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You have a bad choice/You have a good choice

If we are talking about someone's "choice" as general, like what kind of clothes that person likes: You have a bad choice. (I don't like your choice) You have a good choice.(I like your ...
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“What we want is for the amendment to be withdrawn” vs. “”What we want is the amendment to be withdrawn"

Is there any difference between: What we want is the amendment to be withdrawn. and: What we want is for the amendment to be withdrawn. ? If so, what does the for express in the second ...
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Doubt in the reduction of relative clause statement

I found the following information at https://www.thoughtco.com/reduced-relative-clauses-1211107 I gave a book which was written by Hemingway to Mary last week. The second example sentence ...
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When you are carrying an item, should you use WITH or ON(preposition)

Let's say you are asking a caller if she is carrying a machine at the time. It goes like this: You:Do you have your machine WITH/ON you?(you assume that the machine is beside the caller) ...
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A use of <usual> and <always>

Please consider these examples: The flower seller was in his usual place. I’ll put the keys in the usual place. In my sentences, we say usual place, meaning that something or someone is ...
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Incorporate or subsume?

In my office bio-data form I added three more points. I requested: "Please incorporate these points and make these points effective." "Incorporate" or "subsume"? Which one is correct? I also made ...
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Using Primary auxiliary “did” with two verbs using “and”

Please consider these two sentences: (a) Did the train arrive at 11:00 and departed at 11:15? vs (b) Did the train arrive at 11:00 and depart at 11:15? Another sentence: (a) Did you ...
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Is this sentence a medio passive voice?

I saw a sentence written as: Recently an ISRO satellite failed to place into specified orbit. I was wondering if this usage is correct and a medio passive voice. Would it better if we write ...
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My earliest/earlier works

These paintings are my earliest works or These paintings are my earlier works Which one of this sentence is correct if I want to say that the paintings are the ones I paint at the beginning of my ...
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past simple and past continuous

Two years ago I was working in New York Two years ago I studied in England Both examples are from English grammar books. Could somebody explain to me why the past continuous is used in the first one ...
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It's not the first time + someone do something

I read this, It’s not the first time Biden has voiced this Trump-is-terrible-but-Republicans-are-OK sentiment. And I find this sentence structure almost always is that "... not the first time" ...
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I spilled some powder detergent on the floor

I know that "spill" will sound natural with "liquid detergent". But will it sound natural with "powder detergent"? I spilled some detergent on the floor. (It is a "powder detergent", not a liquid ...
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Past participle usage in below sentences / passives

I hope all the below form of sentences give ‘Passive’ meanings, am I correct? 1) be + verb3 [i.e. past participle] be prepared. 2) being + verb3 being processed (but in continuous form). 3) ...
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Asking for changing the air flow (straighten or tilt)

In a car, we can change the direction of the air flow. If the flow of the air is in the direction of the person and the person starts feeling cold, and wants the direction of the air flow to be ...
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question on sentence creation

Peter is registering a case in a Police station against his neighbour. Peter is registering a case against his neighbor in a Police Station. now what is the differences on the above sentences....
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There was that unlocking sound as well

My mother had unlocked her phone (by accident) with her finger. So my brother realized that, whereas my mother did not. He told our mother that she had unlocked her phone and when our mom didn't ...
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Meaning in context is confusing

The mind is essentially a survival machine. Attack and defense against other minds, gathering, storing, and analyzing information – this is what it is good at, but it is not at all creative. All ...
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How to connect the sentences?

Is this sentence correct? I am hesitant about the part of as a protein source - is it in the right place in the sentence? And also about the production of which - How should i connect the ...
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How to tell if suffix *er* means a person, a tool or an action?

Many verbs can be suffixed by er, which makes them nouns. However, some nouns made this way refer to persons, while others refer to tools or actions. For example: pay: payer (the person who pays) ...
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Is there a word that means “talking while your mouth is full of liquid”?

Is there a word that means "talking while your mouth is full of liquid"? Like, for instance, you can speak while you are drowning in your own blood making it hard to make out what you are saying. I am ...
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What does the phrase “stay closer to home” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a game advertisement text: Whether you’re looking to escape on holiday or are staying closer to home, these fun games will certainly send you on a long adventure ride. ...
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What “it” refers to here?

