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Is "in fiction" right?

It is all very well for such things to occur in fiction. Why not use in fictions?
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meaning of 'accounted for'

Although all coffee companies have increased prices on all brands of coffee they sell, the increase in revenues is much higher than can be accounted for by the increase in prices.
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Can "by the time" used in different tenses? If yes then show me

Can "by the time" used in different tenses? If yes then show me.
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Need help with this sentence

I'm struggling with the following sentence: I'm looking for someone who can help me translate my webpage. OR I'm looking for someone who can help me translating my webpage. Which one is correct (...
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What does the following sentence ‘including but that’ mean?

What does the following sentence including 'but that’ mean? Which is closest in meaning to the following sentence? Or can you explain what it means more specifically if possible? Who knows but that he ...
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Swinging, waving, wielding

When I looked into my son's room again an hour later, he was still swinging/waving/wielding his plastic pirate sword (around) pretending he was fighting with someone. Which one of "swinging"...
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How do I use 'amicable' in a sentence?

I've made some sentences with the word 'amicable': An amicable family. Our relationships are amicable. We get on amicably. Does it sound normal for a native English speaker? If my sentences are ...
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"That was two years done." Does "done" mean "gone by" or "ago"? Is this a dialectal usage?

I have seen phrases like "five years done". It seems a rare construction. And nursed her through whooping cough followed by double pneumonia, learning in the process to forgive her her ...
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what's civil service and career administrator

The civil service is a collective term for a sector of government composed mainly of career administrators hired on professional merit rather than appointed or elected, whose institutional tenure ...
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Located vs Situated

Here are three sentences: The diner was located on a deserted road. His new apartment is located in an exclusive part of town. We arrived at a cemetery located at the edge of the city. Questions: ...
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"Hi Joe" vs. "Hi Mr Parker" when writing an email

Joseph Parker is an English tutor and he likes his students call him Joe. By tutor, I mean he doesn't teach at college or school. He teaches English with an online classroom. Which probably means it's ...
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Are they interchangeable, "it's not the time to watch the match" and "the match hasn't started yet"?

The match starts at 5 pm and you turned your TV on at 4:45 pm. And you said "it's not the time to watch the match" (the same way you say "it's not time to have dinner") or "...
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How to use "before" in the beginning of a sentence?

My sentence: Before the latter half of the 20th century, connecting electronic components together through wires was very complicated and accompanied with a big chance of failure, that is, until ...
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"The dinner was eaten by John", does it sound right?

Consider this one Alice was eaten by that lion. I am pretty sure it is both grammatical and idiomatic. Consider this sentence John ate his dinner. I am 100% certain it is grammatical and ...
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How do you call someone who would emberrass hisself for items?

Is there a word to describe a person, that would embarrass hisself to obtain items? Let`s say person A would give person B something very expensive, if person B would emberrass hisself in public. How ...
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How to use "BEFORE" , when things happen in an unexpected way

Here's the context. Something that I see often happening to a lot of people including myself is we get a taste of so many different things but never go in-depth with anything. Here's something we ...
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Do you really use the word "google" as a verb?

Do you really use the word "google" as a verb? If so, how often? always? or you use other verb such as "search" more than "google"?
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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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is this expression "a polygon (concave) edge on a group of points" clear and idiomatic?

this post is discussing a programming problem. the task is to draw some lines on the edge of 3 groups of data points. rather than covering whole area. is this expression "a polygon (concave) edge ...
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Get diesel or gasoline/petrol filled

When the amount of diesel or petrol/gasoline is low., what will be a natural way to describe "filling the tank up"? I have to get diesel/gasoline filled. Or should it be: I have to get the ...
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when I get a trick and apply that on my work, should I say "put it in" or "put it on"?

when I get a trick (a new way, thanks to @wavery), say, an operation that can make my PPT(PowerPoint) more impressive, I would apply that on my work. should I say "put it in" or "put it on" ?
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Commercials are on TV,or on the channel

Can I use: Commercials are on the TV right now Commercials are on Channel XYZ. Does "on" sound natural?
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How can I use the word sorry

What is correct He was sorry to come late last night. Or He was sorry about coming late last night.
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Сould you say what is the core, 1-3 main meaning for ‘to get’

Once one Englishman said me that ‘to engage’ means – ‘get into contact’ in any its meanings and after that I began using it easier. I want to say that any dictionary gives many (dozen and more like ...
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Is it correct to use 'my' in the sentence?

