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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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What does “that” refer to in this context?

Does "That" refer to "The abiding sense"? But don’t be fooled: enjoyment and happiness are not synonyms. Enjoyment is, at best, an answer to the rigors of routine; it is not the ...
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Care/Care about

Psychiatrist: As a psychiatrist it can be depressing listening to clients' problems all day, but that's the job. Person: So is it just a job to you or do you actually care? Psychiatrist: I care. Is ...
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English grammar is not (so difficult/very difficult/too difficult/difficult enough) to understand

I can't decide which is the right option to choose. I can say that 'difficult enough' is not the right option, because it doesn't make much sense. But, so difficult/too difficult/very difficult look ...
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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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Disciplined Vs. amenable in a specific context

What does more fit to a child listen and do what his parent asks for? He's a good boy as well as disciplined. He's a good boy as well as amenable.
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“In turn” or “thus” in this situation?

Considering her service as a adviser in the local administration, it is fair to say she enjoys a degree of social and academic recognition within the regional community. Such recognition must be ...
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Is it Noticing or Identifying?

I am thinking about replacing Noticing by Identifying, but I am not sure which one fits better in this context? ...Therefore, their interaction is carefully examined with my students in the subjects ...
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Unique or Different in this context?

The word different clearly indicates that her model was different from the same of other students? I am thinking about using the word unique to replace it, but I am not sure. their soils clearly ...
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How to say name has been cut?

How to say that the name of a student has been removed from the school-register, that the student is no more a student of the school now? Is cut or cut off a correct expression of the idea? My name ...
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Dead Tap/Pipes?

I know that the word 'dead' can be used to describe a dead phone line or dead power outlet, but can it be used to describe a non functioning tap or water pipes connected to it, if no water is passing ...
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Usage of the word Console

Console means to comfort someone at a time of grief or disappointment. I wrote a sentence in one of the paragraphs Everybody knew it was written by Sam and they came to him turn by turn to console. ...
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It doesn't match to context “we're in the car, we're fighting traffic… basically just trying to stay awake”

Chandler: The problem is, though, after the concert's over, no matter how great the show was, you girls are always looking for the comedian again, y'know? I mean, we're in the car, we're fighting ...
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Doubt about “put ‘something’ behind”

I’ve seen some uses of “put ‘something’ behind” with a pronoum (not really sure if it’s a pronoum) after “behind” and other without. Here are some examples: You should put those bad memories behind ...
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Use of “by themselves” and “on their own” in this context

Can both “by themselves” and “on their own” be used with the same meaning in this context? I think the better thing to do is just wait. Sometimes things can get better by themselves. I think ...
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Use of “to can” meaning be capable of doing something

Can the verb “to can” be used when saying that someone is capable of doing something bad or reprehensible like in the sentences below: I know we are talking about kidnapping and murder, but you ...
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“Can't” or “couldn't”

In the phrase below: I know sometimes life can be extremely tough and make you feel just like if you can’t count on anyone else. ...which is basically a literal translation of the same phrase in ...
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“to be” or “to be in”… which one should I use?

Assuming the sentence below makes any sense (which I'm not sure about) would I have to include the preposition "in" after the verb "to be" at the end or is it not necessary? And therefore, because ...
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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 ...