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Is it correct to use 'looks'? [duplicate]

In the followong sentence, I'm confused with the use of 'looks'. Is it grammatically correct? She looks an interesting girl.
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What does “in official capacity” mean?

What does "in official capacity" mean? I was thinking it meant "officially" or "publicly", but it seems to mean "representing the government officially". So it might be wrong to say the following: ...
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to clarify — who is the one who needs to clarify?

From Dictionary clarify: to make something clearer or easier to understand Who is the one who needs to clarify? In a situation when someone explained a concept to you but you have some doubts ...
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“Variability of” vs “variability in”

How to choose between "variability of something" and "variability in something"? Both forms appear to be widely used, e. g. Google: "variability of this" (21m results) and "variability in this" (27m ...
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Which is correct, send or sent?

The box will be send on Friday. Or The box will be sent on Friday. So he knows who send him this amazing gift! Or So he knows who sent him this amazing gift!
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To pick a colleague up

can I say to my colleague " ...turn left, go straight for a minute , then you can text me and I'll PICK YOU UP" I am at the office, so I'll get out of the office to meet her and show the way, we ...
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“In the end” or “At the end”

Which of these phrases is correct: "We are in the end." "We are at the end." I know that most of the time when using "at the end" there should be a noun. Like, "...at the end of something". But ...
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Is “2 nm is the length of what” a clear and idiomatic question?

I asked a question on this post, In a Chromosome, 2 nm is the length of what? about a part of this figure. the whole thing is a Chromosome, and I would like to know what the first part is, so, ...
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“an example of use” OR “an example of usage”

I was answering a question on StackOverflow, I wrote a code snippet and provided an example of how that piece of code should be used. I was going to write Here's an example of usage Then I was ...
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Is the adverb used correctly in this sentence?

Is the adverb "instantly" used correctly in this sentence? At that moment both of them did not see each other's action and Tad was hit by Jim instantly.
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Is “say” a simplified version of “let's say”

section 1.1 of the book "Introduction to Probability, 2nd Edition" says If S is a set and x is an element of S, we write x ∈ S. If S contains a finite number of elements, say X1, X2, ... ...
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Which one sounds more natural?

She'll be pleased to hear that she can leave hospital tomorrow. She'll be pleased to hear that she is leaving hospital tomorrow.
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What is the difference between deem and consider?

According to Cambridge Dictionary, deem is defined as a way to "to consider or judge something in a particular way". However, I'm not sure if there is any subtle difference in meaning or connotation ...
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When I cite content from a book, should I say “section 2.3.2.1 of book… ” or “section 2.3.2.1 of `the` book …”?

I asked a question based on a book. section 2.3.2.1 of book "Machine Learning - A Probabilistic Perspective" in this case, should I say "section 2.3.2.1 of book... " or "section 2.3.2.1 of the ...
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Is there any difference between “along” & “by” the river"?

Is there any difference in meaning between those two sentences concerning the use of (along) vs. (by)? 1- Cities must have water, and so they are often built along rivers. 2- Cities are built ...
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“Anther link is `to` quora”, is this expression grammatical and idiomatic?

this question comes from this post, where I asked I googled "uniform prior" and got a link to Prior probability, which uses the term without an explanation or a definition. Anther link is to ...
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“Is he serious?!” VS “Is he being serious?!”

"Is he serious?!" VS "Is he being serious?!" Which phrase is correct? The context is: Jack makes a silly mistake and John replies, out of frustration, to everyone else in the room: A: "Is he ...
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What is the meaning of “red dead”?

In a movie, a cat says I bring her a red dead bird. She throws it out. I bring her a red dead mouse. Right in the garbage! I think the word 'red' here means "covered in blood". Please help me to ...
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Using “get to” rather than “arrive at”?

Is this a grammatically and syntactically correct sentence? When you have got to at home you have to get on with the work straight away. I want to say when a person arrived at home he has to ...
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“Clumsy” or “Awkward”

Let's assume an inexperienced guy who doesn't know where to say what to a girl at the first meeting and says some irrelevant and out-of-place words which may even offend the girl. Or Let's ...
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Watch a movie from the middle of it from the start

If I want to specify when I started watching a movie (a scene) I watched the movie from the start. I watched the movie from the scene where they _______. I watched the movie from the ...
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Where will it stop/come up to and which platform will it arrive on/come on

My mother asked a person on a train station about a particular car of the train that we were going to board. (Actually in my country each car of the train is named like 1A, 2A etc.) So she was ...
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“Mastery” and “Master” against “Domination” and “Dominate”

As many of us know, domination simply means "power or control over other people or things" and mastery means "complete control of something". Also, if someone has a mastery of something, they are "...
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Indefinite article “A” with uncountable noun?

