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What does the expression “go the pace” mean?

I'm reading a novel written at the beginning of the XX century and I've come across this sentence: Half paralysed, over head and ears in debt, having gone the pace all his life--or so they said!--till ...
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is regretting and regrets

I know this is the basic grammar knowledge, but I can't figure out the differences between these sentences: 1)We sure hope Brad is regretting those hateful tweets now. and 2)We sure hope Brad regrets ...
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What is the word for randomly drawing winners of a competition?

Consider this scenario: a TV program asks viewers a questions and tells them to send the answer to them. Then the TV program, in a ceremony, will choose randomly 20 winners from those who sent it the ...
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as softly and aesthetically as it deserves

I would like to know if the following comparison, parallelism is grammatically correct : "as softly and aesthetically as it deserves" or rather "as soft and aesthetical as it deserves&...
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“I wash clothes on my own” and “I wash my own clothes”?

The following sentences randomly crossed my mind and I would like to know if there is any difference in meaning. I wash my own clothes. I wash clothes on my own. As far as I am concerned, 'own' in ...
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Is “Her hair is in a pigtail” (singular) used in British English?

The British say "Her hair is in a plait" (picture 1) but "Her hair is in pigtails" (picture 2). Americans say "Her hair is in a braid" (No.1) and "Her hair is in ...
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What is the join between the neck and the chin called, is it called “the crook of the head”?

What is the join between the neck and the chin called as shown in the picture, is it called "the crook of the head"?
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How do we use within in a sentence?

I have some difficulties with the use of the word “within” in essays. I know it means “inside” or “in”, but I don’t know in what contexts I should use this word. “I am in my house” makes sense, but I ...
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“alternative” vs. “choices”

From an ELL post In this sort of context which usually refers to a choice between previously defined alternatives. For instance I have some time free at 9:30, at 11:00 and at 1:30. At which time ...
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Word for flexing/moving body part

When you flex your hand to show the movement it has. I also remember someone using this term for how someone could arrange their face when they show facial expressions. E.g i articulated my foot to ...
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contexts for “to learn” vs. “for learning”

Consider the following sentences We came here to learn English. We came here for learning English. I suppose most of us here would agree that both of them are grammatically correct. And I ...
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What word best describes “to move your hand over a surface while pressing firmly”?

rub [intransitive, transitive] to move your hand, or something such as a cloth, backwards and forwards over a surface while pressing firmly → stroke rub your nose/chin/eyes/forehead etc ...
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“in order to 'better' solve a problem” sounds uncommon, is something wrong?

This video is saying in order to better visualize the cost function J, I'm going to ... with the same structure, we could make this sentence in order to better solve a problem sounds uncommon, is ...
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Run it under water, hold it under water, run water over it

The following sentences are about rinsing something under running water, be it a whisk (or any utensil for that matter) or a scald, wound/cut. Just run it under water. Just hold it under water. ...
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have a hard time with / have difficulty with / have trouble with / struggle with

Here's the context. I admit that I'm not the best driver in the world and if I'm being totally honest, it's not at all unusual for me to drive above the speed limit. But, most of the time, I try to ...
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The word “Combined” at the beginning of the sentence

To assess the effects of ocean heat waves, researchers led by ecologist Daniel Smale of Great Britain's Marine Biological Association turned to 116 previously published academic studies. Combined, ...
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difference between “part” and “a part”

What is the difference between part and a part? What is the difference between these two sentences? He was a part of the team. He was part of the team. I heard that part means a member and a ...
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usage of ‘hope’: uncountable or countable plural?

Here are some examples from dictionaries where hope is used in the plural people have hopes of increasing trade between the two regions (Collins Cobuild) she has hopes of studying to be a ...
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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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using “a/an” with “enjoyment”

Can enjoyment be used with an article "a/an" or should it always be a non-countable noun? For example, Listening to her was always an enjoyment. Among numerous examples of using "enjoyment" in ...
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What is the difference between “I am sorry to miss your concert” & “I am sorry for missing your concert”?

Here is from the dictionary Sorry (adj): [not before noun] feeling sad and sympathetic sorry (that)… I'm sorry that your husband lost his job. sorry (to see, hear, etc.) We're sorry to ...
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Is it right to use the structure “do as well as doing”?

These properties are particularly useful in travel items which can face varying climates and weather conditions, as well as withstanding the rigors of various transport methods and rough handling. In ...
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How to use “seems to be”

What is the correct way to say this.. I just checked my bank account and that seems to be have been activated. I just checked my bank account and that seems activated. I just checked my bank account ...
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Can we use the word “image” for all digital pictures?

I was reading this question : Photo Vs. Picture Vs. Image : What is the difference between them? As a technical person, we use the word image for all digital pictures. I wanted to know is that ...
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Verb for someone who refuses to repay money

What's the verb to say the behavior of someone who refuse to repay the money he owed? (Even if he knows it and is able to pay it back.) As far as I know, there is a commonly used noun which called ...
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usage of “so” in this sentence

The entire motivation for networking was so people could sit at their dumb terminals and, instead of accessing only their local mainframes, access totally different mainframes. My understanding: The ...
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Is “any” used with a plural countable noun in a prepositional phrase of a negative sentence?

