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Does "save time" go with "on something" and "Ving" to express that "you don't have to spend much time on something/Ving"?

I didn't find many sample sentences using "save time on something" or "save time V_ing", so I want to validate its use. I'm guessing that "save time" and "waste time&...
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"It's a span of a few hundred miles to cross the state." — By what rule was this sentence made up?

britannica.com: (1) It's a span of a few hundred miles to cross the state. As I understand, (1) means: (2) We need to cover a span of a few hundred miles in order to cross the state. But I can't ...
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Difference between such and as

a. He is such a boy as everyone likes him. b. He is such a boy that everyone likes him. c. He is such a boy as liked by everyone. d. He is such a boy that is liked by everyone. Which sentence is ...
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Adverbs in the middle of phrasal verbs: He got quickly dressed

I did an activity with my students regarding adverb position. This is the prompt: He got dressed (quickly). The answers I provided were: He got dressed quickly. He quickly got dressed. However, a ...
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as many/much .... as structure

Kate stayed in London for three days. Lara stayed in London for three days. We can say Lara stayed in London for as many days as Kate did. But if I use 'in London' in a different position in the ...
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What is the functional structure of "My friend is a brilliant student"?

My friend is a brilliant student. Here which will be the functional structure? Subject+predicator+complement. Or Determiner+subject+predictor+determiner+complement. If neither of these, please give ...
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What structure/grammar point is this?

"Several disturbing dreams had given me a restless night, though I could only remember them vaguely. In one dream I recall shouting at someone and being involved in a fight. There was also ...
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What is the subject in this sentence: It is not surprising that food is such an important part of different cultures around the world

It is not surprising that food is such an important part of different cultures around the world. I don't know if the subject is it or food. And I need an explanation about this case
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Take oneself by the collar

Others can see the difficulty, but the boy must take himself by the collar and make himself cultivate a poise and calm that smothers the fidgets. What does "take oneself by the collar" mean?...
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Doctor to patient: "You can have tea and coffee without milk." Does it mean "no milk in both tea and coffee" or "no milk in coffee"? [duplicate]

This is from a doctor's suggestion to a patient on what he should eat or drink: The main thing is to have light coloured drinks, definitely no red or purple. You can have carbonated drinks, tea and ...
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"I wrote the article with simple words for my students to read it faster." - correct?

Example 1 "They gave their bodies a few days for them to recover." "Them" refers to "their bodies." Example 2 "The coach gave my body a few days for it to get ...
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Simple question about a sentence structure [closed]

I had this thing which bugged me for a while ,so I wanted to get it answered. If I say ,for example, "The boy is nice." Is the word "nice" here an adjective? or just a noun in the ...
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Is it right to say: "did anybody made you angry today"? [closed]

Is it right to say: did anybody made you angry today?
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The explanation of this structure

By the litter walk eight guards armed with "foray guns," also relics of a more barbaric past but not empty ones, being loaded with pellets of soft iron. -from The Left Hand of Darkness, by ...
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What does "as much the......as......" mean?

"We are as much the universe as a neutron star." What does "as much the universe as a neutron star" mean in this sentence? Can you explain the structure used here?
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Does "than private vehicles" only modify what closely precedes it?

I was told that "than private vehicles" only modifies carbon emissions. I'm only comparing the per-capita carbon emissions of trains and cars, and not their capacities. Is this true? This ...
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Can we separate the as ... as structure

I've learned that in the as ... as structure as shown in the following example: "I want to know if he is as handsome as I imagined." the first "as" is a degree adverb, the second &...
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Denotation and connotation of the phrase

As doctors often do, I took a trial shot at it as a point of departure. "Has she had a sore throat?" In English, we can understand this very easily but very difficult to explain "trial ...
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Correct use of object-complement

Books are great blessings. Books are a great blessing. Which sentence is correct? If both are correct, then what's the difference between these two expressions? Is there any particular way to know ...
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How to say "the majority of our participants" and follow that with a number and percebtage [closed]

I want to express that the majority of participants and also want to say the number of participants (20) and percentage (50%) were students. I need to use this structure in different contexts. Does ...
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"One of (the) students in the school is going to study abroad." - should I add "the"?

Does the expression "one of..." have to be followed by "the, my, your, etc."? Can I say? "One of students in the school is going to study abroad." Or it is better to ...
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About a particular English structure

We have a structure in English that says "A is to B what C is to D". Thus may I say "X is to Y more than/less than what Y is to Z"? And is it common or odd in English? Many thanks.
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Proverb having the use of past tense

Nothing comes out of the sack but what was in it. It is a proverb. As it is taught, a proverb is always constructed by using simple present tense, here this one has past form in its second clause. I ...
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What is the term for changing the relationship in a document [closed]

The example is in the question: What is the term for changing the relationship in a document, as in "We see that you are..." and later in the same document "I want you to ..."?
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Which of grammatical structures can indicate "your day and mood ruined"?

