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What's the right sequence?

Does it make sense if I say "This is the right order of the person to contact"? I have a list of points of contact and there is a clear sequence to follow, so I want to explain to our customers that ...
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“Should had” usage in a sentence

Can I say following sentence? If no, what’s the best alternative. Thanks I should had gone but I didn’t.
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Someone who lends usurious money and their action

What do you call a person who achieves lots of money without working, just sitting at home lending people money with the agreement that they will pay him/her back a very much larger amount of money in ...
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“Who is it?” Vs. “Who is he?”

In many situation such as: A) If friend tells you about someone else that it's not clear to you who is the person that your friend talks about. B) Someone calls you and you do not know who is this ...
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Is the phrase “I wish I would not” grammatical in the given sentence?

In Wish and If only, I learned that; NB We can only use wish + would to talk about things we can’t change. So I wish I wouldn’t eat so much chocolate. is not possible although we can say I wish I ...
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Need help with these issues

"I saw you waited for the bus" (wrong unless add that) "I saw that you waited for the bus" (correct) "I saw a house destroyed on the road" (wrong unless add that) "I saw that a house destroyed on the ...
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Using the word “profiteer” in noun and verbal form

What verb do you usually use to describe the action of a "profiteer"? I know that the word "profiteer" can be used in both noun and verbal forms, but I think that the verbal form is used very rarely. ...
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Usage of the word 'TOGGLE'

The word 'toggle' itslef means switching between two states. But is it proper to use explicitly like 'toggle ON' or 'toggle OFF' ? How the usage for that word should happen?
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When you're going to discover the amount of someone's financial loss

Let's suppose you have lost a specific amount of money in a deal and your partner is going to find out how much it had been. What shall he ask you? Once, I had a close American friend who had ...
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Difference between “several” and “several of”

I stumbled upon this while reading a detective novel An Innocent Client by Scott Prat. Below is the phrase in context. Landers ate lunch there two or three times a month. Even now and then he'd ...
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When you're going to know about your cut in a deal

Please imagine a dealer is going to make a deal happen between two people. He tends to know what cut he would get out of this dealing. In our language the dealer can say: 1- What's in it for me? ...
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see something done/ see something being done

As far as I know, we use "see something do" if we see an action from the beginning to the end. And we use "see something doing" if we see an action in progress. I wonder about passive form of this ...
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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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