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Confusing use of possessive pronouns after gerund [duplicate]

I would appreciate you and her/him/hers/his letting me keep updated on the issue. In this sentence letting is gerund. As per rules I learned that possessive form is used before gerund. So correct ...
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Is this sentence impolite?

I came across this sentence while I reading some questions randomly. The question starts with this sentence: This is a bit of a noob question so bear with me. Obviously, the user wants to excuse ...
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What does the highlighted sentence mean in the paragraph given down below?

"The emotions are the rawest of energies, and whether they realize it or not, most people wear their hearts on their sleeves."
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What does “there is something!” mean?

I have come across it in the 11th episode of the 10th season of Friends. Here is the context: Rachel: (finishing the last of her drink) I am soo not going to do good on my SATs tomorrow. Chandler: ...
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“How is it going for you ” vs “How has it been going for you”

If I want to ask someone if something is working out for them. What should I say? How is that working for you so far? How has that been working for you so far?
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Meaning of a “Standby” in this case

“I haven’t got a clue what this lot’s supposed to mean,” he said, staring down at a long list of calculations. “You know,” said Ron, whose hair was on end because of all the times he had run his ...
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Implication of “rebuttal” [closed]

He rebutted that HRA (1998) is to be adhered. Does the speaker refute that the HRA (1998) is to be followed, or vice virsa?
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Conditional 2 and harmony of tenses

While teaching yesterday I came across two sentences and I got stuck on them. If somebody offered me to buy a fur coat, I would say that it is too expensive. OR If somebody offered me to buy a fur ...
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“Use them only where it really makes sense to do so.”

Comma-separated expressions Use them only where it really makes sense to do so. Use them only where it really makes sense to. Use them only where it really makes sense. Which one sentence I should ...
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Further question about the difference between “having a hard time Verb+ing” and “having a hard time to Verb”

This question was once raised by Jirei and answered by MSalters already at the link below. Having a hard time "verb-ing" vs having a hard time to "verb" I, however, would like to ...
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Types of verb: State, Action, Event

Here [https://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar/verbs-types] I read: A verb refers to an action, event or state. I cleaned the room as quickly as possible. [Action verb] I don’t know ...
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Is it correct and natural to use the question “how could you have done it?” when expressing disbelief or surprise?

Is it correcr natural to use the question how could you have done it? when expressing disbelief or surprise? For example: So you are saying you made it. How could you have done it? You can't even ...
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Lost or had lost

Which one of the two is more idiomatic When he had lost the book he searched for it everywhere. When he lost the book he searched for it everywhere. I think the first one Because in the first one ...
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Either win or we're to win

Of the following two sentences which one is more idiomatic If he wins the prize I would be very happy. If he were to win the prize I would be very happy. I don't think the second one is correct but ...
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Can we use article the with water

Can I use article " the" in this blank. Fill the tumbler with ___ water. I have researched a lot and I found that "the" can be used with some uncountable nouns but I am still ...
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Type of container

What do we call the big round thing in the image that contains the small bowls? Is this a: a. container b. bowl c. dish d. plate e. platter f. OR WHAT?
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Is it foot towel or feet towel?

Some online links use "foot towel" to describe "a small, rectangular towel typically used to dry the feet upon emerging from the shower or bath", while other links use "feet ...
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There was a lot of Christians lived there in past - is a crrect sentence? [closed]

Is the folowing sentence correct: There was a lot of Christians lived there in past.
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Reverting back to what you belong to

I was wondering if there is any fixed expression, poem, proverb to imply: Every one who is left far from his source (source= his / her tendencies,) wishes back the time when he was united with it. I....
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What is “flight from light” in <The Myth of Sisyphus> by Albert Camus

This is the context: Suicide has never been dealt with except as a social phenomenon. On the contrary, we are concerned here, at the outset, with the relationship between individual thought and ...
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Grammar use and when to use [closed]

‘Hasn’t’ or ‘didn’t’? I want to know which is correct when used in the sentence ‘he hasn’t been hurt’ or ‘he didn’t get hurt‘.
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What does “trouble didn't come much worse than…” mean in this context from Harry Potter?

'Well, I don' blame yeh fer tryin' ter curse him, Ron,' said Hagrid loudly over the thuds of more slugs hitting the basin. 'Bu' maybe it was a goo thing yer wand backfired. 'Spect Lucius Malfoy would'...
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what is the subject and verb in this sentence?

Never miss a chance to make those watching you laugh. I can not find the subject and verb of this sentence.
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An uncountable noun can be counted when the context is clear?

