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Present Perfect Simple or Present Perfect Progessive?

How long _______ there? (work/you) Which tense to use. A) Present Perfect Simple, or B) Present Perfect Progressive? A) How long have you worked there? B) How long have you been working there?
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Do noble deeds, not dream them **all the day**

What is the difference between all day and all the day Do noble deeds, not dream them all the day. Do noble deeds, not dream them all day. Can these two sentences used interchangeably?
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Why is the letter “e” removed when changing some word's verb form to its noun form?

I came across a word which was encumber. Like this verb there are many words whose noun forms don't include e in that place (before r in that word). Is there any reason behind it or is it just an ...
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a grey cloak and umbrella are seen among the leaves

"They have visitors in the high summer weather, when a grey cloak and umbrella, unknown to Chesney Wold at other periods, are seen among the leaves" - Bleak house, Dickens. what he actually meant by ...
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What do you call a close interaction with someone, but not intimate?

The man had a * with the locals. Is there a word that means "close interaction with someone"? I am not thinking about intimate or sexual interactions, but close interactions in general, which include ...
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Can someone solve this? [on hold]

Can someone solve this? I don’t know how. Complete the sentences with the correct forms of used to, be used to or get used to and the verbs in brackets: 1 He _____ (be) an engineer, but now he ...
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What is it called when you seperate from a country [on hold]

its crazy how we speak? i have hard times sometimes speaking! Is it called seceding?
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How do we properly use the “more … than” phrase?

This politician greatly entertained us more by his lack of intelligence than his sense of humor. This politician badly entertained us more by his lack of intelligence than his sense of humor. ...
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“I love you so”

I've encountered (in songs, mostly) the phrase "I love you so". I understand what it means, but I can't make grammatical sense of it. It's very different in meaning from "I think so" or "I told you so"...
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Is this a conditional sentence?

Abby ------- such a successful swimmer now if she hadn't practised so much as a child. won't be wouldn't be wouldn't have been hadn't been I did a test and I chose #3 but #2 turned out to be correct....
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A / The Articles

We should use "the" when I am talking about a definite item and it makes sense if both me and my listeners know which item I mean. And again I should use "the" when there is only one of that thing. ...
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What do they call that case that they cover a piano with?

What do they call that cloth case that they cover a piano with when transporting it or just protect it from dust? Would just piano case work? Or there is a better term?
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actor of the infinitive clause

Identifying whether the infinitive clause is a purpose or a catenative complement helps me understand what the understood subject is. (I hope the interpretation below is correct) He wrote the book ...
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'health treatment' - a valid expression?

I would like to speak about treatment for various illnesses, physical and psychological. Would the expression 'health treatment' be commonly understood? So far, it is not a widely used ...
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“You betcha” as a response to “Thank you”

A: Thank you! B: You betcha! I've heard the phrase "You betcha" several times as a form of agreement or understanding. Though, I don't understand what it means after the exclamation "Thank you". ...
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In the distance + inversion sentence?

In the distance could be seen the purple mountains. In the distance the purple mountains could be seen. I know sentence 1 is right, but can you tell me whether sentence 2 is right.
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An idiom/ idioms for a person who spends too much time on the cellphone?

Do we have any idioms for a person who spends too much time on the cellphone? As we call a person who watches television a lot, a couch potato, or a person who spends large amounts of leisure or ...
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Total amount including principal and interest or Total amount for principal and interest

Good morning. For example, Total amount paid is $100 (principal $80 and interest $20). Which one is better in business writing? Total amount paid is $100, including principal $80 and interest ...
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Use of present perfect and comparison with other tenses

Gloves for goalkeepers restrict heat loss from the hands and cuase discomfort. To alleviate this problem, material A has been incorporated into gloves to reduce the amount of heat. This is a ...
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‘Whether or not’ VS ‘whether’

He wants to know whether we want dinner. He wants to know whether or not we want dinner. What is the difference between two sentences above?
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Difference between “in” and “for”

I am brainstorming ideas for mathematics research. I am brainstorming ideas in mathematics. I am wondering what's the difference between "in" and "for" when used in the phrasal verbs "brainstorm ...
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Using two-ings in the same phrase. Is it grammatically correct?

My dad is texting me using abbreviations.
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Which Tense is appropriate to tell Fact Telling in English Past or Simple Present tense?

While introducing someone if I Use past tense sentence is it correct to say or not? a) I joined this company in the year 2005. Reason being I am asking this question is because this is fact which ...
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in the sentence below should i use of/ for ? Please explain places where one can use of and where one can use for

The international monetary fund maintened its forecast 'of/ for' weak global growth??? According to me it should be 'of' as the news of weak global growth makes up the forecast and hence is a part of ...
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What can be used instead of the word 'depressed'?

