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View from the present on the past

Does it sound natural if I say in this writing style, meaning that some situation that happened in the past is being judged in the present, and the second sentence it's being judged in past. View ...
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Recent and present

How do we know recent and present I know that present perfect can use present situation and recent action but what I am confused is how to divide them that native speaker is speaking present or recent,...
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Prepositional phrase functioning as a direct object

In the following example: I told my friend about the book Is the prepositional phrase about the book functioning as a direct object? Or would it function as either an adjective or adverb. For me, ...
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Why were relative pronouns not used? What is the grammatical explanation?

The sun makes the rocks dance in the heat, and the herd children hear one kite (never any more) whistling almost out of sight overhead, and they know that if they died, or a cow died, that kite would ...
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'Had' or 'has' when speaking about a pair of one deceased and one living

I am trying to talk about the likelihood I will lose my hair as I age, speaking about both my father and my grandfathers. My father's hair has begun to thin, one of my grandfathers still has a full ...
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​She doesn't have got an apple. She hasn’t got an apple. Which one is correct? [duplicate]

​She doesn't have got an apple. She hasn’t got an apple. Which one is correct? Or both them are correct? Thanks! And why. I am a english learning beginner. Thank you for your answers.
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When are "can" and "will be able to" interchangeable and when are they not?

"Can" and "Will be able to" are sometimes interchangeable but sometimes not. I am not sure how we can distinguish them. For example, If I study hard, I can/will be able to pass ...
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What does "lockup" mean in this context?

This context comes from the movie "Sling Blade" (1996). (Karl is a person who was committed to a mental institution when he was a kid and who recently got out. The person speaking is his ...
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My mobile phone has <something wrong>, so I'll get it fixed

Sentence to be discussed: My mobile phone has something wrong, so I'll get it fixed. Source: This is a quiz question from a Chinese textbook (junior high school). Background: Ask students to rewrite ...
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What does 'what they have intimated was a "beat-up"' mean here?

I was reading this article but couldn't grasp the meaning of this sentence. "Both Quinn and The Age have come in for criticism from contributors Tom Ryan and David Stratton on this blog over what ...
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Question regarding using singular or plural nouns

Recently I have been puzzled by this question below: There ___ a pen and two slices of cake. Should I put "is" or "are" for the blank above? Some argued that "is" is ...
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How do you explain the effects of restrictive clauses?

I am trying to explain the meaning of restrictive clause of relative pronouns to my students. I’ve made up these sentences in bold and try to explain their meanings from the point of the r view of ...
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Relative pronouns that single things out

I know that relative pronoun clauses can single things out of a larger group, but I am wondering if the context can change the effect. For example, (These are the sentences I made up) Example 1 The ...
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by cooking or while cooking? [closed]

Is the second sentence grammatically correct? They chatted about their day at work while cooking dinner. They chatted about their day at work by cooking dinner.
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Does the word 'single' in this sentence need an article?

My friend wrote: "Why? Because Russia has always been a bit of a paradox to the most of the world: nobody knows much about it, never been there or knows single Russian person." I told her I ...
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leaving and causing referring?

In tinea capitis the fungus invades the hair shafts, causing the hairs to become brittle and to break off at the level of the scalp, leaving an area of stubby, black dotted alopecia. Hello, is the “...
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When to put "articles" before proper nouns?

I have learned some rules for using articles. I have noticed we can use articles before proper nouns but I am not totally sure. From my understanding, this is the rule for using articles before proper ...
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What's the difference between "business is booming" vs "business is a-booming"

This is a line from "Inglourious Basterds" by Quentin Tarantino. "We in the killing Nazi business, and , cousin , business is a-booming." Is there any difference between "...
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talking empathetically or by talking?

what is the difference between the two sentences. is it grammatically appropriate? She comforted her friend, talking empathetically. She comforted her friend by talking empathetically. or He entered ...
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Using "can" as a regular verb: Unable to can

A colleague used a phrase (fitting the context incredibly well), which everybody reacted to as quite unusual. Then, we had a discussion whether it's grammatically correct. In fact, we're not certain ...
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What is the reason for using past perfect in following sentences

She had made me a nice cup of coffee. He had lost his dog in the park yesterday. What is the reason for using past perfect in following sentences
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Plural/singular regarding subject of two people

I'm confused by this sentence: This image isn't real. The skin color of the mother and child respectively are wrong. This image isn't real. The skin color of the mother and child respectively is wrong....
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"There is one of him sharing a private joke with his dad that he loves so much, . . . "

(From A Terrible Kindness by Jo Browning Wroe, Part II Cambridge Choir, chapter 19) (William, the chorister, musing about his dad's funeral) The best memories a vicar wouldn't know about, and anyway,...
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Which one of these sentences is correct? Not even vs Even don't

Not even girls use them Even girls don't use them This might be too basic of a question, but can anyone please answer this
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"would be"/ "is"/ "I think"

*Context 1: A: Who is the best student in our class? B: It would be/ is X *Context 2: A: Selena Gomez would be/is considered beautiful by most people, but there are some people that think her ...
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Is this structure incorrect: past perfect + after 2 months since + past simple?

