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Ambiguity - Should it be “mindful of committing logical fallacies” or “mindful of not committing logical fallacies”?

From Collins, If you are mindful of something, you think about it and consider it when taking action. When I am writing, I am always mindful of committing logical fallacies (e.g., red herring, ...
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Is “to” always necessary?

Will the meaning of this sentence change if I remove "to" in the second sentence? He wanted to go to the park by himself. But I didn't allow him to.
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What is the “more” means here?

What does the "more" mean in the following sentence: HTTP is used to transport more the HTML, HTML from the browser to render the view. The picture source:
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Meaning of stuck being told

I came across the phrase here: http://www.personal.kent.edu/~wkneelan/thirdoption/essays/tmnt_music.htm The listener or viewer is therefore stuck being told what is just as easily observed I tried ...
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It has been in there for ages

Is this sentence correct to use in the following context? "I took out the milk from the fridge. It has been in there for ages." I mean, the milk is no longer in the fridge while the person says ...
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Would it be considered impolite to use um-hum in a conversation?

I am not a native speaker, so I wonder if using "um-hum" to express my sincere affirmation during a conversation would backfire? I guess I just wanted to avoid monotonic reaction to people's talking. ...
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What does “studies need to be taken with more than the usual grain of salt” mean?

I found this quote in a psychology paper entitled If We Are So Rich, Why Aren't We Happy? by M. Csikszentmihalyi: “Thus, the results of culturally and methodologically circumscribed studies need to ...
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“Get something done” but not causative

As a causative verb we use get like: Get something done Get someone to do something Get someone/ something doing something. But in this example: The workers might get the ban lifted. ...
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What other verbs don't use 'do' in the negative and interrogative?

I had an English language beginner ask me "What other verbs, like 'to be' don't use 'do' in the negative?" I had never thought about this question from that perspective, and I was a little stumped. I ...
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Spent or spend?

Which is the right sentence, and, most important: why, which tense? This setting makes us long for delicious food, fine wine and an evening spend with friends. This setting makes us long for ...
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Meaning of “in arms”

What does it mean "in arms"? And is there a double meaning here, since they are goalkeepers? They are brothers in arms, members of the goalkeeping fraternity, like their father before them. Their ...
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What is the difference between “-er” and “-re”

word example is "fiber" and "fibre" ,"center" and " centre" etc. Their meaning is same or not ? and which one we should use or which sentence we use ?
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Find the error in the given statement

(a)He will/(b)bake a cake/(c)today in the evening/(d)No error. What option would have been correct in case this is how the question would have looked like? I feel that it should be - in the evening ...
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What are (Brexit) “Muppet” leaflets?

I am currently reading this article, , and the first passages says, The Hague (AFP) - While Boris Johnson scrambled Friday to sell his EU divorce deal to parliament, the Dutch port of Rotterdam ...
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Which tense to choose: Past Simple or Past Perfect?

Which is correct: We didn't play football yesterday. The match was canceled/had been canceled. I think was canceled is correct, but the second? - I'm confused. Maybe firstly the match was ...
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“prior to studying” or “prior to study”

I am currently a sophomore year student in Computer Science at the university and i want to start writing my CV. I want to mention in the introduction to my CV that I was once a QA at several Hi-Tech ...
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Would vs Would have

He threw away all pictures that would remind him of his girlfriend. He threw away all pictures that would have reminded him of his girlfriend. What is the difference between those sentences? ...
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Put something up on the top shelf or Put something on the top shelf?

Put those books up on the top shelf. Put those books on the top shelf. What is the difference in meaning between the first sentence (with "verb + up on something" in it) and the second sentence (...
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“Will” vs “Maybe I will” and “I think I will”

Almost every English grammar book I`ve studied claims that "Will" is used to talk about plans decided at the moment of speaking. Sentences like "I will help you" or "I'll wait for you" give a strong ...
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Is it possible to combine present perfect and past simple in this sentence

Even if you have told us before we have been surprised because it has only been raining a little Even if you have told us before we were surprised because it has only been raining a little What ...
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Is there a verb to say “I'm not interested anymore?”

In my native language, we have a verb to say "I'm not interested anymore". What is the closest verb or phrasal verb in English?
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Stayed at home ‘for cooking/to cook’

Thank you guys, As a non-native speaker, I wondered which one sounds more naturally. (in academic writing) Mothers, traditionally, stayed at home to cook and look after their children. Mothers, ...
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Why is “rival” pronounced different to “pivot”?

In English language, open and closed syllable vowels are pronounced differently even when spelled similarly. This is probably the first rule every student learns about pronunciation. Several examples ...
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was looking or looked in this sentence

When I woke up this morning, she was sleeping on my bed and she looked very happy! The sentence is about a female cat who was ill. Why isn't was looking (at this precise moment she was looking)? ...
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70 million rials in usurious money

In my country, usury is practiced by some people. For example, you borrow 70 million rials in usurious money from someone but you have to give him back 71 million rials after a week. Does the ...
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Can “unless” be used in unreal past (with would have)?

