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“I am machine” without an article?

I have a question about lyrics of a song "I Am Machine" by Three Days Grace. I mentioned that they used no article in this song. Is it grammatically okay to say "I am machine" without an article and ...
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“Have never won” v/s “had never won”

In a book I found a sentence like this: The 2010 FIFA World Cup culminated in an epic final with two teams that have never won the World Cup. I'm wondering why have never won is used instead of ...
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Prepositional phrases modifying nouns

"The dynamic development of motivation and self-efficacy in University EFL learners" What confuses me is the prepositional phrase "in University EFL learners", does if modify "the dynamic ...
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He arrived “breathless” at the top of the stairs

I came across this sentence when I looked up the word breathless in OALD: He arrived breathless at the top of the stairs. Why don’t they use breathlessly? I’ve learnt that there are some verbs ...
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will vs going to in formal situations

Is it true that only "will" should be in formal situations instead of "going to"? I am quite sure that it is used in newspaper reporting and "going to" is rarely used there. When "will" is used in a ...
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“There are two, make that three,” -> two? or three? [duplicate]

I've seen those kind of statement a few times. There are N, make that (N+1), blah blah. And then they elaborate (N+1) entries. But I couldn't quite grasp the exact idea. Is that a kind of re-...
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What does “go down on the price” mean?

See this conversation: B: This t.v is $2500. A: You can't be serious. B: That's how much this t.v costs. A: That's too expensive for me. B: This television is of very high ...
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What are the differences between 'variation' and 'variant'

I have looked up the dictionary,but I still do not know the differences between them. I paste here some instances got from the dictionary. I see it as another human variation Another variation of ...
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Which verbs in the following example are finite n non finite?

Why did you go there? I went to meet my friend..... In this example is "GO" a non finite verb? If so please explain
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I find it hard to describe things about sea(or seas)

I am always have trouble expressing ideas about sea(or seas?) Like, if I was talking with our friends about whether or not we could see sea in our hometowns. I was struggling to express the idea ...
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Does look down upon have two meanings?

Look down upon can mean "considering someone or something lesser or inferior in some way", but can it also mean look down from a more elevated position? If not is there a phrasal verb for it?
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The meaning of “to make it on their own so young”

What is the meaning of the bolded expression in the following sentences? Professor: Now when they emerge in the spring from hibernation, the mating process begins. For them, well, they come ...
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Meaning of “He could always use a bit of extra money” in the context below

Phoebus started walking toward the bridge where he planned to meet Esmeralda. Soon he noticed a dark figure creeping behind him in the shadows. “Who’s there?” he called. Claude Frollo, his ...
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Those girls are too kind to refuse

Those girls are too kind to refuse. What does it mean: 1) it's hard for me to refuse them something 2) it's hard for them to refuse me something (because they are kind)? 3) it can be both ...
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“Where my sister was” vs. “Where was my sister”

He asked me: Where my sister was. or He asked me: Where was my sister. Are both correct? If one of them is not correct, what is the reason for that?
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Does the “if * want” construction always followed by “should”?

I can't recall a case where a sentence that starts with "If they want" is followed by anything else than "they should". Am I wrong? What are other cases? Example: "If they want more people to come, ...
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What's the difference between “be angry”, “get angry” and “become angry”?

If a person is patient, they don't become angry or upset easily. This is the definition of the word "patient" in my dictionary. I suddenly got a question. What's the difference between "be angry", "...
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“you have ordered” vs “you ordered”

Why does the author prefer to use present perfect in this case? I have included all the records you have ordered Why not ordered as the two orders were made quite a long time ago (6 months and 8 ...
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there aren't many opportunities when/where/that I can practice my English

I am wondering which is the correct form for this sentence There aren't many opportunities when/where/that I can practice my English. plus, if I want to express I don't have lots time or chances ...
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Does the phrasal verb “stare down” imply that you are trying to intimidate?

Does it? What should you say if you just want to say you're staring without looking away without wanting to intimidate the person you are staring? I found the following definition and I thought it ...
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The grammar of “be buried”

What is the grammar of "be buried" in the following sentences?: The graves have all been found under the houses, right under the floors. And it may be this burial custom that explains why the ...
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learnin the english. ing grammar and simple present

which sentence is correct? 1-meditation really relax you. 2-meditation really relaxing you. we should use present simple or present continuous? thank you.
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What are the differences between “a plate of gold” & “a plate in gold”?

Ok, in cambridge dictionary of: preposition (MADE OF): made or consisting of; having: dresses of lace and silk plates of gold and silver a land of ice and snow a woman of great ...
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“has not seen” versus “has not been seen”

In the sentence The ocean, 95% of which has not (seen/been seen) before. I know that the correct answer is "been seen". Why do I use been, the past tense of "to be"? Is there a better way to ...
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What does 'reality base' mean?

