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Emphatic statement and questions

We can use helping verbs like do, does, and did before verbs for emphasis, as in: He knows the truth. He does know the truth. (More emphatic) But does the same rule apply to information questions? ...
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After all, finally etc

Is it possible to use, for example: "finally, after all", to express impatience or annoyance like the word already? Can you tell me where they gone after all? Stop asking me stupind ...
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"It is snow everywhere." OR "It is snowy everywhere."

An expert is talking about microplastics on BBC, and she tells about how we are surrounded by plastic. She says: "...and you know, it is plastic, it is plastic everywhere." BBC-microplastic. ...
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Word order in indirect question

As I know, we normally have to change the word order in indirect questions. Correct my examples below if they are wrong: "Can you tell me where you come from?" "Can you tell me who were ...
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Is it possible to use “can’t” in a conditional 1 sentence instead of “won’t be able to”? [duplicate]

Is it possible to use “can’t” to refer to future inability instead of “won’t be able to” in the main clause of a type 1 conditional sentence? Like this: If it rains heavily, he can’t hold his party in ...
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What is the correct puntuation or grammer for this sentence? [closed]

It may be that I can't combine this question and sentence. Do you want a car, insurance, gas and maintenance can be $100 a month not counting the cost of saving for a car or a car payment.< ...
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If he uses a rifle… [duplicate]

Does this sentence in bold sound natural and grammatical to native speakers of English although I use “can” instead of “will be able to”? A: Jack will try to kill that boar again tomorrow. He failed ...
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I can't understand why a native speaker says it this way, when telling about a church collapse? ----- "Came right down onto the church."

A church roof collapsed in USA. A person who actually saw it fall in tells about how it happened. He says: "Came right down onto the church." BBC- (See 00:28-00:32) I can't really understand ...
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"No matter when" OR "it doesn't matter when"

In the book Practical English Usage, on page number 253: "Because no matter who, what, etc act like conjunctions, they must be used with two clauses. - No matter when you come, you’ll be welcome, ...
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With a roar from the crowd to speed them upwards

With a roar from the crowd to speed them upwards, the fourteen players rose towards the leaden sky. Harry flew higher than any of them, squinting around for the Snitch. From Harry Potter Can I change ...
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Why does a sentence start with "For some people..........." where "Some people" is the subject of the sentence?

"For some people, no matter how much sleep they get, they still feel tired and low in energy. Why?" BBC-why some people always feel tired "Some people" is the subject of the ...
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Should "the" or no article be used in "is ___ principal of this school"?

Q. Mrs. Kanwal is ............ principal of this school. (1) no article (2) a (3) an (4) the Some people say that there should be "no article" before the noun "principal". They ...
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what should I use for an object/thing/non-living 'What' or 'Who' in a question like this?

"Who decides which program to run next?" "What decides which program to run next?" which sentence would be correct if the answer could be 'interpreter' which is an object/non-...
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Which phrase is correct "stiffener set" or "stiffeners set"?

Which phrase is correct to define a set of stiffeners: "stiffener set" or "stiffeners set"?
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The tense for something airing at the time of speaking

A speech is going on TV. There is a slide down there at the bottom of the screen to tell the viewers what is airing now. Which is the right pattern? A. Speech being delivered to students of XYZ ...
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Reference regarding prepositional phrases and collocations

Does anyone know any good reference (books,lecture notes or webpages, preferably books or lecture notes) to study prepositional phrases and collocations? By "good" I mean a reference with ...
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What are the difference between these two sentences?

The bullied schoolboy appeared on television, and The bullying schoolboy appeared on television. What is the difference in meaning. Is it that the 1st sentence subject is the victim?
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If you work hard enough next month [closed]

Does B's sentence in bold sound natural to native speakers of English? A: I really want that sports car. B: Well, December is not only the last month of the year but also the competition month for ...
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"Not" or "no" in "yet every mother breeds not sons alike"

In the following sentence from the Merriam Webster's entry for breed: yet every mother breeds not sons alike (Shakespeare) I'm wondering the usage of "not" is grammatically correct. ...
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Using present perfect with for after the event ended with for

I had an English exam about two days ago, and one of the questions was My uncle ____(live) in Alexandria for 20 years. Now, he lives in Cairo what I answered is Has Lived. EDIT: The model answer is &...
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Is it correct to say "The heater must have gone off."?

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/go-off on the above address you can see: It's getting cold. The heater must have gone off. why there is "have" instead of "has"? ...
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Does using "can" instead of "will be able to" make this sentence in bold sound unnatural?

Does the sentence in bold sound unnatural? A: The new bathtub will arrive at the store in February. Jack is trying to figure out how to transport it home. He won’t be able to drive his car because it ...
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What's the correct choice for this question with "may ..." sentense?

I know "may have broken" could be a correct choice but it is not an option, so I was going for the option a) since it's grammatically correct(?) Could someone tell me what's the correct ...
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"We had enough firewood to keep us warm" and "We had enough firewood to keep ourselves warm" correct one?

