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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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usage of 'nor' in the beginning of the sentence

Consider a situation where Jonh and Amanda (They are friends ) go to a restaurant. John has never been here with a girl before and Amanda has never been here with any male friends. Now John says" I ...
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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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What definitions can “blessed” have when referred to people and events?

I'm wondering if "blessed" can refer to either of the following when used to describe a person or event: 1) Being favored by a higher power 2) Just being fortunate/happy Here are a few sample ...
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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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“Farm policy” or “farming policy”? Is it an AmE/BrE thing?

In the USA, demand for corn to fuel ethanol plants has boosted prices, and federal farm policies designed for an era of grain surpluses have kept millions of acres of farmland fallow. (USA Today) ...
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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 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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“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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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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Type of clause in these examples/usage

The character was intentionally designed to be very charismatic and articulate, his main source of fear being derived from his warped sense of reasoning. His features contort with obvious pain as he ...
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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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Does “a media work” make sense?

There is a genre of art called new media art or media art. What do you think about the expression "I created a media work"? Edit: If "I created a media work" is incorrect, what is a correct way?
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Which word is correct, “existed”, “existent” or “existing”?

To express that the results already exist, should I say: "the existed result", or "the existent result", or "the existing result"?
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free to charge to meaning in this context

The MATERIALS shall be delivered to Receiving Parties (i) (omitted) and (ii) free to charge to Receiving Parties. My question is, what does the phrase in bold mean in this context? Is it saying that ...
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Confused about 'puts'

I am confused about using the future tense of the word 'put' in a plural sentence. Which is correct: A: Value the ones who puts it back. or: B: Value the ones who put it back.
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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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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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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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Can “axiomatically” be used in this way?

Quick question, is this sayable, can you use "axiomatically" like this: Conventional wisdom has us thinking that technological, social and scientific progress is axiomatically a good thing, but is ...
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How do you use the word “aged”?

which one is correct please: "children aged eleven to fifteen" or "children aged eleven to fifteen years" or "children aged eleven to fifteen years old"? Thank you.
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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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Discrimination Vs segregation [closed]

Which one of the following sentences sounds more natural: There are still places in the world with racial discrimination. ---> (It seems to be correct to me) There are still places in the ...
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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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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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“Watch a snippet on TV” or “see a snippet on TV” which is more appropriate?

I would like to express that I happened to see a piece of news on TV when walking past the living room. Can I say, "I saw a snippet on TV." And which is more appropriate? "I watched a snippet on TV"...
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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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What’s the meaning of “could” and “would” in this text explaining grammar rule?

After looking up “would” and “could”, I couldn’t find any relevant meaning in the use of would and could in this text, which I found on a British Council page: You could go on in the same way. You ...
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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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Which one is correct “Designer is my dream job”, “A Designer is my dream job”, “Being a designer is my dream job”?

An English teaching document, which is written by non-natives, says: "Designer is my dream job" This page says that "A singular countable noun can not stand alone". We can not say, "I want to eat ...
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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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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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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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“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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How can I avoid using a dash in “which is a better source-“?

The original sentence: Which is a better source of news—newspaper or TV? I changed it to: Which is a better source of news between newspaper and TV? Is that correct? Anyway, I want to change ...
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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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Can I say 'it will be hard for the society to make any progress'?

Ambition is indispensable for both individuals and the society. Without the ambition of pursuing success, people may feel empty and meaningless in their lives, and it will be hard for the society ...
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Don't (verb)… (like) OR (unlike) I did

Say my intention is to say "I did this bad things to her, but you shouldn't do it": Don't do that mean thing to her like how I did. Don't do that mean thing to her unlike how I did. This ...
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Is it the same to say 'related to' instead 'connected to' here?

Is it the same to say 'related to' instead 'connected to' here? It especially centers on the life of lead singer Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991 from health problems connected to AIDS.
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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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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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Phrasing in résumé/CV

I want to list this in my résumé: In an invited talk, I explained the application of X technique and then demonstrated with example A. My current phrasing is Invited talk on the application of X ...
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Advice vs Suggestion

Can't we use 'advice' between colleagues? I and my colleague work in an international company and we are not both English-native speaker but use English for e-mail to each other. I sent to her 'if you ...
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Do this question vs do this exercise

Which of these sentences is correct? Can they be used alternatively? 1)Please do question 1 2)please do exercise 1 3)please answer question 1 4)please answer exercise 1
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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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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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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 ...