I heard that 'depressed' is used for serious conditions such as melancholiacs. Then what word could be used for daily lives?
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How to use “until” grammatically correct

Which one is grammatically correct ? I waited there until he had come. I waited there until he came. Or this case: I must try going to bed earlier until I finished/finish/have finished ...
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What's the meaning of “what it means for {something} to be {something}”?

There is this context: "We are not only talking about change. Rather, we are discussing what it means for an object to be that object. What does it mean for a certain institution to be that ...
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meaning of the phrase “see a ring on something”?

It is from this article. If this is you, find someone to bring you back to reality. The truth is, he doesn't want a relationship—it's the same as not being ready for one—even with someone as ...
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Put the phone down / Put down the phone

what's the difference between "Put the phone down" and "Put down the phone"? Is it the same? As for me the first one means literally to put the phone (the thing) down and the last one is to end the ...
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are prepositional phrases ambiguous

We talked about the boy with a gun from the countryside. PP Phrases add information to nouns or verbs, but if there is more than one noun in a clause, Does it cause ambiguity? Like the example ...
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Depict vs Express [on hold]

The artists wanted to express/depict real life, to paint straight from nature. Depict seems more natural, but do we have a better explanation for why one and not the other?
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God… independent

If we want to say that A depends on none but all depends on A. A needs no one but everyone needs A. What is the best word that fits best this trait? Independent Self-reliant Self-sufficient Let me ...
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Usage of articles for countable nouns

The sentence is: I don't enjoy watching horror movies. Why not use: I don't enjoy watching a horror movie. instead, since I will be talking about every single horror movie. And I think that: ...
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The priority of the adverb “at first” and the modal “should” [on hold]

Which one is the correct usage ? We at first should examine all documents We should at first examine all documents I think the second one sounds more correct.
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Is this sentence correct ? Passive gerund? [on hold]

Is this sentence grammatically correct ? The town has transformed tremendously from its previous state, with many buildings being built in it. Is "being built" here considered as a passive gerund?
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probable or probably?

In the following sentence, which one is right in the viewpoint of grammatical structure? Why? Notice: In the main source, it is "probable". It seems probable that there is no single explanation ...
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What does “on the lease” mean or imply in this context?

In the dictionary, lease means: A lease is a legal agreement by which the owner of a building, a piece of land, or something such as a car allows someone else to use it for a period of time in return ...
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Started in 1987 vs. Starting in 1987

I think both started and starting make sense. Which is preferred? Is there any subtle difference in meaning? Started in 1987, the festival exhibits more than 550 varieties of mangoes and provides a ...
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Preposition before the word “agreement”

I have done the work on his agreement. This sounds good to me, but I am not sure. Online dictionaries didn't helped me much. Thank you.
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Present perfect and present simple meaningfully

What is the difference between these two sentences semantically? The class is finished. The class has finished.
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Can I say “The results may change according to how much time you spend in the quiz”?

I am designing an English test for my students. However, I'm not a native speaker. I want to design a quiz that can judge a student's result not only by his/her answers, but also by how much time he/...
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“Storey” or “storeyed” in this context

Cambridge dictionary says: It's a normal two storeyed house. There is a single-storeyed extension on the back of the house. A three-storey house. There is no hyphen in the first, and the ...
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'I photographed her sing'?

I have seen many times the structure 'photograph + object + -ing,' but I rarely saw 'photograph + object + infinitive.' Do native English speakers say or write that way?
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“Towards the past” or “in the past”?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: Roots of the India-Pakistan conflict can be found in a shared attitude of derision towards the past. What difference is the usage of "towards" instead of ...
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“taking their lead from him” in this context

He(Neville) had not once mentioned his meeting with Harry, Ron and Hermione on the closed ward in St Mungo's and, taking their lead from him, they had kept quiet about it too. Harry Potter and ...
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there is evident a serious and purposeful rekindling of confidence

Within us, the people of the United States, there is evident a serious and purposeful rekindling of confidence. This sentence is from "Jimmy Carter inaugural address: Jan. 20, 1977" shown here. What ...
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'Should not be able' [on hold]

I asked a question: Why India should not be able to make such a huge expenditure for a region, which is urgently needed? Is the sentence grammatically correct? Does the question mark make ...
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How can I mentioned a Chapter and its subsections in the same sentence [on hold]

I would like to introduce my chapter and its subsections a sentence. Here is my try: Chapter (1) contains three main parts. First part, namely Section (1.1), establishes method A. Second part of ...
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Confusing between “As” and “Is”

I came across that sentence while watching martin mystery --link of the episode below-- " if you think I am so naive is to be fooled by another one of your tricks!" At first I was going to ask about ...
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Weak negation vs absolute negation

I am wondering how "More by your numbers than your light" relate to "That poorly satisfy our eyes" or "You common people of the skies". I am trying to understand this excerpt as a non-native and I am ...

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