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What is the structure of this sentence with commas?

In the sentence below The processor puts the data it wants to write on a bank of electrical traces, the data bus, by raising the voltage on some to represent ones and leaving voltages unchanged on ...
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In science-fiction, do we use the word navy to refer to the space fleet?

In science-fiction, do we use the word navy to refer to the space fleet? I am wondering if people would refer to it as "navy" or rather "space navy", which sounds a little bit weird if you ask me? ...
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Is there a verb that means “make lukewarm”?

Is there a verb that means "make lukewarm"? I am trying to use it to say that the relations between two people instead of warming up as become lukewarm, but I don't know any verb that means "make ...
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“On-screen” usage as an adverb and/or prepositional phrase

I want to use the phrase "on-screen" correctly, so I have looked it up on online dictionaries and found it defined as an adverb or adjective but not a prepositional phrase which is a bit confusing ...
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'Where I should be' vs 'Where I am meant to be'

Is there a difference between these Where I should be. and Where I am meant to be. ? Context: When you are going to fill the autobiography section on SE, it says 'Location' and it'...
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Choice between past perfect vs simple past

John:Why did you not ask your father for money? Paul:I did not ask him because I had asked him before for money and (he had become very angry/he became very angry) at that time. Which ...
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down towards the old train tracks

The following is the opening paragraph to The Girl on the Train: She’s buried beneath a silver birch tree, down towards the old train tracks, her grave marked with a cairn. Is the word down ...
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“‘People for whom gold holds no allure”

Oxford dictionary gives an example for using of the word "allure": ‘People for whom gold holds no allure’ I read it again and again and I'm not sure I understood it and I'm afraid something here ...
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Everybody Vs. anyone

What's the different between everybody and anyone in the following context? Everybody knows that smoking is bad. Anyone knows that smoking is bad. Using a dictionary (see links in the ...
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Regarding the meaning of “over” in “over and over again”

I am aware of the fact that the idiom: Over and over again. means repeatedly. But which meaning of the adverb over is being used in the idiom above? does it mean "Throughout a period of time"?
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Can “during” be always substituted with “in”?

He kissed her during a drunken night. He kissed her in a drunken night. Can "during" be always substituted with "in"? I am always wondering about it, because I use during as a synonym for in. Is ...
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What is phonetic transcription of “uses”

I don't know exact pronunciation of these words. It's hard for me to hear what sound there is "e", "ə" or "ɪ". And on the end I suppose there is "s", possibly "z"? verb "use" [juːz], third person ...
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Difference between came & were

What's the difference between came/were in below case: I was reading our old conversation before you came online I was reading our old conversation before you were online.
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Word order in Indirect questions

Which is right: I would like to know when exactly the results will be posted. I would like to know exactly when the results will be posted. I would like to know when the results will be posted ...
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no other than and none other than

Is there any difference between “no other than” and “none other than. This is one of questions came in my exam. ............ reason than poverty is hampering India’s progress. Options: 1)...
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As far as meaning, does the omission of the article “the” in this prepositional phrase changes anything?

It is possible to remove the article the from: In the previous chapters, we saw the importance of communication. to obtain: In previous chapters, we saw the importance of communication. the ...
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Paraphrasing and integrating information

I know that when we paraphrase, we typically paraphrase the whole sentence. After that, we integrate the paraphrased information into our paragraph as a separate sentence. My question is: Can we ...
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Reported Speech With Imagination

We use would have past participal for hypothetical/imagination sentences. Do we need to use them in a reported speech? Direct: Probably this would be the last time I am here. Indirect: I knew that ...
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Meaning of adopt from

The recommended prevention strategy — making sure that no child goes to bed without eating a meal — adopted from 2015 ensured a sharp drop in the number of children falling sick. https://www....
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“worth the effort” vs. “worth the efforts”

Is the noun used "differently" in "worth the effort" vs. "worth the efforts" ? According to Merriam-Webster, effort has the following 5 definitions - conscious exertion of power : hard work a ...
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What's the meaning of “think into” in this sentence?

I found this sentence in a book, but I don’t understand what it means. The author is a personal coach and is talking about her work with a client: A woman I worked with described herself as ‘not a ...
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Meaning of Off In the following sentence

The England captain scored 148 off 71 balls against Afghanistan at Old Trafford What is the meaning of off. Does it mean to get out off? I looked up its meaning in dictionary but didn't find ...
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Check -----> Search/ go through

Does "check" sound natural and is its use natural instead of "go through/search": He has checked my phone. He has checked my wallet. Someone has checked my bag. Someone has ...
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Is this summary correct about possessives? [on hold]

I. Say about people: I. 1. When we say about a certain man or some certain men, we say: a This is a man’s wallet. He is working over there. b These are a man’s wallets. He is working over there. c ...
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An natural verb / idiom for “getting by with someone”

When you (with difficulty) try to manage or continue to exist in a state or situation where something is lacking (especially money) you use the phrasal verb "get by"; for example: Example: When ...
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One's own life story [on hold]

The word "biography" means: The story of the life of a person written by someone else, or the area of literature relating to books that describe such stories. But what do you call someone's own ...
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He's shown up in my dreams vs he's been showing up in my dreams

Supposing the speaker wanted to say ‘He’ keeps appearing in his/her dreams, not every day but lately tho and there is a possibility that the speaker will see him again in his/her dreams. I wonder ...
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“high school” in UK/BrE?

