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Are "as of writing" and "at the time of writing" both correct?

I see that 'at the time of writing' is grammatically correct (Is 'at the time of writing' correct?). Is this replaceable with 'as of writing'?
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Can I use exact (clock) time as an introductory phrase after "At"?

As in: "At 2:15 AM, she entered the victim's bedroom carrying a knife." Can that exact time be considered a part of an introductory phrase and split the sentence with a comma? Also, if that ...
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When the enrollments were done?

For example, Staff members who enroll in courses related to business over the summer will have their tuition fees reimbursed in September. The current problem for me of the above sentence is totally ...
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I took last/the last week off - can I use that on Monday to indicate I did not work the week before? [closed]

It is Monday, and I want to tell my colleague I was not in the office the week before (last week?). Would it be ok to say: I took last week off Is that correct?
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Should I use verb or noun when talking about time it took to do something?

An example from the computer science. Which one is "more" correct compilation time or compile time? Google translate suggests compile time. However in similar scenario with "generate&...
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Can we put 'just' before 'on time'?

I was reading a text-block in my book regarding the difference between in time and on time, and I noticed before in time, the writer (of the book) put just in 2 different examples. Here are the ...
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How to say that I start doing something from this year/season

I would like to say that something starts at the particular moment, e.g. year or season. How should I pose it? For instance. I watched movies alone before, but starting from this winter, I plan to ...
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Is the sentence "our son was born in the last week" correct? (Using preposition and definite article with time units)

Our son was born last week does not sound weird to me. Actually Our son was born in the last week sounds a little bit unusual. But thinking about it, I find the latter one more correct grammatically. ...
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How better to describe exact time in future [duplicate]

What tense is better to use ? I’m sending you the sheets tomorrow at 5pm. (As it was planned before saying.) I will send you the sheets tomorrow at 5pm. Or there is another alternative in my mind ...
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How to refer to particular years in a specific century in one expression?

If I need to mention the year and the century how do I say that in one sentence? They moved abroad in the 70s in the twentieth century. They have a collection of paintings painted in the 70s in the ...
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What does it mean "It's five to twelve"? [closed]

Is it 11:55? OR 12:05? It's quite ambiguous in Korean.
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Does " I will go at x o'clock," imply I will arrive at said time, or does it imply I will have left for the bar at said time

For example, If I were to say, "I will go to the bar at two o'clock," does it imply I will arrive at said time, or does it imply I will have left for the bar at said time.
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Question about using 'how many days' in interrogative sentences

As far as I observed people would use when instead, but still, I wonder if the sentences below are grammatically correct. How many days later will you come (back)? After how many days will you be ...
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Can we say “some time” when talking about a short unspecified time?

In dictionaries I looked at, it says “some time” is used when talking about an unspecified long time. Is it wrong to use it when talking about, say, a few minutes? For instance, let’s say someone ...
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I will be free any time of the day

I'm setting up a meeting for my job application, and I can't get my head around this. To answer your question, I will be available next week on Wednesday and Thursday, that is the 9 and 10 June. The ...
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On/at with morning/afternoon/evening/night [duplicate]

I have a sentence: Happiness is drinking a glass of champagne on a hot summer afternoon. So I'm thinking if we want to say the same about night do we have at night or on [article] night? I know we say ...
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Help understanding "again" at the end of "a long time before he saw his family again"

It would be a long time before he saw his family again. I understand nothing of this sentence. The times it expresses. Specially "again" at the end confuse me.
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Correct birthday date format in England

What is the correct date formate in England? If I want to write someone's birthday date what is the correct way to do it? "Born May 5, 2000 at 05:00", or "Born 5th May, 2000 at 05:00&...
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in the (time) vs in (time)

I know "in the morning" is correct and "in morning" is not. But why are "in the summer" and "in summer" both correct? How do you know when to use an article or ...
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I { have been/went} to New York in 2015

Which one is right? I have been to New York in 2015. and I went to New York in 2015. I think the first one is wrong and the second one is right. but still, I am not sure if we can use 'in time' in ...
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Find time to practice English

Is 'find time' a natural thing to say? "No matter how busy I am, I need to find time to practice English." "Even though you're a busy man, you should still find some free time to spend ...
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"I will see you on Monday morning" vs. "I will see you Monday morning" [duplicate]

I will see you on Monday morning. I will see you Monday morning. Is the second version idiomatic and grammatically correct? Which version do native speakers prefer to use more?
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Prepositions used when referring to a country's timezone: 7 o'clock at/by Moskow time [duplicate]

Let's meet at 7 o'clock at Moskow time Let's meet at 7 o'clock by Moskow time Is the first or the second one correct? If they are both inaccurate, can you please give a correct version? And did I ...
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Should time clauses contain had?

A small mercy, that, thought Barristan Selmy, as he rode into the market square inside Meereen’s great western gate. When Daenerys had taken the city, they had broken through that same gate with the ...
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Can you remove "days" from "came just days after"?

The announcement late on Monday came just days after Ma's online shopping giant Alibaba was hit with a record $2.8 billion antitrust fine. In the above sentence, can "days after" could be ...
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Prepositions of time ranges including or excluding the endpoints of the range

I came across a non-authoritative source (no link to source possible) that stated the following for time ranges: between-and, excludes both endpoints, e.g., between May and July - meaning: June from-...
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"Next week" vs. "in the next few days"

According to grammar that we don't put any preposition before next week, year, month etc. but in one of the Outcome books I found this sentence: Passengers who are flying IN the next few days should ...
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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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"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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How to say something happened one hour back

I wanted to say that someone went out one hour before the current time, can I say it as "he went out one hour back", or does it sound awkward?
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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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