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Distinction with phrases/usage

The sun overhead and the sky clear, Carl stepped into his future. What is the difference between this absolute phrase and introductory phrases like in these other two examples? Trying to be kind, ...
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There's no way ahead, we can't go ahead(AmE use)

This is a description(I made it up myself). So 4 people are running away from wolves. They reach the end of the cliff. So can I use: They couldn't go ahead . Or There was no way ahead. And if one ...
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Only one the sentences is CORRECT. Which one is it? Word Honestly (useful) [on hold]

Only one the sentences is CORRECT. Which one is it? A) I honestly do not understand what all the fuss about is. B) I do not honestly understand what is all the fuss about. C) I honestly do not ...
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Can I use 'of' with a geographical name?

How should I use of with a geographical name, like ...top rated hair clinic of uk. Is this correct?
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The confusion about the usage of word 'prove'

In the sentence below, can I just add been before proven? In the past this process of transition has often proven difficult In another sentence, do we have any particular meaning here when we use ...
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'set in' 'coming out of' 'got out' 'those' cause difficulties in context

PLease, explain meanings of all indicated words and phrases? set in one year coming out of winter into spring - I can not understand the meaning both indicated words and the whole phrase. got out his ...
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The brakes went out on me

Someone said: The brakes went out on me .( to mean that the brakes had gone out). Is the use of "went out on me" natural?
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how to use the verb “compare”?

Which is preferable as an instruction for an assignment: "Compare the skyscrapers of NYC in terms of height, year of inauguration and number of floors!" or "Compare the skyscrapers of NYC with each ...
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The vomiTing and omiTTing Paradox

I guess it's an unanswerable question: Why "vomit" + "ing" = "vomiTing" BUT "vomit" - "v" + "ing" = "omiTTing"
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“Get a free notebook WORTH $2.” Where is “IS”?

I use worth in sentences like: This is worth $10. It is worth doing the job. Today I have seen a sentence : "Get a free Notebook worth $2." Is the sentence grammatical? If it is then tell me the ...
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Using article in one sentence

how do i say "Have a great Sunday and a productive week ahead!"? or without article before "productive week", like "Have a great Sunday and productive week ahead!" Thanks!
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what does “ layers of clothing” mean?

what does " layers of clothing" mean in the text below? Make sure you have everything you need for test day laid out in advance so you avoid last-­minute stress-this includes your ID, a snack, your ...
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After one lesson?

How to say that i will learn something not at the next lesson but at the next lesson after the next lesson. For example, every Saturday I have a lesson, tomorrow is 16 February, how to say that i'll ...
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The tire is flat(AmE)

Can I use: The car has started going a bit out of control, I guess the tyre is flat. Is this sentence natural in AmE
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What is the meaning of “spread” in this sentence?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: This year's interim budget is being regarded as a big spread for farmers. Does it mean "extent or amount of something" or "a large meal although not in ...
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Is it idiomatic to say “I'm with development team?”

I saw in many US movies, people say I'm with the fbi, so is it idiomatic to say: I'm with the development team. I heard you have changed team, are you with the infrastructure team now?
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Describing a Concept as “Delusional” or “Illusional” Here?

So I wonder if there is any chance for such a use of the term "delusional" to make sense (even for exaggeration): We will show that such-and-so concept can be delusional. If not, would "illusional" be ...
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Reshuffle at the kitchen

what is the word to use when I want to say that I rearranged possessions in my room: furniture and other stuff? My question is about expediency of using the word "reshuffle" , can I use it in this ...
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Is “sure does” a colloquial phrase?

In an essay I wrote this sentence : A car does not enable you to travel thousands of kilometres in a couple of hours, but an aircraft sure does. My teacher said "sure does" should be "surely does"...
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Put the bedsheet on the wrong way(the wrong side up)

A bedsheet/sheet with patterns put on the bed,and the pattern is inverted(someone put it on the bed the wrong way) So what would you use to describe that?Is there an expression to express that? (...
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I don't have it

My friend asked for me for a scale. So I said: Sorry but I don't have it. (can there be an alternative?) Is the use of "have" natural? And: Can there be another "more natural" way (...
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Would it be He and Bill or him and Bill? [on hold]

I am writing a report and do not know which phrase to use. I do not want to do bad so I would like to know which one the answer is. Thank you!
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How to say “second-latest” version?

I am writing a paper where I must say that I am using Software 11, but the latest version is Software 12. So, how should I say that X 11 is the "second-latest" version? Sentence: "at the moment of ...
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“Much a different”

I wrote: Trump might be a populist president, and it just shows to me that Americans are not much a different nation. I feel that my sentence is okay, however, I found almost no results in google ...
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I wasn't planning on it

Could you please tell me what the following phrase mean? Does it mean: I wasn't expecting it or something else? What would you use it for? What does : "I wasn't planning on it." Mean?
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This 'that' is a relative pronoun or a pronoun?