"We had enough firewood to keep us warm" (I found this example in a book) "We had enough firewood to keep ourselves warm" (whereas this is the main question if this is correct) -...
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"That requires X be computed when accessed" versus "That requires X to be computed when it is accessed"

That requires the Magnitude and Direction properties be computed when accessed. Why is it not below? That requires the Magnitude and Direction properties to be computed when they are accessed. What ...
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Understanding the Differences Between 'In' and 'Into' in English Usage [duplicate]

I am currently learning English and have come across a point of confusion regarding the use of the prepositions 'in' and 'into.' While they seem similar, I understand that their usage can ...
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What is the difference between subject with two verbs and parallel structure?

What is the difference between not using a comma when the subject has two verbs and parallel structure when the subject is omitted? Two independent clauses: “ President Obama addressed Congress, and ...
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Do we need to repeat the subject after a comma?

I read this sentence in a book: She ate potatoes and apples, then went outside and dug in the garden. Don’t we need to repeat the subject after the comma? She ate potatoes and apples, then she went ...
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CNN: "Had he lived, he would be 95 years old this year." | Why is it "....would be...." instead of "....would have been..."?

"Had he lived, Martin Luther King Jr. would be 95 years old this year." CNN-Martin's question remains unaswered This sentence seems to start with Conditional Type 3 structure, but it does ...
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"I will see if I can't make somthing", what does the "can't" mean?

The line is easy to understand in context but difficult in terms of grammar. I find this one in D.H. Lawrence's famous short fiction The Rocking-Horse Winner so it may be of common use in his age or ...
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Joining without Punctuation or Conjunction

There are sentences where two clauses are not joined by conjunction or punctuation. Notice the position of asterisk in below sentences where I "feel" empty/lack of conjunction or punctuation:...
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He wants to open his own business, but needs a push in the right direction to get him started

He wants to open his own business, but needs a push in the right direction to get him started. Source: https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/push_2 Does "in the right ...
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A participle phrase

I am an English instructor with a vast experience. But I am confused about a grammar point. I fail to understand whether a participle non-finite clause is a part of the subject or predicate, in other ...
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Why doesn't this sentence have a conjunction to join two clauses?

About this quote from Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone: He understood what he had to do all right, it was doing it that was going to be the problem. I think that it is better to add a ...
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Issues with the wording "The treasure (?) must stand forth to himself the approved owner"

(From The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne, Chapter XXIII, passage 378/379, published 1892) That was indeed the chief singularity, the one thing conspicuous in their island life; ...
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so + V-ing -- correct grammatical structure?

"One of the incentives for capping electricity use, rather than charging different amounts according to usage, was to make access to energy equitable. Every household has the same five kW cap, ...
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Reducing a relative adverb in a relative clause

Can I ever reduce relative adverbs, i.e. where, when or why, in relative clauses? I've read somewhere that we can reduce where if it follows "the place/somewhere/anywhere/anywhere/nowhere", ...
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I need help with using Like with weather [closed]

what do you think the weather will be like next week? Or what do you think the weather likes next week? What is grammatically incorrect?
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I am a black belt at or black belt in?

I am a Black Belt at Origami. One false move and I can fold you into twelve.!” Petrá joked. (source) I am pretty sure you can't say at unless it's a location. What do you think? I am a black belt at ...
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How to recognize the use of 'that' in 'the way that events evolve but remain the same.'?

They denote states, which do not develop over time in different phases the way that events evolve but remain the same. Merriam-Webster defines: (4)-> used as a function word to introduce a ...
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I didn't have enough time, however, I read the book till the end

This sentence is from an exercise ('use "However' to join the sentences : 'I didn't have enough time. I read the book till the end.'): ' I didn't have enough time, however, I read the book till ...
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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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Passive Voice and Relative Clause sentences

1.the object to validate 2.the object to be validated 3.the object which will be validated what are the differences between them? I thought all the sentences meant the same thing. What subject do I ...
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You can be famous but not be a celebrity

This is from a school task: You can be famous but not be a celebrity. What they mean is: You can be famous without being a celebrity. Can some people (depending on prosody?) interpret (1) to mean (...
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Bill has got athletics club on Monday(s)

If I understand it correctly, one cannot use "have got" to describe repeated actions/events, can one? So it is wrong to say 'Bill has got athletics club on Monday' to mean 'Bill has got ...
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instructors, who are all?

What does the relative pronoun "who" here refer to? why ? instructors ? course masters and instructors ? Much time is dedicated to interactive and practical training under the supervision ...
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Reporting Conditionals

I'm wondering how to report Conditionals. Do we have to step back in terms of tenses? I also found this https://www.englishcollege.com/conditionals-reported-speech-if-clause. As a native speaker can ...
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a teenager eager to return to college

everyone, I became a medical curiosity, attracting some of the area’s top specialists to look in on me and review my case. As a patient, and a teenager eager to return to college, I asked each doctor ...
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"Do to others as yould have them do to you." VS "Do to others as yould EXPECT/WISH them do to you."

"Do to others as you would have them do to you." I understand the sentence means "Do to others as you would like/wish/expect them to do to you", which perfectly sits well with ...
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"... joy of giving presents" VS "....joy of the giving of presents"

"For others, it will be the joy of fellowship and the giving of presents." King's christmas speech (see:1:17-1:22) The expression "... the giving of the presents" caught my ...
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