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Could there be any difference between “all in one” and “in one”?

I found these two expressions here Oxford Dictionary and I don't know why one is used and not the other one. 1 - She's a mother and company director in one. 2 - It's a public relations office,...
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Is there a good mnemonic to remember order of adjectives? [closed]

Is there any good mnemonic to remember order of adjectives?
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What is the difference between “I run” and “I do run”?

Sometimes I read sentences like "I do run...", "I do love.." or "I do write..". What is the difference to "I run..", "I love..." or "I write..."? Is the using of "do" in this cases a way to make the ...
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most/most of/ the most of

Are all of the following sentences correct? Is there any difference in their meaning? Most birds can fly. The most of birds can fly. Most of birds can fly.
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What are the common words for 'Horizontal' and 'Vertical'?

Consider these expressions: Don't place the suitcase vertically, it will mess up all of the clothes inside. Keep it horizontally on the floor. I keep the books vertically in my shelf unlike ...
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Am I using the correct adjectives?

Am I using the correct adjectives and is this construction grammatically correct? It can also be characterized as a vertically dominated object. The idea is the object that I am focusing on can ...
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Is “in which” correct here?

We give an overview to knowledge representation. Our proposed strategy is based on knowledge representation What is the best way to combine these two sentences? For example, is it correct if ...
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Is this a correct usage of “in which”?

Would using "in which" be grammatically correct here? ABC presents an approach for object recognition using shape knowledge in which a set of attributes describing the object shape and their ...
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passive form or active form?

In technical writing, when writing general things that what others have done for e.g. in the introduction section for example, if i want to write; The knowledge based object recognition ...
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“It must have been a powerful wizard to … ” — is “it” a pronoun or a dummy?

"Charlie's in Romania studying dragons, and Bill's in Africa doing something for Gringotts[bank]," said Ron. "Did you hear about Gringotts? It's been all over the Daily Prophet, but I don't suppose ...
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What is the referent for this them?

"Charlie's in Romania studying dragons, and Bill's in Africa doing something for Gringotts[bank]," said Ron. "Did you hear about Gringotts? It's been all over the Daily Prophet, but I don't ...
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can we put another phrase instead of 'which'?

I am having below ideas but not sure what is the best way to express them. May be both might wrong. Most of previous approaches on the use of point data typically have been focused on the ...
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usage of “which”?

I am having following ideas. we employ both 2D and 3D shape knowledge to the working process. This leads in distinguishing objects-A from other objects-B efficiently. then, we employ ...
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Is the verb or verb in ing form is suited here?

I have two ideas and want to put them into one construction. The clusters representing objects are then extracted by introducing set of shape constraints. shape constraints describe the ...
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Why is the subject singular in this sentence (ponies are a breed that need to be protected)

From this BBC News article: The wild Carneddau ponies of Snowdonia are a unique breed that need to be protected, say scientists I was surprised to read need, expecting needs. Why does it say a ...
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Is “in which” relevant here?

I am writing the following sentence. In contrast to the object modeling, (ABC et al., 2009) present an approach for urban object recognition using shape knowledge in which a set of features ...
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Arrive versus get

Suppose I want to tell to other people I just arrived to some place. Which is the most common way to say it ? I have just got here; I just got here; I just arrived now.
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Couldn't have happened?

I have no problem using phrases like "it couldn't have happened", but I'm not sure which verb tense is the most correct tense to use in the following phrase. "It looks like that's what happened ...
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“The guideline” and “the rule”?

How do you explain what kind of guideline a person has to follow? Should I say "the guideline/rule is that" like the examples below? "The guideline you need to follow on this assignment is that ...
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What does it mean 'if it gets too much'?

She suggests to Pat that, if the herd sale does take place at Bridge Farm, they could go off somewhere nice for the day. Later, Pat agrees to the on-farm sale, explaining that she and Helen have ...
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Should an article be added before “federal government revenues”?

The federal government revenues are continuing to fall. (Aussie ABC News, 0:03~0:06) It seems the is said by the news presenter; yet, I am not so sure the script uses articles. Does the sentence ...
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They know vs They knew

They know that we can't break this, that's why they gave it to us. They Knew that we can't break this, that's why they gave it to us. Which one is correct? I know, knew is past tense of know but I'...
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Is the word “foreigner” to be avoided?

Is "foreigner" a word that some people may get offended at? A Japanese person learning English used to use "foreigner" as a translation of 外国人 (gaikokujin). However, a native speaker of English told ...
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Use of “won't you”: Is this polite?

Won’t you close the window? Make yourself at home, won’t you? Source: "English Grammar", by Angela Downing The first sentence’s modality is not polite, The second is polite, says the book. But ...
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What does “getting or giving red-penciled to someone” mean?

I read it in the text below: Cannot is the correct form in almost all cases. The only (very rare) exception is in sentences like "You can do it, or you can not do it"—in other words, where the two ...
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What is the difference between “can not” and “cannot”?

