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Spelling of noun for 'absorb' - 'absorption' or 'absorbtion'

Can anyone tell me which noun should I use for absorbing; is it absorbtion or absorption? I read some articles in which (in my opinion) both words were used interchangeably. Or maybe it was a typo.
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Another usage of “from which” in this case?

...or like our young student, they have what is called a mental calendar from which they can pull details about almost any date. (The source: https://youtu.be/43JDG0E5k4U?t=212) Could the "from ...
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what is the meaning of “ was to be reached” in this sentence?

It was by this time well known to the Romans that there were two, and two only, convenient roads whereby Southern Mesopotamia was to be reached, one along ...
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Although reports mentioned at least three survivors, a provincial health minister said at least 37 people had died, amid fears of many more casualties

A Pakistan International Airlines aeroplane with 99 people on board crashed in a residential area of Karachi. The aircraft had taken off from Lahore. Although reports mentioned at least three ...
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What is the meaning of “who, however, left some of their women behind them”? [closed]

Being considered untenable, it was deserted by the male inhabitants, who, however, left some of their women behind them. Quoted from [Title of book] by [author] https://www.gutenberg.org/files/16167/...
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In Which Position To Place Adjective In Infinitive Form Of It

I Want to know when we use infinitive verb as an adjective what is the position of the to-infinity adjective as i noticed in this url examples it always use the last postilion https://www.grammar-...
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Where should I place “last night” for this to be natural?

Mom: How's it going with Dad and his new girlfriend? (she's asking because her son has told her earlier that they argue a lot.) Son: Last night I heard them yell./I heard them yell last night./Last ...
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Difference between “work at the table” and “work the table”

According to the Human Rights Campaign website, National Coming Out Day has been held every year for 30 years on the anniversary of the second March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights Oct. ...
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Much vs Very usage differences

I was much exhausted in the evening. (Here very exhausted is wrong) She is very tired after a day’s work. (Here much tired is wrong) My grammar book said above sentences. Although the kind of ...
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is “standby” correct for waiting for orders?

Say I am waiting for orders, or a machine is waiting for commands, can I call this to be on "stand-by"? (or is it "standby"?) Is the time waiting a "stand-by time"?
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no one and no one else differences

She has no one else to look after her but me. She has no one to look after her but me. Which is correct? What is the difference between these two sentences?
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“Actually, he's just…” or “Actually, he just…”?

A: How's it going with you and Toby? B: Great. Actually, he's just moved in with me. Can I say "Actually, he's just..." or should it just be "he"?
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grammar rules for titles of posts [duplicate]

When referring to America, one should use the definite article, "the", "the United States". However, in some titles of posts, the definite article is omitted. Is that some kind of grammar rule?
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the opposite of “Plain English”

Imagine that, Alice is writing a report for a news website ... With Femtosecond Laser, many kinds of ophthalmic diseases could be cured ... Michael suggests "Ophthalmic" sounds too professional ...
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Difference in meaning using Would + present or simple past

I'm wondering what the difference is between these two phrases. What would happen if aliens visited Earth? What would happen if aliens visit Earth? Am I right in thinking that the first phrase ...
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Put up at vs. put up in

Consider the following examples: 1. We put up at a hotel in the city centre. 2. We put up in a hotel in the city centre. To me, the first example sounds better than the second one. Can we use the ...
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Someone else/another

They fight a lot. 1) Then let's hope she finds someone else soon. 2) Then let's hope she finds another boyfriend soon. 3) Then let's hope she finds herself another boyfriend soon. In this example ...
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Yesterday was the lawn mowed

I've just learnt about inversion and I'm not sure if it can be used in sentences which are in present simple or past simple. Can the two following sentences I made be inverted? Original sentence: ...
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meaning: Mr. Just About

Does "Mr. Just About" make sense as a nickname for someone who does not care about precision? I'd appreciate your help.
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If I am a future teller and made a prediction yesterday about something two days in the future, how do we use tenses here?

I happened to imagine this particular situation, which is quite unreal. But I am curious how we use verb tenses to describe the situation. Let's say I am future teller. I can tell the future. One ...
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Is it an adverb clause, a relative clause or a noun clause?

Is it an adverb clause, a relative clause or a noun clause? "To get to New Zealand the fastest way" The whole sentence is... To get to New Zealand the fastest way, you will have to fly from ...
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What's the grammar and meaning of the sentence “We're make it example on that one!”?

The source of the sentence "We're make it example on that one!": https://cnc.gamepedia.com/Twinblade One of the unit's quote
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Should I add 'of' after gerunds?

Should I add 'of' after gerunds to introduce an object? For example, which one is correct: The advent of social media has had a huge impact on sharing information. or The advent of social media ...
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pseudo-sentence after a preposition

Is there a topic covering the sentences' type? What about last one as well? As you see, "being" is used after preposition in lieu of am/is/are. How come? Now, think about everything being recorded. ...
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No one vs No one else usage

John is my best friend. No one likes me more than he does. John is my best friend. No one else likes me more than he does. 1) Which is correct? What is the difference between these two sentences?...
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Can I rewrite the first sentence as the second one?

