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Should it be “expand” in this sentence?

This is a line I came across in someone's bio. Apparently the author is not a native speaker of English. The verb extend strikes me as somewhat unusual. Although extend has the sense cause to cover a ...
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Can I say “years passed” in specific usage

I am sure I’ve seen this usage somewhere, i want to use this and it goes like this: “As I reflect on the years passed, ...” I don’t feel comfortable with it. But I’ve seen similar usage in “ a ...
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Connotation for “unsolicited”?

The main question is if using "unsolicited" implies a negative connotation? My original intention is simply to express "spontaneous" in the situation. Why not "spontaneous"? Perhaps it gives a feeling ...
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Family-relative teacher? (Correct wording)

Let's say you are a teacher who is a family member at the same to one of your students (such as uncle-niece) Your opinion is that sometimes, it's a bit awkward. You say: Being a family-relative ...
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How to express your GPA along with the name of your university?

When I'm talking about my academic background, If I want to mention the level of my GPA (not the exact number), how can I do so? I was graduated in (or at) the university of XYZ with the GPA of B (or ...
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“As good as it gets” why Gets?

'As good as it gets' means 'the thing's not going to get any better because it's the best' right? But my non-native grammar sense strongly gives a question that why you don't say like It's as good ...
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“These” or “those” (or perhaps neither of them)?

From an English Reading test: '[...] Think of an interview as a highly focused professional conversation. You should spend the limited amount of time you have learning about the employer's needs ...
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How to understand “survive contact with” in this context?

As the closest bead of light moved nearer to Harry's wand tip, the wood beneath his fingers grew so hot he feared it would burst into flame. The closer that bead moved, the harder Harry's wand ...
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'She insisted me to post this one.' or 'She insisted on posting this one.'

I am not sure whether to use 'insisted on' or 'insisted to' in the above sentence. Which one is grammatically correct? She insisted me to post this one. or She insisted on posting this one.
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He looks very Spanish

"He looks very Spanish" - is this sentence correct? Does it mean the same as "He looks like Spanish"?
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the prepared music-hall allusions

Two days before the case was down for hearing the advance reporter of an important syndicate obtained an interview with the Duke for the purpose of gleaning some final grains of information ...
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Word for emphasizing very less price

Though I bought this sofa for $2000, I had to sell it for just $150. Can we replace the word just with the alternatives like mere or sheer? New sentences will be like under. Though I bought this ...
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his Grace's personal arrangements

Two days before the case was down for hearing the advance reporter of an important syndicate obtained an interview with the Duke for the purpose of gleaning some final grains of information ...
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“that's the case”, “that's the fact” and 'that's the truth".

A: I am sure we didn't make a mistake at all ,dealing with the complaining customer. B: Well, if that's the case and why are we being warned about this? Q: In the above sentence, What' the ...
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the advance reporter

Two days before the case was down for hearing the advance reporter of an important syndicate obtained an interview with the Duke for the purpose of gleaning some final grains of information concerning ...
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Is “of” or “off” correct?

Films representing the Duke saying good-bye to his favourite canary on the eve of the trial were in readiness weeks before the event was due to take place; other films depicted the Duchess holding ...
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Difference between arabic , arab and arabian

Which one is correct to describe a photographer who lives in an arabic country ? (arabic photographer) Or (arab photographer ) Or (Arabian photographer) And what are the differences
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Should I take a look to see if there are?

Should I take a look to see if there are the people who raise dogs ? Q: In the above sentence, can I replace "should" with "would"? thanks in advance!
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minus 1500, there are only 12pcs on hand

Is it correct that I use "minus" in this way to mean taking an amout from a total. Minus 1500, there are only 12 pcs on hand.
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usage of double is

The common theme --what makes it origami-- is folding is how we create the form. A ted talk from Robert Lang about magic of origami I thing it is a kind of emphasize in spoken language. It mixes two ...
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Is there some simple word/phrase instead of “render”?

English is not my native tongue, so it's actually hard to explain the problem here. It seems like in my language it's hard to explain "render" in a single word. So I need some alternatives for the ...
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The chain of identity would have been broken

Epicurus’ view was that we consist of atoms (though what he meant by this term was a bit different from what modern scientists mean by it). Once these atoms come apart at death we no longer exist ...
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“Contrary of current”?

Peter Handke commands one of the great German-language prose styles of the postwar period, a riverine rhetoric deep and swift and contrary of current. (source) I find this phrase "contrary of current"...
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Usage of the verb “risk”

A plea-bargaining Navy lawyer risks both career and prison If he exposes the commanding ... (From a synopsis of A Few Good Men by Johnny Screenwriter) When we risk something we have we migh lose it ...
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Sports vocabulary [closed]

I'm a little bit confused. I'm trying to learn sport vocabulary but I can't understand the difference between course and court, also there are some words which meanings aren't very clear for me.For ...
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“call on” in academic settings [closed]

According to Barron’s TOEFL Flashcards, "call on" means the following: call on: 1) to acknowledge in class 2) to invite to speak However, I cannot understand the usage of the first one ...
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“deemed + noun”: Is “deemed” an attributive modifier?

