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“Today is rainy” Vs. “It's rainy today.”

Is it correct to say "Today is rainy" (or "Tomorrow will be frost.")? Normally I mention the time-expression in the end of the sentences as I was taught in past. For example: It is rainy today. It ...
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About telling the time

Is it correct to use ..."a quarter past to five" instead of "a quarter past five" for 5:15 ? I have watched "a QUARTER PAST TO" in a you tube video.I also googled it but couldn't find it. The link ...
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How to describe sequence in the past?

I can't describe it well so I'm going to tell you a sequence so that you can understand me and complete this sequence: Next bill --> current bill --> the last/previous bill --> the bill before ...
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Already Aristotle observed that

For those who knows Russian here is my original question. The question is as follows: is there any other way to express temporal relations, that is to say that something has already been around since ...
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Does “all-month” mean “from month to month”?

There is all-day, but I'm not sure whether all-month exists or means "from month to month" or not. I can use month to month too, but all-month seems more suited in this writing: No parenting book ...
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Use of present tense vs future tense

Because I feel that I am going to say so I always use following line: "I will say/suggest that you must not go there." Is above line correct? or, should I use following line: "I say/suggest that ...
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During that time I saw or I have seen

I (see) ___________ Judy for more than five years and during that time I _______ (see) many changes in her personality. My solution was I have been seeing Judy for more than five years and ...
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'All week, all the time, all day' time markers

I have locked up the internet to find an answer to my question by unfortunately I did not find a clear answer. So my question is: Are these time markers used for particular tenses (e.g: Past ...
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Is the word 'now' an adjective or an adverb in this sentence?

Is the word 'now' an adjective or an adverb in the following sentence? And I'd like to know whether the word 'now' can be a postpositive adjective or not. There is no school in Myanmar now that ...
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Using prepositions with date and time

Can I use "We refer to the Insurer’s instructions at 1218hrs on 23rd July 2017"? I'm not sure whether two prepositions at the same time are necessary or redundant. Thanks in advance.
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When can you use “as soon as something will”?

I used to think that you can't use will with "as soon as", however, in a NY times article I've encountered the following text: Asked what she wants to do now, Gul Meena says that all she wants is ...
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since May it has only rained once

In the sentence "since May it has only rained once," when did the rain occur? Did it only occur after May (e.g. in June)? Or did it occur anywhere in the period between May 1st and now?
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Using the word “droughts" after it has rained

Since it rained today, then it will no longer be drought. So it is correct to use: It had been droughts for days and finally it rained today. or should I put it in: It has been droughts for ...
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The difference between “so far”, “by now”, “before” or “before now” in the Present Perfect

Can I use this adeverbs of time in order to convey my experience which I've got at the moment of speaking? I mean: I've done it many times before now. I've done it many times by now. I've ...
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At the third stroke the time will be 13:14

Are you familiar with the phrase "At the third stroke the time will be.."? I just don't get it. Many thanks!
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How to use “the day of the week” properly?

After having done some research, here are my understandings of the uses of "the day of the week", but I am not sure I am right. First Source: with a singular day of the week to refer to one ...
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Every half + time noun - no indefinite particle?

In most contexts, 'half' is followed by an article or pronoun when used as a predeterminer. However, the inclusion of 'a' or 'an' in the structure "every half ..." is considered grammatically ...
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While, when or as to describe for regular actions

I am trying to find a proper word to use in the following sentence. While I am creating a schematic I always try to check every single part several times Or When I am studying I always try ...
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“A few years later” vs “A few Years from now”

May I know for the following two sentences: "A few years later" vs "A few years from now" which is grammatical?
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A question from test: choose one of then, since, after, that

Here is a question from a test: It was only ten years ago ... she started her new job then since after that As far as I remember, the correct answer is "that" (fourth one), but I ...
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What is the better term for “average of monthly average over years”?

Assume we got a monthly average data from Jan to Dec of Year 2012. Then we got another monthly average data from Jan to Dec of Year 2013. If we average the monthly average of both year, for example ...
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.. the present I made for you LAST DAY

Are the following sentences grammatical?: I went to the cimema last day. I finished my reading my book last hour. The thing that is worrying me is the use of the phrases last hour and last day. Is ...
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joining two sentences by using the relative pronoun

Nowadays domestic robots perform simple tasks such as vacuum cleaning and grass cutting. They are now available. If the two sentences are joined by using the relative pronoun, Nowadays ...
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“A quarter past five” or simply “Quarter past five”?

I usually say “It’s a quarter past” (for instance) “five”. But I think I’ve heard (or read) “It’s quarter past ...”, too, with no indefinite article: is that correct? Which is more common (if both ...
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since this Monday/since Monday

Let's imagine today is Thursday. Which should I say: I haven't eaten anything since this Monday/since Monday.
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This week with simple past?

I was reading a textbook (Connect 3: it's a student book) in which there are some time expressions for simple past among which I found 'this week'. I always thought 'this week' must be used with ...
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decade, century, millennium, what is next?

