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Why no article “the” for “periods of sheer rest”?

Apart from the care of children and periods of sheer rest, the active lives were spent in the cities. Why no "the" for "periods of sheer rest" in this context?
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abuse and gnashing teeth

In a letter by Charles Darwin to his friend, J. D. Hooker, he said the follwoing towards the end of the letter: In a year or two's time, when I shall be at my species book (if I do not break down), I ...
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What does “line of fire” imply in this context?

I read a sentence in my history book which was: When the British got it back in 1749 as part of a deal with them,the British flattened a portion of the Black town and converted into an esplanade ...
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I broke my leg - when I actually did something to break it

I broke my leg. I know what it means. But if I actually did something directly to my leg to break it, how should I say it?
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The use of a comma in context

Tell me please it is correct to use a comma in the following sentence. Because he was tall, he was able to reach the ball.
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A distant family member

How do you refer to someone who is a distant family of you in natural English? I.e. your cousin's cousin. The only options that I can think of are as below. I wonder if you have a look on them and ...
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2 synonyms used in 1 sentence: makes up <number> % and constitutes <noun>

I’m wondering whether it looks well-written and, most importantly, grammatically correct to use 2 synonyms at once in my following sentence: Pacemaker Cells make up only about 1% of the Total ...
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A natural alternative for “become familiar with someone”

As I see on the web pages, the word familiar is mostly used for things rather than people. For example although you can get familiar with someone, but most of the times, you use it for "something". I....
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What does “bore” mean in the sentence?

Experience teaches me that whatever a fellow-guest may have of power to instruct or to amuse when he is sitting in a chair, or standing on a hearth-rug, quickly leaves him when he takes one out ...
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Can I replace ‘When’ by ‘As’ or ‘While’?

When reports came into London zoo that a puma had been sent, they were not taken seriously. Can I replace ‘When’ by ‘As’ or ‘While’?
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Is it normal to describe a Human being by a Non-Human thing with the verb BE?

If someone used another one to achieve a personal interest, then the other person may describe her/himself by the suitable noun (a non-human thing) which s/he has been used as it. For example, if two ...
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Does inversion change the meaning of the sentence: “As she did…, she could”

She could not go to the party as she did not have an invitation. As she did not have an invitation, she could not go to the party. What is the difference between them?
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Can I add ‘to come’ after ‘As I promised’?

As I promised, I will certainly come. Can I add ‘to come’ after ‘As I promised’?
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“(get/make/have) somebody familiar with something” - “Familiarize” and “Acquaint”

I wonder if you help me with the nuance between: get somebody familiar with something have somebody familiar with something make somebody familiar with something familiarize somebody with ...
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Meaning of the verb “tap” in context

That is from this article. The overclaiming measure, that assessment of bragging which taps saying you know about something that you don’t, was tested with questionnaires that gave them items from ...
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Disambiguation of “Let me know when the task is completed.”

The sentence "Let me know when the task is completed." could have two meanings: Let me know the time that the task is supposed to be completed. Once the task is completed, let me know it. Which of ...
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Using the noun “familiarity” and the verb “familiarize”

Please consider my following made-up short story: That was fifteen years ago! I was good friends with the girl of one relationship, and the guy of another. They each broke up with their respective ...
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The emotional moment of lovers' saying goodbye

I wonder if you could let me know how a native speaker would imply the situation in which two people are saying goodbye to each other and while they are getting away they are looking with their eyes ...
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Is “cool” appropriate or offensive to use in IMs?

Today I learned a new word "Nive". When I google search, I found on urbandictionary it says nive "means cool. without actually having to say cool. cuz cool is an ugly word." My question is that - is ...
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Why are there commas before “or even” in the following examples (even though they don't introduce independent clauses)?

I searched for "or even like taking a" on Google, and I got results like these: Sometimes that work looks a lot like staring blankly at the page, or even like taking a long walk with the dog. ...
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An accidental friendship

When our family moved to a new house, we got familiar with our neighbors Mr. and Mrs. Watson. They invited us for dinner that night and wanted us to be their guests. My parents agreed and we were ...
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“look forward in” or “look forward to”?

We are looking forward in knowing you, helping you achieve the best oral health ever. Why did they put 'in' here instead of 'to'?
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Why are color poor people of color more likely to commit crime? [on hold]

I am doing survey for sociology class, and my topic is “Why are poor people of color more likely to commit some crimes?” because I have studied about juvenile criminal in my university in Japan and I ...
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Whose offensive actions?

Iran has made a dramatic shift in how it confronts the United States, abandoning a policy of restraint in recent weeks for a series of offensive actions aimed at pushing the White House to rethink ...
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What does “come up through the system” mean?

This is a scene from the movie Southpaw: Judge: The child has no other family, is that right? Attorney: Uh, no, Your Honor. Uh, both my client and his wife came up through the system. ...
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Can “father” be “the father” and “mother” be “the mother”?

