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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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Inexact time periods (with the first point being known)

I wonder how English-speaking people can describe time periods in this particular case. The amount of work to be done is big and will surely take three days but how many days after it is not known. ...
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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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“it is at 5 minute and 40 second” or “it is at 5 minutes and 40 seconds”?

Tell me please which sentence is correct. The part where he is saying it is at 4 minute and 45 second. The part where he is saying it is at 4 minutes and 45 seconds. Or is this one better? ...
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what's the right choice talking about specific time of the day, at or in?

I believe At is used for : specific time and Holiday period and IN is used for: months, years,Decades, century,season and time period. But when I try google translator with both options: At night.......
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Meaning of “by the year” and “year - year” format in business

If I would say now I will finish my work by the year 2020. Does it mean I have to finish the work before the year 2020? Last day 31.12.2019 Or it includes even days in 2020? So last day is 31.12....
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Can we use 'was' instead of 'had been' keeping meaning?

Here is two sentences: By 100 AD, the Roman Empire had been defeated. By 100 AD, the Roman Empire was defeated. Is 2nd one going to keep meaning of the 1st one?
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“from June onwards” or “from June” or “on June”?

I will be transferred to another branch from June onward. I will be transferred to another branch from June. I will be transferred to another branch on June. Which one is correct?
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Do I need to say “o’clock”?

Do I need to say “o’clock” after each time? Tell me, please, how to pronounce the following sentence: From 9.00 to 10.00 - registration of conference participants And how to say: From 12.00 - ...
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Can I say “in the Morning, last Sunday”

When I say like this: I met him last Sunday morning. Can I say alternatively: I met him on last Sunday morning or on the morning of last Sunday or in the morning, last Sunday?
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“What is the probability both houses will be completed after 7 weeks?” meaning

When the question asks if the houses will be completed "after 7 weeks", someone says; it isn't asking if it will take greater than 7 weeks to complete the houses. "After 7 weeks" means "as soon as ...
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How to tell the time in written form

It is correct to write four thirty for (4:30am/pm)? I do know that sometimes we will tell the time in that way but is it correct when it comes to writing? Or would it only be correct when we write "...
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“What time…?” or “At what time…?” - what is more grammatically correct?

This question may sound silly, but it has been bugging me for years. If I ask a question about a precise point in time, should I say "What time..." or "At what time..."? For example, At what ...

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