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“say” or “tell” in this context

Teacher: Who can say the multiplication table from 1 to 10. Or, Teacher: Who can tell me the multiplication table from 1 to 10. Which of the two sentences is more appropriate for a teacher to use ...
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Searching For Same Sentence Pattern

My youngest sister won first prize in the poetry contest. A. The catamaran drifted slowly onto the shore. B. Our oldest sister is a chemical engineer for a local firm. C. The moon seemed brighter ...
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Can I express a trend like this?

This city has experienced a decrease of 1% per year in the visibility, a meteorological parameter partly affected by atmospheric pollution. I would like to include the parenthetical clause to ...
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Should I say “I spend most of my time on Facebook” or “I spend most of the time on Facebook”?

Should I say "I spend most of my time on Facebook" or "I spend most of the time on Facebook"? Or both are correct?
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Same Sentence Construction

What following sentence has the same sentence pattern or construction (such as verbs or linking verbs, direct objects, predicate nominatives or adjectives) as the above sentence. The sun sets in the ...
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Why is there no conjunction in “…symptoms are so slight you do not even know..”?

I have just finished some of my exercises and this sentence really make me confused: Sometimes the symptoms are so slight you do not even know you have an allergy, and it may take years for an ...
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Construction of sentences

What is the difference between construction of sentences? He sat at the table and consumed a pie. At the table he sat and consumed a pie.
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“without a break in the wall”

There is no break in the conversation where you can go: "All right then" . You know It is just going on and on without a break in the wall. (Context: He is complaining about a friend who ...
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Is it correct to say noted about?

please help. I'd like to reply an email with "noted about the published date". But I doubt is such grammar is correct. Any suggestion?
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usage of secondary to

"A patient who presented with some infection secondary to procedures done to facilitate to drain CSF." what is the verb in the sentence?
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Passive verb of perception

I do understand the active constructions of verbs of this type, but I am still a bit confused with the passive construction(s). Can anyone here clarify my confusion? Please consider the following: He ...
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Is it correct to say “The teacher failed me”?

I've heard this expression on TV several times, but is this correct grammatically? Doesn't it mean that the teacher did not help me in the time of need rather than the teacher gave me an F? How to ...
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To be, is or was

Sometimes, I make a sentence whose subject can represent something of the past and something that still exists today. Which tense should I use for the helping verb? For instance: Any cellphone which (...
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Past tense with used to

This question has been puzzling me for the last two days He used to work as a doctor when I met him Is this correct?
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Does this sentence convey the idea and sound natural?

I am translating a text, and I am struggling with this sentence. Does it sound natural and convey the idea? 'You can drive up to one meter close to the tables' ---> with the meaning that you can ...
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Negative tag-questions

I have a question regarding the question-tag. I hear that the negative question-tag can be made out of the following construction: helping verb + subject + not? I have a meeting every day, don't I/...
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My house {have/has} no {windows/window}

My house have no windows. I'm confused with two possible corrections: 1. have or has 2. windows or window
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How to use“ everyone” or “everybody” in a negative sentence with verb “be”?

When checking if all the students are present in a class, may the teacher ask "Is everybody/everyone here today?" or "Is everyone/everybody present today?" And if not so, must the students reply "No, ...
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Why is it “swipe to get to know me” instead of just “swipe to know me”?

I was scrolling on the Instagram and I found this random quote there: "swipe to get to know me". Why the "get" verb is on it? We just can say "swipe to know me" or not?
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How can I choose between using (in) or (on)?

Consider the following example: “In making his choice, Otto Frank had to bear several points in mind.” You see, there is no particular pattern that helps me decide whether I have to use “on” instead ...
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Word for 'most late'

Latest in English means most recent. Then, how do we say something is 'most late'? For example, all the candidates for a job receive their interview schedules. I don't exactly know the entire ...
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“Far from” Vs “A long way”

I have no idea if grammatically there is any rule which makes a distinction between using "far from" and "a long way" in positive and negative sentences! Please have a look on my examples below and ...
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The usage of [verb] + ing

What is the corrective sentence? And why? And when I can use [verb] + ing? My dog guards my room not letting anyone inside. Or My dog guards my room mustn't let any one inside.
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I am having a doubt

I have a doubt I am having a doubt So far as I know have can not be used in the sense of possession. So I think the second sentence is wrong. I am having a good time is correct because ...
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Dash against Vs crash into

The car dashed against a tree. The car crashed into a tree. I have heard both expressions while listening to the news. In certain grammar books the first sentence is considered to be wrong and ...
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Correct Use of Get/Got

How we will come to know that he got the documents? Or How we will come to know that he gets the documents? Which one is grammatically correct? Scenario. I will have to take action after ...
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Can I use 'strategically situated' in this way?