The original sentence: With mother earning and his older children drawing substantial wages father is seldom the dominant figure that he still was at the beginning of the century. Is it also ...
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is a chip “in” a smartwatch or “on” a smartwatch?

i am learning Stanford cs230. the professor is saying yesterday's supercomputer is today's processor on your smartwatch why the professor is using "on" instead of "in"? intuitively, a chip is "...
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What is a proper response to “Good luck with X”?

What is a proper response to "Good luck with X"? Example: Hi Franck, thanks for sharing the paper draft with me. Good luck with the submission! Bob Is it ok to reply with "You're welcome, thanks ...
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What is the difference between “in” and “for” in this sentence?

Here is the full sentence; Students enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits, whether they are Language Center Students or regular students, are subject to all University regulations. If I drop a ...
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Preposition with emphasis

Our Physics teacher often emphasizes on the end for a lot of practice. Our Physics teacher often emphasizes the end for a lot of practice. Our Physics teacher often emphasizes upon the end for ...
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What does “have demonstration of something” mean?

Has little to no understanding and demonstration of knowledge or behavior Does "demonstration" here mean an ability to perform something? Or does this sentence mean that this knowledge or behavior ...
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“where did you sit” vs. “where were you sitting”

I'm a little confused about the difference between this two sentences. Can you explain the exact meaning and all differences between this two? Where did you sit last section? Where were you ...
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Is it permissible to omit “I” in conversation or informal writing?

Can I say or write sentences, in conversation or informal writing, without "I" like this? Though not frequently, I might have heard native speakers saying without a subject, especially the pronoun "I"....
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Is it ok to say “makes areas sharpen”

The context is explaining how Photoshop tool "Sharpen Tool" works. This tool makes areas sharpen Is it ok to say that? I mean to use sharpen there?
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Popcorn is the only acceptable snack to consume while watching a movie

Popcorn is the only acceptable snack to consume while watching a movie. Is this sentence really grammatically correct? I think it doesn't, because "watching" looks like referring to the behavior ...
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Immediate family vs Extended family

I am little bit confuse with the definition of extended family and immediate family. I have been living with my husband for three years in a apartment. Now in respect to this statement which one is my ...
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correct usage with although/therefore

but cannot be used in the same way at although/though. We use but to connect items which are the same grammatical type. https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/conjunction The ...
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What's the most neutral future tense in English?

Without the sense of "Willingness" or "Intend" or whatnot, what form has the most neutral future meaning in a daily conversation? Someone told me that the "Be going to" would be the one, but he was ...
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By time or On/within time

To gain reputation among your clients, (a) / you ought to finish (b) / every assignment you undertake (c) / within the stipulated deadline. (d) / No error (d) / No error (e) This is question of ...
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somewhat of understatement

I have a question about the meaning of this sentence: " To say that I was surprised is somewhat of an understatement. " What does it mean? Does it mean that I wasn't that much surprised? Or it means ...
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Name for the people who hustle you into restaurants

What do you call those people who hustle you into restaurants, like those in tourist areas that stand in the street with a menu, suggesting you go into their restaurant. (Brussels is a good example.)
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“as of next month” vs “as of the next month”

Despite having studied English for years, I don't yet know the proper usage of the article 'the' fully. This sentence is from Cambridge Dictionary: As of next month, all the airline's fares will ...
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Hair grow or hair grows

Which form is correct: My hair grow slowly or My hair grows slowly
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use the situations below and make sentences using present perfect tense [on hold]

The sentences are: james lived in oregon as a child. now he lives in Canada.
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use one, other, another

I wish to write a sentence and I have the three alternatives: I have three tables, one is black, one is green and one is blue I have three tables, one is black, other is green and another is ...
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verb tense **were being raised**

Could you explain a verb tense were being raised here and meaning of the second sentence in terms of that upgrading school is not a new school. It was an old, inadequate building, painted the ...
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Should there be an “a” before “ten years imprisonment”?

As part of a question I had on another SE site, I stumbled upon an article which has the following sentence: If a Georgia resident plans to travel elsewhere to obtain an abortion, she may be ...
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How to tell someone that I had to travel urgently

I need to tell my boss that I had to travel urgently for a personal reason and couldn't inform him because it was unplanned and happened quickly. I also want to let him know that I am sorry for not ...
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Can “a” be removed in the follow case (noun + adjective + adjective)?

Grammaly told me that the "a" in the following sentence is unnecessary and it suggested I remove it: The surface of the guitar was (a) gleaming white. Is Grammaly correct? Why or why not? Note: ...
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What does “names coloured with blackness” imply?

I read a sentence in my history book which was: Shaped by the language of race even names were often coloured with blackness. I don't think "blackness" here has been used in any literal sense but ...

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