(the previous part talks about a show using past simple) ...Due to the failure to attract viewers, this show had been closed after only 2 months since the day it was aired. I feel that the above ...
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What is the difference between “except” and “except for?”

What is the difference between “except” and “except for?” They all went home except me. They all went home except for me. Are the two sentences both correct? Are there any situations where I must ...
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I got something for you

Context : I found that my friend have been sad recently. I decided to buy a gift for her to surprise and make her happy again. Now, I meet her in our class. I give it to her and say: Me: How are you? ...
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The position of Adverb of manner and the complement

Prepare well for this. Verb+ Adv+ Comp Prepare for this well. Verb+ Comp+ Adv The first is no doubt right. But, is the second one incorrect? Isn't it understandable? If we place the complement before ...
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To present (an indictment) to a court "said of" a grand jury

Does "said of a grand jury" refer to the court in "to present (an indictment) to a court said of a grand jury"? According to this link, "the phrasal verb '(to) say of' is ...
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conditional 0 vs condtioanl 3 which one is better in this context?

"In the 17th century, European merchants didn't transport spices and tea through West Asia anymore due to the influence of the Ottoman Empire there. If European merchants crossed the borders, ...
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Is my choice between the simple past and past pefrect tense correct here?

I made up these sentences and I am wondering if I made a correct choice. Example 1 Few commanders in the 18th century ordered their soldiers to charge at the enemy right at the beginning of a battle. ...
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Is it necessary to change this sentence?

Should I revise this sentence? Should I change this sentence in bold into version 2? Version 1 “We didn’t go farther because we would be killed if we got into their territory. Version 2 “We didn’t go ...
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Should I revise this sentence?

Is it necessary to revise this sentence in bold? Should I use “would have destroyed” and “had approached” instead of “would destroy” and “approached” in the following sentence in bold? "At the ...
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Can we usually use the word still in a negative sentence?

I happened to see a blog of a Japanese English teacher in a cram school and sentences below are on the blog as usages of a word still. She is still not here. She is not still here. . In this blog he ...
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Is this usage of "and" correct?

I read the following sentence in a grammar book which is displayed as a fault example of usage of "and". She told us to read the text carefully, and that we should write a short review of ...
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Would you say "settle on doing something", or is only "settle on something" correct?

Normally, gerunds are also nouns and you can say any of these, for example, "I like football", "I like coming to a football field to see my friends play" or "I like playing ...
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difference in nuance and frequency of usage between "Who'd have known?" and "Who knew?"

I think the title of the following post is grammatically incorrect but am not sure what it was meant to be. I guess it should be "Who'd have known?" or "Who knew?" I wonder if &...
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care of or care for

Which one of the below is correct? The involvement of fathers in the care for their newborn baby is beneficial. or The involvement of fathers in the care of their newborn baby is beneficial. Most ...
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Correct pronoun in reported speech

What is the correct reported speech for She said to me, "When are we going to leave?" Is it: A) She asked me when they were going to leave. B) She asked me when we were going to leave. ...
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My relatives and friends who

Is this sentence grammatically correct? Who refers to what ? My relatives and friends who love me all live elsewhere. Actually, what I meant to say was this : My friends who love me and my relatives ...
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"The teacher came to class and advised the students." Is this sentence simple or compound. Argument for simple is it contains singular subject

If it's not simple then how it's compound, as it contains a singular subject, as compound should have compound subjects and compound predicates joined by coordinating conjunction.
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‘If you are not looking’ vs ‘if not looking’

Is ‘if not looking’ commonly used and grammatically correct as a shortened version of 'if you are not looking for/to)'? For example, I received a text advertising health insurance. It ended with a ...
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Is "ones" in this sentence grammatical?

I encountered the "ones" functioning as a possessive pronoun in this context: In the individual, this cultural context is expressed in terms of ones attitudes, beliefs, personality ...
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Is 'nowadays' a negator? / does it form a sentence whose polarity is negative?

Came across a passage that used nowadays to counter the previous statement, and was wondering whether it would count as a word that does non-verbal negation In the past this happened frequently; ...
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can any one explain the grammar in the sentence, especially the clause after than

Her foot lands with such force --- so much more force than I thought possible from that tiny body. a sentence from the novel Yellow Face. I just couldn't wrap my head around the part in bold.Can ...
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Meaning of "Would never have thought"

The Englishman had been profoundly impressed by the story. But he would never have thought it more than just a myth.. I could not understand what "would never have thought" means here. Is ...
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Doing something vs Going to do something

Could someone explain to me the differences between the following sentences? I'm going to a party tomorrow vs I'm going to go to a party tomorrow.
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a mistake in the book or a deficiency?

Our source book : A Practical English Grammar 4. by A. J. Thomson it describes the perfect tense I'm quoting as it is : B Sometimes, however, the action finishes at the time of speaking: (on meeting ...
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Does this sentence lack a second subject: "This figure rose to 50% in 1991, but fell again by 5% in 2001"?

This figure rose to 50% in 1991, but fell again by 5% in 2001. I've read this sentence online from a native speaker and think that the writer should have either added a subject to the second clause, ...
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