What does 'reality base' mean? Can it be replaced by just 'reality'? The more meaning we can construct from transactions with the environment, the broader our reality base. Article - 'Meaning ...
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itself vs very [difference]

Below are two variants of a conversation about e.g. some rule: Initial statement: His understanding of the rule is wrong. Reply 1: Not just his understanding, but the rule itself is wrong. ...
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Does this express “credibility of a place depends on the people who work there” [on hold]

I'm asked to write a paragraph about a university. Within the paragraph I want to state that a great portion of the university's credibility is because brilliant professors teach there. "The ...
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What article do we need in this example?

They offer several payment methods, one of them being a credit card. They offer several payment methods, one of them being the credit card. They offer several payment methods, one of them being credit ...
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meaning of DO in this sentence?

What is the meaning of does in this sentence? Whose exhibition does “Stars At Dusk” painting belong to? Thank you very much
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What does “hats defied gravity” imply in this sentence?

I am so confused about the speaker saying that "hats that looked as if they defied gravity." What does she imply? Did she mean the the hats are weird? or light? Or if she was being sarcastic, but then ...
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a data set of … are or a data set of … is

I always confused about using the word data. Sometimes, writers use it as a single word, while others use it as plural. I really would like to understand the correct way to use word data in my ...
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singular or plural nouns with “no” when “except” is used

Should I use singular countable nouns or plural countable nouns with no along with the word except? There is no scientist who is as renowned as Einstein except Stephen Hawking. There are no ...
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Is there any difference between “in a manner that does” and “in such a manner as to do”?

I found the following sentence: The hard drive is destroyed in a manner that does not allow it to be rebuilt. I would like to know whether it can be rewritten as follows: The hard drive is ...
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“Stand to” or “stand”? As a meaning of tolerating

First of all, I'm really sorry for my bad English. I was watching the use of 'stand' as a meaning of tolerating, bearing So I made a sentence like this • It is really hard to stand to not meet him. ...
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can still .. about or can still .. on

I am learning the proposition, about, and on. I still need to improve my understanding. I wonder do I need to use about or on with the word information. For example, The method A can still give ...
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What does the preposition “in” in “I’m looking for a sweater in a size medium” mean?

We can say: The dress is a size 12. The dress is in a size 12. The dress comes in a size 12. We have this dress in a size 12. My question is: What does the preposition "in" in "I’m ...
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“Commonly used to select” or “commonly used for selecting”

I read about the prepositions, for, and to. For example, to can be used with times, directions. for can be used as because of. However, I am still confused about my sentence. I think the first one is ...
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Why need 'from' in “from whence his large yellow eyes glowed in the darkness”?

Harry and Sirius were both laughing; Mundungus, who had toppled backwards off his chair, was swearing as he got to his feet; Crookshanks had given an angry hiss and shot off under the dresser, from ...
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“Whether” or “Whenever”

I want to say, Whether it has the high-level privilege or doesn't, this application can work properly. or maybe it should be Whenever it has the high-level privilege or doesn't, this ...
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Came back TO the U.K or Came back IN the UK?

What the correct preposition here: I Came back TO the U.K last year from a holiday or Came back IN the UK last year from a holiday.
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What do you call the bottom protruding part of a wizard hat?

I heard it's called a trim, but none of the definition on thefreedictionary.com matches the definition. What is it called and do you have example sentences?
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“Tea drinking” vs. “tea drunk” in this context

Which of these two is preferred? A: Tea drinking is a British custom B: Tea drunk is a British custom P.S. What is it called when we say tea drinking instead of drinking tea? Also, can we ...
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Placement of “here” with “Am I the only one…?”

Are these sentences correct? 1) "Am I the only one who doesn't play video games here?" 2) "Here, am I the only one who doesn't play video games?" Can I say these two sentences to mean "Am ...
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The meanings of English idioms

What's the meaning of 'go all the way (to sth/swh)'? It is written in 'Destination B2' without explanation and I couldn't find it anywhere. Could you please give the definition with some examples?
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Etymological relation between different meaning of “kid”

I looked up kid and got two different meanings. (of a goat) give birth deceive (someone) in a playful way; tease Both are known to me in meanings such as "I'm kidding you" and "it's not my kid". ...
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Use of “which” in the middle of the sentence

Consider this sentence: There are many questions in this question I don't know to answer which one I don't know which one to answer I don't know which to answer I don't know which ...
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Is “get hairs cut” proper English?

A friend always writes in her emails that she and her husband are going to get their “hairs cut at a salon”, not hair cuts or haircuts. She grew up in the 1930s in L.A. so perhaps this was normal for ...
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Why isn't there an article in “would you wanna grab coffee sometimes?”

I came across this sentence recently and I’m really curious why there isn't an article before coffee. So here’s the sentence: You don’t need to text me back. I completely understand if you don’t ...
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And now I'm in your head

Gwenny: Hello Alexa. Alexa: Hello Gwenny. Gwenny: Long time Alexa: Not Long enough Gwenny: Sorry you didn't make the basketball team. Alexa: What? School has not even started. Gwenny: And ...
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The grammatical role of “did” in “and so did people’s lungs”

What is the grammatical role of "did" in the following excerpt of a passage?: The smoke just went out the same hatchway that people used for going in and out themselves. So there would have been ...

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