A definition on Merriam Webster says: lacking restraint especially : marked by indulgence in things (such as drink or promiscuous sex) deemed vices (source) This definition is a bit confusing, ...
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Difference between “capital”, “investment” and “asset”

My question comes from these sentences, Research has also found that the impact of ICT capital is greater in an organization when there are higher levels of investment in intangible capital. This ...
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What is 'gesture' and is it 'going' short form for 'is going'?'

In this drawing lesson at around 13:16, the drawing teacher (artist) draws one line back and then the second line down and explain: So gesture going back, gesture going down. What is '...
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crowd vs. crowding

What is the difference between "crowd" and "crowding"? In the following sentence can we use both of them in place of each other? By building a branch campus, some of the crowding (?=crowd) on the ...
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What does this sentence mean? From a Film Review of Bohemian Rhapsody 3

In a movie review from Time (http://time.com/5440357/bohemian-rhapsody-freddie-mercury-queerness/ ), there is a sentence I don’t understand. He fluidly presented along the femme-butch spectrum, ...
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The use of the verb “hurry” in context

Tell me please if the following use of the verb hurry is correct. You had not better squat that fast, because when you hurry doing it, you could get injured.
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The meaning of “a little Moor and how much it is”

The Duke of Falvertoon was one of those human hors d'oeuvres that stimulate the public appetite for sensation without giving it much to feed on. As a mere child he had been precociously brilliant; ...
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How can I understand a word “suspect” , even either to guess or to doubt in a certain sentence

Scientists would be more likely to suspect that Mars once held life if there were evidence ... I thought that if there were certain evidence, the scientists would NOT be going to believe that Mars ...
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left Vs. remained?

I'm totally confused about the usage of left and remain- in many situations. For example, when talking about the quantity of the classes that I have to take today after I took one class already and I'...
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the usage of “one of”

And then had come the unlooked-for tidings of the imminent proceedings for divorce. And such a divorce! There were cross-suits and allegations and counter-allegations, charges of cruelty and ...
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words a speaker says in the video?

I cannot make out what the speaker said in this video. It is at the 9 minute 44 second point. It sounds like he said chores up, but that doesn't make any sense. Here is the context: It is difficult ...
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connection is “horizontal” than top-down - what does it mean

Dear Jesus, I agree with you that we are in 50/50% case. However, at least until now, social media are more independent, and the connection is "horizontal" than top-down. Finally the technology, ...
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go back / return to / again when use any of this?

For instance. Mexico went back to have debt problems after the economic crisis in 1982.. Mexico returned to have debt problems after the economic crisis in 1982 Mexico had again debt problems after ...
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“Here it comes”. and “ There she is.” What do they mean? Where are they used? I don't know how to use it [closed]

"Here it comes". and " There she is." What do they mean? Where are they used? I don't know how to use it.
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Do people say “I gotta make a plane”?

In the movie The Devil's Advocate, a character says this when telling another person she has to go catch a plane. Mary Ann: Look, I gotta make a plane. Do people commonly say make a plane when ...
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Can I use shortage instead of “material in short supply”

Can I use "shortage" instead of "material in short supply". For example, "The other two shortages will be pulled in next Monday", I mean the other two items in short supply now will arrive next ...
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go back / return to / again

Which is correct? I am going to write an example If we want our country to be developed we have to go back to produce.... If we want our country to be developed we have to produce....again... If we ...
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What does 'explanatory foil' mean?

What does 'explanatory foil' mean? Ortony's construct of linguistic metaphor (1975) as an explanatory foil. Article: 'Meaning and visual metaphor' by Hermine Feinstein
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What are some incorrect usages of the word ironic? [closed]

"Saying Donald Trump is orange is ironic, because he's not orange." Is the above sentence correct? Is ironic the opposite of literal? I doubt it's the case.
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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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Can we say use the word “quite” before “like” when we say “like” to mean “similar to”?

Can we say "quite" before "like" when we say "like" to mean "similar to"? For example, can we say sentences like these: 1) His son is quite like him. 2) He is quite like an actor." 3) Life is quite ...
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what are the different between zealout and fanatic in english american?

I saw in a dictionary this word : zealout and its meaning is fanatic my question what way is more common say between people from USA? this way: I am fanatic of soccer I love soccer or I am zealout ...
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Is it wrong/illogical to say … twisted open the door?"

Example sentence: I twisted open the door. Some people argue that you can't twist a door. You twist a doorknob. However, some people have used this construction. What's the real answer? Or there ...
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How to understand the usage of 'one' in “out of the company of one Hermione Granger”

Harry has at last found love at Hogwarts. His close friend, Colin Creevey, says that Harry is rarely seen out of the company of one Hermione Granger, a stunningly pretty Muggle-born girl who, like ...