I have found both in texts of native English speakers but couldn't find the difference. In EL&U site people edited all my "can not" to cannot. So again I couldn't find out the matter. Which of ...
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Describing delivery, route, travel, distance, duration? [closed]

I found some phrases in dictionaries but I do not know if these words/phrases are really used by native speakers. Sometimes my dictionaries make me choose the wrong word and I don't have a feeling for ...
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Can “quite” modify adjectives and adverbs in the comparative degree?

They laughed, they cried, but it was not quite better than ''Cats.'' They were there, after all, to buy Memories. (The New York Times) “Oh my God! Wembley Stadium. Yeah, my God. So it’s going to ...
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countable and uncountable word “noise” - a sound

According to the Oxford dictionary, the word noise can be considered countable or non-countable when it means "a sound, especially when it is loud, unpleasant or disturbing". But it doesn't provide ...
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Is this a question tag?

Roy: “I know it’s tough on you now. But you get through it.” Tom: “Will I?” Roy: “Yes.” (source: BBC, The Archers, 2013-04-26 Friday, 12’03”~12’07”) Tom takes the Roy’s question tag – “you get ...
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What does 'should' mean in this example?

Chain restaurants in Toronto should have calorie and sodium (salt) counts on their menus, according to the city’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown. According to a news release ...
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Is a dash acceptable in the context of this sentence?

In Capitalization of first letter after a dash , it was claimed (with some citations supplied) Where are the rules that even say a dash is permissible in a sentence like "I'm in South Ossetia - ...
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Meaning of 'stark'

What is the meaning of stark? I have got from Cambridge dictionary: empty, simple or obvious, especially without decoration or anything which is not necessary; severe or extreme Simple and severe ...
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where is the subject?

I have this sentence : Today's lecture will spark a lot of discussion, and I just want to let you know that I welcome it, so please feel free to jump in. I have three questions: Where is the ...
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Little hard translation from Polish to English “Someone waited but _not done_”? [closed]

I want to translate ktoś nie doczekał się (na X) i zrezygnował (== "someone was waiting [for X, and X didn't happen] and resigned"). I cannot find the right negation for wait; maybe there is no ...
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How do you say that some time had elapsed?

I want to express simply that some time had elapsed. Is the following correct? It was passed 10 minutes. Are there any alternatives?
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Idiomatic English expressions for “dead tired”, “soaking drunk”, “full packed”

I have a question about using pairs of adjectives in everyday English speech. Italian uses pairs of adjectives to emphasize a quality and some idiomatic and colloquial expressions are commonly ...
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Capitalization of first letter after a dash

I'm in South Ossetia – yes, I managed to get a visa! In this sentence, should "yes" be capitalised ("Yes") after the dash?
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Word for “lunch” + “dinner” eaten late?

A late breakfast/early lunch combination meal is called "brunch". Is there a parallel term for the afternoon? What do I call "lunch" joined with "dinner"? Note that I don't mean a meal eaten ...
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How do you say “Asian fast food restaurant using Chinese frying pan” in English?

How do you say "Asian fast food restaurant using Chinese frying pan" in English? It is a kind of restaurant where you can eat cheap food from frying pan, prepared in front of you. The Polish word ...
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What does 'just so you know' mean?

“just so you know” (Urban Dictionary) What does this mean? And what grammatical role does “so” have?
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Meaning of “raw proof”

I read some sentences including "raw proof" but I can't find out what it means. She is giving raw proof that we are slaves to our society.
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Should “knowledge” be, or not be, followed by “about”?

I have the below construction and doubting the correct usage of prepositions. This paper shows a comprehensive approach that takes into account the knowledge about the shape of man-made object ...
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What is better between “after no contact” and “after lack of contact”?

What is better between the following sentences? After no contact system withdrew order. After lack of contact system withdrew order. Are they significantly different?
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Can the word “geek” be used as an adjective?

I'd like to know whether I should use the word "geek" as an adjective or noun?
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Describing stomach related common problems

I did some research on how common stomach related problems are described in English, and made some sentences. Would you please look at them and let me know are they all correct and sound natural to ...
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What is the meaning of the word “geek”? [closed]

I know some meanings of this word but I want to know what it means in detail. Can anyone tell me?
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Can I say “I take my son to school by car every day”?

I drive my son to school. How to say it in correct English? Can I say "I drop my son"? I am not on my way to work and return home after dropping him.
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How to use 'i.e.' in a sentence?

Which of the following ways of using i.e. in a sentence is correct? 1) The elephant is a pachyderm, i.e., an animal with thick skin and nails resembling hooves. 2) The elephant is a pachyderm (i....
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Exceptional use of could for particular occasion

Could is used to talk about past ability in general. We do not normally use "could" to say that somebody managed to do something on one occasion. But with certain verbs like to see, hear, taste, feel, ...

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