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

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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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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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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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which starts, starting

I'm wondering if both of the following ways are possible. Thank you for confirming my place on the English course STARTING July 5th. Thank you for confirming my place on the English course WHICH ...
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Adjectives order

I have come across different Adjectives Order Lists on the internet. A web page of Bristol University says as follows: Number - Opinion - Size - Age - Shape - Color - Nationality/Origin - Material-...
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Am I the receiver or sender?

My friend recently recieved an email about a warning of an attachment might contain virus because of being an executable file. The email is like this; xxx@gmail.com is sent an email contains "...
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A good place to start would be (with)

I have a question about some sentence in this Economist article: Reserve prison for the worst offenders. Divert the less scary ones to drug treatment, community service and other penalties that ...
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A Meeting In/On His Schedule

Suppose we are talking about someone's schedule of things to do There is a management meeting in his schedule. There is a management meeting on his schedule. Should it be "in" or "on" ...
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Correct use of Word Phrase

It was like using a watch that runs slow. (It=Egyptian calendar) What was the Egyptian calendar similar to? using a watch that runs slow a watch that runs slow Which one is correct?
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“Were you able to go to their office and have an on-site interview?” or “Were you able to go to their office and had an on-site interview?”

In this context, should I use "have" or "had"? I am not really sure. Please help. Thank you.
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The correct usage?

I want to my friend to choose the right people in her life. Which one of these sentences should I use ? Be around the right people or be around with the right people ?
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Distinction with non-finite clause/subordinate clause

He left the party and went home, not having anyone to talk to. **A clause is a collection of words that has a subject that is actively doing a verb.* Non-finite clauses contain a verb which does not ...
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May I know which are those contexts in which state verbs are used in progressive forms?

I heard the following news a while ago. 59 percent of the voters are wanting Mr Modi to be the next PM of the nation. What is the justification for the usage "wanting"?
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Meaning of 'beware' in this song from the latest WoW trailer

The song has the following lines: "Beware, beware the Daughter of the Sea." "Beware," I heard him cry. And, in the ending: To his nation, with his last breath, cried, "Beware the Daughter ...
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“What kind of person are you not?” vs “What kind of person aren't you?”

When I want ask somebody what kind of person he (or she) isn't, which one between these is correct? Or are they interchangeable? I guess they are interchangeable. A: "What kind of person are you ...
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Can we say sentences like “They are so/too good of people”

As far as I know we can say "He is so good a person" for meaning "He is a very good person" or "He is a person who is so good" while we can't say "He is a so good person". Also we can say "He is too ...
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Difference between using a gerund and using a noun form

How is using a gerund different from using a noun form? Are they interchangeable? For example, how are the below two sentences different? You should verify that there is no problem in the code's ...
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“being” usage as relative clause

I'm dwelled on usage(s) of being in the following sentence. Even with the model of memory being just physical memory, several options are possible. Can it be written alternatively as the ...
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What is the subject of participle clause in the following sentence?

What is the subject of 'referring to ~' in the passage? Mr. Moon or his spokesman? I think it is the latter but I don't think I know the rule. South Korea Proposes Joint Economics Projects to ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...