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Time expression

Is it right to write: At quarter (to) seven I have breakfast with my Xyz. My understanding is that it must be: I have breakfast with my Xyz in the kitchen at quarter seven. because I was taught ...
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Every hour, e.g. 10:00, 11:00

What is a commonly used expression meaning "at every hour", e.g. 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 but not 10:18, 11:18, 12:18? "Every hour" does not seem to distinguish between the two cases. ...
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Any grammatical patterns for using the word, 'all', in “all (last night/yesterday/today/next month)”

In this question, I am focusing on the word, 'all', combined with the following phrases. I have made up the sets of similar examples below: a) "I had a headache all last night." (correct) b)...
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Where should I use “over the past decade” in this sentence?

It seems to me that it is better to use 'over the past decade' at the start of this sentence rather than the end, although I am not too sure why! "There is an ever increasing number of people ...
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'the second', 'the moment' compared to 'as soon as' with respect to simultaneousness

I am looking for expressions that can substitute for as soon as as in the following context. What is important in this context is that the melting of snow happens extremely simultaneously and ...
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Is there any future tense in English grammar?

The future tense is a verb tense used for a future activity or a future state of being. For example: I will jump in the lake. (This is a future activity.) I will be happy. (This is a future state of ...
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Which (if either) of these two possibilities is the better choice?

Could you please tell me which of the following sentences is right? Please arrange a meeting for today, 10 a.m. so that we can finalize the plan. Please arrange a meeting so that we can finalize the ...
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When it is not mentioned whether it is PM or AM, does 12:00 mean 12:00 noon?

This is the deadline: 15 December 2020, 12:00 CET. Does that mean that the deadline is 13 December 2020, 12:00 Noon CET?
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“haven’t even had to say that” and “They have taken”

They have taken her for someone worse so they called her stupid. They haven’t even had to say it, because I have seen their attitudes (towards her) after their behavior. "haven’t even had to say ...
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Using perfect forms for ''for''

So, the rule I have been taught is that 'for' and 'since' must be used with perfect forms, i.e. I have been living in London for 3 years/since 2017. This presents two problems for me: 1.- What if the ...
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“…arrive at the moment where/when it come it would come to fruition.”

"...arrived at the moment where/when it would come to fruition." Normally, I would opt for "when" in this case because "the moment" refers to a point in time, not a ...
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“never did before” vs. “has never done before” [duplicate]

What is the difference between these two phrases: something he never did before something he has never done before
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Does “Before [month]” include that month?

For example, if someone said They want it to be finished before September. Does that mean the work should be finished by Aug 31 or Sep 30 at least?
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Difference in meaning - 'started climbing' v 'has been climbing' [closed]

What is the difference between them: He started climbing at the age of 11. He has been climbing since he was 11. For me they are same and I don't see difference.
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Does 'in 20 years' indicates time in the past or future

ABC city sees a doubling of air pollution in 20 years. does this 'in 20 years' mean the past 20 years or the next 20 years to come? I have found a similar structure in news titles, see quoted: With ...
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while(past, past continuous), what's the difference?

I'm learning the word, 'while'. While she waited, he mended her shoes. While she was waiting, he mended her shoes Is there a difference? thanks :)
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Can I add an “s” after a specific/non-ten year like 2015s?

Can I say something like, The movie became famous in the 2015s I want to use it as an approximation; it's not really 2015 but somewhere around that period.
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I'll be at my office by 7 p.m. I'll be at my office until 7 p.m

My question is: Does sentence "I'll be at my office by 7 p.m." means that I will not be phisical non-stop at office until 7 pm? Does sentence "I'll be at my office until 7 p.m." ...
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Bring sth forward

Until this discovery, the lynx - a large spotted cat with tasselled ears - was presumed to have died out in Britain at least 6000 years ago, [...] If this is so, it would bring forward the tassel-...
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Meaning of “in four days from now”

I said a sentence "I have my exam in 4 days from now" does this mean I have exam on 4th day or under 4 days ?
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Scheduling a phone call

I'm arranging an international phone call with somebody I speak to for the first time, after exchanging short business emails. Here are the options I can think of Thanks. I'll be available anytime ...
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“Once every second” vs. “Once per second” vs. “Once each second. ”

I wonder which form(s) are correct amongst the following: Once every second Once per second Once each second Example of use: You may only do something once per second.
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When using “until”, is the time mentioned inclusive or exclusive? [duplicate]

Examples: "I'm going to study until 8PM" Is he going to stop studying at 8PM sharp or 8:01PM? "I'm not going to study until 8PM" Is he going to start studying at 8PM sharp or 8:01PM? "I'm working ...
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Does Until <month-name> mean before the month starts or before the month ends?

I received an email stating, All applicants will be notified of a decision, via email, sometime from now until June. Should I assume I would receive decision within May 31st or any day during the ...
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How can I say “a period of four months” in one word?

