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Meaning of “graced their sight with its presence”

What is the meaning of "graced their sight with its presence" in below sentence? One night when they stood at their respective balconies looking skyward at the starry night, a shooting star ...
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Serious resource for learning tenses

Can anyone recommend a serious, advanced, comprehensive resource for learning English tenses that would cover virtually everything there is to know about the subject?
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the meaning of that is statements?

I see the word that used in different context with different meanings, yesterday is just saw a statement says: "What's the worst thing that could happen?" and I was wondering what is the ...
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“The FFA was created to govern the rules of flying.”

Do those sentences have the same meaning? The FFA was created to govern the rules of flying. The FFA was established to give rules to flying.
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How to speak and write advance level English in 6 months?

I have been learning English language for a long time. But, neither my writing nor speaking isn't on the level I desire it to be. Furthermore, I'm not fully comfortable with English. I want to learn ...
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The American English learning counterpart of 'Cambridge English in Use'

I am seeking help on searching resources for learning American English collocations, phrasal verbs, idioms, and pronunciation skills. For work-related reasons I am seeking exclusively resources on ...
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Is there a way to not use bilingual dictionaries when I try to think in English?

Is there a way to not use bilingual dictionaries when I try to think in English? For the physical objects of the world (such as a rafter, a scraper, a condenser, etc.) I can use visual dictionaries. ...
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What is the meaning of “Here goes“ or “Here it goes”? [duplicate]

I am quite confused about how to use, "Here goes” or "Here it goes". For example, what, if anything, is the meaning of the following phrase: Here goes nothing!
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Dixson's “Graded Exercises in English” - answers..?

I've been looking for the answers of the classic, best-seller "Graded Exercises in English", by Robert J. Dixson. Please, was it published somewhere, somehow? Thanks in advance.
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“It is done” what is the sentence structure?

It is done Is "done" in the above sentence an adjunctive or a verb? Or is it a simple past tense in passive form. If so why "is" is used. Please clarify what is the structure of the sentence. This ...
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If I learn British English, should I stop talking with Americans?

I had the opportunity to speak with several native speakers, It's fun, and they learn my native language, the problem is that several of my language partners speak with an American accent and the ...
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Can I say I am C2 if I passed C1 Advanced with an A?

Cambridge English Scale asserts that, although the exam is targeted at Level C1 of the CEFR, it also provides reliable assessment at the level above C1 (Level C2). See here. The Statement of Results ...
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Subject-verb agreement 'It makes me feel'

I'm a bit confused with the subject-verb agreement of this phrase: It makes me feel like something. Why is the word "feel" not "feels" since "me" is singular?
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What is the best way of learning new words (vocab)

I’m a non-native English speaker and I want to know what is the best way of learning new words Is it by translate the word into my native language. Or by view the word definition in English Or by ...
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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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A is for Apple / A stands for Apple

We generally say: A for Apple. What is the meaning of this? When we say to our kids "A for Apple", what does the "for" mean?
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Do I have to look up a word in the dictionary to learn it?

For instance, there's been a couple of words and phrases whose meaning I have been able to intuitively guess, but couldn't find on places like the Oxford Dictionary or the Merriam-Webster, and so on. ...
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meaning of “the scale still hunched and human” and 3 other phrases

I am reading the book "Aloft" By ChangeRae Lee, and I have the questions of the following 3 phrases. be exactly in your own skin the scale still hunched and human putting on a serious buzz in a rope ...
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How to improve listening/speaking if learned mostly by reading/writing? [closed]

My first language is Spanish and I learned English mostly by reading/writing in academics and professional context but few listening and speaking practice. I got a job abroad and after 2 months I ...
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English with Harry Potter

I'm just reading Harry Potter, though people say reading books is not going to improve my speaking fluency. I'm just reading it, marking down all the text I feel I would not be able to say myself, ...
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“Not Until” for future event

I read that sentences that begin with "Not Until" have the following structure. Not until [1st clause: subject + auxiliary verb...] [2nd clause: auxiliary verb + subject...]. Of all examples I ...
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Must a kid in an English speaking environment learn phonics?

According to wiki: Phonics is a method for teaching reading and writing of the English language by developing learners' phonemic awareness—the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate phonemes—in ...
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Improve clarity of speech without losing my foreign accent

I believe that as long as a foreign accent is understandable it can even be used as an asset, instead of liability. Problem is, every time I'm being taught to speak more clearly I'm being taught to ...
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Type 2 Conditional Sentences

I asked this question at English Language and Usage sites before but I was suggested to ask this question here instead. I'm learning about conditional sentences now. This is the site that I'm using ...
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How do I learn words, with almost similar meaning, but distinct usage? [closed]

I am not talking about homonyms/synonyms/homophones. This fill in the blank question sparked my curiosity: The Tower Of Pisa attracts visitors from all over who flock to Pisa to see one of the ...
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Have to versus need to

What is difference between I have to ... and I need to ...? Like sometime we use I have to go for a meeting but sometime use I need to go for a meeting. Are both correct or wrong or have any ...
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Are there any respectful but strong words to tell people to move faster?