Singapore is strategically situated off the southern tip of the Malay peninsular, neighboring to Indonesia and Malaysia with close proximity to major international shipping routes, and ...
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Is “but” an appropriate conjunction in the sentence “This can be graphed using anything, **but** I choose to graph it using Python”?

This post says This can be graphed using anything, but I choose to graph it using Python. OXFORD gives this meaning Used to introduce a phrase or clause contrasting with what has already been ...
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How to introduce the play on stage [on hold]

An annoucer has given a brief description of the play on stage and then announced that the play was to start. How to write that announcement grandiosity. "So... Here it is...." Is a correct ...
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Would vs will in these sentence [duplicate]

It is the thing you will find in real life. It is the thing you would find in real life. What is the difference between these 2 sentences? This is probably because I cannot imagine another situation ...
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Is it true that if we start a sentence with 'the', this 'the' can be omitted?

The data in Tables 1 were assembled from studies in North America... Fluxes shown in Table 1 are different from Tables 2 and 3 because... Results of the calculations indicate that .... ...
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Past simple usage in this sentence

"They had to live each day, for a month, as an old person, with hidden cameras to record how other people reacted to them". Why is past simple used in the end of this sentence?
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Would have usage in this sentence

It was as if I was seeing the young people inside them. Before I would have just seen the wrinkles. What is the usage of "would have" in these sentences? Source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/...
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Sentence grammar problem about “To” --> “I will help you (To) study English” [duplicate]

Sentence grammar problem, I don't know when should I need to add "To" into a sentence, please help me to give me more information about Tense structure or Grammar architecture feedback, thanks. ...
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When to use “I” or “I am”

I've been having some texting with someone else. None of us are English native speakers, but we are both pretty advanced. She thinks I'm more advanced than her, although I think I just have more ...
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Get well wishes [on hold]

My boss had informed that her son was admitted to the ER. I want to email her to find out how he is doing. It should sound professional but not too formal. How should I enquirer?
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Would usage in this particular sentence

Learning an instrument is not as easy as one would wish. What is the use of "would" here and what is the meaning of these sentence?
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Question about present simple passive

No answer is given. It is given as an example. All items are provided. It is given as follows. It is stolen property. Why is present simple used in these sentence? It is present simple passive but it ...
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As one would verb

As you would expect, he is currently in coma. English is not as easy as one would wish. He reacted to it as one would react. We would normally use that sentence in this occasion. Why is "would" used ...
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Anyone else vs except / anyone vs except

I am a bit confused about the following two constructions: 1. I do not have anyone EXCEPT you. 2. I do not have anyone ELSE EXCEPT you. My brother said that they had the same sense, while I insisted ...
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Does this clause require an article or not?

I am confused about whether to add an article before clarification or not? "I asked for clarification on the legal position" Or "I asked for a clarification on the legal position"
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What is correct - grape flavor or grapes flavor?

Its very confusing which is correct: grape flavor or grapes flavor We had a debate in our office regarding the collective noun - Grapes As per user3169 [in ELL]: "You should use grapes though, ...
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Is it correct to say : “things have been changed”?

Is it correct to say : "things have been changed"?
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Question form of I wish

I like basketball. What do you like? 2 is the question form of 1. 3.I wish English was easy? Then, what is the question form of 3? I don't want to get what people wish something was easy as an ...
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Is “will” compulsory for future event?

Here, both sentences indicate a future event. What is the difference between the two sentences? The meeting starts at 5 o'clock. The meeting will start at 5 o'clock. Is the first ...
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What does this Facebook comment mean: “As a top fan, I don't really have anything to say.”

As a top fan, I don't really have anything to say. I just wrote it to protect my badge. I saw this joke comment in Facebook comments and I don't understand it. I can't see how the two clauses relate....
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Describing past action

I would always see him coming to school late with his jeans. I would always see him coming to school late with his jeans worn. I would always see him coming to school late while wearing his jeans. ...
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Meaning of ‘in’ in: They had a very fast car to get away in?

What is the meaning of ‘in’ in the sentence: They had a very fast car to get away in. I think if there was not ‘in’, the sentence is right too: They had a very fast car to get away. So, why ...
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What verb form should I use after “and/or”? “are” or “is”?

The sentence is the next: Item can't be represented in the graphic because its value on X and/or Y aren't defined. After "X and/or Y" should I use "aren't" or "isn't"? And if I use "X or Y, or ...
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“on leave from” vs. “on leave on”

A: I will be on leave from 3rd, 4th October. B: I will be on leave on 3rd, 4th October Which one is correct?