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most cruel vs cruelest

Why do people say "the most cruel persons..." instead of cruelest? Isn't the declination of cruel => cruel, crueler, the cruelest or is it cruel, more cruel, most cruel? i mean which is ...
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she has been good?

There's a scenario like this : We are in the hospital. our friend is lying in the hospital bed. everything is going well and then he suddenly collapses. at that time the doctor comes in and asks us ...
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The use of "as"

"Such an assumption puts us in the way of a non-arbitrary, full, detailed, coherent causal account of that experience to an extent which no alternative story comes anywhere near rivalling. It can ...
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Is the order arrived?

Our teacher keeps telling us that * Is the order arrived? * is grammatically correct and added that Arrived here functions as an adjective. Anyone can help us solve the problem if there is one. Thank ...
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Why can “I want to X” turn into “I want to” but “I look forward to X” cannot become “I look forward to”?

The following are correct: I want to eat this. I want to! (e.g. in response to a suggestion) I forgot to do it. I forgot to! (e.g. in response to “Did you do it?”) However, while the following are ...
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Why is the question tag for this sentence in Cambridge Dictionary shown like this? --- He gave up his job, did he?

The following sentences are from Cambridge Dictionary along with the explanation: In questions in informal conversation, we can leave out a subject pronoun, or a subject pronoun and an accompanying ...
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"I met the man whose car I had tinkered with" OR "I met the man whose car had been tinkered with by me"

I met the man whose car I had tinkered with. I met the man whose car had been tinkered with by me. which is the correct sentence? can we use another subject for the subject of a relative clause? ->...
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Meaning of the word "taken"

Carnap distinguished two ways in which the words “There are or exist external or physical things” might be taken. On one interpretation these words simply express a proposition which is an obvious ...
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Is "heavens" used as a plural or singular?

According to Merriam Webster, while "Heaven" in singular form refers to the abode of God or gods, "heavens" in plural form refers to the sky or celestial space. Is it used as a ...
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Is this correct? “It sounds fun, isn’t it?”

Do you say, “It sounds fun, isn’t it?” Shoud we say, “It sounds fun, doesn’t it?”
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Need help with the past perfect in this sentence

I stumbled upon this sentence and got confused: “ Actually, your cartoon was the last show he had seen before getting arrested.” Does it sound natural? And if so, can you explain why the past perfect ...
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Should compound nouns treated as singular or plural

All, Which one is correct: "statistical techniques is " or "statistical techniques are" I Googled "statistical techniques is" and also "statistical techniques are&...
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regarding which

To begin, then, with G.E.Moore. It will be remembered that in his famous A Defence of Common Sense Moore asserted that he, and very many other people as well, knew with certainty a number of ...
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noun phrase '' and ''?

Between the hotel and the market where my house is located... Mary and her dog, that I love very much... I know that the relative clause modifies noun or noun phrases. Well, in these sentences, do we ...
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Sentence correct

I've a video that prove(use proving but not that prove?) that I finished the writing on my own. Which 'that' can I ellipsis, or how can I adjust my sentence into a more natural way?
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"How does this look ON the outside." OR "How does this look FROM the outside."?

A native english speaker says this, when she is showing what is inside her bag. She takes things out one by one, talks about each of them, put them on a table, etc. She says: "Do I look ...
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I have a question regarding the complex sentence

Sentence: "We investigated the acceptability and comprehensibility of both native-Thai and native-English instructors (ten of each), as these subjects listen to controlled passages produced by 4 ...
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Can everyone answer my confusion regarding the following sentence?

Sentence: "In this study, we examine the perception English instructors have on the different degrees of grammar skills and Thai-oriented English accent". Is it simple sentence or complex ...
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Does this "anyone" mean "no one"?

I'm guessing the following sentence means "no one has respects for my perspective/opinion/insight/sentiments/humor". Suffice it to say, it's been a steady decline towards hopelessness that ...
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Is my analysis correct?

I am quite busy right now, but I can fix/will be able to fix your car on Friday. I don't have any tools I need, but the new ones will arrive in two days. Therefore, I’ll be able to fix your car on ...
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What is direct speech form of these sentences? 1. He asked me if I had come by train or by bus 2. She wanted to know who we had invited to the party [closed]

He asked me if I had come by train or by bus She wanted to know who we had invited to the party I Know the basics about direct and indirect speech. But I doubt if my answers are correct. I'm new to ...
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The teachers do not allow [us/our] eating in the classrooms

Does the verb 'allow" allow such structures as The teachers do not allow us eating in the classrooms. The teachers do not allow our eating in the classrooms.
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Why saying "THERE is your present." when giving it, although the present is actually HERE (in her hand), not far away)?

The following sentence is from a native english speaking lady talking about Packaged Christmas presents. "There is your Christmas Present." ITV-Is Christmas packaging worth it (see:0:33-0:41)...
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A participle construction?

Excerpt from ‘The Proclamation of the Irish Republic, 1916’ ‘The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to ...
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Any difference in meaning between: "I don't get weighed." AND "I don't weigh myself."?

1- "I don't weigh myself." 2- "I don't get weighed." I heard the first one being used. And I just googled the second one, because it is grammatically closer to my mother tongue (...
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How do you shorten this unnatural sentence: "The problem is not caused by me 100%, but it is also caused by you to some extent."

