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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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On or at graduation day? [duplicate]

which preposition is correct to use? On graduation day or at graduation day? Thanks.
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on the day of the deadline

I have term 31.3. and sentence "Teams are only allowed to have maximum of three games remaining on the day of the deadline." I have question. Deadline is 31.3 00:01 or 31.3 23:59?
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tense agreement (simple past tense after past perfect tense)

I found this sentence below in a test passage: Less well known at the time was the fact that Freud had found out, almost by accident, how helpful his pet dog Jofi was to his patients. Why is "...
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quarter to five p.m

Can I add a.m and p.m to the time? But I have to write time in phrases. So for example: It's quarter to five p.m. Is that right or not?
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Which Tense is appropriate to tell Fact Telling in English Past or Simple Present tense?

While introducing someone if I Use past tense sentence is it correct to say or not? a) I joined this company in the year 2005. Reason being I am asking this question is because this is fact which ...
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Articles in 'make time for'

Does anyone know why the phrase 'make time for' uses a zero article for time? I know time is uncountable and most phrases about time use a zero article (spend time, save time, etc), however if the ...
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How would you put three and a half hours in numbers? [closed]

How would you put three and a half hours in numbers?
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Apostrophes in Time expressions with articles

Reading a book called "English for Academic Research" from A. Wallwork, he mentiones this: The genitive is used when a time period is used adjectivally. 2. The genitive is not used when time ...
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Is it fine to use other prepositions other than “in” for months?

In the following sentence (from Duolingo French course): It is windy, in early April. This is the correct answer and I wrote the following: It is windy, at early April. I found this got ...
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“Friday I am in love” or “On Friday I am in love”?

The question itself is wider. If I am not mistaken, putting “Friday” in the song title by the Cure means “On Friday”. Can we use it everyday and not only with days of the week but other time markers, ...
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Would it be “went to sleep at one yesterday” or ”…today"?

My brother was saying that is grammatically correct to say he went to sleep at one today because it was after 12 o' clock, but I say it should be he went to sleep at one o'clock yesterday. Which one ...
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What is the difference of “It is September” and “It is in September”?

What is the difference between these two sentences: It is September. It is in September. There seems a difference, but I don't know it. When to use the one over the other?
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“By night”, “during night”, “at day”… which propositions and articles should be used?

We travelled by night and rested by day. We travelled during night and rested during day. We travelled during the night and rested during the day. We travelled at night and rested at day. #1 is ...
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Is time hyphenated when you spell it out? For example: “It's two-thirty.”

My book says: It's two-thirty. It's six-forty. It's five-oh-four. But I found online: It's two thirty. It's six forty. It's five oh four. I don't think people would spell the time like that on ...
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Interpretation of adverbial clauses meaning time or condition, such as when, if

I'm learning English with text books, and one of them says tenses of adverbial clauses which means time or condition(such as when-clause or if-clause) depend on the main clauses to which they are ...
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Since when are you here ? Is it correct?

Is it correct to ask , since when are you here ? I came three hours ago I'm here for 3 house Or I'm here since 10 o'clock . Can I ask this question for someone who is just at that place for 3 house ,...
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Some point “in future” or “in the future”

Using the is when we refer to something known to the reader or something specific. It is not clear to me how to deal with a word like future. Here is an example: They may get access to the book at ...
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about equivalent expressions showing the remaining time to a point

In this question, I would like to ask you different ways of expressing time remaining to a specific point, particularly using an example which is a line from a TV drama. And there are several ...
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What is the difference between 'it's no time', 'it's not time' and 'it's not the time'?

Examples. It's no time to stop believing. It's no time to be unsure. It's not time to make a change, just relax, take it easy. I don't think it's the time to start talking about the future, it's not ...
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Is the turn of speech “stand: September 16, 2018” correct?

I'm writing on my website: This German / English Word List in Excel contains 1593 German words. If you need more words, you can have my German-English word list with 27449 words (stand: September ...
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she was happy to see her mother

a. She was happy to see her mother. Does this mean a1. She was happy when she saw her mother. a2. She was happy that she'd seen her mother. a3. She was happy that she was going to see her mother. ...
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Why is it “half an hour” instead of “a half hour”?

Today our lecturer said that we were gonna have "half an hour" break. Initially I thought it's a mistake and it should be "a half hour" but latter I was told that it's correct. Assuming that it's ...
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If “I read the book in five minutes” is to duration, what is “I read the book five minutes ago?”

If duration is the general term for the class of words that reference the time difference between now and the future when an event is finished (i.e. I read the book in five minutes), what is the ...