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Can I use “The mike is yours” implicitly?

Is it necessary when I say: "The mike is yours, confound me." that you really have a microphone, or you should have a microphone? If yes, then what should I say instead that sentence with the part "...
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Reduction of Relative Clauses

1-They denied that they had stolen the money. 2-They denied stealing the money . 3-They denied having stolen the money . My textbook says I can use the second sentence instead of the first one . I ...
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Meaning of “it does not do (to do something)”

This is about the meaning of Dumbledore's quote “it does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live” From the Time article, "10 of the Most Magical Harry Potter Quotes to Inspire You": "It does ...
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Form of being+v3

We managed to climb over the wall without being seen. We managed to climb over the wall without we were being seen. Are these sentences exactly the same? if so is there any special name for the ...
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You will never be getting it back vs. you will never be able to get it back

Let's say you left your watch at your friend's house in England, and then you came back home in Ireland. 2 days after, your friend phoned you to tell you that you forgot your watch, while laughing at ...
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What is the meaning of the sentence, “Consider it a courtesy for the inconvenience.”?

"Consider it a courtesy for the inconvenience." What is the meaning of the above sentence, which I am not sure of the context of usage? And what are the possible contexts (if more than one) of its ...
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Could - Past ability or Polite offer

I am an English learner. I came across below sentence, which shows the use of "Could" as Polite offer. I could lend you my car till tomorrow. Is below sentence correct if I want to express my past ...
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quite high enough sentence meaning with one word

He couldn't get quite high enough can anyone explain the quite high enough sentence meaning with one word. is that meaning of too much high.
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until, until after and quote from 1984

Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious. Until they become conscious they will never rebel. Is this part meaning that if ...
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Past continuous in reported speech

I am confused with present continous tense in reported speech do we need backshifting or not ? and if we do backshifting should we backshift the second part of the sentences? ( "when" part ) He said ‘...
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I don't understand the sentence of “people have grown used to wasting water”

I don't understand the sentence "people have grown used to wasting water". Does it mean that the people who were used to wasting water have grown? The original context is: "Unfortunately, the ...
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What's the meaning of this dialogue?

I'm reading the book The Little Prince, but a dialogue in it really puzzled me. "Oh, I understand you very well," said the little prince. "But why do you always speak in riddles?" "I solve ...
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Problem understanding a specific part of a sentence

This is from a book. That individual distress as such would not elicit any substantial government succour became clearer than ever during the hard-hitting depression of 1913-14. Public ...
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What does “hype high on java” mean?

For newbies, those who have simply e-mailed or surfed the Web, the “community” of the Net is an odd sort of mysticism. How can anyone think of these pages full of advertisements and spinning icons ...
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Which of this sentences is correct, who are my or who are mine [closed]

who are my or who are mine Which one is correct?
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Right or left? When the teacher says: “If you look at the diagram on the left hand side, you will solve this question!”(In a position like this?)

● Right or left? When the teacher says: "If you look at the diagram on the left hand side, you will solve this question!" Is it the teacher's left hand side or students' left hand side? Imagine,...
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What does “you took long mate” means? [closed]

In SMS messages: You took long mate Abit too much What does “you took long mate” “abit too much” mean?
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Like to do vs like doing [duplicate]

I like to play basketball I like playing basketball What's the difference between these two?
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Hypothetical past conditional

When we were children, we lived by the sea. In summer, if the weather was fine, we would all get up early and go for a swim. Sometimes I get confused with the conditionals. In this specific example ...
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Introduce someone to something / something to someone?

What are the differences between the following to sentences? Are they all correct? Jack introduced me the beautiful world of mathematics. Jack introduced me to the beautiful world of mathematics. ...
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What's a wind is blowing In the direction North meaning?

What's the different between "wind blowing IN" and "wind blowing FROM"?
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Never+would have

Chuck never in a million years would've given to Jimmy. (from Better Call Saul which is tv series) What is the meaning of this sentence ? 1-He didn't give but he would. 2-He didn't give and he ...
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What does the sentence “It won't be until later on in the week given a last minute work trip” mean?

In reply to an inquiry someone wrote: You will get an answer, but it probably won't be until later on in the week given a last minute work trip. What does the sentence mean? And what is the ...
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Past Perfect Requirement

I would have gone with her. But she didn't ask me . I would have gone with her .But she hadn't asked me . Do we have to use past perfect in this example ? Is there any difference in meanings ?
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Meaning of could

Sometimes I don't understand the meaning of "could " . The situation is bad, but it could be worse. In this case what is the meaning of the could ? 1-It might be worse(there is a possiblity to be ...
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What is the meaning of “He who dies with the most toys wins”?

I've recently encountered this saying and got confused how to interpret the message of it. I wonder if that is supposed be sarcastic or possibly proud to be greedy.
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What does author means in this sentence?

