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“You must not forget … (turn) off your stove, it's very dangerous.”

I saw this fill in the blanks question on my practice book and it left me confused You must not forget ..... (turn) off your stove, it's very dangerous. For the book, answer is to turn. My answer ...
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The committee split over government subsidies. (split-split-split)

The committee split over government subsidies. How can I make clear the meaning of the sentence in case I want to differentiate 'present form of split' from 'past form of split'?
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arrange a party vs arrange for a party (Is there any difference?)

arrange a party vs arrange for a party (Is there any difference?) The verb 'arrange' can be transitive or intransitive. Is there any difference? There is another example: arrange an appointment vs ...
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What's the common verb to describe a rainbow?

For whatever reason, I had in mind that the common verb used to describe a rainbow's "state" is bent, as in "a rainbow bent over the landscape". However, I just Googled "...
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Thrive-throve-thriven vs thrive-thrived-thrived

thrived vs throve Could they be different in their usage? There are two forms of inflection: ed-ed (regular) vs. irregular (like drink-drank-drunk) When native speakers use the verbs as past which ...
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How to use the verb “assume” in the following situation?

I am a secret agent pretending to be Donald Trump. Which is the correct way to express that using the verb "assume"? I assume Donald. I assume the name of Donald. I assume the name "...
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Is 'wet' only meant to be used for water and watery substances?

Today I stumbled upon this question: "If you dip a glass rod in water it gets wet while if you dip that same rod in Mercury it doesn't. Give reason." I know that's a physics question and I ...
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Meaning and usages of “short circuit” as a verb

What is the meaning of "short circuits" as a verb in the following sentence: Technology short circuits this thinking by making the problems obsolete. Is this use formal and where it can be ...
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How to use “soak”?

Which is incorrect? I soaked the beans overnight. The beans was soaked overnight. The beans soaked overnight.
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“An arm bruises” vs “an arm is bruised”

Which is incorrect? I have bruised my arm. My arm has bruised. My arm has been bruised. My arm got bruised.
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Move off/Head off/Leave

Tom is at a party, hanging at the bar. A guy he knows, Matt, comes up to him to say hi. They talk, then - Matt: Well, it's good to see you again. Enjoy the party. Tom: Thank you. Matt moves off/heads ...
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would have usage

I know that the usage of would have carries two main meanings: one is often paired with but, say, I would have loaned you the money, but I didn’t have any; the other is used in conditional sentences ...
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Trained ECDL or taught ECDL

Which verb is better to use: He trained ECDL to them last year. or He taught ECDL to them last year. P.S: ECDL stands for European Computer Driving License
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“Manage the summer heat” or “manage with the summer heat”?

Could you tell me if I have to include with in the following question? How do you manage (with) the summer heat, especialy when it's scorching hot days on end? What I am trying to aks is how the ...
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Is it natural and correct to say “I can't feel my fingerst” meaning my fingers are numb?

Is it natural and correct to say I can't feel my fingerst meaning my fingers are numb? For example: I guess I had better go to the doctor. I can't feel my fingers at all. If it doesn't sound right,...
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Verbs for pliers?

What are verbs for pliers? Like, can it be a verb? Such as they "pliers" something. Or, do one use pliers to clip, tweeze, pince, grip, or slam something? I am not even sure if these are proper ...
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Can the verb “kick start” be used in this sentence? Kick-start your skills in just 1 month

Can the verb "kick start" be used in this sentence? Kick-start your skills in just 1 month Context: Let's say I want to invite somebody to take a 1-month course and improve his/her skills. I want to ...
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way to say a woman had been runing to the house and now near the house

I have the text which have the "run to" construction: I held my breath as the woman ran to the house. For me the text in up means: "I watched the woman and held my breath in the moment she began ...
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“shift by 1 day” vs. “shift 1 day later”

I wonder which form(s) are correct amongst the following: All deadlines have been shifted by 1 day due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. All deadlines have been shifted 1 later due to the ongoing ...
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General term to refer to acquiring knowledge of news or an event

I am trying to find a way to refer to acquiring the knowledge of something new or to be aware of something that recently happened. Usually we can say, I heard on the news... I read on the ...
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On the usage of 'to call'

I cannot recall where exactly but in a book that discussed some common mistakes in English I got to read about why the sentence What is it called in English? is purely (or at least highly) ...
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Can we use “distinguish” to convey “to make something distinguishable”?

I know about the very common usage of the verb distinguish: By age of 10, a human being should be able to distinguish bitter from sweet! (self made sentence) I am wondering if I can reword We ...
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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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The use of 'totter' in this context

"Smooth," said Ron approvingly, as the waiters popped up on all sides, some bearing silver trays of pumpkin juice, Butterbeer and Firewhisky, others tottering piles of tarts and sandwiches. ...
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Present Perfect Vs. Simple Past in my sentence

Which one should I use? I've read The Little Prince, Chapter XVIV. It has been pretty good - It has been about [...] Or I've read the Little Prince, chapter XVIV. It was pretty good - It was ...
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Can we use present tense with subjunctive mood?

