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too and either usage differences

A: I don't like oranges. B: I don't like oranges either. This is the right way to express this idea. question 1: But why can't it be written like this: B: I too don't like oranges. question ...
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An exam of French?

Is it grammatically correct to say "An exam of French". Or should I say "A French exam"? I tried to google it, it gives a few results, but a lot were found in languages learning forum from non ...
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once unleashed or once unleash

I saw the following sentence on Memrise website: SINISTER forces once UNLEASHED are extremely hard to control. The thing I can't get my head around is why we use "unleashed" in this sentence, ...
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“to be” or “be” that is my question

Does this grammar structure fit here? Nanotechnology is to develop further, as its positive aspects cannot be denied, but be treated with extreme caution. Nanotechnology is to develop further, as its ...
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What does “lock in” mean here?

Does it mean Prevent? https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/lock-in_1?q=lock+in+ “The biggest lesson we learned from the global financial crisis was to not abandon stocks ...
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“Object complement” OR “participial phrase”

In 2019 the company saw a strong uptake of its flagship OnePlus 7- series regaining the top spot back after falling behind Samsung in 2018. Is the bold phrase a participial phrase or an object ...
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What's the most normal/ regular/ usual/ common/ ordinary word to describe something not special?

What's the most natural way of saying the opposite of "special" in the contexts listed below? The word I'd use the most naturally is "normal" but one of my teachers said it's not the best choice, ...
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What does “if we thought about it” mean?

"Ordinarily we believe that other human beings are conscious, and almost everyone believes that other mammals and birds are conscious too. But people differ over whether fish are conscious, or ...
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Good idea vs good point

Good idea; Good point. Is there any difference in meaning between the above expressions? For me they seem to be quite similar and interchangeable. Would you please let me know your opinion?
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“such a lot of friends”

What's up with that phrase "such a lot of friends", "such a lot of money" etc First of all, I've never heard it before, not in 30 years. Second of all, why isn't it "so a lot of friends" (sounds ...
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The word “patient” can be used for the people who are cared for by caregivers?

Is it possible to use the word "patient" for the people who are cared for by caregivers or the people who are in need of nursing care? If not, what do you call those people?
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“in three days” VS “For three days”

Can anyone please explain the difference between these two sentences 1) I've not slept in three days. 2) I've not slept for three days. I hear people using the both sentences. I'm just curious if ...
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Knowing how to wield regular expressions unleashes processing powers you might not even know were available

Knowing how to wield regular expressions unleashes processing powers you might not even know were available. What does it mean? to me, it is "you might not even know the fact that processing powers ...
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Neither - Nor vs Don’t- And [duplicate]

Alex likes neither candy nor cake. Alex don’t like candy and cake. What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?
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Relative clause construction

In an exercise book for college students, the teacher asked the students to combine the following sentence using a relative pronoun: Shakespeare was a famous writer. He wrote great plays. The ...
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What does 'opening storyline' mean in this sentence?

Today I was studying my physics textbook and this sentence shows up "....filling the tank of your car in the opening storyline with gasoline." I can't seem to understand what it means. Google says ...
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Neither…nor vs Both…and vs Or…not

By the time of the Beowulf poet, Anglo-Saxon society in England was neither primitive nor uncultured. Which of the sentences below best express the information in the statement? Society in Anglo-...
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usage of 'neither.. nor', 'not…or' and 'not… nor'

Are these sentences grammatical?  I neither usually wake up at 6 am, nor do I like to wake up at 5 am. We neither wear the same clothes, nor do we eat the same food. We don't wear the ...
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Can you vs Can you maybe

Is there any difference in meaning between these following sentences? Can you maybe call him and tell him to meet us there? Can you call him and tell him to meet us there?
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Sentence choice

He is one of the greatest men who have ever lived. He was one of the greatest men who ever lived. Sentence 2 looks wrong to me because we cannot use ever with past tense in this case as people are ...
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Does this sentence follow a common pattern?

[About a blocked up sink] Of course if Tom was home he'd put it right in a moment. He loves anything like that. He's ever so good with his hands, Tom is. Is this final "Tom is" a normal thing people ...
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Meaning of 'grown indolent'

Indolent means lazy, slow or averse to activity. I was reading an article where I read this particular usage. The sentence is Bicol Express is another classic, pork grown indolent in coconut milk and ...
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Is this passive verb construction & condition wrong?

Sentence itself: [Enemy] uses that spell when was attacked by any Ice spell. I am wondering, is that construction sounds "good" in English, or native speaker would rather use different tense/aspect ...
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What is the difference between following? [duplicate]

Walk to Walk over/up to Do they mean the same thing? I've noticed walk to is used for place And walk over/up to is used for people
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“I wouldn't want to around the amount of people at that pool party even before the pandemic.”

