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“I love for you to be on my team.”

I wanna know if this sentence below makes any sense. "I love for you to be on my team." If the sentence above makes sense, please, tell me the meaning of the sentence.
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What word do I use for the work universities are required to do?

When I want to talk in general terms about the work that a university is required to do (basically creating and teaching courses and programmes), what word do I use? Do I talk about the university's ...
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“prompted me to something” or “prompted me something”

prompted me to something or prompted me something What is the correct way: "it prompted me to something" or "it prompted me something"?
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“the apps that have many options” or “apps that have many options”

Should I use "the" in before nouns that we want to add more descriptions about them using "that" after them? Like: I know "the apps that have many options" or "apps ...
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“… the posts on Google …” or “… posts on Google …”?

We know that we should use "the" in situations that we have "of", such as "the users of this website". But sometime we have "on" that act like "of". ...
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Is this sentence meaningful?

Is this sentence correct? I felt the tea hot. Is felt or feel used like this?
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What does ‘they belonged’ mean in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban?

A second later, a gigantic pair of wheels and headlights had screeched to a halt exactly where Harry had just been lying. They belonged, as Harry saw when he raised his head, to a triple-decker, ...
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What do you call the sums of money a university department gets each year for different purposes?

Update! I just found the word appropriation, which seems to capture exactly what I'm after. However, I'm confused that no-one suggested this word when I first asked the question, so perhaps I've ...
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Differences between 'altogether' and 'at all'

Do 'at all' and 'altogether' have any difference in their meanings And if they haven't got any difference, does this sentence: "It wasn't interesting altogether." Mean: "It wasn't ...
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two grammar mistakes: (since/as of/starting) and combination of (under renovation) and (since/as of/starting)

I have made up the sentences below. (1) The supermarket has been under renovation since two months ago. (2) The supermarket has been under renovation as of two months ago. (3) The supermarket has been ...
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Expressing a future desire using 'I wish' / 'I hope'

Which sentences/s work [best] here? Carl and Suzan are friends. They are just young kids now. Carl wants to be with Suzan throughout their youth too. Certainly, Carl is wishing for the future and ...
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‘Apt’ in this context

Google Translate gives this definition: “apt - having a tendency to do something” If I want to show my disagreement, is it suitable to say so: “I’m not apt to think so.” Is it weird?
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'For now until the next year' or 'During now until the next year' or 'During the period of now until the next year?

I want to tell something like; 'From the present moment until the next 1 year from now on'. How do I say that in a more natural way / How usually a native speaker explains what I mean? 1: 'For now ...
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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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Can I use “there you are” when I finally find someone? because according to the Cambridge dictionary I can't

Can I use "there you are" when I finally find someone? Because according to the Cambridge dictionary I can't but I heard a native speaker say it. https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/...
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A picture or the picture; mood or moods?

I am about to send this message to my group mates: I am sending you the picture of my wholesome dad to elevate your moods! Should I say 'a picture' or 'the picture'? Is is better to use mood or ...
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in/on the construction site

Which is correct? (1) Only 100 workers were employed in the construction site. (2) Only 100 workers were employed on the construction site.
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How is this sentence supposed to be made?

How should i make this sentence? 1.I prefer that the problem be handled at home 2.I prefer that the problem is handled at home 3.I prefer the problem to be handled at home 4.I prefer that the problem ...
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Different to buy and I buy

I have seen that I get confused word like "buy". So if someone says "Buy car" is this like "I'm selling a car"? And if im right, "I buy car" means "I ...
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got / had / have - are they interchangeable in this case?

I didn't realize you had "ONE" in your name, Hermione! I didn't realize you have "ONE" in your name, Hermione! I didn't realize you got "ONE" in your name, Hermione! Do ...
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How can I decide which job I should do?

Boy: Oh, where can I find a real job? Mom: Well, you can start by looking in the newspaper. Boy: There are so many jobs, how can I decide which job to choose? Mom: You need help. Boy: Oh, where can I ...
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Reduce vs Lower

Can I use lower and reduce interchangeably? For example: The Federal Bank has decided to lower the interest rate The Federal Bank has decided to reduce the interest rate
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Informal word or rude

Is there some rude or informal word if you want to sell broken thing to buyer without letting him know that it's broken?
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The function of “that” in the sentence

So I understand that comma should not be added before a “that” when it serves as a relative pronoun or conjunction. But I just encountered this sentence: “I noticed right away how meticulous he was, ...
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Using “target” to indicate a goal

I want to use the word "target" in a sentence to indicate performing according to the goal/standard. Please critique my sentences below. We have been shipping to target. We have been ...
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Can we say “swap/trade something” instead of “swap/trade something for something”?

