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Can I use the verb 'forgo' in this context?

Cambridge says: forgo (v.) to not have or do something enjoyable: I shall have to forgo the pleasure of seeing you this week. So, can I use the verb forgo in this context? For example, if one ...
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Rewording sentences when a sentence beginning with “Not” is used

In the phrases below may I omit the subject and verb before the word "not" and still make sense? I could hardly recognize her when we met at a downtown restaurant last night. Not the skinny, shy ...
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Understand the use of 'raise the stakes of'

I am reading a book Blue Ocean Strategy. There was this sentence in the book: Placing the kingpins in a fishbowl greatly raises the stakes of inaction. The problem with sentence is that ...
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using “as far as” or “to as far as”

I have a sentence: I am fascinated by traveling, but I did not imagine that I could go to as far as America Or I am fascinated by traveling, but I did not imagine that I could go as far as ...
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Use of “intense” when talking about someone's drinking

"He's on the fifth drink or something since we got here. It looks pretty intense. Maybe we should go talk to him." Is the line of dialogue okay or is "intense" unusual in the context?
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Using “to do” and “to start” when referring to a show

Is it correct or usual to use the verbs "to do" and "to start" when referring to a show in the phrases below: It was past midnight when the musicians showed up to do the show. and... It was ...
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Is this use of “more and more” before and gerund after the expression “drowning himself into” acceptable?

He has been more and more drowning himself into drinking. Does this phrase make any sense?
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telephone introducing myself (not name)

Good morning, when we do a call, usually we introduce ourselves or answer using "this is Name" or "it's Name". But if I should say that I am the father/friend/colleuge/mother etc of the person who the ...
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“Help toward reaching a goal”: Why use “toward”?

I've read this from Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary. avail: help toward reaching a goal The word "toward" confuses me. Why doesn't the author use "for" or "in"? avail: help for ...
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'Have' or 'Has' with groups

Edit: This might be a duplicate, but I could not find a similar sentence (like mine) in any of the other questions. I have seen many questions on this topic on SE and forums. But I came across this ...
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“… Greece may well stump up the cash having spooked creditors…”

I could not figure our whole sentence because of the word having in the following sentence.What is its function? In choosing to bundle up four separate June repayments, Greece avoids triggering ...