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The meaning of Fifo's Fraud

Based on my search, it seems "FIFO" in "Fifo's fraud" means "First In, First Out". I hope I am wrong because I don't see how "First In, First Out" has to do with frauds. Please help me understand the ...
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Meaning of “why should we take you over the next person”

I'm Chinese, and I can not fully understand the meaning of this sentence. In the interview, does it mean "What is your advantage" or "Why we should accept you"?
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Your order has been received, which tense this sentence is using?

I have gone through this sentence "Your order has been received." i am wondering which tense this sentence have made up off is 'been' is used as main verb or a helping verb.
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How to remember the word Veteran

Today is Veterans' day. Look up the etymology: c. 1500, "old experienced soldier," from French vétéran, from Latin veteranus... from vetus (genitive veteris) "old, aged, advanced in years; of a ...
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Can I use present simple instead of present continuous for a temporary but regular thing

Every july she goes to Italy and stays 3 weeks at the "Pizza" hotel Is it possible in this case to use present simple instead of present continuous because it is regular (every) but temporary (3 ...
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Seven Pounds Eight and Eight Pence

In Cedric Mount's one-act play 'The Never Never Nest', Aunt Jane asks Jack: How can you pay seven pounds eight and eight pence out of six pounds? I thought seven pounds eight and eight pence meant ...
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Is 'yet's' “yet is” in “the fact that they haven't caught him yet's one hell of an achievement”

"Hard to help a boy who's vanished off the face of the earth," said Dirk. "Listen, the fact that they haven't caught him yet's one hell of an achievement," said Ted. "I'd take tips from him ...
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to start and end a fast

When we keep a fast, we end eating at a particular time thus we say: I started my fast at 05:00 a.m. When we eat to end the fast what should we say: to open the fast to end the fast ...
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Known - Adjective or Verb?

I know that "known" can be used as an adjective or a verb (past participle of know) but I'm not sure what word class it is in the following sentences. A place known for its beautiful scenery. She is ...
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Why was this not attended to on Sunday? Is it a correct sentence? [on hold]

I want to check the following sentence for proper grammar usage
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“Been so long *since*” + Present Perfect Tense

I'd like to ask: What's the meaning of present perfect using it after _been so long since_? For example: Someone phones me and says: It's been so long since I've talked to you. Or for ...
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What is the correct tense of a verb in a subordinate clause of the if-clause of a conditional sentence?

I would like to know which is the correct one of the two (incomplete) sentences below: a. If we decided to use a genuinely neutral notation in which the symbols did not carry any information, then we ...
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Software to check pronunciation automatically? [migrated]

As a non-native English learner, I wonder if there is some software that can check the pronunciation automatically: a user speaks into it, and the program reports some type of assessment, like “you ...
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Intransitive forms of “fight” and “talk”

If I say The dog and the postman fought. can this sentence mean that the dog and the postman fought not with each other, but each of them fought with a different creature? That is, can this ...
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what is the meaning of 'that sounds too cynical of him'?

I am reading the Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee. It has ' He passed the bar immediately, though I know he never intended to practice the law or big corporate business. He wanted the credentials. But ...
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What is the meaning of “at the right angles to each other” in this context?

This is the context: On the idea of whether the quantum multiverse is the same as the inflationary multiverse . . . I heard this proposed by Leonard Susskind, one of the inventors of string ...
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Is it right to say “I have started to watch” or better to say “I have been watching”?

Here are my sentences I have been watching football since 2010 World Cup and i liked players like Drogba, Lampard and after World Cup i have started to watch Premier League. Is it right to say "I ...
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“In real life” vs “In a real life” vs “In the real life” [duplicate]

Should I use an article in such phrases, and if I should - which one? Examples: In [?] real life you shouldn't do that. In [?] real life things aren't so simple. In [?] real life it's almost useless.
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what is the most important in this sentence the present relevance or the fact that this event belongs to the past?

http://fluencyspace.com/exercises/mixed-past-tenses/ It is great to tell people that I have seen (see) the tallest building in the world! I know the answer is present prefect but I think the"...
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What the adverb modifies: “I don't want to live forever” as an example

I was talking with a friend and we mentioned the song I Don't Wanna Live Forever. He said it meant "I just want to die for good." I disagreed, saying it meant "I don't want to be immortals". But ...
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Why no article?

I'm a university student of English and we are studying "Articles" in our grammar module. Our teacher gave us this sentence, "You have egg on your tie." And asked us why we haven't used an article. ...
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You are ___ to relocate them; what's the proper word for this?

Commander: You are to relocate civilians to safer areas. Sgt: Yes, Maam. 1) Here, if you would put any word in between 'are' and 'to', what would that be? You are sure to? You are needed to? 2) ...
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I just noticed that the location of be(is am are was were, etc) is not changed when there's an adjective, even in affirmative sentences

For example: I don't know what's wrong [not what wrong is] Had there been a noun I'd have to change the structure. I don't know what your problem is. Am I right? I'm fairly certain I am
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The usage of ''the only'' usage on a sentence

Is this sentence correct? The only countries from South America that I know are Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Is not 'the only' meant for just only only one?
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What does “notoriety” mean here?

