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The rate for a room is £30, but breakfast is extra.(the verb "be" as "exist")

The rate for a room is £30, but breakfast is extra. The verb "is" in the sentence above means "exists", thus, extra is an adverb?
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What does the word "veritable" mean? [closed]

Vocabulary.com defines the above word as follows: "When something is veritable it is true, or at least feels that way. "The trees and lights turned the campus into a veritable wonderland&...
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Imagine two patients presenting for emergency care with aching jaw pain

Imagine two patients presenting for emergency care with aching jaw pain. Does the verb 'present' can be used as an intransitive one and like 'presenting' as a present participle here? Does the ...
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Anchoring bias describes the cognitive error you make ~

Anchoring bias describes the cognitive error you make when you tend to give more weight to information arriving early in a situation compared to information arriving later. "Anchoring" ...
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a fourteen-day holiday vs fourteen days' holiday

I'm going on holiday on the 12th. I have to be back at work on the 26th. So I've got a) a fourteen-day holiday b) fourteen days' holiday I chose a), but the answer in the book is b). Is "a ...
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Surge vs upsurge

When to use which? Definitions by Collins: Upsurge If there is an upsurge in something, there is a sudden, large increase in it Surge A surge is a sudden large increase in something that has ...
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If a single species disappears,

If a single species disappears, every other living creature could be affected. Can I replace "a single" with "a single of" like: If a single of species disappers, ~ ?
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Oncoming, outcoming and forward meaning

What are the meaning of the following three words in a context? (I know the meaning by themselves but I can't quite picture what they mean) Oncoming lane Forward lane Outcoming lane I am not really ...
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What are the beginning and closing template of a video?

I often see a beginning and a closing attached to a video, especially videos produced by some big brands, and such beginning and closing are the same for the same brand. It's like a template: the main ...
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Example of the expression in the context

Can someone provide me with the context ( not the biblical one) for the expression ' Poor as Lazarus' because it is a little bit of a challegne for me to find one.
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Can "borrow" be used like this?

"You have a lot of books!" A says to B, kneeling in front of B's bookshelf. "Do you mind if I borrow one for a bit?" Can borrow be used here even though A is going to read the ...
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What's it to ______? (anyone/someone)

We know that the phrase: "what's it to someone?" is used to tell someone angrily that something does not concern them. Example1: What's it to them what I do on the weekends? That's my time ...
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Usage of the word dawn

Following are some of the sentences which I framed using the word dawn Not sure if it is a proper way to use it. I was trying to understand it for a long time and today it dawned I am reading the ...
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I will send cards to my friends to(or for) wish them a happy New Year

I will send cards to my friends to wish them a Happy New Year. I will send cards to my friends for wish them a Happy New Year. May I replace the preposition“ to” with“ for”? Does this make any ...
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What do you call someone who introduces an important principle?

Let's say there is a person, for example a man named Abraham who introduced a principle which led to a significant development of something. Am i able to say that: The advocate of this principle is ...
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in the/their hundreds [duplicate]

Which word is correct in the following? Tourists arrived in the/their hundreds. People flocked in the/their thousands to see her. The region attracts tourists in the/their multitudes. The second ...
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Why do we use "was" not "were" here: There was a lot of wind and heavy rain?

Why do we use "was" not "were" here: There was a lot of wind and heavy rain? Is it because wind and rain are both uncountable so they are consider as singular nouns, or is it ...
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"Far above" vs "Well above"

Are "well above" and "far above" interchangeable? I know that we can use "well" when talking about something that is above another thing. Can we use, "far" ...
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What is the difference between "He made it through the crowd to me" and "He made his way through the crowd to me" in this context?

I am inside a crowd and he is outside the crowd. What is the difference between "He made it through the crowd to me" and "He made his way through the crowd to me" in this context? ...
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Is it proper or redundant to use both the words "institute" and "college" together in naming an educational institution?

Is it right to use the words "institute" and "college" in naming an educational institution namely "Institute of Public Policy & Leadership College"?. It is an ...
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The use of "miss" as in "When did you first miss the necklace?"

miss [transitive] to notice that somebody/something is not where they/it should be. e.g. *When did you first miss the necklace? From https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/...
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Wasn't you Vs Weren't you? [closed]

I was wondering which one is grammatically correct and why? I got corrected when I said the following "wasn't you singing this song the other day" from wasn't to weren't.
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What verb can I use to indicate the process of putting together boards, work groups, etc?

What verb can I use to indicate the process of putting together boards, work groups etc? That is, what verb goes in the slot in the following examples? Bodies that are _____ through election shall... ...
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Is tip a derogatory word

I have noticed the word tip being used for waiters. Is the word tip applied to people of small income groups? Does it have any negative to it, or can one use this word for anyone and say like - I will ...
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Is it idiomatic to say "you need a subject in your sentence when talking to grown-ups"?