In the following sentence: Peter hears a noise in the middle of the night. 1- Why did the author use "a" before the uncountable noun "noise"? 2- Does the indefinite article add to or change the ...
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what is the proper nouns to distinguish the materials we need for cooking

Hi guys I wanted to invite my friend to come to my place to cook together. I was sure what are the proper nouns to distinguish things we need to cook. For example, if we want to make potato salad, ...
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“we are only given something” or “we are given only something”?

chapter 1 of the book "Machine Learning - A Probabilistic Perspective" says The second main type of machine learning is the descriptive or unsupervised learning approach. Here we are only given ...
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Is “have gone” identical to “have been” in some cases, such as being used to describe some status?

recently, SO pushed this blog everywhere, which says (expression_1) These options have gone untouched for a long time it seems that this expression could be rewritten as (expression_2) These ...
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How to understand the use of 'on' in “three lessons on”

Three lessons on, Apparition was proving as difficult as ever, though a few more people had managed to Splinch themselves. Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince I figure "three lessons on" ...
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Is the word “stock” being used correctly here?

I read a definition of "sarcastic interrogatives" at this link which was: stock questions with glaringly obvious yes or no answers. Now, most of the dictionaries define stock, as an adjective, as ...
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if a group have boys and girls is correct to say “all the boys”

If we have a group with both boys and girls, is it right to use "all the boys"? In particular, is it right to take "that" as gender neutral when I made a translation in to Spanish?
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Using word mutual

Trying to create sentence for potential business partner. Is it common to use word mutual in sentence below: Possible we can have mutual interests on both sides.
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Introduction “on” or Introduction “to”, which one is more appropriate and idiomatic?

the title of section 2.1 of book "Deep Learning and Convolutional Neural Networks for Medical Image Computing" is Introduction on Deep Learning Methods in Mammography I see Introduction "to" more ...
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How can I make the statement about combinations of multiple items a little less boring?

this question is based on this post. there are 4 items about Bob's mood (happy and grumpy) and weather (sunny and rainy). this expression is clear but a little bit boring (same structure). On a ...
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“Exact” VS “Accurate” VS "Precise

Exact: (synonym : Precise) in great detail, or complete, correct, or true in every way. Precise: exact and accurate. The bunker's precise location is a closely guarded secret. Accurate: ...
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Alternatives for “sit with someone”

"Do not think you know me if at school you took a picture with me." "Do not think you know me if at college you are sitting with me." These two lines are meant to rhyme, but they don't sound ...
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How to decide what is referred in the subordinate clause?

I've seen a sentence like this. I have never wanted to die and I will not do that in the future. My spontaneous reaction was to comment oh, boy, you've got an disappointment heading your way in a ...
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Is this a clear expression, “on a rainy day, Bob is grumpy with a 60 % chance, happy with 40 %”?

This question comes from this post, where I am trying to express the following meaning clearly and concisely. this is clear but not concise on a rainy day, Bob is grumpy with a 60 % chance, Bob is ...
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Preposition with 'unbecoming.'

What is the difference between various prepositions used with unbecoming? E.g, unbecoming to vs unbecoming for vs unbecoming of. And sometimes when there is no preposition at all, like conduct ...
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when someone say “yesterday was raining, so I didn't go outside of house” is it “raining” or “rainy”?

I heard someone said "yesterday was raining, so I didn't go outside of house", which seems to be a misuse. per this post To describe what is actually happening right now, you use the verb form: ...
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“a right way” or “in a right way”?

I heard a lot people omit the "in" while saying "in a right way". for example if a kid play with a knife, someone would told him/her "you are not using the knife a right way" is it grammatical and ...
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What does “testing the weather” mean here?

My brothers are awake, testing the weather. Does it simply mean they're testing the weather condition? Or it has another meaning? Could you please explain it to me? The fuller text is here: ...
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Can the word leitmotif can be used this way?

https://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2148249/india-proves-democracy-no-longer-fit-purpose-while-chinas Such odious tactics are democracy’s leitmotif globally, as Brexit and Donald ...
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Empty, not too crowded, busy

If I'm talking about a road that isn't a really busy road and there a not many people on the road, or maybe at a particular point on don't see a lot of people on the road: That road was empty or I ...
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Correct way to phrase: “He has a bomb which no one knows how powerful it is”

Is the following grammatically correct? He has a bomb which no one knows how powerful it is. I think the "it" should be removed to make it grammatically blunder-free.
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“Grow up” VS “Be brought up” VS “Be raised”

Edited: We can say: He grew up in Colorado. He was brought up in Colorado. He was raised in Colorado. Source With almost the same meaning. But I wonder if instead of the following ...
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Does “other people” mean people that are not his/her parents in common sense?

I am not sure whether this is Longman official online dictionary, and I think this sentence may need some improvement. This was my first experience of living with other people. Technically, most ...
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Hypothetical sentence about Superman

Would Superman be such a great lad if he had been born on Earth? Can we write this sentence this way? Like imagining how Superman would be if he was an earthling. Specifically, I want to know if "...
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A set of vs a group of

What is the difference between set and group? Is there anything can help me get my head around it better?
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WOULD meaning in those sentences

1.I think we would be better off friends. 2.I think that i would die. 3.I would die for you. 4.I think i would just cut the wire. Why would is used in those sentences? I think it is not ...
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What I have learned so far in my journey of life

The point is, I want to write a book about my life. Which one of this sentences that good in grammar and fit for my book? What I have learned so far in my journey of life What I have learned ...