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Difference between this and that as a pronoun

We use "that" when we refer back to the word/sentence/clause mentioned. E.g,Do you see that? (That refers back to the thing which I or you mentioned before) But we also use" this" to refer back to ...
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“Where all are you going?” Grammar and alternatives

How do you ask someone which places (multiple) they’re going to: is “where all are you going to?” correct grammar? What’s a correct, better and concise way to ask this? The intent is to ask about the ...
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Does “race origin” mean somewhere one was born?

this wiki page says He is the first person of Asian origin to receive the ACM Turing Award, in 1994, the highest award in computer science, for his work in the field of artificial intelligence. ...
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Should I delete the two commas in this sentence? [on hold]

There were also considerable increases, of approximately 30 percentage points, for those with a high school diploma or an unfinished college education (reaching 65% and 85% respectively in 2010). ...
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Use of 'the' after preposition for describing people's outfit

Which one is the correct answer and why? I don't know what the difference is between "in striped shirt" and "in the striped shirt": She is the woman in striped shirt. She is the woman in the ...
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Does “other people” mean people that are not his/her parents in common sense?

I am not sure whether this is Longman official online dictionary, and I think this sentence may need some improvement. This was my first experience of living with other people. Technically, most ...
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Why do people say “I am broke” instead of “I am broken”?

I know these are correct: I am done. He is chosen. My phone is broken. But why do we say I am broke. instead of I am broken. Is that even grammatically correct?
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How to understand “in and of themselves” in this context

Hermione recited at top speed:"Golpalott's-Third-Law-states-that-the-antidote-for-a-blended-poision-will-be-equal-to-more-than-the-sum-of-the-antidotes-for-each-of-the-separate-components." "...
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Hypothetical sentence about Superman

Would Superman be such a great lad if he had been born on Earth? Can we write this sentence this way? Like imagining how Superman would be if he was an earthling. Specifically, I want to know if "...
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After the word “before” should use past tense?

After the word “before” should use past tense? “This picture was taken before we were blessed with a daughter into our world.”
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This is a first … - can I use the indefinite article?

I know with words determining somehow the order of things I should use the definite article. But I would say it depends on the context. Is the following correct? This is a first discussion out of ...
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A set of vs a group of

What is the difference between set and group? Is there anything can help me get my head around it better?
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Lifting or lifted

Which sentence is correct? Please help. John stood there with his head lifted. John stood there with his head lifting.
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Passive clause and use of verb 'are' in a statement

(Passive clause) We learn language when messages being communicated are compelling. We learn language when messages are communicating are compelling . Is the 2 sentence correct ? Why use verb 'are' ...
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Ask about opening hours in the next month

I would like to ask to a dealer if they are always open in the next month since in my region it's a popular time for vacations. Would the following work? May I ask you [...] and if you stay open ...
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What is the word term paper called in Britain?

I checked term paper on OED and it shows that it is AmE. So what is the British one for it?
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From this / By this / With this

He argued that we are so helpless at birth that if the first human had been put into the world on their own, they would immediately have died. From this, he concluded that human beings arose from ...
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to-infinitive or past participle

I want to know the grammar case of these sentences He canceled that order minutes before it was to happen. He canceled that order minutes before it was happened. Why in first sentence "to ...
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He delivers top notch (advise/advice)?

I understand advice is a noun while advise is a verb. Advise is the act of giving advice. Despite knowing what they mean, I am still confuse how to use them correctly. I came across this sentence ...
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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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Desiring something possible with the help of an unseen force

To get beauty is my desire. But I will get it only if some other force helps me to get this. And, of course getting beauty is possible too. Now in such case which of the following fits best? I wish ...
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What I have learned so far in my journey of life

The point is, I want to write a book about my life. Which one of this sentences that good in grammar and fit for my book? What I have learned so far in my journey of life What I have learned ...
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“while she danced” vs “while she was dancing”

1.The singer waved to the people while she danced to the music. 2.The singer waved to the people while she was dancing to the music. Are these two sentences grammatically correct? Do they vary ...
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Is there an idiom that roughly means “we gotta do what we gotta do”?

Is there an idiom that roughly means "we gotta do what we gotta do"? I can think of another one like "I gotta earn my keep", but it's a little too specific and wage related. Is there any general idiom ...
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to-infinitive or conjunction?

What's the role of "to" in following sentence?Is it to-infinitive or conjunction? Harold resisted the opportunity to poke fun at the weird man.
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Which usage is correct? “cover by somebody” or “covered by somebody”

Most people on the Internet use “cover by somebody". Is it correct?
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Does “takes no account” mean that something is ignored on purpose?

