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The usage of first time

I am trying to tell something.Let's say I have a friend, he is now in coma and I have never been trying to figure out what he will want me to do in the situation I am in but now I am thinking about ...
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“can you tell what is something” or can you tell me something is"?

Tell me please the correct sentence? Can you tell what is your name? Can you tell me your name is? I have always used the structure as in the first srntence in this type of questions, and ...
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Is there a word that means “talking while your mouth is full of liquid”?

Is there a word that means "talking while your mouth is full of liquid"? Like, for instance, you can speak while you are drowning in your own blood making it hard to make out what you are saying. I am ...
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What is the difference between “leave” and “leave behind”?

Tell me please what is the difference between leave and leave behind in the following contexts. I have left my bag behind at the store. I have left my bag at the store. He left his family ...
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What does “third-string” mean in this context?

When I was a little girl, Louis spent a lot of time with his third-string hoodlum buddies, guys with names like Izzy, Lazar, Harry, AI. They played cards for days on end and filled the house with ...
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How should I interpret this sentence structure (with too many “or”)?

Without the written consent of us, you are not allowed to modify, use, or allow others to use, rewrite, or disseminate the above content in any way, or use it for other commercial purposes. The ...
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What does “receive claim” mean?

We have received and responded to the claim you filed with XXX regarding your request for a refund. This sentence is from an email, and XXX refers to a third-party institution that handles claims ...
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Manage or will manage

In exam (Egyptian GSEC English exam) If you are a well-organized person, you (manage/will manage) This question was in my exam, I already answered it "will manage", I want to know the difference ...
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Does “turn in” in this context mean “return” or “give back”?

Deliberately procrastinating is another characteristic passive-aggressive behavior. When confronted with tasks that they do not want to do or appointments they do not wish to keep, the passive-...
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Can collective nouns be plural?

Can collective nouns be plural? For example, can I say armies instead of army if I'm talking about different types of armies, or crowds. crowd and army are already plural but can I add an s after ...
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“Correct me if I'm wrong”

I had always had the impression that when people say "correct me if I'm wrong", their underline meaning is not to ask for correction but to stress that "I'm 100% sure of what I'm saying", especially ...
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Run 2 runs, run 2 (can “runs” be dropped in colloquial language) [cricket]

I had a question related to Cricket. Colloquially, where the context's obvious, can "runs" be dropped to avoid duplication? The batsman ran two runs. But can it be (in a obvious context) The ...
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Smear vs smudge

Here what will be a natural way to describe this: You have smudged your mascara by crying. You have smeared your mascara by crying. And what if it was done on purpose, what will be ised ...
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Meaning of “healer” in this context?

what Merchant does in The Death of Nature is to show us that far from liberating women, in reducing nature to a mechanism without soul or intrinsic meaning, the Scientific Revolution and its ...
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Contradiction abide or contradiction abides

In the following sentence While the contradiction between modernity and deeply retrograde systems of discrimination abide, the acknowledgment by the world’s leading space agency of those that helped ...
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Describing pictures that are part of a brochure

He was showing to me pictures of other members of his orchestra on the invitation brochure to their concert that would take place on Sunday. The meaning that is meant to be expressed here is that ...
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“The guitars have been restringed” or “The guitars are restringed”? [on hold]

My question is: which one is correct? I'd also be grateful if both wrong you'd tell me some corrections.
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Is latest by used here correctly

In the following sentence NASA’s International Space Station, the only one functional right now, is slated to retire by 2025, or latest by 2028, and no replacement for it has been confirmed so far. ...
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the meaning of “has some go to steps for”

David Ospina: A reluctant showman but as an experienced member of the squad has some go to steps for when he is called upon. Source. Can you clarify to me the precise meaning of the bolded passage? ...
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Meaning of herald into something

What is the meaning of herald into something in the following sentence? Does it convey any sense? Chandrayaan-2 and Gaganyaan are, in fact, heralding ISRO into this new phase.
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have somebody do something

We don't have any desire to have you come into our community, "Come" in here is present or past participle?
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'Will' instead of 'Would' with a past tense sentence

I've bumped into a YouTube clip (Here is the extracted text for the sake of convenience and context) that deals with the difference between 'Will' and 'Would'. Among other examples, they have chosen ...
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How can this be “would”?

I was studying the use of "used to" and "would" when I came across this sentence, which has been nagging me: 1a Family values used to be quite different in those days. 1b Family values would ...
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The right noun to describe the fact that something is forbidden by the law and, therefore, is absent

One of the cornerstones of the social system of the Communist Vietnam was the absence of private entrepreneurship. The idea that is meant to be expressed here is that no one was allowed to have his ...
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Is it okay to use “yesterday” when describing some sudden change in the past?

Is it okay to use "yesterday" when describing some sudden change in the past? For example: That potion was really good. It really worked miracles when every citizen of this country was given a ...
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What does “that” indicate here?

