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The spelling rule of -ment

It seems to add -ment suffix does not generally change the spelling of the base word: "mange" -> "management". However, I've just noticed that this is not the case for "argue"->"argument". I wonder ...
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“which we call the X” vs. “which we call it the X”

Which of the following sound correct: We create a new model which we call the "X" model Vs. We create a new model which we call it the "X" model
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How to politely (and correctly) apologize for not speaking English?

Suppose that you will give a talk and in your audience there will be only a person which does not speak your mother tongue. Let us call him John. Neither your mother tongue nor the mother tongue of ...
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“by majority vote” vs. “by majority votes”

It appears that the CORRECT English expression is "by majority vote", as in "decisions are taken/made by majority vote". Since "vote" is a countable noun, why isn't there an "a" or "the" before "...
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Is there an adjective that means something is going out of the body at one end and going back in at the other end?

Is there an adjective that means something is going out of the body at one end and going back in at the other end? I know I used the same picture not long ago, but now I am looking for an adjective to ...
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How to report the behavior of the user of the program in a scenario?

Suppose I want to report the behavior of a user of my program in the comment of code. in this case, the user may be changing his opinion of choosing an action based on something and this behavior ...
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“Is he serious?!” VS “Is he being serious?!”

"Is he serious?!" VS "Is he being serious?!" Which phrase is correct? The context is: Jack makes a silly mistake and John replies, out of frustration, to everyone else in the room: A: "Is he ...
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A sort of formal way for saying “that sounds like a new work”

Suppose, you submit your report to a boss and he asks you to add more chapters or sections to the report. However, you don't want to do that because you believe the new content would be too much and ...
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Is it considered wrong to make a noun that is modified possessive?

I have heard people do this--make a noun that is modified with additional information (e.g. Aaron who didn't finish college's mom, The dog that is dirty's owner, etc.) possessive, but I don't think I'...
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What's the difference between following?

Knew you'd like it. Reply : How would you know I liked it? OR How did you know I'd like it?
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different from, or opposite to my traditional statements. Vs. different from, or opposite to, my traditional statements

I adapted to the innovative ideas that are different from, or opposite to, my traditional statements. I adapted to the innovative ideas that are different from, or opposite to my traditional ...
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Question On “Get”

1.Let's say a woman is drowning in a lake and a man who happens to notice her drowning has thrown away a rope towards her and he says "Get the rope!". In this situation, can this sentence "Get the ...
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What do you call these cord-like shapes at the end of the tool?

I am thinking they have a name, but I can't even think of a proper word to describe them. I am not asking what the tool is the tool is a pimple squeezer, but I am asking what the things at both ends ...
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Why use “like” In the question "What is a typical home like there?

I found this Question in a student book and I can't understand why not "What is a typical home there?"
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are informed or have been informed

Neither Mr Tan nor his wife has been informed about the accident by the police. Is it possible to replace ‘has been informed’ with ‘is informed’? Will the sentence has a different meaning?
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What is “friggen”?

There is a line Though it may take all friggen day in a song "My World" by Avril Lavigne, and I can't find any translation/meaning for the word "friggen". Do you know anything about this word?
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Next vs the next (year, month, week)

I have read various opinions on this subject, and my English professor told me that: When the definite article is used, it indicates the period itself, like: I will do it in the next week = in ...
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Put back to original state

Can you say this if you want to ask whether or not you have to revise some words as in the version when it was not revised? Do you mean I have to put it back to original state?? Can you say this in ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between “how” and “what” when each is used to start a subordinate clause?

Is there any difference between how and what in the following sentence? Anny was just telling Wendy how she liked to eat the ice cream at the shop. Anny was just telling Wendy what she liked to eat ...
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What is referenced - the people or the main subject?

I just heard the following expression. I knew him better than most people. And suddenly, it hit me that I can't discriminate between the following interpretations. I knew him better than how ...
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Till what grade, till grade

My grandma hadn't finished her schooling, so I wanted to know when she stopped going to school or more specifically "the grade after which she stopped going to school". Actually she completed her ...
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Clause construction

I read the book in my home yesterday that you gave me last month. The book that you gave me last month I read in my home yesterday. I read in my home yesterday the book that you gave me last month. ...
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pull/push on an oar

I am taught that “pull” means move things toward yourself and “push” means move things away from yourself. Then I came across this. I thought rowing would be a breeze. Then I took a seat in an ...
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Give it a read, read it once, go through it once

If a child doesn't understand a certain topic a teacher sometimes says: Just give it a read and come to me tomorrow if you don't get it. Is "give it a read" natural in this context? Does it sound ...
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How can I describe being temporarily stupid?

