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At ten dance---------attendance

When I was at college, my English teachers used to say that the word attendance was derived from at ten dance.In schools the children used to dance at Ten AM in the British Rule and slowly it ...
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Meaning of the sentence in bold is unclear to me

We will not [says Socrates] then allow our charges, whom we expect to prove good men, being men, to play the parts of women and imitate a woman young or old wrangling with her husband, defying ...
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Why can't I use a past perfect tense in this condition part?

the sentence is: If you didn't want to buy that shirt you shouldn't have bought it ('didn't' - it's a past simple not a second conditional, watch the video by the link above) Question: When can I ...
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Type 3 conditional vs mixed conditional

I have to comment on the following situation using an if clause (i.e. write a conditional sentence regarding the given situation) : They never agree to anything I suggest. That's how they lost ...
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What does “generally” refer to in this sentence?

We can see why the non-reductive understanding of the computational theory fits into scientific theorizing generally. What is the reference of "generally" exactly? Fits or theorizing?
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Which one is more appropriate when talking about K-means visualization “about” “for” “of”?

Visuals and Animation are helpful to understand a concept like this which one below is more appropriate? expression_1: visualization about K-means clustering expression_2: visualization for K-means ...
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The correct order of adverbs

I can't figure out which is the correct order of adverbs in the sentences below. We met each other in the subway by chance yesterday. We met each other by chance in the subway yesterday. Could you ...
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What are the differences between “check it” and “check it out”?

"Check it" makes sense to me. But I don't understand the meaning of "check it out". It is not the only case. In many cases, the addition of "out" makes the sentences/phrases awkward to me, though this ...
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preposition omission before “this time of day”

I love going out at this time of the day. I love going out this time of the day. Are both the sentences grammatically correct? Or does the omitting the preposition render the sentence ...
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Is “come off the programme” (meaning was removed from the programme) idiomatic English?

I am a health care staff and on our unit everything is computerised. So when doctors prescribe it goes up on the program. However, there was this prescription that suddenly stopped on the program. So ...
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Articles at the beginning of sentences in scientific writing

I'm writing my master thesis in english as a non-native speaker. I start a lot of sentences without an article and one of my lectors (a non-native speaker like myself) found this to be odd and marked ...
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Is “quantity” a proper word to use for “the number of things” in technical topics?

I am looking for a technical term for the number of things. In my native Danish lanauge, we have one single word: Antal which directly means the number of. In English, the word amount wouldn't ...
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its or their when talking about body parts

This is a command for a preschool class in which I'm not sure if I need to use its or their. The command as follows: "Point to each part of the body and say its name." The idea is basically that the ...
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Would anyone explain to me the use of the preposition of time ‘to’?

Would someone explain to me the exact meaning of the following sentence: Tickets are available to the end of the month. Does it mean the tickets are available from the beginning until the end of ...
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What does “feel one's stomach disappear” mean in this context?

In Harry Potter: Harry ran up the hall into the kitchen and felt his stomach disappear. Aunt Petunia’s masterpiece of a pudding, the mountain of cream and sugared violets, was floating up near ...
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Why do they say “more richer”?

See this video (a captioned children's story) at 1:34 (1 minute & 34 seconds) They say, "He becomes even more richer than ever before" Is more richer idiomatic? Why don't they say "even much ...
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Between and across

Do between children and across children in following sentence have different meanings? In addition, wide health inequalities persist between and across children in various sociodemographic groups in ...
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“without a break in the wall”

There is no break in the conversation where you can go: "All right then" . You know It is just going on and on without a break in the wall. (Context: He is complaining about a friend who ...
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Meaning of “consistency of time, place, or character”

Overview Aristophanes was the greatest writer of Old Comedy in Athens in the fifth century BCE and the only playwright from that era with any complete plays surviving. Old Comedy was a form ...
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What kind of sentence structure is , “Would that be, If i were a rich man ! ”

What kind of sentence structure is , "Would that be, If I were a rich man ! " Isn't it incorrect English? What kind of sentence is it, that is deemed valid to begin with, Would that be AND why not ...
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Can 'whole' be used as an adverb?

It rained the whole week except on Sunday. In this question is the word 'whole' an adverb? Or since the word 'week' is a noun, will it become a determiner?
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I took the wrong article and changed the meaning. Is it wrong?

If I say ‘’Those are the pencils which I use to write in English’’ you know that I only use these pencils so the definite article excludes the existence of other things in this category. If I say ‘’...
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Is it required to do subject-auxiliary inversion when narrating a question?

Let's say my friend asks us: Which one of you want coffee? Now if I were to narrate it, I would say: My friend asked me which one of us wanted coffee. I want to know why the general practice ...
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Phrase: the sun is out

Why do we say the sun is out? We don’t say the candle is out or the light bulb is out. Why don’t we say the sun is visible?
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What does “Cheer up” mean?

