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verb according to which subject in case of 'or' 'either-or' and 'together with'

Has Ram or his friends come to school? I am confused about the rule When two subjects are joined by 'neither...nor', 'either-or','or' etc the verb follows the nearest subject (Ram) or the second ...
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Is this sentence correct: “Who is coming on instead?”

Is this sentence correct? ‫‪Why is the coach substituting Ronaldo? Who is coming on instead? my problem is "on" Is it a part of the phrasal verb ("come on") or it's a preposition for "instead"? ...
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Choose correct sentence

He reached the village just when the sun was setting. When just the sun was setting he reached the village. When the sun was setting he just reached the village. He just reached the village when ...
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Embedded questions with 'be'

I know that we should use the normal word order in embedded questions, for ex. 'I don' t know what she did', and with 'be'-'I don' t know where she is', and with subject questions 'I don' t know who ...
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Preposition-usage in a sentence

Should I say: It's a book I need to make a summary It's a book I need to make a summary about It's a book I need to make a summary about it Which one is the most correct? And how can I ...
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What's the meaning of “It came right as”?

It came right as president Trump and the Japanese Prime minister were sitting down for dinner at the president's private resor Mar-aLago in Palm Beach, Florida. In this sentence, What's the meaning ...
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what is the meaning of “ex coeli” in this sentence?

I read a sentence in Word by Word by Kory Stamper which was: To one group of people, the dictionary was handed to humanity ex coeli, a hallowed leather-clad tome of truth and which term as ...
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How to understand “of longing the discovery of the broken mirror had occasioned” in this sentence

Then he placed the fragment on top of that morning's Daily Prophet, which lay unread on the bed, and attempted to stem the sudden upsurge of bitter memories, the stabs of regret and of longing the ...
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“Please, tell me” vs. “Could you tell me”

I am not a native English speaker. Last week, I sent Email to my manager saying "Please, tell me the meeting date". My manager replied: You meant "Can you tell me the meeting date" So, I am not sure ...
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“to drive around” implies who is driving the vehicle?

In the sentence "I drive the car", I am controlling the car. If I am not driving, I could say, for instance, "I ride the car". edit: I meant "I ride in the car" Could "to drive around in" mean both ...
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An adjective meaning something is imposed in a country by another country?

This coup was run in this country by another country. It is a ----- coup. What word to put in the blank? I want an adjective meaning that the something, such as a coup, is imposed/run/planned in a ...
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Word/Idiom Meaning From Sherlock Holmes

In the Sherlock Holmes book A Study in Scarlet, Mr. Watson asks about a man in the street and Sherlock Holmes deduces that man is a retired marine sergeant: "You mean the retired sergeant of ...
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Answering a question within a question

How can I answer a question within a question? Which should be answered first; the former one, or the latter one? For example: Can you tell me, who is PM of India? Answer 1: Yes I can tell you....
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Persistent much? (What does it mean)

Someone had written “Persistent much, huh? Well, then let’s start with my family background.” What does “Persistent much” mean? I looked it up, but I couldn’t find it’s meaning.........
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meaning of texas poon tappa [on hold]

I wonder the meaning of texas poon tappa. I searched in Google and found this. the tappa is an individual that rolls into the great south and taps poons with reckless regard for safety. But I don'...
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I don't know how to feel about it/I don't know what to feel about it

So, since there's a military coup going on in Turkey right now, a few of my friends have taken to Facebook to share how they feel about the whole thing. And, one of them put up a status that reads: ...
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Could I ask a question about English Conditional?

I am a English learner. I am studying Conditional these day and I learned there are many types of conditional. Zero. If you heat ice, it melts. (The zero conditional is often used to refer to ...
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What goes after until?

Which is correct (or what's the difference between): He kept going until he saw the river. OR He kept going until he had seen the river.
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“Not having had time” or “not having time”?

A fiction about CYBORG, Not having had time to connect it to her wired nervous system, she felt like she was dragging around a paperweight. Why is here not "not having time"?
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“He is having to pay the money” passive

Active: He has to pay the money. Passive: The money has to be paid by him. Active: He is having to pay the money. Passive: The money is having to be paid by him. (I'm not sure) Please explain. ...
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Shouldn’t “if pleasure be happiness” be written “if pleasure would be happiness”?

Why is there a simple form “be” after the subject in the following sentence? Isn't it that it should be like 'if pleasure would be happiness'? My courtiers called me the Happy Prince, and happy ...
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Get through vs finish

Today my doubt is about the word “get through”. Basically the meaning is like “finish” something right? Well in this quote “when you get through the homework, I’ll give you more” can I use the word “...
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The right preposition in this sentence?

I don't trust him. My distrust in/of him is severe. Which one is the right preposition: in or of?
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What does “for perspective” mean?

Rachel Whalen remembers feeling gutted in high school when a former friend would mock her online postings, threaten to unfollow or unfriend her on social media and post inside jokes about her to ...
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Using “from” and “already” in the Past Simple

From the very first lesson, she already surprised my quite a lot by how quickly she could do simple addition problems. And later, she has never stopped surprising me by other, even more ...
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Reported Speech of wh-question: He wanted to know where he works/worked?

