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“Try two for two”

Couple of times I've heard that expression. As I see it, it's used when someone gives something a second attempt. Let's see how my luck goes – shall I try two for two? A. What does "two for two" ...
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When to use “is” and when to use “was” in this sentence?

I don't know if it is legit to ask this. English is my second language and I always have this tenses questions on how to use present or past tense in the same sentence. All properties were sold on ...
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Usage of “come”

Can I exchange the sentence " How do they come packaged" with "How do they packaged"? What is the function of the word "come"?
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The one who decides about the amount

Is there a word for the person who decides how many things there will be? For example: person A decides how many children will go on the annual trip (and then person B decides who these children will ...
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Sentence with 'issue' and 'issue': Is it even grammatical?

Does this make sense and is this grammatical? It’s a very difficult issue to push because of the issue that security comes first. -- The Accidental Victims of Morsi's Fall, New Yorker, ...
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The function of “as”

However, in response to the N.S.A. revelations, Google has fast-tracked its plan to encrypt data as it zips between its own data centers to prevent it from being subject to intelligence-agency prying. ...
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he and his wife OR him and his wife?

I'm asking my readers to read a blog of my friend Kevin and his wife's celebration of their daughter's life. Should I say: I've met Kevin awhile back. Read about he and his wife's amazing story. ...
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What does “or” mean in this sentence?

I'm confused by the meaning of or in this sentence: Encryption poses a problem for intelligence agencies by scrambling data with a secret code so that even if they, or any other third-party, ...
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Combining a sentence with its effect

I have the following sentences: Line segments shorter than to a certain threshold are removed by assuming that have been formed by noisy data. This significantly improved the result. I ...
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Is there a proverb that means “to solve two problems at once”?

In my language, we have a proverb that means "to solve two problems with only one solution". It would be literally translated as: I've killed two bunnies with only one hit How would this be said ...
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“Eat in one day” vs. “eat on one day”

The doctor asked me to have a record of food routine like what I eat in/on one day. Which is grammatically right to use?
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What does “just” mean in this context?

He’s got France and Turkey and maybe a few others, and a statement from about ten other countries wanting some sort of international move—just not necessarily a military strike. Does "just not ...
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Shouldn't there be a preposition 'like' in “She looked every bit a princess.”?

She looked every bit a princess. Doesn't this sentence need the preposition like, as in "She looked every bit like a princess."?
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Ambiguous to-infinitive: “Obama rejects G20 pressure to abandon Syria air strike plan.”

Obama rejects G20 pressure to abandon Syria air strike plan. I think this news headline is ambiguous because the infinitive clause could attach to either G20's pressure as its complement(?), or to ...
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“People leave their premises permanently when they are old.”

Dictionaries define retire as "to leave your job or stop working because of old age." Can I rephrase it like below by saying "leaving a workplace forever"? People leave their premises permanently ...
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Alternate word for closure

I'm developing a UI where college students can post their requests regarding some tips about clearing a game or an overdue assignment etc. Now, these requests are handled by their peers and can be ...
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Which definition of “can” is relevant to this sentence?

You have to pass a test before you can get a driving licence. (Essential Grammar in Use) OALD gives the following meaning for can: (1) used to say that it is possible for somebody/something to do ...
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a first versus the first [duplicate]

When I come to I'm in thick brush, lying there on the damp ground like some log. I can't see a thing, it's so dark. My head propped up by prickly brambles, I take a deep breath and smell plants, ...
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to hear or to have heard

“Major Toyama was killed in Tokyo in March 1945, in the line of duty, during an air raid.” “I'm very sorry to hear that.” (Kafka on the Shore, tr. by Philip Gabriel) Logically, to hear precedes I’...
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implication of perfect tense

Harry had the best morning he'd had in a long time. (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) The prefect tense above makes a range of which the best is selected out. So, in fact, he’d had in long ...
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Converting into interrogative sentence

Situation : A mom cooks a meal for her son, and the meal is ready. The son comes and asks his mom. Is the meal ready ? My question : please correct this sentence to a more colloquial question that ...
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Verb for two uncountable items

What verb form should I use when talking about two uncountable items? Which of these sentences is correct? 1.There are lightning and thunder. 2.There is lightning and thunder.
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What is the verb for 'stepping on or into something unintentionally'?

Let's say I am walking down the hall and I step on a bottle or a ball and I lose my balance, or say I am walking down the road and I hit a stone and I drop something I was carrying in my hand. In ...
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How can I translate the phrase “Does it make sense?”

Very often when a person describes his point he asks the audience a question. Does it make sense? Is it correct to rephrase it as "Is it understandable?"
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Would you say “She had nothing to do except spending money”?

