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that which belongs to or is connected with her

that which belongs to or is connected with her (Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s) 'Though ‘which’ can be replaced by ‘that’ in relative constructions' they say, when it is placed after ‘that’ I wonder if ...
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“have been long since forgotten” vs long forgotten usage

The valuable stringed instruments in this display, all more than 300 years old, were carefully crafted by artisans famous in their day but long since forgotten. Is ""have been long since forgotten" ...
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What would one call a list of people to be killed?

I know this sounds kinda morbid, but is there an english word for a list of people who are to be killed? Let's say, a hitman gets a list of targets, what would he call it? My first though was "hitlist"...
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to be to and if-clause

The following sentence is given What would you do if I were to lose my job?? I would like to undestand the meaning of were to. Does it mean "upcoming event", that's I'll lost my job later in the ...
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“We have sold nearly everything he owns to make the down payment!”

I have been reading The Bridge Across Forever. I read a sentence which is a little bit odd in my view, but I think some experts can help me understand it: We have sold nearly everything he owns to ...
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Did + definite time in past . “Did you take your medicine this morning?”

My understanding is that when we say "this morning", it refers to a definite time in the past. If yes, then, "did you take your medicine this morning?" , is the correct question. If no, then, it ...
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The University of Southern California team

The University of Southern California team looked at the behaviour of 65 students over a 10-week term. (An excerpt from the article from BBC) Is this sentence OK? In the previous post India Prime ...
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Is “find oneself into” = “share” a particular approach?

I am trying to translate the french idioms: "se retrouver dans cette approche" which I would literally translate to "To find oneself into this approach" but I am not sure if it's the correct way to ...
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The difference between “Older” and “Elder”

What is the difference between "Older" and "Elder" ? And are they interchangeable ?
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“a lot of” vs. “lots of”

What is the difference between "I have a lot of friends" and "I have lots of friends"? Are they interchangeable?
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Using the phrase “from X to X” versus using “between Xs”

I want to say that physicians differ on the diagnosis of an illness for patient Joe. What is the difference between: The diagnosis differs between physicians The diagnosis differs from physician to ...
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“Seemed connected” vs “Seemed to be connected.” [duplicate]

Example: From this angle the bridge looked just like a garden path—due to the grass and flowers growing along it and that seemed (to be) connected to the land ahead. Should I use to be here? ...
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Difference between 'illusion' and 'delusion'

What is the difference between 'illusion' and 'delusion'? Both of them could mean 'false ideas'. I cannot differentiate them. illusion a false or wrong belief or idea Many people ...
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A single word in English for “easily make others miss the person”

Is there a single word in English that means "easily make others miss the person"? For example, if such word were xqxqxq, a sample sentence would be: The baby xqxqxqs everyone because she is so cute....
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Singular vs plural with multiple nouns stringed together

As a general rule, I learnt that when stringing together multiple nouns to form a noun phrase, the nouns acting as adjectives lose their ending "s", even if they carry a plural meaning. For example: ...
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Manassas Ends Hope for a Short War

Manassas Ends Hope for a Short War (VOA Learning English) What does ‘Ends’ mean? It seems not ‘Manassas Ends’ is a proper name. I guess it would rather be meaning: ‘the last part of Manassas.’ But ...
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The antonym of 'simplicity' is not exactly what I'm looking for

Today is the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi a man known for his simplicity. He refrained from any luxury or comfort. He was a true leader and exactly opposite to today's politicians and so called leaders. ...
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“Flyers” vs. “Passengers of a flight” What's the difference?

"The ___ were served two meals during the flight." a. flyers b.clients c.passengers d.travelers Correct Answer: c.passengers My question is why isn't option a. flyers correct, since a flyer is ...
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“Only then it dawned on me” or "only then did it dawn on me?

What's the correct form? For instance: Only then (did) it dawn on me that humans and animals see the world differently. I got very few results in Google Books. So I'm a little confused.
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Using prepositions with 'student'

Recently, I asked a question on stack exchange music, and I was wondering wether I should us the word for,to or of. For example, I am a student to drums. I am a student of drums. I am a ...
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I'm thinking about buying a new car [duplicate]

I'm thinking about buying a new car. I'm thinking of buying a new car. Do we use "about" or ‘of" in sentences above?
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Correctness of “Launch A Plan”

According to some dictionaries, usage examples of the verb "launch" include "launch an attack", "launch a campaign", and "launch an investigation", where the thing being "launched" is some sort of ...
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What is the meaning of “adopter” in the phrase “adopter questions and suggestions”?

This database systems book has been successful through eight editions because the authors, editors, and the publisher paid attention to the impact of technology and to adopter questions and ...
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What should I use to show my anger not using curse and bad language to refer to someone in American English?

