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PC games to learn English [closed]

Recommend RPG games or any PC games that are good to learn English? Mandatory requirements: Ability to replay audio Double subtitles
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I'm not sure how should interpret this sentence

The sentence is a headline in NYtimes: "In the U.S. cities that had some of the earliest Omicron surges, I.C.U. stays and deaths are following case curves upward." My brain is having ...
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What is the semantic behind "all thing something" like in "all thing pet"?

I came across "all thing pet" myself in my country although it is not a native english speaking Nation and also there is a Church Song: "All things bright and beautiful" What I ...
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Can you tell if the word "Struggle" is a noun or a verb in this sentence?

I came across this headline: "Class Struggle in My Family’s Hometown" Can you tell if "Struggle" is a noun or verb without any further context?
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What is the word "over doing in this sentence? [duplicate]

The sentence i came across today is: "What is Ryan doing over at the bar hitting on that holstein?" I don't get the sense o "over in it. Also it seems useless in there. right? "...
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seems I can reorder a phrase like that and keep the gist, right?

In the text(wirh is a headline): "A snowstorm left hundreds stuck overnight on the interstate south of Washington. A United States senator was among those trapped." Can i rewrite the part: &...
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Is " overall standing" an expression?

I was looking up the definition of "status check" and hit the urban dictionary and read this: "Similar to a cup check, but for ones overall standing at the moment." I was not able ...
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do theses phrases really differ?

unfortunately I have no context to provide, But as a learner I've been thinking a lot about adjective positions and trying to understand its usage. One case sticks to mind: "a divided house"...
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can someone pinpoint the difference between "proper" and "properly" in these sentences?

I came across the thought of different meaning that can be attributed to sentences if you place adjectives in different positions in it. So my question is do these sentences really differ somehow? &...
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Why is "trigger warning" said like that

I know what is a "trigger warning" I wanted to know what trigger refers to in it Or if someone knows how the phrase developed to be used with the word trigger
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What is the difference in this similar sentences? [closed]

I came across this thinking: 1 - "the mayor of the city wants available house to homeless people" 2 - "the mayor of the city wants house available to homeless people" do they have ...
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Is there a special role in the word "out" in this sentence/phrase?

In the phrase/setence: "I can buy out of the back of a truck" I see the word "out" as an opitional in this sentence. I think the sentence would be clearer as: 1- "I can buy ...
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Very confusing sentence: "out back stacking wood"

I came across this: "Thought my old man was out back stacking wood" I actually don't know if a broader context is needed but to my it is a straight sentence and the reason this is confusing ...
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How Can I Improve My English

I'm student. We take English lessons at school. But they usually teach grammar. Because of that my ear is not familiar with English. I can't understand someone who speaks fast and fluent English. My ...
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What is the role of "a-" (a-Hyphen) before a word? [duplicate]

I have been a fan of pos-beatles individual members songs And in Paul Maccartney No More Loney Night's lyris I found this: 1 -"I can wait another day until I call you You've only got my heart on ...
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What is the difference between "plunge" and "plunge down"?

In the headline: Keanu Reeves plunges down the rabbit hole again in The Matrix Resurrections what is the difference if I remove the "down" from "plunges down"? P.S.: this ...
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I can' contrive a scenario where what is stated in this text is logical

The text (from a NY Times article) is: These passages will allow you to convince yourself, and perhaps even your spouse, that your interest in getting wasted is an academic pursuit. Although I have ...
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is "about English second language teaching and learning" grammatical?

I came across the following sentence fragment: [1] about English second language teaching and learning I found this sentence fragment hard to understand, so I'd like to rephrase it to be clearer. ...
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Are those two phrase/sentence holding same meaning? [closed]

is: "what chances are I have been cheated" similar to "what chances are I got cheated"??
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improved our comfort ride toilet

the text I came across: "We have improved our comfort ride toilet by adding a heated seat." "our comfort ride toilet" puzzles me because in my learning mind what make sense is: 1 - ...
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Is the word "upon" dismissable in this text? [duplicate]

the text is: "The short answer is yes. Bootstrap doesn’t call themselves “the world’s most popular framework for building responsive, mobile-first sites” for nothing. On GitHub, Bootstrap ...
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What is the definition of the following phrase?

the headline is: "Players and owners could keep negotiating, but with the sides still far apart, baseball has its first work stoppage since the 1994-95 strike." What is meant by "with ...
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Why does this definiton of 'depose' uses "to ask questions *of*"? [duplicate]

In the definition of "depose" in a juridic context I have found: To make a deposition; to give evidence in the shape of a deposition; to make statements that are written down and sworn to; ...
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Should there be a preposition "of" between these words?

The text is: "It’s an expected move that comes as states have broadened access on their own and expands the number eligible by tens of millions." in the part: "the number eligible" ...
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Is there any difference between theses two phrases?

