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How to say that you are available

Recently I received an email in which I am asked whether I have time for a short call. I want to say that I am available every day, but I am not available from 3 till 5 PM. Can I say "I am available ...
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the meaning of “hits primetime”

From a tutorial "February 9th, 1964. Beatlemania hits primetime in the United States." I understand every single word in the sentence. Beatlemania means a group of enthusiastic fans of Beatles. ...
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Does “We couldn't have heard it better” mean a possibility too?

We couldn't have heard it better. What does the sentence mean? I think, it means that either we DID NOT hear it so well in the past (subjunctive) OR we might have heard it so well (possibility). ...
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Sleep - countable?

So my first assumption is, of course, that you have to say "I had little sleep", but so many people say "I had a little sleep", and I can't understand why "sleep" becomes countable all of a sudden. Is ...
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His new song is English vs His new song is an English song vs His new song is in English

If I am talking about a song in English by a musician who is not English, can I use these sentences interchangeably to mean the song is in English? His new song is English. His new song is an ...
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Is the sentence, “With more board configurations than there are atoms in the universe”, grammatically correct?

A post says With more board configurations than there are atoms in the universe, the ancient Chinese game of Go has long been considered a grand challenge for artificial intelligence. I understand ...
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Is it better to say in a quest or on a quest?

Check the party regularly to find out how we are doing in/on the quest. Is it better to say in a quest or on a quest?
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Is “take a long time to wait” grammatical?

Would it be grammatical to ask: "Did it take you a long time to wait for us yesterday?" Some Russian guy on another forum is insisting that he has researched this and that it's grammatical and ...
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Can I say “name after the first letter”?

there. I would like you guys to answer this question. Let s say, I had a dog named "Camila". After she passed away I got a new dog. (This dog is a male.) I want to give him a name beginning with ...
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Reducing adverb clauses is possible?

Can you help me? reducing adverb clauses at these examples is possible? 1- Before John left on his trip, his son gave him a big hug and a kiss. 2- Because Josh had been raised by his elderly ...
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“the unique challenges” why the?

Why is "the" used in this sentence? What are the unique challenges of keeping mobile devices secure?
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'to do' or 'to make' a problem?

Which word is more idiomatic with a problem, to do or to make? I don't like to do/make problems for people.
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Question about assimilation

Good day [ɡʊd deɪ] and at time [ət taɪm] - is it a partial assimilation(loss of plossion), or maybe complete assimilation like in horse-shoe? And what about don’t you ? I know there's a form doncha ...
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“with your not trusting yourself”

The following quoted sentence is a dialogue, spoken by a therapist to the male protagonist from the series 'The Affair'. These feelings you have for Alison (male protagonist’s wife) judging you, ...
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“do for” vs “do to”

I observe that "doing something for someone" is usually used when the act done is positive. Is it also used for negative acts? Is "doing something to someone" is used only for negative acts or for ...
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Can you help me solving these? [closed]

Combine each pair of sentences using a NOUN CLAUSE. Start your sentences with the phrases/words given in parentheses. 1-How much does a box of chocolate cost? It is an important piece of information ...
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Is / l / in “whole” dark or clear?

Is / l / in “whole” dark or clear? I know that a clear ( or palatalised ) / l / is in a prevocalic position; nonetheless, I also know that the dark / l / ( or velarised ) is usually at the end of ...
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Can you give me the meaning of these two sentences

*He's been the death of many, a poor man "Who's gonna kiss your rosy red cheek It's gonna be that steel drivin' man" what does these two mean? Both come from a gun club song "John Hardy" from the ...
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What does “you a stranger” mean?

I was reading a book and I noticed a strange sentence for me. "It was brave of you to help Arthur - and you a stranger". What does "you a stranger" mean? Is it a shortened "you are a stranger"?
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What does 'its' refer to?

To consider the possibility that none of the people around you may be conscious produces an uncanny feeling. On the one hand it seems conceivable, and no evidence you could possibly have can rule ...
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Usage of articles before adjectives

Most of the time I have heard people say "Rahul is an honest person." Which one is correct and why? He is an honest person. He is honest person. She is an honest woman. She is honest ...
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How to formally give response message if my shop is closed

I'm trying to compose a response message for my Facebook page in case the page visitors send messages while my shop is closed (non business hours) Sorry our shop is closed at this hour, but our ...
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Is 'means of' a prepositional verb?

In the sentence: "Rough and ready does not refer to time, but means of low or poor quality." Is 'means of' a prepositional verb? I searched for it in the internet but I didn't find a full reference ...
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When calling a company in the united states, how do you start a conversation?

