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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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Can I use “chance” as a future-tense verb?

I will never chance to meet him in my life Is this sentence correct English, if it's intended to mean: I will never get a chance to meet this person in my life. Update: Since ambiguities arose, ...
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Verb for how much space a file takes up?

When I was a kid my dad used to say (in Norwegian): This file weighs four megabytes. Or maybe one could say This file consumes four megabytes. Or simply This file is four megabytes. But ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say 'I've got Maths twice a week'?

According to Michael Swan and Catherine Walter in their Oxford English Grammar Course (2011) 'Got-forms are not generally used to talk about habits and repeated actions'. But I can't get rid of the ...
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Plural acronym verb form: “PGCs stand for” vs. “PGCs stands for”

Is it right to say: PGCs stands for primordial germ cells. PGCs is a plural, so is it correct to use the singular verb form stands with it?
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What does “they are facing their chest and shoulder” mean in this paragraph?

I'm reading a book about body language. The book has a paragraph: The most obvious nonverbal indication of contacting is how you position yourself in relation to other people. This includes both ...
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Which preposition? — “I'm going to hand in my work [ at / to / with ] my tutor.”

I recently bumped into the verb handing in. When I wanted to use it in a sentence I couldn't tell whether I had to use it with at/to/with or anything else. I'm going to hand my work in [ at / to / ...
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“wasn't” or “weren't” with weather

Which is right: "I'm fed up with this weather. I wish it wasn't so hot." or: "I'm fed up with this weather. I wish it weren't so hot."
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Have helped/helped in “Lots of people ____ us last year”

There are many confusing questions in Present Perfect vs. Past Simple debates, but one thing was always clear to me - if we refer to the past and use such phrases as "last week", "last year", etc. we ...
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Is the following usage of “I got” correct?

I'd expected to see some live or embalmed animals. Instead, I got plastic chairs, square tables, and a whiteboard. "I got" in this case means "I saw" or "this classroom had". Is this usage of "I ...
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“Clap” and “applaud” for someone

Which sentence is usable in English when you are going to clap your hands in order to show your approval for instance when you enjoy the performance of a football player: The coach clapped for ...
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The usage of “exploding” in “their batteries exploding”

The following is an excerpt from WSJ: The world’s largest smartphone maker by shipments said it halted sales of its Galaxy Note 7 phone after customers reported their batteries exploding during ...
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Usage of 'Recommend'

There is the following entry in the Oxford Learners Dictionaries recommend somebody to do something We'd recommend you to book your flight early Is it correct usage of recommend with ...
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Condemn or sentence someone

I don't know the difference between the words 'condemn somebody' and 'sentence someone' in court terminology ane making this question I am going to discover their right place of usage. Which word ...
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“The sky lacks clouds” or “Clouds lack from the sky”

I can say, "The sky lacks clouds," but can I say, "Clouds lack from the sky?" If the latter can be said, to me, it sounds more poetic and better than "there are no clouds in the sky." Can one ...
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Can I use “were” in this sentence?

My sentence is, "I thought it were your friends (that) you went out with." I used the be-verb were in this sentence because it refers to your friends. Am I right?
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Difference between 'find out', 'discover', 'realize' and etc

For me all the verbs bellow mean the same thing. My dictionaries, confirm this fact. But I guess something is wrong with this belief of mine and their usages are different. I would be thankful if you ...
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the function of “did”

I found a sentence in my "Preparation and Practice Exam TOEFL" book a sentence states "Not until 1895 did Cornell University begin to offer a degree in ornithology" . anyone can explain what the word "...
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is this correct usage of verb “be”?

Can I use this line in a song, addressing the fires and the winds: You fires and winds, please, let the forests be for them not to get angry anymore and let the forests exist and not destroy them ...
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When to omit the preposition in “depend on”

I thought you always had to use "on" after "depend" to mention the complement, as in: Choosing the right bike depends on what you want to use it for. (example taken from a dictionary) However, I'...
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Use of “lead to maintain” in a sentence

Is use of "lead to maintain" in the following sentences correct grammatically and conceptually? As shown in Fig. 2, the existence of symmetrical blades lead to maintain the direction of the ...
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I am being hungry

We are being robbed. Being means right now happening. Can I say "I am being hungry"?
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“Catalyze <something>” versus “expedite <something>”

As far as I'm concerned, when you cause something to be done more quickly, you are expediting it; but I remember at the time of the high school's chemistry course I got familiar with another word, "...
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make wastage or do wastage

Which one of the following is correct? He is making wastage of time. He is making a wastage of time. He is doing a wastage of time. He is doing wastage of time. I just wanted to know whether "do" is ...
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Figurative meaning of 'to resonate'

Are these sentences correct? This book really resonates with me. I really resonate with this book. Also, are there any differences in meaning?
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Can I use “has have had” together in a sentence?

