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Shall you vs Will you

I learned "will you~?" but I have never heard about "shall you~?" I thought that "shall" has similar meanings as "will". Is it unnatural to use "shall you~?" instead of "will you~?"
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What does the expression “go the pace” mean?

I'm reading a novel written at the beginning of the XX century and I've come across this sentence: Half paralysed, over head and ears in debt, having gone the pace all his life--or so they said!--till ...
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Why did THEY make birds so delicate

He was sorry for the birds, especially the small delicate dark terns that were always flying and looking and almost never finding, and he thought, The birds have a harder life than we do except for ...
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What does “folks got high at a quarter to five” in this song?

This line is in 'Great DJ' by 'The Ting Tings'. Fed up with your indigestion. Swallow words one by one. Folks got high at a quarter to five. Don’t you feel your growing up undone. I can get those ...
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What does 'at the string' mean?

"But,--sir,--I'm very sorry," said Gluck, hesitatingly; "but--really, sir,--you're--putting the fire out." "It'll take longer to do the mutton, then," replied his visitor ...
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Could possibility or hypothetical

Please let me know if could in the following sentences shows a hypothetical situation or possibility. He couldn’t lift that. It’s too heavy. He could lift that. It is not too heavy.
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What is the difference in meaning between “I like it when you do this to me.” with and without the word “it”?

I saw this sentence on the internet: “I like it when you do this to me.” and I would like to know the difference in meaning between “I like it when you do this to me.” and “I like when you do this to ...
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did you talk yet or have you talked yet

is this sentence corrrect: "did you talk to him yet" based on the english ive learn so far i would say sth like this in situation like this: "have you talked to him yet" whats the ...
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“don’t finish work until” vs. “won’t finish work until”

from a tutorial We might be a bit late, because I don’t finish work until seven. Does the speaker make an indication that he always work until seven? If the speaker try to refer to an one-time ...
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Perceived meaning in Perceived lack of flexibility

"The session leader intervenes and tries to help the users to isolate particular aspects of the system that may contribute to the system's perceived lack of flexibility." I googled for perceived ...
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what is the meaning of “should never” and “should not” in this context?

what is the meaning of "should never" and "should not" in this context? There are one or two points about the case which would bear discussion. One is that a man with so remarkable a name as ...
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What does this mean by saying “public–facing bite”?

She stood out by writing the way a woman’s internal monologue might actually sound, oscillating between public-facing bite and what are usually privately-held insecurities. I read this in the Rolling ...
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“in order to 'better' solve a problem” sounds uncommon, is something wrong?

This video is saying in order to better visualize the cost function J, I'm going to ... with the same structure, we could make this sentence in order to better solve a problem sounds uncommon, is ...
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What does “skim away” mean?

I saw this in a book called The Garden Party: Away she skimmed, over the lawn, up the path, up the steps, across the veranda, and into the porch. Can someone explain this phrase in simple English?
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`at`, `in`, or `on`, which one paired “the top right hand corner” is more appropriate?

I asked a question just now. Right clicking the 3 vertical dots (Kebab) button at the top right hand corner, would launch this menu ... I am not quite sure if it is appropriate I used at here. ...
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“ten minutes out”

There is a scene in the movie Drinking Buddies where Gene and Luke are talking in a bar. Gene: I've been ten minutes out since I got here. I had one of these, and then I said, "I'm gonna have one ...
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Can “unless” be used in unreal past (with would have)?

I found conflicting information about the subject: BBC World Service states that: And we cannot use unless with would to talk about unreal future situations: If he didn't take everything ...
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grammar/ meaning “To look at him, you'd never think he was 80!”

Is the title sentence the short form of (If you were) To look at him, you'd never think he was 80! Likewise, In other part of the country again, to give the example of Minnesota, you would ...
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What does this paragraph in Media Politics mean?

Mass media in democratic societies serve three important functions providing an electoral forum for candidates and political parties to debate their qualifications for office before a national ...
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without this and/or that

With negation, or is motly used. He doesn't like this or that. But with without, I see both forms. When I searched CCAE, it returned result with both or and and. Like this: I was there ...
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What horrible taste VS what a horrible taste

Am I right, if I interpret the former as their liking is bad, and the latter as something tastes bitter or bad?
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What does “plagiaristic and marred by obvious suppressions” mean?

"for the intimate revelations of young men, or at least the terms in which they express them, are usually plagiaristic and marred by obvious suppressions." (The Great Gatsby, Chapter 1) ...
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as goes the country

Can one say: a. As goes the country, so goes the world. b. As behaves the father, so behaves the son. Can (a) be used to mean: We are losing the country and the world? Can it be used to mean: The ...
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“I don’t have a hard time believing that anyone could stay mad at you”

I don’t have a hard time believing that anyone could stay mad at you... What is the meaning behind this statement? It from a novel I’m reading. One character is having difficulty with family. She is ...
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What is the difference between the trick to infinitive and the trick to gerund?

What is the difference between the trick to infinitive and the trick to gerund? Yes, the former to is infinitive marker while the latter preposition. I mean the semantic difference. What's the trick ...
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Simple ,complex ,compound

Is learning a gerund or it is a kind of noun I am confused plz clear me The sentence I am confused is When Varsha was six , she started learning music . Here the word started is finite verb and ...
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'marked as' or 'marketed as'?

