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Is there an alternative to “win a bet”?

I am pretty sure there's a verb or a phrasal verb you can use as an alternative to "win a bet", but I can't remember what it was exactly, except I remember that it sounded a lot better. I can't think ...
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meaning of the word “some” in this context

"Right," says Dracula, slamming the front door. "I've decided to stay. Pull down the window shades quickly— quickly! Let's move it!" "What window shades?" asks the baker. "There are none, ...
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Is there a more natural way of saying “slid into” as in “embarking into”?

I am thinking of using "slid into" as in "embarking into", but this sentence is very particular and only makes sense if you see the context, which honestly sounds ridiculous (because it's surreal). ...
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I had finished it by 11 am

I was told to that it was incorrect to say: I had finished it by 11 am The person was saying Past Perfect could be used only with Past Simple, not times like this one. What do you think about it?
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''went'' vs ''went off''

A)'She left school and went off with a group of people who were against the war' B)'She left school and went with a group of people who were against the war' what is the difference in meaning ...
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I'm not so much of a drinker

Is this idiomatic? I'm not so much of a drinker, so when I get out I always look for good service and cheap food.
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Let the backlash begin

I found some articles with the title “Let the Backlash Begin!” and I cannot understand the meaning of the phrase. Could someone explain it?
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American pronunciation of “second” (edited)

I'm learning American English with some online classes, and the instructor says that the 2nd vowel 'o' of "second" sounds like "/e/" in everyday conversation (e.g. "Can I talk to you for a second?"). ...
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why should the past perfect be used?

I did my homework and met an offer. He felt tired because he had worked a lot. why I have to use 'had' if I can say that: He felt tired because he worked a lot.
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What do you call an appeal to a higher power?

I am looking for a general word for it, but I don't mind if you can only think of a word used in a legal context, such as when we try to appeal to a higher legal authority, or a word used with a ...
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Can “was to do” denote “the result of the past situation”?

I've never come across "was to do" that is used to mean "the result of the past situation" as in The football team was to win the trophy, defeating the opponent by 1-0 (meaning "the football ...
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When you had found it out by 11 am I had already come?

Can we say so: I found it out at 11 am ? It's Past Simple. The action happened while it was 11 am Can we say: I had found it out by 11 am? It's Past Perfect. The action had happened before 11 am....
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is this sentence from "baby honey(the Pastel's song),an example of good english grammar

There is magic in her beautiful eyes Justify the tears I’ve cried found this sentence in the pastel's song" baby honey " ,I know that songs are not always the best example of "good grammar" but the ...
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Measuring the amount

We usually say I bought 2 kilos of potatoes. But can I say Potatoes were very cheap so I bought 2 kilos. I bought 2 kilo potatoes. I think the last sentence is wrong. But I am not sure.
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“Since the train was delayed for more than an hour, passengers were given a full refund.” – Why is there no article before “passengers”?

After all, we are talking about very definite passengers – the ones that were on that train. Can it be gathered from the sentence that not all of the passengers were given a refund? P.S. The ...
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Is there a world for everything you do at the master and PhD level?

I am thinking of "post-bachelor", but I am wondering if there's a better word for it. Here's an example: These post-bachelor courses are only required if you want to complete a master degree. ...
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“Association Rules Reduction” or “Reduction of Association Rules”?

I'm writing a post about data mining and I was wondering which one of these titles sound better or more formal: Association Rules Reduction or Reduction of Association Rules Is there any ...
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Type of noun- If it is not a feeling/state/ action

i have word situation Is this an abstract noun? I dont think its an abstract noun as it does not describe a felling,state or action
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she not go to live with her father (in past)

Can we use not go in past? For example, this sentence: She not go to live with her father. I am not sure if I can use this sentence like this: She did not went to live with her father. or: ...
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Having been charmed

Is the following sentence correct? Having been charmed with the silk, my sister bought ten yards. I think the sentence is correct, because there is a chronology of events. Am I right?
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Swatting an insect and the meaning behind it

I need to know whether when someone swats an insect like a fly, it would allude that the person has already killed it or it is considered as only an attempt to kill the insect which based on the ...
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Come from behind, sneak up on someone from behind,walk up to from behind

Our teacher was telling us about a "murder" in our psychology class. So she said: A man came from behind and stabbed a lady. A man sneaked up from behind and stabbed a lady. A man walked ...
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Inversion in a sentence with the continuous tense

The original sentence is The two men were talking in front of the station. Which one of the following sentences is correct, if I place the adverbial phrase at the beginning? In front of the ...
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A proverb to imply the message that: “To all mothers their children seem to be the most beautiful”

As we all well aware about mothers emotions toward their children since birthgiving up to the end! Usually, all mothers think deep down inside that their children are the most beautiful and no other ...
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“To spare with my nose” meaning in this context

Text: I looked in the mirror and saw in there the end of my chin and the start of my hair and between there isn't much space to spare with my nose, like a handle, sticking there This ...
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A question related to participles

There is given a pair of sentences and I have to join the two sentences into one using a participle. We started early. We arrived at noon Answer was Starting/having started early, we arrived at ...
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should I use “end up being full of charges” or “end up full of charges” in this sentence?