In all dictionaries I looked at, there are examples of the structure, "swap something for something" and "trade something for something," but there are no examples of "swap ...
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can we say “Don't run. Be careful, you may trip over the stone slabs”?

Some gardens often have some large thick flat pieces of stone for decoration or easy walk as shown in the above picture. In everyday conversation, can we say "Don't run. Be careful, you may trip ...
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much more relate/more relate

Can I use the following sentence constructions: I much more relate to A than to B or should I say I more relate to A than to B ?
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What is correct, when or while

What is correct usage of 'while'? Is it correct to use 'while' here? Please consider the day and timing while/when you expect me to respond on call.
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Combining ‘replies’ and ‘responses’

I am trying to construct a sentence that covers both replies and responses. No need for you to answer this question. I went over your (replies/responses) in this conversation and know that your ...
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Alternative to collosal blunder

Is there any idiom or phrase to indicate someone's argument is obviously wrong,in a respectful way. I think the usage of collosal blunder in the below sentence sounds harsh. Sentence: His argument ...
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I am not sure what this sentence means

I think the meaning is ambiguous. "it would seem that strategy being followed is to protect defer and delay the case of luis posada" I dont know if it's referring to the purpose of ...
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“Edification” : provided vs received

In the expression John Doe's partner in jazz edification, is it clear that John Doe and his partner provide edification (to all others) ? Or could it be understood that the partner provides ...
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Dilation vs dilatation

I am curious about the usage of words "dilation" and "dilatation" in mathematics. I believe they mean exactly the same thing and wonder which one to choose. Here is an article on ...
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Word to describe something unlawful but immorally benefiting

Is there any archaic words in english (but still usable nowadays) to describe something which is unlawful and agaisnt the law, but has benefit even though it is wrong. Heroin is ____, but unworthy of ...
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Why is WHICH used here?

Recently, I have come across a sentence in an essay about whether the change in our communication brought about by Facebook is good or bad. As a society, he points out, we seek independence which ...
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Are “free will” and “volition” interchangeable?

Example sentence: I want to do this of my own free will/volition. Do they mean the same? If so, is one word more formal than the other (e.g. used in everyday speech)?
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Is it natural to say “learn somebody's spirit” or “affected by somebody's spirit” or “follow somebody's spirit”?

Please imagine somebody around has a good characteristic, say, the spirit of initiative, the spirit of creativity, or the spirit of perseverance. What I want to express is that I learn from them or ...
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“Repulse” VS “Repel”

I know that the two verbs "repulse" and "repel" both can be used when negative energies are approaching you in the same sense, but I need to know how each word alters the meaning ...
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Today we gathered

At the moment of the speaking "Today we gathered", people were present there for the gathering. Isn't "Today we gather" more vivd and better? Why past tense? On behalf of the ...
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the question here

Does "here" refer back to "the publishing house"? Sam Harris liked Bari Weiss tweeted hours ago: Why is the publishing house even entertaining these complaints? That’s the ...
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The sporting event has experienced the most stable growth

I was answering an IELTS question. It was a bar chart showing the growth in the number of attendees at a stadium. I wrote: The sporting event has experienced the most stable growth since 2017. Is ...
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About using “whosever”

The following are my understanding about using "whosever." Please correct me if I'm wrong. Thank you. ❶ Whosever answer, if correct, comes out first gets the prize. ➜ Correct, and it means ...
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Charge someone with something (figurative usage)

According to the dictionary definition, "charging someone with something" means to make a formal statement saying that someone is accused of a crime: She's been charged with murder. But I ...
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Forever (time) v. for ever (space)?

According to many dictionaries, "forever" (n or adv) refers to time, but I want to use it to refer to space, but which version is correct, the one-word or two-word version? E.g.: The field ...
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Can you really use “leisure centre” in this context?

What do you call the activity/place that kids go to after school while their parents are at work? Like a day-care centre, only for slightly older kids? A friend suggested "leisure centre", ...
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“Background” VS “Record”

Could anyone please let me know whether in the following example we can substitute "records" for "background" without any change in meaning in idiomatic English: I had a job ...
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The function of ‘ever’ in the sentence?

She had told him to come straight in if ever she failed to open the door and to leave the bread on the kitchen table. What is the difference between containing the word 'ever' and deleting it?
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Start + to have / having

Could anyone possibly let me know whether using the gerund form of the verb "have" after the simple verb "start" is natural and idiomatic English or there is something wrong with ...
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Usage of the word “appealing”

Can "appealing" or "appealed" be used to express interest on something like in the following sentences ? (1) "I find appealing the recent methods that he has been using to ...

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