FOBO, or Fear of a Better Option, is the anxiety that something better will come along, which makes it undesirable to commit to existing choices when making a decision. It’s an affliction of abundance ...
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Structure of one tooth less

The boy had one tooth less than his sister. I understand this sentence in meaning. For example if the boy has 30 teeth girl has 31 teeth. But what I couldn’t understand is the structure of “one tooth ...
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Ambiguous sentence

While I read the book "The Body: A Guide for Occupants", I found there an ambiguous senstence: "We pass 800 million heartbeats after 25 years, and just keep on going for another fifty ...
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Sentence starting with "With"

I am having trouble understanding the grammar of the below sentence that starts with "with". With back-to-back matches against Shakhtar Donetsk to come, Real Madrid cannot afford any more ...
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What is this sentence structure and its preferred usage?

For this, we will ignore the fact that "During the weekend," has other preferred alternatives depending on the region of your residence. "During the weekends, I am too lazy to do ...
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Can you explain where this structure can be used?

Can you explain where this structure can be used? Some of samples for the structure I'm reffering to are as it follows: These are messages sent by telegraph Talk about something connected to our ...
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I did it so that I can make dinner

The other day, I did it so that I can make dinner. The other day, I did it to make dinner. The other day, I did it so that I could make dinner. Hello there. I was wondering about the verb make that’...
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Does this structure have a grammatical name?

Use it, when necessary Take, when needed Write, when told. So, sentences like this have something omitted. In the first one, it’s ..., when it’s necessary. or the second one has two of them being ...
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Confusing usage of ‘met’ in this sentence

I don’t know why there is the word “met” in this sentence: "But as always, he did check it met with our approval too." What pattern or structure is it?
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about the structure of 'prohibiting doing something'

Can I use the altered sentences instead of the original sentence? The original sentence is from Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary. the original sentence: The high cost of equipment prohibits many ...
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Why do you say "air conditioned" and not "conditioned air"?

For a non-native English speaker, it seems that "air" is a noun and "conditioned" is an adjective. Following the correct word order, the adjective should precede the noun, so it ...
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How to properly analyze the grammatical structure of this sentence?

The original sentence is, "Looking back, it's embarrassing to recognize the degree to which my intellectual curiosity those first two years of college paralleled the interests of various women I ...
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How do you like..." VS "What do you think of..."

I was wondering whether the two phrases "How do you like..." and "What do you think of..." mean the same in the following examples. If the don't, then please kindly explain their ...
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Why not the most dancing person?

I would like to know why we can say you are the most boring person I have ever met but it is incorrect to write you are the most dancing person I have ever met.
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the structure of a phrase

I cant understand the structure (and meaning) of the bold part. Is it right? is it possible to paraphrase it in an easier way? Why is bad behaviour such a concern to parents? Why does this issue ...
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Correct word order. Is it correct to say "read and write" or "write and read"?

I was reading some literature from an English language school when I came across the phrase "children learning to write and read..." As a native speaker, "read and write" sounded ...
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not only A but B structure

I'm wondering whether "not only" can be placed in front of a verb, when the objects in a sentence share the same verb. Sam plays not only the piano, but the violin. Sam not only plays the ...
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I don't understand that sentence, even though I know conditionals well

"If David didn't give up smoking, Liza wouldn't marry him." I only can see that sentence in the 3rd conditional (unreal past) - "If David hadn't given up smoking, Liza wouldn't have married him". But ...
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"Had I gone to Paris" - Is this right or wrong?

"Had I gone-?" Is this a correct sentence? If not, what's the right way to express this question? Is it possibly : Had I been to, instead? Or is this arrangement just incorrect? The question is ...
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Are these participial phrases correct?

Question 1. Are these sentences correct? He saw me after he had entered the room. He saw me after entering the room. Entering the room, he saw me. On entering the room, he saw me. Upon entering the ...
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Rewrite "No one listened to what the policeman was saying last night"

I met this problem in an English test at my school this morning. The requirement of the question was to rewrite the sentence with the word given in the brackets and use between 2 and 6 words. This was ...
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"Had...been" or "Was...been," and "would have" or "would had"?

I want to say, if some person was told about the situation before, she wouldn't have reacted that way. So which one seems grammatically correct? Had Ishaani known about the situation before, she ...
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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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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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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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Do we have better than ...?

Is this a correct sentence? I have searched it in google but nothing was found Do we have better than ELL (a noun)?
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