As you know the word "notoriety" often has a negative meaning: notoriety :the state of being famous for something bad. notoriety : fame for being bad in some way. But it seems notoriety has a ...
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Why do we not spell [i:] in near and fear but spell one in feat? [on hold]

In the words bear, near, fear we don't spell [i:] sound but spell it in the feat word. Why? Are there any rules?
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It plagued/had plagued the reputation of him for the next seven years, which is right?

I read an article about Marie Antoinette on wikipedia and I found a sentence -The couple's longtime failure to consummate the marriage plagued the reputations of both Louis-Auguste and Marie ...
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Capitalisation of proverbs in titles

In titles, do you capitalize all words in a proverb like "Better late than never" or only the first word?
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“What are you saying” vs “What you are saying” [duplicate]

I don't understand the correct meaning and concept of the following sentences. 1. I can't hear what are you saying? 2. I can't hear what you are saying? another example; 1. Where are you ...
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use of preposition 'in time' or 'on time'. Will you be at home in time for dinner? [duplicate]

Which preposition in the sentence is correct: 1) Will you be at home in time for dinner? or 2) 1) Will you be at home on time for dinner?
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Difference between “hold out the possibility” and “hold the possibility”

“We’ve seen this movie before. The top economists at the International Monetary Fund — the global agency created after World War II to promote stability and growth in the world economy — unveil ...
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Which one is correct definition in the phrase?

There is an exemple of phrase below. With great attention to detail. And there are two definiton on preposition of 'to'. 1) reaching a particular state. 2) to show the person or thing that is ...
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What is the difference between “to look carefully at something” and “to look at something carefully”?

What is the difference (if any) between the following? 'to look carefully at something' 'to look at something carefully' I am trying to understand which place the word 'carefully' should ...
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I have switched off vs I switched off

Please, help! I have switched off the light before going out this morning. or I switched off the light before going out this morning. What sentence is correct in BrE? Could you explain it ...
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Do I say 'a product has to be tested before it goes 'into the market' or 'to the market'?

Do I say 'a product goes 'into' the market or 'to' the market? The context is the following: Every product requires a specific testing protocol before it goes in/into the market.
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Can square mean a reounded number?

Can square mean a rounded number as in "Can you knock 50 dollars off the price and make it a thousand dollars square"? The seller is asking 1050 dollar for the merchandize and the buyer is trying to ...
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Is the “How much of a/an + noun” structure correct?

I was writing an essay and in one sentence, I wrote "With the pros and cons I specifically mentioned, this essay will shows how much of evidence it is to why one of them has more potential to make the ...
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“Hear” or “Hearing”

Is this correct that we can't say. "I am hearing the sound" gramatically because 'hear' is a state verb but,'i hear the sound',is correct. But can i say that 'i hear the sound' is a continous tense ...
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“little though he wanted to” meaning in this context

"What are we going to do with it?" Hermione asked. "Keep it safe 'til we work out how to destroy it," Harry replied, and, little though he wanted to, he hung the chain around his own neck, ...
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“children were sold to sweep the chimney” is it a valid structure

During that time children were sold to sweep the chimney. Here, the two works-- 1. selling, 2. sweeping are being done by two different people / group of people. The pencil is used to write ...
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Do we follow “is” with a gerund or infinite?

Do we follow "is" with a gerund or infinite? For instance, should I say "Our goal is to eliminate distractions?" or "Our goal is eliminating distractions?" Thank you
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Why is the past-perfect used in this?

Remember the chocolate and the scarf you gave me? I hadn't returned the favor for that until now. Why is the past-perfect (I hadn't returned) used in this, instead of the present-perfect?
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Is it natural to say “I’d like a…” when ordering from a restaurant?

If ordering from a restaurant over the phone are the phrases written in bold completely natural in the context? Me: "Hi, I'd like to order a cheese burger..." Restaurant guy: "A cheese ...
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How can agentive language influence human behavior?

The effectiveness of agentive language on the perception of blame and punishment
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i'm in a catch 22 situation vs i have a catch 22 situation

Two people were conversing in something I read (I forget the details) — I'm caught in a catch 22 situation..." —"I have a catch 22 situation myself, and it's going to be the reason I die early." ...
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So verb-ed as not to

I have a question regarding "so v-ed as not to". Here are some examples: Reading their litanies of untruth, so concocted as to spread the maximum terror and mistrust and discontent, is not an arduous ...
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Which of these verbs match to the following context?

I don't find a specific topic in a huge book, and I want help from my friend. Which of the following verbs match to the situation? 1) Please, turn me to the correct page in the book, in which ...
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Literally about meaning in a context

I'm currently reading this article, and the first paragraph says, If you need another reason (besides all the cool accolades, you know?) to cement Michael Jordan as the GOAT, this is for you. Will ...
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Cleaning articles

Is a trolley a cleaning article? The room was stuffed/containing with a trolley and (other) cleaning articles. Also, can I use both stuffed and containing in the sentence?
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Are there any words (synonyms) meaning 'credit to somebody'?

So I have included some information from other books in my presentation, and I want to give credits to those people who have written them.I hope you can help me with this difficulty.By the way, do we ...

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