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Is “As of August 2019, Paley has been residing in a second-storey apartment near the shore on the island of Ibiza for the last 17 years.” correct?

As of August 2019, Paley has been residing in a second-storey apartment near the shore on the island of Ibiza for the last 17 years. I am writing a biography of this person. I wrote the sentence ...
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What’s the meaning of “off” in “better off”?

According to Collins Dictionary If you say that someone would be better off doing something, you are advising them to do it or expressing the opinion that it would benefit them to do it, as in: ...
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Be careful to do/ about doing/ doing

A: So sorry I am late. B: Of course it happens... just would be careful being late to appointments with CA's office... a- ... be careful about being late to appointments with CA's office......
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The meaning of “along” in a sentence

I saw this in a video: [...] Drink a lot of water to speed the process along What does "along" mean in this sentence?
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Is it correct to say, ' Please wait, the session was not yet started'

I am translating from German to English. The scenario is: A screen sharing session is schedule and is not yet started. Someone tries to join this session. What is the correct way to ask them to wait ...
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want/prefer/would like something (to be)

a1,a2,b1,b2,c1,c2 are the interpretations of A,B,C I guess. This question is really important for me to understand English and read and make English sentences correctly! I think A,B,C mean a1,b1,c1 ...
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Does “quantitative” have a comparative and a superlative?

While academic fields can create their own algorithms for field-specific problems, they are all joined together by the same basic concepts about finding the best and most quantitative ways to ...
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Should I use “Is” or “Are” in a sentence that has two uncountable/abstract nouns as the subject?

Which of the following is correct? What is the fund manager's historical operating experience and track record? What are the fund manager's historical operating experience and track record?
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What does “hangs a cloud of thoughts…” mean?

I want to know what this sentence means; particularly the part that says "hangs a cloud of thoughts": About what goes on today hangs a cloud of thoughts concerning similar things undergone in ...
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past habits with adverbs of frequency?

Can we use past continuous tense to refer a past habit with adverbs of frequency words? For example: He was going for a morning walk every day.
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“being” or “as being”

Here They are related to each other being the descendants of James. They are related to each other as being the descendants of James. In sentence no.1 "being descendant of James" is a ...
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“Overcome” Vs “Get over” Vs “Get the better of”

To me, all the three choices: Overcome Get over Get the better of mean so much the close things that can be often used interchangeably (at least in my two made up examples below.) I would ...
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Grammar / Prepositions [on hold]

Does this sentence sound strange? Can say like that? Thanks for that you helping me.
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Do I use 'of' or 'by' in connection with artist's work?

I often write about works of art and am unsure if I'm doing it correctly. What I am trying to express is that if you go to this exhibition you will see artworks by certain artists. Is this correct: ...
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were VS are - We all started panicking and looking around to see if there [were/are] any unattended tickets around us

Which is correct? We all started panicking and looking around to see if there are any unattended tickets around us..... OR We all started panicking and looking around to see if there were ...
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“I told my friend I read the book.” [on hold]

“I told my friend I read the book.” Is it grammatically correct?
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What do we call entities like Wall Street?

What do we call entities like Wall Street? I know the World Bank is an institution, same for the IMF, but what about Wall Street? What do we call such an entity? I can't think of any word.
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Using singular vs. plural objects in a prepositional phrase

What are the grammatical differences between: He's good at driving cars. and: He's good at driving a car. Are there any differences in correctness or meaning, or times when you should use one ...
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Informal emails Advice

I am preparing an english exam and I have to write a short informal email to a friend. My doubt is how can teachers evaluate my english level in this case? I mean, I know that if it's informal you ...
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Participal clause vs perfect participle

I'm often confused the participle clause used in English grammar. He broke his leg and he went home. (= Having broken his leg, he went home.) He had broken his leg and he went home. (= Having broken ...
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Is the following omission of “it was” permissible in colloquial English?

Bringing up the question wasn't as hard as he'd thought. (It was) Definitely easier than the letter he'd have to write later. I tried to find a similar example on Google Books. Unfortunately, ...
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“could” vs “could not” in this sentence?

"His dance was unbelievable! I don't know if even (I could do it/could have done it)" Just something that I want to say about a friend's dance performance last night.I think it should be "could ...
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“to build” or “to be built” or “to have built”

In an English text book, I found the following sentence. a. "The Swiss tunnel took 17 years to build." (The full article follows.) "A tunnel" is supposed to be built, so I think b. The Swiss ...
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What does “fell out of use with Shakespeare” suggest?

I read a sentence in Word by Word by Kory Stamper which was: It doesn’t matter if it was common in 1400 but fell out of use with Shakespeare. Does "fell out of use with Shakespeare" mean that "...
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noun ends with *-ing* but not a gerund?