Questions: (a) In a clear context, especially when telling the listener that there are types or versions of it, any uncountable noun can actually be counted, no matter what the uncountable noun is, ...
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Sentence Construction Have Been

Why do we say "I have been sick since yesterday." and not "I have gotten sick since yesterday."?
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be picking up the phone

I'd like to know what "be picking up the phone" means in the following. Does it mean a person is holding the phone, or is about to pick up the phone? John is picking up the phone.
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Let John and I go or Let John me go

Let John and I go is correct or not? Or should I use Let John and me go? Which one is correct and why? Here "I" is the subject pronoun and "me" is object pronoun. Above John and me/...
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Present tense to emphasize the fact that it would not change

I know that the eternal truth has to be written in the present tense. For example, Lulu explained that the sun is very hot. Could I say something like this?: I told you that he doesn't like the ...
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What is the meaning of “Family only runs so deep” and “Dysfunctional sense” from the conversation given down below?

Here's part of the conversation from vampire diaries Zach: I'm full of vervain. I've been putting it in my coffee for 16 years. Damon: So it was your vervain. Good for you. Family only runs so deep, ...
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Any recommendation on paraphrasing specfic highlighted parts of this passage, please?

In this context does the expression " I did not push it" is correct English? Any alternative to look more natural English? Later in the text, saying "someone does something lesser tgan ...
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“material” vs. “materials”

From Cambridge Dictionary, Meaning of "lesson" [ C ] a period of time in which a person is taught about a subject or how to do something From Cambridge Dictionary, Meaning of "...
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“It takes a lot of time” vs. “it takes up a lot of time”

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between it takes a lot of time and it takes up a lot of time? For example, in the 9th episode of the 10th season of Friends the latter was used. ...
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Can we say “turn around something” to mean “rotate/revolve around something”?

I know we can use the phrase "turn around something" to mean "cause something to face the opposite direction" like in "He turned around the phone to see the camera." What ...
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While I was washing utensils in the kitchen, my mother relaxed/was relaxing

While I was washing utensils in the kitchen, my mother ________(relaxed/was relaxing) on the sofa. Which one is correct relaxed or was relaxing? Is it okay to combine past continuous tense (was ...
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What is the natural and native-sounding response to a delivery guy from Doordash/Skipthedishes/Uber Eats

I order takeouts from these apps a lot e.g. Doordash, Skipthedishes, Uber Eats. I wonder what is the most natural/idiomatic way to respond to the delivery guy on the phone to confirm his identity ...
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What does “like someone for someone” mean? [duplicate]

I have come across it in the 9th episode of the 10th season of Friends. Here is the contex: Chandler: Monica, I want a baby too, but this woman is giving away her child. She deserves to know who it's ...
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How is he? or How is him?

In a question like "How are you?", the pronoun is after a verb (to be) and I know that after verbs it's necessary to use objective pronouns. Then, which one is correct: "How is he?"...
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Using Report speech

Am i using report speech correctly? Should i have used present simple in this situation? I brother to help me. I said that "this was up your alley". He said that "he would help" ...
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“come to this conclusion” vs. “came to this conclusion”

I sent an email yesterday to report my analysis regarding a software issue. Based on the logging and screenshot, I come to this conclusion: some undefined error happened on the server side, which ...
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replaced with and replaced by

I read one explanation of the difference between replace with/by in one of the grammar books. If you are referring to replacing something that is broken, old, or not working/inoperative, then you ...
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What does this sentence mean

The spider’s legs bent in upon its body I think: The spider's legs bent inward on top of its body not under its body. I found this sentence in Harry Potter I want to know what this process looks like....
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usage of the 'but-a' phrase

I've heard the use of 'but a' like this: I am but a common man. He is but a clever dog. I'd expected something like this: 3. I am anything but not a common man 4. He is nothing but a common dog. (...
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What is the meaning of “no less” here? Is it positive or negative?

In other words, in the definition we have given of it, is it really possible to add to the boundary between the science of personality and the biological sciences a no less firmly established boundary,...
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Is it correct to say “So, you want to jump down from up here/there”?

Is it correct to say "So, you want to jump down from up here/there" as shown in the picture?
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Describing someone who is slightly overweight: “He is slightly on the _____ side”

He is slightly on the _______ side. If I want to say that he is slightly overweight, what would be the most common word to insert here? Thank you.
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how to prevent 2 'on' coming together in a sentence

For the sentence, Sharp changes are provided later on, on the casting rather than on the pattern. Is it grammatically correct to have 2 'on' together. What would be a better way to phrase the ...
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Present Perfect or Past Simple with the word “ once”

Please have a look at this sentence and help me understand. Celine Dion, with whom Bocelli once _____ a duet, said that "If God had a singing voice, he would sound like him". It was in the ...
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yet with how many things are we upon the brink of becoming acquainted

The following is from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I'm wondering whether the boldfaced part is likely to have been "would we be": Whence, I often asked myself, did the principle of life ...
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Reported Speech (When 2 tenses in one sentence)

If there are 2 different tenses in Direct Speech, how can we convert the sentence into Reported Speech? Ex : D.S -> Ravi said " My aunty was washing her clothes when she slipped on the wet ...
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When is the structure “there is” mandatory and when is it optional?

From my grammar books I've learned that if you introduce some indefinite object in some definite place, you do it by using the structure "there is", but when I read literature I occasionally ...

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