I am looking for a word/phrase that means "being temporarily stupid/silly" and fits in these situations. Situation A Some guy solves a math problem using a very complex method, and some other ...
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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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Is this expression idiomatic and clear? “A, B, C constitute a partition; X, Y constitute the other partition”

I answered a question just now. this is an array (a group/list of numbers) array([ 2, 1, 3, 6, 7, 9, 15]) which is divided into 2 partitions, so I said [2, 1, 3, 6, 7] constitute the left ...
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Meaning of “there being”

Does anyone else worry about there being too much 'fantasy' in children's fiction? Please tell what there being means. I would like to have alternative ways to rewrite the above sentence. It would be ...
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The computer does not [receives/receive] its updates

Should I use s in receive when I use does before it? the computer does not receives/receive its updates
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“count of” and “the number of”

"I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve hit my thumb with a hammer." In this sentence, do "the number of" and "count of" not have the same meaning? why do we use it twice? Can we use it with ...
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How to understand the use of 'this' in this context

It took another hour to empty it completely, throw away the useless items and sort the remainder in piles according to whether or not he would need them from now on. His school and Quidditch robes, ...
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Use of “By” at the start of a sentence

I had an exam yesterday. There was question involving the changing of voice. We shall have finished our work by March next. The answer to this is apparently Our work will have been finished by us ...
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“Helped with the algorithm” vs “Helped to implement the algorithm”

Let's say I helped my colleague to implement some algorithm (in C# programming language, for example. He didn't know how to write it and I explained that to him). And now I'm writing a daily report: ...
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Should “Organization” here be preceded by “The?”

To put or not to put "The"... In my made up examples below, do I keep the "The" or not? Why? Does it even make a difference? The results speak to the organization the infrastructure lacks. ...
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He “left” a comment on website this morning vs “had left”

I'm confusing the past simple and the past perfect, particularly in following case; I don't know which one do I have to use. Ms. Koo, one of our regular customers, (left / had left) a question ...
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Correct Sentence construction using Based on or Base on

How to use Based on or Base in English Sentences? Please help me with this example. This is your report "base on/based on" which you can proceed further. According to me we should use "base on" ...
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Pouring rain vs. to pour with rain

It was pouring with rain and she was wondering what to do. This is the sentence which I used answering the question Is it grammatically correct to use two past continuous tenses in a single sentence?....
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Usage of 'yesterday' in Present Perfect - is it grammatically correct?

Is it correct to say (1a): Mary has not phoned since yesterday. Or should it be rather said (1b): Mary has not phoned since the day before. Similarly (2a): They haven't returned since ...
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Use of “anything” in positive sentence

In a book description I found: "This book will definitely lift up your mood and you'll feel capable of achieving almost anything". As you can imagine the sense has to be made in a positive way (they ...
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adjective for a success in the growth of freedoms of citizens in a country

If financial situation of citizens is growing, we would call it economic success in the country. If the population is growing, we call it a demographic success. What if citizens' freedoms (like ...
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I knew his name is/was Jack

1) I knew that his name was Jack and that he was 10 years old. 2) I knew that his name is Jack. 3) I knew that his name is Jack and that he was 10 years old. The first and the second sentences ...
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How to understand “two or three readings”?

From THE CONGO AND OTHER POEMS: It is the hope of the writer that after two or three readings each line will suggest its own separate touch of melody to the reader who has become accustomed to the ...
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Where Went My Empty Nest?

Where Went My Empty Nest? Why does this question have no auxiliary verb? Is this question grammatically incorrect? [The phrase is used as title of a New York Times' article]
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“come along” vs “along come”

Why is along came used in this way in the following sentence? Probably back in some previous biology course, you learned that snakes evolved from lizards and that the first snakes weren't venomous ...
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Since when {could/can} he move so quick?

SOURCE   Attack on Titan, 2013 Anime Season 2, Ep. 7 What is the difference between "Since when could he move so quick?" and "Since when can he move so quick?" The original sentence ...
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What does “informed” mean in this sentence?

This is an excerpt from musician Sara Bareilles' interview. "I want to be someone who speaks to messages that are uplifting, and to tell people how loved they are. So it’s really informed how ...
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correct preposition before 'environment'?

Which of the following sentence is correct? 1.Coal mines constitute a major percentage of the sources which cause damage on the environment. 2.Coal mines constitute a major percentage of the sources ...
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I was accompanied by my friends “for” or “to” a picnic

A) I was accompanied by my friends for a picnic. B) I was accompanied by my friends to the picnic. Which of two is correct? Can we use 'for' with the word 'accompanied'>
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What are the differences between “Do you think you could” and “Could you”?

What are the differences between “Do you think you could” and “Could you”? Is there a difference in the tone? What is the difference in their meanings?
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Is this considered a comma splice?

In the book "Smoking", author John a famous writer and scientist, and author Kim a statistician and activist, urges smokers to quit smoking. Is this a comma splice?

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