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“Separate” Vs “get separated”

I do not feel comfortable when I have to chose between the verbs "separate" and "get separated". Could you please help me to clarify the main usages and differences of these two closely related words. ...
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It is with A as with B

I saw the following passage and am wondering whether "it is with A as with B" is current English. What is it used for? And what does "it" refer to? It is with learning as with wealth. A few cannot ...
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“starting from…ending with…”

A: How computers affect our everyday life? B: In a positive way, certainly. They help with so many things, starting from writing and printing your own essay and ending with developing advanced ...
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“A few hours earlier” VS. From a few hours earlier

In the book, Friend Zone “And she was a thousand times better than the drop-dead gorgeous yoga instructor from a few hours earlier.” What is “from” adding to the context here? Well, I mean if “...
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What's the word for a student who doesn't register but goes to a class anyway?

Suppose someone goes to a class without registering. Then what word should I use to describe this person or this kind of behavior?
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would have + past participle presumption

Could we use "would have + past participle" to express the speak's belief about something ? For example : I'm sure he would have killed her. He definitely would have been listening when we fought ...
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A single-word verb for “cause to loop/repeat”

I am looking for a (preferably single-word) verb that means "cause to loop/repeat". I will use it in a very technical context, so I don't really have a proper example to give. So far, I have been ...
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Which pair is exchangeable, “besides” and “aside from” or “except for” and “aside from”?

This is one of the examples from cambridge dict. Do you play any other sports besides basketball? Oxford dict consider "besides", "except for" and "aside from" are synonyms. To simplify the ...
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1. Let's all thank <the> group A, B, and C; 2. Thank you to <the> groups A, B and C

Let's imagine a small firm where all people know each other very well. This firm consists of five groups A, B, C, D & E. Each group was involved in some process. Together they were doing one big ...
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difference between “part” and “a part”

What is the difference between part and a part? What is the difference between these two sentences? He was a part of the team. He was part of the team. I heard that part means a member and a ...
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Is the use of 'vestige' correct in this context?

The following is an excerpt from this newspaper article, it is about Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's previous leader who recently died, Throughout, Mr. Mugabe remained inscrutable, some would say ...
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Can 'can't V' always have the opposite meaning of 'must V'(inference)?

He has great calves. He must run very fast. is a strong inference using 'must'. Can the sentence using 'can't' always have the opposite meaning of 'must' (inference)? You said he's faster than ...
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To what is “the reason…before” part is connected?

This scar was the only hint of Harry’s very mysterious past, of the reason he had been left on the Dursleys’ doorstep eleven years before. [The situation is that Harry, the main character of this ...
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In this case are 2 past perfect ok

Yesterday I looked at the record you sent me last week. I saw on the sleeve that you wrote/had written "no payment is necessary for you" but I had paid 50 usd through discogs to get it. So it would ...
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Which tense to choose: Past Simple or Past Perfect?

Which is correct: We didn't play football yesterday. The match was canceled/had been canceled. I think was canceled is correct, but the second? - I'm confused. Maybe firstly the match was ...
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Why, speaking of a colonoscopy, does it say “they put it up your bottom” and not “they put it up through your bottom”? (the British series citation)

This is a piece of dialogue about a colonoscopy from the series "Outnumbered" s03e03: — Yes, but how does it get inside your insides? — Well, they put it up your bottom. Why not "they put it ...
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What does “engaging” mean in this context?

The Instructor was engaging and very knowledgeable. Information was relayed in a way that was easy to understand, and allowed me to be confident in using my new skill sets at work. (https://www....
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Had commissioned into commissioned?

Mona Lisa was commissioned to celebrate the birth at a baby boy. The lady in the painting was Lisa del Giocondi,who was a member of the Gheradini family in Florence. It is assumed that the family had ...
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Creation of comprehensive flowchart for using English articles

I am trying to create a comprehensive flowchart for using the English articles - the, a, an. Can you check it and give me some feedback about errors, inaccuracies, possible improvements? May be some ...
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Can we use “all manners of” in this particular way?

The definition of the phrase is as follows: all kinds or sorts of (things or people) It seems to be used when you have a lot of things or people of different kinds, so can it be used in the ...
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What do you call the battery slot's ends?

What do you call the battery slot's ends? By that, I mean the spring and the little round flat end for the plus and minus ends of the battery. Do they have a name? I looked up on the Internet, but ...
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have been working or worked?

It is 10 o'clock in the evening and I am tired because I had a busy day at work. (I finished work at 6 o'clock.) Can I say I'm tired because I've been working hard all day or do I have to say ...
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“since late on the previous evening”

I read this sentence in a book: He has been unconscious since late on the previous Saturday evening. I am wondering about this construction. I thought it should be "since late the previous ...
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Is it too passive to start a sentence with 'To do something'?

