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“bled rags“ or "rugs"?

I'm trying to find pictures by googling bled rugs or bled rags. Can't find anything, not even in the common results. It seems to me, it's supposed to be perfectly common usage, but the world doesn't ...
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Is it 'fitted with' or 'fit with'? [closed]

Is it 'fit with' or 'fitted with'? In: A stand fitted with a protractor
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Couldn't have cared less vs couldn't care less in context

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee starts with the following short paragraph: When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow. When it healed, and Jem's fears of ...
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Passive voice: see somebody ___ (send) back into society

Which one should I fill in the blank [being sent/ to be sent/ sent]: Without access to books in prison, my world view would still be shaped by violence. It’s not who I want to see ( ) back into ...
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Is it possible to change (gone) to (been) and the answer still be correct?

Here is a question Put the verbs in brackets into a suitable tense form ____ you _____ (go) to your dentist recently? Typical answer: Have you gone to your dentist recently? I noticed many users ...
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Why it should be 'estimated', instead of 'is estimated'?

The hurricane caused damage ......... at $300 million. What I have chosen: is estimated The answer should have been: estimated Is estimated adjective, what type of adjective, or what parts of speech ...
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Has shrank or has shrunk? [closed]

My sentence is: The total number of unique patients that fits this criterion has shrank from 10 to 5. But I'm not sure if instead I should say has shrunk?
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Appending -ed to irregular verbs, obscure dialect? [closed]

Some examples (born->borned, saw->sawed): Interview with Celia Black, Tyler, Texas, October 11, 1974 (audio, transcript) Elmer Sparks (04:30): ...back when you were borned... Elmer Sparks (04:...
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Why was 'Having seen that it is about to rain...' not the correct answer?

In the example sentence, I initially interpreted the sentence structure as 'We have seen that is about to rain.' However, the correct answer was 'seeing,' with the appropriate context being 'We see ...
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Aspects of **have** in "You have me all confused!"

I am a speaker of American English, mid-Atlantic dialect. I was thinking of scenarios like the following: Yesterday, you said to do it this way, and this morning you said to do it that way, and now ...
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past participle indicating time

And as for staying tea, I can't hear of it; for there's this dairymaid, now she knows she's to be married, turned Michaelmas, she'd as lief pour the new milk into the pig-trough as into the pans. (...
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What does this past participle attribute refer to?

An excerpt from this article: Such solutions all take quantum states to be objective properties of the physical system they describe and not as catalogs of personal judgments about those physical ...
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The usage of "COME" in these sentences [closed]

These are original sentences uttered by natives. 1 There are some very rare birds come by here. 2 You are a poor boy from Ireland come to London. I wonder what COME means in them. According to the ...
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What's the difference between "conflicted relationships" and "conflicting relationships"?

What's the difference between adjectives and past participles? For example, interesting types and interested types? Update: That example was not really good. Take a look at this one: "Creating ...
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"employed people" vs "people employed"

Two sentences Manufacturing kept growing until 1980 when it peaked at about 10 million people employed. Manufacturing kept growing until 1980 when it peaked at about 10 million employed people. What ...
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Merging "the lawn is trampled on" & "the lawn is sparse/scattered/..."

Let's start with the skeleton sentence: I looked at the lawn of the playground. People trample on the lawn of the playground, so it becomes sparse/scattered/... Q1: Which word should I use to ...
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Does the sentence containing "I’ve done made" make sense?

I’ve done made a black tea with a slice of lime on it . it appeared in a group chat that include many non-English native speakers and seems odd to me. since "done" can be a transitive verb, ...
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present participle as an adverbial?

The use of some words in English grammar resources is expressed as follows: 1-) I passed the exam by studying. 2-) I cut the paper using scissor. Why isn't '' by '' added in 2 ? or Why isn't the word '...
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Please help; this is giving me an ulcer -walled, -wall, or no wall at all?

Okay, so I'm editing a book on architecture that's as poorly written as it is dry. My biggest issue right now is the use of the word "walled"; do you think this needs to be rewritten as ...
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Can I use "fixed" as antonym of "broken"?

I am wondering to know when something is broken, after repairing, can I say it is fixed or should I say it has been fixed. Can I used fixed as an adjective and antonym of broken?
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did or had done [duplicate]

1a) I didn't know what he did. 1b) I didn't know what he'd done. The context is "He stole from my house, and I didn't know it at the time of speaking" what would I use? Do they both mean the ...
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How many tickets do you have left? (the modification of 'left')

How many tickets do you have left? How many tickets do you have? What is the parts of speech of 'left' and what does the 'left' modify?
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Why are "pleased" in "I'm pleased." and "confused" in "I'm confused." adjectives rather than participles?

I was told here that in: (1) I'm pleased. (2) I'm confused. "pleased" and "confused" are participial adjectives. I can't understand why. Could tell me please why they aren't ...
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"I don't want to get bit by mosquitoes"-Is that correct?

I was at my house and bugs were flying in. Then I said, "I don't want to get bit by mosquitoes". Then my dad said "the word is bitten. Bit is incorrect". Was my statement correct?
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Passive voice without "to be"? Or use past participle after a noun to describe it?

