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The past form of "must"

Is this one okay: "Members of his team said to him then that he must forget everything he had learned in school." or is this one better: "Members of his team said to him then that he ...
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can ' what is' be shortened in 'what is it'?

What's it? should be 'What is it?' we don't shorten "what is" in a case like this. only if it is not followed by a continuing phrase. Is the claim from a chat with a stranger true? What's ...
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It won't have BEEN millions... (making assumptions about the past)

I am still unsure about when to use 'would' and when 'will' while making conjectures about the events in the past. Is the difference merely in the degree of certainty? Besides, I am not sure what ...
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Why is -ing added to the second verb in this sentence?

So I am playing the English version of a game called Baldur's Gate 3. The description of a spell is this: This spell allows spellcasters to fire an arrow of electricity that bursts on impact, dealing ...
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The omission of the copula is

I was on a plane and saw this, but I was not sure if another “is” is needed before the adjective punishable. “Unauthorised removal of life vest is a criminal offense and punishable by law”
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Fell down [in/on] the runway

Which one is correct: The fashion model fell down in the runway, or on the runway?
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(Somebody's) way off of (any place/situation)

What part of speech is 'way off' and what's its meaning in the following sentences? Check out this list for some easy, repeatable good deeds that could be your way off of the naughty list this year. ...
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Jobseeker vs job seeker – is there a difference in meaning?

Online dictionaries define a job seeker as a person who is unemployed and looking for work and a jobseeker as someone who is trying to find a job. Is the unemployment factor important here? Does the ...
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It's beautiful! You ................ given me a nicer present. (Wouldn't have - couldn't have ) choose the right one

I feel confused about the choices. I think you wouldn't have given me is the right one as if it it the nicest present you've ever given me. Others say it's couldn't have given is right as an ...
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I have a question regarding the complex sentence

Sentence: "We investigated the acceptability and comprehensibility of both native-Thai and native-English instructors (ten of each), as these subjects listen to controlled passages produced by 4 ...
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Which of the following have similar meaning to 'neither do I' and can be used as a reply?

I don't play games like that. Which of the following have similar meaning to 'neither do I' and can be used as a reply? 'Neither I do.' 'As I don't.'
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to see / to have seen

The woman claimed to see the suspect fleeing before the police arrived. How can I structure this sentence so that "to see" should be "to have seen"? I'm told it's possible with ...
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What does "with a jolt" mean? — (I sprang out of bed with a jolt. The car stopped with a jolt. Henry sat up with a jolt. The door closed with a jolt.)

britannica.com: jolt — a sudden, rough movement: (1) I sprang out of bed with a jolt. (2) The car stopped with a jolt. ldoceonline.com: jolt — a sudden shock: (3) Henry sat up with a jolt. ...
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Am I expected to add more or further thoughts following indeed?

Is it proper to reply “Indeed!” to agree with someone on some opinion? Am I expected to add more or further thoughts following indeed? (I remember seeing such advice somewhere, and can't find it. But ...
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Prepositional verbs and the sentence structure

In Prepositional verbs, certain prepositions are clubbed with certain verbs. The object of prepositional verbs always comes immediately after the preposition, which in turn comes immediately after the ...
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to talk French phrase meaning, context: seduction

What is the meaning of the phrase “to talk French” in the context of seduction?
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Can everyone answer my confusion regarding the following sentence?

Sentence: "In this study, we examine the perception English instructors have on the different degrees of grammar skills and Thai-oriented English accent". Is it simple sentence or complex ...
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What should a room in a hospital where nurses dress wounds of patients be called?

Bing's dictionary (which in turn is based on some Oxford dictionary) says that verb dress has this sense: clean, treat, or apply a dressing to (a wound): "she washed the wound and dressed it ...
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Does this "anyone" mean "no one"?

I'm guessing the following sentence means "no one has respects for my perspective/opinion/insight/sentiments/humor". Suffice it to say, it's been a steady decline towards hopelessness that ...
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shifting words in a sentence to clarify emphasis

What other words can be used ,similarly to ‘only’, i.e. position shifting , to change meaning/emphasis? I have just seen actually, and just …
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He doesn't stay late at night because his father told him (not (to))

I wonder if these sentences differ in meaning: He doesn't stay late at night because his father told him. He doesn't stay late at night because his father told him to. He doesn't stay late at night ...
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Future continuous and present continuous

My grammar book states that I'm allowed to use future continuous the same way as present continouos. Examples are provided. 1 I'm cooking tomorrow 2 I'll be cooking tomorrow 3 What are you doing at ...
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What's this linguistic, phonetic or phonologic phenomenon called?

I was enjoying the relaxing vibes that the hotel provided. When Americans say the above sentence, do they sometimes say "vibes that" as "vibesat"? Does it also happen in other ...
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Uses of selected candidate or candidate selected

The selected candidates are or candidates selected are? I was reading one article and i came across the candidates selected are .... So Which one is correct ? Is there any differences?
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I have a question regarding the subordinate conjunction

If the conjunction "that" is removed from the noun clause, Is it still a complex sentence? Because some people said that subordinate conjunction "that" is optional.
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How to understand the usage of 'out'?

