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Could 'going' mean 'saying'?

I am trying to understand what my professor said, especially what 'going' means in the following sentence. Did she actually say like that or just think to herself? At the conference, I was sitting ...
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Continuous aspect for incomplete action

I’m washing a mop to clean my room. In this situation, can I say I’m cleaning my room? I turned off the light and I’m keeping it off. In this situation, can I say I’m turning off the light?
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Does “it’s OK” mean it’s great, good, average, or something else in China? [closed]

I had a few business meetings with people from China. English is my second language and it’s also their second language. In the follow up email, they said the meeting and our product were OK. They ...
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Reference of "they" when repeated in a sentence

What does the second 'they' stand for from a grammar point of view? I like dogs, they like hoops, they are my friends.
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much more (= not to mention)?

Is the following sentence okay? Some Asian materials have sentences such as: The guests were served caviar, truffles and foie gras, much more usual steak. Presumably, they consider "much more&...
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What phrase "follow along" stands for?

I am passing a course where the teacher was saying that: "So just follow along and we'll have plenty of time to go over all this things". What does "follow along" mean in this ...
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What does "make a sissy of somebody" mean?

In the movie "The power of the dog", a man talks to a boy that behaves like a sissy “Don’t let your mom make a sissy of you” (see the link about the movie here). What does "make a ...
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'Cloth shop' and 'Clothes shop'

My understanding of noun + noun as an English learner would always believe that the first noun of the construction I've mentioned above (noun + noun) is singular. So, I'd believe that Cloth shop is ...
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comma right after a comma or not?

Because of that, at this point, they should do it. I am thinking this is ok, but is this ok? Because of that, at this point they should do it. I see people do it often, but I think it's just a ...
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Is it correct to say "among the best universities to study history at"?

I'm writing my personal statement for university, and I can't find an answer about whether the following sentence is grammatically correct: Being among the best universities to study history at, ...
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Synonym for "utilize" with a positive connotation?

I have the sentence below: "I want to work with this professor and utilize his expertise to resolve my problem." The connotation of "utilize" in the sentence above feels like I am ...
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Would have thought

I’m having a disagreement with a friend about the use of would have. She thinks that backshifting isn’t necessary, whereas I think it is. For example, “I would have thought he made exceptions in ...
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About present perfect continuous tense and present perfect tense

A : How much have we spent on food this week B : A lot. In A’s sentence, if ‘this week’ would be ‘for this week’ then, could I use the present perfect continuous tense? Instead of ‘have we spent’. For ...
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Interesting determiners

All food is delicious. All the food is delicious. All of the food is delicious. All the statements above seem grammatically correct, but as Kate Bunting said, the first statement is not correct in ...
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feel embarrassed vs feel it embarrassing

a. She felt embarrassed to be asked such a private question. b. She felt it embarrassing to be asked such a private question. Are both the statements grammatically correct?
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What is the difference between "blame someone for doing something" and "blame someone for having done something"?

Could you tell me what is the difference in meaning between blame someone for doing something and blame someone for having done something? For example: Kate blames Jack for ruining the cake. Kate ...
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I'm too late to remind him

Suppose my brother's school is closed today (for some reason). I knew it and he did too. But he forgot it and left for school. After that I say this to our mother: I'm too late to remind him his ...
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What is the meaning of 'get far' [closed]

If you do not understand this basic command(in computer), you're not going to get far. What is the meaning of 'get far' here?
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Definite article inside or after a proper noun

How can I understand usage of "the" inside or after a proper noun in the following examples? Is there a common explanation for both examples? Sometimes Bagheera the Black Panther would come ...
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Tasks, duties or responsibilities?

I have a question about which word(s) to use for work you do as part of your job: task, duty or responsibility – or a combination of them? When I look up these words in my dictionaries, it seems that ...
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have available something

We have plenty of office space available. (from Oxford learner's dictionaries) In the above sentence, what is the grammatical role of 'available'? 1)a modifier that is included in the NounPhrase ...
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"I or X is" vs. "I or X am"

I'd like to write something like: This is uncommonly lengthy so perhaps I or the quote is incorrect. Is it correct to write is even though the subject includes I? If not, what's the proper way to ...
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What does "You do that" mean? [closed]

When someone responds to something you said with "You do that.", what do they mean exactly? Is this phrase used in a sarcastic way? A couple of dialogue examples would be appreciated.
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"Stumble into sth" means what? [closed]

In this documentary the narrator says: He stumbles into sort of a skunk works. I searched but found no collocation as "stumble into" that means anything, what could it mean? And after this ...
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How to say "this word is pronounces as"

I have a text in which I need to write a non-Englsih word, in an English text. I will write the word in its native non-English language. However, I want to follow it with the English pronounciation. ...
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feel the floor shaken

