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Is it absolutely grammatically correct? “I told my friend I read the book.” [on hold]

“I told my friend I read the book.” Is it absolutely grammatically correct?
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How to politely (and correctly) apologize for not speaking English?

Suppose that you will give a talk and in your audience there will be only a person which does not speak your mother tongue. Let us call him John. Neither your mother tongue nor the mother tongue of ...
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Question On “Get”

1.Let's say a woman is drowning in a lake and a man who happens to notice her drowning has thrown away a rope towards her and he says "Get the rope!". In this situation, can this sentence "Get the ...
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Is there an adjective that means something is going out of the body at one end and going back in at the other end?

Is there an adjective that means something is going out of the body at one end and going back in at the other end? I know I used the same picture not long ago, but now I am looking for an adjective to ...
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What do you call these cord-like shapes at the end of the tool?

I am thinking they have a name, but I can't even think of a proper word to describe them. I am not asking what the tool is the tool is a pimple squeezer, but I am asking what the things at both ends ...
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A sort of formal way for saying “that sounds like a new work”

Suppose, you submit your report to a boss and he asks you to add more chapters or sections to the report. However, you don't want to do that because you believe the new content would be too much and ...
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Meaning of “enforce from” here

As Freud described in *Civilization and its Discontents * society has had to enforce from without rules meant to subdue tides of emotional excess that surge too freely within I can’t understand ...
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What is “friggen”?

There is a line Though it may take all friggen day in a song "My World" by Avril Lavigne, and I can't find any translation/meaning for the word "friggen". Do you know anything about this word?
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Could have past participle used as expressing the future event

"‎If I could have seen you by the end of next month, it would have made me very glad" To my way of thinking, there seems to be no grammatical problem in this sentence, because "could have p,p" can ...
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Makes the prequarterfinals

Is the following sentence correct? Makes in pre-quarterfinals; Ashwini & Sikki get a walkover in their opening match Here is the context. I think it should be Makes the pre quaterfinals
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What is referenced - the people or the main subject?

I just heard the following expression. I knew him better than most people. And suddenly, it hit me that I can't discriminate between the following interpretations. I knew him better than how ...
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“which we call the X” vs. “which we call it the X”

Which of the following sound correct: We create a new model which we call the "X" model Vs. We create a new model which we call it the "X" model
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Give it a read, read it once, go through it once

If a child doesn't understand a certain topic a teacher sometimes says: Just give it a read and come to me tomorrow if you don't get it. Is "give it a read" natural in this context? Does it sound ...
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pull/push on an oar

I am taught that “pull” means move things toward yourself and “push” means move things away from yourself. Then I came across this. I thought rowing would be a breeze. Then I took a seat in an ...
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Use of “anything” in positive sentence

In a book description I found: "This book will definitely lift up your mood and you'll feel capable of achieving almost anything". As you can imagine the sense has to be made in a positive way (they ...
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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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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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Is this expression idiomatic and clear? “A, B, C constitute a partition; X, Y constitute the other partition”

I answered a question just now. this is an array (a group/list of numbers) array([ 2, 1, 3, 6, 7, 9, 15]) which is divided into 2 partitions, so I said [2, 1, 3, 6, 7] constitute the left ...
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How to understand the use of 'this' in this context

It took another hour to empty it completely, throw away the useless items and sort the remainder in piles according to whether or not he would need them from now on. His school and Quidditch robes, ...
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Where Went My Empty Nest?

Where Went My Empty Nest? Why does this question have no auxiliary verb? Is this question grammatically incorrect? [The phrase is used as title of a New York Times' article]
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The computer does not [receives/receive] its updates

Should I use s in receive when I use does before it? the computer does not receives/receive its updates
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correct preposition before 'environment'?

Which of the following sentence is correct? 1.Coal mines constitute a major percentage of the sources which cause damage on the environment. 2.Coal mines constitute a major percentage of the sources ...
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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 participial ...
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What does 'get emotionally taken away" mean?

What does 'get emotionally taken away" mean? I found this in a interview to some competition winner. He won the competition and said,'You can let yourself get emotionally taken away.' I understand '...
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Usage of by in the meaning of per

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/22644/by-vs-per-which-one-should-i-use-on-expressions-like-pl-geography-or-va I saw this post. I’d like to know how to use “by” in the meaning of “per”. ...
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“I play soccer, but I’m not playing right now. Is it grammatically correct? [on hold]

“I play soccer, but I’m not playing right now. Does the senten make sense?
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Names of myself?

