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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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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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cordeen or an ox tongue

I'm having a hard time with the slang in the movie Focus. I have just heard the following line: All eyes on me until I make the mark. And once I fan him, I tug my lapel. Two fingers mean it's a prat ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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“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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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 “expressions of opinion” mean?

What does "expressions of opinion" mean? Expressions of opinion should be supported by reference to the authority on which they are made and the verifiable facts which support them.
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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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What does 'within the trade' mean?

Does it mean 'during the selling process' or 'in the industry?' Exotic pets pose a risk to human health and safety, particularly because some infectious diseases they carry are transmittable to ...
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Difference between “become” and “make”

Please explain the difference between "He will become a good lawyer" and "He will make a good lawyer."
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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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Could you explain what this phrase means in the sentence?

Sentence is that. "He drank slowly, like a connoisseur, lingering on the taste and still looking about him at the cliffs and up at our signboard." I read this sentence couple of times. But I ...
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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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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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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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What does the phrase “when the way you get around” mean here?

Please help me understand the meaning of the phrase "when the way you get around" in the following text from the description of the game "Bomb Chicken": It can double as a barrier to keep enemies ...
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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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