First of all, I would like to know what differences do the use of won't and wouldn't make in any sentences, and what kind of meanings (wouldn’t) would conveys in the following sentence. I wouldn't ...
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I rarely see someone I know or I rarely see anyone I know? [duplicate]

Lots of people have been moving out of my hometown. I rarely have seen anyone I know. Can you use "someone" instead of anyone? If not, please explain why. Thank you!
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I would make sure you had a good flight

I found the following sentence in a movie. The context is there is a boy who do not like to fly and the girl tell him the following sentence. In fact, I cannot understand the grammar associated with ...
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Sentences That Start With 'It'

Some ESL students have trouble understanding the logic of sentences starting with it, i.e. 'It is cold.' Or using 'it' as a pronoun to replace ideas in general. Usually they will start the sentence ...
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Present continuous to express future arangements conditionally

I was taught that we can use present continous to express future that has been arranged. For example, "I am staying home today". Today, I stumbled upon on the following example: "I am staying in ...
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Usage Too, As well and Also in negative sentences

I also/too don't understand why they're here Is this sentence correct? My grammar book is saying that this sentence is wrong and we should use either in negative sentences. For example above sentence ...
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“Said by he who…” vs “said by him who…”

What the non-cooperatives were told was 'Ok it's been nice knowing you...' said by he who was/is in charge. (sentence copied from this link) I was just wondering why it's "by he who", not "by him who"...
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Can you help with these sentences?

Out of 100 consumers interviewed, the great majority of them loves (or love?) candies, and the 20% among them prefers (or prefer?) sugar-free candies. As much as 30% of the consumers prefer (or ...
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Too vs Either in agreement of negative sentences

SAM: I don’t like choclates. BOB: 1) I too, don’t like choclates. (Or) 2)I don’t like choclates, either. What would be the correct sentence of Bob, Sentence1 or Sentence2? If anyone sentence of ...
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“My”, “him” etc. as subject

I've got a question which comes from my possible not understanding the following sentence. He hated using his hands, and he hated bending down, which was always liable to start him coughing. In ...
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Had Andrew a little patient… - error in the example sentence?

At https://www.learngrammar.net/a/examples-of-inversion-used-in-conditional-sentences there's one example which I think has an error in it. Specifically Had Andrew a little patient, he could have ...
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Use of article “the”

Do we have to use the article "the" in the following example: Coordinator in (the) Director's Office, Department of Legal Affairs?
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Is the word 'perform' idiomatic in this context?

If my friend told me that he ordered online, a service of blood tests (made by a nurse) and he has one month that this purchase is valid from the time he paid for it, then he asked me when to perform/...
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How to identify that it is progressive verb or temporary activity

She is smelling a black rose. (Progressive verb) She is looking at the sky. (Temporary activity) We say that first sentence is a progressive verb but second is a temporary activity. I believe both ...
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Distinguishing between subject and object of sentence when the clause seems ambiguous

Looking past the literal meaning of the sentence; I'm struggling to identify which is the true subject and object in the following sentence. "The mother beats up her daughter because she was drunk." ...
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How to find the Part-of-Speech of a word

I want to know is there a dictionary or site to find Part of Speech of a word? For example, when I search "inform" it tells me the meaning of it and the part-of-speech of "inform".
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“like it is” vs. “like this”

A tutorial gives this example to demonstrate the use of "the". The manager told us more about plan for the New Year's party. narrator says ... it can’t stay like it is. we say that the manager ...
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situations where “come” and “go” are interchangeable

From Cambridge Dictionary A/an and the are articles. They are a type of determiner and they go before a noun. According to which, I could say Articles go before a noun. From a tutorial ...
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meaning of “argued to be”

"you already knew" vs. "you've already known" says That would be completely natural, and could probably be argued to be more correct - but in practice it's unnecessary here. ...
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I thought, I've thought or I've been thinking?

For example, 1. I have been thinking I wanna go abroad since I was a child. 2. I have thought I wanna go abroad since I was a child. 3. I thought I wanna go abroad since I was a child. Which is ...
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Is “every bit” an adverb?

I found out 'every bit' is similar expression to 'entirely' while reading through another post put up on here. So in this line (from the movie 'Dead poets society' Source:Yarn Clips): "It's every ...
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What is the pronunciation of “gn”?

In Italian, the group gn is pronounced differently from English. (See for example magnolia, which is pronounced /ma'ɲoːlja/ in Italian.) What is the correct pronunciation of gn, in English, for ...
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“the” with city features

In Does "make 3 predictions" sound natural? I make up a sentence I'd like to make 3 predictions about the future of New York City, which are about population, housing prices and crime ...
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take back is equal to give back?

I know "give sth back" means "to return something to the person who gave it to you", and "take sth back" means "to return something you have bought to a shop", according to "https://dictionary....
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Difference between pleasure and delight

I didn't find anything very clear. What is the exactly difference between "pleasure" and "delight"?
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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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