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For questions about how certain words, phrases or grammatical aspects are typically used.

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It has more to do with that I am lazy than that I am tired

Are all these sentences below correct and interchangeable? 1) It has more to do with that I am lazy than that I am tired. 2) It has more to do with the fact that I am lazy than that I am tired....
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Backshifting the verbs in questions

As far as I know, when we can't remember the name of a person or when we didn't hear it properly, or even if we never learned the name of a person before, we can say "What was your name" to that ...
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“…one of the best movies of my childhood” or “…one of the best movies from my childhood”?

Are these sentences interchangeable? It is one of the best movies of my childhood. It is one of the best movies from my childhood. Context: Let's say someone mentioned the name of a movie and ...
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Meaning of “anyplace useful” in this sentence?

While writing or speaking informal American English, can we use the adverb "anyplace" this way? Or is the preferred usage "any place" (separate words)? As I understand it, the adverb "anyplace" means "...
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Is “When to use which” Correct ?

Let's assume we have n methods of doing X, When i ask "When to use which ?" i expect the answer to be something like : "Use A when ... , Use B when ..." By asking this question I want to ask "When ...
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Good Wishing for someone's success

Here are some sentences: Can I use 'May' for wishing someone? For example: May you get success in your goal. OR, Is it compulsory to use the word 'wish' for wishing someone ? For example: I ...
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“occupying tourists” vs. “keeping tourists occupied”

There are many sights in KL to keep tourists occupied. There are many sights in KL to occupy tourists. Which sentence is natural? Thanks a lot.
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Entry To, Entry Into

A preposition question: The United States earned entry to the knockout round with a win over Ghana and a draw against Portugal in Group G. Source Google search shows both "entry to" and "...
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was looking or looked in this sentence

When I woke up this morning, she was sleeping on my bed and she looked very happy! The sentence is about a female cat who was ill. Why isn't was looking (at this precise moment she was looking)? ...
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can see someone is doing or can see someone doing? Are both the same?

is it the same to put "I can see he is jumping on his bed" and "I can see him jumping on his bed"? I need to use the first one in a picture description. Can I use it? Would that not sound strange to ...
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How to express something that is happening in the future

If something is being written in the past tense, is it correct to say: He was graduating high school in June and entering college in August? How should it be stated?
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All you politicians are the same

Are these five sentences correct and interchangeable? 1) "You politicians are all the same." 2) "All of you politicians are the same." 3) "All you politicians are the same." 4) "You ...
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Can I say “I am sorry?” when I can't hear something?

As far as I know, we can say these when we can't hear something somebody said properly: "Excuse me?", "Sorry?" and "Pardon?". What about "I am sorry?"? Can I also say "I am sorry?" instead of "Sorry?"?...
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Can '-ing' form replace 'to infinitive' in the following sentence?

Here are three sentences. A) and B) are okay, but what about C)? I want to know if C) is also possible. A) My blister made it a problem to walk. B) My blister made walking a problem. C) My ...
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“having to decide” or “deciding”?

I have a question about the differences in meaning, if any, between writing the following sentence as: "In other words, I have personal experience with some of the anxieties many tennis players go ...
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Why wouldn't/don't I share this? Which should it be?

So I was about to write something on my Facebook wall then I find my old post then I thought about to share it so what would be right. Instead of writing new post I thought: Why wouldn't/don't I ...
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Cambridge English Certification

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post a question like the following (and if not, I'd be happy to be redirected to a better one, maybe still on StackExchange), but since I have no other ideas,...
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“The other + noun” vs “All the other + noun”

What's the difference between "the other + noun" vs "all the other + noun" in the following sentence? John is smarter than the other students in the class. John is smarter than all the other students ...
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transitive verb “is focused on”

Now the state’s intervention on occupational exercises is mainly focused on operating the occupational license system, banning illegal activities and doing a secondary function to help the ...
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I play a lot of video games

I think all these sentences below are interchangeable when I want to mean like very often, but the forth one can cause ambiguity, am I right? It can have two meanings: I play video games very often ...
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What's the meaning of “decent account”?

The context is as follows: Person A has drawn an inappropriate drawing. Person B chastises person A: I told you not to draw this kind of things, we are a decent account. What does a decent account ...
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I'm not sure how to transform a question form!

I want to transform the two sentences below into question form Team A was beaten by Team B . Team A defeated Team B . I think... Who was beaten Team A? Who did Team A defeat ? Is it ...
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Reported versions of the sentences like “If I wanted to go, I would go”

I am having trouble in terms of the reported versions of the sentences which include the word "if". Can you please tell me what the reported versions of these "direct speech" kind of sentences below ...
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“Sides” or “Aspects” of video games

Are these sentences interchangeable? What do you think are the best/good/bad/worst sides of playing video games? What do you think are the best/good/bad/worst aspects of playing video games?
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Not most people like him

Question 1: Not most people like him. Not most of them are good looking. As far as I know, before the words like "many", "a lot", "some" and "every", we can use the word "not" for not ...
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difference between predicative and attributive adjective

I am confused with the notion of predicative adjective and attributive adjective. I searched about two notions and found out that all adjectives can be used both predicative and attributive way. ...
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Why can't we use “ing” continues form with “let”?

