone was brusque like never before.
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Why do we use the future with will when we say "I'll be in London next week" when things have already been planned, instead of "be going to"?

I know there are several ways of using the Future Tense, one of them being "be going to". This is used for intention, something which has already been planned, for example: We're going to ...
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Meals orders or meals order or meal orders

I came across the explanation of noun adjunct but still unsure which is the correct one to use in the example below. I'm unsure if the order here is considered as a noun or a verb. Example sentence ...
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Is there a comma needed in this sentence, and if so, why?

The sentence in question: "I met with a psychologist to see if I was on the autism spectrum but they told me that I was not." Is this a complete sentence: "They told me that I was not.&...
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Do you need the determiner "the" for a name of place?

This is something weird. Example: I go to the city. Yesterday, I went to New York City. You can see from the examples that when the city has a name, it doesn't use the word "the." But is ...
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"essential for doing", "essential to doing": when should I use which?

I'm confused about the following examples that Cambridge Dictionary gives: Formulating new strategies is essential for preparing the corporation to meet and sustain future needs. uses the pattern ...
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Is use of "to" is correct in this sentence?

He emphasized the severity of the Covid pandemic to his son.
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