Say I'm driving a car and a colleague of mine sit in passenger seat says: 1 - slow your speed or 2 - slow your speed down is there any difference between these two? isn't the "down" ...
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Can't understand this part of the text

The text is: "The platonic ideal of Mac and Cheese Eric Kim’s new recipe, inspired by stouffer’s, delivers the same molten creaminess." the part that puzzles me is: "Mac and Cheese Eric ...
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is the usage of article "a" correct in this context?

the headline is: "Going Back to Eat in Midtown, Where the Main Dish Is New York This often-maligned neighborhood is pulsing again with a variety, energy and deep history that are part of the city’...
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What is the usage of the preposition "At" in this context?

The headline is: "At Politico’s New Owner, Allegations of Sex, Lies and a Secret Payment Axel Springer, a German media giant, seems stuck in the past when it comes to the workplace and deal-...
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Can anybody tell me the definition of the phrase "interrogating the form."

The context is a headline: "These literary memoirs take a different tack Rather than prioritizing confession and catharsis, authors are focusing on who gets to share their version of things and ...
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In this headline "received" is a verb or an adjective?

the headline is: "Jeff Pash discussed a cheerleading scandal, brokered penalties and received perks in emails with the former president of the Washington Football Team." it seems to me that &...
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Is the phrase "Those machines down" incomplete in this context?

The text: "Destroy HADES with the Master Override - Those machines down, it's finally time to put an end to the Corruption and take down HADES. Walk over to the panicking program and give it a ...
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What is the meaning of "dishing it out" in this context? [closed]

the headline is: "Female soccer players are done taking abuse. let’s stop dishing it out." a link to the matter is : "https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/03/sports/soccer/women-soccer-...
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Is "of" interchangeable for "by" in this context? [closed]

The headline is: 'Are Centrists in the Thrall of Right-Wing Propaganda?' I can only understand this if I swap "of" for "by" like: 'Are Centrists in the Thrall BY Right-Wing ...
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Is there a missing word at this headline?

The headline is: 'For a parent this anxious delta fall, the only way out is through' i missing word can couse big trouble for someone learining English, would that sentence be something like: 'For a ...
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middle-aged and middle-age difference in this context?

The headline is: 'The middle-aged sadness behind the cancel culture panic' why midle-aged instead of mifle-age? when to use one or the other?
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It may look like odd sentence but can I use it anyway?

The original sentence would be: 'what's this book release date?' Can I say it as: 'of when is this book release date' Even if it sounds odd?
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Are these interpretation of same phrase/sentence acceptable?

Imagine you see this headline: 'political hate campaign' could that be used with these meanings: 1 - politicians that use hate in their campaign toawrds some other politicians 2 - people that carry ...
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Can adjective be used with passive voice like this?

If I say: 'she is a forgiving person' but in the context that she is a person who screw up times to times but has a nice personality and that she should be forgiven, would that be correct? or at leat ...
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Alternative meaning to this phrase/setence

imagine to see this headline: 'political Hate Campaign' could that be used with these meanings: 1 - politicians that use hate in their campaign 2 - people that carry out a hate campaing against ...
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Can anyone make sense of this sentense?

It is a headline on NY Times: ‘Candyman’ Review: Who Can Take a Sunrise, Sprinkle It With Blood?" "Who Can Take a Sunrise, Sprinkle It With Blood" what does author mean by that? The ...
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Can't make sense of this phrase

In the text: "Renters are reeling with sticker shock as they discover just how aggressively New York’s housing market is bouncing back." Is: "reeling with sticker shock" same as: &...
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Is it correct to use "reach out about" in a sentence?

The headline is: As mayhem persisted at Kabul’s airport, the Taliban reached out to a former Afghan president about a new government. The way I think it's supossed to be is: "reach out to a ...
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What is the function of word "wind" in this context?

The context is in the headline of the NY Times: "Tropical storm Henri winds uncertain path toward Northeast" the way I interpret this is like, "winds a path to somewhere" does that ...
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What is the meaning of 'spike protein' in this context

So that is the headline on NY Times: 'Is the future just a spike protein stamping on a human face, Forever?' A link to the matter: 'https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/05/opinion/covid-delta-vaccinated-...
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What is a locations rep? [closed]

the headline at NY Times i: 'How a rockaways locations rep spends her sundays' I couldn't figure out what a location rep is, I imagine it has to do with tourism routes, Am I right? if so what exactly ...
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Why the use of 'ing' in this case?

Context is a headline at NY times: 'Militia fighters in the Afar region of Ethiopia, which is being drawn into the conflict with neighboring Tigray.' why not 'neighbor' instead of 'neighboring'?? As ...
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How can I say "I had to part ways" when I don't want to think like someone anymore?

I want to say that I don't want to think like Paul anymore, so I have written this: "I had to part ways in thinking from Paul" Does that capture the gist?
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Switch "reveal" for "revealing" any rule?

I have this text: 1.0: "Julia Ducournau becomes the second woman to win the top prize, after Jane Campion in 1993. The surprise reveal came at the start of a chaotic ceremony." NY Times. ...
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How to read this phrase/sentence?

the headline is: 'slip sliding away from history' source: NY Times If slip and slide means the same thing how to read that?
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Can I reorder the adjectives this way?

the original headline is: Villagers walking near a newly built state-owned coal fired power plant in Liuzhi County, China, in 2017. China is the world’s biggest source of greenhouse gases. If was ...