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When doing / while doing

I am a little confused about using "when v-ing" and "while v-ing". When should I use "when v-ing" instead of "while v-ing" ? 1- Always keep some change with you. It’s useful when buying a bus ...
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Has he come yet or hasn't he come yet?

To get the meaning ' Hasn't he come until now ?' what should I ask 'Has he come yet ?or Hasn't he come yet?'
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What does this paragraph in Media Politics mean?

Mass media in democratic societies serve three important functions providing an electoral forum for candidates and political parties to debate their qualifications for office before a national ...
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past tense/present tense… which one is best in this context?

Earlier this morning, I opened the list on my computer to check: A.    ...if there was anyone I knew who had made the list. B.    ...if there was anyone I know who had ...
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All was happened due to his carelessness. All happened due to his carelessness

All was happened due to his carelessness. All happened due to his carelessness. Which one is correct and why? Is first one in Passive voice? Please define it.
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On the meaning of 'to not commit to a meeting' in this context

The following passage was taken from this NYT article (7th, 8th, and 9th paragraph counting from the last paragraph). One of the most dramatic moments she described came in the July 10 meeting in ...
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Would anyone explain to me the use of the preposition of time ‘to’?

Would someone explain to me the exact meaning of the following sentence: Tickets are available to the end of the month. Does it mean the tickets are available from the beginning until the end of ...
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Verb + ing at the start of the sentence

These phrases follow the pattern Verb + 'ing' + Noun Visiting my hometown. Visiting Tokyo. Doing my homework. They are titles of things and don't have any other written context. I can provide some ...
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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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Meaning of “refer” in this context

I just read a sentence in Longman Dictionary, under its entry for help yourself (to something): Children may be referred by teachers or parents or may even ask for help themselves. I am confused ...
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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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What does the phrase, “Please - allow me!” mean?

I know that the meaning of this phrase is often context related, but I'm not really sure when or in what situations it can be used. So, I'd appreciate it if you'd just give a context as an example ...
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'Do you have anything needed?' Is this sentence incorrect?

This sentence just came to mind right after I watched the sentence : Do you need anything? So, do these two sentences have the same meaning, or is the one in the title totally redundant?
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Meaning of “upon her” in this context

Esmeralda was a very light sleeper. She woke as soon as the key turned in the lock. Then, just before Frollo blew out the lantern, Esmeralda saw his face. “Oh, no!” she cried out faintly. “It’...
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expression meaning

I've read this sentence in a book, and I am a bit confused. I pray to greet you with good fortune, and to greet your sweetest person. This sentence came in the opening of a letter. I have no clue ...
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Possible Conditionals

1-I am sorry if I have offended anyone. 2-I’m sorry if I offended anyone. Are these sentences grammatically correct ? And the "if parts" refer to past or present ? And if the "if part" refer to ...
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What does each of these sentences mean?

What does each of these sentences mean? What are differences in meaning between them? Are they all grammatically correct? I practiced martial arts at a young age. I practiced martial arts ...
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The meaning of “That way, she could forget the 'immodesty' of what she was doing.”

[She] took trouble to learn her lines and repeated the scene until it was perfect. That way, she could forget the "immodesty" of what she was doing. The passage is talking about a porn star. I am ...
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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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“It was broken” vs “It got broken”

When we say "The glass was broken" it means when we looked at it, it had been broken before, that is, it shows a state that could be spread over a period of time. But when we say "it got broken" it ...
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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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True False NotGiven questions

I have a some True False NotGiven questions that I had a hard time figuring the answers. In this sort of question, we must read a passage and then choose whether some information is true, false, or ...
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Verbs of perception: see, hear, watch + object +[bare infinitive/ gerund/ adjective/ past participle/]

Some of the verbs called "verbs of perception or perceptual. However many English language learners would face many problems with using them, me one of them. > Some of them are being used in such ...
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The use of it as object

SOURCE The following sentence is from the online Longmans dictionary. He found it increasingly difficult to read, for his eyes were failing. Is the part of sentence "it increasingly difficult to ...
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“If you could come, it would be great” VS “It would be great if you could come”

I am confused about these sentences If you could come, it would be great and It would be great if you could come I think the first one refers to the past. I.e. it's like the party is over now....
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What's the meaning of “at least as important are …” in the following sentence?

