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The right noun to describe the fact that something is forbidden by the law and, therefore, is absent

One of the cornerstones of the social system of the Communist Vietnam was the absence of private entrepreneurship. The idea that is meant to be expressed here is that no one was allowed to have his ...
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Is it okay to use “yesterday” when describing some sudden change in the past?

Is it okay to use "yesterday" when describing some sudden change in the past? For example: That potion was really good. It really worked miracles when every citizen of this country was given a ...
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What does “that” indicate here?

People sometimes don't recognize talent when see it . Their vision is clouded by the first impression we give and that can lose us the job we want What does that refer to? first impression OR the ...
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An English Word for 'Jaltarang' - music played by stroking water containers

In India, it's called 'Jaltarang' where 'jal' means water and 'tarang' is melody. I wonder whether or not there's a word for the same in English. A near-to-it word will be okay, if not precisely ...
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When you are carrying an item, should you use WITH or ON(preposition)

Let's say you are asking a caller if she is carrying a machine at the time. It goes like this: You:Do you have your machine WITH/ON you?(you assume that the machine is beside the caller) ...
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The use of “that”

If you can find somebody and divide up the labor so that you don't feel so overwhelmed by everything that you are doing, all you have to do sometimes is to ask for help and your life will feel that ...
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Using the definite article “the” with adjective before a person's name

I am sure this has been asked in the past, but I can't find any rule and I would like to understand what's going on. "The" is never used for proper names, that much I know. When I google "playwright ...
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What do【lacerating wit】and 【poisonous put-downs】mean in this context?

I listened to a podcast talking about Murray Gell-Mann, a famous physicist of the 20th century. And here is what confuses me in this transcript. “Gell-Mann was admired by everyone—feared by some ...
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“A username and password {is / are} required”

I thought that the use of is/are was determined by whether or not the noun was singular or plural. But also, I'm awful at these things. username is singular. password is singular. But we are saying ...
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How to use “acceptable” in response to a question

Suppose someone asks how I'm doing. Which form of the word "acceptable" is grammatically correct to use for a response? Is it "Acceptable", "Acceptably", "I'm acceptable", "I'm acceptably", "I'm doing ...
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Negative meaning in “but maybe just look straight at him”? [on hold]

Is there negative meaning in: But maybe just look straight at him. It looks like judging someone by their surface. I wonder the nuance of that sentence if there is.
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“I study two hours daily” vs. “I study for two hours daily”

Which one is correct? I study two hours daily. I study for two hours daily. Is the preposition "for" correct here or not, and why? If both sentences are correct, what is the difference in ...
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“Nonetheless” or “none the less”?

This question comes from this ELL post (about putting the word nonetheless at the end of a sentence). Per Cambridge dictionary, "Nonetheless" should be in the form of one word. So, is it ...
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What's the meaning of the expression “get handed” in this phrase?

What's the meaning of the expression "get handed" in the following passage? I only told my wife a few days ago that the reason I bought the house we now live in was because of the building I saw in ...
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What do you call the walls of a dome?

What do you call the walls of a dome? Let's say that a building is literally shaped like a semi-sphere. What would you call the wall in such a building? I am asking the question because the wall and ...
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What do you call these corridors that link two buildings?

What do you call these corridors that link two buildings? Is there a name for it? I am wondering if it's just called a bridge or if there's a specific name to these types of corridors.
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What does “offset” mean in this context?

Judge Judy reading from a police report: I then observe a small drop of blood on the shirt of Ohr... Thompson was standing behind Ohr and slightly offset. (source) "Offset" strikes me as strange ...
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You have to choose an hour that isn't already taken by someone

I always have problem using the word already, or simply have trouble with tenses; in the first place, is the sentence in the question correct? secondly, when should we use already, can we use it in ...
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Is it idiomatic to put “nonetheless” at the end of a sentence?

this comes from "NoSQL & SQL Data Modeling" by Ted Hills. The rectangle represents a logical record type. This is not a type in the sense of a generalization/specialization hierarchy. It is a ...
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What do you say to a waitress when you don't want any change?

What do you say when you give $50 to a waitress and you want to tell her the money includes the tip and you don't want any change? I could say "I don't want any change", but it's not straight to the ...
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What does the sentence “It's just like him, to have to have the last word” mean?

I heard this on a TV show and I've never really heard a sentence similar to it before. I'd appreciate it if you would help me out with the meaning of the sentence and its structure.
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How could one help agreeing with X?

After a long neglect of his subject, Victor was not as thoroughly convinced that impossibility was the best route to necessity as he might have been had he recently reconsidered Stolkin’s extreme ...
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Get stuck,pull out

My blanket keeps getting stuck under me and I have to tug at it again and again to pull it out from under me. What ia a natural way to say amd describe the two bold lines? I know that my sentences ...
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Getting to your seat on airplanes (or elsewhere)

On airplanes, there are seats A(window)-B(middle)-C(isle) on one of the sides. Suppose someone is sitting on seat C and I need to get to seat B. What are the most natural ways to ask the person from ...
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“someone will have arrived yesterday” - Future Perfect Tense in the past?