Some people say that you can't use that phrase when the listener is in real bad situations, such as having their arm broken, car accidents or something like those, because the phrase could feel like "...
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You have the right as c parent **to second guess** everything

You have the right as c parent to second guess everything. to second guess in this sentence mean "to criticize or doubt everything"
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Is this definition of 'World War No.2' correct?

I read this at Mental floss: That's right—in February 1919, just a few months after World War 1 ended, a story appeared in the UK's Manchester Guardian called “World War No. 2.” The Oxford English ...
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Participle to finite verb

I have to rewrite the following sentence by changing the participle into a finite verb Going up the stairs, the boy fell down. According to me the answer should be While the boy was going up the ...
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On separating two prepositional phrases with a comma followed by and

Is it grammatical to separate the two prepositional phrases (P.P) by a comma in The truth is that after hospitals are hit, and in areas like this where there is just one hospital, our houses have ...
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I will try my level best

I will try my level best. I have heard this expressions from many Indian speakers of English. Is it not enough if we say: I wil try my best Is try one's level best a set phrase? what is the use ...
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starting feeling vs starting to feel

(A) Trent thought it quite satisfying to live in his parents’ house. (B) Regina is starting feeling even more pressure to retain her looks. (C) He regarded the elderly as a strange tribe ...
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Meaning of the phrasal verb “hold over” in context

I have stumpled upon it in this video. It is at 37 seconds Here are three sunken lands that might hold you over until the fish people turn up. I have looked it up in a few dictionaries, but I ...
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'can' in if-clause

Is it OK to use "can" in the if-clause of Type 1 conditional sentences? For example: I'll try find the audio files later. If I can't find them I'll record everything for you. Is this sentence ...
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Disputations over claims

In clauses like "This claim is disputed." and "disputed claims", it seems that the verb "to dispute" can be used to mean that the thing we are talking about is controversial and some people disagree ...
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“to fink meself lucky”

"I was selling in Diagon Alley an' she come up to me an' asks if I've got a licence for trading in magical artefacts. Bleedin' snoop. She was gonna fine me, but she took a fancy to the locket an' told ...
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Is 'suspected' a verb and “had been and arrangement…” noun complement of marriage in this sentence?

In the end, most people suspected the marriage had been an arrangement of sorts between Ali and Sanubar. -(The Kite Runner) Is 'suspected' a verb and "had been and arrangement....." noun complement ...
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“Since they partnered up they have made a lot of money”

Since they partnered up they have made a lot of money. Or should it be Since they had partnered up they have made a lot of money. because first they partnered up and only then they have made a ...
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Why is there no comma needed?

I'm new here. I am still confused whether I could use comma at certain place in a sentence after looking for several online articles. I wonder maybe my question is too basic to find specific rules, ...
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Their/Its-Another/Those [on hold]

I really can’t get it, what does it say in the second sentence?
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“What to call it” vs. “how to call it”

I went through the questions, but I didn't find an answer to this kind of sentence. Would you tell me what would be the correct sentence A or B? I had 2 beta readers and 2 answers. Thank you. A) It ...
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What does each of these sentences mean?

What does each of these sentences mean? What are differences in meaning between them? Are they all grammatically correct? I practiced martial arts at a young age. I practiced martial arts ...
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Which type of adverbial is “ about this policy”?

“I will think again about this policy.” In my view, “about this policy” is a preposition phrase, functioning as an adverbial. But I don’t know which type of adverbial this phrase is.
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Does greek alphabet φ pronounce “fee”, “pee”, or “fai”? [on hold]

I heard various pronunciation of alphabet φ. this video pronounces "pee"; this post gives a "fee". "ee" in both pronunciation above sounds the same as the flying insects bee. I also heard another ...
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“Would have” or “would had” - use of tenses in a sentence

Are the tenses in this sentence correct? If you would have worked hard you would not have had to suffer this much. or should this be correct? If you would had worked hard you would not have had ...
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Should I use 'to' with home and house?

let's go home. let's go to home. let's go house. let's go to house. I'm going home I'm going to home When should I use 'home' and when should I use 'house'.
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“India has” or “India have”

English is not my first language. Sometimes I read some mistakes in newspapers and get confused. Please check below sentences and let me know your valuable feedback. As per newspapers: India ...
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Meaning of the phrasal verb “set out” in context

I have stumbled upon it in this article. The nationalists are unconvinced by Mr Zelensky's promises to safeguard Ukraine's interests and not to cross his "red lines", set out in an urgent news ...
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The output of an adapter

I'm trying to name a function in a software package. Let's start with some backgrounds. The package provides supplemental functions to multiple upstream packages that train random forests. To avoid ...
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Understand the use of 'raise the stakes of'

I am reading a book Blue Ocean Strategy. There was this sentence in the book: Placing the kingpins in a fishbowl greatly raises the stakes of inaction. The problem with sentence is that ...
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I never seem to the lose…

I keep running but I never seem to the lose the dark. Can you please help me with understanding the bolded part from the above sentence. Is the word "lose" used as a noun? Why not "loss"?

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