Changes in the geometric properties of the joint with wear occur slowly for a lower pair. At least as important are the simple geometries of the relative motions that these joints permit. I don't ...
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“would,” “will,” and “be [verb]ing” in context

What are the differences among these three sentences? Who would most likely be listening to this talk? Who will most likely be listening to this talk? Who is most likely listening to this talk?
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How to write this sentence?

I have a problem when I write this sentence: "However, considering the fact many language courses failed their students, we feel motivated to research further." I want to add examples to make this ...
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What is the meaning of “outlive” and “the same age” in this sentence?

The sentence: Beethoven did outlive many people who were the same age as Berlioz. The context: I’m reading the book Probability Theory: the Logic of Science written by E. T. Jaynes. I was ...
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Help me understand “You become a …creature who slips into a sort of mediocrity where…”

You become a cold, calculating creature who slips into a sort of mediocrity where you realize there is difference between your desired self and your actual self In the above sentence, there are ...
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Used to have to meaning

I know that "used to" is used for an action that is no longer done. But I want to know if I could use "have to" with it. For example if I want to say that getting up early in the morning everyday was ...
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Meaning of the sentence in bold is unclear to me

We will not [says Socrates] then allow our charges, whom we expect to prove good men, being men, to play the parts of women and imitate a woman young or old wrangling with her husband, defying ...
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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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The meaning of “fresh off of”

I came across this sentence in an article online: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, fresh off of not apologizing for the social media giant’s failure to prevent sketchy election data firm Cambridge ...
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Why do/don't you think

I saw this sentence in a comic book: Why don't you think he wants to call her? (Context: A doesn't want to call B. C is asking D's opinion on this issue.) I wonder if I can use the rewritten ...
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What means “in mitigation”?

Here is the sentence: In mitigation, I am on the move and posted this from an internet cafe. I didn't quite grasp the sentence.As I know In mitigation means make something appear less serious.But that ...
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Meaning of “northernmost reach of buddhism”

This phrase...I can't understand anything about it. It just doesn't make any sense Here's the phrase: an archaelogical site at the northernmost reach of buddhism. What does it mean by "...
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Meaning of the sentence below

I read a sentence in Longman Dictionary under the meaning of rope: Suddenly I was climbing up the long ladder of the north pier, the rucksack being roped afterwards. It looks like an absolute ...
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Would for typical behaviour or one time thing?

Consider: Let's see if he would give us money. In the example 1, the speaker is saying whether he would give money to the speaker if he asked now. Not his typical behaviour. He might give the ...
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What “standing on the moon” means?

What "She was standing on the moon" means in the passage: “So,” Clee said loudly. I stopped. “I don’t really know a lot about health and stuff? But I figure you probably know what I should be eating. ...
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Meaning of “consistency of time, place, or character”

Overview Aristophanes was the greatest writer of Old Comedy in Athens in the fifth century BCE and the only playwright from that era with any complete plays surviving. Old Comedy was a form ...
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Better leave room - how to understand this sentence in context?

Look this sentence: Better leave room for more important things, like which wild animals to avoid and whether naked snowboarding is a bad idea' I saw this sentence in a Python book. I know every ...
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Verb + ed for Present Tense

Is the sentence below in present tense or past tense? I just entered my house. If we give context to the above sentence, can we fit this in both the tenses? a) I just entered my house to see ...
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Basic verb and tense problem

1) The struggle is to see and know in the light of what I knew in my past. 2) The struggle is to see and know in the light of what I know in my past. Is 'knew' correct here or we have to use 'know'? ...
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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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It means + present simple

My cat learned that alarm sound means I wake up. I am confused about the usage of present simple after the verb "means". It means that I love you. In the second example, it is not confusing because ...
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Omission of "IF

I am speaking in such a way where someone was 50 feet away from me , they would hear it. I am speaking in such a way where if someone was 50 feet away from me, they would hear it. I think the "if" ...
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When(Where) + past or present?

I don't know whether to choose to use past simple or present simple after when(where). For example: I like the part where he kills the villain. I like the part where he killed the villain. 1 and 2 ...
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Usage of 'would' in “When people would ask me”

When people would ask me how old I was, I would answer them correctly. When I would go to social events, people would ask me to tell them my harrowing story. It was annoying when people would ask ...