Sometimes I see some sentences look like passive voice, but don't have a verb "to be". For example: "The goals set in the initial phase of a project can heavily influence your work.&...
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Perfect fit for a grammatical error

Yesterday, I had an exam in which this objective type question was asked. Select the most appropriate option that can substitute the underlined segment in the given sentence. She wished she __ ...
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When do you put a participle after a noun? [duplicate]

In Seattle, Washington, high schooler Light Turner stumbles across the "Death Note," a mysterious leather-bound notebook with instructions that state that by writing a person's name down ...
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Being + past participle form

I was wondering to know what kind of grammar has been used in the below sentence in regards to being+ing. How should I make this kind of sentence? The strike led to classes being cancelled for about ...
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Is "run" in the past participle

That doesn’t mean lying down and becoming fooled, or letting foreign corporations run uncontrolled. I'm not sure about the structure. Is "run" the past participle or base form (bare ...
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Is "molten" the past participle of "melt"?

Longman tells me that melt is a regular verb, and molten is simply an adjective. But in the irregular verb appendix of the Shanghai High School English Exam Vocabulary word book, molten is the past ...
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Is "candidates WERE neither able to build...nor SUBSTANTIATED it with facts" grammatical?

I am learning English as a second language. I was going through the feedbacks of examiners, who conduct/mark CSS exams (this is a competitive exam conducted to appoint Government officers in Pakistan),...
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Title case: Which is better ? pre or post-modifier in this case?

Followings are titles for a thesis on Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s Allegory of the Good Government. Ambrogio Lorenzetti depicted two Justices in his picture. Among the four, which one is grammatically best ? ...
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How do I know whether the past participle form is an adjective or a passive verb?

A past participle can either be an adjective or a passive-verb form. For example. He was excited about the movie (Here the world 'excited' is an adjective) An adjective is used to describe a person (...
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Why don't the adjectives “brisk, bold” match with the past participle “blunted”?

His one-word send-off: brisk, bold, and blunted. Why is blunted used, rather than "blunt"? And also why aren't brisk and bold "brisked and bolded"?
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“being raised” followed by a verb

While reading David Crystal's Sounds Appealing, I came across the following sentence. There was a Pronunciation Unit that dealt with queries (such as how to pronounce the name of a foreign place or ...
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"used therein" vs "in use" vs "used" and "among" vs "between" [closed]

I want to use the following sentence: I already explained 10 algorithms. As a result, the only difference (between / among) the algorithms is the blah-blah-blah model (used / in use / used therein).
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What is the function of 'having seen' in this sentence?

I am reading my text Why Do Friendships End? by Allison Hunter, there is a sentence confused me. She referred to having seen the question in one of my articles, Mystery of Friendship. I don't know ...
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Did not have + past participle sentences

Usually we use "past perfect negative" as in "I had not eaten a burger when he arrived" But could you pls tell me if we could also use "did not have plus past participle"?...
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Thank you for + ing or thank you for having + past participle

I'm wondering if there is a difference between the following forms: Thank you for downloading the file (for + ing) Thank you for having downloaded the file (for + having + past participle) Both ...
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In the sentence "The table was set for lunch" is "set" a verb or an adjective?

The table was set for lunch I want to see if this is a passive sentence. I think if the word "set" is a verb it is passive, but if “set” is an adjective it would be an active one.
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The vanishing glass vs The vanished glass

I was reading a grammar book by M. Swan about present and past participle that are used as adjectives when I came across this example: a vanished civilization. In his book Oxford Grammar, he explains ...
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until [it had] risen

Could "subject + had" sequence be omitted in the following? If it's possible only in b, why can't the same happen to a? a. The soldiers remained in the room until they had witnessed the ...
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is it right that past participle adding object is considered to a sentence?

The below sentence makes me confused. is "Reorganized boxes in the attic" and "Rearranged his tools in the shed and moved the Saab's winter tire to a new place" correct complete ...
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Have done and have done or have done and done?

I would like to say that I have done multiple things together. Should I use "I have done sth1 and have done sth2" or should I omit the second "have" and say " I have done sth1 ...
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What is the correct way to use these kind of causative verbs in a sentence?

I kindly request you to have all members participated in the meeting. I kindly request you to have all members participate in the meeting. What is the correct way to say this sentence? We can use ...
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What does got mean in "they've got to leave"

They've got to leave. In the sentence above, what does "got"" mean? Is it the past participle of "get"? If not, what is it? Why bother add it? Why don't people just say They ...
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What's the difference between "people involved" and "involved people"?

I learned at school to put an adjective clause in front of the noun when it consists of only one word and to put it after the noun when it consists of more than one word. However, I sometimes find a ...
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Is this sentence correct? And why? (Answered)

So I was reading a novel (I'm not a native) and I found a sentence that goes like "its branches spreading up to the sky..." Why there is no "were" or "are" after the word ...
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I just have done or I have just done

are both of "I just have done" and "I have just done" correct? I guess the first sentence is more informal but grammatically correct.
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feel the floor shaken

Is "shaken" used properly in the following? Normally, I'd expect "shaking." But I'm wondering if the verb "shake" can take an object followed by a past participle. Joe ...
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