I was under the impression, that high school is typical AmE while in UK secondary school was used. However, I was confronted that in British English high school is also used, and I was provided with ...
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“If the bike wouldn't start soon, I wouldn't get the helmets.”

I'm currently researching into Conditional Sentences, and from the sources I've seen so far (which range from ELL to its ELU, Wordreference,...), the "will" can be used in the if-clause, as in, for ...
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What's the verb for using a stapler to connect to between two or more papers?

What's the verb for using a stapler to connect to between two or more papers? In a dictionary I found too much and I'm not sure which of them is the accurate in this context. to pair, to connect,...
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“have once done something” vs “have done something once”

Tell me please if the first sentence is correct. If it is, then which structure is more common? I have once played soccer. I have played soccer once.
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A child who acts playfully

I am looking for a verb/idiom/expression to describe a specific mood/action of people. The term in my question is most of the time used for children in which they are not serious at all and just have ...
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listen to someone I don't know + [Verbing]

The context: A villain phones the protagonist to leave the city the protagonist protects. But the protagonist doesn't know who the villain is. So, the protagonist says "I don't think I'll listen to ...
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I don't know how her notebook is in my bag

A girl was looking for her notebook. Someone had stolen it. So the teacher was searching everyone's bags. So the notebook was found in a girl's notebook. She replied: I don't know how her ...
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What is the difference between “oh my God” and “oh my gosh”? [on hold]

Yesterday , my friend asked me what is the difference between "oh my gosh " and "oh my god" ?
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Based on/ depending on

Are these phrasal verbs classified as "prepositions" ? I came across this page in a dictionary, it classifies "according to" as a preposition. Or they are just participles(reduced from a participle ...
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Word Choice: feat/exploit

When I was a senior in high school, there was a contest to memorize the value of pi. I started to memorize the number the night before, and I wrote down over two hundred digits after the decimal point ...
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Using tie/knot as a verb in a sentence

Tie (verb): to fasten together two ends of a piece of string or other long, thin material, or to (cause to) hold together with a long, thin piece of string, material, etc. Example: - Could you tie ...
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Negation after the to-infinitive

Do the following sentences mean the same? He seems to have not eaten for ages. He does not seem to have eaten for ages.
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Would have had problem

Doctor informed the court on Monday that it had terminated the over 22-week pregnancy of a minor rape survivor as continuing with it would have had severe impact on girl's physical and mental health. ...
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Analysing sentence structure

Please help me understand why the use of "human as" is wrong in the following sentence: "the philosophers emphasized the study of human as fundamental to their doctrine"
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Meaning of “is getting on me..”?

What's mean "is getting on me"? For example: "Mom is always getting on me about not finishing my breakfast."
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What does the phrase “while holding down one paddle” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a rowing game: It is not possible to turn in air, so take jumps in a straight line while holding down one paddle if you have to turn abruptly while landing. I am confused ...
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problem with not only..but also

I wrote this sentence in my essay Not only such institutes provide physical support but the elderly also get emotional support from their fellows and caretakers. What is the mistake in this ...
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Meaning of the sentence which begins with a verb in infinitive form

I cannot understand the following sentence because of its grammar. To borrow a phrase from the old Star Treck series, the "prime directive" of the limbic brain is to ensure our survival as a ...
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“Being” more precisely

Being more precisely, I just don't even know what "end up" means. I saw this sentece in a forum. Is use of "being" here correct? I would write it this way: To be more presicely, I just don't even ...
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Etymology of words used to start and ask questions

Could you please help me understand the etymology of words used to start questions? I am particularly interested by the words 'how' and 'why'. Thank you!
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A person full of complexes

I wonder what would you normally call someone who has a chip on their shoulder informally? (What I am looking for can be considered as an offensive idiom/expression/adjective by most people.) Such ...
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Use of “May I be” for exclamation

In the language I speak when we see someone getting a lot and we don’t get that much, to speak to God in a sweet way, we say a sentence whose literal meaning in English is: May I be sacrificed for ...
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Is 'to tomorrow' correct?

"The meeting is postponed to tomorrow" Is this grammatically correct? If not, how should it be conveyed?

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