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Difference between "the number of people you would have thought" OR "the number of people you would think"?

This from the BBC website Lost wallet found 5 years on It is about a story in which somebody lost his wallet 5 years ago after he watched a game in a rugby stadium, and it was found 5 years later. ...
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What's the meaning of "receive credit for freshman mathematics" in college?

This context comes from the book "Black Rednecks And White Liberals" by Thomas Sowell. At one time, the reputation of Dunbar graduates was such that they did not have to take entrance ...
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Should I use type or type of in this sentence

1. I must condemn your criminal type mentality. 2. I must condemn your criminal type of mentality. Which one is grammatically correct and preferable? Can I use kind of in the place of type of?
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How to identify if the word in the sentence is used as adjective or verb?

Is there any logic/ Trick to identify if the word was used as adjective or verb? e.g. Level has been reduced to one. My pen has been broken. Gold had been stolen. In above sentence the word ...
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what do authors of negative questions think?

I would like to know how native English speakers regard the opinion of authors of negative questions. For this reason I added the sentence "You're right." to each of the following examples (...
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Social events and training days are arranged for all the staff. (already arranged or to be arranged or a regular schedule)?

Social events and training days are arranged for all the staff. The sentence above means? already finished arrangement They are regular activities arranged for all the the staff. to be arranged (...
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How should I read the sentence of multiple objects

This is a extract from session 6 'word power made easy Norman lewis' book. "The orthodontist specializes in improving your "bite," retracting "buck," and by means of braces ...
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It will be great if/it would be geat if

What's the difference between the following? It will really be great if you can pass the salsa over here. It would really be great if you could pass the salsa over here. If you move your chair a bit,...
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'It is impossible' followed by a that-clause vs. 'It is impossible' followed by a for + Noun Phrase + to + Infinitive construction

It is impossible that everyone is telling the truth. It is impossible for everyone to be telling the truth. What on earth is the difference between the meanings of two sentences above?
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How can I use reporting verbs

My sentence from a grammar site is "At least 6 people are believed to have been killed in a shooting rampage". Will there be any difference if I turn it into: There are believed to have ...
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How to rewrite 'she sings like a bird'

She sings like a bird. If I want to rewrite this sentence using 'as' what would be the appropriate sentence? 1.She sings as a bird does. 2.She sings, as a bird does.
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I've worked here for two years vs I worked here for two years

Let's look at the sentence: I've been working here for two years. This sentence means that I'm still working. Right? I have worked here for two years. I worked here for two years. What's the meaning ...
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What is the meaning of the sentence, "It was just the genius of Gandhi to notice faultless occasions"?

I'm translating an article by Paul Goodman written in 1961 about pacifist films. I can't fully understand the meaning of the sentence, "It was just the genius of Gandhi to notice faultless ...
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What is the meaning of using inanimate subjects?

I was wondering whether there might be difference between animate subjects and inanimate. The native speakers are more using inanimate like "this road will lead you to the place" instead of ...
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Usage of "rather"

What's the difference between following sentence: She kept herself rather to herself in her own pantry. and She rather kept herself to herself in her own pantry. Are there some omitted words in ...
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...who is considered at high enough risk for an extra dose

This is an excerpt from a PBS news article. Ultimately the committee must decide who is considered at high enough risk for an extra dose. I think an extra dose of vaccine is not a harmful or ...
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What does ”this reflects their relatively late date” mean?

I’m translating a text about Safavid carpets and I have problem with understanding this sentence: some thousand carpets survive from Safavid period. In part, of course, this reflects their relatively ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase: "take huge leaps forward with"?

To be specific, I don't understand the meaning of the word "with". Here is a sentence: "Manufacturing innovation takes huge leaps forward with the 3rd generation Anaconda printing ...
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wake up, awaken and awake

He woke up to find others gone. He awakened to find others gone. He awoke to find others gone. All of the sentences can be found grammatical in OED and they seem identical in meaning. I am ...
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On/With- Which is the right preposition to use here?

A supervisor asks their employee "how are we doing with that news piece," here, it is obvious that the supervisor wants to know about the progress of the news piece. My question is if the ...
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The meal with wine came to $20 each. (What's the meaning of th sentence?)

The meal with wine came to $20 each. meal $20 and wine $20 meal+wine $20 for each person My dictionary explains the meaning as 2. Is there any chance to interpret as 1?
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"It is important to recognise the interdependence between individual, culturally formed actions and the state of cultural integration." meaning

It is important to recognise the interdependence between individual, culturally formed actions and the state of cultural integration. People work within the forms provided by the cultural patterns ...
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Meaning of " The huts gaped black"

And the village was deserted, the huts gaped black, rotting, all askew within the fallen enclosures. A calamity had come to it, sure enough Does the huts gaped black mean that the huts were wide open ...
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Vocabulary for payment matters

Pardon me that I couldn't explain this succinctly as I lack of the vocabulary of the subject matter and this is the reason why I post this question. The scenario: I want to change to a lower tier ...
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'it didn't happen until afterward" happened later or didn't happen continuously?