When you keep charging a capacitor for a period of time, the plates will end up being full of charges and When you keep charging a capacitor for a period of time, the plates will end up full of ...
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A seemingly difficult task at the beginning (while you've not started it yet)

How do you call a simingly quite difficult task (not necessarily mental or physical one) which requires lots of efforts and looks too difficult "at the beginning"? The term / expression / idiom ...
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An expression or idiom to describe “magnifying” a news or an occurance

How would you call the action of someone who hears a news, magnifies it and then transmits it to someone else which would resault in an untrue story about (somebody / an event) comparing the original ...
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The past perfect tense and simple past

We usually use when with reference to the simple past tense because it refers to a point of time rather than a period of time. When I reached the station, the train had left. But can I say When ...
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Confused. Looking forward to getting correct answer [on hold]

Introduction of the assembly line vastly reduced the time for making a car. Is the sentence grammatically correct?
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Is the sentence a noun phrase/clause

Is the part in bracket He is not sure (where to start a new business) A noun clause or noun phrase
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Do British people often use the word lightning conductor?

Do British people use the word lightning conductor more frequently than a lightning rod?
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It comes later in the chapter, it comes in your chapter

Is the use of "come in" natural in these sentences: It comes later in the chapter. (That is, it happens a little further on in the chapter). This comes a little later in your chapter. (Of a ...
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“Take this quiz to see how much you can score” or “Take this quiz to see how much you score”?

I want to ask my students to take an online quiz to challenge themselves. Take this quiz now to see how much you can score? or Take this quiz now to see how much you score? Which one is ...
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Interrogative adverb vs interrogative pronoun

Is this sentence first word Where did you find the book at last? Is (Where) an interrogative pronoun/adverb?
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Is there any difference in meaning in "Among people, there is understanding & 2.There is understanding among them?

Among people, there is understanding. There is understanding among them. Are they two correct sentences? Is there any difference in meaning? 3.Whether there is understanding among them would ...
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What does “play me close” mean?

From Maroon 5's girls like you: Roll that Backwood, babe, and play me close. Slang websites show the phrase means trick or deceive but I'm not sure this is what the singer means.
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“You are friend with…”

In this answer I provided a sample sentence: You are friend with Toby. and as a result I received a comment from @JasonBassford: *Both of your example sentences are ungrammatical. You can't be ...
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Question about any and nor

Are the following sentences correct ? I believe both sentences are correct however, Something seems weird. If there is any incorrect wording etc, please correct it. Clean scrap without any ...
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I saw a bee on my left arm

I saw a bee on my left arm. I saw the bee on my left arm. Which one is correct? Do we have to use 'a bee' or 'the bee' in this case?
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It is five past five

It is five past five. It is five five. It is five o five. It is five oh five. It is five zero five. It is 5:5. It is 5:05. Which expressions are grammatical?
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Which types of prepositional phrase is “toward its employees” in Philosophy guiding the organization's policies towards its employees is not bad?

The philosophy that guides the organization's policies towards its employees is not bad. The philosophy guiding the organization's policies towards its employees is not bad. The organization's ...
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Is there an idiom that means “we're doing something without having all the necessary information”?

I am looking for an idiom or phrase used in informal speech that means "we're doing something without having all the necessary information" or something alone that line. Is there any such idiom?
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“it's being a holiday” is it correct in this context

Today I have heard a sentence: Today it's being a holiday what are you doing up there? Does it mean: Although it's a holiday, you're so busy. Is it correct to say in this context? Thank you.
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blowing or puffing? To release air out of mouth

When we cool the hot food by releasing air out of mouth, do we say: Blow over the food to cool it. OR Puff over the food to cool it. Actually in 'blowing' it seems to be as if there is a lot ...
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Can I say I'm in time? [duplicate]

"I'm in time" "I'm on time" "I'm at time" Which one is correct? What are differences between those forms? Example: - Am I late for work? - No, you are on/in/at time. In this situation, which one is ...
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Are there ways to rephrase this sentence?

“Caroline was skiing when she broke her leg.” Is when a conjunction or adverb? Can I replace when with the word and? Are there ways to rephrase this sentence?
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How to describe such a (nonsmooth) curve?

The only word I can think of is nonsmooth. Can anyone suggest some other words?
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What's the difference between “reduce” and “lower”?

I am not sure if I am mistaken, but it seems that reduce and lower aren't synonymous. For example, one of the sentences sounds incorrect in the following examples: The government reduced the legal ...

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