The verbs in [i] are sense verbs (at least in their primary meaning), those in [ii] indicate continuation of the state, while set [iii] contains the two verbs of seeming and the odd one out, prove. Is ...
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Is my analysis correct?

I am quite busy right now, but I can fix/will be able to fix your car on Friday. I don't have any tools I need, but the new ones will arrive in two days. Therefore, I’ll be able to fix your car on ...
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Would "their" rather than "my" in this context be better?

I am reading A Woman Makes a Plan: Advice for a Lifetime of Adventure, Beauty, and Success and get stuck by this paragraph: I was not the only model in Toronto in my forties, of course. While ...
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comfortably: 'in a comfortable way' vs. 'with no problem'

I read the following in a TOEIC book: Q. The Captain’s Seafood Restaurant can ________ seat up to twenty guests in its Starboard Lounge. A. spaciously B. comfortably C. abundantly D. evenly Answer: B. ...
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One's eyes "sweeping over" someone – What does this action look like?

Let's say someone's eyes swept over another person. Is this just another way of saying that they looked at the person? Or rather, did their gaze pass over them briefly, or look them up and down in ...
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can gourmet (n.) refer to food?

According to Merriam Webster, Gourmet as a noun refers to a person, and as an adjective describes food. Can it refer to food when it's a noun? I remember seeing such usage but can't be certain by ...
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I was excited to learn that you have returned to town

I was excited to learn that you have returned to town. If the person returned three years ago, is it correct to use "that you have returned"?
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Is it possible for MUST to say a situation in future

The meanings of MUST of Epistemic is the speaker or author has evidence or knowledge that warrants a particular conclusion. And the meanings of SHOULD of epistemic is a speaker or writer makes a ...
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concerned that he is not working as hard as he should

a. I am concerned that he is not working as hard as he should. Does this mean that he is not working as hard as he should and I find that concerning, or does it mean I think he might not be working as ...
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Fill in the gap [closed]

How can I fill in this gaps? I was thinking on: be, there, only They are thought to ________ mainly been used. ______ was the Chinese who first applied wax. They become popular un Europe, but _____ ...
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the book was in the desk drawer

a. I guessed the book was in the desk drawer. b. I guessed the book would be in the desk drawer. Do either of these sentences indicate that I was right? Do either of them indicate that I was wrong? Is ...
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Difference between "at the drop of a hat" and "in no time"

Are there any differences in the meaning of or when we use the idioms 'at the drop of a hat' and 'in no time'? The definitions in the Collins Dictionary are: at the drop of a hat: If you say that you ...
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How did you know I wrote/had written it

In a classroom, one student (A) to another (B): A: You wrote it on the board, right? B1: I'm surprised! How did you know I wrote it. B2: I'm surprised! How did you know I had written it. What's the ...
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(had) quit and resumed learning UNTIL

1 I started learning Chinese when I was a child but I quit and resumed learning it a few times until I matriculated in University. 2 I started learning Chinese when I was a child but I had quit and ...
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What does "run down leads" mean?

I stumbled upon a post on a different forum by a native speaker who was explaining what the phrase "run down leads" mean in police work. The problem is that when I googled the phrase the ...
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What is direct speech form of these sentences? 1. He asked me if I had come by train or by bus 2. She wanted to know who we had invited to the party

He asked me if I had come by train or by bus She wanted to know who we had invited to the party I Know the basics about direct and indirect speech. But I doubt if my answers are correct. I'm new to ...
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Publicly accessible balcony with doors to private apartments

In Swedish, there's something called loft. It's a sort of balcony that anyone can access and from there enter their apartments (looking like this) as opposed to an windowless staircase inside the ...
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He refused to allow himself to be kept quiet

I don't quite understand the meaning of this sentence from https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/allow?q=allow: He refused to allow himself to be kept quiet. How can it be ...
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The teachers do not allow [us/our] eating in the classrooms

Does the verb 'allow" allow such structures as The teachers do not allow us eating in the classrooms. The teachers do not allow our eating in the classrooms.
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Do we say "durable" for people as in "he is durable"?

We say "My shoes are durable. I have been wearing them for a long time but they are still good". Can we say "He is durable. He can run for hours without being tired"? I did some ...
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What's the meaning/synonym of "exclusive"?

source: "Merriam-Webster's Vocabulary Builder" (Second Edition) P499 Complete the analogy: ... expensive : costly :: exclusive : _____ a.indirect b.fantastic c.experienced d....
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Why saying "THERE is your present." when giving it, although the present is actually HERE (in her hand), not far away)?

The following sentence is from a native english speaking lady talking about Packaged Christmas presents. "There is your Christmas Present." ITV-Is Christmas packaging worth it (see:0:33-0:41)...
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since they were 10/from the age of 10

"They started getting an income since they were 10" implies that they began earning money at the age of 10 and have continued to do so up to the present time. It suggests an ongoing action ...
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present perfect "have met you NOW" or simple past "met you NOW"

I have made up the sentences below. (1a) I have been unhappy for a long time. I have not talked to anyone until I have met you now. (1b) I have been unhappy for a long time. I have not talked to ...
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The English of/English of someone

The English of my friends is so-so. English of my friends is so-so. I think it should be "the English" but I am not sure.
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