Can I use has, have, and had together in a sentence like, Karan says he has have had three "epic fail" relationships in life. I've seen this sentence in The Indian Express and India Today. A guy ...
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Is it correct to use an expression “we denote something by x”?

Consider the following two sentences. (1) We denote the set of natural numbers by N. (2) N denotes the set of natural numbers. Both expressions are very common in math papers. According to ...
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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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Can “'ve” be used as a contraction of “have” when “have” is acting as a verb and not as an auxiliary?

Examples: I have a pen. I've a pen. He has something. He's something.
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A comparison between some structures of the verbs 'Supply' and the verb 'provide'

For me both the verbs "Supply" and "provide" work in all of the sentences bellow properly, but I doubt if AE native speakers use all of them to convey the same meaning in daily conversations. Though, ...
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the use of “ link with ”and “ link to ”

Thailand is linked with/to Peninsular Malaysia on the main land of Asia. What is the correct usage of "link" in the sentence, linked with or linked to?
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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. It has ...
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“I hope you will…” or “would…” – which is correct?

Which of these sentences is correct? I hope you would get well soon. I hope you will get will soon. I think that the second sentence is more apt due to tense of main verb, but I've heard that ...
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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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What's the difference between “I have to get to” and “I have to go to”?

I know when to use them however I can't really explain why. Will you help me?
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'Putting on / Wearing' and 'Taking off' a hat / cap… - Tie &… - Glasses - Jewels and so on

To me, one can ("put on" or "wear") and "take off"all the mentioned items in the subject of this thread; I have made some examples. Please consider them and let me know if my sentences sound incorrect ...
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The equivalent verbs which are used when clothes are on your body [closed]

Do the sentences in each group bellow mean the same and can one swap them with each other? 1) What are you wearing now? What are you dressed in now? What do you have on now? 2) ...
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Undressing someone and other equivalent verbs for that

For me, both the sentences bellow sound quite correct and natural: Undress the baby. Take the baby's clothes off. But from among the following pair, first one doesn't sounds incorrect and ...
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“Had to” vs. “must” for requirement in the past

I know that "have to" can mean "must" and that "must" can be used in the past, but in the below sentence I don't understand why "had to" is the correct answer. When I was going to university, I ...
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What to say when a child successfully throws a ball into a basket

Imagine the situation that I am playing with my child and he is trying to throw a ball into a basket. When he misses I can just say "You missed :(" What can I say when he succeeds? (to let him ...
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Common formal / informal verbs used for changing clothes

Regarding the following sentences, I think both mean exactly the same and the only point that hey differ is their formality level, where the sentences #1 sounds more casual and usable only in informal ...
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Verbs that are used when you want to dress somebody else

In both of the groups below: Group 1) Could you dress the children? Could you put on the children? Group 2) I bathed her and dressed her in her new clothes. I bathed ...
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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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be aimed to do something

This is from Longman Dictionary An action is aimed at doing something: Our policies are aimed at encouraging economic growth. Don’t say: Our policies are aimed to encourage economic ...
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Which tense is right?

(1st speaker) Can we meet at 7 o'clock tomorrow evening? (2nd speaker) Not in the evening. How does 2nd speaker continue? I'll be having dinner then. I am having dinner then. I have dinner then.
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Which tense can I use?

Which is correct: "I think you should go on a diet.You are putting on weight." or "I think you should go on a diet. You have put on weight."
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Should I use “having internship” or “the internship”?

I wanted to write something like this : I've decided to not change my questionnaire, because the internship abroad is a great opportunity to improve my English. but I am very unsure about "the ...
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Is “be” verb unnecessary?

Is the below sentence correct? I feel be (is) verb is missing. Why this moralising conclusion?
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The use of the verb “comprise”

Singapore comprises one main island and several offshore islands. Singapore is comprised of one main island and several offshore islands. Are these two sentences grammatically correct and which ...
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Using the verb 'Supply' in a sentence

Do the following sentences in each pair mean the same? These foods supply the body with necessary vitamins and minerals. These foods supply necessary vitamins and minerals to the body. ...