By using 'it-cleft', can I rewrite the first sentence as the second one? Learning can help us experience the beauty of the world. It is the beauty of the world that we can experience by the ...
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would have done

In the following dialogue, why did Tom use the tense "would have made"? Can we say "would make" or other tense instead? Ann: So what time should we pick you up on Friday? Can you be ready by noon ...
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Is “I do, so shall you” correct English?

Is "I do, so shall you" correct English? I feel like so, but when I google, I cannot find similar sentences, all I found are "as you sow, so shall you reap", but I try to see if the verb can be ...
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what does it mean when a name fascinates you [closed]

I just wanted to know out of curiosity because I was wondering and I did not know what it is so can someone please explain it to me I don't know because no one has told me
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“Mc” in “McDonald” means “son of”, how will “McDonald” change if we want to say “daughter of”?

"Mc" in "McDonald" or other words starting with "Mc" means "son of". For example, "McDonald" is equal to "Donaldson" or "son of Donald". 1-Now how will "McDonald" change if we want to say "...
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Which one is correct? “Might be” or “might get”?

Which sentence is correct? Their study might be hampered. or Their study might get hampered.
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Where to put past participles?

Can anyone show me how to put a question to the bold part of the following sentence? "There are two days left." I've come up with one question and it is “How many days left are there”. Is it ...
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“a headquarters” or just “headquarters”?

Source: Russia Pounds ISIS With Biggest Bomber Raid in Decades Example: Russian officials notified U.S. planners at a coalition headquarters in Qatar before the strike, Pentagon spokesman Peter ...
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Right form of verbs after certain verbs

I was taught that in English there is a rule that the subjunctive of verbs follows after verbs like suppose, assume, and so on. For examples, Suppose n be a number. Assume a fact be true. But I ...
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to be _ but _ structure

Elusive means hard to find or capture. I read a sentence in the newspaper today which was They were asked to go to Jhalwar on April 5 to be tested but proved elusive. I am confused in the meaning ...
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“I just sent a mail” or “I just sent mail”

I'm wondering if it is "I have sent a mail to him" Or "I have sent mail to him" I could not find much online. Thank you.
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what follow “look like”?

today i stumbled upon 2 different sources of information like/as though/as if look, seem and appear and these got me confused, because look like + clause sounds so natural to me and bbc has always ...
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Meaning of run into

What is the meaning of run into in the following sentence Officials have spoken of soldiers being outnumbered when normal patrols with the strength of a few dozen each on the Indian side have run ...
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Does sequence of verb tenses also apply to phrasal verbs and multi-word verbs?

Does sequence of verb tenses also apply to phrasal verbs and multi-word verbs? Down below, we can see a phrasal verb in bold in each sentence. According to sequence of verb tenses, the subordinate ...
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should I use “should” when talking about grammar rules?

Consider these Wh-questions begin with what, when, where, who, whom, which, whose, why and how. Wh-questions should begin with what, when, where, who, whom, which, whose, why and how. The ...
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meaning of “curt”

A post says Gretchen McCulloch, an internet linguist and author of the upcoming book Because Internet, said OK is not inherently rude but the length of a reply matters. “Anything that’s ...
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“very unique” - Is it wrong? Why?

Is the following statement correct: I have found a very unique book. meaning that the book I found is very rare. I was told that statements very unique and extremely unique do not make much sense....
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Meaning of “we are the working out on earth of Freedom of Speech…”

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2001/07/truth-and-consequences/303149/ Analysts offer various explanations for the public's widespread contempt for the media. My own hypothesis is that ...
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Can infinitives replace gerunds after 'rather than'?

I learned from grammar books that rather than can be used both as a conjunction and as a preposition. So can live replace living in the following sentence (A) like (B)? I think it can according to the ...
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Is the sentence “What social problems exist in big cities” grammatically correct?

An English class use this as the topic for students. What social problems exist in big cities Typically, to construct a wh-question, one needs to use an auxiliary verb, such as "do/does", which ...
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What does “Fanny By Gaslight” mean?

Have anyone read a book of British writer Michael Sadleir "Fanny by Gaslight"? Or seen a movie of the same name? I Googled all about the title, but never met a clear explanation what does it mean. ...
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present perfect continous or past perfect continuous in this case?

Wild Zeros started in Bordeaux in late 2007 - first gig in December of that year. Just a bunch of friends (ex or current members of Magnetix, Pneumonias, Mean Things, Skeptics, Wylde Tryfles…) who ...
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how should I say climbing up or crawling up?

for example: baby crawling up ?
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“Bill doesn’t run or swim.”

Bill doesn’t run or swim. Bill doesn’t run and doesn’t swim. What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?

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