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Guess what’s in here? Cake! Why there is no “a” article?

Why does she say, "it’s cake," (instead of, "it’s a cake," or, "it’s the cake")? Why does she talk like a foreigner? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joUlxij0e8E&t=4m00s
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“We lived” vs “We were living” in the past tense

Why is it correct to say: In 1985 we were living in Canada. and why is it not correct to say In 1985 we lived in Canada. Is there any difference? Can you say either way?
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It was the same deal that deposed president Viktor Yanukovych BACKED OUT OF in November - I don't understand that part in bold

Source: http://mashable.com/2014/06/27/kiev-ukraine-european-union-deal/ Ukrainians on Friday gathered in Kiev's Independence Square — the epicenter of the months-long clashes that ignited a ...
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Past simple or past perfect in a subordinate clause

Could you please have a look at this paragraph: Last Friday I arranged to meet my boyfriend at a restaurant. I arrived first and because it was pouring with rain, I went inside. After an hour ...
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Looking forward to a reply

There are lots of looking forward to questions, such as this one. Can this sentence: "I am looking forward to hearing from your reply" Also be written as: "I am looking forward to your reply" ...
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Soccer Dads and Hockey Moms

When I was participating in a competition, a rule said no hockey moms and soccer dads are allowed. What does it mean?
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“the joy of not being sold anything”

the joy of not being sold anything This message was written on an advertising panel. Though I guess I get the meaning, the grammatical structure is not fully clear to me. Is this using present ...
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How would you refer to a Warlord?

If Jack was a Lord, or a King, or a Knight, he would be called Lord Jack, King Jack or Sir Jack, respectively. So let's say Jack is a Warlord, would you call him "Warlord Jack"? or just Lord? or just ...
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Meaning of sentence in the context

Note the text below is technical (programming). The function main shall not be used within a program. The linkage (3.5) of main is implementation-defined. A program that defines main as deleted ...
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Why I can't use “enough” in this sentence?

In this sentence: "There isn't much information yet for us to make a final decision.", could I use "enough" instead of "much"? I think that if I use the word "enough", it is not going to change the ...
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“through an attrition of retirement” Did I hear it correctly?

I was listening to something on YouTube where a speaker said: "That is going to require those who are older now in places of power, to be no longer there. And that will happen through an attrition of ...
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“Does” question versus “is” question

Could you explain to me which is correct (or if they are both correct)? What are the differences in meaning between these sentences? Is this version supposed to be fixed by us? Does this ...
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unless & if not

When "unless" is followed by sentence of real condition, is can be replaced by "if not" e.g. “You'll fail in French unless you work harder.” “You'll fail in French if you don't work harder.” ...
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Can I use “adj plus uncountable noun” between “as…as”?

Can I use "adj plus uncountable noun" between "as...as"? Do the two following sentences sound natural to you, native speakers? "Hardly ever have I heard as impressive music as this." "I can’t drink as ...
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Why I can't use “very” in this case?

I just want to know that why I can't use "very" in this sentence instead of "so": "She became very frustrated with the lack of feedback from her boss that she decided to look for another job." In ...
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Does “off” mean “beginning with” in this sentence?

I am wondering what does "off" mean in following sentence: "This year, production is off to a slow start; only five vehicles are manufactured each hour." Does it mean that the production is ...
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Would (it) not be (verb) to …?

I have some difficulties with the "would not it" question grammatical form. We use it in French to ask a (fake) questions which actually suggest a clear answer. how this one sound in English: ...
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'Out of curiosity' means I'm not curious at all. Isn't it?

I was reading some other forum and came across the debate on 'curious' word. The senior member responds telling all of below mentioned sentences mean the same thing. Just for curiosity´s sake, ........
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“The reception **would be held** in that house”- tense?

I have a trouble to determine tense in the following sentence: The reception would be held in that house. It is not a future simple, and future, relative to past perfect as I thought. It is ...
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Help parse “could I help it that”-clause

“I was not eavesdropping,” Emma insisted. “I was tying my bootlace.” The lace had come undone as she left the home of Miss Bates, a middle-aged spinster who lived with her elderly mother in ...
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Appropriate use of commas

I hope syntax questions are appropriate here. I've been writing in English for many years, but there are certain recurring issues that come up in my writing, which I can't seem to resolve ...
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Hang Between Two Poles

Assuming that two poles stand upright. Then does this: A rope was hung between two poles. necessarily mean that the one end of the rope was attached to one pole and the other end of the rope ...
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The rule for ownership s

My question is about the ownership s. It's, is there any clear rule about when we should add the ownership s to words please?
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Diffrence between Are you and Do you

What is the meaning difference between below sentences Are you believing in GOD and Do you believing in GOD
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To which word does “all” belong? (in my case)

In the following sentence, to which word (rescuers or hope) does 'all' belong? "Rescuers had abandoned all hope of finding any more survivors." If it belongs to the rescuers, why doesn't it appear ...
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Entry To, Entry Into

A preposition question: The United States earned entry to the knockout round with a win over Ghana and a draw against Portugal in Group G. Source Google search shows both "entry to" and "...
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“must” vs “have to”

I'm trying to understand the difference between the following two sentences: We must stay at home. We have to stay at home. Is the meaning of these two sentences completely equivalent? In ...
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I can only take so many hours of cartoons without a break

Denise turned towards the door as Judy McAden peeked inside. "I hope I'm not coming at a bad time. I called the hospital, and they said you both were up." Denise sat up, trying to straighten ...
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Are “shellfish” and “seafood” merely synonymous, or actually the same?