A gerund (often known as an -ing word) is a noun formed from a verb by adding -ing. ... Not all words formed with -ing are gerunds. Is there an example of noun ends with -ing but it's not a gerund?
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“To resign oneself to something” Vs “To yield to something” Vs “To submit to something”

I am looking for the most precise term / idiom / expression / word encompassing the acceptance of something unwillingly because the person finds they are unable to resist the situation prior to any ...
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Is “as” a preposition or an adverb?

"We can even shut out everything external to us, and concentrate on an internal dialogue, as when we are lost in thought." Is "as" a preposition or an adverb? Thanks.
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What does “attribution is dusting for fingerprints” mean in this context?

Kathie Dello, a climate scientist said the study helps to pin the blame for the heat wave on climate change. “If searching for a culprit for the intensity of these recent European heat waves, ...
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looking for an expression meaning “depending on you”

After working as a patent agent for more than four years, I aspire to become a patent attorney. Without an educational background in law, I am not qualified to take the bar exam in China. My ...
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“Come, sit” or “Come sit”?

I often see both appearances "Come, sit..." and "Come sit...", which is correct? P.s. what if there are three consecutive verbs? Come, sit, tell me your story. Come sit, tell me your story.
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When the word “want” is unstressed, is it pronounced like /wənt/ or /wʌnt/?

When the word "want" is unstressed, is it pronounced like /wənt/ or /wʌnt/? https://vocaroo.com/i/s1nUhAfWsc9k
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How to use “there is” after “there is no reason for”?

Consider the sentence: There is nothing after the credits. How do I add that after "There is no reason for"? There is no reason for there being anything after the credits. There is no ...
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Word for attracting attention

Consider a sentence like: Because of ..., personalization methods are brought into attention. I want to state that because of some events or reasons, people (or for example researchers) became ...
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Can “if that were the case” be always substituted with “if that was the case”?

I think I remembered reading that you can use the present instead of using the past tense to signify a hypothetical case. Is this the case? "I am sure you would have said to her that you hated her. ...
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It has been or it is

Someone was ill. He recovered one week ago. Now he is well. Which of the following should he say? i. It has been a week I am well. ii. It is a week I have been well.
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infinitive or Ving: left holding / left to carry

I saw the following sentence, which uses the present participle holding after left: See here I don't want to be left holding the bag if something goes wrong. But I also saw the to-infinitive used ...
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Is a “senior faculty member” of a university the same as a “senior professor”?

But, as one senior faculty member of the City University, who spoke on condition of anonymity, puts it... He is obviously not fit for such a senior academic position. We don’t want ethics dumping here....
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…,starting / ending

1- Tryouts for select teams are held in August with practice starting in September. (What does "starting" modify here? ) 2- Free tokens will be issued for each tour starting at 8 p.m. in ...
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expression of past time

Mavis was waiting at the air port to meet Stephen, her e-mail pal. They had written to each other for more than a year now, and had finally agreed to meet face to face. Mavis, who was going to ...
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Something of that kind/ that kind of something

Can I use these versions interchangeably? 1- I didn't say anything of that kind. 2- I didn't say that kind of anything. 3- It is a game of some kind. 4- It is some kind of a game. ...
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The structure of a sentence [on hold]

What do you call a friend who has been disloyal to you recently and don't care about you anymore?
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should have vs was supposed

When we didn't know if something happened or not, but it's supposed to be done an a hour ago according to a plan or something, which sentence is correct? He should have finished the task an hour ...
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How should I understand “plural” them in context?

In the sentence below The operating system running on a multiprocessor computer must be designed, as is Windows 7, to recognize that a PC has multi-core processors, be able to distinguish them. ...
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Could I rewrite the sentence like this?

Yeah. There's an investigation being opened. And I haven't heard officially, but the French media is saying that there is, you know, there was renovation going on near the roof by the ceiling. ...
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Define a/the function to be

Which is the correct way to define a function? Define a function f(x) to be f(x)=2x Define the function f(x) to be f(x)=2x. Since f(x)=2x is a specific function, my guess is "the" is correct. But ...
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“is written” (single or habitual action, tense choice)

Let's consider the sentence containing the phrase "is written": How this word is written? Does this phrase mean Single action: a concrete situation, how the word was written once by someone? ...
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“Refer” Vs “Allude”

As far as I'm concerned, both of the verbs "refer" and "allude" are used to mention something indirectly. But the question is how they differ in meaning and where I can use each one? I have made some ...
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What is the difference in meaning between “A majority of” and “The majority of”?

Does a difference in meaning between "A majority of" and "The majority of" exist? For instance, do the following sentences have the same meaning? A majority of the students are expected to vote ...
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free to charge to meaning in this context

The MATERIALS shall be delivered to Receiving Parties (i) (omitted) and (ii) free to charge to Receiving Parties. My question is, what does the phrase in bold mean in this context? Is it saying that ...
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“So something,” vs. “so something that” vs. “so something”

I've seen the three versions. The one with a comma, the one with "that," and the one with nothing: It was so big, it was scary. It was so big that Sampson had to drag it to her. Only it ...

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