1.If such a huge meteor had really crashed into the Earth, why isn't there even a little piece of evidence such as crater anywhere on Earth? 2.If he were really a famous singer, why can't he ...
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Use “bridge” as an intransitive verb?

I found the following sentence: The system controller interfaces to the PCI bus and bridges to other buses. I can guess the meaning of it, but looking at all the dictionary the verb "bridge" does ...
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Usage of verb Would

I am wondering why is "would" used In this sentence. When she was younger she 'would' shrink away from me whenever I spoke to her. Is using simple past without "would" grammatically wrong, or does ...
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“time passed” vs “time passed by”?

Time ________ and they still hadn't heard anything from their son. A. Passed B. Passed by C. Went D. Went on I think it can't be C or D. But I also don't know if it's A or B.
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What do you call for repeatedly making a statement even when the statement has been proved wrong

Let's consider a situation were two persons, person A and person B are arguing about something. Person A makes a statement as a point in his argument. Then person B proves person A's statement as ...
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“I see” or “I can see”

I've been teaching English in France for a year now and am amazed at how often I am having to consider how my own language works. The nuances come thick and fast. Here is the current question I'm ...
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“I expect he will know” vs. “I expect he knows”

I understand that will can be used to refer to the likelihood of a future event, for example: I expect (that) she won't like the news Source: Merriam-Websters Advanced Learners English Dictionary ...
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Ways to say 'get smaller', 'decrease in size' in one word

What are the proper ways to say that something gets smaller (decreases in size) in one word? I am not asking about cases when what we discribe represents a measure of something (price, volume, ...
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“Have you got” with abstract things?

Can I say: "Have you got something that you always forget to do?" Or should I use "have got" only with tangible objects that I can possess?
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Tense with “recently”

Should I use recently with simple past or present perfect?  I recently bought a mobile. It has very good features with a four-GB ram. I just love the mobile. I have recently bought a mobile. ...
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Can “A and B” be followed by “is”?

This is an excerpt from an ESL reading book. What I want to ask is whether "Their independence and ability" can be regarded as a single concept, so "is" can be followed. The number of working ...
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Usage of 'I would have + past tense'

I would have liked if she would have said no. I would have liked if she had said no. I would have liked if she'd said no. Is it correct to use would have twice in the same sentence here? Is the ...
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Can we use the verb “watch” without any object?

I am sharing a link to a video on my WhatsApp and I'm not sure if the caption I'm writing is correct. Watch with the subtitles on. Do I need to say "watch it with..."? Or "watch the video with..."...
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Verb used with 'calm'

I would like others to explain this to me. Which sentence is correct? 1- He transmits calm. 2- He conveys calm.
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“Would have to” usage

From the article "Delhi launches doorstep delivery of govt. services" in The Hindu (emphasis mine): The applicant would have to call 1076 and fix an appointment with a mobile sahayak, who will go ...
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Should [good at something] be understood as active or passive?

I just wrote a psychology quiz and there was a "good at" question that I did not answer correctly. I would like to ask the thread's help on this one. The question was: Is the following a behavior ...
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Is it wrong to use specific verbs instead “have”?

I can't understand why my grammar book use the "have" verb at some situations like She had a coffee She was having breakfast Instead of She drank a coffee She was eating breakfast I ...
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What's “come to doing something”?

source The context is: Practise, practise, practise. There's an expression in English. If you don't want to lose it, use it. This is very true when it comes to learning foreign languages. What ...
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“join” vs “join in”

I've heard that you have to say "join someone" and "join in something". I am going to make up a few pairs of sentences below. (1a) I will join you for John's birthday lunch tomorrow. (1b) I ...
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The construction of the verb “to show”

Does the verb "to show" require any objects: direct and/or indirect? eg. We have shown the similarities between patterns of RNA.--> to whom? or is the sentence complete on its own? I know that you can ...
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“It was broken” vs “It got broken”

When we say "The glass was broken" it means when we looked at it, it had been broken before, that is, it shows a state that could be spread over a period of time. But when we say "it got broken" it ...
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“You're exaggerated” and “you're being exaggerated”

Do both of these sentences exist? Can I say I'm being exaggerated, or should I say I'm exaggerated? (I want to express that I'm overdoing something.) Is either one wrong, or are they both correct?
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Use of <is depended on>

Is the use of 'is depended on' in the following sentences correct grammatically and conceptually? If it is not , kindly suggest ways to make it clearer.
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Want me hanging out or to hang out

What I'd learned so far is that we can only use infinitive after 'want'. But today I saw "mom doesn't want me hanging out with you anymore" in an english book.. Is it correct to use -ing form after ...
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Difference in usage

Which one is correct, "Wear a scarf, and you'll look fashionable." or "Put on a scarf, and you'll look fashionable." ?