In English, when I think of shellfish, I think of shrimps, lobsters, crabs, mussels, oysters etc., which are all "seafood" and have shells. But there are other kinds of "seafood" such as squids and ...
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How can 'scam' be an agent?

Fraud, forgery, a financial planning scam at Australia's biggest bank that cost customers millions and a timid corporate watchdog that failed to act: These are some of the charges a powerful Senate ...
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“though” vs “although”

I do not understand the grammatical differences between "though" and "although". Can we use them interchangeably?
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Does English contain accented letters?

Does English contain accented letters? Is there a standard list of accented letters that are used in the English language? In my application I'm currently allowing the characters a-z and áéóúíý ...
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Is this “either or” the same as "whether or?

Without intelligence, either one's own or another's, true life is impossible.Source either ones own or another's is the same as "whether one's own or another's?
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Why “a user” instead of “an user”? [duplicate]

I am getting confused while using an article an. Because an is used while referring to vowels (a,e,i,o,u). But today I read an article where for user they used a user. My question is, why was an not ...
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What's the meaning of “run” in “run my phone and e-mail records”?

From the Da Vinci Code: "Fache will run my phone and e-mail records." The characters: Fache is a policeman, the speaker is an outlaw. What's the meaning of "run" here? Does it mean "look through"...
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at the …of or in the …of?

I know the "in the end of time" is wrong and "at the end of time" is right. But I do not know if we always use "at the ________ of..." or "in the ________ of..." . For example, is "in the situation ...
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What does “premises” and “press full charges” mean in this sentence?

"We have notified the police of the current situation and will not hesitate to encourage anyone who falls victim to theft while on our premises to press full charges, should the thief be identified." ...
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'All Yours' Vs. 'All is Yours' Vs. 'Everything is Yours'

Common here is All yours. But I'm not sure whether or not it's practiced internationally. Which one is better? Or all are okay? Any grammatical error? I am strictly talking about the scenario ...
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Using articles (a, the) [duplicate]

I have troubles using articles. I have not understood the algorithm when to use them. Could you review my older text and describe me, if an article is incorrectly used or omitted and why? Bold ...
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“There was” vs “it was”

In my native language there was and it was can be translated the same in the following text: I had been playing this game two years ago. There was/It was interesting. What exact construction must ...
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Stretch Buttons On Shirt

On google, I could find sentences like this: His belly stretched the buttons on his shirt. How do buttons get "stretched"? Buttons are normally not elastic. Could this be slang?
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Does “of the one there shall be 101” convey that 100 more creatures come to join the first?

I was writing a song when I got stuck on this line. Is it correct to say: Very soon they'll smell the blood, of the one there shall be 101. I'm thinking of vultures. I've been struggling with the ...
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Help with converting active to passive (or vice versa)

Active: I want him to write the letter. Passive: I want the letter to be written/written by him(?). Can I use 'by him'? My grammar books didn't use it. Passive - The poor girls are married at ...
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What is the passive of 'the teacher teaches us English'?

Active - The teacher teaches us English. Passive - English is taught us by the teacher? It doesn't sound correct but is it??
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“start” and “begin”, is there a difference?

Today, when looking up the definitions of the phrasal verb "take sth up", I noticed that one of them was written like this: "to start or begin something such as a job." For the first time I realised ...
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Why did the author use past perfect as the actions are in chronological order?

Here is the paragraph The following year Mr Luggs had returned to Scotland and had joined with his brother again in a new band. Mr Luggs stuck to drums with this band. I would have written: The ...
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The usage of 'so…as…'

First of all, this is not a duplicate... E.g., have a look at these posts: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/137678/comparisons-so-adjective-adverb-as-or-as-adjective-adverb-as "as ......
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Choose vs. Elect vs. Select – what are the differences?

I don't mind which one we have – you choose. Can I use "select" instead of "choose" in that sentence? You can elect to delete the message or save it. Can I use "select" instead of "elect" ...
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“Underperform the debt”

What, if anything, should financial risk managers of banks and other corporate entities be thinking and doing right now? Will such businesses suffer in a world of persistent, unbridled inflation? ...
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What does percentage mean in this sentence?

I am wondering what "percentage" means in this sentence: Our competitor orders a high percentage of its equipment from foreign companies. Does it mean "quality" here? Could someone please help me ...

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