If I want to say the first three months of the year in one word, I would say "the first quarter". Which word should I use to refer to a period of four months?
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On the weekend / In the week

Why do we say 'in the week' when referring to a weekday Monday to Friday and 'on the weekend' referring to Saturday and Sunday? E.g. 'you're so lazy on the weekend' vs 'you're so busy in the week'. ...
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Times of the day - usage

I have a problem concerning times of the day in English. Am I doing it right? I’m particularly interested in the bolded ones (midnight/noon/midday). Do they require any prepositions? Would it be ...
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Midnight, 00:00, 24:00 and 12/24 hour clock [duplicate]

I know English-speaking countries like the tricks of 11:59 pm (23:59) and 12:01 am (00:01). However, in French, there is no thing like pm which can cover afternoon and evening (I know if user set 12-...
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'I haven't played for four months' or 'I didn't play for four months?'

Today I played a video game with my friends that I used to play always before four months from now, so the context with my friends was : A: Why don't you play well? B: Man, I didn't play for four ...
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What time of day is it?

What time of day is it? It is morning. It is in the morning./In the morning. Morning. Are they right? Which one is more commonly used?
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What does (for the last day and a half) mean?

Lastly,I'd like to thank all of you for investing your time and your energy, and clearly your enthusiasm in this, participating in this workshop. For engaging in the dialogues that we've had for the ...
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average lenght of time

a. How long does the average dating period last in your country? b. What is the average length of time for dating in your country? Are the above sentences grammatical? Are they natural? Many ...
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Has vs had grammaticality for something that happened last week

In my English class, my professor posed the following question: Manuel (has / had) asked Pedro to help him fix his computer last week. He said the answer was has, but that seems present tense to ...
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Is this grammatically correct, “Error while refreshing the window”

Error while refreshing the window. I read here that as it would not be clear who is refreshing the window, it's grammatically incorrect, but I'm not sure. Should it be Error at refreshing the ...
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“I’m a 90s kid/‘90s kid/90’s kid”

I am a 90s kid (or ‘90s kid or 90’s kid). Which one is appropriate here in this sentence?
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How to use “Could” for the following sentences

He could come by car(=May be he will come by car) He could come by car(to talk about the past) Then how can I know whether someone is talking about past or future event? If it is wrong then please ...
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Does “within 24 hours of leaving” mean 24 hour after leaving?

Please help! If someone asks you to call them within 24 hours of leaving a place, does it mean 24 hours after leaving? For example, if you are still at home and call an hour before you leave home, ...
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The Difference Between Time Clauses

I was pleased as/after/when/whenever I heard the news. Could you please tell me if they are all correct? If yes what is the difference between them?
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“5 hours earlier than local time” VS “5 hours ahead of local time”

"That timezone is 5 hours ahead of ours" clearly means a difference of +5 hours (relative to us), but I came across a different wording of it: "that timezone is 5 hours earlier than ours". If I'm not ...
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What does “during the week” exactly mean?

Many questions ask like "What time do you get up during the week/on the weekend," which makes "during the week" mean "from Monday to Friday." Does "during the week" exactly mean "from Monday to Friday"...
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“ago” used with a past tense

Alice: "I moved to Rome four years ago." Last year, Alice said she had moved to Rome [...] Alice: "I moved to Rome long ago." Last year, Alice said she had moved to Rome [...] Would ...
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what is the best formulation of this idea in english?

I write an essay and I have trouble about this sentence, should i write "electric cars begin replace gasoline and diesel cars." or "electric cars are beginnig replace (replaced ?) gasoline and diesel ...
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If something happens at, say, 1 A.M. on December 10, how should I say it?

Is it on the night of December 9 or on the night of December 10 or on the morning of December 10 What is a grammatically correct way to refer to 1 A.M. December 10?
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How do you express duration in English?

Is this sentence correct? I can't breathe properly about 3 days.
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Can I say: “The train departs at 16 past every hour“?

In German, we can say "jede Stunde um 16 nach". I just overheard someone teaching there was no such possibility in English. Yet I found "hourly at 45 minutes past" in one answer here. Is the following ...
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Can I say: “He always goes to cinema this year.”

Can simple present tense used with a specific time? Generally, simple present is used to express habits, repeated action, but can it used to express habits in a period time including now? For ...
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from November to March [closed]

a. From November to March, I caught a cold three times. b. From November till March I caught a cold three times. c. Between November and March, I caught a cold three times. Which of the ...
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Less + Ago meaning

Due to an argument with a friend, can you please share with your thoughts about the meaning of the next sentence? Could you please add an example with time period, i will really appreciate it: ...
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Prepositions when referring to time

Can I use these shortened expressions without a subject? Closed in 10 days after 20.7. Closing after 10 days from 20.7. When I want to say, e.g.: The bank account will be closed after 10 days from ...
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Ask about opening hours in the next month

I would like to ask to a dealer if they are always open in the next month since in my region it's a popular time for vacations. Would the following work? May I ask you [...] and if you stay open ...

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