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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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Why do we use “any X or Y” and “any X and Y” and are there any exception?

When we say things like: "They are brainwashed, they won't accept any fact or data that goes against their beliefs." Why can't we say "any X and Y" instead of "any X or Y", it seems that both ...
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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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Is “Good times take precedent over every incident” correct?

1) Is it right sentence in terms of grammar? 2) Is it right sentence in terms of logic? Good times take precedent over every incident Link to lyrics I think: Good times to take precedent OR ...
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Are these sentences grammatically and logically correct by using “miss not doing something”?

I came across this sentence today, I’m the oldest child in my family and have missed not having an older sibling to lean on. I don't think the sentence is right,because miss is mostly a transitive ...
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Better to do it sooner (rather) than later

Now I know the phrase 'sooner rather than later' has already been explored here But I would like this to be seen as a follow up question that further examines the phrase. After doing some research, ...
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“And” in negative sentences with “haven’t got”/ “hasn’t got”

Are these sentences correct? I haven’t got freckles and glasses. She hasn’t got straight, blond hair and freckles. He hasn’t got glasses and freckles. Can I use and with negative sentences with ...
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All I know (how/what) to do

Below are three examples: That's all I know to do. That's all I know how to do. That's all I know what to do. Which of the three is the most idiomatic way of expressing the idea that what was ...
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Cannot understand usage of “buyer” vs “seller” in particular article [closed]

Probably my question is more about "logic" than about "language" but still it manifests some problems with my command of English. So here is an excerpt of one article I am reading: In a way, the ...
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What does the phrase “such that” mean in this sentence?

In my opinion, "such that" is just like the word "so". But in the sentence below, substituting the phrase "such that" using "so" makes me confused. "Let P and Q be m × n and m × l matrices" can not ...
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Singular Plural

Is the word "gene" a countable noun? I'm asking you this question to answer the problem below: "Proponents argue that this particular strain is altered only by the removal of the gene responsible for ...
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What is the meaning of “All Police men are not honest”?

Recently, I encountered a question regarding syllogisms, where I was given one of the conclusions like All Police men are not honest. Or All Police men can never be honest. But for me it seems ...
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First order logic: Quantifiers and Scope

Are these two sentences equivalent? Someone likes everyone. Everyone is liked by someone. If yes what will be their predicate expression
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What is the meaning of “outlive” and “the same age” in this sentence?

The sentence: Beethoven did outlive many people who were the same age as Berlioz. The context: I’m reading the book Probability Theory: the Logic of Science written by E. T. Jaynes. I was ...
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Should I use the plural after a disjunctive “or”?

When using a disjunctive or with two alternatives, is it better to use the plural or the singular? A bike or a car are suitable vehicles for your journey. vs A bike or a car is a suitable ...
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university life is one of the best parts in anybody's life

university life is one of the best parts in anybody's life Should i use anybody's life or everybody's life? and should i use part or parts of life. I am confused. Can anyone help me with that?
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Using the word “whether” in conditional statements

You can not open your webpage if you don't have a web browser. You can not open your webpage whether you have a web browser or not. In my understanding so far, the first sentence represents a ...
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Hence, Therefore, So, Then

When I want to conclude a Series of results in (math) context, I use "Hence, Therefore, So, Then ...", trying not to repeat them ; For example I don't write "A so B so C so..."; instead I write "A So ...
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“I do X if Y, and Z otherwise” vs. “I do X if Y, or Z otherwise”

Which one(s) amongst the following sentences are correct, and which one sounds the best? "I do X if Y, and Z otherwise" "I do X if Y, or Z otherwise"
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Plural or singular after a list of options?

Which of the following is correct: Only A, B or C is allowed Only A, B or C are allowed Only A, B and C is allowed Only A, B and C are allowed And if some are correct, do they mean ...
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How to phrase the following sentence of cause and effect relationship?

How to phrase the following sentence of cause and effect relationship? I tried to phrase sentence, but because I'm not English native speaker, and this is the first time that I build a sentence like ...
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Meaning of warm vs hot when talking about weather

Here is the context: Warm weather means temperatures around 25°C Hot weather is when temperatures are around 35°C Then if today there is hot weather, what should we understand when one says "I wish ...
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Any difference between “I know C did it” and “C did it”?

I was working on a logical problem. In this problem I have a problem with the statement made by B. B said I wasn't I know C did it I thought that the second statement of B means C did it. In the ...
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'except' vs 'except if' vs 'if not'

[1.] [ODO:] unless {conjunction} = Except if (used to introduce the case in which a statement being made is not true or valid) [2.] [OED:] = 2. Except, if..not: Source: p 139, Introduction to ...
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What is the exact meaning of “3 is not a factor of m or of n”?

3 is not a factor of m or of n. Meaning of the above statement the way I understand it is 3 is not a factor of m or 3 is not a factor of n. I think that I might be wrong because here I suggested an ...
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Why mustn't the negatives be cancelled in: 'enumeration … does not presuppose something not enumerated'?

Source: United States v. Lopez, 1995, US Supreme Court, majority opinion by Rehnquist To uphold the Government's contentions here, we have to pile inference upon inference in a manner that would ...
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Confusing words in a economy news report: alone, on top of, absent

The report also highlights the rapid growth of export financing from three Asian competitors: Korea, Japan and China. These countries provided significantly more export-credit support to their ...
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A is irrelevant to B “or” or “nor” C?

If I want to convey A is irrelevant to B, and A is irrelevant to C. Should I say: A is irrelevant to B or C. Or A is irrelevant to B nor C. Or any other expressions?
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Can the infinitive form of a verb be considered an object?

This question was given to a friend of mine: "at the moment, I peered at the water and made the decision to plunge in" How many verbs are there? She said three (peered,made, plunge in) and I would ...
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“correspondence from A to B” or “correspondence between A and B”

Usually we are familiar with the usage: "correspondence between A and B" but can we also use: "correspondence from A to B" ? Does the 2nd case grammatically work, too? Here the ...
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What does this comparison mean?

I am not more ugly than your sister. Does this mean I am as ugly as your sister?
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The anaphora of “quite the opposite”

As educational psychologist Ruth Coppard suggests, "Some so-called child prodigies are little more than the product of highly ambitious parents. If you've had as much tutoring and practice in a ...
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Usage of due to, being and given in the front of a sentence

I am writing a technical report and my idea is to say; Man-made objects have specific regular shapes, so that similar property can be seen even from building roofs and roof corners. As I feel ...
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What does “maximum should be at least” mean?

I found this phrase used in a question in a competitive examination. The maximum value of X should be at least ... ("X" and the rest of the question isn't relevant here, so I am omitting it.) ...