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Every single day and every few days

I have come across the following two sentences from Michael Swan's practical English usage 1 I meet my mother every single day 2 I meet my friends every few days what is the use of single in the ...
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“all” vs “all of”

What's the difference between these two sentences? He ate all his food He ate all of his food
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Can all be used with a singular noun

This website talks about how all should only be used with plural nouns. But I'm wanting to say "all the following," and "all the followings" doesn't work. And every and each doesn't work either. I ...
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Error spotting : All my hope were duped and I was plunged in deep sorrow

All my hope were duped and I was plunged in deep sorrow. I have two questions regarding the above sentence. First : Hope is a uncountable noun so is using were correct with it or it should be was ...
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“Rather” in modern English

I've stumbled upon a post in a Russian community, which teaches English, that says that "rather" isn't used (is avoided) in modern English, instead "quite" and "really" are used. However, I can't ...
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Every half + time noun - no indefinite particle?

In most contexts, 'half' is followed by an article or pronoun when used as a predeterminer. However, the inclusion of 'a' or 'an' in the structure "every half ..." is considered grammatically ...
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“that a big deal” or “that big a deal”?

Source From an episode of Friends at 00:01 Monica: Will you let it go? It's not that big a deal. Ross: Not that big a deal? It's amazing! OK. Just reach in there and there's just one little ...
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Correct way of using - “Both”

Which one of the following two sentences is more correct/appropriate than the other? Why? That's a both interesting and challenging problem. That's both an interesting and challenging problem.
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Is the phrase «as general an answer as possible» correct?

Is it correct to say: It would be nice to have as general an answer as possible. I'm not sure... I think I've read similar sentences, if I'm not mistaken. Any help would be appreciated.