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negation/also vs. as well vs. too

a. They stole the necklace, but they didn't steal the ring as well. b. They stole the necklace, but they didn't steal the ring also. c. They stole the necklace, but they didn't also steal the ring. ...
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How to use the adjective “absent”?

Can the adjective "absent" which has a negative meaning to it be used with the phrase "there is" or "there are" as, in their affirmative form, these are meant to assert the presence and not the ...
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What does 'swear' mean in this context?

Ron glanced at Hermione, then said, "What if pure-bloods and half-bloods swear a Muggle-born's part of their family? I'll tell everyone Hermione's my cousin -" Harry Potter and the Deathly ...
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Hi, can I say “Do you want to get some nap?” [closed]

"Do you want to get some nap?" when he said he is sleepy. Or "Do you want to take a nap?"
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What to use before “for over” the past six months?

I has a test a few days ago and one of the questions was weird to me and I can't explain how. The question: My boyfriend, Tom, ______ twenty pounds for over the past six months. The given ...
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My house was doored and windowed yesterday?

My house was doored and windowed yesterday One student unknowingly said the sentence in a class and the teacher said that sentence was wrong. One professor I know said that the sentence was correct. ...
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Using colons with such as

This paragraph is from a grammar book. However, I know that colons should not be used with "such as". Is this an exception to the rule that I knew? Sentences that begin with words that indicates ...
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‘Quality Auto Work’ [closed]

I am new here.. I am learning English. I have a question about a auto repair shop: ‘Quality auto work at a reasonable price’ I am not sure if I am right to say that
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Word meaning - “across”

Sometimes I get across the word "across". And I know it means "from one side to the other". But, could you guys explain me the meaning of it, in these examples? Because they don't seem to follow this ...
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Do we need to use “are” three times in this sentence?

I said: Nanobots are bots that created from nanomaterials and comparable in size to a molecule. But the teacher told me: Nanobots are bots that are created from nanomaterials and are comparable ...
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In present-day reality no-one actually uses classical Latin any more.Why can we use “Classical Latin uses the ablative” in present tense?

What is the difference between (a) and (b) (a)"Classical Latin uses the ablative" (b)"Classical Latin used the ablative"
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Is this expression “Is it also clear” clearly imply a meaning that I am worried about if my rewriting affect the original meaning? [closed]

I am learning another post and get a thought that it may be easier to understand if rewrite some expression in that post, in the mean time, I am worried about if my rewriting affect the original ...
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Is the expression clear and idiomatic, “What is the detailed “rules” of game of guessing number”? [closed]

I asked a question just now. What is the detailed “rules” of game of guessing number? This question comes from another post, which explains a math concept with a game. I didn't understand the ...
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“Listen for” to mean “left with a feeling”

The other day I was given an answer: In your sentence I would use give, give does mean a present, a gift I was going to give you another book Here is a warning: I am listening for ...
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What is the meaning of “comes out wrong” in this context?

This is the context: We definitely know that particles pop in and out of existence. it happens everywhere all the time and this is what people think might be responsible for dark energy. Only the ...
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on both sides/on the two sides

a. The conflict claimed about two hundred lives on all sides. b. The conflict claimed about two hundred lives on the three sides. Do those mean all in all there were two hundred lives lost or ...
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Talking about something general with clause that happens earlier - past tense or not?

Background story: My friend likes to boast about his work achievements a lot. I want to complain about it to others. Which one below is grammatically correct? The hard concept for me: I don't know ...
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historical site

According to the Cambridge dictionary (https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/grammar/british-grammar/historic-or-historical), "historic" means "important or likely to be important in history" and "...
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Meaning of the phrasal verb “set out” in context

I have stumbled upon it in this article. The nationalists are unconvinced by Mr Zelensky's promises to safeguard Ukraine's interests and not to cross his "red lines", set out in an urgent news ...
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How to express the plural of “<role 1> and <role 2>”?

If someone is both a singer and a writer, I would normally say "a singer and writer". When I say "a singer and a writer", it should mean that there are two persons, one is a singer and the other is a ...
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“Since they partnered up they have made a lot of money”

Since they partnered up they have made a lot of money. Or should it be Since they had partnered up they have made a lot of money. because first they partnered up and only then they have made a ...
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What does “to put defeat into every syllable” mean?

I'm trying to understand this line to put defeat into every syllable. I suppose it means to insult someone or sort of to humiliate someone through words. Do I correctly understand this line? The ...
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“Prior to the 1980s” does it include the 1980s or not?

High pollution was observed prior to the 1980s. Which period does 'Prior to the 1980s' refer to, 1)include, 2)partially include, 3)exclude the period of the 1980s?
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Meaning of but then

What is the meaning of but then in the following sentence There is no describing the level of enthusiasm shown by fans of south Indian actors, especially when a film of their screen idol is hitting ...
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Difference between “mover” and “shaker” in “mover and shaker”

What is the difference between “mover” and “shaker” in “mover and shaker”? I first checked the OED and they seem similar to me. OED Mover: colloquial (originally U.S.). A person who ...
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When teachers introduce the outdated theory(for example:Classical element) to students,should teachers use present tense or past tense to describe it?

