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Which prepositions will be correct?

I want to show that something will be finished before some point in the future. A) I will have finished it next year or by next year B) I will have finished at 7 pm or by 7 pm Do I need "by"...
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What is the meaning of this phrase "plodded right on past"?

"Gagging on a dry throat, he chose some object as his finish line and, plodding up to it on weighted legs, plodded right on past. His head back and his heaving chest shot with pains, he strained ...
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That darn verb to be!

I teach conversational English in Thailand and have a student who took a practice TOEIC test. The question below was on the test. Can someone here explain to me why “be” is the correct answer and not “...
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1st conditional future perfect sentence

I have the following sentence: When you … (finish) the e-mail, send it to the manager. I don't know how to complete it - logical thing would be to add "finish" since it's the 1st conditional ...
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What is the fully expanded version of "than be/do ..."?

What is the fully expanded version of the part after "than" in than be .... than do ... ? For example: There are more people today than are expected. The swimming pool is more luxurious ...
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What’s the mood of “wish” in I wish sentences?

So, I have a task to identify the mood of bold verbs. As I understand “wish” in such sentences isn’t included in the Subjunctive mood? Pls help if I’m wrong I wish you would pay attention. (wish – ...
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Is "Shopping malls are a posh place" grammatical when "malls" is a plural and "place" is a singular?

Shopping malls are a posh place. I read some sentences using "a plural + be + a singular" somewhere before, but I couldn't remember which context it was, or it was just a writing error. But ...
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Being taller can/could make him more attractive - Which is appropriate?

Example 1 ‎ Being tallercan/could make him more attractive to women. But that's impossibility for him because he's an adult. It is impossible for him to grow taller at this point so I wonder whether ...
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How to say when I have a stomach-related long-term problem?

In my language, if you feel pain in your stomach but it automatically goes away after a while, it's a stomach ache. Maybe you ate something bad and it's not a serious problem. However, if the pain ...
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Can we call "an afternoon we hang out with our friends at a shopping mall" "an outing"?

According to some dictionaries, "outing" is "a short trip made by a group of people for entertainment/pleasure". But the definition of "an outing" on Merriam-Webster is a ...
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Online stores don't have to pay for hefty "rental fees associated with the premises" - Alternatives for the words in quotes

Online stores don't have to pay for hefty rental fees associated with the premises. I'd like to use a noun phrase here, but I think the one I'm using in the sentence above is a bit too long. I'm ...
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When during the trip, we have to stay in a city for a night stop and continue the route tomorrow, what do we call that city? Stop or station?

In the past, travelers traveling to distant cities for business had to spend the night at rest stops along the way. Sometimes these resorts were a special building like a caravanserai, in which case ...
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How do you use predicative adjunct(quasi-complement)?

I made a few setences "using" a predicative adjunct(quasi-complement). Are these sentences natural for English-speakers or I should put the word like "while" in front of the ...
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Nuances of Present Perfect "Been": States That Continue to the Present

I'm trying to understand the nuances of the present perfect tense with "has/have been." Is it always used to indicate an action that started in the past and continues to the present? For ...
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Correlation between articles and time

I noticed that there's some connection between time and how defined a noun is. I want to test this theory I am a teacher in college. My class consits of 30 students, but only 22 of them attend ...
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After his ’74 Chevy Nova there had been his all-terrain four-wheel-drive Blaze

James Hetfield, meanwhile, was involved in less cerebral pursuits but more challenging emotional issues. In common with both Lars and Kirk, his longstanding relationship – with Kristen, subject of ‘...
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money/wherewithal

Lars now had the money and wherewithal to begin a serious art collection: a passion, like music, inherited from his father. As he told me in 2009, ‘For many years it became really the only area where ...
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Why is there no 'that' before 'meets' in 'more than meets the eye'?

Like, it seems to be more grammatical to say, There's more to his personality than that meets the eye. By the way, since we see it with both our eyes, why is 'eye' in its singular form in the ...
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Telling time after 12 AM

The other day I was watching a video on Youtube and the guy in that video was complaining about his neighbor. When his neighbor, a frail old lady, came to his house at 01:30 in the morning and ...
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Can "turns out" be used to talk about past events?

In this video, the speaker said: It turns out it was designed by a Lithuanian Catholic. I wonder why he didn't say "turned out". If that means we can use "It turns out" to ...
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What word should I use when I want to refer to the different roads that are drawn from one city to other cities and connect them?

I am writing an article about ways to connect an ancient city with cities of the same time. But because these roads were paved or made of dirt, maybe a special word should be used for it.Which of ...
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High or tall car and desk and screen?

With which adjective is it natural to use the words screen, car/vehicle, table. I already know that when something is high off the ground, it has great distance between itself and the ground. Tall is ...
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Is it natural to say "you should've done the math exercise smartly"?

This is my daughter's math question. The way she did it is to count every cell one by one, which is not effective. So I told her "the first line is 10 and the second is 10 so we have 20 and we ...
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Can I use "fix up" for people's appearances?