If they’re following their schedule, they will have arrived yesterday. Yesterday? But yesterday is not a part of the future? I'm confused now.
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Is there a polite way to ask about one's ethnicity? [on hold]

Suppose I'm talking to a person who is an American citizen but obviously has some "Asian roots" (either they immigrated to the US at early age or their parents were immigrants). Is there a polite way ...
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Does the expression “taking a cut” imply some sort of grift? If so, what's a neutral equivalent expression?

Does the expression "taking a cut" (to mean taking some financial commission) imply some sort of grift, or is it neutral? If it implies some sort of grift, what would be a neutral equivalent ...
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Conditional sentences: type 3 but did not use perfect conditional

I am working on my scholarship exam practice and I am not sure where I got it wrong. Could you please have a look? If we had started studying Spanish three years ago, we (.....) much more fluent ...
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What is the appropriate word in “He [slides/puts] a ring”?

What is the appropriate word for this situation: He slides a ring on my finger or He puts a ring on my finger. ? I can't obviously say: He made me wear a ring. that would mean I myself ...
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“Lower levels of noise annoyance” or “lower feeling of noise annoyance”

Which one is correct? First, second, or none of them? There are lower levels of noise annoyance in individuals of older age, which is due to a reduced sense. There is lower feeling of noise ...
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Is “doing a Batman cosplay” idiomatic?

Is "doing a Batman cosplay" idiomatic? Googling it seems to return a few results, but I am not sure if it's idiomatic, because cosplay is a relatively new word and it doesn't really sound natural. Is ...
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Can a double negative be OK?

There is no job I cannot do. We are taught to avoid double negatives, and most of them sound really weird: That won't do you no good. She never goes with nobody. The example above these,...
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Giving hope to somebody

I wonder what phrasal verb/expression/idiom do you normally use in English for giving someone hope? Please have a consideration in my examples: A) He is a very energetic and positive individual. ...
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<Hopeless>, <Discouraged> and <Disappointed>

Let's assume that a person feels really down after a failure and now he's severely suffering from the situation they're in. How each sentences below changes the meaning of my context? Be hopeful ...
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Comparing “Path”, “Route”, “Road”, “Way”

Which choice below sounds natural to be used in my sentence as a way of encouraging a young person who has given up hope? Let's say you want to tell them that they have a long way ahead and lots of ...
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meaning and grammar in context

The non-Finnish degree granting eligibility to apply must be equivalent of 180 ECTS credits or more. Is "The non-Finnish degree granting eligibility to apply" the same as "The non-Finnish degree ...
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participle or adverb

In the following sentence Agreeably to the terms of the settlement, we herewith enclose our check for Rs 10000. In this sentence is agreeably modifying the adverb herewith? Can I write it in the ...
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uptodate used adjectively or as a preposition

In the following sentence With a view to an amicable settlement, we offer you without prejudice Rs 10000 in full settlement of your claims uptodate I looked up the meaning of the word uptodate and ...
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The system was extended by/with several new functions

I would like to know whether the following is correct: The system was extended by several new functions. Our tool extends the system by a few new functions. I have read similar questions but ...
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Some ways to encourage a discouraged person

Which choices below do not sound natural when you want to say someone "be hopeful" using a hopegiving sentence: Don't lose your hope. Don't be hopeless. Why Ngram doesn't show any ...
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Participles to modify the subject of the main clause

"Essos is an immense landmass located to the east of Westeros, extending into the far east of the known world." (Here, "extending" describes the Essos or does it describes the landmass? ) Having ...
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comma before the word “too”

Is it correct to put a comma before the word too in this sentence? He was getting tired of eating sandwiches! It turned out his father was getting tired of eating sandwiches, too, so they both went ...
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Meaning of “unlike” [on hold]

What does this "unlike" is meaning in this sentence? While Jackie Robinson was a Brooklyn Dodger, his courage in the face of physics threats and verbal attacks was not unlike that of Rosa Parks, ...
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<As usual>, <As ever> and <As always>

I wonder how should I distinguish between the three idioms: As usual As ever As always While dictionaries say: (As usual) in a way that often happens normally and is expected or exists ...
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“What we want is for the amendment to be withdrawn” vs. “”What we want is the amendment to be withdrawn"

Is there any difference between: What we want is the amendment to be withdrawn. and: What we want is for the amendment to be withdrawn. ? If so, what does the for express in the second ...
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Meaning of “Any life will seem dramatic if you omit mention of most of it”

You remember it differently. You remember that the cold settled in stages, that small curve of light was shaved from the moon night after night, until you were no longer surprised the sky was ...
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Difference between two usages of “two kinds”

What is the difference between the following two sentences? A: I need two kinds of fuels. B: I need two kinds of fuel.
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Preposition as and in used

I am confused which one of the below sentences is correct. 1.Mohan works in the Hotel as a waiter. 2.Mohan works as a waiter in the Hotel.
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Questions about an article about India's space program [on hold]

In the following editorial I have some issues that I am not able to resolve: A Home in space (from The Indian Express) After the mission to moon and Mars and a proposed manned space flight before ...
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Would have been beeping

I would just like to know if this is idiomatic? If that machine were broken, that would have been beeping since I turned it on.

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