The pedestrian way that leads to the place where I live is not wide enough for people to walk abreast. But sometimes, some people with strong muscle were walking very slowly ahead because they were ...
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Why “Begin” and not “begins” in the phrase “Let the adventure begin”?

Normally, the phrase "The adventure begins" uses the third person version of the verb. Why is it "Let the adventure begin"? It is because this is a special tense?
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Meaning of “You not like me”

I was listening to the song "You not like me" by 50 cent. 50 uses the phrase in the hook many times, If you get shot and run to the cops you not like me You ain't got no work on the block, you ...
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Education technology that helps with learning English

As a language learner, I have always had a very traditional, pen-and-paper approach to learning a new language (English included). I have played around with websites and apps like Livemocha, Duolingo, ...
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Is listening to people speaking an effective way to improve spoken English? [closed]

I can read most of things I see on the internet, and if I watch a video or documentary on youtube I can understand it pretty well (about 95%), but when I speak to people in English the words just don'...
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How to overcome sequences of negative words which still cripple my comprehension?

Despite my attempts and *surplus of questions (since joining ELL), sequences of negative words still annihilate, lame, squash my reading comprehension. So how can I decisively vanquish this paralysis/...
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Is it a good practice to map English words and verb tenses to my own native language? [closed]

I've a general question about understanding and memorizing English words and phrases. Sometimes when I read a sentence or phrase with complex verb tenses (like continuous perfect forms) I can't ...
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Can we use “fall” in place of “fallen”? [closed]

I was listening the song "Guts over fear". It contains a line, Started thinking my name was fall. I can't understand it. It would make sense if it were "fallen" not "fall". So my question is, ...
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How to read numbers in English

I want to write a program which will translate a number into text, but I am not sure how to read those numbers and about the rule. 999,999 =? Nine hundred ninety nine thousand and nine hundred ...
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When to use “gets” with “I”?

I've been listening to the song "Crack A Bottle". In "50 Cents" first verse he says, "I gets what the !@#$ I want so what I trick" As far as know, s is atached to the words like, get(s), work(...
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Annotations or explanations for difficult reputable English writing?

The following generated another idea on How to improve understanding of long sentences in prose? Are there any books, guides, or annotated editions that explain or gloss complex English writing, for ...
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From which level should I start learning English Language?

I was learning English Language from Grade 1 until my graduation from the university. But I can't talk, write and listen good. I don't know my English Language Level. How to determine the Level? When ...
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How to improve understanding of long sentences in prose?

What are some efficient, methodical, productive ways to improve the skill and speed of interpreting, parsing, and reading long prosaic sentences? I refer not only to legalese or legal language, but ...
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Searching for a word by pronunciation

One of the common problems that a language learner often faces is searching for a word knowing only the pronunciation. Usually it is possible to guess the correct spelling, but sometimes not. How ...
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Is it possible to forget your mother tongue?

Is it possible to think in English without translating? Someone who learned English, Is it possible to think in English this person? to be like mother tongue or like a baby born in America.
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Effective way to teach English for non-native high school students

I am from India. I have been assigned to teach English for an academic outreach program for high school students in rural areas, mostly children of illiterate farmers. We have a 40 minutes session per ...
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TOEFL listening detail analysis

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) listening test involves a 5-minute-long lecture on a variety of subjects and topics. In The Official Guide to the TOEFL Test, it states the aim of the ...
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Mnemonics for learning the days of the week

I can't memorize and repeat quickly the days of the week even though I studied English for several years (I always need to count with my fingers). How are the name of the days taught to children? Is ...
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he thought to be working for the Russian government

I have a doubt in "to be working". And can I use "to be worked" instead of "to be working"? I'd like to know the exact difference in meaning between them? Please help me... Here's the example ...
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What's this kind of more advanced, analytical reading called?

My previous posts, especially those concerning Mastering the National Admissions Test for Law by Mark Shepherd, reveal flaws, lapses regarding English questions 'of comprehension, analysis and, to ...
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Question about book reports [closed]

I are writing a book report and the main person's name isn't revealed. How do I write about this?
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How do you translate “Es para que hubiera más cafeterías” into English?

Today I was at school talking with a friend about there are a lot of students but very few cafeterias,so he said Es para que hubiera más cafeterías. I was trying to figure out how to translate ...
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Video games to learn English [closed]

Here is a small story. in the game Oblivion there is a character who says "... then I took an arrow in the knee and I am not an adventurer anymore." This way I learned that the expression "to take [...
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Writing like an Arbitrator or Mediator - How would I search for that?

User Jasper's instructive comment under How to phrase a follow-up question politely, if there's evasion? motivated this question: Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People ...