Example: 1(a)Classical element comprises the simplest substances,namely earth, water, air, fire and Aether. 1(b)Classical element comprised the simplest substances,namely earth, water, air, fire and ...
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Should it be will or would after present perfect?

My experiences have told me that my interest would/will never decrease. Which one is better and what's the difference?
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What's the difference between laugh and laughter?

Everywhere, they can see beautiful flowers and smiling faces, and hear pleasant and_____.(laugh) What's the difference between laugh and laughter? I don't know the difference. Can you tell me? Thanks!...
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Passive verb of perception

I do understand the active constructions of verbs of this type, but I am still a bit confused with the passive construction(s). Can anyone here clarify my confusion? Please consider the following: He ...
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Which bus are you taking/will you be taking (to mean: "which bus will you be on, tomorrow?)

We were going on a trip. My class was divided into two groups. There were two buses. So my friend wanted to ask me Which bus will you be on tomorrow?" But is it fine to use: Which bus are you ...
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He had his brother come too late

He had/made his brother come too late. = He forced his brother come late. Am I correct?
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How to describe an object used to protect from evil eye?

a pendant , a doll or a lemon n chilly are hanged by people at the entrance of their home , shop or at the front of their vehivle .Can we call such objects as emulet or talisman? Languages also go ...
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Is “ located on the upper side than…” understandable?

It should be located above the line. For some reasons, I need to rephrase the sentence above using "upper side". My drafts are as follows: It should be located on the upper side than the line. ...
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Is it also clear after rewriting “arguments of the maximum of the likelihood” as “arguments that maximize the likelihood”? [on hold]

This post says The likelihood function describes a hypersurface whose peak, if it exists, represents the combination of model parameter values that maximize the probability of drawing the sample ...
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Would anyone explain to me the use of the preposition of time ‘to’?

Would someone explain to me the exact meaning of the following sentence: Tickets are available to the end of the month. Does it mean the tickets are available from the beginning until the end of ...
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Is there any difference between “wipe” and “wipe down”?

Is there any difference between wipe and wipe down? For example: I am going to wipe the board, so write down what I have written. I am going to wipe down the board, so write down what I have ...
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Which of the following sentence is correct ?(use of definitive article related)

What is the name of game in screenshot? What is name of the game in screenshot? What is the name of the game in screenshot? What is name of game in screenshot? Which of the above mentioned sentence ...
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“We have always helped each other” vs. “We always help each other”

We have always helped each other and we’ll keep helping each other We always help each other and we’ll keep helping each other What’s the difference ? Are both of them correct?
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“Survivors clinging to a raft.” Is this sentence right?

"Survivors clinging to a raft." There is no verb in this sentence. I know this sentence is not the present progressive/present continuous. But can this sentence be used independently? I found this ...
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Is it correct to say “The teacher failed me”?

I've heard this expression on TV several times, but is this correct grammatically? Doesn't it mean that the teacher did not help me in the time of need rather than the teacher gave me an F? How to ...
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In a week versus After a week

"I'll be back in a week" means "I'll be back after a week has passed" or "I'll be back after the next seven day's period is over". I was very much wondering if "I'll be back after a week" is also ...
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I am unintersted / disinterested in English?

I am uninterested in English. I am disinterested in English. Some grammar books say that the use of disinterested is wrong in the context as it means unbiased or impartial But Michael Swan in ...
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Past habits , usage of when [closed]

I want to say He was a doctor when I met him (he worked as a doctor or his job was a doctor at that time) I know that this sentence is correct but are these correct too He worked as a doctor ...
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To be, is or was

Sometimes, I make a sentence whose subject can represent something of the past and something that still exists today. Which tense should I use for the helping verb? For instance: Any cellphone which (...
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Do we “learn byheart something” or “byheart something”?

Do we "learn byheart something" or "byheart something"? We learn by heart something and produce it Verbatim. Some Indian professors of English are using Byheart as a verb. Is byheart used as a ...
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Can this sentence be inferred from the passage? [closed]

The passage is an excerpt from an ESL testbook. Can the sentence(A) be inferred from the passage? (A)Were Anna to have mechanical ability like her brother, she would have been trying to be a meister ...
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the word “abandoned” following a noun

I was trying to write a sentence but not sure if I’m using the word correctly. Can I say “with feelings abandoned” when I’m trying to explain that we abandoned these feelings. I try not to use “...
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Is “the family” in this context plural?

In Harry Potter: “But why don’t you leave? Escape?” “A house-elf must be set free, sir. And the family will never set Dobby free . . . Dobby will serve the family until he dies, sir. . . .” ...
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Does “not to be” mean “does not” or “should not”?

This page says In statistics, the likelihood function (often simply called the likelihood) expresses the plausibilities of different parameter values for a given sample of data. While not to be ...
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What does “in its absolute stakes” mean in this context?

Below is an excerpt from The Economist. But climate change is an increasingly dangerous context for all their worlds. To understand that context, it is important to understand all the things ...

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