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Can we put infinitives at the beginning in order to emphasize them?

In order to emphasize the infinitive, can I change its position? Example, 1-) Your brother has some opportunities to get a better education in the U.K, but to go to the U.S, he doesn't have any ...
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Can you please explain this joke: “I'm going bananas is what I tell my bananas before I leave the house”?

Can you please explain this joke: "I'm going bananas is what I tell my bananas before I leave the house"? And another one: "I hate it when my friends ask me to do them a solid especially when I've ...
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What is the gold bits?

I'm learning English using CNN10. When I watch some news, I've heard this sentence. I have no idea what it means Cities can be difficult cases to navigate at the best of times. But for some ...
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Confusing transformation into compound sentences

What would be the transformation of the following sentences into compound sentences? "If you want success , you will have to do be diligent." "If I didn't help him, he wouldn't pass the exam." MY ...
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Target Vs. Targeted?

Do you know who the target audience are? Do you know who the targeted audience are? Which one is correct? Are they interchangeable? Well, i mean: can we use the passive form of a verb to ...
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The meaning of “within view of”

I have always understood "with view of someone" to mean can be seen by someone. But I have seen several sentences where the phrase seemingly means can see something from a vantage point, e.g.: The ...
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“they are the 3 centers of 3 clusters” or “they are 3 cluster centers”?

k-means clustering use cluster centers to model the data;. here is a figure to illustrate the cluster centers. there are 3 black dot in the figure represents 3 centers. which expression is more ...
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Do we use plural or singular when using the “every” word?

This question is about a particular phrase, because I know you can choose either the singular or plural form in certain constructions, but I am not sure if in this case it's alright. For example: ...
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Using pejorative adjectives as a compliment

Is it correct or usual to use pejorative adjectives when you want to say good things about something, like in the phrase: He can do some really nasty tricks with a coin and a scarf Of course I'm ...
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is these two sentences equal in meaning?

I want to know if the following two sentence is equal in meaning. If not, what is the difference? The sparrow was the highest bird of all The sparrow was the highest of all the birds
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died from/ died of

Why can't I say “she died from drinking 18 cans of Coca-Cola”? Instead, the correct sentence would be “she died of drinking 18 cans of Coca-Cola”. Why does that happen?
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What does “air pocket” mean here? Difference?

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/vi/dictionary/english/air-pocket “The one stock that could kind of surface as strong here is Netflix,” he said on CNBC’s “Trading Nation.” “You’re definitely seeing a ...
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What exactly does “is a pre” mean?

In the context of a job advertisement, what does "is a pre" mean? Top and only useful result on Google was this, only guessing "pré-requis" (requirement), which makes it odd to include sporadically ...
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What does “these” refer to in this sentence?

They have created traditional works and developed skills that attempt to bring the colors of the moon to life and many of these still remains today. Does "many of these" refer to "traditional ...
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Usage/understanding of “holding it all”?

In the Off Camera Show (timestamp), Brit Marling says today many people take many photos a day as a way to say I'm here, I'm alive and I'm holding it all. Is this a way to express someone has ...
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something that doesn't fit us

What is particular 'verb' for the situation when one's footwear doesn't fit his foot and his foot comes out of the footwear again and again? Do we say: The shoe is getting out again and again. Or ...
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In last/previous October?

I am kind of struggling with the right choice here: It happened in last October. Is that OK when I mean October last year?
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Meaning of herald into something [on hold]

What is the meaning of herald into something in the following sentence? Does it convey any sense? Chandrayaan-2 and Gaganyaan are, in fact, heralding ISRO into this new phase.
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Is latest by used here correctly

In the following sentence NASA’s International Space Station, the only one functional right now, is slated to retire by 2025, or latest by 2028, and no replacement for it has been confirmed so far. ...
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Is it ok to use the Frequent adverbs eg. always,often,usually,etc in past tense?

Is it OK to use the 'frequent' adverbs e.g. always, often, usually, etc. in the past tense? For example: She always went to park. She usually ate bananas.
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Is there a better way to say “I don't know everything he's thinking right now”?

I *, but if I were to guess I would say "he's doing this because he's hungry." Is there a better way to say "I don't know everything he's thinking right now"? I was thinking of writing the sentence ...
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Subjunctive clause

I have seen myself being at the lowest. I have seen myself at the lowest. Which one is correct? Is first one(being at the lowest) a subjunctive clause case?
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Is the word “identify” correctly used here?

The word "to" identifies the destination of an action, e.g. He went to school. Is the word "identify" correctly used here? I am wondering if "identifies" is the correct verb to use. I am wondering ...
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“busting in their crib” what does it mean?

"Draftpicks busting in their cribs" that said one of the man from basketball video "Game of zones" and I'm not sure what does it mean...Does it mean screaming or dying? is that means that nobody take ...
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Do we reply “approve” or “approved” in an approval request email?