There are two types of pollution, local pollution and non-local pollution. To quantify local pollution, this paper adopted a mass balance approach. Actually the two sentences are from two paragraphs. ...
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The shop has opened today vs the shop opened today

What is the difference between those: The shop has opened today The shop opened today The shop has been opened today The shop was opened today
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What will be acceptable

"Melanie starts school tomorrow." or "Melanie will start school from tomorrow". 1st sentence is simple present tense and the 2nd one is simple future tense, so my question instead of simple ...
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(for) any longer

Is 'for' necessary before 'any longer', or at all? I won't be able to talk (for) any longer. I can't talk (for) any longer. I can't workout (for) any longer.
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David didn't use to eat vegetables {when/since} he was a little boy

David didn't use to eat vegetables when he was a little boy. On the condition that this sentence intends a past time meaning, which means that we finished to do something, then we can't use present ...
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Are all article combinations valid patterns for “the” ɴᴏᴜɴ of “the” ɴᴏᴜɴ?

Please consider: We should pay attention to the quality of the presentation. We should pay attention to the quality of presentation. We should pay attention to quality of presentation. We should pay ...
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I am suffering from a headache

1. I am suffering from a headache. 2. I am suffering from toothache. 3. I am suffering from backache. According to Raymond Murphy headache is countable because it is common, while toothache, ...
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“In my opinion it seems…”

Does the connection of 'in my opinion' and ' it seems' make sense? Here is an example: In my opinion it seems that the aforementioned process is effective only on a laboratory scale. What do you ...
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“Just” for recent future

As we use the word just for recent past: I've just arrived. They just completed their task when the manager called. Now, Can I use just for recent future that is going to happen shortly? As ...
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Present Continous Tense

Please explain to me why we use the present continuous tense in the following sentences: I want to lose weight, so this week I am not eating lunch. I am getting tired.
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What is the **latter** referring to?

This article about machine learning says: Generalizing correctly becomes exponentially harder as the dimensionality (number of features) of the examples grows, because a fixed-size training set ...
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Can't decide between simple past and present perfect

I know the rules and differences like simple past is finished actions and more like story telling while present-perfect emphasizes the experience and its about actions that still continue and past-...
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Which one is correct: have happened or had happened?

I'm wondering from these sentences which one is true: 1."So, which one have happened yesterday? You went for a walk or stay here?" or 2."So which one had happened? You went for a walk or stay ...
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reported speech with “yesterday”

I've got a question related to reported speech. How should the sentence "I didn't meet her yesterday" look in reported speech while reporting it next day? For example, I said in the morning "I didn't ...
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will be doing something

Jeffrey Epstein’s gal pal Ghislaine Maxwell spotted at In-N-Out Burger in first photos since his death Maxwell was surprised she was located and told an onlooker: “Well, I guess this is the last ...
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Does the phrase 'at the best' mean 'at best' or the phrase 'at the best' is wrong?

In Greek dictionaries of English language I have found that the phrases 'at best' and 'at the best' have the same meaning. In Longman dictionary and other dictionaries published in the UK or America I ...
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Does “I’m so happy because my mother gives me a present” sound strange?

See this dialog: A: Hello ___. B: Oh hi ____. A: I’m so happy because my mother gives me a present. B: Oh what is it? A: It is a new pencil case. B:Great! I would say ...
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Some past tense question

I played football I had played football I have played football I was playing football Can someone tell me what is the differece between those sentences if they are correct. If they aren't correct, ...
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Use of discharge as Noun

Are the below sentence constructions correct? a) He got a discharge from the hospital. b) He has got a discharge from the hospital. To get can mean to receive. One can receive a discharge ...
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Are “right now” and “currently” exchangeably here?

Chapter 2 of the book "C++ Primer Plus, 6th Edition by Stephen Prata (2012)" says Right now the main point to remember is that C++ syntax requires you to begin the definition of the main() function ...
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have you been to London before/ were in London before?

Is this your first time in London or have you been to London before? vs Is this your first time in London or were you in London before? *situation : a local is taking a tourist for a city tour * ...
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I had an enjoyable night or I have an enjoyable night

When receiving text from a friend the next day after a dinner. I replied "Thank you for your invitation. I had an enjoyable night." Or should I reply "I have an enjoyable night"
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I've always been able to vs I always have been able to

what is the difference between the two sentences? I have always been or I always have been
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Can we write- please confirm about your duty

Can I use -please confirm about your duty.?
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Can we say “She has a black car. She goes to school by the car?”

I heard this utterance the other day. My understanding is that we cannot say "by the car" such as "I go to school by car." Is this true for this case in my question?
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What does the word “lost” mean in the phrase “lost kingdom”

Any ideas on the meaning of the word "lost" in "lost kingdom"
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What is the difference between “introduced”, “had introduced” and “have introduced”?

Although Immanuel Kant, one of the greatest thinkers in the history of philosophy, --- many pieces of technical terminology to articulate the themes of his critical philosophy, perhaps none --- more ...

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