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Illogical paragraph in a textbook: is North Ireland considered a country despite not having a national animal? [closed]

This is from 'Cultural Crossroads 2 for Ukraine' by Virginia Evans (image). Each country in the UK has its own national animal. England has the lion, Scotland has the unicorn and Wales has the red ...
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Using not with both, either, neither: word choice when expressing negation of two options

In a sentence responding negatively to multiple statements or questions, which of the following ways sounds best and has the least grammatical error? He didn’t do both. He didn’t do either. He didn’t ...
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How does "rain/snow/hail won't fall" make sense? [duplicate]

Rain, snow, and hail all are something that falls by definition. So saying "rain, snow and hail won't fall" is against consistency, I mean, logic. I think "there will be no rain, snow ...
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Understanding this particular usage of "only if"

I am confused about the usage of "only if" in the below sentences: Only if the two votes are in agreement will the deal go through. Only if Ted and Kate both bring pies to the picnic, will ...
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Determining the Nature of Deduction in a Sentence

Does the terminology of deduction in this question belong to logic or modal verbs? What does the following sentence express? "Jessica can't be in Italy because I saw her in the supermarket today....
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could do nothing that is not better done elsewhere

What does the following sentence mean? Does the principle of "two negatives make a positive" apply here? If not, how we do derive the meaning in a stepwise fashion? A full-scale ...
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Can “vice versa” be used with exclusion?

Normally, the phrase appears as either a conjunction or disjunction of a proposition with its swapped form: Alice is good enough at chess to play exciting games against Bob, and vice versa. Let's ...
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What makes these two sentences cohesive?

I wrote the text with the help of some native speakers. I'm learning coherence and cohesion. I want to ask how the flow is created between the last two sentences. There isn't any connectors used to ...
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How do I put three reasons together in a sentence?

In conclusion, as there is no incentive for the people to contribute, the government becomes dangerously dictatorial, and corruption is widespread, socialism does not work. By the above sentence, I ...
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That helps to achieve

Is this sentence correct both grammatically and logically speaking? The sentence is part of an email to a teacher and the context is a school play. Dear Mr Lyons, Thank you for email. In my view, ...
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Is this sentence logical?

Recently I came across this sentence: commercial air travel has revolutionized global tourism due to technological developments in jet aircrafts since the 1950s. Is this sentence logical? I have ...
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Logic-grammar question

Here is a logic-grammar question that I am struggling with. Say I would like to say something like this: [1] "If X did not happen, Y would be different." The intended meaning of [1] is, of ...
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What does the following sentence mean in this paragraph?

I'm reading an article of TheEconomist. In the first paragraph(quoted below), I can't understand its last sentence(bolded below). I mean, literally, I think I understand its meaning. But it's not ...
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"I won't go unless Jack goes" - What's the logical information behind it?

When a native English speaker says: I won't go unless Jack goes. I think it's clear that if Jack doesn't go, the subject will neither. Does it mean that the subject will surely go when Jack goes, or ...
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What is the logic behind "I am X years old"?

In most languages (I know of), people say their age with a construction like "I have X years". In English, however, you say how old you are instead. So I'm curious about what is it about the ...
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Logical understanding of this sentence

I'm having trouble with the last sentence: "My very first day wearing clipless pedals on a road bike I got run up on by a couple of big dogs. My instinct was to stop, as it disarms their chase ...
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Logical approach to “nobody’s” [closed]

“I didn’t grow up under anybody’s care”. It means “I grew up under no care”. To express it, isn’t “I grew up under nobody’s care” incorrect? Logically, I think it should be “I grew up under no body’s ...
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Is this a double negation: "doesn't exist for neither X nor Y"

I'm having doubts about how to best put this in English, I'm torn between 3 options. Which of them are legal, and which is stylistically the best? I want to convey that a solution does not exist for A ...
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Should I use the subject?

Ice melted and then froze. Ice is already frozen water. So it can’t freeze. So shouldn’t it change into this? Ice melted and the melted ice froze.
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Do comma-separated options in a list default to relate as "and" or "or"?

A native English speaker said: ...with respect to any given country a person can: be a citizen, be a national but not a citizen, be eligible to become a citizen by taking some active step(s) - a ...
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"Between each": illogical construction

Page 112 of Garner's fourth edition reads ✳Between each and Other Constructions with Fewer than Two Objects This phrasing is a peculiar brand of illogic, ✳between each house/speech, instead of, ...
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What does "<plural noun> ... to be identified" exactly mean?

Let's assume that I received several packages but don't know where some of those came from. In this case, is it correct to say that the origins of the packages are yet to be identified? I wonder if ...
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Relationship between intransitives and transtives [closed]

If I flew a bird, the bird flew. If a bird didn’t flew, I didn’t flew the bird. Is this English logic valid? If I exemplify it, A: my car broke. B: who did break the car. A: C broke the car.
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Is it ok to use "chip in" like this in an IELTS writing task

I want to express that the purpose of education should serve the development of whole society. My writing: On one hand, in most countries, education is invested with national revenue. In other words, ...
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Problem with True or False questions in an exam

I'm taking an A2-Virtual English Course from a university in a Latin America country. I had an exam the past week and had difficulties with two "True or False questions" based on the ...
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Are the references in my articles with disclaimers also my own, logically?

