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present, past, past participle form of 'spit'

I saw this sentence on the internet. i know being spit on is probably not what you need right now In this sentence, spit is past participle form of verb, spit. I know past form of spit is spit, ...
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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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Is this sentence grammatically correct “There are only 3 students signed for this course.”?

Or it should be " There are only 3 students who signed up for this course." ? What about " There are some people talking in the room." What topic of grammar should I read to ...
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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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“When would I use which” vs. “When to use which”

In one of my posts ("Farthest" vs. "The farthest") I said Is there some difference in meaning? When would I use which? I guess it is grammatical, though it does not seem to be ...
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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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Is the other car there?

We have two cars. My brother had taken one and wasn't back yet. My dad wanted to go out. So he asked (because my mom wasn't home too): Is the other car there? Does this sound fine? P.S. And does "...
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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 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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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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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 “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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Choosing between also and plus

"Also" and "plus" can be interchangeable when they mean "in addition." But is there any subtle difference between them? Maybe "plus" is preferred when it's ...
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What does “reflect on” means in this context?

Political parties engage strongly during a campaign. Popular votations are an opportunity to highlight themselves, reflecting on concrete issue against the background of their basic ideologies and ...
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Is it correct to say “don't pull out your hangnail/ dead skin” or “don't pull off your hangnail/ dead skin”?

The first 2 pictures show hangnails and the 3rd picture show dead skin. I think people say "to pull out hairs" (source from dictionary) because a hair has its root (maybe about 1 or 2% of ...
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Usage of “to set the timer” and “to time”

I am going to cook. I need to set a (or "the"?) timer for half an hour as I started roasting. Can I say "I need to time the roast for half an hour"? How do you usually say to ...
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Spot vs slot in the context of advertising space

I am working on a website where visitors can buy a specific place on it. The places are numbered and there are only 1024 of them. In the text of the website I am currently calling these places "...
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How to formally say looking forward and keep me updated in email

I emailed the repepient if they can call me. And received email from the recipient saying that their place is closed till February due to covid. But they has forwarded my request letter to higher ...
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Is using “however” appropriate in this sentence?

"His experience, however small it is, is worth listening to." In this sentence, what I am trying to say is basically his experience is little but what he says is important. So we should ...
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Why is “for” used in this sentence?

Wellesley College professor Elizabeth R. DeSombre argues that the best way to collectively change the behavior of large numbers of people is for the change to be structural. Can I remove the word &...
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I would vs I will (again)

I know there have been similar questions in the past but I couldn't quite grasp the correct usage. I have been using version 1 of the phrase below for years at work, and recently a colleague said it ...
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“The primary reason why” vs “The primary reason that”

Which of the above is correct? "The primary reason why something happens is...." vs "The primary reason that something happens is...." Could I say both of these sentences?
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The battle really between all these vaccines is going to

Does the word "really" in the phrase "The battle really between all these vaccines is going to" sound odd to you? Should it be removed? And more of the vaccine may be available ...
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On the premises vs at the premises

What is the difference between on the premises and at the premises. Example: There was no evidence to show that the recycling activity was carried out on the premises/ at the premises.
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(Hard / difficult / tough) (choice / decision)

Let's say one is in a dilemma i.e. a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives: I was wondering which collocation is not a fixed one in natural and ...
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The use of “not” and “don't”

"Why people like art?" is a question for ESL students. I tried to answer the question and wrote several possibilities, because I am confused by "or not" and "don't". ...
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How do we express we take the net off the ring of a basketball net?

A simple basketball net for children includes a ring and a net. You have to put the net "on" the ring (I am not sure "on" is the correct preposition here) by sliding the rope of ...
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Please, explain to me the correct answer in the task

I had to choose from words much, many, too much, too many. Why isn't my answer correct? What was the right variant and why?
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What is the difference between “in a bit, shortly, soon” vs “later”?

When texting via Instant Messaging apps, what would be appropriate to say when we do not intend to respond to the other person? "in a bit, shortly, soon" vs "later" - The first ...
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how do i know when to use “in” and “on”?

i mean when i'm not talking about places or time like in these examples: Using "on": On that subject she was adamant. His contemplative regard fell on Carmen It's about time you spent some ...
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Use 'Could not' and 'Nor' in the same sentence

I have a question about using 'Could not' and 'nor' in the same sentence. Can I say or write: I could not find at A nor B Is this the right grammar? Can I use both 'could not' and 'nor' in the one ...
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“Come back up” or “Let me back up”

A guy's little cousin took (as in "stole") his keycard and the hotel staff wouldn't allow him back up. He took my keycard, so the hotel staff wouldn't let me back up Or He took my keycard,...
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Difference between “until” and “up till”

I'm stuck on a very simple phrase. A friend said "I won't be there until september". Wouldn't be better to say "I won't be there up till September"? The same question about present:...

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