Lets suppose you (Martin) park your car somewhere and leave it there. When you come back, out of the blue, you see a big scratch on your car’s surface. You have your friend with you who you stand on ...
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Turn To, Turn Into

I am looking at some usage issues of "change" sense of the verb "turn": Water could turn to/into ice. The magician turned the cat to/into a rabbit. I looked up dictionaries and it seems ...
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What do Americans call something when they cannot remember its name temporarily

What do you call a thing that you temporarily cannot remember the name of in American English? Lets suppose the following scenario. What would you use to fill in the blank? Give me that. . . umm. . ...
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What do Americans call a person when they cannot remember the right name?

In contemporary American English, what do you call a person you’ve temporarily forgotten the name of? Let’s suppose the following scenario. What would you use to fill in the blank? Bill: Hey, Jack, ...
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Put Flashlight To Ear

A dictionary entry for "to" has this usage example of the phrase "put ...to": He put a finger to his lips. But, on the web, I found sentences that uses "put...to" this way: Jane ...
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the generic use of the?

I know that in the sentence "the computer was invented in 1947", the use of "the" there is generic. Also, I understand that we often use "the" this way as generic for nouns of animal, plant, and ...
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What does this mean? Especially the word “ahead”

I had dates ahead that I disliked to cancel. If there were no “ahead”, I would assume it means there were dates the speaker wouldn’t like to cancel. With “ahead”, however, I can't clearly understand ...
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“given that”, “if”, “providing that”, or “assuming”?

Does "given that" mean just "assuming"? And, I am wondering what is the difference between "given" and "given that". Furthermore, would you please tell me what is the difference between "if" and "...
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What does “spend down” mean here

Does spend down means simply spend or runs I couldn't found this phrasal verb from the dictionary. The neocon defense intellectuals, as well as being in or around the actual Pentagon, are at the ...
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Is “Is it his job to always be available?” correct?

Which of the following sentences is correct? For which reasons? Is it his job to always be available? Is his job to always be available?
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Should I put “the” in the following sentence?

Which one is correct? "She is in eighth grade." vs "She is in the eighth grade."
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India Prime Minister Vs. Indian Prime Minister Vs. India's Prime Minister

I have read all of them and they all tell the same thing. The Prime Minster of India. But then, which one is better to use. To me, grammatically, all mean different! India Prime Minister -what ...
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Is this natural English: How was it yesterday?

People say: how was your weekend? But do they say: how was it yesterday? Is this the natural way of asking about how their yesterday went?
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Which tense is “are ice skating”?

I'm reading my lecture and I have the following sentence We're ice skating this afternoon in the park. My question is which tense is used in this sentence? Is it gerund?
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woman due to be put to death

An Iranian woman due to be put to death for killing a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her is reported to have had her execution postponed. I would like to ask about the word due in the ...
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What word should I use here

I'm currently writing a blog and am having a question on what word should be used in here. Department of Secrecy _______ Lower Leveled Species Should the blank be filled with (from/against/or any ...
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her former flame’s new girlfriend - what does “flame” mean? [closed]

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/tsarnaev-boston-marathon-bombing-legal-woes-140543802.html On Aug. 25, a New York City woman caught up in a messy child custody battle with her ex-boyfriend got into a ...
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'what are you talking about?' and 'About what are you talking?'

Why is the question 'About what are you talking?' incorrect? and Is The question "To whom are you talking" correct? I know the question 'what are you talking about?' is the correct question.but why ...
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correct use of similar /to/with/like/

Is it correct to say similar with or similar to or similar like? Consider the following sentences He has similar behavior with his friends (He has a behavior similar with his friend) He has ...
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“I have little money” vs. “I have a little money”

What is the difference between “I have little money” and “I have a little money”? Are they the same?
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reciprocally VS. mutually

Would anyone please more readily explain if there is any difference between these? and if they are interchangeable? A mutually beneficial/supportive relationship A reciprocally beneficial/...
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Why are “baked” and “naked” not pronounced the same?

The word "baked" is pronounced as: /ˈbeɪkt/ While "naked" is pronounced as: /ˈneɪkɪd/ Why are these two words not pronounced the same?
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The World Wide Web or World's Wide Web which is correct

World Wide Web and World's Wide Web which is grammatically correct. which is proper. please kindly answer me. i want to know the difference between them.
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Set aside vs. put aside

Is there any difference between these two phrases? For example, are they interchangble in these two sentences: I've been putting money aside to buy a piano. The international body put aside ...
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"The mean recognition rate of the first 6 attitudes is above 50%”,correctly? [closed]

The mean recognition rate of the first 6 attitudes is above 50%. It is there anything wrong?
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Using articles with dynamic nouns

Is definite article needed when we refer to metrics like impressions, visits and purchases (terms used in online marketing) which tend to change with time? For example, let's say I'm preparing an ...
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How can a picture be naked?

I have some questions about the following phrases: a picture of a naked woman a naked picture of a woman On first reading, the second phrase seems wrong. The second phrase seems to be more ...

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