Textbooks tell us that "any" is often used with a plural countable noun in a negative sentence. For example, (1) I don't have any apples. (2) I can't come up with any ideas. Does that ...
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is there any difference between social constructs and social norms?

is there any difference between social constructs and social norms? what would we call it when a society expects you to have a good job etc. or doing the same that is accepted to be the good by ...
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what is the difference between “She is getting crazy” and “She is going crazy”?

What is the difference between "get" and "go" when expressing states? For example, "She is getting crazy" vs "She is going crazy". and "I'm getting online ...
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Can you say “the events of yesterday?”

While reading through my writing, I noticed that I wrote: "During the events of yesterday..." because it fit the narrative. The phrase, however, made me wonder whether it's correct. When I ...
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“Cultured in” vs “Cultured at” vs “Cultured about”

Do you think we can use the phrases, cultured in, cultured at, and cultured about interchangeably? I couldn't find any examples of, "cultured," with any of, "in," "at," ...
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'Rare are those books you wish shouldn't end'. Is this sentence correct?

Is this sentence meaningful and complete? Should I use 'that' before 'you wish' or is it okay like that? Is 'shouldnt end' depicting that I want the book to keep on going like an endless tuft of pages?...
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Is it natural to say “It was a scare”?

(Said about a suicide attempt) Luckily nothing happened, but it was a scare. Is it natural to use "scare" as shown above? Is it formal/informal? Is it used in both North America and the UK? ...
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What is the difference between “I put a picture on/in/at the front/back of the box”?

I have done some research and it seems that "the front/back" refers to either the front or back surface/space of something respectively. So, "put the picture on the front/back of the ...
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word usage - clear and understandable

Consider the scenario where I am explaining a math solution to a student. Now to check if he understands it I could ask - Is this clear Is this understandable? Are the above two sentences correct to ...
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Does the word 'resonates' work here?

I am buying a music related gift for someone and having it engraved, so I can't be too wordy. The phrase I'm thinking about is, "Your compassion resonates loudly, Thank you." What I am ...
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What is the handle of a gift bag called in everyday conversations?

What is the handle of a gift bag called in everyday conversations? For example, "The strap/strip/string of the gift bag"
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can “take” be used in the continuous tenses?

Kid A and B are fighting over the toy. Both hands of A and B are on the toys. Is it correct for the kid A to say "Mom, he is taking my toy" But that situation is rare, normally, it will ...
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Treatment for or treatment of?

This study describes a treatment for/of a diseased kidney of a 15-year-old girl. Which is correct (for or of). Does the rest also sounds alright or would it be better to rephrase the whole sentence? ...
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Is there a word referring to something that motivates you?

One of my pupils wanted to express that there is a song that gives him motivation to create things. He referred to the song as a "kicker". I looked the word kicker up and the OED says it ...
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Is it correct to say “Gathering all together, I'd like to say …”

Let's say I wrote a lot of things that describes my point of view about something and now I want to summarize and I'd like to know if it's ok to say: Gathering all together, I'd like to say...
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that's fine, that's OK or tomorrow is fine

If someone asks you if sending you the document you requested by (date) is Okay. Which answer is more idiomatic? (date) is fine. (Is this OK in this context or only to confirm a meeting date?) That's ...
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Is 'respond them' grammatically correct?

Should it be 'respond them' or does it have to be 'respond to them'? I mostly hear people say 'respond to' but there's a part in my textbook with the phrase 'responding them'. I'm non-native so I'm ...
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Will be held or would be held

The teacher said that the exam will be held on March 20, 2021 The teacher said that the exam would be held on March 20, 2021 Which one is correct?
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'marked as' or 'marketed as'?

I came across this sentence in a book, and even though I've looked at many dictionaries and it seems to me that this is a typo, I am still not quite sure. Zolpidem, the sleeping pill marked as Ambien,...
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Is person name a correct phrase?

is it formal and correct to say (person name) or (license number) or it is wrong and should I say person's name and license's name?
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What's grammar of “the reasonable satisfaction of both parties ” in the text?

Express terms are set out and stipulated expressly in the contract. For example: The Seller will within a period of 6 months from the date of delivery of Goods, where Goods which are proved to the ...
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Usage of “all” or “all of”

Which one of the following constructs is better or correct, and why? Btw, the meaning of the two is the same, right? The customer's all products... All of the customer's products...
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Can “I dare say (so)” mean “Of course” in a certain context?

Can the expression "I dare say (so)" mean "Of course" in a certain context? I know the general meaning and usage of this expression. From Collins dictionary: You can use 'I dare ...
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Use of whispers/whispering

As the terrorist walked off, whispers started among the hostages. As the terrorist walked off, the hostages started whispering. Are "whispers" and "whispering" used correctly in ...

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