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Do we say space of 5 years or timing of 5 years

Edit: I think space is the right answer but some of my collegues told me the the answer should be timing I googled space and timing of time but i only found space-time and 4d and unrelated things like ...
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use “Who are” - Not in Question

I know that we use are in present continues in questions: WH + is/are + verb + ing can I use "Who are" also in sentence(Not question) I think you should not talk to guys who are not your age, ...
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Prepositional phrases adverbial or adjective

To be capable of working with people of different cultures on a project without having any conflicts is the ability we must possess. "Of different cultures" is an adjective describing "people" and I ...
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What tense should be used at sentence «Currently i work as engineer, but i also look for work as manager»?

What tense should be used at this sentence? Now i use Present Simple, and at the one hand it seems to be right choice, because my work is not attached to a time, but at the other hand something this ...
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We've gotten to the starting point

Let's suppose that a dispute started from disagreement about some statement(s). It has been developing to further statements and finally returned to the origial one(s). May we say: So we've ...
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what does the adverb “newly” modify in this sentence?

What does the adverb "newly" modify in this sentence? Certain Italians who were newly cognizant of Greek and Roman cultural accomplishments initiated a classical cultural rebirth after a long ...
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What does it mean when the wife in the picture says “I wear the brains in the family.”?

I saw this picture on the internet, and I can't really understand the meaning of "I wear the brains in the family" used by the wife in the picture. I know the husband said "I wear the pants in the ...
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Relative clauses and the meaning of the context

I saw this sentence in a book "Keep the aspidistra flying" No need to repeat the blasphemous comments which everyone who had known Gran'pa Comstock made on that last sentence. There are two ...
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Correct use of tenses and grammer

Distance has made me realise or distance never made me realise .which among the two sentence is correct?
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Can you put any word or phrase after a question tag?

I recently tried to correct something someone wrote which said: ...it would be a pity, wouldn't it, for example. Is that actually grammatical? I learned to put anything after a question tag. I don'...
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What is the meaning of “we must have missed you”?

I was missed from agenda list of minutes of meeting, hence i requested for including my name in the list. But the chairperson of the meeting replied saying "we must have missed you". I am confused? ...
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“a tiger” vs “the tiger”

Suppose in an exam I am told to write a paragraph about "tiger"? Should I start with a or the? A/the tiger is a ferocious animal. It eats flesh. It has four legs. Its skin is yellow with black ...
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Conditional iasue

Brief question: If I (gap) (drink) another cup, I (gap) (not/ be able to) sleep tonight. Is it ok to use if clause from second conditional plus future main clause? Is something like that? Thanks in ...
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To help you or yourself?

I often find sentences similar to the following: You should use this book to help you with the grammar that you find difficult. To me, the above is more or less equivalent to this one: You ...
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Could attend vs. can attend

I'm reading tips and tricks for an exam I'm going to take I and saw the following paragraph: Be careful with “should vs. could”: e.g the sentence “Product Owner could attend the Daily Scrum” is ...
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I'm good at it - pseudo passive voice request

This question is derived from another one that has recently appeared in the Spanish Stack Site. There, OP has translated a Spanish sentence into English and it's a good translation but it's not an ...
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Having had several classes taught in English or…? Correct usage

Suppose I have a phrase like this one: Having had several classes taught in English, I'm familiar with the professional vocabulary Is it correct? Can I say "classes taught" or should I say "...
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You're all ignoring the fact VS You all are ignoring the fact

Which one is correct? You're all ignoring the fact [that ...] You all are ignoring the fact [that ...]
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How can I repeat things (fall in the same category) using a comma

Suppose I have many things that are fall in the same category. Suppose further that I need to use a bracket ( ) to add further information. Then, how can I repeat these things correctly? The ...
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Server / cashier / waiter

I am writing a document where a person is serving the guests and takes their payments. I need one word to be consistently used across the document. For now I used a server. Is it appropriate? I am ...
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Is it okay to have the same preposition/pronoun consecutively?

If I write a phrasal verb or an idiom (what do you call it?), is it okay to have the same preposition after? I don't fit in in this world. "Fit in" is a phrasal verb, right? Is it okay to have ...
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Your suggestion is great! As it always is

What is the correct way to say Your suggestion is great! As it always is. Your suggestion is great! As it is always. Your suggestion is great! As always. Your suggestion is great! ...
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“in the plate” or “on the plate”

I am learning English with Duolingo. One example sentence is: The forks are on the plates. Another one is: I have her fork in my plate. What's the difference between "in the plate" and "on ...
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grammar items with 'the'

The list below is taken from Barbara Abbott's 'Definiteness and Indefiniteness.' Why do you think the is used before 'personal pronouns' but not before 'demonstrative pronouns' or 'demonstrative ...
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Is it a continuation of infinitive or the verb of subject?

He gives examples to illustrate his life with friends in the past and express his feelings about his life now. He gives examples to illustrate his life with friends in the past and expresses ...
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How to make a question when we have AS in the answer?

First study the text below , please. Interestingly, English has fewer native speakers than Chinese, but there are about one billion learners of English all around the world. They learn English ...
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hurt, ache, sore, pain: what's the right expression?

