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What the word “moving” has to do with in this paragraph regarding Hesse?

Writing to the woman who would become his third wife, Hermann Hesse complained: “Life for me now holds almost no pleasures any more, in fact I am living in Hell.” The event that had reduced Hesse to ...
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use of “to” and “for” after “it is better”

is it (under any circumstance) grammatically correct to say: It is better "to" students to focus on one major if it is, what's the difference in meaning with the following structure: It is ...
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If I were not holding my pee, I think I might sleep

If I were not holding my pee, I think I definitely slept. Is this correct grammar when I walk out of the movie theater and talk to my friends? Update I was trying to say that the movie is really ...
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Direct speech to Indirect speech

A man says, " May I drop you there in my car?" Convert the above sentence to reported speech. Is the following a correct attempt? A man asked if he might drop somebody there in his car. Not a ...
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Reflexive pronoun vs pronoun

Which one is correct? He engraved photos of himself and his wife on the coins. Or He engraved photos of him and his wife on the coins.
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Past continuous

Please help me understand these sentences better: He called while I had been sleeping. Is this correct? And, if it is what, is the difference between that and: He called me while I was ...
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Saying numbers - few options

I know that there are (at least) three options to read this number - 2500: A. two thousand, five hundred B. two thousand and five hundred C. twenty-five hundred Q1) Is "C" considered to ...
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Moscow lay as a crossing of three roads

What is the grammatical role of the "lay" in the following sentence? It seems like a verb. But why it is not used like a third person form (lays) or "lay" is the past form of it? First, attention ...
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'Wait for' vs 'expect'

In the phrase: "I [wait for]/[expect] a reply to my letter in the next few days." Should I use wait for or expect? I think it is "expect" but I don't have any explanation for it.
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Why do you think semicolons are used herein?

The list below is taken from Barbara Abbott's 'Definiteness and Indefiniteness.' My query is not related to the contents of the paper but it is about the punctuation she uses, about the use of ...
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Is “uncounted day” the right term for this case?

There’s a 30-day term, and I need to account for 2 days off by extending the term to 32 days. Can use the term like this?: Term: 01/01/19 – 01/02/19 (2 uncounted days on 01/05/19 and 01/13/19)
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A grammar question from one-simple-question

We use "be made of" when we talk about wine. Then can you analyze this sentence? Wine is made of grapes. What I mean analyze is like I /am/ a student Subject/Verb/Complement Have a good day! P....
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standing WITH / IN / AT a 45-degree angle

Which one below would be correct when explaining the way something stands ? 1) It was standing with a 45-degree angle. 2) It was standing a 45-degree angled. 3) It was standing in a 45-...
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“Five foot ten” or “five feet ten”?

I'm not sure if this sort of question has ever been asked, and it's surprisingly difficult to do a productive generic search for this contextual expression (contextual as in involving numbers). I ...
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Meaning of 'excess' in this sentence

Can you help me to understand meaning of 'excess'' in sentence below: The project may, in fact, be hopeless when it comes to the absolute birth and death of being as meaning – here we can only ...
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“generated data and information” vs “data and information generated”

The data and information generated are best interpreted in face-to-face meetimg. or The generated data and information are best interpreted in face-to-face meetimg. Which is correct? is there ...
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what is the meaning of 'not if'?

I wouldn't let them do it, not if they don't pay you are the meaning the same in above sentence with or without 'not'? My first understand to this sentence is that the whole sentence should be***'I ...
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Is it appropriate to say that my birthday comes (or arrives) in May?

Is it appropriate to say that my birthday comes (or arrives) in May, Or Christmas comes in December? Which other alternative can I use instead of comes or arrives? Could I also say, "my birthday '...
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Adjuncts in front position: Do they provide the reason behind the main clause's action?

I'm having an argument with a friend about the role of predicative adjuncts in front position and whether they modify the reason behind the action in the main clause. Examples: "Tired and sleepy, she ...
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Identifying noun clauses

[Whom we expect] to be delivering the presentation is absent. The desire to fight is [what we believe] to be planted in his mind. I bracketed the words which I think are the noun clauses of the ...
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Is it correct to use the phrase “it´s about finding the city´s DNA”?

The phrase: It's about finding the city's DNA is used in a CNN promo for its program "Quest´s Worlds of Wonder". I can see what they want to express, but does it make sense in terms of language ...
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Em dashes or double commas?

I am considering how to choose between em dashes and double commas. The example I am considering is a sentence originally of the form We will give another proof of a theorem in 'some' book, an ...
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I sent it from my dad's number

My friend asked me to send her a picture. Later on she texted me that I didn't send it. So I replied: I sent it from my dad's number. So is the use of "number" natural" here or should be something ...
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Does “he squandered his car on drink” sound natural?

