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“I would not X if I didn't Y” vs “I would not X if had not Yed”

What are any differences between these two conditionals in their grammaticality, meaning, connotation, and formality? I would not be writing to you so soon to ask about my interview result if I did ...
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“going to do” vs. “going to be doing”

Note: this post is different to "going to be doing" vs "going to do", which just cites part from somewhere else, without any further analysis and thinking. Furthermore, none of the ...
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“stretch something to its limit” meaning

I have encountered this sentence: Science can explain how gravity works between two objects, but why should it be based on the exact equations we find rather than others? In fact, why should ...
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Is the usage of “and till” appropriate?

Is the usage of "and till" appropriate? Personally I think it's not correct since "till" is a conjunction and should not be preceded by "and". But I noticed such usage in many examples in many ...
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Entry To, Entry Into

A preposition question: The United States earned entry to the knockout round with a win over Ghana and a draw against Portugal in Group G. Source Google search shows both "entry to" and "...
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What does “I am who I am” mean?

You may or may not know about Family Guy. But in this youtube video of Family guy animated series, around 3:30, Stewie [son] was accidentally beaten by his father, Peter. Then he yell his father like ...
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meaning of “congress to the mayor's president”

I'm trying to understand the following sentence: The (New York) city council is congress to the mayor's president. Can anyone please teach me its meaning in a grammatical sense? Also, what (who) ...
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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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She was to have married

She died quickly, shortly before she was to have married. In the above sentence, what does it mean by "she was to have married"? Does it mean "she was to get married"?
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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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What does “running from” mean?

Remove the screws securing the boards running from the right side of the crate to the left side. I read this from a manual, and this is about how to unpack a package. Does "running from" refer to ...
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What does “to shout over” mean, particularly as it has been used in a particular passage I’ve read with curious sytnax?

I don’t un­der­stand the mean­ing of shout over as it has been used in the fol­low­ing pas­sage from Pa­tri­cia High­smith’s novel, The Ta­lented Mr. Ri­p­ley: A well-dressed Ital­ian greeted ...
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What does “these” refer to in this sentence?

They have created traditional works and developed skills that attempt to bring the colors of the moon to life and many of these still remains today. Does "many of these" refer to "traditional ...
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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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“Yet” with present perfect and simple present

a. The law has not reflected it yet. b. The law doesn't reflect it yet. What is the difference in meaning between the two sentences?
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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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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 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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What does “to spite something with something” mean?

It was no longer enough for us to spite death with a few extra hours or days of freedom. I searched the meaning of to spite as a verb, it means: to intentionally annoy, upset, or hurt someone ...
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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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What is the meaning of the last line of Daniel Borzutzky's “Managed Diversity"?

What’s the meaning of the last line of Daniel Borzutzky's “Managed Diversity”: [...] When the sleep medication wears off I am alone with the machines that watch me The global economy brightens ...
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Meaning of “What does it mean to”

What does the meaning of the sentence actually begin with "what does it mean to ..." I encounter sentences like: What does it mean to know the word? What does it mean to use a method? what does it ...
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see or know some one for first time?

I have a problem with finding correct verb. for example when you read about a writer for first time, or when you watch a movie and see an actor for first time, which verb we should to use in this ...
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Impact of disaster

Considering the consensus of the world's leading meteorologists that there will be a vastly greater number of natural calamities (such as hurricanes and floods) during the first several decades of the ...
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Making illegal any activity

source: https://www.amazon.com/Barrons-GRE-Verbal-Workbook-2nd/dp/143800379X Making illegal any activity that is popular and not overtly harmful_______ a trade-off between the advantages gained and ...
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Jane's sister in London

a. Jane talked to her sister in London on the phone. b. Jane and her sister in London agreed about when to meet. c. Jane's sister in London is a nice person. Do these imply that Jane has more than ...
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Which tense is “he was not to enter into …”

“There was one caveat: he was not to enter into it a merger or otherwise weaken the Roche family's control of the firm.” I know that was is the past tense of the verb to be, but in the above sentence ...
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Present perfect vs present perfect continuous difference

1.How long have you stayed in hotel? 2.How long have you been staying in hotel? Are these both grammatically correct and have the same meaning? Or first mean I was in this hotel but now I am in ...
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In this sentence, “just” and “exactly” pretty much mean the same thing, right?

I know the word "just" has lots of meanings. I just want to make sure my understanding about this meaning of it is correct. We need someone who has experience in marketing and teaching, and I think ...
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aid organizations will struggle to rally

Does "aid organizations will struggle to rally" mean "aid organizations will struggle to "convene and recruit aid workers"? Although there are some reports of refugees testing positive for the virus, ...
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Lilt vs cadence?

I have tried to look for comparison online but it seems that no one else has asked this question - on the internet at least... Comparing the definitions given by the Cambridge Dictionary, it seems ...
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What does the highlighted part in the phrase mean?

"Reason is negative and dialectical because it resolves determinations of understanding into nothing" What does reason is negative mean here? That it is undesireable? Or lacks any characteristics ...
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Meaning of reverse newlyweds?

"The station doors open, and every officer in the building files down the stairs and forms a line on either side of me [Amy], holding the press back, creating an honor guard for me, and Rhonda and I ...
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Meaning of a wry eyebrow

"He knows about Nick's interview tonight, so he leaves and returns with all my favorite foods: Manchego cheese and chocolate truffles and a bottle of cold Sancerre and, with a wry eyebrow, he even ...
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which one is the better sentence? help me please

I read some books and watched a video lecture and a movie yesterday. The problem is that I did these things on and off. "I have knew my concentration is bad" but yesterday I felt it keenly. How do I ...
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“trip on” vs. “trip over”

I am aware the meaning of "trip" to lose your balance after knocking your foot against something when you are walking or running I guess this is called "tripped over a cable" I see some people ...
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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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“ever seen” vs. “ever been”

I know "have been somewhere" means "I went to somewhere", and the action happened at an unknown time in the past. I just want to know if "have seen" means "have been" sometimes? Does this sentence ...
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What is the meaning of “just so often” in this context?

What is the meaning of "just so often" in this context? Mr. Mompesson, in bed with his little daughter (about Kate's age) whom the sound seemed chiefly to follow, "observed that it would exactly ...
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In “has only examples of …”, is it reasonable to view “only” as an adjective?

This post is not a duplicate of "her dog doesn't even want" vs. "even her dog doesn't want", since that post does not explain why "only" could not be used as an adjective ...
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sting = disadvantage?

Educated by Tara Westover For as long as I could remember, this image had been at the core of my idea of paradise: my husband, and his wives. There was a sting in this arithmetic: in knowing that ...
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Are “on the other hand” and “nevertheless” interchangeable in some situations?

In my another post ("contents" or "content", which to use when talking about a book?) I said ... she uses "contents" to refer to the things that are written in a book, I ...
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“that I continue to learn and grow”, does this expression sound natural?

One of my friends was asked the next-5-year-play in a job interview. He answered this way I don’t know exactly, but the most important thing is that I continue to learn and grow in my career. ...
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Is “there could be” a idiomatic expression? If yes, when to use?

In my another question ("contents" or "content", which to use when talking about a book?), I said There could be lots of topics on a book, such as the form/style, the author. In ...
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Is it a little bit wordy to say “wake up at 5:00 in the morning”?

I guess these 3 sentences are all idiomatic. I usually wake up at 5:00. I usually wake up at 5:00 AM. I usually wake up at 5:00 in the morning. The last one seems a little bit wordy, isn't it?

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