'it didn't happen until afterward" After reading this sentence, it's not certain to interpret it as intended because "not until A" means something happened after A. The above sentence ...
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Placement of participle in a sentence

How to place a Participle, before the word (noun, adjective,adverb) which is modified by it or after that word. As participle can work like an adjective and an Adverb for modifying. a. He saw a ...
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Does "felt" belong to "excluded" in this context?

It declared that it felt no longer represented in the Federal Council, excluded the two serving federal councillors elected as SVP members from its parliamentary group and declared ‘fundamental ...
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How should "double-consciousness" be interpreted in this passage?

It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused ...
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How should I interpret “...and what modern epistemologist would...”?

The sentence goes as follow: ...and what modern epistemologist would greet an authoritative pronouncement that she in fact possessed knowledge by trying to refute it? I have two different ...
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does "never see your pockets empty anymore" make any sense?

We were talking about money in our English class and I said this: learn programming and never see your pockets empty anymore does it make any sense to you? is the sentence correct?
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An interpretation of "be to + infinitive" in Bertrand Russell's "The Conquest of Happiness"

I'm having trouble interpreting the following sentence from Bertrand Russell's "The Conquest of Happiness" (Chapter 1): To prevent the perpetuation of poverty is necessary if the benefits ...
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Unavailable in X OR Y vs. Unavailable in X and Y

What is the difference these two statements: It is unavailable in X or Y. It is unavailable in X and Y. Is 2) the same as saying: It is neither available in X nor Y. Lastly, are all three ...
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knocked/flipped/lying on its side

The man in the wheelchair crashes into a wall. People rush over to help the man, who is screaming in pain, his wheelchair lying on its side. Could I used knocked or flipped rather than lying in this ...
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What is the sentence structure uses after "that"?

The first is the plethora of small businesses, from family-run corner shops and ice-cream parlours to hardware stores, that by and large are as scruffy as they were back then, eke out a meagre ...
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Confused about the structure of the sentence

Let's look at the sentences. These are the things to sell. These are the things to be sold. Which one is correct? The first one sounds good. It seems that in the first sentence we are talking ...
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"What it makes sense for people to accept?"

Although these writers all deploy much of the social contract idiom, then, at the end of the day their arguments rest on accounts of what it makes sense for people to accept, not what ...
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Context confusion (adjectives & tenses)

Are the following sentences grammatically right and applicable ?? 1- The country didn't take procedures as firm as it is in other countries. 2- The country didn't take procedures as firm as it has ...
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“Canberra is to the south of Sydney” vs “Canberra is to Sydney’s south”

Are these sentences interchangeable? “Canberra is to the south of Sydney.” “Canberra is to Sydney’s south.” I know that the structure in the former is correct, but I wonder if I can use the latter ...
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Things to sell vs things to be sold

Let's look at the sentences. These are the things to sell. These are the things to be sold. Which one is correct? The first one sounds good. It seems that in the first sentence we are talking ...
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Does the meaning change if I add "which are" in this sentence?

There are factors considered to be more relevant to a person's success in life. Does the meaning change if I insert "which are" in the sentence? There are factors which are considered to be more ...
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"Would have" or "would" in a conditional sentence

Athenians loved a good argument…they loved to be entertained…and most of the time you could find both of those things in the courthouse. Athenians would have been HUGE fans of Judge Judy…or back ...
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Usage of "to do with"

Can I use "to do with" in the same meaning as "about/concerning a particular subject" ? For example: 1- All applications to do with this role go through my secretary first. 2- Most of the ...
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Excited + to (now or future meaning)

I want to reduce these two sentences into one sentence. I was excited + because ı was going to see her. 1-I was excited to see her. 2-I was excited about seeing her. And ı have onether question . ...
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It be not until ~ that ~

It was not until after we had been on the highway for several hours that Peter asked me if I wanted stop at a restaurant for a bite to eat. In my opinion, It ~ that ~ is a sentence that emphasize ...
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How do I understand "he to whom..." and "coupled though it be ..." in the sentence?

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt ...
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What is the difference between these three sentences?

That's what your fantasy was This was your fantasy This all was your fantasy What is the difference between these three sentences? To me, being a non-native speaker, they sound alike. But I know ...
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Is there any difference between the following sentences?

It's the first time I've seen him that happy. It's the first time I see him that happy. Are these two sentences correct? If they are, what's the difference between them?
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Should “to do ” be before what or after what?

What did you come here to do? To do What did you come here ? Is there any difference between two sentence in meaning?
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Is this sentence right? It is from my exercise book

"The evidence that the flower in the greenhouse failing to endure any storms indicates that kids should never be spoiled too much." This sentence is the answer of an translation question which I ...
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What are the meaning of "put to bare" in the sentence and the meaning of the sentence?

the context is as follows ...or complex moment where ethical reasoning skill will be put to bare where they will have opportunity to discuss online their reactions to that particular film... First,...
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