Two people are arguing about a problem, why it is caused, etc. And finally one of them wants to mean: "This problem is not caused by me 100%, but it is also caused by you to some extent." (...
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Starts of plagued or starts of plaguing

After a rigged vote, the new government starts off plagued by illegitimacy and a mounting financial crisis. After a rigged vote, the new government starts off plaguing by illegitimacy and a mounting ...
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which one is correct? such a argument or such an argument? [closed]

Which one is correct? "such a argument" vs "such an argument" ex) such a(an) argument should be applied to ~~. Edit: The reason why i was confused about it was that "such a&...
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When we have a compound subject or object, which relative pronoun should we use?

I know ‘who’ is used for people; ‘that’ is used for things or animals in restricting clauses; ‘which’ is used for nonrestrictive clauses (though, some people use ‘which’ even for restricted ones); and ...
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"It was a stoney castle kind of thing." VS "It was kind of a stoney castle. --- Is the 1st sentence as valid as the 2nd one?

This is from a native speaker who is describing an imaginary house: "So, it was a stony, log cabin(y) castle kind of thing." Improve your english-Ronnie (see:2:58-3:13) Subtitles show ...
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She has been for 3 hours.? [closed]

There is a scenario like this. There is a woman in a restaurant. The restaurant owner asks her to leave but she doesn't leave. The restaurant owner calls the police. When the police arrive, he tells ...
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He almost drowned(,) when he swam across the river(,) because of the bees

What is the difference in meaning between He almost drowned when he swam across the river because of the bees. He almost drowned, when he swam across the river because of the bees. He almost drowned ...
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To phrase + that clause = prepositional phrase (direct object) + noun phrase (complement) or object complement (infinitive phrase) + complement?

Right from the get-go - I'm not a native speaker, so be understanding ;-), in my native polish the premium is placed on the form of the part of the speech, not in the distribution, that is, the part ...
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What is subject of the verb 'makes' on this sentence?

My sentence: What makes a sound a short vowel? And I want to know that what is the text 'makes a sound', is it a phrase?
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as many/much .... as structure

Kate stayed in London for three days. Lara stayed in London for three days. We can say Lara stayed in London for as many days as Kate did. But if I use 'in London' in a different position in the ...
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Clarification on the Use of Dual Verbs in Relative Clauses

I recently encountered a sentence structure that has piqued my curiosity, and I'm hoping to get some insights from the community here. The structure involves the use of two verbs in a relative ...
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Something Happens AS something else is happening

do we only use Past sentences for sentences like “Kate slipped as she was getting off the bus” ? Kate slips as she is getting off the bus. is it correct to use this type if sentences for present/...
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"As + Sub + Verb"

As = in the same way as, in the same condition as. We use as with subject (S) + verb (V): I didn’t move anything. I left everything as it was. You should have done it as I showed you. do we leave ...
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Relative Clause Sentences I have a lot of work to do

I have a lot of work to do. = I have a lot of work that I must do. It is the same. I can't understand that. How?
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Placement of a relative pronoun

Please consider the following sentence: Ada Lovelace is the first computer programmer in the world who wrote the code for analytical engine. Is the placement of the relative pronoun "who" ...
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Fewer things that work better

I came across a marketing blurb that says: Fewer things that work better Source: https://www.modular.com From a grammar perspective, what does that mean? Does it mean that the product doesn't have ...
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Are both verb forms acceptable? "There is/are marks all over it."

a) There are marks all over it. b) There is marks all over it. “Is” vs. “Are”—Correct Usage Can is be switched with are here or it is ungrammatical to do so? I may be inclined to say in speech: there ...
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a question of indefinite article "an"

There is a passage on the website below https://ieltsonlinetests.com/ielts-mock-test-2023-january-reading-practice-test-3?mode=practice_test&parts=1&duration=60 Here is a question about the ...
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What is the sentence pattern and the grammatical lable for each of the word

What is the sentence pattern of the below given sentence and grammatical lable for each of the word . "Sanskrit is the oldest language." Sanskrit is the subject, 'is' verb ,what can be the ...
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Antecedent agreement-verb and subject

Which verbs or verb should be used to fix the grammatical point? He is one of the boys who_____interested in learning English. is are Both are acceptable. Let me know why? Attach any references to ...
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Is it correct to use "would" in the context provided?

Is it grammatically possible to use both "would come" and "was coming" in the context below: Earlier, the temperature had fallen. And now clouds began moving in. I knew a storm ...
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Why don’t we use a comma with coordinate items containing a coordinating conjunction?

In a book I had read about punctuation, it wasn’t clear about coordinate items in which one of the items contains a coordinating conjunction. This was the example: “The resort offers elegantly ...
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Any difference between "He was taken down there." AND "He was taken there."? [duplicate]

"Anyway, he got drunk and he was taken down there." ITV-This morning (see:5:08-5:15) "take someone to a place" is the usual structure in every day life. For instance "He took ...
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"I've been to see the manager" -- meaning of "been to see"

What does "been to see" in this excerpt from a listening test mean? Tutor: Hello Sam, come in and sit down ... Sam: Thanks. Tutor: You’re here to discuss your company-based IT project aren’...
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Can we eliminate the pronoun after the verb to be?

I know we can omit a relative pronoun when it’s not the subject of the clause: “There’s something you should know.” But we can’t omit it when it’s the subject: “The student who sits in the back of the ...
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