How do you initiate the conversation? Should you use the phrase "How are you?" after or before introducing yourself? I assume it is after you introduce yourself? "Hi, this is ... calling, how are you?...
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What does the phrase “space-warping portals” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "space-warping portals" in the following sentence from the description of the game "Levelhead": Play through hundreds of user-created challenges, ...
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Meaning of draw in the following sentence

In the sentence given below U.S. objections draw in part from its eagerness to export liquefied natural gas to Europe, besides thwarting Moscow’s ambition to dominate the region’s energy market. ...
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“boroughs” vs. “districts”

Google and some other guys use "boroughs" when talking about the administrative divisions of NYC: keywords: how many boroughs in nyc Whereas some post uses "districts" when talking about the ...
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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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“The+ comparative” form

I know that when something changes (whether it increases or decreases in size, number, or whatever) along with another change, it can be expressed with " the+ comparative, the+ comparative" form. ex) ...
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as exhausting and strange as the trip had been

I have the text: As exhausting and strange as the trip had been, Kate seemed to love getting to know the missionaries and their families. Which is correct, 1 or 2: 1) Kate seemed to love getting ...
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Is the sentence below written in good English? [closed]

Goods will be safely delivered to your doorstep or workplace. I'm trying to make sure that my sentence sounds natural to a native speaker's ears.
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How can I know the correct pronunciation of any word?

Can you tell me any website which has best pronunciation of the words. I, frequently, find many words,of which I want to know the pronunciation.But, I can't know because of non-availability of any ...
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“I want you succeed in life”

I want you succeed in life. Is the above sentence correct? It sounds grammatical if we think of the sentence as 'I want that you succeed in life' and take 'that you succeed in life' as the object of ...
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“What letter?” in a title and in a question

If I title a worksheet "What Letter?", am I reducing the grammar too much? It's a worksheet for 5 year old ESL learners. So, obviously, I don't want to confuse them with a full sentence. But I also ...
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Confused about the structure of the sentence

Let's look at the sentences. These are the things to sell. These are the things to be sold. Which one is correct? The first one sounds good. It seems that in the first sentence we are talking ...
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Things to sell vs things to be sold

Let's look at the sentences. These are the things to sell. These are the things to be sold. Which one is correct? The first one sounds good. It seems that in the first sentence we are talking ...
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She and I are in different cities or she and I are in a different city

She and I are in different cities She and I are in a different city Which sentence is correct? I intuitively chose the first one until I saw the lyrics of the song 'Good as Gold' My heart your ...
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*As* he finished his speech, the audience

As he finished his speech, the audience burst into applause. Doesn't "as" suggest the two actions happened simultaneously? But they could not happen simultaneously. The audience applauded as soon as ...
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Sound made by a cellphone during dialing

What’s the sound made by a cellphone during ‘dialing’ called? When a cellphone makes a notification sound, we say “chiming of the cellphone” like that how would we describe ‘dialing’?
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Quarantine for COVID? No! I am healthy!

Suppose Mr. Zhang just got an forced-quarantine order and he says "I don't need any quarantine, I am quite healthy" src or ... "I am in quite good health" src or ... "I have quite good ...
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Omitting articles before countable and not abstract nouns

Why, in some cases, are articles omitted when there is "and" between certain countable and not abstract nouns. For example: cat and dog are not usually friendly towards each other or mother and ...
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How to tell the stress of a word and what do commas mean in IPA?

/ˌmiːdɪˈəʊkə/, /ˈmiːdɪˌəʊkə/ These two pronunciations differ only by apostrophe and comma. What do these signs mean and where can I listen to this difference? And another question about IPA - how can ...
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What does “spin-off” mean in this context?

Below is from "Dare to be Lazy" by Rolang Barthes I remember this image: When I was a child, Paris was different. It was before the war. It was hot in the summer, hotter than it is now; at least it ...
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Shouldn't it be “Nobody touch him!”

I heard in a movie Nobody touches him! Shouldn't it be in the imperative form, like "Nobody move!"? Background: from Brubaker After Redford's character aggravated the members of the prison board,...
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Favor to someone vs. favor for someone

What's the correct option? maybe both are correct? Example sentence: It's not a favor for/to me, but for/to you. I found both on the net: "Actually, not a favor for me but for Libby." Source. ...
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“Questions”, Construction with “do” and “be”

I always tend to use constructions like in the examples below. Where I'm mixing "do" and "be" by way similar to that when the "do" and "have" are used together. (e.g. Does it have?). Why it is wrong? ...
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Is the sentence correct or shortened?

Let's look at the sentence. He doesn't want to see me win. Is it shortened? Is it correct grammatically? I think the sentence should be as follows. He doesn't want to see me to win. or He ...
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adverb between the verb and object

From bbc If the verb has an object, the adverb of manner is usually placed after the object, not between the verb and object. A post says "Lovely" and "wonderful" mean pretty much the same ...
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“want to figure out” vs. “work on figuring out”

I am preparing for IELTS test, in which advanced words and expressions get higher score. consider this I have been wanting to figure out the meaning of that math term. Is the meaning of the ...
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context for “Testify”, “Justify”, “Verify” and “Certify”

From wordreference "Verify x is correct" - test and confirm x is correct. "Justify x is correct" - explain why x is correct. "Certify x is correct" - issue documentation to say x is correct. "Testify ...

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