If you were to approve the following email: Dear Tom, Kindly requesting for your approval on the enclosed content. Regards, Bob What would you write? Approve. Regards, Tom ...
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Does “When asking” refer to “people” or the writer in this context?

In the first sentence from this Stack Exchange Help Page: When asking a question, people will be better able to provide help if you provide code that they can easily understand and use to reproduce ...
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What does “one” refer to in “one pushing the other”? Does it refer to the girls or to the cars?

In the sentence below, what does "one" refer to in "one pushing the other"? Does it refer to the girls or to the cars? On the way into town one day I noticed a couple of young girls working their ...
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I need you both the same - is it correct?

Is it correct to say 'I need you both the same'? I want to say 'I need you both equally' but need it for the song with the word 'same'. Doesn't it mean 'I need you both to be the same'? Do you have ...
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what's the meaning of “up” in this context

we have, at present, 130 plaques up in the city. Does it mean it could be more than 130 plaques?
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Is there a polite way to ask about one's ethnicity? [on hold]

Suppose I'm talking to a person who is an American citizen but obviously has some "Asian roots" (either they immigrated to the US at early age or their parents were immigrants). Is there a polite way ...
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difference between Future Tenses with “will”

Good day! To try to better understand the Future Tenses with "will", I thought up the next situation: Plan of a tomorrow's course: Topic A will occupy the first 80% of the 1st lesson. Topic B will ...
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Can “it” be modified by the relative pronoun, which or that?

For example, 1.Where is it that you told me to bring home? 2.Where is it, which you told me to bring home? ("It" is not a place but an object such as bag or apple) I think both are natural ...
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Meaning of “on going.”

I focused my type-A personality on going to all the exercise classes at the gym. (Context: She is talking about how exercises has changed her life. Before that she was a pretty asocial and ...
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is the author saying that higher education is not a right, but a privilege— OR, that it's a right?

So, in class we were studying this article called "Access to Higher Education". I had to summarize the article, and I have no idea why, but this article confused me because: is the author for higher ...
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In a book we have lines or rows

Each one of the number level is called line or row? For instance if I want to guide a person to look at certain sentence which is located in the level of number 4 "The grammar of English consists of ...
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How can this be “would”?

I was studying the use of "used to" and "would" when I came across this sentence, which has been nagging me: 1a Family values used to be quite different in those days. 1b Family values would ...
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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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How to say more correct

I heard a saying which explains life's path of a person... It explains that if you chose your life's way (path), you should follow it until the end of your life... If you chose your way, go to the ...
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“Are” or “is” in this sentence?

There are devices whose safeness is/are warranted by those methods. The verb in question is attributed to "safeness". "safeness" is singular, so it requires "is". But "devices" is plural. So?
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Does part of a sentence starting with “For why else” need question mark?

Death must be an evil — and the gods agree; for why else would they live for ever ? Source: Sappho (c. 600 B.C.). Poetarum Lesbiorum Fragmenta, ed. Edgar Lobel and Denys Page. Oxford: Clarendon ...
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What does this phrase by Benjamin Graham mean?

A stock is not just a ticker symbol or an electronic blip; it is an ownership interest in an actual business, with an underlying value that does not depend on its share price.
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Different meanings of the word “typical”

As an adjective, perhaps because of encompassing several meanings, the word typical is one of those complicated words to me. I have always confronted with various applications of the word in many ...
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Can a single word refer to two or more things at once?

a. A body of persons sent to conduct negotiations or establish relations with a foreign country. b. The business with which such a body of persons is charged. c. A permanent diplomatic ...
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What does “working the bill through” means?

Extremely helpful role that he's played in working the bill through the subcommittee mark and the full committee. I saw this on C-SPAN, and I was wondering what "working the bill through the ...
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Run 2 runs, run 2 (can “runs” be dropped in colloquial language) [cricket]

I had a question related to Cricket. Colloquially, where the context's obvious, can "runs" be dropped to avoid duplication? The batsman ran two runs. But can it be (in a obvious context) The ...
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Gender neutral word for alumna/alumnus

1.I read in a grammar book that the gender neutral word for alumna/alumnus is "alum", but I couldn't find the word anywhere else.The word alum also means-a specific chemical compound.So is the usage ...
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What does the phrase “flick on towards your attacking midfielder” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a description of a football match: You can lob it up to your target man, to flick on towards your attacking midfielder. I am not sure about the meaning of "flick on ...
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Is it correct to use 'my' in the sentence?

The following sentence is from 'Rickshaw Kindness' in Reader's digest, August.2018. I am confused with the use of the possessive 'my' in the sentence. Please explain it to me. The driver apologised,...
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What is the difference between 'at least' and 'in the least'?

What is the difference between 'at least' and 'in the least'? What does 'in the least patient' mean? I'm not in the least patient. A WIND in the DOOR by MADELEINE L’ENGLE
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Getting screen protection installed

If I want to get a "screen protector" on my phone, I know it is natural to used: I am going to get a screen protector installed on my phone. But if I already have it on my phone but it has cracked ...

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