I came across this sentence in a book, and even though I've looked at many dictionaries and it seems to me that this is a typo, I am still not quite sure. Zolpidem, the sleeping pill marked as Ambien,...
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why we use “to be” and “to be + past participle”?

The children were to be driven. Nicholas was not to be of the party. I could not understand what are the meanings of these sentences? why these sentences have been used "to be driven" and &...
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How should I interpret “…and what modern epistemologist would…”?

The sentence goes as follow: ...and what modern epistemologist would greet an authoritative pronouncement that she in fact possessed knowledge by trying to refute it? I have two different ...
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“new songs with the authority that their old songs had…”

Q. On that tour, you performed a number of excellent songs you've still never released. I'm thinking of titles like Traces, Love-Art Blues and Pushed It Over The End. What happened to those songs? A. ...
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I don't think you should have done that

a. I don't think you should have done that. b. I think you shouldn't have done that. c. I don't think you should go there. d. I think you shouldn't go there. Is there any difference between the ...
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What does “oblong and wide like several sports fields and bordering the forest” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "oblong and wide like several sports fields and bordering the forest" means in the following sentences: ‘Isn’t this house something?’ you said as we put down our ...
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Are the libs still coping?

Does "Are the libs still coping?" mean "Are the liberals still dealing with their problems?" I've checked up the word "coping" - cope means "struggle" or "...
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What does “until the pain began to prickle and I was out of options, out of breath” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "until the pain began to prickle and I was out of options, out of breath" means in the following sentences: The night had grown colder. The street was empty. The ...
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that she experienced – and more and more as her only child grew up – gratitude for the solitary birth and for a trinity sustained by affection

They knew each other well, the Captain and his wife. They had in common a certain way of life, an order of priorities and concerns. Their shared experience of death when they were young had drawn them ...
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Is it redundant to use “speech” and “recordings” here?

I wrote the following sentence. It is a point listed in my CV to show my work in one project related with my major computer science. I am applying for a graduate university. The missing subject of the ...
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What's the meaning of “chopped the bill off to fight”?

I'm reading "The Old Man and The Sea" a novel by Ernest Hemingway. There is small paragraph that I don't understand completely because of that statement "chopped the bill off to fight&...
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Grammar Ielts Question

Sentence : National and international fixed calls showed a similar pattern , starting at just under 40 billion minutes of calls in 1995, then rising/rised steadily to around 60 billion minutes of ...
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The meaning of the “for” in this sentence

I came across the following sentence ”students have a huge decision to make, for it is at this time that they must consider their options in regard to higher education.” What’s the meaning of the ”for ...
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In this sentence, how can 'where' be interpreted?

You can have a virus where people feel well enough while they’re infectious that they get on a plane or they go to a market. I can't understand a structure of this sentence. What do 'where' and 'that'...
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What is a beggar's bench?

The monk seated himself on the beggars’ bench by the door, and would have naught but cold porridge and water for his supper. From "Kristin Lavransdatter" by Sigrid Undset. Does this ...
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“but not” at the end of the sentence

https://medium.com/@nettlefish/the-science-of-the-pendulum-sun-e7116070d4ce There are two sentences that I can't understand: Their world is magically built to be like ours but not. So their sun, ...
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What does the use of 'bank' as a verb mean in this context which has nothing to do with actual banks (financial institutions)?

What is the meaning of the word bank as a verb here? EDIT: "...Boris Johnson does not want talks to “[drag on]”, but [his] allies admit he is loath to make new concessions now when the EU side ...
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Learning vocabulary is a journey wihout destination, but exist ways to accelerate?

Is a hassle to learn vocabulary, I'm not saying is the devil and needs to be avoided, it's worth-while but I have been learning for the past year and I feel it consume a lot of my time and energy that ...
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What does “be set with something/someone” mean?

It's from the 18th episode of the 10th season of Friends. Here is the scene. It's at around 3 minute and 44 seconds. Joey: I'm gonna miss these little guys. It was nice having birds around again. ...
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Meaning of a sentence from a self help book of Orison Swett Marden

I'm not a native English speaker and cannot get the full meaning of this part of Orison Swett Marden's self help book "Pushing to the front": "How hard I worked at that tremendous ...
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The position of the adverb “shockingly” changes the meaning

a. He shockingly used brilliant colors in these paintings. b. He used brilliant colors in these paintings shockingly. c. Brilliant colors were shockingly used. d. Brilliant colors were used shockingly....
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What does the phrase “be faced” mean?

It's from the tenth episode of the sixth season of Friends. Here is the context and video. It's at 1 minute and 48 seconds. Hey, I know what’ll get us up on a platform! Monica: What? Ross:...
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What does “You are starting” mean?

I'm studying English at BUSUU and there's a sentence below that's confusing me. You are starting your journey to improve your English in our B1 Intermediate course! What does "You are starting" ...
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the meaning of “one of which” in this context

I read the novel "What ever happened to Baby Jane?". There's a phrase I'm not quite sure. The untended oleander bushes, one of which stood beside the shallow porch of each unit, were scraggly and ...

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