Is "shaken" used properly in the following? Normally, I'd expect "shaking." But I'm wondering if the verb "shake" can take an object followed by a past participle. Joe ...
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At what point should I add a comma after a relative clause

I read an article that said, the general rule of thumb Is "Defining relative clause" do not need a comma before the relative clause. An example is this: The students who work hard are more ...
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Is present continuous a valid solution

If you need to contact me sometimes next week ,I am staying in the Odon hotel in Caen Can I use present continuous. I know will be staying would be better as the arrangement has already been made
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What are the differences between yes, yep, yup and yeah? [duplicate]

What are the differences between yes, yep, yup and yeah? When is it appropriate to use yes, yep, yup and yeah?
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phrase usage: "to what extent" followed by "to that extent"

The MW dictionary defines an adverbal sense of "the": 2a: to what extent the sooner the better b: to that extent the sooner the better Does this mean I can make a phrase like: To what ...
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“A person who is burning inside in love”

Diljale is a person who was dumped by his love is not getting out of that madness and shock and is still burning inside called “Diljala.” in Hindi and Persian. Dil heart and Jale the burnt one. ...
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What's difference between net and night in pronunciation? [closed]

My english tutor told me that I pronounced net as like night. But, I can't tell the difference between "net" and "night". I searched them in google, still felt they were pretty ...
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Is the statement "It is the government's responsibility" a dependent clause

I am currently learning English for an exam and came across the word It is the government's responsibility Is this a dependent clause or an independent clause? I feel it is dependent because it does ...
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Is it acceptable to omit "about" in this sentence? "I love everything (about) math."

I have two sentences: I love everything about math. I love everything math. I am pretty confident based on the phrase's usage that the first sentence is grammatically correct. Is it acceptable to ...
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What is the right sentence for this context?

1) I am very pleased for the opportunity to work with you next summer. 2) I am really pleased about the opportunity to work with you next summer. 3) I am glad you give me an opportunity to work with ...
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Does saying "Keep it up" put me in an authoritative position?

As a way of congratulating someone on starting a new project, I recently said "Keep it up". The other person said that "keep it up" isn't a phrase one would use outside of work and ...
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I'll reel you one in for the next window [closed]

Source: [1]: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZM8TWDvQb/ A McDonald drive-thru tiktok video went viral recently. The staff on the speaker was amazing doing his job. When he asked what drink the customer wanted ...
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What does it mean by sling a shirt over one arm?

I’ve been trying to conjure up a mental image of slinging a shirt over one arm, like the image below. Is it correct? I think it’s probably easier to hang over the forearm instead of the upper arm.
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choir or chorus in this case?

If I'm referring to the sound of a group of about twelve people who is at home and singing happy birthday informally, should I use the word "choir" or "chorus"? As in: I heard a ...
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What does raring to rip mean? [closed]

Peter McVries was 61. Hank Olson was 70. He was with the Major longer than the rest. The Major laughed at something Olson said and clapped him on the back. “I told him to keep a lot of money on short ...
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Is there any difference between "buy something from someone" and "buy something off someone"?

Could you tell me if there is any difference between buy something from someone and buy something off someone? For example: I bought these off the wedding photographer. I've come across this in the ...
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Don't mind if I diddly-do

Source: [1]: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZM8TWDvQb/ A McDonald drive-thru tiktok video went viral recently. The staff on the speaker was amazing doing his job. When he asked what drink the customer wanted ...
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Correct phrase to use about feeling before actually happen

I want to say someone about miss him already before he actually leaving. Can i say I already miss you from now on
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his only son that . .

Is the following sentence okay? Does it imply that the person has more than one son? His only son that lives in New York is visiting him this Friday.
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infinite tense or gerund in this case?

Should I use the infinite tense or the gerund in this case? It was so distressing seeing/to see Jack kill his neighbour. If both are correct, is there a difference in formality?
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the use of 'so' : "...neither said so to the other"

"Neither of them much liked the idea of jumping into that pool, but neither said so to the other." I don't understand the role of 'so' in that sentence. It seems that, without this ...
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What does it mean: “may she not somehow...”? [closed]

May she not somehow have come into someone’s dream because the feet of that delicate-bodied idol ache today! It’s not an idol made out of stone. It just figuratively conveys that that idol is a woman ...
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What is the difference between "He's working on his teaching material" and "He's working up his teaching material"?

A teacher needs to make teaching materials to teach his students. What is the difference between "He's working on his teaching material" and "He's working up his teaching material"?...
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Connecting two sentences with only a comma - no connector

In the sentence below, why is there a comma without a connector or transition? What rule allows separation of two sentences with a comma but without a connector? Is this phrase ("the fulfilment ...
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Connecting two sentences with comma and without a connector

In the below sentence, why there was comma without a connector or transition? What rule allows separation of two sentences with comma and without connector? Is this phrase (the fulfillment of ...

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