I understand word meanings, but cannot put them together and understand what author meant in following: I enquire now as to the Genesis of a philologist and assert the following: If you need ...
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The question “where do you come from ?” is confusing for me [duplicate]

I don't live in my native country, I regularly move throughout Europe and North America. So it's a little bit confusing for me when someone asks me "Where are you from?" or "where do you come from?" ...
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There is to such thing [closed]

“Talk of inspiration is sheer nonsense; there is to such thing. It is mere a matter of craftsmanship.” — William Morris I don't understand the quote, particularly the part I highlighted. I am ...
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Present Perfect Simple vs Present Perfect Continuous

She is away on holiday. Is she? Where ... ? Where has she gone? (Correct) Where has she been going? Why we can not use the second choice here ?
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Which boyfriend suits you - can I understand this in two different ways? [closed]

Which type of boyfriend suits you? When I made up a sentence like this. I am confused. This can have two understandings: What kind of boyfriend you should date (You are a girl and this article will ...
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Meaning of “he knew he looked insulted”

"Maybe you should take a few things out of your pocket before you go," said Mr. Carr. Alfred replied, "What things? What are you talking about?" "You have a compact and a lipstick and two ...
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Use of 'having' as experience vs. possession

Look at the example below: The manager is having his problems (A)/ but we have (B)/ ours as well. (C)/ No error (D) The site that I am following says: The verb "have" can work as continuous and ...
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What does “to begin with the more obscure as a way to build recognition about the familiar” mean?

My strategy in this chapter is to begin with the more obscure as a way to build recognition about the familiar. There is not a single word in the above sentence that I do not know; nonetheless, the ...
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Meaning of blossom in the given sentence/meaning of the sentece

I don't think you should tell him about the conversations that blossomed between us the other day. What does the sentence mean? Does it, in its most basic sense, mean "don't tell...the conversations ...
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use of appropriate preposition 'in' or 'of' after decline

The decline of her morale was fascinating. The decline in her morale was fascinating. Which one is correct? Additionally please tell me if the use of 'in' or 'of' after 'decline' is a use of ...
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Is this sentence Participial Construction?

When it comes to social policy, President Trump embraces conservative politics as usual, continuing a nearly four-decades-long effort to make these policies more restrictive. (excerpt from NYT The ...
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What does the “left to” in this sentence mean?

What's the meaning of the sentence I highlighted below? Does it mean that the code should be both correct and shared? [...] The read-only nature of shared code should not be left to the correctness ...
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“It would have been best written in a more concise way as it does tend to ramble.” meaning

It would have been best written in a more concise way as it does tend to ramble. I came across this sentence in Collins dictionary. I'm not sure what the sentence is trying to convey. The author ...
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Recurrence meaning

In a book I'm reading, there is a way to use recurrence as follows: Obviously, astronauts have to be in exceptionally good physical condition and to have as low a risk of developing health ...
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Meaning of “Please call free on 000-000-000”

I am a IELTS learner. I am wondering about this sentence: Please call free on 777-777-7777 It means "call me anytime you want"? Or "you are not charged for the call on the number"?
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How to understand the following quotes of Edmund Burke?

Can anyone please shed some light on the following quotes of Edmund Burke? Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere, and the less of it there is ...
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Using “when” to talk about the future

When the new park opens, I’ll go there every day. When the new park has opened, I'll go there every day. Can we use both of these? What is the difference between them?
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Difference between past simple and past perfect in mixed conditionals

Is that second sentence wrong ? If it is wrong , why? If you remembered to bring a map ,we wouldn't be lost now If you had remembered to bring a map ,we wouldn't be lost now Can we use both of ...
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'out of something' usage

I came across some sentences using out of something or someone and I can't make its meaning clear all the time, say I want to make a supersonic man out of you. How can I understand this sentence and ...
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Meaning of “roll down” in “Bill and I rolled down the runway not knowing whether this airplane would leave the runway in a controlled manner”

In a book I'm reading there is a phrase "roll down" as follows: When we checked the airplane again in the morning, it had been repaired - it turned out two wires had been crossed. My RIO, Bill ...
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I am to go / I have to go

There is a sentence from GoT: I'm to go north to the Wall. Are there any differences between the sentences: I am to go north I have to go north ?
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She was sitting with the Princess, all smiles and admiration

There is a sentence from GoT: She was sitting with the Princess Myrcella, all smiles and admiration. Could you explain the meaning of the second part of the sentence all smiles and admiration ...
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Did remember/ remembered

There is a sentence from GoT: And perhaps the dragon did remember, but Dany could not What the differences between sentences: And perhaps he did remember, but she could not And perhaps he ...
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It is dark down (below)

There is a sentence "It is dark down below", which I met in a song. Why is there the word "below"? What are the differences between It is dark down below and It is dark down ?