The mind is essentially survival machine. Attack and defense against other minds, gathering, storing, and analyzing information – this is what it is good at, but it is not at all creative. All ...
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Is there a word for referring to sounds accompagning a company's logo?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWkJ86JqlPA Is there a word for referring to sounds accompagning a company's logo? The video title is "THX Sound Effect", but it doesn't sound idiomatic, and I doubt ...
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picture/imagine as

Picture (one) as (something): To imagine that one is or might be a certain type of person or thing (According to The Free Dictionary) I always pictured you as a lawyer when you got older. I lived ...
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Verb with conditional

What sounds more natural , especially what kind of usage of verbs : " I will come to you if I don't be held up at work" or " I will come to you if I am not held up at work" Thanks
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Verb precedes Subject example

Before our amazed eyes was a white unicorn. Why is unicorn the subject of the sentence instead of eyes? It is because the preposition "before" that was placed in front of the words "amazed eyes"?
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Prepositional phrase and What it modifies

This is a sentence from Cambridge dictionary I was rather quiet as I didn't feel I had much wisdom to impart on the subject. Does "on the subject" function as an adverb to modify the verb "impart" ...
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grammar and meaning “He latched onto her arm and wouldn't let go.”

If you say “did not let go” instead of “wouldn't let go”, what is the difference in meaning or nuance? For example, the explanation in the grammar book I have is as follows. The car won’t start. (= ...
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A director will tell us how she chooses/chose the actors

(An excerpt from an English book's audio script) Situation: You and other students will meet a director of a play. "We're going to meet a director. She'll describe the whole process of producing a ...
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How do I understand “he to whom…” and “coupled though it be …” in the sentence?

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt ...
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“To all of you wanting to improve your English”

So I have the sentence "To all of you wanting to improve your English ..." Is that sentence correct? Shouldn't it be something like "All those who want to improve their English"?
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The usage of first time

I am trying to tell something.Let's say I have a friend, he is now in coma and I have never been trying to figure out what he will want me to do in the situation I am in but now I am thinking about ...
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“Nonetheless” or “none the less”?

This question comes from this ELL post (about putting the word nonetheless at the end of a sentence). Per Cambridge dictionary, "Nonetheless" should be in the form of one word. So, is it ...
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Can I use past perfect in this response?

I would like to know if I can use past perfect in this response: Did not know that you would contact me again !!! I had tried to contact so many times and did not receive any answer that I ...
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There are still a lot of places we have to go/go to

There are still a lot of places we have to go. There are still a lot of places we have to go to. I've asked some native speakers which sentence is grammatically correct, but they gave different ...
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One of a group of things: “One of my cousin called me” or “One of my cousins called me”

Why is it incorrect to say, "One of my cousin called me." instead of "One of my cousins called me."
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“I study two hours daily” vs. “I study for two hours daily”

Which one is correct? I study two hours daily. I study for two hours daily. Is the preposition "for" correct here or not, and why? If both sentences are correct, what is the difference in ...
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Is there a more concise way of saying “giving the benefit of the doubt”

Is there a more succinct way of saying the below?: You're much better at giving him the benefit of the doubt than I am. In context, someone did something which me and another perceived as bad. The ...
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Conditional sentence in simple past

Me and my friend decided to meet at school but on last movement he changed the plan. But I went their on time and surprisingly met another friend. After he left my formar friend arrived. How would I ...
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Describing pictures that are part of a brochure

He was showing to me pictures of other members of his orchestra on the invitation brochure to their concert that would take place on Sunday. The meaning that is meant to be expressed here is that ...
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passive form: when to use to be

I came across a sentence that read 'It was the first to be sold online'. It used the passive voice. Why not 'first sold online'? Why is to be used here and when do we use to be in the passive? Thanks
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Past simple + present perfect: is it possible?

Can you ask this question in English? Did your mother have your lunch done yesterday? Thanks
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Phrase request: Scale units

Can you help me to think of another ways to say: "The gauge has a scale with units at a distance of every 10 cm."? Are the following sentences correct: "The gauge scale is divided by 10 cm ...
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“A username and password {is / are} required”

I thought that the use of is/are was determined by whether or not the noun was singular or plural. But also, I'm awful at these things. username is singular. password is singular. But we are saying ...
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Meaning of “healer” in this context?

what Merchant does in The Death of Nature is to show us that far from liberating women, in reducing nature to a mechanism without soul or intrinsic meaning, the Scientific Revolution and its ...
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Can collective nouns be plural?

Can collective nouns be plural? For example, can I say armies instead of army if I'm talking about different types of armies, or crowds. crowd and army are already plural but can I add an s after ...
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the meaning of “has some go to steps for”

David Ospina: A reluctant showman but as an experienced member of the squad has some go to steps for when he is called upon. Source. Can you clarify to me the precise meaning of the bolded passage? ...
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What is the difference between “leave” and “leave behind”?

Tell me please what is the difference between leave and leave behind in the following contexts. I have left my bag behind at the store. I have left my bag at the store. He left his family ...
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What does “third-string” mean in this context?

When I was a little girl, Louis spent a lot of time with his third-string hoodlum buddies, guys with names like Izzy, Lazar, Harry, AI. They played cards for days on end and filled the house with ...
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How should I interpret this sentence structure (with too many “or”)?

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