People sometimes don't recognize talent when see it . Their vision is clouded by the first impression we give and that can lose us the job we want What does that refer to? first impression OR the ...
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An English Word for 'Jaltarang' - music played by stroking water containers

In India, it's called 'Jaltarang' where 'jal' means water and 'tarang' is melody. I wonder whether or not there's a word for the same in English. A near-to-it word will be okay, if not precisely ...
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When you are carrying an item, should you use WITH or ON(preposition)

Let's say you are asking a caller if she is carrying a machine at the time. It goes like this: You:Do you have your machine WITH/ON you?(you assume that the machine is beside the caller) ...
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The use of “that”

If you can find somebody and divide up the labor so that you don't feel so overwhelmed by everything that you are doing, all you have to do sometimes is to ask for help and your life will feel that ...
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Using the definite article “the” with adjective before a person's name

I am sure this has been asked in the past, but I can't find any rule and I would like to understand what's going on. "The" is never used for proper names, that much I know. When I google "playwright ...
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What do【lacerating wit】and 【poisonous put-downs】mean in this context?

I listened to a podcast talking about Murray Gell-Mann, a famous physicist of the 20th century. And here is what confuses me in this transcript. “Gell-Mann was admired by everyone—feared by some ...
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“A username and password {is / are} required”

I thought that the use of is/are was determined by whether or not the noun was singular or plural. But also, I'm awful at these things. username is singular. password is singular. But we are saying ...
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How to use “acceptable” in response to a question

Suppose someone asks how I'm doing. Which form of the word "acceptable" is grammatically correct to use for a response? Is it "Acceptable", "Acceptably", "I'm acceptable", "I'm acceptably", "I'm doing ...
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Can I say “hi” in response to “good morning”?

When someone says "good morning", is it fine/polite enough to say "hi"? Or do I have to say "good morning" too?
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Negative meaning in “but maybe just look straight at him”?

Is there negative meaning in: But maybe just look straight at him. It looks like judging someone by their surface. I wonder the nuance of that sentence if there is.
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“I study two hours daily” vs. “I study for two hours daily”

Which one is correct? I study two hours daily. I study for two hours daily. Is the preposition "for" correct here or not, and why? If both sentences are correct, what is the difference in ...
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“Nonetheless” or “none the less”?

This question comes from this ELL post (about putting the word nonetheless at the end of a sentence). Per Cambridge dictionary, "Nonetheless" should be in the form of one word. So, is it ...
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What's the meaning of the expression “get handed” in this phrase?

What's the meaning of the expression "get handed" in the following passage? I only told my wife a few days ago that the reason I bought the house we now live in was because of the building I saw in ...
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What do you call the walls of a dome?

What do you call the walls of a dome? Let's say that a building is literally shaped like a semi-sphere. What would you call the wall in such a building? I am asking the question because the wall and ...
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What do you call these corridors that link two buildings?

What do you call these corridors that link two buildings? Is there a name for it? I am wondering if it's just called a bridge or if there's a specific name to these types of corridors.
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What does “offset” mean in this context?

Judge Judy reading from a police report: I then observe a small drop of blood on the shirt of Ohr... Thompson was standing behind Ohr and slightly offset. (source) "Offset" strikes me as strange ...
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You have to choose an hour that isn't already taken by someone

I always have problem using the word already, or simply have trouble with tenses; in the first place, is the sentence in the question correct? secondly, when should we use already, can we use it in ...
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Is it idiomatic to put “nonetheless” at the end of a sentence?

this comes from "NoSQL & SQL Data Modeling" by Ted Hills. The rectangle represents a logical record type. This is not a type in the sense of a generalization/specialization hierarchy. It is a ...
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What do you say to a waitress when you don't want any change?

What do you say when you give $50 to a waitress and you want to tell her the money includes the tip and you don't want any change? I could say "I don't want any change", but it's not straight to the ...
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What does the sentence “It's just like him, to have to have the last word” mean?

I heard this on a TV show and I've never really heard a sentence similar to it before. I'd appreciate it if you would help me out with the meaning of the sentence and its structure.
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How could one help agreeing with X?

After a long neglect of his subject, Victor was not as thoroughly convinced that impossibility was the best route to necessity as he might have been had he recently reconsidered Stolkin’s extreme ...
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Get stuck,pull out

My blanket keeps getting stuck under me and I have to tug at it again and again to pull it out from under me. What ia a natural way to say amd describe the two bold lines? I know that my sentences ...
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Getting to your seat on airplanes (or elsewhere)

On airplanes, there are seats A(window)-B(middle)-C(isle) on one of the sides. Suppose someone is sitting on seat C and I need to get to seat B. What are the most natural ways to ask the person from ...
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“someone will have arrived yesterday” - Future Perfect Tense in the past?

If they’re following their schedule, they will have arrived yesterday. Yesterday? But yesterday is not a part of the future? I'm confused now.
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Is there a polite way to ask about one's ethnicity?

Suppose I'm talking to a person who is an American citizen but obviously has some "Asian roots" (either they immigrated to the US at early age or their parents were immigrants). Is there a polite way ...

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