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What does the sentence “Her welcome was as warm as Tom's three years earlier had been frosty” mean?

I cannot understand the sentence above. What does it mean?
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Can an “idea” be “coined”?

I read a sentence in The Hindu which was: BRICS has proved its naysayers wrong since the idea of grouping the world’s “five emerging economies” was coined by a consultant two decades ago (BRICS was ...
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“promise to love her for better or for worse”; why FOR?

Promise to love her for better or for worse That's from the vows of a wedding and I kinda know what that means, but I was wondering why did they use 'for' here. Could you find and show me the same ...
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Should “on the other hand” be always in contrast to the stated or implied “on the one hand”?

Just as a reference, let's cite the M-W's definition of the words: "used to introduce statements that describe two different or opposite ideas, people, etc." For some reason, I feel like it is also ...
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Asking if somebody had a good day

On arriving from school does it make any sense asking the kid You had a good day? How does that sound to you?
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Is this a good reply to “Take care” [closed]

Does the reply "Take care, you too." to "Take care." makes sense?
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By now and by this time

Are by now and by this time interchangeable. He hasn't called me by now. He hasn't called me by this time. He has called me by now. Is the third sentence correct?
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Can we put the soup / water (or other liquids) on the table?

Can we put the soup / water (and other liquids) on the table while they are in vessels that hold them? For example, if my friend brings me a plate with soup, or water bottle, could I tell him "put ...
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Was not been offered

Is the use of was not been offered grammatically correct in the following sentence? While Friday prayers were not allowed in the historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area for 13th week, Khoj-e-Digar — ...
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Why was 'the tangible' used instead of 'tangibles'?

Does the tangible have the same meaning as tangibles? Why was the tangible used instead of tangibles? Is it related to 'the + adjective = plural noun'? If so, the verb is doesn't make sense. ...
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Either has or had

In the following sentence I think had is wrongly used and has should be used instead The researchers, including those from the Salk Institute in the U.S., said that while an average protein ...
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is a part of oneself / one self / one's self

"is a part of oneself" "is a part of one self" "is a part of one's self" Which of these are correct? If more than one are correct, what is the difference between them?
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Can “quickly” be used in “I get tired quickly”?

On the English language quiz I wrote the sentence "I get tired quickly." And then I was corrected and said that "quickly" doesn't suit here. Instead of it I am to use the word "easily". Can I really ...
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Known As, Better known as, Best known as

Consider: John Wilkes Booth is known as the man who killed President Lincoln. Durian is known as the king of fruits.` She is known as an actress. I want to be known as the guy I really am. ...
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Does British English use “firstly”, “secondly”, “thirdly”, etc.? [on hold]

I heard one day that if I follow the British variant of the English language, I can't say "firstly", "secondly" or "thirdly" because these words are considered to be Americanisms. Instead I have to ...
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It is time we should accept [closed]

Is the following sentence wrong? It is time we should accept all our people as equals and as partners in the task of building a strong and united nation. My teacher says it is wrong but I am not ...
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Willing to take them along with

I think the following sentence is not correctly framed (The highlighted part) Jannayak Janta Party leader Dushyant Chautala on Friday said his party was ready to support any political party in the ...
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Use of “former” with “before” superfluous?

In the following sentence I think the use of the word former is superfluous. Mr. Malik was the former Governor of Bihar before he was shifted to Jammu and Kashmir. He was also given the additional ...
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Can I omit “the” in those sentences?

Sometimes I'm not sure whether I should use "the" in a sentence. Descriptive noun + name In math: Option 1: Point A is equidistant from lines l and l'. Option 2: The point A is equidistant from ...
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Meaning of outing against

What is the meaning of outing against in the following sentence Off-spinner Ashwin joins Tamil Nadu to take on Gujarat at Just Cricket ground, and opening batsman Mayank joins his Karnataka mates in ...
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Interchangeable and difference

Are these interchangeable? What is the difference in use? I will do it to the same extent as you do. I will do it as much as you do. I will do it to an equal degree as you. I will do ...
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“In what sense”: “in what way” or “what does it mean”?

I have asked an Isreali guy "You said the video was compelling. In what sense?" He said, "emotionally and in that it points out the problems with these laws." Here I suppose the "in what sense" was ...
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Which one is closer to the idiomatic usage of the verb 'have': 'have got' or 'get'?

Let's suppose we have a situation that someone is holding a gun on his hand, and people are yelling that he's holding a gun. Since I'm a non-native English speaker, I'd say something like this in this ...
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Tribal dominated districts

Is it correct to use tribal dominated districts In the following sentence I don’t understand the grammar behind tribal dominated districts The second phase of the programme — launched by Tribal ...
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Can 'was' be omitted in this sentence?

