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Where to put “more”?

1) You sound more like a native speaker. 2) You sound like a native speaker more. I know the first one is correct, but can I use the second one?
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Does “frame” or “framework” work for the following context?

I want to say that someone can study by-himself but he needs a "frame" or "framework" meaning that he needs to be in an institute that will manage and coach him. Now based on my native language the ...
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“capability of doing” or “capability to do”

I would like ask if there is any semantic difference between the following sentences: What makes us different from other animal families is that we have a complicated brain that has the ...
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represent in “front of, before or in dealing with”

Which one may more officially works? To represent company "in front of" community, "before" community, or "dealing with" community.
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Do we care about the rules of “Speculation Modals” when we change speculation modals from “direct into indirect speech”?

According to the rules of "Speculation Modals", we use "may / could / might + inf" to guess things in the present Eg: I may / might / could be late today "Speculation Modals" say that we use "may / ...
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What's the meaning and usage of “One such proposal is FOR” and “The concept is OF”?

Could you guys please explain about these sentences? One such proposal is FOR the vertical farm. The concept is OF multi-storey buildings I can't understand about FOR and OF in these sentences....
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Is “commiserating” same as “sharing”?

I'm having doubts regarding the usage of "commiserate." One meaning is that people who commiserate have the same negative feelings about something. Is the usage okay in the following sentence, where ...
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even when making money is a problem

When making money is not a problem for a company, making money is a means, and the dream is the aim. However, even when making money is a problem, making money itself is the aim. Can I use even to ...
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Is it normal to say that something “Breaks in two”?

:) I was wondering if one could say in a poetic way that "a seed breaks in two" ...or should one say "breaks apart" or even something totally different?
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<at> (the) last moment/night

I am confused about using these terms. 1- He came at last night. 2- He came last night. 3- He came at the last night. 4- He came the last night. 1.1- He came at last moment. 1.2- He came last ...
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Is the use of “present during” in “…capturing feelings present during a reading…” correct?

Art style and music create a very mysterious and terrifying atmosphere accurately capturing feelings present during a reading of this short story. I want to say that a movie's atmosphere captures or ...
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“The+ comparative” form

I know that when something changes (whether it increases or decreases in size, number, or whatever) along with another change, it can be expressed with " the+ comparative, the+ comparative" form. ex) ...
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“to build” or “to be built” or “to have built”

In an English textbook, I found the following sentence. a. "The Swiss tunnel took 17 years to build." (The full article follows.) "A tunnel" is supposed to be built, so I think ...
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“a chance to meet” vs “a chance that we meet”

Please let me know if there is a chance that we meet somewhere in or outside Chicago. Please let me know if there is a chance to meet somewhere in or outside Chicago. Which one between these ...
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Do we use “would do” or “would have done” after “if it wasn’t/weren’t for…”?

In dictionary, if it wasn’t/weren’t for…: used to say that somebody/something stopped somebody/something from happening If it weren't for you, I wouldn't be alive today. (seem like ...
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Is there any difference between “was always doing something” & “would always do something”?

This is an very interesting grammar point. I just want to know how native speakers think about this. The Past Continuous with words such as "always" or "constantly" expresses the idea that something ...
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Have I used “Such a” in an appropriate way?

Have I used "Such a" in an appropriate way? Congratulations for having such a little bundle of joy.
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Is the usage of nonetheless in the below sentence correct?

I have written the below sentence. Panicked that his presence had been exposed, by his own folly nonetheless, Diego immediately jumped in the cover of the tree. The sentence here is supposed to mean ...
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does 'self-' mean 'of/by one's own'?

I have come across the words 'self-operated' and 'self-owned' in corporate documents. The meaning seems to be 'operated by oneself' and 'one's own'. Examples: The company has five self-operated ...
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Using reported speech, should I use “having passed” or “passing”?

Using the reported speech, I would change the following sentence in these ways. "You have just passed your exam. Congratulations!" Tom said to me. Tom congratulated me on having passed my exam. ...
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Regarding a gown: Pull up, pick up, lift up, hike up, hitch up, hold up?

If someone is walking up the stairs in a long, fluffy ball gown, and thus has to hold it in order to climb up the stairs, what sounds natural: She had to pick her gown up to climb up the stairs. ...
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What does “how do you find" mean?

The context as blow: How do you find your new apartment? The author says it means "what do you think of something" What do you think of your new apartment? I have a feeling that this phrase means the ...
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Is “et al.” one or two words?

I use et al. to refer to a paper with more than two authors. However, the word et got separated by a line (due to line end) and the word al. cam in the beginning of a new line. ... Authorname [end ...
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“Mail something”, “Send something in the/by mail”

Are the following phrases correct? To mail a package To send something, other than an envelope, in the mail To put something, other than an envelope, in the mail for someone To send something, ...
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Which is more natural English: “I don't know what the cause is” or “I don't know what is the cause”?

