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What is the female equivalent of chocolate boy?

The term chocolate boy is gender specific (male), and I want to know what the female equivalent of this term would be.
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Can some one help me understand a sentence in this video? [closed]

This wonderful YouTuber has helped me a great deal learning algorithms but the subtitles don't seem to make sense to me, here the subs merged with what I hear: "... I have told you in one video ...
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Is this a valid sentence - 'The export quality tea is seldom used in the country'?

Please help me with this sentence... The export quality tea is seldom used in the country. I think here 'of' should come after 'export'. Is this sentence correct?
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which is correct **participated in an** or **participated in the**

Certificate This is to certify that Mr/Ms. Ajay Meher has participated in an online webinar ‘Engineering Projects Management’ on October 11, 2021. OR This is to certify that Mr/Ms. Ajay Meher has ...
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English,article,use of "the"

Why first "A" is used in sentence "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing."isn't a superfluous ?forgive me.I am a novice.
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Usage of conditional constructions

I'm from India where English is not a native language. Generally here we use constructions like "Should you work hard?" and "Had I done it?" in interrogative sense. But now I find ...
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Meaning of "speaking in these alternative spaces"

What is the meaning of "they are speaking in these alternative spaces" Sentence: well you know the experts as I said there are people who are speaking but they are speaking in these ...
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Can anyone explain the bold sentance? [closed]

They were perhaps four metres apart when the girl stumbled and fell almost flat on her face. A sharp cry of pain was wrung out of her. She must have fallen right on the injured arm
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Is using "seeing" in this case wrong?

Question: The couple who saw her off were probably her parents. (Make it Simple) My answer: The couple seeing her off were probably her parents. My teacher said that my answer is wrong, and the ...
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What is the standard alternative for this Indian English expression?

It's common in Indian English (especially in schools) to say "If you have any doubts, ask me now". As you might have guessed, the expression is understood to mean "If you did not ...
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Unable to understand the extact meaning of 'OR' in a sentance?

I'm applying for a home loan and there is an sentence which is quite confusing for me. Please help me to solve this confusion. Here is the sentence - As per the same, the maximum amount of loan ...
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Usage of prepositions: in or for?

Sometimes, it's difficult to decide the preposition which fits in, without going with the instincts or "oh yeah, this sounds right" In the sentence: I've been busy for the past few days, can ...
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India specific- Addressing multiple men and women in an interview

In an interview in India, how am I supposed to greet the people (all of them together) in the interview panel? The interview panel consists of at least two men and at least two women. Good morning, ...
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How to ask people to speak slowly so they really speak slowly?

I'm learning English for many years, and I use English at work. Some clients I cannot understand. I ask them to speak slowly. They do, but then they speak quickly again. My bigger problem is talking ...
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Correct sentence construction during documenting a user activity

I am preparing some user guidance document and documenting how a system behaves. During that documentation I am facing some difficulties to express a user activity. Can some one please explain Which ...
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How can I get rid of my Indian accent and sound more neutral/native

I have recently moved to Canada and I feel I often end up having to repeat myself because of my typical accent. I am attaching a link to a very short audio and would love to know what can I do to fix ...
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Can we say that in the sentence : You said, "My Son, I live for you", the speaker is the son?

You said, "My Son, I live for you". I want to know if it is absolutely necessary that the speaker is the son. And how do you change the sentence to indirect speech.
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Do you say "Namaste, you", "Namaste, Grandpa", "Namaste, Daddy", "Namaste, Sirs", "Namaste, Boss" or "Namaste, + [proper name]"?

Namaste (exclamation) (Indian English) ​a polite greeting said when giving a namaskar (= with the hands placed together as in prayer and the head bent forwards) ​(also namaskar) [...
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Which tense of main verb follows "could" and "would"?

I am really confused with the following sentences. • I could do my work earlier. • I could did my work earlier. And •I would do exercise if I was in your place. •I would did exercise if I ...
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Anyone know the meaning of this phrase

The film is another thriller that mistakes surface coolth for depth. What exactly does the expression trying to say?
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How to ask for someone to call when lunch is over

I want my friend to call me once he is finished his lunch. What is the most correct way? Please tell me once eat lunch. Please tell me once ate lunch. Please tell me once have eaten lunch
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I will try my level best

I will try my level best. I have heard this expressions from many Indian speakers of English. Is it not enough if we say: I wil try my best Is try one's level best a set phrase? what is the use ...
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Do we "learn byheart something" or "byheart something"?

Do we "learn byheart something" or "byheart something"? We learn by heart something and produce it Verbatim. Some Indian professors of English are using Byheart as a verb. Is byheart used as a ...
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Dash against Vs crash into

The car dashed against a tree. The car crashed into a tree. I have heard both expressions while listening to the news. In certain grammar books the first sentence is considered to be wrong and ...
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She is his Keep

I do not know how this usage came into India.I have searched on google and the internet but I could not find the usage. She is his keep(concubine) I hear this usage in southern ...
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I have some reservations about reservations

The Indian constitution provided reservations to some weaker sections in the society. Once I used the sentence on Linked In and an English scholar said that the use of reservations in the ...
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Where did you go? vs Where were you go?

