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What does "would like to have + v3" mean?

I would like to have them removed but the process is a little confusing. I would like to have it deleted, but do not know the procedure. I would like to have saved it, obviously, but the game was on ...
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The phrasal verb "go off"

If a sound goes off, does it mean the sound starts or the sound starts and lasts for some time? In other words, can I say "an alarm was going off all night"?
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If I was there, I am not alive now or I would not be alive now.(indicative or subjunctive usage) [closed]

If I was there yesterday, I am not alive now or I would not be alive now. If I had been there yesterday, I am not alive now or I would not be alive now. Which one between 1 and 2 is more widely used ...
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How to use 'wish + noun' for myself?

I have this confusion when I am trying to construct a sentence concerning the usage of the verb wish. I've tried to look up dictionaries, but I'm still perplexed because it has a lot of options. ...
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What's the difference between verbs "spot" and "see"? What verb fom follows them?

How does a differ from c, and b from d? a. John spotted Bill enter the house. b. John saw Bill enter the house. c. John spotted Bill entering the house. d. John saw Bill entering the house.
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Does the word "Yahoo" have a verb meaning?

Reading this article, I noticed a fun expression saying, "DO YOU, UH. YAHOO?" Checking it on the Internet, I found several sites quoting the wording. From the context in the article, what ...
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Do I need a second verb in a descriptive sentence like: The definition of x is something (eg.:) done contrary to y?

I am not sure if I need a second verb in a sentence like the above. One actual example is: The definition of illegal is something done contrary to or forbidden by the law. Do I need 'done' here? ...
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Is "give" or "gives" the correct way in this case? [closed]

I am trying to understand what form is correct in this sentence. "Full access" gives/give permission to see the report about scheduled hours. For context, we are explaining what "full ...
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Is it correct to use "derive from" in the following context?

According to dictionaries, "to derive" means "to get something from something else" and "to come from something". But I'm not sure if it can be used in the following ...
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treat with the enemy for peace (is this phrase idiomatic?)

treat with the enemy for peace 'treat' is used like: treat people with respect I wonder if the phrase above is idiomatic or not.
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She’d come off her new bike and hurt her knee. (she'd) [closed]

She’d come off her new bike and hurt her knee. before you see and hurt her knee. What was the intrepretation of 'she'd' when you (as native English speakers) first read the sentence above? she ...
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object of "refill": food or container?

I think "refill" as a verb only takes containers such as cups and bowls as objects. However, I am wondering whether it can take food as objects. Could we say "refill one's rice, beer, ...
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Overtake, cut off usage

I have two questions: Relating to the usage of the word 'overtake'. Is this word common in colloquial English? If I say 'I overtook the truck in front of me', does this sound unnatural or very formal ...
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Which is more appropriate? "I was married" OR "I have been married"?

Suppose, we're (I and my wife) asked by people how long our marriage is since we got married. Which tense should I use? Past tense or perfect tense or else? We were married for 15 years. We've been ...
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Using the verb "fix" in the following context

I made up the sentence: A and B agreed to meet each other at 8 a.m. tomorrow to sign the contract. How to express this sentence idiomatically using the verb "fix" instead of "agree&...
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meaning of "braced for more sobbing" [closed]

This passage is from The Children's Bach by Helen Garner someone laughed up high, there was a scuffling somewhere in the house, Dexter was up, he would see to it. Her muscles let go and she was away. ...
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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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