From two sentences I've written below, the first one is positively correct as it's cited from Longman dictionary. The grammatical validity of the second one, however, seems rather dubious knowing the ...
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Differences between “compel” and “impel” in context

Would you please help me understand what are the possible differences between these sentences in terms of meaning and connotation? She felt compelled to resign because of the scandal. She felt ...
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Meaning of “find”

✲He stopped finding the key.            [achievements] (1)    He stopped painting the house.    [accomplishment] (2) (The ...
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'did start' v. 'did get started'

What's the right way of asking the following question: How did World War II start? How did World War II get started? Do both convey the same meaning, or is the use of 'get' superfluous?
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be + emotional adjectives

Be happy! You mustn’t be sad (= don't be sad). (Essential Grammar in Use) I’m confused whether it’s possible to order other people to have certain emotional accomplishment. Do the two sentences ...
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“Can't” versus “couldn't”

In the following text, should I replace the highlighted can't with couldn't? Furthermore, the third point the lecture uses to contradict the passage is that organic foods don't benefit small famers....
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“Peeing” versus “pissing” versus “taking a pee”

I am a doctor; my friend is a patient. I caught my friend taking a piss. I forgot to give him a pee sample tube to check on his health via urinal test, and I want to ask him: Perhaps you are ...
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What is the function of “but” in this sentence?

Who should I meet there but Nancy? Is that but the same as "Excuse me, but could you tell me the way to the station?" or "I have nothing but this one"?
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Wh question structure

What you look like. What do you look like? When forming the wh question, do I need to use a verb or auxiliary verb in between wh and subject? What · he said · turned out to be true? What · ...
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What is the meaning of “enough” here?

What does this mean? Modestly stepping aside can never be recommended as a continual practice in strong enough terms. http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/09/robert-walser-disappearing-...
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What does “temporary chicken” mean? What about a “one time chicken”?

I listened to a song called "temporary chicken". Wikipedia explains that it was a strange joke track about a man so desperate for work that he accepted a part-time job in a chicken costume. I would be ...
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Is the use of past perfect tense here correct? “When I… I had been…”

I encounter this past perfect tense structure very often: When I joined X company, at that time I had been unemployed for the last 3 years. When I started leaning to swim, I had been ...
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Why “the schoolboy” instead of “a schoolboy” in this sentence?

At the same time, however, Walser’s narrators—especially his schoolboys, and there is something of the schoolboy in all of his narrators—are possessed by a levity that borders on giddiness. (...
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Passive voice or present continuous?

I have been asked “How’s your English?” I answered: “It is improved slowly,” but I have read that I must say “It is improving slowly.” But I don’t think the second is correct, because you improve ...
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Fast or quick eater?

Is "fast" interchangeable with "quick" when it comes to eating? I am a quick eater. I am a fast eater. I hear people say "don't eat too quickly" but not "fastly," so I'm wondering if one of ...
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Is “him or her self” correct grammar?

I have this sentence: I completely believe that teenager working is the foundation step for any child to rely on him or her self. Is this correct? Should I instead say “himself or herself”?
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How does a word become an English word? Is there a word for that?

How to term those words which are not by default English but are added over time? Consider for example Google. Is it an English word now? Or is it just a usage?
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What does this it~to construction mean?

His aunt and uncle hadn't been able to think of anything else to do with him, but before they'd left, Uncle Vernon had taken Harry aside.    "I'm warning you," he had said, putting ...
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meaning of “a barber”

He goes to a barber downtown. (Merriam-Webster’s) Does a barber mean a person or a shop?
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The proofs will all be based on the following “remark”

The proofs will all be based on the following remark Is the “remark” used rightly? “Remark” was translated into a Chinese word with the meaning of "fact". It seems “remark” has the meaning of ...
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What does “His intelligence is matched only by his kindness” mean?

His intelligence is matched only by his kindness. I don't understand the nuance of this "matched only by." "be matched by" means to be the same right? So I understand "He is matched by his rival" ...
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What are the commands customarily shouted out to the crowd to leave?

What expressions (commands) do police customarily use when calling out over megaphones to a gathered crowd (a protest, demonstration or such) to walk away and end the protest?
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How should I say “I will update on Next Tuesday”

Should I say: I will update you by next Tuesday or I will update you on next Tuesday It's a bit confusing.
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Plural subject + Linking Verb + Singular predicate nominative

All people are a mystery. Since the subject is plural, should the the predicate nominative mystery be also plural? And would the meaning still be the same? As in All people are mysteries. How about ...
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Enquiry forms on websites

My university has registered with an online e-book website. But, the e-book I downloaded was password protected. The enquiry that I wrote is : "I want to know where can I find passwords for e-books ...
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Getting the meaning of a comprehension [closed]

I have read this passage several time and I guess that the summaries of the passage is in the last sentence I but couldn't grasp the total real-meaning of the passage. Can you please paraphrase it ...

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