If you omit the names of Mary and myself from the list... Why is names of 'myself' possible? And someone says it can be 'the names of Mary and me'. Can I use mine instead of me?
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Usage of that in this sentence

But we do believe that diligent readers will become better writers and that they will be equipped with the means to improve further on their own. Is the word "that" a necessity in this sentence?
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Know who will be VS know who the leader will be [on hold]

A) The problem is who will be the leader. B) The problem is who the leader will be. A) I don't know who will be the leader. B) I don't know who the leader will be. Hi, Are there any ...
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…starting now [on hold]

These sentence sound awkward to me: a- You will report to me, as you start now. b- You will report to me, as you are starting now. Therefore, this sentence below sounds awkward too. But as ...
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Usage of “over on”

The airport was right over on the far side of town. (Source) Near the woods over on Campbellton Road, they found it. What does "over" mean in these sentences? I think if I omitted "over" here, ...
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Present Perfect Vs. Simple Past in my sentence

Which one should I use? I've read The Little Prince, Chapter XVIV. It has been pretty good - It has been about [...] Or I've read the Little Prince, chapter XVIV. It was pretty good - It was ...
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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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So were we, or, so we were

In Friends TV show series there's a conversation between Carol and Ross: Carol: I cant speak for Emily but Susan is in a loving, commited relationship. Ross: Carol, so were we. I think Ross should ...
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Could you help me to fix the car? Or without the preposition?

could you tell me which is the right way to construct this sentence: A. Could you help me fix the car? B. Could you help me to fix the car? Or perhaps both? What is the rule that governs the ...
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Can we ask “Interested with something”? [duplicate]

Can one be "interested with" something? As an example, I have a co-worker that asks: "Are you interested with this position?"
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“made her vomit” or “made her to vomit” [duplicate]

https://books.google.com/books?id=v4LQAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA187&lpg=PA187&dq=%22The+smell+made+her+vomit.%22&source=bl&ots=XueIg2fPsq&sig=ACfU3U1oaxbDb1ZV5sViGtya3XZZaXRJiQ&hl=en&...
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Is the word “homophone” misleading?

I remember a language learning app that claimed to help users to distinguish between the words like right-write, break-brake, heal-heel, principle-principal, etc. However, I have long known them as ...
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What does “informed” mean in this sentence?

This is an excerpt from musician Sara Bareilles' interview. "I want to be someone who speaks to messages that are uplifting, and to tell people how loved they are. So it’s really informed how ...
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Help doing or Help to do or Help in doing

... I am sure you don't need any help coming up with new ideas. (It is from a tv-series. A is saying this to B ironically because B keeps coming up with absurd ideas all the time.) Is this ...
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end up + (being) + adjective

1- If he carries on driving like that, he'll end up dead. (Source) 2- The last time he was in the room with a serial killer, he ended up chained to a hospital bed. (It is from a tv-series. ...
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When do we use the plural form of infrastructure?

I looked up the dictionary and it seems there's no plural form for the noun. However, some people use the word infrastructure with an s at the end. Is there a reason for doing this or is it just a ...
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Using the nouns “triumph” and “victory” in business or politics and in sport area

I have researched a lot and unfortunately, didn't find any source that could provide me with reasonable advice so that I could chose between the two nouns triumph and victory. I really have no idea ...
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Preposition-usage in a sentence

Should I say: It's a book I need to make a summary It's a book I need to make a summary about It's a book I need to make a summary about it Which one is the most correct? And how can I ...
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About the use of “still” in this context

The following text is an excerpt from this article (the last paragraph) : But the dyspeptic diatribes came in spurts, and the president whipsawed between frustration and freewheeling meetings and ...
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Embedded questions with 'be'

I know that we should use the normal word order in embedded questions, for ex. 'I don' t know what she did', and with 'be'-'I don' t know where she is', and with subject questions 'I don' t know who ...
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…In this way doing

... The positive charges of these calcium ions in turn alter the electrical state of the channel protein itself, in this way altering the voltage level required to open the sodium gate. (Guyton ...
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Is this sentence correct: “Who is coming on instead?”

Is this sentence correct? ‫‪Why is the coach substituting Ronaldo? Who is coming on instead? my problem is "on" Is it a part of the phrasal verb ("come on") or it's a preposition for "instead"? ...
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How to understand “of longing the discovery of the broken mirror had occasioned” in this sentence

Then he placed the fragment on top of that morning's Daily Prophet, which lay unread on the bed, and attempted to stem the sudden upsurge of bitter memories, the stabs of regret and of longing the ...
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“Helped with the algorithm” vs “Helped to implement the algorithm”

Let's say I helped my colleague to implement some algorithm (in C# programming language, for example. He didn't know how to write it and I explained that to him). And now I'm writing a daily report: ...

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