The following sentence is from 'Rickshaw Kindness' in Reader's digest, August.2018. I am confused with the use of the possessive 'my' in the sentence. Please explain it to me. The driver apologised,...
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What does the phrase 'across the head' mean?

In the following sentence, I don't understand the phrase 'across the head'. Please explain it to me. The man hit the woman twice across the head.
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Do this question vs do this exercise

Which of these sentences is correct? Can they be used alternatively? 1)Please do question 1 2)please do exercise 1 3)please answer question 1 4)please answer exercise 1
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In advancing , Did I used it appropiately?

Would you please let me know I have used in advancing appropriately in my sentence: Here in [my company name], I work closely with two principals which helps me a lot in advancing in my career. ...
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Advice vs Suggestion

Can't we use 'advice' between colleagues? I and my colleague work in an international company and we are not both English-native speaker but use English for e-mail to each other. I sent to her 'if you ...
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Is "spent more expenditure" correct in this sentence?

People spent more expenditure on utility bills. Is this sentence correct? We spend money on something, but do we "spend expenditure"? Is it better to change this to "Expenditure/spending on ...
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Which phrase should be used, to get success or for success?

In the following sentence, which phrase should be used, 'to get success' or 'for success'? You should know the importance of having good friends to get success/ for success.
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use case of "Moving to, Shifting To, Relocate to"?

We are going to new office location in Austin. So if some one will ask, where is your new office then how do i respond to them 3 words has similar meaning as per my understanding. Our office Moving ...
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Building a sentence with the word "impatience"

Is it correct to say that? I do not like waiting for E-mail replies with impatience Or I am impatient, so I do not like waiting for e-mail How could I express that thought a more natural way? ...
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Difference between prompting and cueing?

Is there any difference between prompting and cueing in usage and meaning ? Imagine you are a speech therapist and this is a part of your report of your case who has difficulty in speech Yasser ...
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Is "awesomely beautiful" used in this sentence verbosity?

"What an awe! I was awestruck by her awesomely beautiful face." Is awesomely beautiful verbosity?
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Start sentence with verb

Avoid or quit smoking, the chemicals in cigarette smoke harm your respiratory system. can I use avoid or quit like this. How can I write this sentence grammatically correct
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Does "mailing" necessarily means sending hard copy?

But how about collecting signatures for a popular initiative or a referendum, in which digital tools can play their strengths of quick and massive mobilisation? In contrast to e-voting, we do not have ...
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Is it a common to use "I like the idea" to express "I believe"?

Suppose that there is a guy applying a job I also feel that your company will continue to evolve in the future, and I like the idea of contributing to that development. I thought the expression "...
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"Located", "situated" or nothing

The stadium is situated in London. The stadium is located in London. The stadium is in London. Could anyone please tell me the difference? Which one is preferred in spoken English? Thanks ...
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Can "with" be used with "invoice"?

After buying something, I request seller to make sales invoice. But he said that he couldn't give invoice. Upon this can say the sentence below by using "with" in this way? I always buy with ...
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In math, how to express the tangent contact with the function

In math, I want to say that there is no possibility that an asymptote will be a tangent to the function. How should I write it?
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Is this phrase correct

I wrote on a snapchat: Just when I think stephen cant get any more cringey But just after I sent it, it struck me that it might be wrong and could’ve been Just when I think stephen cant get ...
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Michael (practices-trains-makes) horses?

What is the correct choice of this sentence , he wants to say he trains horses , is it correct to say I train horses ? Practice isn't correct here if the correct is to say he practices on horses
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What is the meaning of double down

What is the meaning of the word double down? As per the dictionary definition "strengthen one's commitment to a particular strategy or course of action, typically one that is potentially risky.&...
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"I have been injured in the last two months" vs "...for the last two months" vs "...the last two months"

Do you think all three of these sentences correct and interchangeable? I am not sure if they are all correct. "I have been injured in the last two months" "I have been injured for the ...
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How do you tell what office someone works out of?

Do you say she offices out of Lakewood?
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He left doing it vs Doing it he left

Let's look at two sentences. He left doing it. It means when he left he was doing it and here the work of doing wasn't finished. Here the word 'doing' acts as an adverb. Doing it he left. It means ...

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