I believe it can't, because the omission of was makes valued and stigmatized paralleled. The thing they were good at at school wasn't valued, or was actually stigmatized.
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To my address or at my address

Which one of the following two choices would be suitable in the blank given below Please make it a point to send your letter___________ . On my address To my address At my address I think to my ...
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Would usage in this sentence

This day would constitute the greatest challange our production would ever face. Why is WOULD used in this sentence? Source: https://youtu.be/ivfspJOAtBI at 12:54.
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OK to use “Thank you so very much”?

I have already heard both Thank you so much and Thank you very much Is it OK to use: Thank you so very much
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Hitting a person or ball

Meaning of hit in the following sentence The record for the number of sixes in a Test was smashed in on Sunday when South Africa's Dane Piedt hit India's Ravindra Jadeja over midwicket in the ...
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Get somebody to do something

In the following sentence By the year 2050, we will have 10 billion people on our planet. Linking this rise to the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of feeding the entire population in a sustainable manner is what ...
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Direct and Reported Speech

I was wondering whether you use "direct" speech or "indirect" speech in everyday conversation. Example: Statement: My mom told me to study. Direct speech: He said, "My mom told me to study....
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of/from several decades

In the following sentence is the usage of of idiomatic? Mr. Bhat of Shopian in south Kashmir, the largest apple producing area in J&K, says he cannot betray his trade partners of several ...
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Usage of atop(preposition)

Is the usage of atop in the following sentence correct? President Xi Jinping, wearing a gray Mao jacket, and other Chinese leaders, including former Presidents Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin, watched ...
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Meaning of in power

I don't understand the meaning of in power China’s Communist Party celebrated its 70th anniversary in power with a parade on Tuesday showcasing the country’s economic growth and newest weapons. ...
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Is “I’m excused” correct?

I live in France and last week we had to write a dialogue in which I wrote: But Sir my parent called I am excused I don't know if it is correct. We were supposed to write a dialogue where you ...
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“what” instead “why”

In "Red Rock Mystery" book there is the text: Before she had been locked away, before her cries for help, she remembered daylight, soft and pure and warm. Now it felt a world away. What parents ...
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Once in a year or one in a year

In the following sentence “I have other plans so have decided to move on. The CAC was anyway meeting once in a year or one in two years so I did not understand the conflict,” Ms. Rangaswamy told ...
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I know full well that VS I know fully well that [duplicate]

I know full well that he is scared of speaking English I know fully well that he is scared of speaking English. I know that know full wel is idiomatic and means to know something without any ...
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What's the difference between (Have you) & (Haven't you)?

What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences, and when do I use each: Have you read the book yet? Haven't you read the book yet? Thank you.
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“We do not except…” - is this proper use?

I received a reply to an inquiry and I am puzzled by this use of "except". Is it proper to write: "We do not except apples." to communicate that apples may be included? I can see how the sender ...
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How to use it as a subject

It was in 2006 that we first flew to the United States. I think the above sentence is correct. But my book says when should be used in place of that
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Usage of 'would' in “When people would ask me”

When people would ask me how old I was, I would answer them correctly. When I would go to social events, people would ask me to tell them my harrowing story. It was annoying when people would ask ...
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Ticket window or ticket counter 161

Which one of the following two choices is correct? The ticket window/ticket counter remained closed throughout the day. I think both are correct.
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Either costs or cost

Is the following sentence correct? Last week's sharp hike in the wholesale price of beef is a strong indication for higher meat costs to come. I think the sentence is correct but for must be ...
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Usage of on the way up

I think be on the way up is the correct usage, but in the following sentence He wrote: “Proud to be here but this wouldn’t be my list. So many films which are my favourites can’t be below my film.. ...
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Can a village or city be considered a landform?

I read a sentenence in a Wisegeek newsletter which was: The reforestation work is expected to create employment opportunities, provide carbon offsets, and ensure storm barriers for the villages ...
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Is “well” correct when using sarcasm?

Is "well" correct when using sarcasm? "What's the time?" she asked. "Well, aren't you in a real hurry?" he said sarcastically. I am not sure if the word "Well" belongs here, especially in a ...
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Think somebody/something + adjective

I think the following sentence is incorrect He thinks her a fool. Because in such constructions after somebody adjective is used, and the sentence should be He thinks her fool. Am I right?
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Meaning of said of

In the following sentence Highlighting his government’s achievements, Mr. Modi said of the 675 km of Metro lines in operation in the country, 400 km had been built in the last five years. He said ...
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Acquitted and absolved used together

Is the second part of this sentence redundant? He was acquitted of and absolved from all the charges of corruption Since acquit and absolve mean almost the same thing, why use both in the sentence?...