There are different expressions for pain in the body: "My head hurts", "I've got a splitting headache", "My head aches", "I've got a sore throat"... In the dictionaries I could not find any rule ...
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Which is correct; “Be not late for school”, or “Don't be late for school”

We are taught when you negate a verb, you use "do not", "does not" or "did not" for general verbs, but you only have to add "not" after the verb in the case of Be-verb. If this rule should be applied ...
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What does Django mean by “The 'D' is silent”?

First question: Is this sentence supposed to be humorous ? To me it makes no sense, is it intended in the movie or does the sentence seem logical to you ? In some languages, j is pronounced /ʒ/ (like ...
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Look down upon vs look down on

I have searched the meaning of look down upon as well as look down on is 'to hate' or to consider someone or something lesser or inferior in some way. But when we use look down upon and look down on?...
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In the simplest way possible - could someone explain the rule you followed in spotting the error?

Basically the sentence flowed well enough for me not to notice the error. This is the Sentence -"More importantly was the renaissance discovery of the literature of classical Greece" I now know ...
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Best way to detect these nouns?

"Discovery" is a noun. Yet "discover" is a verb. "Making" is a noun. Yet "make" is a verb. Both "discovery" and "making" sound like verbs, but they aren't. What is the best way to spot these noun(s)...
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very soft and sweet

a. The fruit I tasted was very soft and sweet. It seems to me that (a) is ambiguous. It could mean The fruit I ate was very soft and very sweet. or The fruit I tasted was very soft and it was also ...
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Can we use “dare” in this way?

How dared you speak to me like that? Is this a correct way to use "dare"? Shouldn't we say? How dare you speak to me like that?
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Can 'can't V' always have the opposite meaning of 'must V'(inference)?

He has great calves. He must run very fast. is a strong inference using 'must'. Can the sentence using 'can't' always have the opposite meaning of 'must' (inference)? You said he's faster than ...
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“The focus of this section is on..” vs “The focus of this section is …”

I would like to understand the using of the word focus. Do I need to use focus on or focus? Which one is correct? The focus of this section is on introducing something. or The focus of this ...
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Can you explain how to respond to this type of question and what is the grammatical name for such a question?

You didn't go to the shops, did you? Can you explain how to respond to this type of question and what is the grammatical name for such a question?
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Using / between parts with spaces in them

Consider this sentence: Development of semantic networks/ontologies could ... Here, I mean "semantic networks" and/or "ontologies". Is the sentence Ok in its current form or it needs to be changes?...
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Do Americans pronounce “do you” as something like “dia” or “d'ya”?

I heard some Americans talking and they said something like dia/d'ya instead of do you. For example: What time do you have was said something like what time dia/d'ya have is that correct ...
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Is it possible to pronounce jury as /dʒɜːri/?

sometimes I hear Americans pronounce jury as ''/dʒɜːri/''. Is that right? Is it regional or generally they say this way?
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Wrong title in IELTS? 'An almost forgotten people?'

A title in the IELTS Reading Section reads - The Phoenicians: an almost forgotten people It's IELTS and thus unlikely to make a mistake! What am I missing? Or IELTS has gone wrong?
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What does “a life impervious to skincare routine” imply by the speaker?

I have some difficulty in understanding the metaphor or implication of "a life impervious to skincare routine". I could sense that the speaker is speaking about the old woman in an approving tone, but ...
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terms for general phrases and more specific phrases confirming them

Every piece of equipment on the tarmac had some failure: some boarding stairs missed some stairs, some carts had no wheels, and some aircraft had no engines. There was some disorder in the ...
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Confusion of comparative adjective and/or adverb in a sentence

An adjective is that which tells something about a noun or a pronoun. And an adverb is that which describes a verb. However, I find sentences where an adjective is used to describe a verb as follows: ...
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Which or what in a sentence

Is this sentence grammatically correct? Should I use which or what here and why? What should be the tense of the verb postpone? Don’t miss the opportunity to live life to the full which/what you ...
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Adjectives order

I have come across different Adjectives Order Lists on the internet. A web page of Bristol University says as follows: Number - Opinion - Size - Age - Shape - Color - Nationality/Origin - Material-...
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Passive voice phrasing of “The bottle contains two liters”

The bottle contains two liters. How do I convert it to "passive voice"? I think it should be: Two liters are/is contained in the bottle. What are your remarks? Is it possible to make it "passive"...
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What's the meaning of “Pats bet”

It's a quote from the TV drama Wayne Here are the lines: -Check it out. Someone got lucky on a Pats bet and made rent. Hey, two lucky sons of bitches, huh? The speaker is Wayne's father who was ...
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Could/could've- which of the two indicates that something has no chance of happening?

If there's no chance of something happening in the future, what tense do we use to indicate that? Let's say I have a friend whom I'm not meeting tomorrow, and they call me and say "If you came over ...
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“I am going” meaning “I am walking”

Imagine that my friend calls me and we have the conversation while I am on my way to school (I'm walking at the moment of speaking): -Where are you? -I am going to school. I know that "I am going to ...

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