I am struggling with how to express the idea that somebody sold out some article of his possession (computer, car, house, etc.) and used the money to buy himself alcohol to drink. For example, -- ...
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Conditionals “when talking about possible events in present”

Conditionals always make me confused. My question is that when I want to build a sentence relating to possible events in the present time. Which conditional form should I use? For example, I am ...
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What does “which” stand for in this context?

Teachers take an active role in developing and deepening students’ comprehension by asking questions that cause them to read the text again, resulting in multiple readings of the same text. In other ...
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Does the meaning change? To / In order to

The manager sent Mike to Japan to receive some training. In this sentence, I think it's Mike who receives some training . But if I change the sentence to: The manager sent Mike to Japan in order ...
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Past and present participles grammar rules [on hold]

Do past and present participles always have to have an auxiliary verb?
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with structure: with remote Australian mine sites often long distances from professional emergency services

With remote Australian mine sites often long distances from professional emergency services, on-site emergency response crews need to feel confident handling just about any type of crisis. I couldn't ...
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Types of verbs in main clause and relative clause

I am a bit confused about verbs in a main clause and verbs in a relative clause. Do these verbs need to be in a same form (present tense/past tense)? Case 1 I am the student who met you yesterday. ...
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Where do I place the year of an event in a sentence?

Is it more accurate to start a sentence with an year or to end it with an year? So which out of the given sentences is more accurate:- In 1965 the 'Snurfer' was developed as a child's toy. ...
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“only to me” vs “to me only”

I have a question regarding proper grammar. Which is correct? Please reply only to me. Please reply to me only. Thank you.
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How to use ‘many’ in sentence in different way?

I found this sentence from our regional daily. There is— He searched for a company where he can start working with his passion in coding. Coding hasn’t been favourite for many an ones. Here,in last ...
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“It doesn't matter” or “it won't matter”?

It doesn't matter. It won't matter. Where is correct? Still confused when I use it so tell me good people where is the correct what should I talk
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Articles we should use when we are talking about a specific person and clothing

Which article should I use in the question below? A) Who is the girl with the umbrella? B) Who is the girl with an umbrella? Thanks!
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A variation to the phrase “hanging over my shoulders”

I couldn't find the exact definition of "hanging over someone's shoulders" online. I am not referring to the literal meaning, when, for example, you feel there is a ghost hanging over your shoulders. ...
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Can “will have you doing a double take” be rewritten as “will make you do a double take”?

These adult film stars will have you doing a double take when you see them without any makeup on. Source: http://www.lolwot.com/10-adult-film-celebs-without-makeup/ I would like to ask whether ...
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Meaning of “allergic to x” [on hold]

English is my second language I am confused. If an article say a woman is allergic to water, does that mean they are allergic to the water molecule H2O? Or something dissolved in water? H2O makes up ...
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What does the phrase “at pace” mean?

It is from this article about a boxing match. The rematch was again played out at pace, with Whyte picking smart shots under pressure. I would get if there were a clarification of at what pace, ...
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“diary for the coming year”

This is an excerption from an invitation email template: We meet on Wednesday evenings during term time. We would be honored if you would accept this invitation to join us on a Wednesday evening. ...
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Blocked Vs obstructed

Which word is an appropriate choice below? They are trying to clear roads blocked/obstructed by fallen trees. The confusion is because, in the context, both word choices seem correct. Both means ...
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I miss you like I (have) never missed someone else [duplicate]

Which one of the following phrases is correct? I'm unsure about using present perfect or not. I miss you like I've never missed someone else. I miss you like I never missed someone else.
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Article or zero article

How to spell correctly? On the internet write with and without an article. Open in new tab Open in a new tab Examples: Open a URL in a new tab How to open link in new tab on html
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Is there an idiom that means “taking revenge for X”?

I know the idiomatic phrase "getting back at someone", but the issue here is that it's synonymous with "taking revenge against someone" instead "taking revenge for an action done against me". Are ...
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What is the correct meaning of lexeme?

When I search for it on Google it gives me this answer: "a basic lexical unit of a language consisting of one word or several words, the elements of which do not separately convey the meaning of the ...
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Past or Passed Used in a Sentence

Which sentence is correct: Do you have any recollection of the time period that passed while this was going on? Or, Do you have any recollection of the time period that past while this was going on?
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Is there a general rule how to create feminine words?

Is there a general rule how to create feminine words? For example feminine from waiter is waitress, from actor – actress, etc. So, generally the ending -ess means the feminine form. But I’ve never ...
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“Please return the equipment to its original place after being used.”

Are the following sentences accurate? Please return the equipment to its original place after being used Please return the equipment to its original place after use Please return the ...
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Can you describe someone as luxurious?

Can you describe someone as luxurious? As in someone who likes luxurious things? We're pretty sure you can't, but we don't know what word you'd use. It's not hedonistic, that's different. We're just ...
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Can you say “I used everything up”

Given the fact that "use up" already means to use everything, can you formulate sentences like this and not sound weird at all? What happened to your toothpaste? I used everything up. is it like ...

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