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see something done/ see something being done

As far as I know, this usage "see something done" is wrong, it should be "see something being done" instead or "see that something be done" 1- She saw her dragon shot out of the sky. 2- She ...
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Used to vs would structural difference

I have a doubt on the following question. Fill Up the gap 1) I ______________ want to be a practising doctor but now I'm more interested in research. Options: A. was used to B. used to c. would I ...
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Is this an example of a gerund or a participle?

this is my first time asking a question in ELL, so I am sorry if I broke any rules. In the following sentence, is tapping a gerund or a participle? His tapping finger on the change mat speeded up ...
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Correct usage of want

One of the meanings of want is to lack something But I am confued regarding its use in a sentence. Which of the following sentence is correct? He doesn't want courage. He doesn't want in ...
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When he married, he {could / was able to} go to Europe

I'm not a native-speaker, so sometimes modal verbs are tricky for me. Could is a modal verb that expresses general ability in the past tense. 'Was able to' is not a modal verb, and we can use 'was ...
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Is there a verb that means “put it out there for everyone to see”?

Is there a verb that means "put it out there for everyone to see"? What brought this about is the fact I wondered how to describe the scene where the police of Gotham city flashes the bat-signal on ...
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Why do people prefer using “will be doing” form(future continuous) when they can use just “will do”(simple future)?

I get confused several times, especially in speaking English, when I hear more and more native English speaker prefer to use "be doing" form. When I attend a class the instructor may say "We will be ...
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From / By a different method

I need to send an email to my manager saying I got some details from an insurance using a different method other than calling them. But I wasn't sure which is correct from below sentences. I managed ...
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“Appeal from a decision”

This sentence from a wiki page of a court case grates. I have always seen/heard appeal a decision or appeal against a ruling. What does appeal from mean? Tiffany appealed from these decisions to ...
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Talking about the temperature

Is it correct this? : Today is 25°C Or this: Today it’s 25°C And without today: Is 25°C/ It’s 25°C
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Is there an idiom that means “accepting a bad business deal out of desperation”?

Is there an idiom that means "accepting a bad business deal out of desperation"? If you can't think of something that means exactly that, can you think of an idiom that means "accepting less than you ...
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What would you say when you are not a beneficiary in a matter?

Please imagine that you have introduced a buyer and a seller to each other (both of them are your friends, but they have not been familiar with each other so far.) The two people have been connected ...
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Does “tear at it” means “damaging it to the point small pieces are torn off”?

Does "tear at it" means "damaging it to the point small pieces are torn off"? I am asking the question, because I feel "tear at it" cannot be used to mean that "X had pieces torn off of it". Here's ...
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When someone is just looking for his/her own profit/benefit

What shall I say in natural English to convey that someone is just looking for his own benefit/profit in everything (i.e. business, personal relationships, social connections etc.) The term which can ...
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Present tense or Will

The person who wins gets the prize The person who wins will get the prize The person who will win gets the prize The person who will win will get the prize Which of the above are ...
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Informal colloquial English: Can I remove are in “You still here?” or similar sentences?

Suppose that you see a person who used to work with you in the same building but they left that job for another a year ago. You see them again in the same building and turn and say: Awo, you still ...
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a word or short phrase that can stand for “a book, play, or film/movie”

In Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, the first definition of the word dialogue is as follows. conversations in a book, play, or film/movie In that specific dictionary, the phrase, a book, play,...
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grammar of 'had we but world enough and time…'

'Had we but world enogh and time...' is a phrase from a famous poem. Can you explain the grammar of this poetic phrase?
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Which preposition is to be used with the word “evidence”?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: Whiile Mr Modi said that Congress is trying to erase evidence on the attack..... My personal preference would be to use "of" instead of "on" after the ...
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“It {cost / costs} a lot to live there”?

In the simple present tense, which one is true based on this sentence? And, please explain. The food in Japan is expensive. It {cost / costs} a lot to live there.
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Should not there be “preceding” instead of “following” in this sentence?

I read a sentence in a chapter in my book which was: Death rate in Bihar in 1967 was 34% higher than the number of deaths that occurred in the following year. I think, in comparison, we tend to ...
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Indirect Question: “How different they are” vs. “How they are different”

Which sentence is correct? How different they are or How they are different I think both are right because one is intended as the meaning of "degree" and the other as the meaning of "way". ...
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Is “vegetable base” a common term in English?