I want to know if 'that' of 'that identified with ~' is a relative pronoun or a pronoun in the next sentence. And the exact meaning of 'identify with', too. ....The problem was that the part involved ...
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Commercials are on TV,or on the channel

Can I use: Commercials are on the TV right now Commercials are on Channel XYZ. Does "on" sound natural?
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“forwards/backwards” vs “forward/backward” vs “rightward” and “leftward”

Is there a difference between The car moves forward The car moves forwards as well as between The car moves backward The car moves backwards and can the same pattern be used for ...
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“in-between” vs “in between” vs “inbetween” vs “between”

When to use "between" and when to add an in and say "in between" has become clear from the two very related SE posts: "In between" or "between"? and 'in between' or '...
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what's the difference between preaching and proclamation

I checked the meaning of preaching the delivery of a sermon or religious address to an assembled group of people, typically in church. and the meaning of proclamation a public or official ...
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The word “rather”

Is it true that the word "rather" is always/usually used with negative emotional sense? That is to say, "rather good" would be wrong, wouldn't it? And I should instead use "quite good", should I?
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Is this a correct usage of « «made up of »?

Can we say: New York City is made up of five boroughs? Thks
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The show is on a break

A show my mother is watching goes on a break (my mom was not there at that time). So I turned to another channel. So my mom asks me why had I changed the channel. So I say: The show is on a ...
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markable --> …was markably exhausting to her?

Officially, the adverb 'markably' derived from 'markable' appears not to exist. At least all classical dictionaries (OED, OALD, CALD, LALD, etc. even WordNet v3.1) have no entry. Theoretically, ...
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Could you explain the Instrumental case for words used with 'to justify'

Could you explain the Instrumental case to say such pfrases like that - Do not justify your laziness that you are smart. or from your sorce - Intelligent idlers justify their idleness to ...
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How many Colors are in/are there in something

A lady asks her 3 yr old daughter: How many colours are in/are there in this toy? What should be used :are in/are there in? Should 'there' be used ?
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Full Syllabus/Complete Syllabus test [on hold]

"Full/Complete Syllabus" is the syllabus that has been taught through the year. So we have our exams coming up. So what should be used: I have my full/Complete Syllabus test.
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When I say I smell gas, do you think of gasoline, or natural gas?

I have a problem with using word "gas". In my language we have two completely different words for gas that is put in car and gas that is used in stove when cooking something. Should I use phrase "...
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The use of me and I do?

When responding to "Who sees the hammer?" When the person who sees the hammer answers the questions. Should they use "me" or "I do"?
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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 replace “If so” with “that being said”?

Do you like eating? If so, how about cooking? Can I replace it with this: Do you like eating? That being said, how about cooking? I don't expect to be, but if so, I'll let you know. Can I replace ...
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Is it the same to say 'with neither' or 'without both' in context?

Is it the same to say 'with neither' or 'without both' or 'with miss' in this context? What part of speech is 'neither' here? He had, in short, all the Byronic ennui with neither of the Byronic ...
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What is the proper meaning of travesty?

Merriam Webster dictionaries define travesty as: a debased, distorted, or grossly inferior imitation. And among the examples of travesty, was a sentence which was: It is a travesty and a tragedy that ...
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Why “that of” in these sentences?

“I have anxiously awaited the arrival of those such as yourselves. My names Megumin! My calling is that of an arch wizard, one who controls explosion magic, the strongest of all offensive magic! Do ...
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The word “pour” in this context

Pour the oil into the bottle. Pour over the oil into the bottle. As I am not a native speaker, using the word "pour" is difficult to me. Are these two sentences correct, or should I use something ...
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Can “bed wetting” be said: 'pee your bed' or 'pee in your bed'

Kids wet their beds. So can't it be: He peed his bed. Or He peed in his bed. What sounds right:#1 or #2? It occurred to me because it's said 'he peed his pants.'
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Ambiguity with term “Nationality” [duplicate]

I do not really understand what nationality is. The table is from https://keydifferences.com/difference-between-nationality-and-citizenship.html If nationality represents a place of birth of an ...
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Can I replace “man” with another word in words like swordman, manpower, policeman, etc?

Do you know what are elves and dwarfs? They are fictional species for fantasy stories. I was wondering if words like swordman, manpower, policeman, spearman, etc (everything with man) could be ...
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What does strut mean?

What does strut mean? Where I can apply the word? I need to know what you call the things in the picture and what strut means. Are those struts in the picture?
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Collocation: do + character

This is the character I did last week. Would it be correct for an artist to use "did" in the sentence above? She is talking about the (game) character as an assignment she finished last week. ...