I am not sure which one we should use when we talk about someone asked:"Where does he work?" He wanted to know where he works? He wanted to know where he worked? Does the answer depend on ...
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What does “fuller discussion” mean?

I am sorry for not being able to give you some context about this. I found this phrase from the "Pearson Academic Words List". I tried a few dictionaries even, but still not able to understand the ...
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When expressing “by using the Python programming language”, should I use “with”, “in” or something else?

This post uses this title Extract specific pages of PDF and save it with Python This post uses this title Finding the index of an item given a list containing it in Python Both of the examples ...
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Unlike and Not Unlike

He doesn’t eat a lot like her. This can mean both she eats a lot and she doesn’t eat a lot, right? He doesn’t eat a lot unlike her. Does this have the same problem as the first sentence?
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Consider the Cambridge English examinations, does “productive vocabulary” have a higher priority than “receptive vocabulary”

A Cambridge English vocabulary says The list covers vocabulary appropriate to the B1 level on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and includes receptive vocabulary (words that the ...
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think I can do anything

a. I don't think I can do anything you want. Can't this sentence mean two things? a1. I think I can't do anything you want. a2. I don't think I can't do just anything you want. b. You're mistaken ...
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Can do AND can not do

If I have an option to do, I say: I can do If I don't have an option to do, I say: I can not do But what if I have an option not to do...: I can not do How to distinguish it from "I can ...
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Is it alright to say good afternoon Sirs and Madams in a panel interview?

I will be attending a panel interview (with two men and two women). I don't know their names. I want to be more polite, but I am not sure whether it is alright to say Good afternoon, sirs and ...
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What does “Although the Second Amendment people” mean?

I don't quite understand what Donald Trump just said, especially the phrase in bold: "Hillary wants to abolish—essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick, if ...
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First Conditional Sentences

In order to make a first conditional sentence, I need to build my sentence this way: If the train is delayed, I'll be late or If it snows, I won't go to the party. I've read though in the ...
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This was the first time I'd been abroad or this was the first time I was abroad?

I was reading the following article https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2003/jan/26/naples.italy.observerescapesection and encountered some usages of the Past Perfect that I didn't quite get why they ...
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What is the meaning of “a column of four place numbers”?

In the sentence, Such software is referred to as threaded, or multi-threaded. The software adding, say, a column of four place numbers could drive the job into four threads: Adding the 1s-place ...
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Is “actual hands-on” SYNONYMOUS with “hands-on experience”?

I need to confirm if the word can be used as an alternative to: EXPERIENCE. Example sentence: These days, working people not only need experience, but also soft skills. Or These days, working ...
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“considered to be” and “considered as”

This passage is from TOEFL: Those who are considered to be gorgeous can make millions of dollars due to their looks, while musical geniuses with modest looks may remain in obscurity. I wonder ...
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What's the vice versa of “they go low, we go high?”

The expression "vice versa" seems to have been used to express something opposite, but there are a bunch of "opposite" things. My question is when one writes or says When they go low [TL], we go ...
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Does one say “draft email” or “email draft”?

Does one say "draft email" or "email draft"? Usage example: https://www.techwalla.com/articles/how-to-create-an-email-in-outlook-to-be-sent-by-someone-else (mirror): The recipient should download ...
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How to use “how could” to express

I want to say, “No one can refuse this pretty face.” Can I use, “How could someone refuse this pretty face?” as well? Is it the same meaning?
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Can I change this sentence into passive voice? [on hold]

If I have a sentence like this "We are going to join in the trip to New York", can I change it into passive voice?
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“such that”, “so that” or “in a way that” in this sentence

I wrote: The problem is that "can we cover the bigger rectangle with small rectangles such that no two rectangles overlap and no gap opens up" Is it a correct usage of such that? Could I use "so ...
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Available In/As

I have a question about the preposition to use when talking about different versions/varieties of a products: NY Times: Coke's biggest brand in Japan is no longer Coke Classic. It's a brand ...
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What is the differences between be going to and future continuous when being used to talk about plan?

So my teacher said that we can use both to describe a planned plan or idea. Is there any difference between the two? For examples: "The party will be starting at 7" vs "The party is going to start at ...
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What does `language use` mean, in the context of modern English?

A Cambridge english vocabulary says The Cambridge Learner Corpus is a collection of over 44 million words of English, based upon evidence of language use by learners from all over the world and ...
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What does “necessarily” mean here?

Does the sentence in bold mean "Is it necessary that the USD has to show the same status as it has in the past years"? "But I think more fundamentally you have what I touch on, which is this global ...
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Concrete examples to supplement(s) when talk about some operation or explanation

I am confused with the usage of the word supplement. A similar usage might be a 16-page advertising supplement where it means an additional part of a book, newspaper, report etc Following is ...
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“Noun1+Preposition+Noun2” VS. “Noun2+Noun1”

If i want to write sentences such as the following ones, 1 Some people value the beliefs in respect. 2)The president gave him an approval to the policy. 3) there is a demand for water in some poor ...

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