I have been talking with my friends and I used the phrase I let my nuts hanging, but they told me that I should say hang instead of hanging because of the let. I can think of other phrases like, I ...
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The to concern usage frame

If finance in a course concerned, maybe a scholarship can help. In the above example is the verb concern used correctly?
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Comma question.. speech usage terms

I have a basic question regarding commas, and I have not found the answer I was looking for. So the rule of thumb is to never separate the verb from the subject or main subject should I say...but in ...
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In this sentence, is the “in” optional in colloquial US English?

In colloquial usage, is the "in" optional in a sentence like this: Did she lose her sense of humor (in) the same place she lost her sense of fashion?
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Use of would in a sentence

What is the role of "would" in this sentence? A: is the sentence "he is reading for two hours" correct? B: when we describe an event which is unfinished and talk about duration (up to now) we ...
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Is the past simple correct in this construction?

As far as l know using the present perfect in the following construction is very common. But sometimes l hear some speakers use the past simple in the main clause. I spent $ 2000 since l came home....
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Can I say: It's been ages since I last went to the muesem?

Or is saying "It's been ages since I last was at the muesem" more correct?
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Can I use “since” at the beginning of a sentence when I want to refer to a particular time?

I know that I can use "since" at the beginning when I want to mean "because". Can I do the same when I want to refer to a time-moment? I feel like if I use "since" at the beginning of a sentence, ...
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Should I have the comma inside or outside of the quote?

Example 1: The woman was looking to buy a piece of "jewelry", but she got scammed into buying a fake ring. Example 2: The woman was looking to buy a piece of "jewelry," but she got scammed ...
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Why place a connective in between a subject and an auxiliary verb?

Sometimes it is the people that(or who) nobody imagines anything of, who do the things that(or which) no one can imagine. I question why should we place who in the above sentence. For example: The ...
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Why should not past perfect be used here?

Source Before his death, Zeenat filed for divorce. Since, we are talking of two events with one occurring before the other, we should use the following structure: Before his death, Zeenat had ...
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“here's it” versus “here it's”

Which is correct? Weird is hard to spell. Here's it spelled correctly: weird. or Weird is hard to spell. Here it's spelled correctly: weird. In conversation, both seem acceptable, but on paper ...
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Difference between “so rude” and “too rude”

What's different between You are so rude. and You are too rude. I like to know difference in gramar, social communication, rigour manner and where they used! (other things as well).
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In complex clauses subordinating clause containing subordinating conjunction “that” and other subordinating conjunctions?

When the main clause is in the simple present tense, use a past tense in the subordinate clause to talk about something that happened earlier. I understand that I was wrong. I know that I ...
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If only+would have + could have

I'm studying the expression "if only" , and I would like you to correct and explain its usage to me, so I won't make mistakes when using it. 1 If only I could do something. ( I wish I could) 2 If ...
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Put/Place On Anbiotics

I have a question about the difference between verbs "put" and "place" in this context: The doctor put him on antibiotics. The doctor placed him on antibiotics. Any difference ...
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Is “I can want” proper english? Does it sound ok for natives?

For example, in sentences like "I can want whatever I want", or "I can want something now and still change my mind about it later". Or are there better ways to say this? Google shows plenty of ...
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Harnessed .. to the task of

I have a question about the verb "harness". According to definitions of many dictionaries, including definition 2 for the verb "harness" in this dictionary, "harness" should be used according to ...
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Fall Steeply Away

For most intransitive verb phrases consisting a verb and a (main) adverb, any extra complementary adverbs should go before the verb or after the main adverb, not between the verb and main adverb. ...
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Using the phrases “in the context of” and “within the context of”

Would it make sense for me to say In the context of me failing, you ought to take me out of advanced classes? The decision was made within the context of saving lives. Whenever I look at ...
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Use of “If there is/are”

I've heard that the phrase "If there is/are" can be used in the sentences. But I don't know exactly how to use in sentences. Although I don't know its exact usage, I've tried to use it in the ...
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A people - is it correct?

Puls Biznesu reported that the idea of the book was to give a people an opportunity to communicate abroad in a universal language - pictures. Is it right to place the indefinite article "a" before ...
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Including or omitting the 'to be' verb in a compound subject

With regard to including or omitting 'am', which sentence is correct, and why? I humbly acknowledge and thankful to you. or I humbly acknowledge and am thankful to you. If correct usage ...
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Can I say “Reveal one's body.”?

Reveal the body Reveal the skin. What's right? I got this question when I was arguing with my friend about his GF's outfit. I told him that her outfit reveals her skin too much. But suddenly, ...