The title of this question says it all. Are there nouns for longer periods than a millennium ? I mean words designating a specific number of years. Era, age and epoch don't count as they just ...
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at the age of XX years “old”

Military conscription is required of all Israeli citizens between the ages of 18 and 25 years old. Is the usage of "between the ages of 18 and 25 years old" correct here? Is the word "old" acceptable ...
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Past continuous with until recently

I saw this sentence Until recently I was playing in the Jerry spider gang. In fact I had been with them for 15 years we needed to stop Is the first sentence correct grammatically , I find it ...
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What does 'yesterday' mean?

When we say "yesterday", do we include the day + night? For Eg. I was at my cousin's home yesterday. Does this mean the speaker was at the cousin's house for the day and night? Or just the day? ...
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I'm free Thursday / on Thursday [duplicate]

Which one is right? 1 I'm free Thursday. 2 I'm free on Thursday. I thought if you want to say that something happens during a particular day, you should use on, as in 'They’ll be here on ...
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At 12 o'clock, I have … “an hour's break” or “an hour break” or “a one-hour break”? [duplicate]

Is this the most natural way to put it: I work in a big company. At 12 o'clock I have an hour break. Or should we better say: I work in a big company. At 12 o'clock I have an hour's break. Or ...
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Using “in” and “during” in a sentence: “I expect to pass the exam in/during 5 months”

I want to write a sentence that says I may pass the exam after 3 ,4 or 5 months, but no more than 5 months, which one of those sentences is appropriate for that? I expect to pass the exam during ...
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As, when or while?

What is the right way to say this: The birds were singing as/when/while Jill stopped on the old wooden bridge to look down at the ducks. It'd be good if you gave a little explanation as well.
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“he will come by/at 11 a.m.” [closed]

Which of the following is correct? 1.​ He will come by 11 a.m. 2.​ He will come at 11 a.m. Or if both are correct, is there any difference in meaning between the two?
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In sentences with infinitivals of purpose, where should adverbials of time be placed?

When I use adverbs of time, and if the sentence gets long when I want to place it after the whole sentence like this: I sent a person to get myself a nice, delicious table of dinner today. Or ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “no sooner than”? [duplicate]

1. He was no sooner graduated than he was on his way to California. 2. No sooner had the plane taken off than I regretted not taking the train. Above are the examples of using the phrase "no ...
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Difference between earlier, recently, and lately

I am having difficulty in distinguishing between these time words. For example, I ate my meal earlier/recently/lately. When to use earlier, recently, and lately? What if I've done an action a ...
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Can you say “New York is in night time”?

New York is in night time. New York is night time. Which one is correct? I know that you use "It's night time in New York", but does the inversion sound wrong apart from the grammar problem?
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What's another word/phrase for “departure time”?

I'm asking about the departure from a school/college or an office. When my college is over (it's time to go home), what expression can I use to say about that time? I'm an Indian and in India, we say "...
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Usage of “now” and “then” referring to people

It was Mr. JACOB then, and now it is Mr NASIR who has done the same mistake Is this sentence correct? Referring to a previous case it was Mr. Jacob and now it is Mr. Nasir?
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Which sentence is grammatically correct and why?

You have done well and you will be promoted soon. or You have done well and you will soon be promoted. Please explain why? What's the difference in their meaning? EDIT: I asked one of ...
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The future perfect tense

Is the future perfect tense still common in English? If not how could I say this sentence instead? "I will have typed all the letters by next two hours."
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Time - How to say that a time range is not very large/ small?

For example, when talking/writting to someone about when I'm available. This week I'll be available on Friday from 5PM to 6PM. I know it's not a very wide/range range/lapse but...blahblah 1) ...
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'recently' with present perfect and past

When do we use recently with past tenses? I came across some sentences in which I couldn't understand the use of recently. I recently wrote to my grandmother. They were working in Canada recently. ...
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Do native speakers say 'on the dot' or 'sharp' for all times, including 10:23?

I am familiar with the phrases 'sharp' and 'on the dot' to refer to times that are at the top of the hour. But I'm wondering if native speakers of English use these phrases to refer to other times, ...
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Present perfect with definite time

Take a look at this philosophy paper. Here is the first sentence of it: One of the main themes that have concerned philosophers of language in the twentieth century has been the semantics of ...
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“I built a giant house of playing cards an hour ago”

I built a giant house of playing cards an hour ago. Given that building it took many hours (say, three), does the sentence mean that: I finished building a giant house of playing cards an hour ago....
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“Before last year” vs “the year before last”

I finished school the year before last. I finished school before last year. Is there any difference between these phrases?
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What is the correct way to write 1.5 hours?

I'm a bit confused in describing 1.5hrs in words. Is writing one and a half an hour correct or should it be one and half hour? E.g: I'll see you there in one and a half an hour. OR I'll ...