I don't know what the cause is. I don't know what is the cause. and do you have any difference between these sentences. if you have, could you explain it. e.g. 1) is for writing, 2) is for speaking
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Do we need ''from'' after the word ''leave''?

The river bus leaves from Pier 4. This sentence is from Oxford Advance Learner Dictionary. Do we need ''from'' after the word ''leave''?
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“in feeding” instead of “food source”

But like the male mosquito, females feed only on nectar for their food source. If I rephrase this sentence, female mosquitoes are compared to male mosquitoes in feeding. But I have a doubt ...
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Whether the use of 'are born' is formal

"When heroes are born, history is created." In the sentence, I'd like to know whether the use of 'are born' is formal. Thanks in advance.
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can we use “to worry about” & “to be worried about” interchangeably?

to worry: to keep thinking about unpleasant things that might happen or about problems that you have Source Ex: Don't worry about me. I'll be all right. to be worried about: thinking about ...
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The difference between “somebody” & “anybody” & someone" ,specifically in this context

Do you know somebody here? Do you know anybody here? Do you know someone here? If there is any difference in meaning, could you please paraphrase each question, so that I could understand what the ...
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“it is often considered that” vs. “it's considered by many that”

This is an example from an IELTS test. It is often considered that change is more beneficial to people than trying to avoid it and have everything remain the same. Do you think the advantages of ...
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could we use the verb “poke” without an agent who caused it?

poke [intransitive, transitive] to quickly push your finger or some other pointed object into something or someone poke somebody/something with something Andy poked the fish with his finger ...
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why we need dummy subjects and it's usage?

There is a book on the table -- existential clause A book is on the table -- basic version A book is there -- (there= on the table, adverb of place) An existential clause is a clause that refers to ...
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Is the usage of “Adequate” right in this context?

I checked Cambridge dictionary and it defined 'adequate' as "Enough or satisfactory for a particular purpose". I want to use the word as a synonym for 'enough'. So, is it right in this context: "...
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Acknowledge, show, let on Vs. demonstrate

Imagine two people are talking about something privately and someone else just passes through the way they are staying and unwantedly, hears an important issue from among their' words, but does not ...
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Can the adjective “ripe” be used with fields? As an attributive or a predicative adjective?

Is it correct to say in a poem or a rap song, "the fields are ripe the wheat is white" Thanks very much.
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Can a verb “secure” be used in this context?

Can "Secure your iphones" be used in the context that iphone stocks are running low at a market and one ought to purchase it as quickly as possible? In Christmas, can a dad say a sentence like "I ...
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the usage of “as”

My first job after college was as a teacher in Cotulla, Texas, in a small Mexican-American school. (My first job after college was a job as a teacher in Cotulla.) His main scientific ...
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In the phrase..“at the request of” .. why do we use 'at'?

In the phrase.."at the request of" .. why do we use 'at'? I understand it refers to someone specific making a request...but I would like to know why we use "at".
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Are they similar, “Their mom is getting them excited with the gifts” and “The gifts are making them excited”?

It seems that not many people know why sometimes we say "get something + adjective" and "make something + adjective". It seems noone knows general pattern of how to use "get ...
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Which country is the slang “moola” used?

There is a slang for money called moola. Where do they commonly use it? I have rarely heard American or British people using this word. And in which situations could we use it?
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What is the difference between “a clumsy bag” and “a cumbersome bag”?

In the dictionaries: cumbersome (adj): 2 heavy and difficult to move a large cumbersome machine clumsy (adj): 2 a clumsy object is not easy to use and is often large and heavy What is the ...
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humankind and well-off

Are word "humankind" and "well-off" formal or not? Can I use, for instance, in academic writing so: Humankind has all possibilities to make all people well-off And are there any ...
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enable or activate an option of computer program?

If I want to turn on an option on the settings menu to for example turn the wifi on or on another computer program should I use enable or activated and after it has been turned on should I say that it'...
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Is “approaches” used perfectly here?

The soldier starts walking toward the mother and her child. The mother protectively steps in front of her child as the soldier approaches. Is my use of "approaches" perfectly natural here?
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a restaurant [at/on/in] the [road/street/avenue]

I want to describe the location of the restaurant which I will go with my friends. a restaurant [at/on/in] the [road/street/avenue] Which one is correct? Is there a difference between those sentences?
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Is the usage of 'per' in the following sentence correct?

Per research collected by Northern Illinois University, lifelong bilingualism can deter the effects of natural aging. (source) I read this in a blog and was confused by the usage of "per" ...
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What's the difference between: How long , How long+for and "For+how long

What's the difference between: 1 "How long have you played this game" 2 "How long have you played this game for" 3 "For how long have you played this game"
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Is there any difference among the words “incensed”, “irate”, “infuriated”?

I've seen those words "incensed", "irate", "infuriated" in texts. Is there any difference among them? Or are they just interchangeable words?
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What is different in any day, someday, one day?

I'm wondering about the differences between in any day, someday, one day Are they perfectly synonymous? OR they have some differences?

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