In these following sentences, which one is grammatically correct? Where did you go? Where were you go? Thank you.
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The clerk concerned VS the concerned clerk

I want to meet the concerned clerk I want to meet the clerk concerned According the grammar book by David Green the first sentence means I want to meet the clerk who is tense or ...
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co-son-in-law or co-brother

Indians especially have a tendency to use the terms co-son-in-law and co-sister-in-law while referring to relations. The husband of one's wife's sister is called Co-son-in-law. The wife of one'...
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"Where do you lived?" or "Where did you live?"

Which is the correct question? Similarly, "When did you move to New York?" or "When do you moved to New York?". Please tell me the reason behind each question.
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How to answer, how old is your baby?

My question is how to answer when somebody asks this question? Since my baby is 10 months, I just replied she is 10, and we laughed out loud. Then I said, of course, 10 months. What is the correct ...
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The word "oblige" in this context

In formal applications it is quite obvious: Kindly grant me three days of leave and oblige. Can I write it simply as: Kindly oblige me with three days of leave. (As we have the construction-- ...
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Can vs Will be able to

I ran across a ques­tion in a gram­mar test that was ask­ing for a par­tic­u­lar sen­tence, and sup­pos­edly the re­quired an­swer is the first sen­tence given be­low, but not the sec­ond one, which ...
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Using "her" to refer to the word "child"

I have confusions about a single sentence The pedagogical view is that the pre-school phase is crucial to stimulate a child’s curiosity and help her prepare for schooling at age six. Can her be ...
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Which is grammatically correct, "I'm no Lord Ram" or "I'm not Lord Ram"? Why?

I'm reading "Immortals of Meluha" and while reading I encounter a sentence that was delivered by Shiva, he said "I'm no Lord Ram". What I'm thinking is that he should have said "I'm not Lord Ram". ...
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What is the meaning of this phrase - "So take aim and fire away" in Alan Walker's 'On My Way'? [closed]

So take aim and fire away I've never been so wide awake No, nobody but me can keep me safe And I'm on my way
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Is it better to learn English grammar separately or learn the language then the grammar follows [closed]

I studied grammar in my school days but I don't remember most of the rules. Still, I am able to manage somewhat. So is it necessary that we learn grammar thoroughly or just read a lot and grammar will ...
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Subject verb agreement case

More than one tree/trees release/releases oxygen even at night. Can anyone explain me which options are correct in both the cases?
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Subject verb agreement error

Slow and steady win the race. or Slow and steady wins the race. I know that 'wins' is the correct answer but can anyone explain me why? And why 'win' can't be filled there and where is ...
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Indian English and with regard to Words usage

When I am describing myself to the interviewer, should I say I am post graduate or Post graduated. Which one is the perfect ?
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Confunsion over active and passive

Look at the lines under the point "Health Concerns". In this line there is a line which reads Health concerns "A health survey was conducted with the local people... it found that diseases ...
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Correct uses of Perfect continuous Tense

Between them which one is right? Indira Banerjee who was the Chief Justice of Madras, has recently been elevated to Apex Court. Indira Banerjee who was the Chief Justice of Madras, had ...
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What do you call the hanging sections on the sides of someone with long hair?

I'm referring to this: At first, I thought they could be called bangs. But according to Google it's only the head above the forehead: a fringe of hair cut straight across the forehead. So ...
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Uses of past perfect in reporting speech

"The student told us she believed it was pre-planned. The accused's daughter had also come to the police station with her. She told us her father had done something unbelievable and must be punished," ...
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Wh clauses in English

i have following doubt on wh clause, there are two sentences which i feel are grammatically correct, but i have doubt that, is that fine two use them? He is the owner of the house, who can assist you....
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Confusion over "It does no" or "It does not"

I've read a sentence which stated as " It does no good to get upset.." . Can this sentence be "It does not good to get upset"??
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Which One Of the Following Force or Forces?

Recently I have been given an exam. There was a multiple choice question(technical engineering question). There were four options and out of four only one was correct. Each option had the particular ...
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What is the bade meaning in direct speech said or wished.?

Indirect speech :He bade his love good bye. A) He wished his love ,"Goodbye." or B)He said , " Goodbye my love."
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'Spoken English' Classes - is this title correct?

In India, they are in thousands, like mushrooms in rains. I really wonder whether the title is justified. In India, we have... Spoken English classes These classes help non-natives speak English ...
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How do people who do not speak Indian English "prepone" things?

According to Merriam Webster, Prepone is an Indian English word which means "to move to an earlier time", used as an antonym to "postpone". For example: "The publication date has been preponed ...
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