Concerning that some of the opinions I post on social media, like Twitter, Quora, and StackExchange may get me in trouble, I want to add a disclaimer on my profile. I have searched and found the ...
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What is the meaning of "at least as close as"?

Suppose there are two locations: A and B. It is given that A is closer to me than B, or A and B are equidistant. Which of the following statements are logically correct? A is at least as close as B ...
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Is "always" implied in everyday sentences?

Case 1 When for example we say "At weekends I play football" what do we mean? 1). I always play football at weekends. 2). Some weekends I play football. How "strong" is always ...
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Is it logical to say "English is a balance"?

An American tutorial says English is a perfect balance between the long versus short, the high versus low, the stressed versus the effortless ... It seems to be a little bit illogical to say "...
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"a clothing style to suit everyone", how do I make it less like an Ad?

Consider this conversation question: Why do you think jeans are popular in your country? answer: they come in many different styles, so there is a style to suit everyone. In clothing, there ...
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Is object X *like* object Y if X=Y?

Imagine we have two names, X and Y, which describe the same object. If X and Y are identical in every possible way, and therefore X=Y, is X is like Y. a true statement?
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The use of the phrase ‘all but’ in this context

“So far, 686 people have been tested in the U.K., with all but three negative” In this article, the use of the phrase ‘all but three tested negative’ doesn’t make sense to me. In my head it should ...
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Is the use of "why it is" in this sentence correct?

The following is an excerpt from this NYT article ( 9th paragraph). It is a comment that senator Romney made over Trump's decision to pull back the U.S. troops. Critics in both parties condemned ...
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Could you give examples and logical conjectures of 'call on'?

I still can't understand the meanings for 'call on' officially ask someone to do something ask a student a question decide to use something produce a quality ask someone to prove ...
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Meaning of "premise of something?"

In the following question: What's the premise of money? What's the premise of email? What's the premise of the book / movie? Does the word 'premise' refer to the reason behind the existence of money,...
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Can we really use "Same here" in this context?

Why do you sing? Because I love it. I want everyone to hear my singing. Same here. Huh? I am a cop, because I want to save people. Isn't that enough of a reason? It doesn't ...
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Can things "grow smaller"?

This is the headline of an online article: Tasty Fish Grow Smaller in Warming Ocean. And this is from Google search: Why Belgian coins grow smaller. Growing is all about increasing in size and ...
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What does "x is not as y as z" mean?

I am still confused with the following pattern. "x is not as y as z" For example, A: x is not as stupid as y. B: p is not as small as q. Which are the correct interpretations? A': x is smarter ...
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Meaning of "or" in this sentence

In my text book I saw the sentence: If a request is made to a web service, then the response will be returned within 5 seconds or the service is under DoS attack. I cannot understand the usage of or ...
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Help to understand this question from reading comprehension in my GRE textbook

The organizers of tomorrow's outdoor concert announced that it will go on tomorrow on schedule unless bad weather is forecast or too few advance tickets are sold. If the concert is canceled, refunds ...
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"The statement is witnessed"

The derivability of a given statement can be justified by exhibiting a derivation tree [...] For example, if [ some definitions ] then the derivability of the statement if t then false else ...
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What's the vice versa of "they go low, we go high?"

The expression "vice versa" seems to have been used to express something opposite, but there are a bunch of "opposite" things. My question is when one writes or says When they go low [TL], we go ...
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Using none for three or more nos. in mathematics

Which form is correct? None of A,B or C divides X or None of A,B and C divides X
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What is the logic in "more than one + singular noun/verb"?

More than one game was lost. The singular form confused me. Does "more than one" here indicate plural or "more than" itself emphasis some quality? How should I parse this sentence to make sense?
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"have no patient" vs "don't have patient"

Which one is correct guys? You have no patient and courage You don't have patient and courage If both are correct explain me in detail please
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Does "before Dec 10 midnight" mean "before Dec 09 - 23:59" or "before Dec 10 - 23:59"?

When a deadline says, submit "before Dec 10 midnight". Does it mean "before Dec 09 - 23:59" or "before Dec 10 - 23:59"?
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Tenses logic understanding

Let's look at Present Simple. As far as I understand there is [almost] no difference between I play this game. I do play this game. The first question: can I form negative sentences this way? (1) I ...
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Correct answer from options: True, false and not given

I would like to have some clarification on the below question and its given answer. Does the following statement agree with the views of the writer in given passage? You have to answer, ...
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"It is not always true that he ... " and "It is not true that he always" have the same meaning?

He like to plays outside on a fine day, but sometimes plays games at home. I would like to describe this using "always", but am confused on whether which of the followings is better: It is ...
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Most/Second most + after

Russia is the most powerful country after the US. Or Russia is the second most powerful country after the US. Question: Which one of the above should I use to convey that Russia is ...
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