I believe I have a good understanding of the phrase. But I need to be sure that I am correct. "Takes no account of" can mean to disregard something or to not consider something. But I can't find a ...
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“as well as” + verb

1a- He hurt his arm, as well as breaking his leg. 1b- He hurt his arm, as well as broke his leg. (Can I use "broke" here as well?) 2a- He can play the guitar as well as sing. (Are both ...
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You have your own particular, specific problems — financial, intimate, psychological, and OTHERWISE

You have your own particular, specific problems — financial, intimate, psychological, and otherwise. "otherwise" is usually put to make a contract, to show that something is different from what was ...
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Rearranging the word “of”

I believe this sentence is grammatically correct: Let's have a civil dialogue, to the extent that we're capable of. Can I replace of to form a sentence like this? Let's have a civil dialogue, ...
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Is there a word for 'encountering new ideas/perspectives'?

I'm trying to find a word that describes "meeting" a new idea. In a phrase it would be: Through this discussion I ____ a lot of new perspectives. I recall a word similar to 'having a light source ...
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What does the phrase “builds on the lore of the game” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "builds on the lore of the game" in the following sentence: It’s interesting to see how the community builds on the lore of game. The fans are ...
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Can we use 'gets' when something is not ready but cancelled?

I have seen a question asking if we can say You can pay when the order gets ready and everyone said that 'is' should be used. My question is can we use 'cancelled' and make it passive? You don'...
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I haven't given you much/a lot of

I was having dinner, but I couldn't finish it all up. So my mom said: Eat it up, I haven't given you much/a lot. Eat it up, it wasn't too much. Something like soup: Finish it, I haven't ...
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Is there a term for numbers with the same tens digit?

I want to know if there's a certain term or a way to call numbers with the same tens digit as a group, just like we call someone whose age is between 20 to 29 "in his/her 20s". For example, if I'm ...
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Character X or of X

A: Do you know Rosa from Brooklyn Nine-Nine? (Brookyln Nine-Nine is an american sitcom. Rosa is one of the character in this tv-series.) B: Of course I know character of Rosa. B1: Of course ...
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Difference in usage of tenses in following sentences

I have liked you since childhood I have been liking you since childhood I had liked you since childhood I had been liking you since childhood what is the difference in above line?
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Can I say I am glad to write to you again or please to contact you again

I would like to write an email to one of my friend, who I did not contact for a long time. So, is it OK in English to say: I am glad to write to you again. or I am pleased to write to you ...
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Which is correct: I've (just) cancelled the trained/train armies?

Which of these phrases is correct: I've just cancelled the trained armies? Or I've cancelled the train armies? I've just played Clash of Clans and one of my friends says he has cancelled the ...
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What does the word “credit” mean in the sentence, “Let things drift and you are likely to default and be blacklisted for future credit.”?

I found this sentence in a website without any more context to the sentence. I can't really tell what it means; and I assume with the limited amount of context it could mean more than one thing. I'd ...
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Is miscarriage or stillborn a better choice stylistically of an idea?

I used an expression for describing a really bad idea that already from start was bound to fail: ...that was a miscarriage for an idea... In an answer, a person pointed out that he'd prefer ...
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What does it mean to say that someone has unlimited credit?

I was reading about the meaning of the word "credit" and saw the following definition and example: Credit: The ability of a customer to obtain goods or services before payment, based on the trust ...
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Which one should I use? Getting or being? [on hold]

Which one is correct form? I will call you after being ready. I will call you after getting ready.
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When it comes to some repetitive/repetitious (words / excuses) in an argument

Let's imagine you are arguing with someone pursuant to an old matter after a short time gap. Some new events make you feel that you will probably hear some new excuses/words from the person you are ...
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An adjective for an episode / a movie that was shown before

Let's assume that your family members are sitting to watch a sitcom / movie. They call you to join them for watching it, but you refuse it because you've already watched it and this is a repeat of the ...
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What are “the high ends of castles” called?

What are the high ends of castles when they take the shape of tapered ends above the towers in them called? I have drawn orange circles around some of them here in the picture: Are they, by any ...
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Difference between “in time” and “over time”

When I was reading The American Pageant by Thomas A. Bailey, I came across this sentence: These common convictions deeply shaped the infant colony’s life. Soon after the colonists’ arrival, the ...
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“Down in the mouth” vs “Blue”

I wonder what would call someone who seems to be unhappy and a bit sad in informal English? In the state in my question, the person doesn't show tendency in talking to the surrounding people and keeps ...
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what means “after you”?

According to Oxford dictionary “after” means following another period of time or behind and many others. So “after you” should be meant behind you or you should go later or let us go first then your ...
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Articles to use with instruments

Could anyone tell me which of these is correct? The intro to this song is played on A guitar OR The intro to this song is played on THE guitar. Thank you in advance :...

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