I found conflicting information about the subject: BBC World Service states that: And we cannot use unless with would to talk about unreal future situations: If he didn't take everything ...
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Is there any difference between “sideways” and “to the side”?

Is there any difference between sideways and to the side? For example: Stop leaning sideways/to the side! The car in front of us suddenly moved sideways/to the side. I feel that in the ...
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why“still” put in the end of the sentence? What's the meaning?

I read a sentence in FT (https://www.ft.com/content/de93525a-ee66-11e9-ad1e-4367d8281195). And I have a question: why"still" put in the end of the sentence? What's the meaning? The sentence as ...
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usage with with is in this example

A film scene is made all the more powerful by its score. Can we say something is made powerful? Should it be something like: brought to life by its powerful score.
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What does “purchased at a discount” mean here?

I came across this sentence from The Globalization of World Politics: Critics argue that realism has been purchased at a discount precisely because its currency, power, has remained under-theorized ...
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The meaning of “turning his point for a stone” in the context

In Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, Chapter 11, where he describes the man who understands and loves the land he is cultivating, there is a sentence: The man who is more than his chemistry, walking ...
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Subject in Active voice

The book fulfils my requirement. The book is fulfilled my requirement. Which one is correct? If the 1st sentence is correct, do you have another examples that the subject are things in active ...
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What does “behind the summer” mean?

What can the expression "behind the summer" refer to? A person describes their weaknesses and then goes There must be more behind the summer. Does it refer to the time after summer? Or does it ...
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Until you have finished that report/ until you finish that report

You are not going home until you have finished that report. You are not going home until you finish that report. Is there any shade of difference in meaning between the two sentences?or do they ...
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Can't decide between simple past and present perfect

I know the rules and differences like simple past is finished actions and more like story telling while present-perfect emphasizes the experience and its about actions that still continue and past-...
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Time tense for the question “have you?” [on hold]

Please, I need help with this question. Should I use the participle or base form of the verb with the past participle question of: Have you find or have you found?
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Interchangeable and difference

Are these interchangeable? What is the difference in use? I will do it to the same extent as you do. I will do it as much as you do. I will do it to an equal degree as you. I will do ...
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What collocates with the term login account?

I would just like to know what prepositions are used with the term login account. Do you have a login account for paypal? Do you have login account in paypal? Do you have a login account on paypal? ...
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When vs If - Word-Usage

I know I can substitute "if" with "when", but, I think there's a different meaning here: If you're ready to learn it, you know where to find me (0 cond) When you're ready to learn it, you know ...
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Explaining the Second Conditional and the Third Conditional in a “logical” way

When I was searching for a job, I applied to be an English teacher, and the employer asked me about "how to efficiently explain to students the difference between the second conditional and the third ...
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Confused about 'puts'

I am confused about using the future tense of the word 'put' in a plural sentence. Which is correct: A: Value the ones who puts it back. or: B: Value the ones who put it back.
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Preposition : For versus To

you are unfit for this post /you are unfit to this post which sentence is correct and it would be helpful if explained where to use "for" and where to use "to" tnq
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“Bite me”, What does it mean?

"Bite me" is an expression used in a lot of TV series. Does it mean "leave me alone" or something else? Example: Someone tells Penny that she is stupid. She answers, "bite me". Is it an old expression?...
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Can we use this expression? : a less carbon footprint [on hold]

Which is better? a less carbon footprint vs. a smaller carbon footprint? Are both grammatical?
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Should I say “in the world” or “on the world”?

For instance in the following sentence is it correct to say "on the world" or "in the world"? "This is the biggest animal on / in the world"
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Correct way to express: no one is close

Are you sad, when no one's close? Is that question correct? My question is about the part 'no one is close'. I mean 'when you are alone'. Or should I better say 'no one is close to you'.
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Understanding change of speech

in the following questions, a sentence has been given in Direct / Indirect Speech. Out of the four alternatives suggested, select the one which best expresses the same sentence in Indirect/Direct ...
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Would for typical behaviour or one time thing?

Consider: Let's see if he would give us money. In the example 1, the speaker is saying whether he would give money to the speaker if he asked now. Not his typical behaviour. He might give the ...
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Learn to comprehend distorted voices

My English is something LinkedIn calls "Professional Working Proficiency". I was able to read and understand about any book I've came across, I write English daily and I usually have no issues talking ...
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The use of a superlative in the form “one smart of a cat”

I'd like to write in a translation a kind of superlative like "he was one smart of a cat" to avoid writing "he was one hell of a smart cat". Is it grammatically correct? Do you have any better ...

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