In some countries, it's very rude if a child talks to an adult without a subject, even when there's a word like "please" in the sentence. For example, it's very rude if a child says to a ...
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I hate nights/night/the night

If I am someone who generally hates nighttime, which of these sentences can I say to express that idea? - I hate nights. - I hate night. - I hate the night. I am nearly completely sure that we can say,...
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What's the meaning of "what prospectives to make superficies to seem body" in Bacon's essay?

In Bacon's essay "of seeming wise", there is this sentence: It is a ridiculous thing, and fit for a satire to persons of judgment, to see what shifts these formalists have, and what ...
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Their luxurious lifestyle/lifestyles

I'm interested in celebrities' luxurious lifestyle/lifestyles. Should lifestyle be plural because celebrities is plural? Or maybe it should be singular if those celebrities only have one lifestyle?
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Do we call this picture "a sample" or "a model"?

My daughter has to do a simple coloring task. She has to color the below picture and make it look exactly the above smaller picture. Do we call the smaller picture "a sample" or "a ...
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Examples to understand doublethink practice?

While reading 1984, I stumbled upon the word doublethink. I have looked-up the definition of the word, However, I still don't understand what that means, as the definition is fairly complex. I have ...
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What is the opposite of "plain housing/plain residential buildings"?

Consider the expression, The government housing is very homogeneous. All houses are very unremarkable plain-looking houses. What would be the opposite of plain looking houses? Some words, I have ...
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Using the word “Triumphant”

Let’s say the outcome of focusing on quality over quantity produced a better result. Is it correct to say that “Quality is still the triumphant factor of ensuring consumer’s trust”?
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the fits of political violence

I’m trying to understand why committee members are not gripped by these realities. After more than a century of relative democratic stability maybe it’s hard for some people to imagine precisely how ...
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until vs before

What's the difference between until and before in this sentence? He won't be home until/before noon. I know the general difference between the two words, but in this particular sentence they seem to ...
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Which verb that describes financial loss better in the given context?

I'm struggling to find a word (verb) that fits in this context: Billy bought a book for 7 dollars and he sold it for 5 dollars. It ___ him since he should've sold the book more than 7 dollars to ...
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launch ... to/into space

Normally, I expect the verb "launch" to go with "into space." But I saw the following: Three rookie astronauts aboard SpaceX’s Crew-3 mission for NASA just launched to space for ...
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Allah is knowing of all things

Why is 'knowing' used although it's a stative verb? As shown in the following example: Allah is knowing of all things. If I say knowing is an adjective, it will be used before the noun only.
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What is the minimium amount of employees in an office for it to be called "bullpen"

I work in a company in which each department has its own office in which there are 4 desks with 8 computers and 8 chairs, so 2 people sit at a single desk. Each of these rooms has its own printer. Can ...
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Correct that of usage [closed]

“The first known cuisine of Peru was that of the Incas, who used natural resources of their far expanded empire” Is this correct?
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Is "the establishment" a formal word for "store"?

I have looked up in three different dictionaries, but I didn't find anything that mentions establishment can also mean "a store". Now, I'm questioning myself whether I have understood the ...
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what does "first four" mean?

Jack and Annie's first four missions as Master Librarians are to save stories from ancient libraries. what does "first four" mean? is "first four" the same meaning as "one out ...
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"I haven't received the confirmation letter via/by/from email"

I was booking a trip and I was supposed to get an email that confirms my booking but I didn't get it so I was asking a customer service representative about the reason. I was wondering which ...
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Do we call it "a lounge" in a cinema?

We have a waiting area in a cinema. As showed in the picture, when you go into a cinema, you see a waiting area facing the counter where people buy movie tickets, or popcorn and drinks. You can sit ...
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Is the usage of "Inform sb to do sth" right?

I will inform the supplier to produce the sample sticker if you don’t have any requirements. Is there the usage of inform sb to do sth in English?
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Is this place called a barn?

This is a barn: a large farm building for storing grain or keeping animals in. In some other countries, we have an area surrounded by simple wooden fences. It may or may not have a simple roof like ...
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How is the term 'medieval' used?

I found that the term 'medieval' has the meaning 'very old or old fashioned' Is it used negatively like 'out of style, inelegant, etc.. What does the term 'positively medieval' mean??
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"allocated" or "relocated" in this context? [closed]

For the slogan of a company we would are considering something with the following meaning: "European technology allocated in Africa" "European technology relocated in Africa" It is ...
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what does "which" in the sentence indicate?

There is another way to determine the usage of ‘made of’. If the material out of which the substance is created has not undergone a change in the process of making the material, then ‘made of‘ can be ...
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around vs round

I will walk around the park vs I will walk round the park. Everyone, what do you feel the difference as a native speaker? around for me = go around the park to avoid it AND walk here and there ...
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Is a salary, by default, monthly or annual?

When they say, e.g. "a six-figure salary", do they mean a person earns that much per month or per year if no further details are included?
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