How do they refer to big roofed places, in which vegetables, having been brought from fields, are kept before being taken to various outlets to be sold? I thought "vegetable base" was a good term, ...
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When something is good / not good for someone to be done

Please imagine someone's parents are giving some advice to their son. The father wants to say something that feels it would be very beneficial for his son. (For instance: continue his education.) ...
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When somebody makes you sustain a financial loss

What verb do you use about the action of someone who causes you to suffer from a financial loss. I.e. 1) imagine you know nothing of cars and someone who pretends to be knowledgeable about ...
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A better way to say “masters of translation”

What is the best and native way to use words master and translators to denote a "group of highly skilled translators"? I am stuck with initial "M" letter, as it is used in the brand name and logo, so ...
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Using “v-ing” after some phrases

I always think that we can use "v-ing" to combine two phrases when two interconnected activities are going on. For example : In sentence two, "explainig situation" and "having a hard time" is a ...
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“playing with balls” vs. “playing balls”

When do I need to use "with"? My son's English teacher said that it is wrong to say: "We played six balls at the same time", that I need "with" there unless "six balls" is a name of game. Is it ...
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What does the word “scale” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a platform game app: In the game some of the jumps will take several re-runs to scale. The player has to jump and safely land without tumbling into pits. I know the ...
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Which definition of noun “glare” fits in this context?

I read a sentence in the chapter "Journey to the end of Earth" which was: So there we were, all 52 of us, kitted out in Gore-tax and glares, waking on stark whiteness that seemed to spread out ...
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Makers Night, Maker's Night or Makers' Night?

We're running an evening craft fair soon and the posters are being designed. It's called "Makers Night", as the multiple independent stallholders who make and sell the crafts are also known as "makers"...
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She's in my bus

If two people take the same school bus everyday to get back home, will it be natural to use: She's in my bus. Actually our teacher asked us if someone took the same bus as S. Actually we have ...
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How can something “simple” be “striking”?

I read a definition of the word "epiphany" in Merriam Webster Dictionaries which was: An intuitive grasp of reality through something (such as an event) usually simple and striking I wonder how ...
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“Economic recession” Vs “Economic downturn”

How do these terms differ: Recession is a period when the economy of a country is not successful and conditions for business are bad: - The country is sliding into the depths of (a) recession ...
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I watched (a) hockey

A colleague told me today (none of us native English speakers): I watched a hockey. I told him that it is correct to say: I watched hockey. or: I watched a hockey game. ...
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What is a decent way to say an approximate time?

I will arrive at 5 pm. I don't know the exactly time I will arrive. So, I could say I will arrive roughtly at 5 pm. I will arrive almost at 5 pm. That is my assumption. What is a good saying?...
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Reported speech structure

Direct speech: 'I am your English teacher' said Mr. James Reported speech: Mr. James said that he was our English teacher. My understanding of the reported sentences is that Mr. James was a ...
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What does the phrase “right into the corner” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a football game app: If you bend the ball right into the corner you’ll get triple the points. I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase right into the corner. Does it ...
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We have vs We do have

What is the difference between We have and We do have? Has it same meaning or different meanings?
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An expression/idiom/proverb to say “losing a small amount would be much better than losing everything”

Is there any common English expression, idiom or proverb which implies: Stop and accept a small loss, rather than continue and risk losing everything. When someone is losing or possibly would lose ...
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English tenses forms

What is the difference in meaning between the following sentences: living cost has increased every year. living cost increases every year.
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What does “show up or cancel” mean in this sentence?

A credit card number will be needed to hold the reservation, but will not be charged unless you do not show up or cancel in advance of the tour. (https://gocity.com/san-antonio/en-us/attractions/...
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From United States of America or from the United States of America

would you say : I come from the United States of America or I come from United States of America ? same with United Kingdom or the United Kingdom Thank you for your help !
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Beating one's head against the wall / a brick wall

Dictionaries say that the idiom "beating one's head against the wall" means: To attempt continuously and fruitlessly to accomplish some task or achieve some goal that is or seems ultimately ...
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why the verb of this sentence has a third person “s”? It must be “increase”

"As people live longer into their old age, the chances of them suffering from serious illnesses increases." I came across this sentence in Mindset 3 as a sample for writing. Is it correct? "increases"
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Singular or plural verb for subjunctive mood

She requested that he raises his hand. She requested that he raise his hand. Should I use singular or plural verb for subjunctive mood? In the example above, which is the correct sentence? Or how ...
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one of which will be/is and the other will/is

Suppose that you have put a few boxes on a table. Each box contains a watch and one more thing. The surprise item is different in each one. You let your friend choose a box and keep the gifts inside. ...
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In the First Conditional, what is more important, cause or time?

In real life it happens that the cause happens later than the result. Would the grammar be up to the cause-result sequence or up to the time sequence? How should I form the first conditional? I ...
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What's the difference between “to deny a request” and “to decline it”?

From time to time I have seen my requests about miscellaneous services denied (as shown to me by text), and on Meta we have "status-declined" as a tag to bug reports and feature requests. How is it ...
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Grammar Rules Behind the Phrase: Had we but world enough and time

The above line "Had we but world enough and time" is taken from a famous poem. But what is grammar behind? Can anyone help me with the explanation of the phrase above?

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