According to OD: fix up: to repair, decorate or make something ready Can I use it for people's appearances? For instance: Q: When do you use a mirror? A: Whenever I need to fix up my appearance. I'...
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"It's both talent and hard work that are/is required." — Why is "are" incorrect? "Both talent and hard work" is plural and must agree only with "are"

proofreadnow.com: If the subject consists of two or more words that are connected by "and" or by "both ... and", the subject is plural and requires a plural verb. From this text, ...
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What is the meaning of "I am digging this groove"

In the movie "Irish Wish", there is a line "I am digging this groove" Good morning, everyone. [all] Good morning. [Heather] I’m digging this groove. Uh, darling? Oh. Allow me. ...
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Why isn't "meanwhile" advisable in this sentence? Doesn't it mean "at the same time"?

I wrote this sentence in another post of mine, and some advised me not to use meanwhile in this case. Why? Doesn't meanwhile mean at the same time? Education expenditure was highest in India at 15%, ...
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what does the word of seven book- length means

What does the term "seven book-length story" mean. It is planned that seven book-length stories by well-known writers shall follow the present book [etc.]
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Question Nr.2: Are these cubbies or not in AmE? [duplicate]

I still don't know whether I can call the storage spaces I have put red circles around cubbyholes/cubbies because below my previous question many have given different answers and I just don't know who ...
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Do you agree with ChatGPT on these points or not? Why? [closed]

I asked ChatGPT about the difference between ambivalent and conflicted. This is the answer I received:   Ambivalent Meaning: You have both positive and negative feelings about something at the same ...
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Did not / Do not think ... could

I came across this question, with three choices as the possible answers. The answer sheet says a) is correct, but it seems to me that both a) and b) are correct, depending on what meaning you want to ...
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Difference between conflicted and ambivalent?

I have been racking my brain and consulting several dictionaries to tease out the difference but these two adjectives are too similar both in terms of definition and use. Here are the defitinitons ...
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Do you say "don't play with fire" to a person who is playing with something that might get him dirty?

My son is throwing rocks into a pond with dirty black water and if the rock is pretty big it might splash the water all over the place and the water might get his clothes dirty. Can I say to him &...
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I can't understand the meaning of the name of the ship ''Coastal Eagle point''

I came across the following text in my textbook: Four tugboats work together to free the oil tanker ''Coastal Eagle Point'' that ran aground while attempting to navigate a channel in Tampa Bay. I ...
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Specific nouns with zero article

I asked the AI to write a short text about going to a football game, using simple language. We had no previous discussion and I never mentioned anything about learning english or grammar. Yesterday, ...
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Why is 'spendthrift' not thrifty? Any other words like this?

The composition of 'spendthrift' lures ones to think it means being thrifty about spending money, but it actually means the opposite. Why does this happen? Are there other words like this? By 'this', ...
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Are the storage spaces of this piece of furniture called cubby holes? Can they be called cubby holes?

Are the storage spaces of this piece of furniture called cubby holes? Can they be called cubby holes? I am specifically interested in American English. I have consulted many dictionaries but I am not ...
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"Spreading of misinformation" OR "spread of misinformation "

Why is first one wrong . The spreading of misinformation on social media is becoming a serious issue. OR The spread of misinformation on social media is becoming a serious issue.
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What do you call the ''rope'' you move a rolling shutter up and down with in American English?

What do you call the ''rope'' you move a rolling shutter up and down with in American English?
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Having friends who are talented is great, but it can also be ___ at times

"Having friends who are talented is great, but it can also be ___ at times." Is there an precise adjective/phrase that means putting a lot of peer pressure on me that I can fill in the ...
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Can I use "scroll my feed" to shorten "scroll through my feed"?

I spent the whole night scrolling my facebook feed. Can we shorten scroll through my feed to scroll my feed? If not, then is there any other way that I can shorten this phrase? (as I feel that saying ...
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What's the difference between "outlet" and "chain store"?

As I looked up in some dictionaries, "they said "outlets" and "chain stores" both refer to stores that only sell products of one company. Outlets often offer big discounts, ...
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What's the meaning of the expression "give or take a page or two" in this text?

I found the text below on the internet and I'm confused about what the expression "give or take a page or two" means in context. I assume that the first part of the sentence, i.e. "at ...
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The usage of 'to practice'

https://laura-bradshaw-yoga.mailerpage.io/faqs Q: What do I need to bring to practise? A: A mat, a bottle of water are essential. If you have your own props you like to use (blocks, straps, blankets) ...
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What is the grammatical name given to this expression 'the produce of our labour'

The comprehension passage is animal plan to overthrow man
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Infecting or infected with

I have read the following sentence written by a native speaker: The virus people are infected with belongs to the genotype.... Is this correct? Or should it read "the virus infecting people ...
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Article usage for plural nouns

How did you spend your internship at Apple? I talked with co-workers, attended meetings and sent emails I talked with THE co-workers, attended THE meetings and sent emails Is it true that both #1 ...
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Is it correct to say: My friend can play more instruments than my A's at school?

I have a friend who is really talented; he can play 5 instruments. I'm talking to another friend and want to express how impressed I am by the other guy. Can I say: Mann. He can play more instruments ...
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If you feel tired tomorrow night

I made up this sentence and I think it’s correct but I am not sure. “If you feel tired tomorrow night, you’ll be able to go to bed.” I am not sure if using conditional here is correct. Maybe it could ...
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Is it correct to say "arrange the cup side by side in a row"?

According to my study, to arrange cups in a row means the face of each facing forward like this But this way of arrangement takes up too much space, so people arrange them like this But to describe ...
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